By Brent James
Just in time for Mother’s Day, John Waters’ 1994 wistful tale of a suburban supermom turned mass murderer, Serial Mom, is hitting the shelves in all of it’s remastered Blu-ray glory!
Although not the trashiest of Waters’ films, Serial Mom takes the dark comedy route and steers it in all the filthy right places. We see Beverly Sutphin (portrayed by the ever amazing Kathleen Turner) send her kids off to school, with packed lunches and all, and then promptly march upstairs to conduct a series of obscene phone calls to her next-door neighbor -- all because she was cut off in the parking lot of Joann Fabrics.
It’s this immediate brilliance that sucks us into Beverly’s world. You see, she doesn’t pick her victims at random but rather targets the people that have caused her or her family grief. Selectively killing for not rewinding video tapes (it WAS ‘94 after all), or wearing white after Labor Day. In her eyes, she’s a superhero. It’s the ultimate love of a mother, only one that has crossed the lines that most of us never even step to. We think about it, but we don’t do it. Beverly Sutphin does it.
Originally considered a box office “bomb,” critics and fans both adored Serial Mom and it still stands strong today, having become a staple of midnight movie houses and having a loyal cult following. Even pussy willows have seen an uptick in sales over the years due to the film, proving the relevance and longevity of one of John Waters’ brilliant masterpieces.
Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
"There's something so beautiful and defenseless about a man singing in a really high voice with other men singing in really high voices," says Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter of Okkervil River. "There's something so masculine/feminine about that sound." Sheff is talking about the album Don't Turn Around by the '70s R&B group Black Ivory, whose title track features some sweet falsetto harmonizing. Don't Turn Around was one of the many records Sheff bought when he visited Amoeba Hollywood, where he found a very eclectic mix of goodies and shared some his musical influences, both present and past.
Named after a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya, American indie rock band Okkervil River formed in Austin, TX, in 1998. The band started attracting attention off the strength of their self-released debut album Stars Too Small to Use, which led to a series of successful SXSW appearances, greater notice from music media, and eventually, a deal with Jagjaguwar. Their first album for the label, Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See, landed in 2002. Further critical acclaim came with the release of their third LP, 2005's Black Sheep Boy.
After a very busy morning celebrating the tenth annual Record Store Day here at Amoeba Hollywood, the festivities were still going strong into the afternoon hours. We moved our remaining RSD exclusives (and the accompanying line) indoors, and the line snaked through the aisles. Inside the store, we had DJ sets from Harriet Brown (1pm), Gabby Moreno (3pm), and Cut Chemist (5pm). At 2pm, the legendary Seymour Stein of Sire Records and Warner Brothers fame joined us for a signing of the new Just Say 50 box set released for Record Store Day. We also had four very cool, limited edition RSD17 designs and our friends at Family Industries were here once again doing live silk screening on t-shirts and tote bags. And, of course, we gave of hundreds of free gift bags with purchase. Plus, today we released a new, limited edition Amoeba shirt!
Outside, the party continued! We were joined by LA Weekly, who gave out loads of cool schwag, and The Impossible Project, who set up an ultra cool Polaroid photo booth. Customers tried their luck with our prize wheel for $1 a spin; all proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center. Rene from Draw the Line Entertainment whipped up caricatures for kids and Weruva offered RSD-themed airbrush tattoos. (They also gave out samples of pet food.) Delicious Pizza was slinging slices for sale, and you could sample tasty (free) treats from Hubert's Lemonade and Body Factory. The Warner Bros. Truck was parked outside, offering complimentary ice cream and music treats.. At 5pm, we gave away some really nice speakers and headphones from Pioneer DJ.
Record Store Day 4/22/2017 marks the tenth year for this unique holiday celebrating records, record stores, and the people who love them. The day has only become more sacred to those initiated into the Church of Vinyl, as we saw today at Amoeba SF. Folks started lining up as early as 4:20am (wink wink, but that's what we were told by the first in line!) to get first crack at exclusive releases from Prince, The Cure, Madonna, The Beatles, and so many more!
As has become tradition, the line to get into Amoeba SF spanned the McDonalds' parking lot and around the block. When these die hard music fans poured into the store at 10am to get those limited edition releases, they also partook of our all-day sales, live t-shirt silk screening with print-meisters Free Gold Watch, and DJ sets with Purple Pam (a.k.a. Pam the Funkstress of The Coup), Jay Midnight, B-Side Brujas, and more.
Experience the day all over again with our action-packed videos and photos!