my birthday the street date...5/1

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 30, 2007 09:32pm | Post a Comment
It was so nice for Patrick Wolf to wait until my birthday to release his new album "The Magic Position" here in the states. Or I guess I should say, that it was nice for his label to wait until the 1st of May. It has been out for a month or 2 already in the UK, so I have already spent some quality time with it. This is Patrick's 3rd album and first since his departure with the excellent label Tomlab. "The Magic Position" is if nothing else, one of the best album covers of the year. While one would think Patrick would be maturing and using more adult imagery on his albums. He has gone the opposite direction as a man child on a sort of magical merry go round, dressed like a 10 year old having his cowboy theme birthday party. Or maybe he was just planning this all along for my birthday celebration. I did have an outfit very similar to that on my tenth birthday.  Unfortunately my mom would not let me get away with that hair color until I was in high school. Whatever you may think of the album cover, there is no denying it is a unique and brave idea. Much like the music you will find inside.

I having been loving Mr. Patrick Wolf for a while now. He seriously blew me away with his first excellent album "Lycanthropy." I remember that I read a little bit about this before it came out and was very intrigued. I then got the album and was hooked immediately. I slowly spread the word of the greatness of Mr. Wolf. Of course, he is not for everyone. I carefully chose the friends to share him with. He was like my little secret obsession. His music is sort of a combination of the dramatics of Kate Bush, Xiu Xiu, and Erasure mixed with the bookish intelligence of Morrissey and Idlewild mixed with the electronicness of Aphex Twin with a bit of classical thrown in,  He does not mess around with his lyrics either. He takes himself quite seriously on the musical journey of his albums. He seems to be from a different time. A Futuristic Past, if that even makes sense.  Patrick takes you gently by the hand and forces you into his magical land of wolves and dreams.

Patrick introduces us to the new album with the single "Accidents & Emergency." The title song "The Magic Position" and "Bluebells" are equally as brilliant. He also has a little surprise guest for you. The great Marianne Faithfull joins him on the track "Magpie." And she fits in perfectly with his little play he seems to be putting on for us with this album. Patrick Wolf often seems to become different genders and even species within his lyrics. He really does take you to magical places in his songs. But you have to open up and let him take you there. His albums might take a couple times to really get what is going on. But don't take him too seriously. This new album like the others are simply a whole lot of fun. His use of different instruments and styles somehow all comes together to make a beautiful cohesive album. You seriously should make the journey and get yourself a Patrick Wolf album.

also out today...

"American Doll Posse" by Tori Amos


                                                                                   "Beyond" by Dinosaur Jr.

Reminder" by Feist


                                                                                  Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack

Dirty Dancing "20th Anniversary Edition" Soundtrack

Night Of The Strangler

Posted by phil blankenship, April 30, 2007 12:37am | Post a Comment


Paragon Video Productions

(In which Job implicates himself in torture and recommends a movie.)

Posted by Job O Brother, April 29, 2007 09:11pm | Post a Comment
There’s this film that I love that no-one seems to have seen or even heard of, despite the fact that there’s some high-profile people involved with it.

But before I tell you what it is, allow me to reiterate, for those of you scoundrels that don’t read each and every blog I post, that I am still at the mercy of an ear infection and, worse than that, at the mercy of my ear infection medication.

This is important because it will help you understand why I write sentences like this one, which begin simply and clearly enough, but suddenly go off on a tangent about those drivers who begin honking at the person in front of them when they’re both waiting to make a left turn at a typical LA intersection. The person in front is waiting for oncoming traffic to clear which is the sensible thing to do seeing as how oncoming cars tend to totally ruin the bodies and vehicles that get in their way, but the person behind them has decided that the person in front hasn’t pulled out into the middle of the intersection ENOUGH, and therefore proceeds, not to toot his horn, but LAY ON IT AND KEEP PRESSING ON IT UNTIL THE PERSON IN FRONT GETS THE MESSAGE AND PULLS FIVE YARDS FORWARD, which somehow is a matter of life and death for the second driver.

I am a pedestrian. I don’t own a car. When I tell fellow Los Angelinos this, they look at me like I just said, “I’ve never actually seen a cat. I dunno, I’ve just never been anywhere where they are, I guess.”


But I keep seeing this road-rage phenomena, and it rattles me. Which is why I’ve started taking action.

Now, when I see a driver honking his horn like a crazy person, I take it upon myself to sneak in front of his car. I pop my head up enough so that he can see me, and therefore doesn’t drive forward (very important detail), but the drivers behind him can’t.

007 on DVD...the james bond box sets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 29, 2007 12:10pm | Post a Comment
I have a slight problem. I am addicted to collecting DVDs. I seriously can't stop. There are worse things I'm sure.  So I get very excited when my favorite movies get released in special edition box sets with lots of bonus features and great packaging, It is very exciting for me to bring home my new DVD and open it up to see what excitement waits me inside. I am also addicted to James Bond. Every year when Spike TV has their Bond Marathon, I am glued to the TV. Even if I have just seen them, I can't resist watching them over and over again. So you can understand my excitement when the James Bond series got the deluxe treatment at the end of last year. The 20 films were divided up into 4 box sets, with 5 movies in each box. It would have made sense to put them in order. But then who would have bought vol. 4 if it included just the 4 Pierce Bronson films. These were for sure the worst of the bunch. Daniel Craig thankfully stepped in to save the series with the 2006 reinvention of the series "Casino Royale." I have always loved Roger Moore and Sean Connery. Never really able to decide which I like better. They are just different. One is not really better than the other. Sean Connery is of course the original Bond, but Roger Moore is the Bond I grew up with in the 80s. Seriously, how can you pick between "Goldfinger"(Connery) and "Diamonds are Forever"(Moore) or "You Only Live Twice"(Connery) and "Octopussy"(Moore). And while George Lazenby is not usually the Bond of choice for many, his film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" remains my absolute favorite.
Each box set is beautiful. They look like embossed bibles in slide out cases. Within each case is each individual "Ultimate Edition" movie in a slim case with its own little booklet. All of the films have been digitally restored and really look amazing, They also include great commentaries. Each film includes a second disc with "making of" documentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, and all sorts of amazing little things to keep you busy for hours and hours. While I am tempted to reorder the films into their correct chronological order, that may seriously be the only problem with these boxes. These films have held up over time and still are as exciting as when I was a kid first discovering these films. This is one of the best DVD collections that I have seen. I get excited every time I open one of them up, It is often hard to decide which film to watch first. I often first watch the film. I then go back and watch it with commentary and then go to all the special documentaries and deleted footage.

Volume 1 includes: Goldfinger (1964) Diamonds are Forever (1971) The Man with the Golden Gun(1974) The Living Daylights (1987) and The World is Not Enough (1999)

Volume 2 includes: A View to a Kill (1985) Thunderball (1965) Die Another Day (2002) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and License to Kill (1989)

Volume 3 includes: GoldenEye (1995) Live and Let Die (1973) For Your Eyes Only (1981) From Russia With Love (1963) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Volume 4 includes: Dr. No (1962) You Only Live Twice (1967) Octopussy (1983) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Moonraker (1979)

Night Stalker

Posted by phil blankenship, April 29, 2007 02:12am | Post a Comment

Thriller Video #203-1067

Evil Spirits

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Prism Entertainment 8151

This Week's Sources of Inspirado: A Harpist, View Drama, Bringing Back the Gospel and One Purple Unitard

Posted by Miss Ess, April 28, 2007 04:53pm | Post a Comment
This week has been so "meh." Overall there's been a definite lack of what I like to call "inspirado" and I just have not been totally on fire these last couple of days at all. 

That said, there have been a scant few sources of this aforementioned inspirado lately: 

I have been listening to the new Joanna Newsom EP, Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band, an awful lot. It's gorgeous, of course, esp her harmonies with Neal Morgan on "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie." That's my favorite thing at the moment.

  ... And there has been so much going on on my favorite show, The View, this week too, with Rosie announcing that, sadly, she is not coming back next season and Alec Baldwin trying to explain his heinous behavior towards his daughter. So much drama! 

One thing that has been the source of inspirado during this weirdo week has been the new Mavis Staples record, We'll Never Turn Back. How can anyone possibly not simply adore Mavis Staples? I feel like this album is even more powerful than some of her older ones.

All the songs are protest songs, and she wraps her gospel voice all around them and makes them so moving all over again. It was produced, seemingly like most things, by Ry Cooder. Mavis's voice will never grow old. The cd is supposed to be inspiring and I would definitely say it achieves its goal. When I hear Mavis Staples killing it like that, I want to go back for the billionth time to another one of my favorite things, The Band's film The Last Waltz to watch the Staples Singers perform "The Weight."  It's a perfect song, to me, the writing, the performance...the inspirado...

In the same film, I also like to watch an overweight Van Morrison absolutely throw down while wearing a purple sparkling unitard, but that's a whole 'nother blog. Should you be in need of your own inspirado, here's "The Weight" from The Last Waltz.

that Marty Scorsese sure knows how to shoot a band, don't he?  and despite his flailing arms, Rick Danko sure is foxy.  oh and don't you just love Pops Staples?  ooh it all just gives me the chills a little bit.

The Big Bet

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Cinema Group Home Video 1201

Eye Of The Eagle 3

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New Horizons Home Video # NH00356

erase errata at bottom of the hill

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 28, 2007 12:00am | Post a Comment
 A couple of nights ago we headed on down to the bottom of the hill to see Erase Errata and Adult.  I have seen Erase Errata probably like 30 times but it has been a year or so since I have seen them.  Not so long ago I actually played in a band and we played with Erase Errata every once in a while. The band has gone through a couple changes the last couple years and is now just a 3 piece band. Sara Jaffe left the band a couple years ago. They then added a dude as the vocalist. However, this kind of ruined them for me. Luckily they decided to just remain a 3 piece, keeping Jenny Hoyston as the vocalist. They put out their most recent album last year, NIght Life.

I really love the Bottom of the Hill. It is such a nice little place to see a show. It is located in a  place kind of away from everything else but not too far away to be really far away. It often gets a bit too crowded on sold out nights but I still love it. It is very intimate and you can see the stage even if its crowded. It also has a great backyard where I have spent many nights smoking with friends. Even though there is no more smoking for me, I still enjoy heading to the back with my friends to  talk and catch up with their lives. I seriously think the bottom of the hill backyard might be one of my favorite places in the world!

We got there a little before Erase Errata, so we had some time to hang out in the backyard, It seriously is a great place to people watch. I always like watching these ladies on stage and have never gotten bored with them. They are just always good. Unfortunately the crowd was not the dancing crowds that I am accustomed to seeing at their shows of the past. One of the best shows I saw of theirs was a record release party for their 2nd album at some high school auditorium type place in the mission. It was a prom theme I think. Kind of feels like a dream but I am pretty sure it was real. Seriously, if you have not heard this band you need to. Especially if you like good nowavey kind of music. They make me feel all good inside.

 After enjoying some more outside time after they were done. We went back inside to watch Adult. I love these guys cause they are so weird. Adult has always been dark and gothy. They mix up all sorts of electronics with a sort of dark wave sound. The show made me think of video games like centipede for some reason. It was like there were playing goth versions of old 80s video games with a young siouxsie like singer. Adult are from Detroit and just put out their new album on Thrill Jockey, "Why Bother?" They have made another weird enjoyable album. But it kind of takes me to a dark place. But its also kind of fun so you don't need to be scared. They seem to have fun making their spooky little albums and enjoy creeping you out with their dark themes.

I had a lot of fun at this show. I love the bands. But mostly I just love the bottom of the hill. And I look forward to the next chance I get to go hang out there. I wish I could just go hang out there when there isn't even a show. But,then part of the reason I love it, is I guess the memories of all the great shows like this one!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted by Job O Brother, April 27, 2007 08:03pm | Post a Comment


               A large corporate office space with many cubicles is
               deserted; quiet.

               Desks littered with papers and personal affects.

               Minimal, after-hours lighting.


               The cricket begins to play his night-song.

               More and more we see many plants and trees in various spots
               in this office.

               Further shots reveal that this office is actually dense with
               an unusual amount of plant-life.

               A NIGHT-WATCH MAN enters in uniform.

               He walks through the maze of cubicles until he reaches a
               small area reserved for making coffee.

               Sitting on the ground gracefully is DORIS. She is beautiful
               and wears glasses.

Tango Meets Reggaeton - Calle 13

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 27, 2007 02:25am | Post a Comment
Everyone's favorite Reggaeton group, Calle 13, released their second album on Tuesday. Residente O Visitante packs as much of a punch as their first release, with many collaberations with other artists. Working with Calle 13 on this release are Tego Calderon from Puerto Rico, La Mala Rodriguez from Spain and Orishas from Cuba. By far the most interesting pairing is Calle 13 with Bajofondo, the electro-tango group from Argentina. If you can imagine Kanye West, Luny Tunes and The Gotan Project getting together to make a song, then you get an idea what the song "Tango Del Pecado" is like. Check it out for yourself:

I know the infamous Viola Galloway, Amoeba Hollywood's world music buyer and Tango enthusiast, is just going to love the new Calle 13! She has been rallying for Reggaeton to fuse with Tango for the last three years!


Posted by phil blankenship, April 27, 2007 01:39am | Post a Comment

Agenda 187 (1999)
Alien from L.A. (1987)
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)
American Ninja (1985)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja V (1993)
America 3000 (1986)
The Apple (1980)
Assassination (1987) 
The Assisi Underground (1985)
Avenging Force (1986)
The Barbarians (1987)
Barfly (1987)
The Beast in the Cellar (1971)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Behind Enemy Lines (1986)
Bloodsport (1988)
Body and Soul (1981)
Bolero (1984)
The Borrower (1991)
Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988)
Breakin' (1984)
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Business as Usual (1987)
Chain of Command (1995)
Cinderella (2002)
Cobra (1986)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Cyborg (1989)
Dancers (1987)
Dangerously Close (1986)
Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Déjà Vu (1985)
Delta Force, The (1986)
Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
Down Twisted (1987)
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980)
Duet for One (1986)
Dutch Treat (1986)
Emperor's New Clothes, The (1987)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Fifty/Fifty (1993)
52 Pick-Up (1986)
Firewalker (1986)
Fool for Love (1985)
The Frog Prince (1988)
The Godsend (1980)
Going Bananas (1987)
Gor (1988)
Grace Quigley (1984)
Hanoi Hilton, The (1987)
Hanna's War (1988)
Hansel and Gretel (1987)
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)
The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)
The Happy Hooker (1975)
Haunted Summer (1988)
Hercules (1983)
Hellbound (1993)
Hero and the Terror (1988)
The Hitman (1991)
Hospital Massacre (1981)
Hot Chili (1985)
Hot Resort (1985)
Hot T-Shirts (1979)
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
The Human Shield (1991)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
Kickboxer (1989)
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)
Lady Chatterly's Lover (1981)
Lambada (1990)
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Lightning, the White Stallion (1986)
Link (1986)
Love Streams (1984)
Mad Dog Coll (1992)
The Magician of Lublin (1979)
A Man Called Sarge (1990)
Manifesto (1988)
Mascara (1987)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Mata Hari (1985)
Mercenary Fighters (1987)
Messenger of Death (1988)
Midnight Ride (1990)
Missing in Action (1984)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Murphy's Law (1986)
The Naked Cage (1986)
Nana (1982)
New Year's Evil (1981)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
No Place to Hide (1992)
Number One with a Bullet (1987)
Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
Outlaw of Gor (1989)
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Over the Top (1987)
Platoon Leader (1988)
Puss in Boots (1988)
Rappin' (1985)
Red Riding Hood (1987)
Rescue Me (1993)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
River of Death (1989)
Rumpelstiltskin (1987)
Runaway Train (1985)
Sahara (1983)
Salsa (1988)
Savage Weekend (1979)
Schizoid (1980)
The Secret Of Yolanda (1982)
Seed of Innocence (1980)
The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983)
Shy People (1987)
Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
Sleeping Beauty (1987)
Snow White (1988)
Street Knight (1993)
Street Smart (1987)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Surrender (1987)
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1982)
10 to Midnight (1983)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Thunder Alley (1985)
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
Treasure Island (1985)
Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)
Under Cover (1987)
The Violent Breed (1984)

Cannon Distribution

The Freeway Maniac (1989)
Hollywood Harry (1985)
Miami Cops (1989)
Storm (1987)


Posted by phil blankenship, April 27, 2007 12:30am | Post a Comment

Please, DO NOT watch if you are SQUEAMISH !!  

VEC 1052

(In which Job gets high and complains of his illness.)

Posted by Job O Brother, April 26, 2007 08:33pm | Post a Comment
I don’t want you to think I’m an overly critical person, but frankly, I can’t think of very many nice things to say about ear infections.

It’s my first time having one, so I’m probably not the best person to speak with authority on the subject. Because it’s all so new, I hate to draw too many conclusions. I generally think of myself as open to new experiences.

When it comes to food, for example, I am practically compelled to taste a dish, if I never have before. Whether it’s sea urchin at a sushi bar in Sacramento or sweetbreads at Musso & Frank Grill or chilled monkey brains with my underage sidekick… oh wait… That was “Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom” - I always get that and my life confused. (It’s easy when you work on the mezzanine at Amoeba Music Hollywood – but we’ll get to that later.)

The point is… um…

Okay, you need to know right away that I am hopped-up on loads of Vicodin. It’s one of the many things my doctor prescribed for the aforementioned ailment.

If you’re like most people found at a swell music store such as the one I work at, you probably just got all warm and fuzzy at the mention of Vicodin. You maybe even got a little jealous of me.

“Oh, lucky,” you think. But I hate it. For one thing, it makes writing a blog almost impossible.

“But Job,” you protest, “You seem to be doing a fine job. Your prose is witty and accessible; smart and grammatically deft. Why, you’ve even managed to find a clever way to sneak in usage of the words ‘ecchymosis’ and ‘zizith’ in the same sentence!”

Well, I return, you’re very kind. But what you don’t know is that I’ve been working on this entry for eight hours without a break (unless you count the lost-time from my fainting spell immediately after I typed out the word grammatically).

Furthermore, what is this entry even about? It is aimless. Sure, it conveys the author’s current state, but what does that have to do with music or film or Amoeba Music Hollywood?

I don’t know. What I do know is that if I die here in my apartment my cat will probably eat me. My boyfriend, Corey, is at Coachella and wouldn’t notice I had died until Monday evening.

See? What kind of tangent is that for a blog? Awful!

This is my first entry for the Amoeblog that isn’t written in a screenplay format. Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of branching out. I maybe should have waited until I was sober to try this, or at least until the throbbing pain in the side of my head stopped.

It’s like someone’s stabbing my brain with a wire coat-hanger.

“It’s not you I hate, Christina, it’s Job’s health!”

Get it? My little “Mommie Dearest” reference? “Mommie Dearest” is available on DVD at Amoeba Music; so there – I just justified this entry.

I don’t remember any of what I just wrote. I think I mentioned sushi at some point, though for the life of me I can’t imagine why.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to put a stop to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, and sleep with Kate Capshaw.

Hot New Compilation 2 - Colombia! The Golden Age Of Discos Fuentes 1960-1976

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2007 01:02pm | Post a Comment

Soundways Records
out of England does it again! Their Panama and Afro-Beat releases are excellent, but this release is their best by far. Discos Fuentes are to Colombian music what Stax & Motown are to soul, Trojan to Reggae, Blue Note to Jazz and what Sun Records is to rock music. They've released thousands of records since 1934 and still do to this day. The compilation covers the classic years of Discos Fuentes (1960-1976) and is mostly Cumbia and Salsa music with Champeta and some modernized versions of traditional South American music.

Much of what is on this comp hasn’t been released in quite some time and has only been available through out of print records. Included are rare tracks from well known Colombian artists Fruko Y Su Tesos, The Latin Brothers and Afrosound, plus classic tracks from Los Corraleros De Majagual, Pedro Laza y Su Pelayeros and Lucho Bermudez. This is straight up dance floor madness! Even those who can't dance will have a tough time resisting the rhythms produced by this release. Great liner notes with many pictures of the original album covers will make the record collector in you salivate.

Babe's & Ricky's Inn - Blues and Soul Food On A Monday Night

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2007 11:38am | Post a Comment

Babe’s & Ricky’s
on a Monday night is something that everyone should experience. Owner Laura Mae Gross, or Mama, as many call her, greets you at the door. At eighty- seven years old, she is still at the club every night. The eight-dollar cover gets you a free soul food dinner and all night Blues, including a brief set by Mickey Champion.

My first Babe’s & Ricky’s experience was last Monday. I got there early to walk around Leimart Park. I didn’t see the late night chess matches that once went on into the wee hours of the night. There used to be these intense chess matches just outside the legendary 5th Street Dick’s. I hadn’t seen them the last few times I been to Leimart Park. I passed by Project Blowed and The World Stage, both closed for the night. All these locations mentioned are known promoting culture, creativity and improvisation in the black community. Leimart Park is the place you need to be to improve your musical and word skills, with multiple Blues, Hip-Hop, Poetry and Jazz open mic sessions.

Babe’s & Ricky’s has a varied selection of beers, from New Castle to Ole English Malt Liquor. I noticed they had Guinness and I wondered if anyone had the nuts to make their own Black Eight at the bar. For those who don’t know, a Black Eight is a concoction of Ole 8 and Guinness, a throwback to my youth often done as a tribute to Tha Alkaholiks. (…Oooh don't I sound great when I down a black eighth, my style is much hotter than the enchilada plate...) I thought about doing it for a sec, then thought against it, as it’s a long drive from Leimart Park back to Cypress Park.

The house blues band was tight, Chicago blues style. After a few songs from them, the jam session began. Sign ups started early, so there was a healthy amount of people ready to play. Some of the blues players were ready to bring it, others couldn’t hang, but overall, everyone had talent. After a while they brought out the soul food buffet. The buffet consisted of fried chicken, collard greens, string beans, black-eyed peas, potato salad and Louisiana pork links. I heard that Babe’s and Ricky’s was one of the best soul food spots in Los Angeles and I can’t disagree.

Mickey Champion took the stage after the buffet. She’s well into her 80’s and still performing all over town. Tonight she sang two songs. Her voice is so strong that she walked around the club singing without a microphone, collecting tips along the way. Her voice is unique, somewhere between Etta James and a melodic cat in heat. Then, just a soon as she went on, her mini set was done, leaving everyone wanting more. This is the kind of place you want to stay all night at! It’s a shame that I waited all this time to come here.

4339 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles  CA
(323) 295-9112
CONTACT: [email protected]

Cheerleader Camp

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Prism Entertainment 5351

The Taking Of Beverly Hills

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1991 semi-classic ACTION flick starring Ken Wahl (TV's Wiseguy) as a renegade NFL player (and Beverly Hills resident) who, with the help of cop Matt Frewer (Max Headroom!), has to save himself, save his city, save his neighbor's $$, AND get his girl back from the very evil Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli from The Goonies!) and Lee Ving (Holy shit! From the punk band FEAR!). 

The off-the-wall concept details a toxic spill hoax that causes the complete evacuation of Beverly Hills so the criminal crew can execute 'an epic scheme to loot the entire city!'  Thankfully, Wahl was getting too busy in the hot tub to pay any mind to the evacuation orders! Out of the hot tub & into the fire, Wahl battles the bad guys (well armed with heavy weaponry & even a TANK) & uncovers the the criminals' true motives. 

If you've ever wanted to see Beverly Hills shot up, smashed, blown up and generally destroyed, THIS is the movie for you!  Needless to say, my roommate Corydon & I were INTO it.  However, Hillary & my cat Samantha looked more like this by the end:

MGM/UA Home Video M206885

The Employee Interview Part III: Greg

Posted by Miss Ess, April 25, 2007 03:55pm | Post a Comment
5+ years employment
vinyl person

Q:  What is the first music you remember hearing, before you had a choice?

G: I remember hearing Bob Seger "Against the Wind" and I remember my sister playing U2 and Tiffany and X2.

Q:  What was the first band you heard that really got you into music?

G:  I think the Beastie Boys and George Michael. and Run DMC.

Q:  What's your favorite music to skateboard to?

G: It's pretty difficult to skateboard to music unless you have an ipod.  When I was young I had a boom box and I would play my mom's Fleetwood Mac tape and the Best of Country Gold tape or something like that.

Q:  What is your favorite record right now, this instant?

G:  Today? Um I like The Way I Am by Merle Haggard, a 1980s record.  Very smooth.

Q:  What's the best reissue you've heard this year?

G: Well the John Phillips Wolfking of LA. [ed note: John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas recorded a solo record in 1970.  It's fantastic and in our Oldies section.]

Q: What is your favorite Bob Dylan record?

G:  Can it be a tie?  Ok, maybe a four way tie.  How about Desire, Time Out of Mind, New Morning and Self Portrait.

Q: What about John Cale?

G:  Fear.

Q:  Townes van Zandt?

G:  Your favorite too: High Low and In Between and Live at the Old Quarter, the live one.

Q:  Those are two of my favorite records ever.  So what was your first live show you ever went to?

G:  I believe it was the Eagles at the Concord Pavillion.  I remember being moved by the music and esp I remember laying on my back and looking at the fake owl they used to scare off the birds.

Q:  What is your favorite venue in the bay area?

G:  Maybe what I like is Noe Valley Ministry.

Q:  What's your favorite local band?

G:  Mon Cousin Belge.

Q:  What is your musical guilty pleasure?

G:  Well I don't know, other people might feel guilty for liking the Dixie Chicks but I feel good about it.  And Marc Almond is pretty good.  I like Dwight Yoakum, really love Dwight Yoakum. 

Q:  What is the best record you can think of that most people probably w
ouldn't have heard before?

G:  Maybe Bobby Charles, self titled?  He was a rock and roller who wrote "See You Later Alligator" and later recorded this self titled album with The Band in Bearsville in the early 70s maybe.

Q:  What is your best find here at Amoeba?

G:  Well I found my girlfriend here.

Q:  Very good.  Any specific record too?

G:  Well I found Michael Hurley Armchair Boogie on 8 track. 

Q:  Do you have an 8 track player?

G:  Yeah-- candy apple red.

Q:  So do you prefer to listen to 8 tracks, vinyl, cds?

G:  Vinyl.

Q:  What is your favorite section of the store?

G:  Well I like the men's room. [ed note: for employees only, as you probably already know.] I like it when you don't have to wait to get in and you can lock the door behind you and finally breathe.  You might be breathing in foul air but it feels good to do that alone.

Q:  What is your favorite part about working here at Amoeba?

G:  I like that it is next to the park and if I am smart I will ride my bike through the park to the ocean on my lunch break.

Q:  Thank you for your time.

The Cream of the Crop

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 25, 2007 02:50pm | Post a Comment

That's right - I said hott - with two "t"'s please. Lots of great music only comes out on vinyl. Here's a few 12" releases that are killin' it for the SF crew:

Dub Pistols - "Rapture" (Sunday Best)
Chin Chin - "Toot D'Amore" (Dialect)

Two seperate 12"s here, with the connection being their solid Prins Thomas remixes. "Rapture" is indeed a cover of the Blondie classic with ex-Specials vocalist Terry Hall on vocals, and it works just fine with its bubbling underbelly of faux-acid, big beat guitar riffs and hip-house. Flip the record over, however, and you get some *actual* acid as Thomas' mix is where it's at, adding a smidge of swing and sounding like some proper Chicago action. Chin Chin, on the other hand, come out on top with no less than three PT mixes on one 12". The Diskomiks is a funky congo affair replete with horn section and hella-funky afrodisco percussion while you get two 'bonus beat' tracks that work great as DJ tools or full songs in their own right. SF Electronica floorperson Brian is super geeked out on this as well, so i'll give it two thumbs up.

Random Factor - "Digitize - The Emperor Machine Remixes" (2020Vision)

Another funky, tripped-out disco remix from The Emperor Machine on this 12" from 20/20 Vision, out this week. Phased sounds begin the uptempo track which is immediately anchored by a gigantic bassline and chicken-scratch guitar licks that firmly plant this remix in rock territory. This groove is worked, heads-down, with vocal bits scattered here and there, straight down to the bone in a punk-funk stylee and it's excellent. As usual, it's the dub on the A-side which wins out, eliminating the vocal and introducing an equally-gigantic 4/4 kick while the track echoes off into space. I will be dropping this at a party this Saturday night, and I have no doubt it'll blow the place up.

Christian Prommer's Drumlesson - "Strings of Life" (Sonar Kollektiv)

Yep, it's Derrick May's stone Detroit classic, reworked in a dancefloor jazz style by Christian Prommer of Fauna Flash & Trüby Trio. I'll admit that I wish it had a bit more kick but it'll still induce dance moves, which I can testify to from hearing this tune played out on CDR in the club by folks like Alex from Jazzanova. After experiencing this on the floor, I picked it up the minute it came in.
Prommer has assembled a trio here, and they finesse their way through the tune in one go with exciting results. The drums are hitting all the right spots and *those* piano chords never sounded so good outside their original use as they do here floating on top a rolling, syncopated rhythm section. No real surprises here, but this will work a treat on more adventurous dancefloors. Flip for "Space Jam 2000.17", a more electronic affair featuring congas, an ethereal atmosphere and a steady house kick, very Joe Claussell and living up to its title.

Attias - "Nebukai" (Still Music)

Finally, we've got two dance-music-producing brothers from Switzerland named Attias. Alex Attias you may know from his high activity in the Broken Beat/Nu Jazz scene under a variety of different monikers and from working with folks like Dego McFarlane of 4 Hero. His brother Stephane is also accomplished, with a slew of releases under his belt for labels like Compost and Laws of Motion (including "Listen Luv", one of my favorite nujazz tracks, off of Compost's Future Sound of Jazz Vol. 7 compilation).
"Nebukai" is a missive sent straight to the heart of the "new deep house" movement, the major proponents of which are folks like Âme, Henrik Schwarz and Dixon and whose sound is a mixture of Detroit techno, NYC soulful house and German ingenuity. The tune sits well in tech-house & electrohouse sets, but also swings enough to compete with yer Osunlades and Kerry Chandlers. It's melodic, thumping, and sets the vibe perfectly. Grab this one now, as it keeps selling out!

More 12" reviews to come next week!

Home For The Holidays

Posted by phil blankenship, April 25, 2007 01:04pm | Post a Comment

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blonde redhead at bimbo's!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 25, 2007 12:16pm | Post a Comment
So I just saw Blonde Redhead last night at Bimbo's in San Francisco. As one would expect, the show was amazing. I actually missed the last tour they did cause I was sick, so it has been like 4 or so years since I have seen them. I have really been loving the album. But this show actually improved on the album. I could also not think of a better place to see them than Bimbo's.  I have already seen them at smaller places like Great American Music Hall and Bottom of the Hill, so Bimbo's had to be next. This has got to be my favorite venue in the city. It also has a great history.
 The club was originally opened in 1935, originally called the 365 Club, on 365 Market St. It moved to Columbus St. in 1951. The man who opened the club was nicknamed "Bimbo," the Italian word for boy. There has been crazy events there over the years and many people have had their weddings there. So it has a crazy history kind of feeling when you are in there. Like you can feel all the stories coming out of the walls. And unlike the Warfield, the people who work there are actually nice.

So I guess I should talk about the show. They played most of the new album, "23". It sounded beautiful. Their shows are very intense. The songs and lyrics really come alive at their shows and get inside your soul. The songs have probably already made their way into your soul simply by listening to the record. Seeing them live just makes them stay a part of you forever. I can seriously remember the exact feeling I had the times I have seen them before. It all came back to me last night. I always want to get to Bimbo's early so I can get a table. But that did not happen last night. But the shows are still enjoyable. It is fun to move around and view the show from different positions and angles. Did I tell you about the bathrooms. While they may just look like a cleaner and fancier version of your high school bathroom. They actually have bathroom attendants. Amazing!

Blonde Redhead doesn't really jump around or do anything amazing at their shows. They  don't really tell jokes between songs. Their shows are serious events. Like most shows, the focus was on the new album. But I actually like the new album, so it was exciting to hear it all live. The highlight of the evening was for sure when they played "Spring and by Summer Fall" from the new album. I love Kazu, but sometimes Amedeo steals the show. This was one of his songs and it sounded amazing. Seriously. They also played some old songs as well. They played my favorite from Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, "In Particular." Great show! I seriously loved it. Also, I might have to go to Israel to see them. They are opening up for Depeche Mode on August 3rd!

Slaughterhouse Rock

Posted by phil blankenship, April 25, 2007 11:32am | Post a Comment

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A one in a million, chance of a lifetime:

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2007 03:22am | Post a Comment
So, there's all these awfully tense feelings around the stuff like the ice mountains-- melting on the north and south poles? I forget what they're called but they sank the Poseid-no, wait that was a big wave. They sank the one that Leonardo DiCaprio was on. Ironically, he is really into green causes. Go Leo!

I bet all that drowning made you run out and buy a Prius. I rather like a Toyota myself, in general. If they were a band, I would buy their music. Beep beep. But that's bad because I am supposed to want to bicycle. Always. Everywhere.

Where was I? Okay, so there's going to be this really big show, a concert - about this global heat problem we have all of a sudden? (Like Live Aid, but it's about the sun burning us all up I guess. It's why we take your old AA batteries and sundry and recycle them, see?) Anyway, everyone is quite serious about this now that we aren't really being able to have Satsuma Mandarins, best fruit in the world, now that there's all this global warming. The damn growing season was iced out. Scary!

So, anyway, the big pop show with the fantastic Spinal Tap is happening over at Wembley - an English thing, if I got that right? Let me tell you, I've been there - not Wembley Arena - just the old UK, and they didn't like me one bit. I want some of you Brits to pop on here and let me give you what for. I'm just as cute as a button, there's no explaining your ways to me. Tsk, I say. (Except Pi. We miss you

I admit that there's other save the planet shows going on (I just pictured Bob Geldof making out with Al Gore and it weren't a pretty sight) around the old globe, even up in Antarctica they say. Believe that when I see it! All under the same moniker.

But, we're talking about Spinal Tap. So this time they're calling the big show Live Earth, which is after all what we're aiming for. Gets right to the point, doesn't it? We're not likely to have a big show and call it Dead Earth if you catch my meaning. Say, have you seen that blazing TV show called Planet Earth? Discovery Channel!! If you were a car, you'd be a Toyota! That, people, is a big compliment. If you haven't seen it yet, you should buy an IMAX theatre and invite me over. I'll bring pop. Not really, I'd bring bottled water, but it's all the same, isn't it?

Watch out Phil-Natic!!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2007 03:19am | Post a Comment

18. La Marea
First feature from the man behind the amazing cinematography in Carlos Reygadas's films.
19. Joshua
First feature film by George Ratliff, who made the great doc Hell House.

20. TV Carnage
Amoeba Music loves TV Carnage. I love TV Carnage. Someone fly Pinky into town for a night in his honor! Or fight for the honor of premiering his mega-cop movie.
21. Klatsassin
This should probably be higher. Stan Douglas's endless Cariboo-set epic installation, with soundtrack by Rhythm and Sound. Add his take on Suspiria for good measure.

You prolific gore-hound. We loves you.

                         -- The Insomniac!

Silence of the Lambs

Posted by Job O Brother, April 24, 2007 12:47pm | Post a Comment

               INT. JOB'S APARTMENT - DAY

               JOB, (early 30's) sits at his computer, his head propped up
               by his left hand.

               He stares blankly at the screen.

               He types everything you just read.

               Then he types this.

               Then he sighs.

                             (to camera)
                         I have an earache.
                         I've never had an earache before. I
                         mean, this is going on one week.
                         And the last two days it's been
                         especially bad.
                         It makes writing a blog especially
                         challenging, because the pain is
                         distracting me. Plus, pain is not
                         funny... usually.

Here They Come Again - The Raconteurs

Posted by Miss Ess, April 24, 2007 11:45am | Post a Comment

Looks like Amoeba favorites The Raconteurs are getting closer to releasing another album! Jack White tells Billboard that they have been in the studio in Nashville working on 12 songs. Sounds like the album will be out in 2008.

But the real question is:  can we expect another Amoeba Instore with the fellas?
Here's hoping!


Oops! Lost myself there for a minute, forgive me. 

Everyone remember June 8, 2006 when The Raconteurs played not one but TWO Amoeba instores in one day, one in LA and one in San Francisco? That was a great day.

In other Jack White news, The White Stripes' new album Icky Thump comes out June 19 with a tour to follow-- so much excitement!! It's gonna be super interesting to see what they come up with this time, as always. And the tour, the tour...can't wait!

Good news for the Hard of Hearing music lover!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 24, 2007 11:28am | Post a Comment
I always hunt down lyrics anywhere I can find them. Why? Because I have no idea what the hell you're singing about unless you're Karen Carpenter. Bless Her Soul.

Most lyrics on the web are flawed, though the effort is 101% commendable. However, many of the times, the web user ends up with 14 pop ups in spite of firefox and pop up blockers galore. Then of course we have all the phishers who aren't lyric sites at all, but bad and mean people that I scowl at long and hard enough to permanently damage my epidermis.

So what's the damn news already? Yahoo is going to have a lyrics databse and the number I saw was 400,000+

Yay. If it completely and totally sucks, maybe we'll cry. Here's a note to Yahoo:

"Dear Yahoo,

    Inasmuch as I enjoy discovering what pithy words tumble from the mouth of Ghostface (not the puppy-dog that shops at Amoeba SF, he's so crazy we're all in love with him, but the grown man who has also shopped at Amoeba, the legend/regular dude from Wu Tang), I also need to know what was that there, that one phrase that I can't catch in composition from the 'rip your soul out and feed it to your conscience' singer/composer/miracle that we know as Diamanda Galas.

The Psychic

Posted by phil blankenship, April 24, 2007 12:00am | Post a Comment

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The Last Unicorn

Posted by Job O Brother, April 23, 2007 10:17pm | Post a Comment

               EXT. WOODS - NIGHT

               A lovely, young MAIDEN sits on the grass crying.

               In her hand is a trowel. Next to her is a shallow hole.

               The sounds of night birds and insects play and luminous
               fireflies dance in the background; a beautiful night scene.

               An INVISIBLE PRINCE approaches.

                                   PRINCE (V.O.)
                         Pardon me.

               The Maiden is startled, looks up.


                                   PRINCE (V.O.)
                         I startled you, forgive me.

Here is what we have on...4/24

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 23, 2007 10:05pm | Post a Comment
Some really great albums come out today. One of my favorites gets reissued today. "Quique"  by Seefeel gets reissued today in a delux "redux" edition by Too Pure. This album was originally released in 1993 by that same label. It has been out of print for years and very hard to find. Since I sold my own copy years ago, I am very happy to see it coming back into print. I managed to resist those high prices on Ebay and hoped that it would some day be reissued.  And with a whole extra disc of bonus tracks. The reissue includes the original tracks:

Climactic Phase 3, Polyfusion, Industrious, Imperial, Plainsong, Charlotte's Mouth, Through You, Filter Dub and Signals.

and the tracks on the bonus disc are:

Clique, Is it Now?, Filter Dub (Low Pass Remix) [or Filter Dub (1-01 Mix), Come Alive (Climactic Phase #1), Time To Find Me (Alternate Desk Mix),  Charlotte's Mouth (Avant Garde Mix), My Super 20, Climactic Phase #3 (Overnight Mix) and Silent Pool.

This album came out at a pivotal time for techno and ambient music. Seefeel provided the perfect bridge for me to get into techno. I had been listening to lots of shoegaze music like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine. This album had the feeling of those albums but also with a brand new exciting feel to it. The guitars were not as loud and the music had a soothing ambient feel to it. The vocals were not the focus and many songs were simply instrumental. The amazing "Polyfusia," a compilation of earlier eps was released the next year in 1994. Seefeel formed in 1992 in London. The band is made of of Mark Clifford, Sarah Peacock, Justin Fletcher, and Daren Seymour. After the band signed to Warp in 1994, their sound became even more electronic as the guitars disappeared.

Only the year before Orbital's album "Orbital 2" and "U.F.Orb" by The Orb had been released. And the same year  "Quique" came out was also the year of "Ambient" by Moby, "Selected  Ambient Works 85-92" by Aphex Twin, "Wohnton" by Oval, "Tango N' Vectif" by u-ziq, "Incunabula"  by Autechre, and "Sabresonic" by Sabres of Paradise.  "Vulvaland" by Mouse On Mars and "Lifeforms" by Future Sound of London came out the next year, 1994. Many of these techno groups were just getting their start and many people were just beginning to explore these albums. Independent record stores were just starting their techno sections. I quickly went out and bought everything I could find by Seefeel and all these other bands. These were the perfect albums to listen to by yourself in your room or walking around with your headphones. Seefeel was also the first band I remember searching for on the internet. I barely knew what I was doing in a computer lab at my college where you could use the computers for a set amount of time. The computer attendant kept getting mad at me because I kept accidentally playing music on the various websites I was going to. He finally gave me a pair of headphones to plug in so I could enjoy the music to myself.  I seriously can't wait to once again enjoy this excellent album.

Also out today is the new album my the man that was "Smog," Bill Callahan. "Woke on a Whaleheart" is released by the label he has been on since 1992, Drag City. Bill Callahan has recorded as Smog for about 15 years and has released almost as many albums. Callahan makes beautiful albums that some might describe as depressing.  With a sound similar to the Tindersticks, he is often described as the male version of Cat Power. His voice is also somewhat similar to the deadpan style of Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. His songs and albums often have a dark feeling. But I really do love this guy. He has consistently made excellent albums. And this new "solo" album simply sounds like another great Smog album. He is not really breaking any boundaries or creating any new sounds. He is simply doing what he does best. He sort of makes modern acoustic goth country albums. The instrumentation is never really complicated. Its all about the lyrics and  his delivery. The new albums also features some backup ladies singing along. One of my favorite Smog albums remains "Wild Love" which came out in 1995.  Jim O'Rourke also plays on that album.

also out today...

"Favourite Worst Nightmare" by Arctic Monkeys


                                                                                  "Sensuous" by Cornelius

"Tied & True" by the Detroit Cobras


                                                                                         "Dumb Luck" by Dntel

"Twelve" by Patti Smith

Air Guitar - Why?

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 23, 2007 09:33am | Post a Comment

It’s been a minute since I’ve been to a metal club. Things are just different at metal clubs. Nobody dances, the ratio from men to women is severely slanted towards the men (although still better than at underground hip-hop shows) and I saw several grown men playing air guitar. Air guitar, Jesus…I can’t believe people do this, let alone in public! I see it sometimes at Amoeba when Iron Maiden or Metallica albums get played in the store. I watch the fingers start wiggling, the faces start grimacing and the arms go sliding up and down the neck the imaginary guitar. I usually cover my eyes in disbelief. I can understand a teenager doing it, but when you’re in your twenties, you might think of letting it go. If you are in your thirties and still doing it, seek professional help! Any older than thirty and still feel the need to rock the imaginary axe, you probably have worse problems, so rock on!

Maybe I have the problem. After all, Amoeba Hollywood is located oh-so very close to the Sunset Strip, the once home of 80’s hair metal. Maybe I should move to Ojai, where they had the insight to have a temporary ban on air guitar. Or maybe I should get with the program and join the US Air Guitar Championship. What song would I choose?

"Eruption?" Naw, too obvious.

Richard Thompson’s guitar solo on “The Border” would be cool. It’s a little obscure but I would need to find some air violin and air pan pipe players to accompany me. Dio-era Black Sabbath would be cool, but I would need circles and rings, dragons and kings.

Maybe I’ll just wait until they have the air deejaying contest...

Knights of the City

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 11:36pm | Post a Comment

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A Man For All Seasons

Posted by Job O Brother, April 22, 2007 10:39pm | Post a Comment

               EXT. TOWER OF LONDON - DAY

               We hear the sounds of drumbeat.

               JOB, (early 30's) is led to the scaffolding by the heavy-set
               EXECUTIONER, who wears a black hood.

               The courtyard is crowded by on-looking MEMBERS OF THE COURT.

               Job is positioned behind the chopping block.

               Drum comes to a dramatic stop.

                         Any last words?

                             (clears throat)
                         Sorry. Does anyone have a lozenge?
                         I'm just... my throat is dry from
                         being all nervous about dying and
                             (beat; silence)
                         No? Okay, well... I think I have
                         some gum in my pantaloons up in
                         Bell Tower...

Steele Justice

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 09:06pm | Post a Comment

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Planet Earth...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 22, 2007 02:54pm | Post a Comment
The Discovery channel has recently been showing the nature documentary Planet Earth. I have become a bit obsessed with this show and have watched most of the episodes. For those of you who have missed it, or those without cable...the series will be released on DVD this tuesday 4/24.  This series was first broadcast on the BBC in the UK in March of last year. It was narrated by the great David Attenborough. This DVD release includes the original David Attenborough narration. For the Discovery channel U.S. broadcast the narration was replaced by Sigourney Weaver.  Some nature "Attenborough" purists are very upset about this change. I think Sigourney's voice is perfect and she does a great job. This series is absolutely amazing. The shots captured will seriously take your breath away. The show is also broadcast for High Definition. In addition, the DVD will be issued as a Blu-Ray and HD DVD. It is seriously making me consider get a High Definition TV and DVD player. But even for those of us that still have the basic set up, the show is worth investing in.

 These shows were the kind of shows broadcast on PBS in the 80s. My dad watched these  shows quite frequently and I was often forced to watch them as well. Although, I quickly became interested in the shows as I realized how awesome they were. This was a world you could not quite see at your local zoo. It was amazing to see these environments that I would never see up close and personal. The earth we live on is so vast and interesting. The animals on it so intricately connected. But most of all, what made me obsessed with these shows, was the narration by the great David Attenborough. There is something about his voice that draws you in to the world he is describing. He often was actually there in the shots interacting with the environment and animals. In this recent series, there is no interaction. It is simply beautiful shots on land and in water with perfect narration.

This DVD includes all the original 11 parts of the series. From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, and Ocean Deep. This original U.K. broadcast hosted by David Attenborough includes 90 minutes not shown on the discovery channel broadcast. It also includes 110 minutes of behind the scenes footage and a 150 minute companion series "Planet Earth: the Future." The series features amazing shots of animals in their natural habitats. It includes plenty of shots of animals stalking their prey.

Another DVD box set worth checking out is "Living Planet." This is another BBC series narrated by David Attenborough. While the DVD was released a couple years ago, the series originally ran in 1984. This is a 12 part documentary that discusses the different eco-systems around the planet. The great thing about this series is that David Attenborough is actually at all the places being filmed. He actually interacts with the animals being filmed. He is a man that clearly loves what he does and know what he is talking about.  I grew up watching these shows. So this DVD is really nostalgic to watch. But it remains timeless. It is nice to actually watch something real every once in awhile. We have had an influence on many of these environments in this series. Much of this is discussed on the final part of this series "New Worlds." Hopefully people can watch these series and realize how what they do affects these environments.


never sleep again...nightmare on elm street dvd special edition...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 22, 2007 01:25pm | Post a Comment
One of my favorites has recently been upgraded to a special edition DVD. Nightmare on Elm Street is of course available in a great box set with all 7 films and a bonus disc.  There is a commentary on the first film and the bonus disc has some great stuff. But this release of the film is really great. The entire film has remastered picture and sound. It also includes some awesome documentaries. "Never Sleep Again" - the  making of the film, "The House that Freddy Built" - documentary on New Line cinema, and "Night Terrors" - the origins of Wes Craven's nightmares. Also includes a great audio commentary with director Wes Craven, stars Heather Langenkamp and the great John Saxon, and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin. The DVD also includes alternate endings and a fun trivia game to play. This is enough extra stuff to make your purchase of this DVD totally necessary. But it also includes "InfiniFilm" interactive features.  You can watch the film normally or with pop-up prompts. The prompts allow you to access great extra bonus footage and trivia.

 Nightmare on Elm Street was originally released in 1984. Wes Craven was already becoming famous for his horror movies. He already directed "The Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Swamp Thing." Nightmare one Elm Street was not  the first horror franchise series. Halloween was already well on its way with 3 movies and Friday the 13th was on to its fourth. But there was something special about Nightmare on Elm Street. The villains in Halloween and Friday the 13th were basically serial killer types basically acting out on their revenge issues against teens who had sex. However Freddy Kruger was different. But again it dealt with revenge. He was a child molester and killer burned alive by a group of parents. He had some how come back to haunt the children of those parent in their dreams. But he could actually kill them in their dreams. The kids must learn to "never sleep again" or battle Freddy in their dreams.

This first movie in the long series was brilliant. And it has a great cast. Heather Langenkamp, later know as Marie Lubbock on "Just the Ten of Us" is perfect as the lead character. She plays Nancy Thompson who figures out how to fight back against Freddie. Her divorced parents are played by Ronee Blakley  and John Saxon. Ronee Blakley had stared in Robert Altman's "Nashville" and had a music career as well. She is brilliant as Nancy's alcoholic mom. John Saxon had been in tons of TV but also starred in many cult films such as "Tenebre," "Black Christmas," and "Enter the Dragon." Robert Englund starred as Freddie Krueger and ended up playing him all the way up to "Freddie vs. Jason." He already had a little bit of a cult  following for his role as Willie in the TV mini series "V."
Johnny Depp had his very first role in this film as Nancy's boyfriend Glen.

This new DVD is seriously awesome. The documentary on the beginning years of New Line cinema is great. Most of the stars are interviewed in the documentary. Wes Craven is also interviewed extensively.  Nightmare was made at a time when horror movies were being mass produced. However this is one of the best. It still remains a classic. This was one of my friends favorites films. Watched many times over and over again. It is for sure one of those movies I can't resist watching when it is on TV. But it is great to see all the great bonus features and the film itself looks and sounds amazing. 

Forever Evil

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 02:02am | Post a Comment

United Home Video #1500

Blood Diner

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 01:46am | Post a Comment

Thankfully, someone loaded a scene from the Spanish language version to YouTube:

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Neon Maniacs

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 01:36am | Post a Comment

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Blood Evil

Posted by phil blankenship, April 21, 2007 08:01pm | Post a Comment

AKA Demons of the Mind

Academy Home Entertainment #1028

A Refreshing Way To Start Your Day - Joy Behar

Posted by Miss Ess, April 21, 2007 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Joy Behar
's coming to town! 

I am an avid View watcher, and Joy is my favorite personality on the show. She'll be performing her comedy routine at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on June 16th. 

I am sure some of you out there are as crazy for The View as I am...I find myself fascinated every morning by the ladies and their Hot Topics. Joy is my favorite because (esp before Rosie O'Donnell) she is the one who is the most blunt, the most truthful. If she came to my family home for Christmas, she would fit right in with my relatives, hilarious and cutting as she is (and Italian too). 

What is it about The View that is so addicting? I have asked myself this question for many years now...for me I guess it's about what's going on below the surface on the show as much as it is what the women are gabbing about. It seems like there is always tension behind the scenes and it's tantalizingly close to the surface at times. I like to watch and see if it will peek out at the viewers and at what moment. It's also refreshing to see women actually hashing out what is going on in the news, instead of watching the news and being blandly told so called facts. 

I love to see Barbara Walters, in her 70s, trying to rein in all these outspoken and energetic women on her show-- it seems like they wrestle out of her control every single morning. I doubt when barbara started the show 10 years ago she had any idea what she was getting herself into, creating a show including women of all different backgrounds and beliefs. The way one conducts oneself on television has certainly changed since she first started on tv! And yet, god bless her, she tries to keep up with them all. 

I think it's the most compelling show on tv, and if you don't, then you must not have not given it a chance or paid close enough attention to what's really happening on The View.

(I can't even begin to get into the whole Star Jones debacle...that's a whole 'nother blog....)


Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2007 10:05am | Post a Comment
Happy Weekend, we got your hook-up:
Personally, I dedicate my days to trying to make life within Amoeba happy (only got 9 lives, embrace it, eh?) ... and the free music works for me! Therefore, to salve your spirits and mine, I bring you these wonderful lickle bites of info:

Sunday, tomorrow 4/22/07, we are having 2 instores!! Checkity-check it:
                                                        our friends and yours ...
2:00 pm

Folktronica! Indie-Rock!
Shirts with bears!
Hats! Music!
Pretty yellow wall! I want one!

LYMBYC, in my words? Experimental like nothing you've ever heard before, it isn't just some goofy noise thing where you're like, "Well. I've never heard anything like this before." It's got some layers. It's a damn good thing! (Ok, Ok, they aren't natives. Just local.)

The next show?
                        Blonde Redhead at 5:00 pm

If you're coming to Amoeba today, Saturday April 21:

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2007 09:55am | Post a Comment
come to haight street for ...

APAK - Little Sanctuary
@ Giant Robot SF
618 Shrader around the corner from Amoeba Haight Street

Reception: Saturday, April 21, 6:30 to 10:00

see you there or you'll see us there or we'll see eachother at amoeba. thank you.
show through May 10

giant robot 415.876.4773

Hands Of Steel

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Toby McTeague

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Charter Entertainment 90211

Psycho 2

Posted by Job O Brother, April 20, 2007 08:57pm | Post a Comment

               INT. JOB'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               JOB, (early 30's) sits with rapt attention at his computer
               screen. He is watching "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", a TV
               show from the 1970's that's recently been released on DVD for
               the first time.

               Behind him on the sofa is JOHN GAVIN, not wearing any
               clothes, a hibernating BLACK BEAR and a SPOOKY GHOST.

               John and the Spooky Ghost look bored.

                                   SPOOKY GHOST
                             (to Job)


Michael Hurley, Renaissance Man

Posted by Miss Ess, April 20, 2007 11:20am | Post a Comment

Michael Hurley
played at the Cafe du Nord Wednesday night, so I busted on over there after my weekly Bravo reality tv date, and I made it just in time for his full set. 

Hurley is one of the last standing of the 60s folkies, and he's still playing out often. I think in about the last 3 years I have seen him play maybe 5ish times? Oh, and though he is in his 60s he's still expertly writing ghostly, beautiful songs. Some of my favorites of his entire career have been on records from the last 15 years. He's been recording since 1965!  Despite the fact that most people associate folk music with serious, political topics, Hurley has always had his sense of humor intact and out front in his songs.

He's come back into fashion in these last 10ish years mainly because lately other artists have been giving him the shout-outs he's always deserved and have been covering his songs. Two of the more notable artists to champion Hurley lately have been Chan Marshall of Cat Power and Devendra Banhart. (Weirdly, Chan Marshall's Covers Album is almost like a song for song version of Hurley's Armchair Boogie.)  A few years back I saw Devendra with Vetiver, Chris from Espers, Carrituck County members and Joanna Newsom covering one of my absolute favorite Hurley songs, "Be Kind to Me" at the Swedish American Hall, and they tore it up, made it the raucous and ramshackle-y number it's meant to be.

Anyway, Hurley's a quiet, modest guy, but he is quite the renaissance man-- in addition to all his writing and touring, he creates the artwork for pretty much all his cds. 

And he even makes his own hats.

If you've never listened to Michael Hurley before I would recommend two older records to start, either Blueberry Wine or the afore-mentioned Armchair Boogie. Amoeba is actually one of the few places you can buy his cds! 

He's a different breed, the kind of talented and detail-oriented songwriter that becomes more and more rare as the years pass. If you are a folk fan, he's well worth a listen and a trek to one of his live shows.

Here he is playing in Portland this year. The camera work is bad, forgive the poster, but the song is of course fantastic:


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CBS Fox Video 4772

Stage Fright

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VidAmerica #7015

You have to believe we are Magic ...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 19, 2007 06:25pm | Post a Comment

Tonight, join us at
Space Gallery
1141 Polk Street at Hemlock in SF, 9pm
as Club Unicornbread presents
a night of decadence and innocent yearning:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the world, join us in a celebration at what lies at the heart of all we do day in and day out:
the Muse of Creativity (above, changing my world and yours!) and the music of
Electric Light Orchestra!

Join this famous and talented cast as they give tribute
to what is arguably
  The Best Pop Musical of the 1980's!

We call it Xanadu ...

Resident Advisor's podcast: awesome or fantastic?

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 19, 2007 02:50pm | Post a Comment

One of my favorite online destinations for dance music in 2007 is Australia's Resident Advisor. It's great for up-to-the-minute news, interviews, DJ charts and more. But while the writing is a bit off occasionally and the coverage a bit too club-focused, RA really shines through its podcast, an hour long mix by cutting-edge DJ's featuring the best the music has to offer. Recent sets from Alexander Robotnik, Âme, Maurice Fulton, Ripperton, M.A.N.D.Y. and particularly the completely satisfying Dixon mix have quenched my thirst for ever-newer mixes. Best part: it's free (unless you consider registration a cost). Go get it!

Men In Black: Black Flag and N.W.A. - L.A.'s Musical Influence On The World Part 1

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 19, 2007 11:56am | Post a Comment
N.W.A. and Black Flag had much in common. Their music spoke of oppression, police brutality and the party life. The cops continuously harassed both groups. Riots sprung at both group's shows, making it hard for the groups to perform. On top of that, they were practically neighbors. Compton is just a few miles away from Lawndale.


Black Flag played hardcore punk that woke suburbia from its sleep. When the rock clubs banned Black Flag from playing their venues, they created alternative venues for their shows and created the first D.I.Y. touring circuit for alternative rock bands. Black Flag released hundreds of records on their own label (SST Records) by other influential punk rock groups. They were the godfathers of the 90's grunge movement as well as every hardcore punk band that came after them. Black Flag saved punk rock from dying a premature hipster's death, yet unfortunately introduced the whole knucklehead element into the punk scene. Circle pit, anyone?


No disrespect to Too Short or The Geto Boys, but there would be no gangster rap in mainstream media if it weren’t for N.W.A. They achieved massive commercial success and mainstream appeal without the help of radio airplay or MTV. They helped expose society to "ghetto life," putting South L.A. and Compton on the map. Lyrically they helped inspire the revolt of 1992 (Some of you called it a riot; some of us call it a revolt!) and amputated the east coast stronghold held on hip-hop for many years, focusing attention not only on the L.A. rap scene but on other federations of rap music such as Houston, Atlanta and the Bay Area.


Posted by Job O Brother, April 19, 2007 10:21am | Post a Comment

               EXT. BACKYARD - DAY

               JOB, (early 30's) scrubs clothes on a washboard in a large

               His movements are slow, laborious. He is melancholy.

               From the back-door of a house comes OLIVER CROMWELL, (mid 50's)
               holding two glasses of lime-aid.

               He walks over to Job.

                                   OLIVER CROMWELL

               Job gives a tired smile. He extracts his hands from the soapy
               water and wipes them on his shirt-front. He accepts the
               beverage and sips.

                                   OLIVER CROMWELL (CONT'D)
                         Hot day.

The Freeway Maniac

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Over The Summer

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Night Of The Sharks

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Two Talented Ladies, Bjork and Joanna, Make One Amazing Teeny Tour

Posted by Miss Ess, April 18, 2007 05:18pm | Post a Comment
Helloooooooo everyone, I just read online that Miss Joanna Newsom will be opening for Miss Bjork on her upcoming tour for two whole dates:

05-15 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-19 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

Now doesn't that seem like a fantastic match? 

I am so excited to hear Joanna's new ep that is coming out next Tuesday on Drag City. It's gonna be called Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band and will have one new song, "Colleen," recorded just after her tour ended in December at The Record Plant in Sausalito. The Plant is a fabled recording studio where Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was laid down, along with sessions by just about anyone who's anyone, including Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Michael Bolton, etc etc. All the greats. Anyway, I am waiting with most eager anticipation for this latest release, and will give a full report as soon as I hear it. Oh yeah, it's also gonna have some live tracks from the Ys tour and including her crackerjack band of Miss Katie Hardin, Mr Neal Morgan, Mr Kevin Barker, Mr Ryan Francesconi, and Mr Dan Cantrell. Seeing the Ys songs performed live was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had at a show-- this band cooks!  And so do the songs. Hopefully everyone's heard Joanna's Ys by now; if not, you are coo coo-- go check it out immediately!  Bjork's new album Volta comes out May 7.  All of this gives me so much to look forward to!

2nd Street Jazz - Jazz & More in Little Tokyo

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 18, 2007 02:50pm | Post a Comment

2nd Street Jazz (or LAND, as it's otherwise known as) is a Jazz club
and bar located in downtown LA's Little Tokyo. It's an inconspicuous
spot, unassuming, situated on a corner between a couple of sushi restaurants and an American Apparel. Actually, it's very easy to miss. However, it's a spot that has been gathering ample attention not by
flyers or ads, but through word of mouth.

2nd Street Jazz was founded six years ago by former trumpet player and
entrepreneur, Kohei Matsumoto. Kohei was a businessman whose passion
for jazz inspired him to open a jazz club in Little Tokyo. Unfortunately, after having achieved his dream, Kohei passed away. However, his son Koichi soon took over and is keeping his father's vision alive.

The week starts off on Monday night, which tends to be a little tamed. You can find your usual suspects enjoying a cold 24oz. Sapporo and speaking with Koichi or the bartender Lisa, from my hometown of Gardena. On Tuesdays, 2nd Street hosts an open jam session that attracts many of L.A.'s up and coming jazz musicians. Wednesdays are reserved for local Jazz groups playing mostly original compositions. In fact, in the multiple times that I have been there on a Wednesday night, I have yet to witness a single mediocre act.

Other nights are reserved for different events, my favorite night being an amateur night with the participants being some of the regulars from the bar. It's funny, some people will surprise you with their talent and others, well… it's amateur night. It's never boring. The acts cover various musical styles: R&B, rock, samba, hip-hop... etc. Lots of cover songs that range from the musical tastes of Alicia Keys to Michael Franks (remember "Popsicle Toes"? ah… yeah, that one) to Miles Davis.

Having been to Japan twice, this spot reminds me a lot of the night clubs in Tokyo. The neon colors reflecting from the sign, the drinks and the hospitality... flood my mind with memories of Japan. Speaking of hospitality, the people who work there make you feel right at home. They are just as fond of East L.A. oldies as much as they are of Traditional Jazz. (After all, they are on the cusp of where the 1st Street Bridge takes you into East Los Angeles.) It's definitely a far cry from the pretentiousness that comes from clubs west of 2nd Street Jazz. That's what I like about this place -- its homey love mixed with highbrow music. At some point people started to treat jazz as a museum piece and it became more about the past than the present. It's time to bring jazz back to the local scene for a whole new generation to appreciate it.

LAND On 2nd Street is located at 366 E 2nd Street, off the corner of Central and 2nd in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. Phone#: 213-680-0047

Upcoming events:

April, 23 2007 - Kai Kurosawa/Vinny Golia's Friday Nite Band
April, 25 2007 - Richard Sears/Harris Eisenstadt CD RELEASE/Phil Fiorio
May 17th De Volada! featuring DJ sets from DJ Luz, DJ Pan Dulce and Gomez Comes Alive!
Every Tuesday: 2nd Street Jazz Jam Session featuring Gary Fukushima, piano; J.P. Maramba, bass; Miles Senzaki, drums. No cover, 1 drink minimum to play.

It's Windy: Therefore, We Have Odyssey and Oracle

Posted by Miss Ess, April 18, 2007 12:39pm | Post a Comment
I'm not for global warming at all, but aren't you all as tired of being COLD right now as I am? SF is freezing these past few days...and apparently compared to the northeast we've got it easy here.

Anyway, today since it's so blustery all I have been listening to has been the Zombies' Odyssey and Oracle. It's a fantastic record, makes me feel like it's fall for some reason (even though it's supposed to be spring right now). The Zombies had so much promise as a 60s English rock band, but they broke up soon after this record was made in 1967, I think even by the time it was released. I feel that this record is their penultimate statement though-- it's their only fully realized album. Maybe anything else they would have done would have seemed lesser after reaching such heights anyway.

The thing that is so great about Odyssey and Oracle is that every song is fantastic in its own way. It seems like all the songs on this record tell detailed stories and that's part of what sets the album apart and elevates the music. As with all favorite records, my favorite track changes often-- first, years ago, it was "A Rose For Emily," or maybe "Beechwood Park." Both songs are completely catchy and yet also melancholic. I guess that is part of why I connect this record with an autumnal feeling-- it's that bittersweetness that comes over me about every September as the seasons change. That said, there is optimism and hope on the record too, esp in "This Will Be Our Year" and "I Want Her She Wants Me," two more favorite cuts of mine. Right now and for the past year or so my favorite song on Odyssey and Oracle is the bizarro "Changes." It's got overwhelmingly huge choruses with swirly harmonies and odd yet evocative lyrics describing a girl from the past who wears "strawberry clothes"-- it's all hung together strangely and yet it works and stands out.  Clearly "Time of the Season" is the most famous track on the record, but I tend to forget it is even there, coming as it does at the very end of the whole eloquent thing. It's like a little extra treat after you've heard and digested all these other wonderfully melodic nuggets.  Yeah the Zombies were kinda obviously trying to be the Beatles (the record was made in 1967 after all, same as Sgt. Pepper)...but they did a great job of constructing a gorgeous pop album all their own.

depeche mode reissues...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 18, 2007 12:33pm | Post a Comment
I'm a big fan of the reissues. So many of my favorite albums from the 80s need a good  remastering. It's also always fun to rediscover your old favorites with new bonus tracks and added video content. The packaging is also usually redone and made all fancy. This last couple years has seen the reissue of the entire Depeche Mode catalogue. Last month we just got the latest two reissues,  Black Celebration and Construction Time Again. The only thing left is Ultra and Exciter. I don't think they will be reissuing Playing the Angel since it did just recently come out for the first time.

First up is Construction Time Again. This album was originally released in 1983. This was their third album, following A Broken Frame. It was always easy to remember the order of the early album because construction obviously follows something that is broken! While they had started to make an impact in the U.S., they were still not to the point of playing stadiums quite yet. This album has a slightly more industrial feel to it. It includes more samples than their albums had before. This album included some of my favorites, "More Than a Party", "Everything Counts" and "And Then..." Alan Wilder had joined the band as a full time member at this point. He even wrote the environmentally friendly song "The Landscape is Changing." He joined Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher. Depeche Mode were now the band they would be all the way through Songs of Faith and Devotion. All of their albums were really their own thing. And they all still hold up today. They were breakthrough at the time and are still influencing bands today.

 These reissues are really awesome. Not only is the entire album remastered. But you can also listen to it in 5.1 and stereo. They all also include a DVD documentary and bonus tracks. And great fold out fancy packaging. The original liner notes are all there but they include some new commentary on the history of the album.  The  Bonus tracks include the awesome song "Get the Balance Right." Originally included on the compilation album People are People.

This album contains the original tracks:
Love in Itself, More Than a Party, Pipeline, Everything Counts, Two Minute Warning, Shame
The Landscape is Changing, Told You So, And Then...

also the bonus tracks: Get the Balance Right, The Great Outdoors, Work Hard, Fools

and remixes of: Get the Balance Right, Everything Counts, Love in Itself

All the reissues contain awesome DVD documentaries. Each tailor made for the particular album. This one is called, "Teenagers Growing Up, Bad Government, and All That Stuff."
They have clips of live performances and videos along with great interviews with the band members and all the people involved with the making of the album. It is really interesting the hear the producers talk about the making of the album. The reissues are seriously worth it just for these DVDs. And the songs sound better than ever!

Next up is Black Celebration. This was their fifth album released in 1986. Black Celebration began the trilogy of their best albums. Followed by Music For the Masses and Violator. This was their most popular period and clearly their most creative and brilliant period as well. This album just feels big and full. Excellently produced it flows together perfectly. It opens up with "Black Celebration" and includes the brilliant "Stripped" and "Question of Lust." The album marked a change for them. It has a richer dark feel to it. It also has a couple of the signature ballads. "Here Is the House" remains one of my favorites. This album was also the first that I became obsessed with. I was in my first year of junior high and just beginning to discover good music. They seriously changed my life and have been a part of it ever since. The cassette of this album was listened to over and over again. This album also remains many of the hardcore Depeche Mode fans favorite albums. The bonus tracks on this one include one on my favorite songs "Shake the Disease." Originally released on the Catching Up with Depeche Mode compilation.

This album contains the original tracks:
Black Celebration, Fly on the Windscreen, A Question of Lust, Sometimes, It Doesn't Matter Two, A Question of Time, Stripped, Here is the House, World Full of Nothing, Dressed in Black, New Dress

also the bonus tracks:
Shake the Disease, Flexible, It's Called A Heart, Fly on the Windscreen, But Not Tonight, Breathing in Fumes, Black Day, Christmas Island

and Live in Birmingham April 1986:
Black Celebration, A Question of Time, Stripped

It also includes the DVD documentary "The Songs Aren't Good Enough, There Aren't Any Singles, and It'll Never Get Played On the Radio"

These reissue are overall rated as amazing. They are right up there  with The Cure reissues. The Depeche Mode reissues are only better because of the great documentaries. Hopefully next up we will see some domestic reissues of the Sisters of Mercy albums that have recently been reissued in the UK. Also, I know Joy Division is getting the reissue treatment soon.  The Smiths can't be too far behind. Please!

also reissued by Depeche Mode are these awesome albums

Speak and Spell (1981)

A Broken Frame (1982)

Some Great Reward (1984)


Music for the Masses (1987)

Violator (1990)

Songs of Faith & Devotion (1993)

Zebra Force

Posted by phil blankenship, April 18, 2007 12:32pm | Post a Comment

Badly injured in Vietnam, our one-armed burn victim (w/ electronic voice box) anti-hero plots to rob the local mob by inciting a RACE WAR !  Together with his ragtag band of hardened veterans, they take on the mob's gambling & drug trade disguised as black men. You see, these hardened veterans are hardened WHITE veterans - no one will expect THEM! Their disguise is so convincing that an all-together different (aka African-American) cast is used during those scenes.  Will the mob figure out what's going on and what will happen when the local badass brothers discover the deception? With a shocking twist finale!

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"Suspect Named In Jam Master Jay's Murder"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2007 10:31am | Post a Comment

Except it feels like 20 years ago the way the years run, don't it?

Now they are saying they know the man who did this thing, or have the right man in custody' or any of that Law & Order kind of action.

I don't know a thing.

I'm not saying they're right, not saying that they are lying.

But don't forget.

Can't never let yourself forget.
Let Justice prevail. Someday, somehow.

Phantasm II

Posted by phil blankenship, April 17, 2007 11:31pm | Post a Comment

Nice new dvd editions of  Phantasm and Phantasm III were issued last week.

Phantasm 4: Oblivion has been on dvd since 2000.

But where 'o where is the domestic pressing of my favorite in the series, Phantasm II ??

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The Octagon

Posted by phil blankenship, April 17, 2007 10:44pm | Post a Comment

1980. In an unnamed South American country, mercinaries are being trained in the long lost art of the NINJA.  These terrorists are killing Canadian diplomats, their families, and other important people across the globe. Only one man can stop the black clad assassins & their devious plot - CHUCK NORRIS !

Chuck battles across Los Angeles to the heart of South America with the help of best friend Art Hindle, bounty hunter Lee Van Cleef, mysterious heiress Karen Carlson and reformed terrorist Carol Bagdasarian, culminating in the ultimate fight against the head ninja, his disgraced BROTHER, within the walls of the sacred battleground of THE OCTAGON.

Check out the trailer below as well as a clip of the penultimate fight between Chuck and Richard Norton (ABBA's former bodyguard) !

Cat People

Posted by Job O Brother, April 17, 2007 01:12pm | Post a Comment



               JOB, (early 30's) is in bed, sleeping.

               At his feet, curled into a black round, is his cat, FANGS.

               ZOOM IN ON JOB'S FACE.

               His mouth and brow twitch slightly; he is dreaming.

                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. JOB'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               Job is in bed, sleeping.

               He tosses.

               He wakes suddenly, from a nightmare.

               He looks around, dazed.

Save Internet Radio

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 17, 2007 01:01am | Post a Comment
Do you listen to online radio stations? Often? Do you have favorites you love a whole lot? Well, all that is about to end, thanks to yesterday's hearing of the Copyright Royalty Board, at which it declined to change its mind regarding a recent hike in rates that will effectively put everyone out of business.

Still, there's hope.

Send a letter to your Congressperson. If you care, you gotta.

out today...4/17...nin...noisettes...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 16, 2007 10:14pm | Post a Comment
So last week was a bit busier and next week will again be super busy. But these things come in waves. Just two albums coming out today worth talking about. I will not be wasting your time talking about the new Avril Lavigne. So I am totally impressed with this dude: it seemed like he was off taking a long break for a while, but then he put out a great new album a couple years ago, With Teeth. It kind of surprised me.

And now Nine Inch Nails is back with a new one already Year Zero.  Trent Reznor basically is NIN. He has been creating music for us for almost 20 years now.  

2007 is actually the 20th anniversary of Trent's appearance in Light of Day with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett. You might need to watch it again to catch him in a bar scene playing keyboards in "The Problems." Michael J Fox and Joan Jett are like the rock and roll bar band Carpenters as a brother and sister band called the "Barbusters." Gena Rowlands is amazing as always as their mother. Joan Jett is not only a rocker but a single mom in the movie!

Trent started his career with the brilliant album Pretty Hate Machine on TVT records, an album that basically invented a whole new type of music. It also had a huge influence on many bands. I know many people who still regard it as one of their favorites. He made industrial music that was more accessible and catchy than most. The songs actually kind of flowed and had lyrics that made sense. His albums are always dark and futuristic. This new album will for sure not upset any of his fans. Year Zero is dark, intense and brilliant.

This album is a sort of concept album about a totalitarian future. At times it could be a Depeche Mode album, with beautiful dark synths throughout the albums. His vocals are still strong and precise. Year Future seemed to have only a couple of truly great songs, however, this entire album keeps my attention. It all flows brilliantly together.

Trent Reznor sort of became an unlikely sex symbol of the whole industrial genre. I think it is has a lot to do with the music he creates. His albums are always very sexual. Not sexual in an obvious Barry White kind of way. But seriously, his albums have some power over me. The first single is Survivalism.

Electra Glide In Blue

Posted by Job O Brother, April 16, 2007 10:11pm | Post a Comment

               Phones ring and the office bustles with activity.

               An OFFICER taps out six Advil into his palm and swallows them
               with an energy drink. He is exhausted.

               In his office is CAPTAIN RODIN, intensively studying some

               LIEUTENANT REDDY knocks on the Captain's door. He holds up a
               bag of baked goods and smiles.

               The Captain smiles wearily.

               Lieutenant Reddy sets the bag on the desk, leaves, then
               returns with two tall coffees which he sets next to the bag
               of pastries; closes the office door behind him and sits down.

               The Captain smiles faintly as Lieutenant removes two
               croissants, one chocolate, one plain, and sets them neatly on
               the bag.

Wax Poetics - A Must Read for the Vinyl Junkie

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 16, 2007 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Issue #22 of Wax Poetics is out now! Included in this issue is an in-depth interview with Pharoahe Monch, whose long overdue album comes out in June. Also included is a feature on the outspoken Betty Davis, who paved the way for future female funk artists such as Macy Gray & Erykah Badu. Way ahead of her time, the former wife of Miles Davis never got full credit for changing the face of funk in the 70’s. Other great articles of note include features on Too Short, Joao Donato and Ornette Coleman, plus a tribute to the late Alice Coltrane. One of my favorite regular features in Wax Poetics is called "Re:Discovery," where the magazine contributors write about five favorite rediscovered albums, twelve & seven inch singles. I often feel a variety of emotions when I read this feature, from jealousy (I wish I had that!) to regret (damn, I used to have that!) to pride (man…I’ve had that for years!). This magazine is a must for people who love digging through Amoeba's vast World, Reggae, Soul, Electronica and Hip-Hop vinyl sections!

Congratulations to Matt and Marie

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2007 10:11am | Post a Comment

Here is former Amoeba man Matt Dickow and his new daughter, Isobelle Madison:

Isobell's Mom, who did 99.9% of the work that day, was glowing and beautiful in the pictures. Uncle Clancy, well, he's crooning black metal songs now to 2 little babies, and son Owen has another playmate. Congratulations and best wishes to your entire clan from us folks over here at Amoeba.

"White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s."

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2007 09:00am | Post a Comment
Reason 2,472 that I love Amoeba: I wake up, I read the paper  (online, of course) and always find some neato thing!

Today, this is the patch of online journalism that jolts me - somewhere between a good cup of coffee and shock-paddles de resuscitare, I find this description of a man shopping at Amoeba Music, the one on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California:

from the calendar section of the LA Times:

'... These [albums] were not of mere musical interest to Boyd. He produced them. And throughout the store there's plenty more of his handiwork: influential albums by innovative English folk-rock group Fairport Convention and its most famous alums, Richard Thompson and the late Sandy Denny; the idiosyncratic work of Scottish psychedelic-folk avatars the Incredible String Band; and the singular sounds from the too-brief life of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

Although that music stands on its own merits, the value is even more evident in the presence here of many younger acts claiming influence from Boyd's catalog, from R.E.M. (which recruited him to produce the 1985 "Fables of the Reconstruction" album) to the currently acclaimed crop of "freak-folk" figures such as Devendra Banhart and (seen to your left) Joanna Newsom, who talk of music associated with Boyd in hushed, reverent tones."

... so, ,maybe Miss Ess, purveyor of music lit world-wide, can blog to us all one day and tell us what she thought of this man's new book:

 "White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s."

Did you see Spellbound?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2007 02:30am | Post a Comment
'Did I see? Why, what kind of trick is thi-?'

No, no ... I'm watching Wordplay on a Sunday, which means it's extra hard to watch today so if you're tired, wait until Monday ...  anyway, it reminded me of another documentary Spellbound, which I was also the last to see. I should call my movie blogs 'The Finally Founds' or perhaps more accurate would be something along the lines of 'No Attention-Span Theater'

As I was saying, Ladies and Gents, I present to you
Wordplay aka Word Play:

An incredible look at Crossword Puzzles, the folks who can do them faster than I can find a pencil - yes, pencil, and fascinatingly: how crosswords are made.

Especially this fella, goes by the name Will Shortz? Face it, when you think artificial heart, you think Jarvis-7 and Barney Clark. Snap. (Some argue the order, but hey ...) When someone says crossword puzzle, you think The New York Times and Will Shortz. (Some argue the order, but hey ...)

If you have no idea what I am talking about, it's even more reason for you to see this docu-mama as soon as you can get yer hands upon it!

My new motto as of last week? I know nothing!  I promise you, it's freeing. Try it. Whee.

I am no stranger to the squares and cursing beneath my breath as I struggle with that last corner of an angry weekend puzzle. I'm also no stranger to a really bad Monday when I couldn't even finish the puzzle in the Oakland Tribune. Lucky for me, I also remember the joy I got from any Sunday New York Times puzzle that I finished or not. (Most of them, not)

In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro

Posted by phil blankenship, April 16, 2007 01:37am | Post a Comment

There's a shitty review of the movie on IMDb but don't believe it - this movie DELIVERS  baboon carnage, more than any other film in history.  Human faces don't stand a chance against a baboon's flesh-ripping wrath ! There's also some fairly convincing footage of baboons getting shot.... but not to worry, there's a note that no animals were harmed in the production of the movie. and if they wrote it, it must be true !

U.S.A. Home Video #63213

Sweet Sweet Music

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 16, 2007 12:43am | Post a Comment
    At Amoeba SF's electronica section, we've usually got at least four or five titles each month that we're extremely hyped on. Here's our current batch:

    First we've got Gui Boratto's Chromophobia on Kompakt. Boratto's Brazilian heritage gives him an edge when making his brand of tech-house, and that's an ear for rhythm. Straddling between minimal and electrohouse, Chromophobia avoids any LP pitfalls by working equally on a dancefloor as on headphones, it's got enough oomph to sound fantastic on a large sound system, but intricate enough that you notice small details while listening at home. I love his way with melody, particularly the swooping tones of "Terminal" and the bleep counterpoint in "Gate 7"; it gets quite emotional. The rhythms are key, though, and it's clear from the first track on that Boratto has a good grasp of syncopation and funk. Between the Hug and Field albums and now this, Kompakt are on a bit of a roll, again!

    Next up is We Are Together by Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi, released on Mule Musiq. This is an album that is a unanimous vote amongst the electronica staff - everybody loves it (well, at least four of us). It's jazzy house music only in the loosest sense of the phrase, managing to perfectly walk the tightrope between noodly and stiff. The thing I like best about this album is its sense of space, the production on every track sounds so expansive and widescreen as to conjure up images of the music's physicality. In that sense it reminds me of the Burial album where there's a very conscious sense of three-dimensional space - it's a real "smokers delight". Check Kuni's MySpace page to hear more of this excellence.

    The Black Dog's earliest works are Modern Electronic Music 101; their innovations created a new genre of music (the odiously-named Intelligent Dance Music or IDM) and opened the doors for others to make funky, body-moving yet cerebral tracks. The music bleeps like techno but rocks sampled breaks that up the funk factor by a power of 100, and large, rolling basslines that were an unmistakable influence on early Jungle (and influenced by the UK Breakbeat Hardcore that preceded it).
    The Black Dog of 2007 is a solo act for the most part, but back in the early 90's it was a trio. Ken Downie was joined by Ed Handley and Andy Turner for what is considered TBD's best material. There was dissent, though, and Handley & Turner eventually broke off to form Plaid, one of my personal favorite electronic artists ever and a mainstay of Warp Records' roster.
    Book of Dogma
is the release that longtime TBD fans have been waiting for - it collects all of their essential early EP's, remastered no less, in one place. Most tracks have never appeared on CD, and many of these records are worth upwards of $200 on vinyl, peaking in the EBay heyday of the late 90's at $300-$400 APIECE, so you can see how momentous this occasion is. This collection is as essential as it gets, so buy it.

Finally, we have The Greatest Hits of G.A.M.M., with G.A.M.M. being the superb Swedish label dedicated to reinterpreting and mashing up Soul, Funk, Disco, Reggae, Brazilian, Hip Hop and last but not nearly least, Jazz. G.A.M.M. is loosely affiliated with Stockholm's Raw Fusion label, and includes many nujazz artists moonlighting under fake names including Spiritual South, Panoptikon, Freddie Cruger and Todd Terje (though I won't tell you what their aliases are!). The music is frequently incredible and usually surefire dancefloor material - kicking off with Red Astaire's smash hit "Follow Me", which takes an obscure D'Angelo vocal off a Method Man & Redman track and rocks a sick, jazzy vibe lick underneath it for maximum effect. Other standouts include Beatfanatic's funky reggae rework of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" and Tangoterje's subtle samba edit of MJ's "Can't Help It" - probably the best tune on a compilation where deciding which one is best is a very difficult prospect. Undoubtedly due to unofficial status, this will come and go quickly so get on it!

roseanne is still funny

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 15, 2007 02:32pm | Post a Comment
Roseanne is one of those shows that remains hilarious after all these years. Some shows, ALF as an example, were hilarious when they first aired, but they do not hold up years later. Believe me, cause I have tried. But Roseanne managed to create a show that was still hilarious 7 years into it. Season 7 originally aired in 1994 and 1995. The show lasted 9 seasons. It still remained a great show for one more season. However, it was season 9 after they won the lottery that the show went down hill quickly. Roseanne was hilarious because it dealt with real situations. It was a real family dealing with real situations.  They just happened to use a whole lot of sarcasm and humour to get through the day. Season 7 begins with Roseanne becoming pregnant, which she was in real life. In this season, Darlene gets a new boyfriend while David remains at the Connor house. Jackie and Fred have problems and split up. Becky and Mark move out, again. My favorite episode is when some elderly nudists move in next door. Roseanne and Dan can't stop peeping and are eventually confronted by their neighbors. This is also the season where Beverly is arrested for drunk driving.

Laurie Metcalf is really underrated as an actress. She is again amazing in this season. Estelle Parson as Bev and Sara Gilbert as Darlene are also great additions to the cast. The season is filled with guest stars. Sharon Stone as the Landlord of Becky and Mark's trailer park. Traci Lords as a new Lunch Box employee. Danny Masterson stars as Darlene's new boyfriend Jimmy. And Shelley Winters is as amazing as ever as Bev's mom. Martin Mull and Sandra Bernhard also return as the co-owners of the Lunch Box. This season also included an episode with the famous TV moms of the old family shows. Also a dream episode with the cast of Gilligan's Island. The cover art for these DVDs often have horrible pictures of John Goodman on them. It seems the designer of these boxes is not a big John Goodman fan. However, this season box seems to have a more accurate picture of John on the cover. The great thing about these season boxes is that they contain the original uncut episode. The episodes you see on Nick at Nite are cut down to fit in more commercials. So there are new little bits that you may not remember added back into the episodes.  Seriously, this show is timeless. It cracks me up every time I put it on. It also brings me back to a time when sitcoms were still funny.

get some lo-fi-fnk!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 15, 2007 12:29pm | Post a Comment
A couple of weeks ago I went to go see Fujiya & Miyagi at the Mezzanine. I had no high hopes for the opening bands since I have had bad experience with the openers there before....Mikey Avalon as an example. So I was ready for Lo-Fi-Fnk to be over before they even started. However I ran into my friend Tom and he tried convincing me that I was gonna like them. I still was not totally convinced. But suddenly curious. Little did I know they would be my new favorite band. These kids from Sweden have got to be like maybe 20 years old. But they really did blow me away. Super fun electro that kind of made Fujiya & Miyagi seem a little boring. They remind me of when I first saw Les Rythmes Digitales. They for sure had some fans there. But the crowd seemed to be mostly Fujiya & Miyagi fans that were being won over by the lo-fi funk of Lo-Fi-Fnk. They had really good energy and seemed to get the crowd excited and into their jams. Similar to Hot Chip or Junior Boys, it is fun catchy electro. So I went and picked up their album "Boylife" as soon as I could. And the album is awesome! I can't stop listening to it. The album is full of catchy electro jams such as "What's on Your Mind" and "Wake Up" and "Adore."

Lo-Fi-Fnk are from Stockholm, Sweden.  The band is Leo Drougge and August Hellsing who met in High School. Probably not too long ago. This album came out in Europe in 2006. No release yet in the U.S. But it can't be too far off in the future. These kids obviously set out to have fun and make a dancey fun record. They succeeded brilliantly. They somehow made an album that is seriously addictive. Great synth beats with catchy lyrics. They don't take themselves too seriously. So don't go thinking this is a serious electronic album. Its fun electro pop and you will surely become addicted as I have.  


You Know The Score

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 15, 2007 12:58am | Post a Comment
Alternately known as Old Skool, Hardcore or simply Rave Music, Breakbeat Hardcore is the bastard spawn of Chicago Acid House, Dub Reggae and Bomb Squad-style Hip Hop. Here's a slew of videos I've been collecting that showcase the stuff in it's full glory. All Hail YouTube!

Run Tings - Fires Burning:

Altern8 - Infiltrate 202

Kicks Like a Mule - The Bouncer:

Liquid - Sweet Harmony/SL2 - On a Ragga Tip:

SL2 - DJ's Take Control:

Acen - Trip II the Moon (Kaleidiscopiklimax)


Posted by phil blankenship, April 15, 2007 12:20am | Post a Comment

The Best Years of Our Lives

Posted by Job O Brother, April 14, 2007 08:44pm | Post a Comment


               JOB, (early 30's) and his boyfriend COREY (late 20's), exit
               the theatre amidst the late-night crowds of tourists, all
               looking downward at the celebrity-made prints in the sidewalk

               The marquee behind them reads "GRINDHOUSE".

                         You like it?

               Job nods.


                         Very much.

                         You're glowing!

A Basement, a Red Light and a Feeling

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 14, 2007 08:36pm | Post a Comment
This week I happened to receive new music by Elektrons, a Manchester-based duo who've recently released their second single, and it's one that has shot to the top of my chart - I've been humming it all week!


"Dirty Basement" features Eska, a vocalist who's worked extensively in the Broken Beat world with the likes of Bugz in the Attic and I. G. Culture, often the highlight of the songs she's singing, as is the case with the majority of Culture's vastly overlooked New Sector Movements album Turn It Up. She is wicked, and this is no exception. The staccato verses sound like she's channeling Missy Elliot a bit but once she really starts singing, it's purely Eska.

are also known as eclectic DJ crew  The Unabombers and throw an internationally-known club night called The Electric Chair (popular enough that they have their own CD compilations) that's been turning folks on to its varied music policy of fun, funky and leftfield dance tunes since 1995. Made up of Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, the Unas both have a long history in music, with Crawford being behind jazzy downtempo act Only Child on Mark Rae's Grand Central Records as well as bassist for Madchester dance-rockers New Fast Automatic Daffodils (who are due for a major revival any day now - you heard it here first).

This tune. is. killer - check the Elektrons' MySpace page linked above to hear it. Any song with the chorus "All we need is a dirty basement/With a red light on" is going to naturally appeal to me (another lyric explains that "these are the only things that can keep me motivated". Me to a "T"). Singing the praises of dancing in the dark as a lifestyle might not be a new thing, but this is how its done properly and with style. It's part House and Disco, part Hip Hop, part Soul. Check it for yourself:

I completely love how it manages to be 100% contemporary pop but still bump and swing in the right places. Infectious.

Last year's Elektrons single, The Get Up EP, was an instant favorite of mine and in my bag for a solid year afterwards. I'd recommend checking out "Sunshine Love", a summery disco jam with a rubberband bassline and enough good spirit to propel multiple beach parties.

"Dirty Basement" is out now on 12".

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Posted by Job O Brother, April 13, 2007 11:56pm | Post a Comment

               INT. JOB'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               JOB, (early 30's) pours boiling water from an electric kettle
               into an heirloom mug.

               His black cat, FANGS, races around the room, batting and
               pouncing on a toy mouse.

               Job carefully prepares a perfect cup of tea, then brings it
               to his desk, where he sits in an antique, red leather chair.

               He faces his computer. He brings up Final Draft.

               He takes a moment to consider what to write.

               From behind him, a voice speaks...

                         I know what you're gonna write

Lester Bangs

Posted by Miss Ess, April 13, 2007 06:13pm | Post a Comment

So I don't know if you all are fans of Lester Bangs or not, but I am a huge fan. Lester Bangs kinda sorta "invented" rock journalism as we know it today. He was a passionate and talented fellow, who took his inspiration from the Beats and from nyquil, among other things. In his pieces he rambles from one brilliant point to another, all the while insulting everyone possible and tearing down your expectations. He's also incredibly tender about the things that have really moved him.

My favorite piece he ever wrote is, not coincidently, about one of my favorite records:  Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. You can check out the entire piece he wrote here. (And you should.)

Lester's writing style can't be beat in my book. It's so upsetting that he died so young, pretty much burned himself out, cause it would be so fantastic to have him here today, railing against the dull- as- tombs stuff that passes for music writing these days. It would be so interesting to hear his take on the world we have now, a world in which the internet (here we are) means that anything, any bit of information or connection we want we can have at our fingertips, instead of that long, weary and ultimately rewarding search we used to have. I think if he was here lester would still see and point out the beauty in that brand of now- old-fashioned journey.

If you have not read a collection of his work, I would say start with Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. There's also a fantastic and absorbing biography about Lester called Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic. It's by Jim DeRogatis. In the grand, gonzo tradition of Lester himself, I think I read the whole thing pretty much nonstop over about 3 days. His life was exceptional, brash, and full of passion and being in the right place at the right time. Doesn't that kind of living just make the best kind of biography? 

R.I.P. L.B. 1948-1982
They sure don't make em like they used to.

Rough Air

Posted by phil blankenship, April 12, 2007 11:40pm | Post a Comment
The 1970s were a great time for the airplane thriller genre. Kick started by the multi-Oscar nominated Airport, flights ruled the air and the silver screen. However, by the time The Concorde... Airport '79 rolled around, the series was verging on self parody, leading to the seeming conclusion of the genre, Airplane!

Surprisingly, the success of Turbulence in the home video market brought engines roaring back to rental stores across the country, spawning the release of dozens of nearly identical new entries into the Airplane Terror field.

Rough Air follows the genre conventions closely. Eric Roberts is a disgraced pilot called in for one last flight. Alexandra Paul is his former lover / head flight attendant.  The routine international flight hits a patch of ROUGH AIR when (first) the plane is depressurized after the cargo hatch is torn from the plane, (second) hits a brutal oceanic storm, (third) is hit by lightning causing massive computer malfunction, (fourth) the prisoner being transported back to the states to stand trial as the Internet Murderer (!!) gets loose planning to hijack the plane, and (fifth) the plane passes the half way point of the flight signalling there is NO TURNING BACK !  Thankfully, the passengers include an airplane repairman on his honeymoon, a European soccer star (hellbent on making the sport bigger than baseball - take that Beckham!), and the aforementioned Internet Murderer (who happens to not only have a pilot's license but also a heart of gold!). Director Jon Cassar brings an air of respectability (almost) and excitement to this cliched affair, just as he would do several years later as the coproducer / director of the hit show 24.

The Jungle Book

Posted by Job O Brother, April 12, 2007 10:34am | Post a Comment

               INT. JOB'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               JOB, (early 30's) sits at his desk. A BLACK CAT is curled in
               his lap.

               He's listening to music on shuffle; a new song playing every
               few minutes or so. Currently playing is an early song by
               Front 242 from their album "Geography", located in the
               Gothic/Industrial section of Amoeba Music.

               He's typing out his latest blog, in screenplay format.

               In the time it takes him to describe the music that's
               playing, it switches to a track from Clinic's latest effort,
               "Visitations"; an album he is still exploring and enjoying,
               though it doesn't immediately rock his world like their
               impish, catchy and pithy album "Walking With Thee", located
               in the Rock/Pop section of Amoeba Music; an album which
               samples one of his heroes, Laurie Anderson, also found in
               that section.

God Bless You Mister Vonnegut

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 12, 2007 08:07am | Post a Comment

... and so it goes.

Crank Sturgeon / PCRV Live @ Pehrspace

Posted by phil blankenship, April 12, 2007 01:08am | Post a Comment
Tonight I caught the epic Crank Sturgeon & PCRV tour as it hit Los Angeles.

I'm a bit tired after a night of so much noise so I'll leave you with a few videos I was able to catch:

Crank Sturgeon:


Moment Trigger:


Moth Drakula:

The Employee Interview Part II: M. Nero Nava

Posted by Miss Ess, April 11, 2007 05:32pm | Post a Comment
The Employee Interview
Second Edition: M. Nero Nava
3 + years at Amoeba
Floor Gent

Q: What was the first music you remember hearing as a kid, before you had a choice?

M.N.N: The first song I remember was Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

Q: How have your parents' musical choices affected your musical tastes?

They affected me a lot because my dad likes blues music, which got me into R&B, and my mom used to be a goth chick, so my aesthetic leanings were more towards post punk and all that stuff.  But of course I rebelled as a teen and I listened to hip hop.

Q: What has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Probably my mom. She laid the foundation with bands like the Cure, David Bowie, Lou Reed.

Q: What is your favorite record to get down to?

Probably Marvin Gaye, the I Want You album.

Q: What is your musical guilty pleasure?

All those R&B chicks that have one good song and they have one name: Kelis, Aaliyah, Ciara, Amerie.

Q: What's the last concert you went to? What was the first concert you went to?

First concert: Jefferson Starship at Great America.
                                   Last concert: I saw Prince for my 46th time.
Q:  When did you start playing music and why?

When i was 16 I started playing keyboards, then I sold my sampler and bought a guitar when I was 18. I wanted to play because girls like that and I'm funky.

Q: What's your favorite venue to see a show at here in the bay area? Great America?

The Great American Music Hall.

Q: What's the best show you've been to this year?

The best show I went to was a Prince show in Las Vegas. I was in the front row and Prince noticed me making fun of an audience member onstage. Prince told the guy to get off stage. He cued the band to stop playing and he said, "What about you, godfather, why don't you get onstage?" I ducked and hid so I wouldn't have to get onstage and one of his dancing girls grabbed me and pulled me onstage. I walked up to him and I said, "Prince, why are you doing this to me?" and he said, "Stand over there and dance!" and I danced with the twins [ed. note: Prince has twins he uses as dancers and backup singers] and I flashed my cufflinks at him. He critiqued my dancing and my outfit. I was wearing a black and white pinstriped suit with matching Stacy Adams shoes and I was wearing my Tiffany cufflinks that are engraved with my initials. He told me he liked my dancing cause it didn't look like I was gonna break a sweat and he liked my cufflinks. I was onstage for about 15 minutes and when I was done I bowed and threw my hanky into the audience and I jumped into the first row. When I hit the first row he said, "I see that guy all the time, and I don't know about him. He's a mix of the godfather and Count Dracula but he dresses clean." [ed. note: true story!]

Q: What's the furthest you have traveled to see a show and who was it you were going to see?

I went to Georgia to see Prince. He was playing in a small club for about 500 people.

Q: What is your favorite section of the store?

The soul section.

Q: Best find in Amoeba?

I found Vanity 6 on cd, which has been out of print since 1985.

Q: What is your favorite Prince song?

"She's Always In My Hair." It's rock, it's funky, it's the revolution.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here at Amoeba?

I like talking to the customers.

Thank you for your time.

my love of the love of diagrams

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 11, 2007 05:09pm | Post a Comment
also out this week...

the full length album by the Love of Diagrams "Mosaic."
I love this album! Ever since I first heard their ep a couple of months ago, I have been obsessed. And patiently waiting for the release of the full length. While this is their first album out in the US, they have one previous in their native Australia, "The Target is You."  But it is all about Mosaic.

Love of Diagrams have been around since 2001, but are finally making their way to a US audience. The band is made up of two awesome ladies, Monika Fikerle and Antonia Sellbach, and one dude, Luke Horton. I don't know what it is, but I love bands with both dudes and ladies singing back and forth at each other. It just makes the songs more interesting by combining two different perspectives.

You can easily mistake them for a late 70s/early 80s no wave band. They have the post punk sound of similar bands like Erase Errata. Bands like these often do not hide their influences, it seems to have gotten to a point where bands are torn apart for being too obvious with their influences. But I really think it has almost reached a point where everything has been done. Every band name has been taken and every sound reinvented. But I don't really care about any of this.

Love of Diagrams simply makes me wanna dance and gets me more excited than most bands have the ability to do. It 's the kind of album I want to start over before it's even finished the first time. They have a great raw energy on this album, similar to early Siouxsie albums. You seriously need to go check out this album. You can always start with the ep, if you a scared to commit to an entire album.

Sloe Poke - LA's Resident DJ

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 11, 2007 11:47am | Post a Comment

There are three things you need to know about DJ Sloe Poke: 1. He doesn’t mess around with any of the artsy stuff. 2. You won’t hear him tactlessly scratching and 3. He goes to a club to rock it.
What makes Sloe Poke one of L.A. ’s best DJ’s is that he can spin several styles of music with ease. Sloe Poke attributes his skills to the years of spinning for people with diverse tastes, ages and cultures. Most DJ’s can spin two or three different genres of music but get lost when it comes to Latin music. This is where Sloe Poke excels. He’s the kind of DJ that can entice the older generation to go out on the dance floor and put a younger crowd to shame. He can mix a Salsa classic like Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelion” with Celso Pina’s Sonidero hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio,” then follow those songs with Thalia’s poppy, “Piel Morena” and Frankie Cutlass’ club fave, “Puerto Rico,” making it all flow together somehow.

Because of Sloe Poke’s range, he can spin almost anywhere in the city. Besides being a resident DJ at places like Little Temple and the Rhythm Lounge, he spins at clubs like Sonido, playing Dub, Dancehall & Lover’s Rock. At the Root Down on Thursday nights he plays funk alongside some of L.A. ’s best funk DJ’s. At ¡DESCARGA! Sloe Poke keeps the floor moving with Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia. When he’s DJing at The House of Blues in San Diego, he compliments whatever act is headlining. He has opened for shows as diverse as Mos Def, David Lee Roth, Yellowman & Jaguares. It really doesn’t matter who or what genre Sloe Poke is spinning for -- he always has the perfect mix.

Catch Sloe Poke on Saturday, April 14th @ ¡Descarga! Along with Resident DJ’s—Loslito (The Root Down/The Rebirth/Kajmere Sound), Bobby Soul (Soul Hustlers), Azul (213/ Firecracker/Bridges), Mexican Dubwiser (Chicle/Dubwise Sessions) & Mando Fever (From The Soul Recordings)

Also performing will be Gabrielito (Quetzal, Sonora Santanera) with his all-star group performing original music & classic salsa jams.

¡DESCARGA! CLUB @ LITTLE TEMPLE every 2nd Saturday, is located at 4519 Santa Monica @ Virgil (Silver Lake); April 14th - $10 all night. Doors 9pm-2:00am. 21 + over.

A Force Of One

Posted by phil blankenship, April 10, 2007 07:41pm | Post a Comment
1979. Drugs are taking over a small California town. An unknown karate killer is slowly picking off a team of undercover narcotics agents. What will the harried police chief & his misfit band of officers do ?

Hire local martial arts champion Matt Logan (CHUCK NORRIS) to teach them how to FIGHT BACK, that's what ! But the drug cartel (and their skateboarding dealers) get more than they bargained for when they kill Logan's adopted son - they soon have to deal with a vengeful FORCE OF ONE !

Teamed up with sexy sidekick Jennifer O'Neill (Scanners), Chuck Norris presents one of his more entertaining '70s flicks, though the PG rating robs any hopes of nudity or extreme violence covering the affair with a sort of tv movie vibe.  Still, director Paul (Deadly Force!!) Aaron keeps things moving and thoughts away from the seeming ineptitude of the police department.

Shanghai Surprise

Posted by Job O Brother, April 10, 2007 11:03am | Post a Comment

               EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - DAY

               JOB, (early 30's) wearing jeans and a T-shirt reading
               "World's Best Grandpa", walks down the bustling street.

               Everyone he passes is talking on a cell phone.

               His phone starts ringing.

               He fishes it out of his back pocket.


                                   VOICE (V.O.)
                         Spare some change?


Joni in Green Velvet (1969)

Posted by Miss Ess, April 9, 2007 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Joni Mitchell is killing me lately, just killing me.

Ever since I picked up these new Dick Cavett Show box sets that are out and watched the Rock Icons Collection, my interest in Joni has been re-established. The very first episode in the set is the "Woodstock Episode," literally taped the morning Hendrix ripped the sh*t out of the national anthem. The show features Jefferson Airplane, Joni and (in place of Hendrix) Stephen Stills and David Crosby, still covered in mud.

Although the entire show is fantastic to watch, it's Joni Mitchell that affects me the most. It's obvious that Cavett is enraptured with her, and it's easy to see why. Draped in green velvet, with her young, open face and unbelievably crafted songs, she's a mind bender. There's no one else like her, is there? 

The expressions on her face while she performs her song "Willy," a song she says is "for my man and for the moon," are so gorgeous--  she's living her way through the song, lost in her own memories and thoughts. You can see the spark lit on her face throughout the performance and just  like the line in the song it is "like a shiny light breaking in a storm."

I've watched it several times through, over and over.  The optimism and honesty doesn't live just on her face, it permeates the entire program and seems so foreign to me and to my experience processing much of the music released and performed on tv these days. For some reason, we can't afford to be that optimistic anymore? All I can say is when it's there, it's beautiful to watch.

If you are feeling at all nostalgic or maybe just a bit introspective these days, and you have not already bought and devoured at least Joni's Ladies of the Canyon and Blue, I highly suggest you do so. All these things I have described, the intimacy and fearlessness, you can hear plain as day in her music.

this is what is coming out today...4/10...blonde redhead...bright eyes...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 9, 2007 10:18pm | Post a Comment
OK...there are some exciting new release out today for you all...

First up is the new Blonde Redhead "23" and it has nothing to do with that horrible new Jim Carrey movie that already disappeared.  It's been about 3 years since their last album "Misery is a Butterfly." This is their second album for 4AD. However, it has much more in common with the album before "Misery" which was "Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons." "Misery" was a bit forgettable. Still good, but it did not remain in my head for days later after listening to it.  I still can just think of "Melody" for just a second and conjure up all the great amazing and tragic memories all tied up with that album. I seriously listened to that album every day for months. It was just that good.

Blonde Redhead has always been good. The band is made up of Kazu Makino and the scary twins Simone and Amedeo Pace. I only say scary, because twins tend to scare me, although I am also strangely intrigued by them.  The band is usually made up of just vocals, drums, and guitar.  The vocals are amazing on their albums.  I often have to go read the lyrics to be able to follow along.  The songs alternate between male and female vocals,  kind of like a combination of Versus and Dead Can Dance. It's amazing to have an album this good, seven albums into their existence. Again, I find myself addicted to Blonde Redhead. I can't stop listening to this album. It quickly draws you in and there is really no going back.

This band also replicates their albums beautifully live.  The most exciting thing about a new album by them means a new tour!

also out today...

"Cassadaga" by Bright Eyes
. So I will admit, I never really liked Conor Oberst. Something about him always made me want to punch him. But like most people who don't like him, I also never really bothered to listen to his albums. A couple of years ago my boyfriend was listening to him all the time. It was right before the 2 albums came out in 2005. I knew that I either had to get in fights with him and be upset having to listen to Bright Eyes all the time, or, just give in and make myself like him. After going to see him live about 10 Times in 4 different cities and listening to his 2005 albums, "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" and "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" over and over again, I actually started to appreciate him. I quickly realized, he wrote some damn good songs. It'sdifferent then what I usually find myself listening to. But it sort of made its way into my life and sort of into my heart.  This is about his 6th album, and while he still looks about 16 he has matured as a musician. One thing I do respect a lot about him, is that he has stuck with his label Saddle Creek through all his success.

This album feels very full of life, there is a a lot going on. He has made a great indie rock country album with some great sing-along choruses. His last album had Emmylou Harris on it and on this one he got Gillian Welch. Maybe he can get Willie Nelson to be on the next one! His songs are often introspective and depressing, but there is optimism in there if you look a little harder.

also out today...

"Grinderman" by Grinderman...this is basically a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album with a couple less Bad Seeds. And it sounds more Birthday Party than he has in a while.

     "Life Is a Grave & I Dig It" by the Nekromantix

"Remixed and Covered" by Xiu Xiu


                          "Adventures of Ghost House & Still Born" by Cocorosie


"Heartland" by Client


                                                         "Night of the Furies" by the Rosebuds

 "Judgement" by VNV Nation

                                                                       "Mosaic" by Love of Diagrams

April 8, 2007

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Drive-In Massacre

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Cult Video #C7

unrelated to drive-in massacre but familiar to
Canadian Grindhouse viewers:

Entourage Is the New Sex and the City...

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......well, maybe not exactly, but there are some major similarities.

Mainly, that I eat up both programs with a spoon. They are both so light, so fresh, so speedy and zeitgeist-y. They are both addicting. When I watch either show, I am drawn in so quickly because the dialogue drops so fast and there are tons of in-jokes. Oh, and there's so much eye candy each scene is popping with it. Four friends take on L.A., much like four friends taking on NYC.

Only different.

Boys will be boys, right? I mean, Entourage is very obviously created to appeal primarily to a straight male audience, with all its t&a and constant video game playing. Yet still, it manages to appeal to a "sophisticated" lady like me...not to toot my own horn here, but I think that has something to do with how smart the show is. 

Those four guys, Vince, Eric, Turtle and, of course, the luggish Drama, are so danged believable. We all know crews of dudes that are just like them and operate just like them. It's fun to be "in" with a group of friends like that, just as it was when Sex and the City was on and I loved watching the gals sit around the coffee shop table exchanging witticisms.

The amount of Hollywood culture present in the show also acts as an addicting draw. As with the city of New York on Sex and the City, Hollywood is a character on Entourage. Entourage never talks down to its audience. The writers deftly presuppose we as viewers are either bursting ourselves with pop culture and film industry knowledge, or that we are willing to be dragged along for a kamikazi crash course.

And then there's Ari.

Played to perfection by Jeremy Piven, who has at last found a role into which he can intelligently channel his frenetic-bordering-on-overboard- energy, Ari has no real comparison. It's to Piven and the writers' credit that it's easy for me to empathize with a guy who displays all his distasteful simpering and relentless workaholic-ism so boldly. He is redeemed by the love he has for his family and the way relishes his job so completely.

Entourage Season 3 is now out on dvd, and like many of us suffering in the purgatory-like cable-less world, I immediately devoured disc 1 via Netflix. Now I have to wait seemingly endlessly (but more like two days) for disc two...reminds me of waiting for Season 6 Part 2 of Sex and the City.<

go see grindhouse!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 8, 2007 08:34pm | Post a Comment

So I went and saw Grindhouse on Friday at the Bridge. And I knew that I was gonna like it. But I was seriously blown away by how good it was. 10 minutes into the first film by Robert Rodriguez "Planet Terror" I wanted to see it again and was already getting excited about owning the DVD and watching the uncut version. I am a big fan of all the movies that these guys are in love with. It was so great to see them do an excellent job of replicating these movies. There have been so many horrible remakes of horror movies the past couple of years. It has almost made me not want to see these kind of movies anymore. Always so disappointing. But like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, I was totally surprised at how great these movies were. I am a big fan of Freddy Rodriguez from Six Feet Under. It was so great to see him in a completely different role in Planet Terror. He was awesome as the hero of the film. Rose McGowan is awesome as well. She has great roles in both films, but really outdoes herself as a one-legged stripper in Planet Terror. It was so great to see both Tom Savini (makeup artist for many of the 80s greats: Martin, Dawn of the Dead,  Friday the 13th, Creepshow, etc.) and Michael Biehn (star of two of my favorites Terminator and Aliens) as two cops in Planet Terror. The movie was nonstop action and gore. Like nothing I have seen in a long while.

In between the two movies are some awesome fake previews. So great, I really wish they were real. Next up is Death Proof.
It really is hard to follow Robert Rodriguez's film. Even for Tarantino. I was so excited by the first that I wanted to feel the same for the next movie. However, Tarantino takes a bit longer to develop his story. He loves the dialogue. And there is some great dialogue between the the women in this film.It really is all worth it when you get to the end of the movie. One of the greatest chase scenes I have ever scene. The ending was brilliant. Kurt Russell is great as Stuntman Mike. He was obviously cast due to his great roles in Escape from New York and The Thing. Two movies both these directors were obviously influenced by. Usually I like to wait and see movies after they have been out for a couple weeks. But it was so much fun to see this movie in a single screen theater like the Bridge with a crowd full of people loving the movies. I think I will be seeing these movies again as soon as I can. And so should you!

The Revolution is Being Televised...

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 8, 2007 04:05pm | Post a Comment
Our favorite electronic/dance music magazine, XLR8R, has just launched XLR8R TV, a weekly (yes, weekly, despite what the image to the left says) video show featuring pieces on music and culture of the type the magazine is famous for keeping up with. In the first two issues, Zion I is intereviewed while we get to check out live footage from DAT Politics in Oakland, CA. Episode 2 sees a camera crew following Carl Craig as he trawls through the bins at San Francisco's esteemed  Aquarius Records, showing us some of his favorite albums and critiquing some new stuff too! Future episodes will feature Lindstrøm, Busdriver and more. New shows pop up every Tuesday! The best part: each video is available in four different formats, with streaming as well as downloading options, plus RSS links to add the feeds to your favorite torrent or vidcasting aggregator. We like!

Hot New Compilation - Si Para Usted: Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1

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Si Para Usted is a well put together compilation of Cuban artists from 1970-1980. The now legendary artists such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Juan Pablo Torres were the new wave of Cuban music that broke away from the traditional Cuban sound and started their own thing. Influenced by the sounds that were prominent at that time (Jazz, Afro-Beat, Rock, Funk and Brazilian Tropicalia), this compilation shows a hip side of Cuba that may not be known to many people, especially those who think Cuban music is played strictly by little old men dressed in Guayaberas. (Thanks, Wim Wenders & Ry Cooder!)

Here is a video of Irakere playing a red-hot version of “Bacalao Con Pan,” which is the second track on Si Para Usted. The thing that strikes me about the video is that although the Puertorriqueños were already doing this sort of music in New York for many years, Irakere style had an Afro-Beat feel to it. Most of the funkier tracks on this compilation have that same African vibe as well. Also, the drummer is playing on a trap set, which was pretty rare for the time.


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"When Tony grows up, he's going to be just like Daddy!"
..... Until then, the best he can do is use psychokinesis to have his toy soldier kill his neighbor:

Did I mention that this film used to be banned as a video nasty in the UK ?

HBO Video TVB 1632

World Wide!

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 7, 2007 07:45pm | Post a Comment
I co-produce a radio show on local community station KUSF called the Friday Night Session. Along with my fellow producers Andrew Jervis and Tomas Palermo, we visit brand new music for two hours every Friday night from 10pm to Midnight. While there's no set music policy, we tend to play jazz, soul, funk, latin, reggae and electronic dance music that is influenced by all those things, including Broken Beat, so-called "Nu-Soul" and Disco.

Last week we were lucky to have Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio One DJ and selector extraordinaire as our special guest. Gilles was in town working on the second volume of his Gilles Peterson Digs America compilation series for Ubiquity Records, as well as to DJ at local superclub Ruby Skye, but still found the time to kick it with us at the KUSF studio in SF's Western Addition.

Over a killer falafel plate from Haight Street's Blue Front Cafe and a wonderful bottle of wine, Gilles took us on a tour of his record box for two hours, while regaling us with tales of being a globetrotting DJ. Inbetween sips of cabernet, Gilles managed to play us a diverse selection of tunes ranging from latin jazz from artists like Tito Puente and Ray Camacho to more contemporary jams from Louie Vega and Simbad.

The show is available to be streamed online at the FNS website, as is a full tracklist  (plus three years' worth of archived shows to keep you busy). Enjoy.

(streaming MP3)

The Scene

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 7, 2007 05:43pm | Post a Comment
A direct descendent of American Bandstand, and the older, cooler cousin of Dance Party USA, Detroit's own televised dance show The Scene ran from the mid-70's until the late 80's, giving local urban teens a place to strut their stuff and be seen by nearly everyone in the metro area - literally. The show's popularity was so high at its peak that its ratings outshined all competitors, including the six o'clock news. The Scene was the focal point for local kids, as is evident by the enthusiasm of these young dudes:

More pertinent to this blog (and interesting to me) is that The Scene was popular during the birth and growth of Detroit's last enduring gift to the world: Techno.

The show aired on Detroit's only black-owned TV station, WGPR, and had its roots in the swinging disco Seventies, as you can see in this short piece from Detroit local news:

As disco "died", it was replaced by electro, boogie, and the eurodisco now commonly referred to as Italo-disco in the early Eighties. Its use of synthesizers would directly influence Detroit's black youth, not to mention the Belleville Techno triumvirate of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Case in point: Scene-sters dancing suavely to Kano's "I'm Ready".

Even more exciting, though, is this spectacular 1982 clip featuring a guys-only dance to "Sharevari" by A Number of Names, believed to be the first Detroit Techno record and coincidentally reissued this past week on vinyl. Peep the dude with the prop guitar!

With all the frenzied screaming, yelping and hollering, the atmosphere in the studio sounds electrified! Silly dance moves and outdated fashions aside, what you have here is a mostly black (but quite multicultural) audience getting seriously down to the sort of thing that was widely (and erroneously) considered "white" music - synthesizers, drum machines, minor keys. Not only did Detroit's musical climate at the time open the doors for this music to be appreciated, it legitimized it in the eyes and ears of a young, urban, black audience, which embraced it and made it their own. Today, it makes Detroit completely unique in the US - there is no other (S/s)cene quite like it, enough so that the Detroit Historical Society now has a permanent exhibit about Techno.

Panther Squad

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 Lightning Video LA9922

August 29, 2006

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Friday April 6 = GRINDHOUSE

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Number One With A Bullet

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To refresh your memory:

Less than a month before Lethal Weapon would change buddy cop film history, Cannon Films unleashed its own brand of black & white justice. Starring Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds, Massacre at Central High, Revenge of the Cheerleaders) & Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Colt 45) as mismatched police partners tackling crime on the mean streets of LA & corruption in their own precinct!  Williams is Hazeltine, a smooth ladies man, always on the prowl. Carradine is Berzak (aka Berzerk), a renegade mad dog who eats RAW MEAT (!!!) when he's not busy trying to throw a monkey wrench into Hazeltine's love plans. Peter Graves (Airplane, Mission:Impossible) is the tough police captain who doesn't take any guff! And Valerie Bertinelli (Touch By An Angel) is Berzak's estranged wife, torn between her former lover and some guy who drives a red sports car. They all collide in what my roomate deemed "Number Awesome With A Fuck Yeah!"

[Doris Roberts (the mom from Everybody Loves Raymond) is in the flick as Berzak's nagging mother... but I couldn't bring myself to post a picture]

MGM/UA Home Video M801157

9 to 5

Posted by Job O Brother, April 6, 2007 12:02am | Post a Comment

               INT. AMOEBA MUSIC - DAY

               JOB, (early 30's) stands behind the information desk in the
               Jazz Room.

               He is removing CD's from their theft-thwarting, plastic
               keepers and organizing them in small piles.

               His motions are swift and calculated.

               He sniffles. He's about to sneeze.

               Suddenly, a GIANT of a man (over 7 feet tall), stands in
               front of the desk.

               Job looks up into the Giant's huge, green eyes and sneezes.


                         Do you work here?

August 16, 2006

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Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise

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Andrew Meecham is The Emperor Machine, one of the best producers working in electronic music at the moment. A soundclash between influences as diverse as Can, early Human League, Hawkwind, George Clinton and Kraftwerk, Meecham's Krautrock-Disco bubbles and squeaks with analogue rock intensity while remaning funky enough to get your groove on.

Meecham started out in seminal 90's house/rave group Bizarre Inc. alongside Carl Tuner and Dean Meredith. They had a string of hits including "Playing With Knives" and "I'm Gonna Get You", both of which charted in the UK (the former hit #3, the latter #4) as well as the US (#47), and both are considered "club classics".

"Playing With Knives":

"I'm Gonna Get You" (one of my personal favorites):

After their second album, 1996's Surprise, was commercially disappointing, Bizarre Inc. disappeared until 1999, when Meredith and Meecham resurfaced with Steve "Fella" Kotey as Chicken Lips. Since then, it's been full steam ahead, with the boys finding a home at DC Recordings (scheduled to have its own Technophilia post anytime soon) as Big Two Hundred, aka "the dark side of Chicken Lips", and two side projects: Meredith as White Light Circus and Meecham as TEM.

Pennies From Heaven

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               JEFF SMIT looks out the window of his penthouse office. The
               first amber glows of dawn pierce the horizon.

               He's deeply contemplative.

               A soft knock on the door.

               Startled, he turns.


               Door opens. It is FELIPE, a night janitor. He is holding a

                         Mr. Smit?

                         You all done, Felipe?
                             (Felipe nods)
                         Thank you.

New Music Tech:

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 5, 2007 01:39am | Post a Comment
Perfect for a Boards of Canada video, I've imagined the children who are at the Oracle's house in The Matrix playing with the Tangible Sequencer in these youtube videos:

The combination of the primary colors, the slow, steady pulse and music box sounds distinctly remind me of childhood. Jeffrey Traer Bernstein of the Sound Lab at Princeton's Computer Science Department created this interesting technology that I can see being applied to plenty of different new music interfaces.

Bob Clark R.I.P.

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Sadly, it seems that director Bob Clark & his son died today in a Santa Monica car crash.
You can read the AP obituary here.

Clark may have reached mainstream fame as the director of A Christmas Story but he'll forever live in the hearts of Video Maniacs everywhere as the filmmaker behind Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Black Christmas, and Porky's.  He will be sorely missed!

welcome to twin peaks!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 4, 2007 06:22pm | Post a Comment

Finally!!! Twin Peaks Season 2 is now available. It just came out this week. It has been over 5 years since Season 1 came out on DVD! Like many of you, I sold my vhs box set years ago in anticipation of the release of this show on DVD. I am so excited I now get to revisit my favorite show and watch it all from the beginning. David Lynch is a genius and was really able to show the world just how brilliant he was with this amazing ground breaking television show.  Season 2 originally aired in the 1990/1991 season. While the 1st season only had 8 episodes, season 2 had a full season of episodes with 22. This was the year it was nominated for some Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Sheryl Lee was nominated for best death scene as Maddie Ferguson. And I have to agree...she was amazing. She was brilliant in her second role in the series as Laura Palmer's strangely almost identical nerdy cousin. Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie were both nominated for outstanding acting. The show was nominated for outstanding Prime Time Show. It won no Soap Opera Digest Awards but did walk away with a couple Golden Globes. Amazingly the Soap Opera Digest Awards still happen. However last year was the first year it was not televised and it went straight to magazine. Not a good sign for the future of the awards show.

I seriously have watched Twin Peaks a lot. It aired on Bravo many nights for many years late night. Most of those nights I was watching it. If you are a fan of any of the serialized TV shows such as Lost or Prison Break and have never watched this seriously need to do so right now. This was the best thing ever on television. I have yet to see anything come close. The cast was also one of the best. Unfortunately it seems to be somewhat of a curse for its cast. Nobody on the show has ever done anything near as good since this show went off the air -- besides maybe Kyle Maclachlan's role in Showgirls and Lara Flynn Boyle's in Happiness. Most of the cast has been mainly seen in small TV roles or Lifetime movies of the week.

Season 1 might be everyone's favorite, but Season 2 remains my favorite. Unfortunately Season 1 is currently out of print, but hopefully you already own it.  I am sure it will be released again soon along with the pilot episode, though. Season 1 ended with the mill burning down and Agent Cooper getting shot, so Season 2 opens where it left off. Some of the highlights of the season are...Shelly takes care of a comatose Leo, Cooper's ex partner Windom Earle escapes from the insane asylum to Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee is brilliant as Maddy (Laura Palmer's cousin), Leeland goes crazy (brilliantly), Lucy deals with her kid and its paternity, Heather Graham stars as Norma's sister Annie, David Duchovny as a Transexual!!, Nadine gets amnesia and thinks she is 18 again, and we get to see more of Bob. And of course...we find out who killed Laura Palmer! Many guest stars on this season including Robin Lively from Teen Witch!, a brilliant movie. Did you know that witchcraft is the fastest growing belief system in the U.S.?  But seriously, the season belongs to Kenneth Welsh who stars as Windom Earle. He is one of the most terrifying characters on television. Like most of the cast, he has continued to work consistently but in nothing worth talking about, although I think he was Hal Holbrook's son in the recent horrible remake of The Fog. However, my favorite scene is for sure when James sings to Donna and Maddy.  Brilliant!!! James may have been one of the most boring characters on the show but he was my favorite!

The extras on the DVD are not amazing, but you really don't need anything more than the episodes. The episodes are so great you don't need to worry about anything else. The DVD includes all 22 episodes. Behind the Scenes with Kyle, Madchen, Sherilyn, and David Duchovny!!! It also included the Log Lady introductions. Just thinking about this show brings all the memories back. I might need to call in sick for a couple days just to watch the whole thing all at once. It is a great TV show to be sick and watch. Brilliant!!!

Did I already tell you this show is brilliant!? Seriously it is the most brilliant thing to ever exist! I love it so much  and you should too! It is brilliant!  You need to go get Season 2 right now and watch it all!

For a Good Time, Check Out the Dilettantes!

Posted by Miss Ess, April 4, 2007 02:45pm | Post a Comment
So the other night I got to see local San Fran band the Dilettantes kick and shake some rock and roll booty at the Cafe du Nord.

There aren't so many actual rock n roll bands right now in San Francisco, and taking in the energy and attitude of the Dilettantes made me remember why I like good ol' rock n roll so much in the first place.
The band is centered around Mr Joel Gion, formerly of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. In case you missed the fantastic documentary Dig, which came out a couple of years ago, chronicling the band's years-long troubles with labels and the law (not to mention rival band the Dandy Warhols),  Joel's a tambourine player. If you did happen to see the flick, you'll easily remember Joel. He's the one who dumps a drink down his pants. You know, that guy. He's also the best tambourine player you'll ever see. The guy has the magic touch, no joke! He is the tambourine player, of course, in the Dilettantes, but he has taken his natural charisma up a notch now and is also a Lou Reed-esque vocalist. His stage presence is something to behold, full of appropriate and highly enjoyable rock n roll posturing and skill.

The two guitarists, Jefferson Parker and Brock Galland, also trade off singing different songs to great effect.  Jefferson's soloing skills are amazing-- remember when American indie bands had crazy epic guitar solos with effects peddles and feedback? I sure do. This guy's got it down. 

The bassist, Nick Marcantonio, and drummer, KC Kozak, hold down the rhythm of the group, making the music the most dance-able rock you've probably heard in a while. 

Straight up rock n roll, dudes. That's what I'm talking about. You should check them out, should they come to your town. Here's their myspace link:

Look out for their full length album in August, 101 Tambourines!!

Lady Terminator @ The Vista April 27

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Lady Terminator = Nasy Hunter = Highly Recommended

Available on dvd from Mondo Macabro

Reposting the newest communique from my local heroes, The So Bad It's Good Film Festival:

Now April is here!

Come out to the Vista this month to check out Lady Terminator!

Vista Theater
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles 90027
Friday April the 27th at MIDNIGHT
Admission $10 - Cash only

This enjoyable 'Terminator' rip-off is about a young anthropologist who becomes possessed and goes on a sexual killing spree. If the bad dubbing and stolen 'Terminator' moments don't grab you, why don't you check out the trailer on our myspace page. I dare you...
More details and a bad-ass flyer coming soon...

Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval

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No club or bar frequented by Latinos would be the same without it. Neither would any wedding reception, quinceañera or backyard party. In fact, if you were to drive through the L.A. barrios, my guess is that you would hear the song at some point in your journey.

Celia Cruz’s “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” was originally released in 1998 and it hasn’t left the dance floor since. The song was an international hit for both Celia Cruz and for recent Cuban expatriate Isaac Delgado, who released his version in 1999. Isaac’s slightly melancholy version is good but Celia’s version is bombastic. It maybe pop music but it’s good pop music. The horn lines are catchy to point that you will be humming them all day. The tempo is perfect. Not too fast for novice dancers and not too slow for the experts. It is a song that mixes well with other forms of Latin music. I’ve have heard versions done in Reggaeton, Banda, Cumbia, & Merengue style.

Then there is the chorus. It is the chorus that hits home for most people.

Ay, no ha que llorar,
Que la vida es un carnaval,
Es mas bello vivir cantando.
Oh, oh, oh, Ay, no hay que llorar,
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y las penas se van cantando.

Which roughly translates to:

Ay, no need to cry
Life is a carnival
It's sweeter to live singing
Oh-oh-oh ay, no need to cry
For life is a carnival
And singing relieves the pain

“La Vida Es Un Carnaval” makes me think of people I used to work with in the factories in my teens. My co-workers were mostly undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Philippines. Most of them came to the U.S. to make money to send back home. Some escaped from the wars in Central America during the 80’s. Others saw no future where they were and came to the U.S. to try something new. Regardless why they came, they had to give up family and homeland to come here and work.

All day my co-workers would sing along to the songs on the radio. They said it made the day go faster. Most immigrants hate crybabies. The last thing they want to hear is a privilege person complaining. To an immigrant, the fact that you were an American citizen was privilege enough. When the American in me would complain when we would get too much work, my co-workers would simply say, “No lloras” (don’t cry) I had no reason to cry compared to them. To my co-workers crying about life only made it worse. That is what most of us get out of Celia’s song. Life is a trip and it is better to enjoy the journey than to complain.

Celia Cruz had a career that spanned over four decades before she passed in 2003. She had many, many great moments during that time. Beside her solo career, she had stints with La Sonora Matancera, Tito Puente, The Fania All-Stars, Willie Colon and Johnny Pacheco. It was great to see her become even more popular just before she passed. Too many legends are forgotten as they get older. When I look at this montage video I see Celia  enjoying the last years of her career just as much as her past moments.

Chain Reaction

Posted by phil blankenship, April 3, 2007 11:12pm | Post a Comment

While the front of the dvd marks director Andrew Davis' key work as The Fugitive (1993), we here at Video Maniacs beg to differ. Even a cursory look at his IMDb profile finds a wealth of trash film treasure!

1972 cinematographer for the Paul Bartel cult classic for perverts, Private Parts

1976 cinematographer for Mansion Of The Doomed aka Eyes of Dr. Chaney / Eyes of the Living Dead / House of Blood / Massacre Mansion / etc.

1979 cinematographer for the coming of age masterpiece Over The Edge

1983 directed The Final Terror, a backwoods slasher notable for early film appearances of Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Adrien Zmed & Joe Pantoliano

1984 cinematographer for the legendary Hollywood teenage prostitute Angel

1985 directed Code of Silence, one of Chuck Norris' 3 films from 1985 (with Invasion USA & Missing In Action 2)

1988 directed Above the Law, Steven Seagal's film debut !! thanks andrew !

1992 directed Under Siege, the definitive Steven Seagal pic. aka Die Hard on a boat.

1993 directed The Fugitive & made a lot of money.

As for Chain Reaction, it's a typical mid 90s actioner with the standard twists & turns. Basically a Fugitive redux, the plot hinges on the fact that Rachel Weisz & Keanu Reeves are brilliant physicists. She, maybe. Him, probably not. And before any of you smart alecs write in, I know Keanu's character is technically a grad student machinist.... but screw that, he figures out the key to generating a safe, easy & unlimited amount of energy from hydrogen.... therefore he's a scientist.

Be On My Side, I'll Be On Your Side - Neil Young: Live @ Massey Hall

Posted by Miss Ess, April 3, 2007 10:35pm | Post a Comment

You might as well know this early on my postings: there is no music I like better than Neil Young's music.

Like any good Rustie, I already had some of the bootlegs from his solo acoustic 1971 tour, and have practically worn out the tapes and vinyl over the years.  This tour in 1971 came at a particularly prolific moment in Young's life. He had released After the Goldrush, one of his very best, and was done writing Harvest, widely regarded as his career best. (Although to me that's a debatable call.) Since at the time it had not been released, the songs from Harvest were completely new to the audience during the performance. As someone who has been listening to Harvest for 27 years, this is both difficult and also very exciting to imagine.

So, a few weeks ago on March 13, again like any good Rustie, I got ahold of the official release of Live at Massey Hall (the special version of course, including the dvd) as quickly as I could.

It rules.

The dvd is mostly footage from the show at Massey Hall, but it also includes vintage super 8 footage of Neil on his then newly-purchased ranch in Woodside with his dogs, fences and dappled light. The images only enhance the warm quality the music already exudes.

I'm not really one to use the word peaceful. I don't
own a yoga mat. But this footage, this voice,
these songs, made me feel just that-- peacefully at home. I guess that's in large part because I grew up with Neil Young's music, was taught to sing harmony by my mom to his songs, was quizzed while a child as to who was guesting on his albums and where they were recorded. I remember our green station wagon and those long family drives to Yosemite, rocking the Neil all the way, dad drumming along on the steering wheel.

So the other night, sitting for just over an hour, watching one dude onstage with a guitar, piano, mic and his songs...I was left thinking: does anyone else do this anymore to such an effect? Or maybe these songs can reach me this way, tap into something so deep, because of the length of time I have been listening to them, the memories and nostalgia attached to them? 

The (perhaps oversimplified) conclusion I have come to is that whether you are listening for the first time of the billionth, the songs stand up. Although I am sure I will bring his music up again sometime here, I don't know really what's left to say about Neil that hasn't already been said at this point. 

The songs stand up.

August 2, 2005

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I agree:

I agree again:

More about veteran Hollywood stuntman Chuck Jeffreys:

Valley Studios, Inc.

coming out today...4/3...jarvis cocker...death proof...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 2, 2007 10:43pm | Post a Comment
OK everybody, it's April. I'm not sure how 3 months already passed by this year, but they did. Today is a Tuesday, which means another street date. So every Tuesday I'm gonna discuss the new releases that are coming out -- at least the important releases. or at least what is important to me...which may not be important to you...but it should be. As far as music goes, there is not a whole lot out today.

But most important is the new album by Jarvis Cocker Jarvis. I have loved Jarvis for a long long time now, but I have to admit that I had not paid much attention to him lately. After Pulp broke up in 2002 I never thought Jarvis would be able to put out anything nearly as interesting or fun as those Pulp albums. Back in the 90s I wore out my old Pulp albums: His 'n' Hers (1994), Different Class (1995), and This is Hardcore (1998). These 3 albums have all been reissued as deluxe versions. They are available now as imports but I'm sure they will be out soon domestically, especially now with the domestic release of his excellent solo album.

It's been over 12 years since Different Class came out. Seriously, one of the best albums of the 90s! I danced many nights at Pop Scene to Pulp along with Blur, Oasis, and Suede. This album made Pulp huge stars both in their native England and in the U.S. and this album blew me away. It was just one of those albums you can't get enough of. I could never hear "Mis-shapes," "Common People," or "Disco 2000" too many times, and it seemed like most friends I had at the time agreed with me. This album came out when Brit pop was one of the most popular styles of music. They were on the cover of all the music magazines and everyone was talking about them.  1995 was the year Blur's Great Escape and the Oasis album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? came out. Suede's Dog Man Star was released the year before, just as Jarvis is now releasing his solo album ...

Brett Anderson from Suede just release his self titled album which is available as an import, however Brett's album does not do it for me. It's a bit too adult contemporary but not in a good Michael McDonald kind of way. After listening to it, I had not much interest in listening to it again. Damon Albarn from Blur also recently put out his new project The Good the Bad and the Queen. While many find his new project interesting, I find it a bit boring.

Jarvis has put out an impressive and catchy solo album. Its very hard to live up to those Pulp albums, but he manages to put together an awesome album. The songs on this album might not be the catchy anthems of Pulp, but they stay with you. He's older now, he's settled down and has a family, but he still writes good songs and makes interesting music. My favorite song on the album is "Fat Children." and I love "Heavy Weather" as well. Jarvis has always been my favorite indie nerd Brit and i'm happy to know he still has his talents for crafting a great pop song.

also out today...

The Death Proof Soundtrack! Quentin Tarintino's part of the grind house double feature movie comes out friday! I will be there opening night at the bridge theater so I have a couple days to get ready by listening to the soundtrack. His soundtracks are always fun. I love the Kill Bill soundtracks, and this one has great songs by Eddie Floyd, the Coasters, Willy Deville, T Rex, & Ennio Morricone. Also on the soundtracks are bits of dialogue between the songs. Seriously...this movie is gonna be awesome, although the Robert Rodriguez part of the double feature Planet Terror might end up being the better film. They are both gonna be awesome! The score to Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez is also out today.

also out today...

Dolly Parton reissues Coat of Many Colors (1971), My Tennessee Mountain Home (1973) and Jolene (1974)

All the cds have extra bonus tracks and extensive liner notes. These are some of her more respected albums which mostly came out before I was born. Jolene coming out the year I was born! Great essential albums that any Dolly fan should own. "Jolene" just may be the best country song every written. We can only hope that her late 70s and early 80s albums will soon be reissued as well. I will be waiting patiently for Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker, Great Balls of Fire, and Dolly Dolly Dolly!!!


Posted by Job O Brother, April 2, 2007 07:52pm | Post a Comment
               EXT. PALM DESERT HOUSE - DAY

               TOM, early 30's, fit, exits the house from a sliding glass
               door to the backyard swimming pool. He wears swimming trunks
               and a T-shirt that reads "ABOUT TO BE TOSSED".

               He removes shirt and walks on to the diving board.

               He dives in.

               I/E. POOL - CONTINUOUS

               UNDERWATER SHOT.

               Tom swims down, down, down.

               He keeps swimming downwards; the pool is impossibly deep and
               he never reaches bottom.

               He suddenly stops; looks concerned.

               He looks up.


               The last bubbles of breath escape his mouth.

March 21, 2004

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The Power

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From the minds of Stephen Carpenter & Jeffrey Obrow, directors of Video Maniacs' faves The Dorm That Dripped Blood & The Kindred! Thankfully this film didn't stop them and Carpenter went on to write the Martin Lawrence vehicle Blue Streak.

If anyone is feeling generous, this poster would make a great addition to my office.

Vestron Video VA4128

Chickboxer !

Posted by phil blankenship, April 1, 2007 01:38am | Post a Comment

This flick is pretty self-explanatory:

Bonus YouTube Bonanza!

Bad Move Police vs. Chickboxer:

Cinema Home Video #1574