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At Last: Antony and the Johnsons

Posted by Miss Ess, September 30, 2008 01:54pm | Post a Comment
I love the simplicity of this:


Finally, finally, after about 3 years of waiting, Antony and the Johnsons will be releasing an EP on Oct 7 entitled Another World. To celebrate the release, Antony is playing two US concerts, one in LA and one in Harlem, with full orchestration co-arranged by the brilliant Nico Muhly. Those dates are here. There will also be two dates in the UK. Antony's next full length, The Crying Light, will apparently be released on January 21, 2009.

If you somehow missed I Am A Bird Now, which won the Mercury Prize for Best Album of 2005, do yourself a favor and grab a copy. Or if you aren't in the mournful mood, you can check out Antony's flawless vocal contributions to Hercules and Love Affair's self titled album. This should get you up and dancing:


And if you wanna hear Antony singing "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," click here.

Grindhouse Film Festival Tribute To Linda Blair - TONIGHT !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 30, 2008 01:40pm | Post a Comment
The Grindhouse Film Festival returns to LA's New Beverly Cinema TONIGHT (Tuesday) with two more mindblowing films from the glory days of the grindhouses and drive-ins. For this special event we'll have an incredible Linda Blair double-feature from the 80's with rare 35mm prints of SAVAGE STREETS (1984) and CHAINED HEAT (1983). We expect to have a couple of special guests in attendance, and we'll also be celebrating the recent release of SAVAGE STREETS as a 2-disc special edition DVD by BCI Eclipse.


The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the two features plus a reel of rare exploitation trailers and our world-famous free raffle is still only $8.


For additional information and schedules for upcoming events, visit our MySpace page at
www.myspace.com/grindhouse.


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Tuesday • September 30th, 2008

NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Admission: $8

7:30pm
SAVAGE STREETS (1984)
Directed by Danny Steinmann
Starring Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer, Sal Landi, Johnny Venocur, Scott Mayer, Debra Blee and Linnea Quigley

10:00pm
CHAINED HEAT (1983)
Directed by Paul Nicholas
Starring Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Henry Silva, Edy Williams and Jennifer Ashley



Born American

Posted by phil blankenship, September 30, 2008 12:28pm | Post a Comment
 



The Death of Old Time Radio

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2008 12:25am | Post a Comment

THE END OF THE GOLDEN AGE

On this day (September 30) in 1962 CBS radio broadcast the final episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and the Golden Age of Radio came to a close. 

 

RADIO'S BEGINNINGS 

Radio Drama (also frequently referred to as Old Time Radio or OTR) really began in the 1920s. Before that, there was audio theater which consisted of plays performed for radio broadcast. It wasn't until August 3, 1922 at the Schenectady, New York station WGY that the in-house actors, The WGY Players, broadcast a performance that augmented the drama with music and sound effects, creating a vivid aural tapestry. The result was a worldwide explosion in what was an instantly popular new art form. Within months there were radio dramas being produced across the USA, as well as in Canada, Ceylon, France, Germany, India, Japanand the UK.



RADIO DRAMA'S ADOLESCENCE 

In 1934, the anthology series Lights Out debuted and exploited many of radio's unique qualities to massive success. The program was penned by Wyllis Cooper and aired at midnight. Cooper employed stream of conscious monologues, multiple first-person narrators and internal monologues which were at odds with the characters' spoken dialog. It's most often remembered, however, for its gruesome and explicit sound effects which attempted to suggest joints being ripped from sockets, skin being eviscerated, heads being decapitated and other depictions of violence that would still be pushing the envelope, even on modern cable television programs.

  

Radio drama's most well-known moment came in 1938 when Orson Welles on the Mercury Theater of the Air broadcast War of the Worlds. Virtually everyone has heard tales about the mass panic that supposedly ensued. It turns out that this supposed reaction may've been invented by newspapers who were threatened by the radio news' growing dominance. Since there are no verifiable reports of nationwide panic, it seems that newspapers were attempting to create a moral panic to save their own skins. Indeed, how likely is it that a people used to  both radio dramas and the instantly recognizable voice of  radio drama mainstay Orson Welles would, for some reason, think that he was acting as a newsman covering a Martian invasion? If Kelsey Grammar was on TV reporting that Earth was being attacked by another planet, would you assume it was real and panic? If your answer is yes, then you are a dullard.

 


RADIO'S END

Radio drama began to lose ground in the 1950s for several reasons. Mainly, television (though around for some time) exploded in popularity and, with the novelty of a visual aspect, stole the dramatic thunder from radio (and film too), partially by dumbing down the writing and toning down the violence to broaden its audience. Many radio dramas attempted to make the transfer to television in order to survive. Often this necessitated re-casting key roles because, whilst a voice actor might've sounded the part, they didn't look it.

At the same time, music radio began to make a comeback. Forced by the 1940s writers strike to look elsewhere for music (rather than pay pop songwriters more), music radio popularized previously marginalized music forms like Hillbilly and Rhythm & Blues which grew in popularity and merged into Rock 'n' Roll. The dissemination of this electrifying new development in music was aided by a new recording format, the 45 rpm single. Now families could rock out or veg out on their own and radio rapidly lost ground before going the way of silent film and magic lantern shows.

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The Sun and the Moon

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 29, 2008 10:30pm | Post a Comment





Eighteenth Day of May on Rykodisc: retro Brit-Folk on the cheap!

Posted by Mark Beaver, September 29, 2008 10:14pm | Post a Comment

On hearing the eponymous debut by the British contemporary folkies  Eighteenth Day of May, one would be harp-pressed to claim that it was not recorded during the classic era of British Folk-Rock. American flautist/vocalist, Alison Brice, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Richard Olsen and their British cohorts have crafted a bright slab of pastoral folksong, including a nod to their legendary forefathers, Pentangle, with their cover of Bert Jansch's Deed I Do.

As was the case with releases by Pentangle nearly 40 years earlier, Eighteenth Day of May is a mixed bag. A few of the songs lag a bit and the overall air is fairly edgeless, but the ensemble playing and forward drive is often quite beautiful and evocative of that classic generation that first folded their electric guitars and vintage amps into the rich history of traditional British folksong.

I won't claim that you will replace your Fairport Convention or Incredible String Band's marker in the CD rack with this album, but at clearance pricing, there is certainly enough sublimity to justify the expense, and then some.

dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip always think for themselves

Posted by Billyjam, September 29, 2008 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Alternative hip-hop duo dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip is made up of, respectively, musician and producer Dan Stephens and emcee/vocalist David Meads, left to right in opposite photo. The duo arrived triumphantly on the UK music scene last year with their breakout debut hit single "Thou Shalt Always Kill," which became an instant hit.

Packed with wit and sly observations on British pop culture, it topped the XFM and BBC radio charts and won high praise in countless media outlets, including the Guardian UK, which called the track the "underground anthem" of 2007 and the NME, which proclaimed it "The Track of the Year" -- and this despite the fact that the song mocks the same UK music mag in its ever satirical lyrics. Since the runaway success of "Thou Shalt Always Kill" as both a single and a video (see clip below), the talented duo have kept very busy. They've toured back home as well as performing at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, including at the Glastonbury, Leeds, and Reading festivals in England and at both Coachella and SxSW in the States this year. 

They've also been busy recording and releasing a series of follow-up singles, including "Letter from God to Man," "Beat That My Heart Skipped," and "Look For The Woman."  They have also just released their debut album this month, Angles, which includes all of their singles, released in the US on Sage Francis' Strange Famous label (available at Amoeba). 

The pair are currently on their first US tour in support of this debut album, with Cali dates including tomorrow in LA at Echo (Tuesday Sept 30th) and Wednesday in San Francisco at Cafe du Nord (Oct 1st).

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Impulse

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Malo

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 29, 2008 12:07am | Post a Comment

A co-worker expressed the opinion while listening to Malo’s first album  that perhaps the worst thing for both Malo and Santana were the Santana brothers themselves. The need for Carlos and Jorge to ruin the groove set by the rhythm section with a guitar solo plagued each band as time went on. Their audience loved it but soon it became formulaic and an instant cliché for Chicano bands for years to come. But when the style was fresh, everyone around the world wanted to sound like them, including the artists themselves who originally influenced the Chicano sound. Notice how many artists, including Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones, The Fania All-Stars and The Isley Brothers, started to sound like Santana, Malo & El Chicano at one point or another.

Malo’s self-titled album came out in 1972. By then, Carlos was world famous and jamming with the likes of John McLaughlin and Miles Davis. Malo came out of two San Francisco bands-- The Malibus and Naked Lunch (named after the infamous William Burroughs book). There were a few differences between Malo and Santana. For one, Malo had a horn section, giving them that Chicago/Blood Sweat & Tears sound. The other difference is that along with the jams, they had songs. Songs like "Café" and "Pana" are still the blueprints of Chicano Rock today, from the house band at Rick’s Burgers in Alhambra to Carlos Santana's multi-Grammy award winning Supernatural. Like most Chicano bands, Malo was a mixed race band and a hodgepodge of both Latin and Anglo influences. You can hear flashes of Miles Davis In A Silent Way on "Just Say Goodbye" and Joe Bataan’s influence on "Nena."

Malo’s finest moment on this album was their biggest hit. "Suavecito" is considered by many to be the Chicano National Anthem. It was probably the song playing in the background of many make out sessions and the reason why some of us were conceived. The lyrics of the song came from a poem percussionist Richard Bean wrote for a girl in high school. The infamous, “La, la-la, laaaah ah-ah-ah Laaaa-ah la-la, laaaa-ah-ah” that goes throughout the song is more famous than the lyrics themselves. Malo went on to record four more albums on Warner Bros, but none top the first one. It’s a quintessential Chicano album.

I love this clip of Malo on Youtube. Check it out:

Lila Downs' Shake Away

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 28, 2008 10:27pm | Post a Comment

The “breakthrough” album is something most critically acclaimed artists have to contend with. It’s the pressure to get to that elusive “next level.” Sometimes the pressure comes from outside sources, such as the record label or management. Other times it’s self-induced. It’s the desire to grow out of the confines of one’s fan base in order to seek a larger audience. Perhaps the move is purely artistic, to grow into a new sound or a new image, damn the loyalists and critics!

Lila Downs’ latest release, Shake Away, is just that. It is an attempt to go beyond the confines of a cult following. It is her chance to shed her past image as the token Mexican Diva and perhaps become a household Diva. Out of the sixteen songs on the album, more than half are in English, which should make her songs more accessible to a non-Spanish speaking audience. 

That should make songs such as "Little Man," a Mexican Banda song (the style of which usually has most Americanos groaning) made easily digestible with English lyrics and a guitar solo. It is an “every person” song of the working immigrant, just trying to get by like everyone else. But the problem with the songs is that it lacks the spice, the flavor, and the balls for one to care about the immigrant that does the jobs that no one wants to do. The same problem exists within "Minimum Wage," a song about the trials and tribulations of immigrants in the U.S. by way of Loretta Lynn. It’s a down home country vibe that’s awkward at best, with the message getting lost on the train to Nashville. These two songs feel like Lila is both trying too hard and trying too much. Another sign of that is her version of "Black Magic Woman," a duet with pop singer Raul Mídon. Upon first listen I could almost hear the music executives saying:

“Lila, you’re a great singer, but you have do a song that everyone knows in order to get people to first listen to you. How about that everyone knows, like "Black Magic Woman?" Perhaps you can do a duet with a pop singer? Look how well it worked for Carlos Santana on Supernatural!” 

The songs ends up sounding like a bad Vegas revue: the pop singer with no swing and the Diva with too much voice for such an overused song. It sounds like Yma Sumac paired with Rob Thomas. It’s a K.C. Porter (Producer of Santana’ Supernatural) wet dream come true.

There are some great duets on this album with singers that can give Lila a run for her money. The duets with Mercedes Sosa, Gilberto Gutierrez of Mano Blanco & Café Tacvba’s Rubén Isaac Albarrán circumvent her New York band of musicologists’ tendency to over think the musical arrangements. One of the best things about tradition Mexican music is not just the technique but soul of it, which this band seems to forget at times. Nevertheless, it is a monster line-up of musicians that play on her album, including Rob Curto, Celso Duarte, Brian Lynch and Lila’s co-collaborator, Paul Cohen, all great musicians on their own right.

The album contains two versions of Lucinda Williams’ "I Envy The Wind," one version in English and one in Spanish. Lila’s version is less country and more in the vein of a Tom Waits ballad. This cover, unlike "Black Magic Woman," sounds sincere, perhaps coming from Lila’s desire to cover a song she loves instead of one that will propel her into mainstream success. Shake Away’s problem is not that Lila is trying to do something different, but that it feels like she is trying to appeal to the masses. Much like our Presidential candidates, Lila is trying to get that swing vote, convincing the Starbucks set to buy her CD along with their Vanilla Lattes. With that goes her message of justice for exploited people, for her album speaks to no one. The message is not powerful enough to either influence the exploited nor to inspire the sympathetic. Lila Downs' voice in itself can move mountains but Shake Away won't inspire most to listen to this album more than a couple of times.

The Brain

Posted by phil blankenship, September 28, 2008 01:49pm | Post a Comment
 


Avid Home Entertainment 51025

"You're No Rock n Roll Fun" by Sleater Kinney

Posted by Miss Ess, September 27, 2008 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Sleater-Kinney's "You're No Rock n Roll Fun" is such a perfect rock song! And the video is hottness. 

A long time ago, I read that this song was inspired in part by Elliott Smith, who tended to be withdrawn and commonly wanted to sit in the corner and hear one song over and over again at parties, lost in thought. It was supposed to be an affectionate calling out of sorts. Either way, the song's a blast.

Screamers

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Embassy Home Entertainment 4071

In Color

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2009 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Whitmore, September 26, 2008 03:40pm | Post a Comment



The 2009 nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced this week. Nine artists were chosen, though only five will be inducted in next year’s ceremonies.

 

The nominees are:

Jeff Beck
Chic
Wanda Jackson
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Metallica
Run-D.M.C.
the Stooges
War
Bobby Womack

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, most of whom are music industry executives and Hall of Fame members. The new inductees for the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony will be announced in January 2009. The ceremony will be held on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, the museum’s home, instead of at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York where 21 of the previous 23 events have taken place. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall, an artist must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Also, for the first time ever, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.

I’ve never quite figured out what the criteria is for being elected to the Rock Hall of Fame. Personally, I still can’t believe that the Zombies or T-Rex or Tom Waits or MC5 or the Beastie Boys or Quincy Jones aren’t in the hall. What the hell, I might as well add Dr. John, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt/Soft Machine, Tim Hardin, Brigitte Fontaine, John Fahey, Pentangle, Jimmy Ricks and the Ravens, Tommy James, Television, Nico, Gabor Szabo, Richard and Mimi Farina, einstuerzende neubauten, Young Marble Giants, Pearls Before Swine, Pere Ubu, Link Wray, James Blood Ulmer, Throbbing Gristle, Sandy Bull, Derek Bailey, Tiny Grimes, Can, Nina Simone, Exuma, Lenny Breau, Sonny Sharrock…

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Bob Dylan's "Mississippi" From the Upcoming Bootleg Series Vol 8

Posted by Miss Ess, September 26, 2008 03:27pm | Post a Comment

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is pumped about the upcoming Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release. This one, Tell Tale Signs, will be volume 8 and is a two cd compilation of rare and unreleased tracks from 1989-2006. There's even gonna be a super special Dylanphile edition that contains 13 extra tracks, a 7" single and a book about Dylan's singles from all over the world. Crazy! 

Anyway, thanks to my sweet friend Greg, my attention has been turned to one of the tracks from this upcoming release, an alternate version of the song "Mississippi" from Love and Theft. This song was originally recorded in an entirely different version for Time Out of Mind, but was cut from that album and eventually redone again for Love and Theft. Time Out of Mind is my favorite of Dylan's more recent albums, and it's kinda known to have been trimmed of what many claimed were its best tracks.

This unreleased version of "Mississippi" makes the song totally new again. It's incredible: stark and straightforward, making an already great song even better. This version gives the track and especially its hard-edged lyrics a rough majesty that was missing from the ultra-smooth Nashville-ized album version. It will be exciting to hear even more of these tracks on this new release in a few weeks! Tell Tale Signs comes out Oct 7 and in the meantime I'll be pulling out my more recently released Dylan albums and giving 'em a whirl in preparation.

To whet your appetite too, here's "Mississippi" -- the unreleased version:

Quest For The Seven Cities

Posted by phil blankenship, September 26, 2008 01:39pm | Post a Comment
 


Euro Scan Video

out this week 9/23...tough alliance...max richter...friendly fires...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 25, 2008 09:05pm | Post a Comment
These are the sort of weeks that I live for. There are so many new releases out this week that are getting me excited. This week could easily leave me content for the rest of the year. I am very much looking forward to a new EP from Antony & the Johnsons in a couple of weeks and the new Bloc Party next month, but it is really all about this week. There has to be something out this week that you will at least fall in love with a little bit. There are big new albums by Mogwai, Jenny Lewis, Brightblack Morning Light, Kings of Leon, and TV on the Radio. These guys have all been around before and are pretty consistent with their albums. If you like these bands you will probably like their new albums. The new TV on the Radio is awesome, and there are also some very exciting debut albums out this week. I have been absolutely obsessed with this Friendly Fires album for a month now. It is so good. I have been listening to it almost every day at work for the past couple of weeks. I think I love it as much as I love that Teenagers album from a couple of months ago. And by the way, I still love that Teenagers album. It just grows on me more every month and I think it is brilliant. Please listen to it and you will see. More on the Friendly Fires later. The Tough Alliance get their U.S. debut on Modular, New Chance. I also love this album. I just talked about their Swedish label mates, Air France, last week. They are also from Gothenberg, Sweden. It is a super fun electronic pop album. And there are two great albums out on Fat Cat this week-- very different albums. There is the debut album from Ten Kens. I really liked this album when I first heard it a couple of weeks ago, but it was not until early this week that I realized just how much I like it. It is more intense than the Friendly Fires and Tough Alliance -- it sounds like Sonic Youth a bit. It reminds me of something that I have heard before but also sounds like something completely new and unique. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it sounds like, but it is comfortably familiar. And I finally have decided to get into classical music this week with the new Max Richter. It might not be you typical classical release but it is classimax richtercal none the less.

I had been really wanting to get into classical for the last 5 years or so, I just didn't know how to approach it. I still really don't. I might need to take a class or get a introduction to classical book. The classical section is a bit overwhelming and I just don't know where to start. The only music in my collection that approaches classical music are soundtracks. I have always loved scores to movies and they often help me to fall in love with the movie. I am always paying attention to the scores of movies and often listen to them over and over again months after I see the movies. Somebody had told me to check out Blue Notebooks by Max Richter. It was also released by Fat Cat in 2004. It is one of those albums that I have been searching for a used copy of for about 4 years, but I finally bought a new copy a couple of weeks ago. I figured there would eventually be a period in my life when I would need some classical in my life. I just was not sure if it happened when I turned 40 or 50-- if there was a day when I would just suddenly fell in love with classical, or if it was something you were born with or had to be taught to love at a young age. I couldn't wait any longer. I am not really sure if I am going to go classical crazy and listen to classical albums every day now, but I sure do love this Max Richter album. I fell in love with Blue Notebooks and have been anxiously awaiting this new album, 24 Postcards in Full Colour. Since my main experience with classical compositions is score work, I am accustomed to visualizing scenes and images from the movies when I listen to the scores. Since this is not the soundtrack to anything, I have had to make up my own images while listening to this album. I love letting this music get into my head and sort of rearrange my thoughts and way of thinking. It creates a sort of intense calming sensation that I imagine is part of the reason people get into classical music. This new album is mostly strings, piano, and electronics. I am a sucker for the strings and tend to be moved by anything involving string instruments. Max Richter performed with the classical group Piano Circus for many years before embarking on his solo albums. He also worked on a couple of Future Sound of London albums. This is his fourth album. Blue Notebooks was his second. The new album includes about 24 compositions, many of them only a minute or 2 long. The album is great and I am already addicted to it. I  often listen to it twice in a row because it is simply too short.

The self titled album by Friendly Fires finally comes out this week. I can't wait for everybody to love this album as much as I do. They could easily become as big as The Arcade Fire or Vampire Weekend but will most likely end up in the ranks of the Shout Out Louds and Okkervil River. Those that find this album will love it. The album is very addictive and could quickly become one of your favorites. Friendly Fires are of course from England. Their album is brought to you by the fine folks at XL recordings. I fell in love with the singer's voice the first time I listened to this album. There are many great songs on the album but "Skeleton Boy" and "Lovesick" are my favorites. Most of the really good songs are towards the end of the album. The album is not something crazy or revolutionary. It is not changing the face of any type of music. It is just one of those great catchy albums that come around a couple times a year. It is one of those albums that simply makes me happy. I am addicted to it just as I was last year to the Shout Out Louds... or to the Arcade Fire albums years before that. I imagine a day when I may get sick of it, but only because I have listened to it too much. I might need to give it a break soon and start listening to it only once a week, just so I can still appreciate it in the years to come.

also out this week...

blitzen trapper furr




Furr by Blitzen Trapper






brightblack morning light motion to rejoin




Motion To Rejoin by Brightblack Morning Light






high places




High Places by High Places






kings of leon only by the night




Only By the Night by Kings of Leon






jenny lewis acid tongue




Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis






mogwai hawk is howling




Hawk is Howling by Mogwai






monkey journey to the west




Journey To the West by Monkey






serena maneesh s-m backwards




S-M Backwards by Serena-Maneesh











Ten Kens by Ten Kens







tough alliance new chance



New Chance by The Tough Alliance







tv on the radio dear science




Dear Science by TV On the Radio



Starflight One

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California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Morningside Circle

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 25, 2008 08:31am | Post a Comment



Alright... the winner, thus far, in the Los Angleles neighborhoods blog poll is Morningside Circle. I know you probably thought I forgot all about it but what happened was my camera was broken and I just got it back from the store. You can still vote for whatever neighborhood you want and I'll tackle it in a timely fashion. Just go here to vote for Los Angeles Neighborhoods or here for Los Angeles County communties. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here.


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Morningside Circle

So Morningside Circle. If you're a resident of Morningside Circle, let me know. For the most-voted-for neighborhood, it sure was hard to find out anything online. Wikipedia doesn't have an entry (despite having one for just about every other neighborhood in the city) and I found next-to-nothing online.


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of South Los Angeles

I knew it was somewhere in the vast South Los Angeles area so I asked South Angelenos Kirk Gee and Big Nick Nickerson and they weren't really sure where it was but Nick thought it was by Manchester... which turned out to be right. I checked the city clerk records (Court File: 01-1874). According to a motion introduced in 2002:

     "the Eighth District Empowerment Congress has been working aggressively on the "Naming
     Neighborhoods Project" to identify and appropriately name the unique communities found within its 
     membership area. Frequently, the diverse and dynamic characteristics of the individual
     neighborhoods are cast aside as an entire area of the City of Los Angeles is deemed "South 
     Central." By properly identifying the existing communities throughout the area, the Empowerment
     Congress members have sought to instill a feeling of community pride and foster a greater sense  
     of community empowerment."

A mural of Marcus Garvey
 
The boundaries of Morningside Circle are defined as Florence on the north, Western on the east, Manchester on the south, and Van Ness on the west. To the west is Inglewood and Hyde Park, Manchester Square is to the east, Canterbury Knolls is to the north, and West Park Terrace is to the South. Curiously, despite the neighborhood's name, the neighborhood's shape isn't circular at all, in fact, it's a perfect rectangle.

At Gramercy & 76th there's a roundabout --perhaps the titular circle of the neighborhood?
 
The neighborhood is dominated by small, Spanish-style bungalows. On the peripheral streets there are two story apartments and low-rise commercial buildings. Some of the streets are fairly tree-lined and the neighborhood is relatively green.

The area of South Central, south of Slauson, was opened up to the the black population following the 1948 court decision Shelley vs. Kraemer, wherein the Supreme Court banned the enforcment of racist housing covenants. In the 1970s, Mexican and Central American immigrants began to move to the area in large numbers. Today, Morningside Circle is roughly 79% black, and 19% Latino, mostly Mexican and Guatemalan

The area is served by the highly-regarded 74th Street Elementary School. When it let out, the sidewalks were flooded with kids in white golf shirts who joined the white-T-wearing non-students milling about on the sidewalks and balconies of the neighborhood.

A typical storefront. I liked thatched awning.

The boundries of Morningside Circle are also home to all the businesses. There are a lot of churches and about an equal number of chicken restaurants (and a Church's Chicken). The most impressive, smell-wise (I'm vegetarian so that's all I can go by), was Smokee Joe's Bar-B-Q on Florence. The grill outside was filling the air with delicious-smelling smoke. The slogan on the sign says, "Dem people know what they doin'." 

The most impressive church, at least from the outside, is the Krst Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science on Western. The entrance is flanked by two 12 foot statues depicting Queen Tiye and Ramses II. They were designed by Charles Dickson.

In fact, walking around the neighborhood, the predominant smells I encountered were the twin temptations of chicken and weed. The rest of the businesses in the neighborhood are mostly barbershops (especially on Western) and beauty salons.



One guy, wearing a plain red shirt yelled down from his balcony to "have a blessed day" and announced that he was, himself, feeling blessed. When I saw him later, he ran down the stairs from his apartment, leaving his bemused friends smiling, and I saw that his eyes matched his shirt. He gave me a business card for Blessed Towing which is on Vine in Hollywood... if you ever need a tow service or a blessing.

I also saw a place on Manchester & Wilton called the Black Silk Lounge that was available for rent but had a minimum age of 35, according to the sign on the door. Maybe you just have to be 35 to rent it out. Something to look forward to when I'm old enough to run for Prez.

If you've got anything to say about Morningside Circle, chime in!


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Remembering Phil Hartman

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Over The Top - Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 24, 2008 03:43pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 


 

Saturday September 27

Sylvester Stallone in

the arm wrestling / truck driving classic

Over The Top

1987, 93 min

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

 


October
October 4 Hard To Kill

(Steven Seagal is Mason Storm. Mason Storm is... Hard To Kill!)
October 18 All Night Horror Show!
(100% Movie Mania! New Bev Fundraiser! 12 Hours Of Movies, Fun & ?? Argento & Fulci, Mysterious Forces & Sorority Sisters, Flying Piranha & Hungry Zombies, plus the scariest of them all - Teen Pregnancy! 8 films plus trailers, shorts & more! Full schedule & advance tickets up soon!)
October 25 The Wraith
(If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear!)

 

November
November 1 Alien Nation

(Prepare Yourself for the 20th Anniversary!)
November 8 The Stepfather
(Daddy's Home and He's Not Very Happy!)
November 22 Waxwork
(20 Anniversary! More fun than a barrel of mummies!)
November 29 Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon
(Now, when I say, "Who's da mastah?" you say, "Sho'nuff!")

Earl Palmer 1924 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, September 23, 2008 03:55pm | Post a Comment


The feel of rock and roll would have been a hell of a lot different without the input of New Orleans musicians, and at the top of that class was drummer Earl Palmer. He provided the distinctive backbeat for the seminal sound of rock starting with the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard and Eddie Cochran. Earl Palmer died last Friday in his home in Banning after a long illness. He was 83.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Palmer played on thousands of rock, jazz and pop music sessions, as well as on countless movie, television and commercial scores. In the late fifties and early sixties he played on such rock classic singles as Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin” and “Walking to New Orleans,” Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally," Ritchie Valens' “Donna” and "La Bamba," Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” and "I Hear You Knockin"' by Smiley Lewis. Legendary producer Phil Spector used him to build his Wall of Sound on such songs as “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner's “River Deep, Mountain High.” Palmer’s work was rarely off the charts for two decades.

Palmer left New Orleans for Los Angeles in 1957 to work for Aladdin Records. His career as a session drummer included work with a who’s who of 20th century musical icons: Frank Sinatra, Rick Nelson, Ray Charles, Bobby Day, Don and Dewey, Jan and Dean, Larry Williams, Gene McDaniels, Bobby Darin, Dick Dale, Tim Hardin, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Roy Brown, Neil Diamond, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duane Eddy, Sceamin' Jay Hawkins, Barbara Streisand, Taj Mahal, David Axelrod, the Beachboys, Elvis Costello, Everly Brothers, the Mama and the Papas, the Monkees, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Johnny Otis, Thurston Harris, The Byrds, Marvin Gaye and Lloyd Price, just to name a very few. Not to mention the fact he recorded with practically every great New Orleans musician who ever tracked a song to vinyl, like Professor Longhair, Huey Piano Smith, Doctor John, James Booker, Dave Batholomew and Lee Allen.

Palmer was also the session drummer for a number of television show themes and soundtracks, including -- Flintstones Theme Song, 77 Sunset Strip, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Ironside, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, The Odd Couple, and M.A.S.H.

Much of Palmer's work took place at the legendary Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles located at 6252 Santa Monica, near Vine Street, right down the street from Amoeba Records. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll states that Palmer was "possibly the most inventive drummer rock and roll has ever had.” In 1999 he was the subject of a biography, Backbeat, written by Tony Scherman, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. A companion CD collects 30 of his most famous tracks.

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Today's Holidays - 23 September 2008

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 23, 2008 09:04am | Post a Comment

Armenia - Independence Day



Latvia - Miķeļi

Orthodox Christianity - New Year's Day

Catholicism - Feast Days of St. Adomnan of Iona, St. Thecla and Padre Pio of Pietrelcina



Japan (Shinto) - Autumnal Equinox (秋分の日/Shūbun no hi)

  
Saudi Arabia - National Day



Bisexuals (and their supporters) - Celebrate Bisexuality Day



Puerto Rico - Grito de Lares

Ninja Mission

Posted by phil blankenship, September 22, 2008 02:06pm | Post a Comment
 



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XACTO MUNDO

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 22, 2008 01:33am | Post a Comment
A few days ago I was in the Amoeba Buyer's office when I noticed a retail bag with the artwork from the new Calexico album, Carried To Dust on it. It is the artwork of one of my favorite artists, Victor Gastelum, who I have written about in the past. After I stopped gawking at the bag and remarking how cool it was, I noticed there was something familiar about it. I went on with my work and didn’t think much of it after that.

Saturday was the opening of Victor’s new show, Xacto Mundo, at Overtones Gallery in Venice. I went to the opening party and it was really fun and nostalgic. I saw many old friends from back in the early 90’s from Long Beach & San Pedro, most that I hadn’t seen in a quite some time. After reminiscing about old times with that crew, I looked at that same piece, now framed and on the wall of the gallery. Then it hit me. It made me love the new artwork for Carried To Dust even more.

I took some shots of Victor’s pieces. Unfortunately, my crappy photography skills do not do the artwork justice, so go check it out yourself.











Victor's exhibit will be open for previews beginning September 17th and will run through October 25th. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm. Also by appointment.

Overtones Gallery
12703 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90066
t: 310.915.0346

Guitar Hero World Tour & video game timeline

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 21, 2008 06:48pm | Post a Comment
Guitar Games



The first installment in the Guitar Hero series was released in 2005. The developers at Harmonix were obviously inspired by 1998’s Konami’s GuitarFreaks, in which players also use a guitar-shaped controller with colored fret buttons on the neck and a pick lever to score points playing along to rock music. That game never took off on the level of Guitar Hero though, partly because GuitarFreaks required players to shred along to the likes of Mutsuhiko Izumi, 桜井 敏郎,  小野秀幸, 前田尚紀 and Jimmy Weckl (né ジミー・ウェックル), who composed songs especially for the game. Guitar Hero's innovation was including 47 AOR songs by the likes of the Ramones, Deep Purple, umlaut-abusers Blue Öyster Cult and Motörhead -- songs that, whatever you think of them, are seared into your brain if you've ever drank a Mountain Dew, rode in a Z-28, watched a television commercial or shopped at Amoeba. That means even if you've heard "More Than a Feeling" 603,501 times more than you ever wanted, you'll have no problem playing along.



In 2006, RedOctane (the manufacturers of the guitar controllers) was purchased by Activision and Harmonix was bought by MTV. In 2007 Harmonix released, through Electronic Arts, Rock Band -- basically an expanded version of Guitar Hero which added other instruments, another innovation inspired by Konami’s games of the previous decade which followed up GuitarFreaks with DrumFreaks and KeyboardFreaks.

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Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs

Posted by Whitmore, September 20, 2008 02:38pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of 50 years of its Hot 100 chart, music industry’s Billboard Magazine has collected its Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs. The list collects the top 100 songs from August 1958 through July 2008 -- and the songs' slots are allotted based on their actual performance on the weekly chart, with an inverse point system figuring into the ranking (i.e. weeks at No. 1 earn greater value than weeks at No. 100).

Lists of the greatest this, or best that, or most influential whatever always irk the crap out of me, though I am perpetually intrigued. Is Citizen Kane or Gone with the Wind the greatest film of all time? I don’t know, but an evening on the couch with some popcorn and a beer watching the Big Lebowski is a hell of a lot more fun. Is Jimmy Stewart the greatest movie star of all time? Of course not, it has to be Cary Grant or maybe Humphrey Bogart, at least that’s what I think, but according to the experts, I am wrong.

Anyway, Drum Roll please … the Number One Single of all time …
Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.”

Now I have to admit I was somewhat stunned to see “The Twist” up there up on top, all by itself. But then again, "The Twist" is the only song ever to go to #1 on two separate chart runs. The first time was on Sept. 19, 1960 for one week, but after Chubby Checker made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in late 1961, “The Twist” once again hit the spot, this time for two weeks starting on Jan. 13, 1962. It also set a record for the most weeks, 39, on the Hot 100 by a number one song, a record it held until UB40's “Red Red Wine” lasted 40 weeks in 1988.

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Trojan War

Posted by phil blankenship, September 20, 2008 01:20pm | Post a Comment
 


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TRAVIS BARKER & DJ AM CRITICALLY INJURED IN PLANE CRASH

Posted by Billyjam, September 20, 2008 09:10am | Post a Comment

According to an AP report this morning (Sept. 20), a plane crash in South Carolina carrying six people has left four of them -- two crew and two passengers, all unidentified in the report, dead and two passengers, drummer Travis Barker (Blink 182/Transplants) and DJ AM, "critically injured" in the Learjet crash late last night. The plane, just about to take off, went off the runway and crashed on a nearby road.

According to the AP report, "Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane carrying six people was departing shortly before midnight Friday when air traffic controllers reporting seeing sparks. She says the plane went off the runway and crashed on a nearby road. Hospital spokeswoman Beth Frits says Barker and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, were transported to a burn center in Augusta, Ga. Federal officials say two crew members and two passengers have been killed."

 

Sitting In The Dark With Patton Oswalt

Posted by phil blankenship, September 19, 2008 08:20pm | Post a Comment

John Vanderslice Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, September 19, 2008 04:33pm | Post a Comment
John Vanderslice is one of the Bay Area's most well known and most beloved musicians. He is also the proud owner of one of the few remaining all-analog studios, Tiny Telephone. John's a Barsuk recording artist and his most recent album is entitled Emerald City. He also happens to be one of my favorite people I've had the pleasure of meeting during my tenure at Amoeba. You can check out a sweet performance/interview with John from 2007 here on the Amoeba website, and you can also check out an mp3 of his song "White Dove" right here. Read on for our interview about reluctant piano lessons, greencards and the perfection of the Kinks.


Miss Ess: How did your passion for music develop when you were young?


John Vanderslice: My mom forced me into piano lessons when I was 6. God, I hated them!! Of course, years later, when I had absorbed some theory and could play a bit of piano I thanked my mom for starting me out. From there, it was a lot easier to move to piano and voice.

ME: I took piano from six as well and had much the same experience, minus the great success you’ve gone on to! When was the moment you realized you could make creating music your life and livelihood?

JV: After I started Tiny Telephone and we got a few clients, I realized that the combination of the studio and my touring income would allow me to leave my job (I was a bartender at Chez Panisse, a fantastic to place to work).
 
ME: What have you been listening to lately? Whose songs resonate with you?

JV: Well, tons of podcasts: Studio 360, Democracy Now, This American Life, Le Show. And heavy doses of Lil Wayne and Scarface when I'm driving my Corolla.

I love the idea of you in your Corolla nodding your head along to Lil Wayne! If time or place wasn't an issue, whose live show would you most like to see?

XTC on their UK Drums and Wires tour in 1979.
 
Is there an album or song that moves you to tears when you hear it?

The 4th movement of Mahler's 9th symphony is extremely sad.

Back when I was in orchestra I always loved Mahler. Is there a song someone else wrote that you think is just perfection? (One of my picks is "Waterloo Sunset.")

THE KINKS!!! Yes, how about "All Of My Friends Were There" off Village Green [Preservation Society]. They have about 20 songs that I find to be perfect!!

Totally. Weird how spotty their albums are, but the good songs are sheer perfection. Vinyl sales are on the up and up all across the country: what is it about vinyl that is enduring to you?

It just has it! It is so collectible, unlike the dreaded CD. I personally love the sound of vinyl, not only the music but the surface noise. I find digital silence to be totally alienating.

Me too! Your recording studio has all analog equipment, which I admire greatly, and you've hosted bands like Deerhoof and Death Cab For Cutie. Semi-similar to the popularity surge of vinyl, it seems like many bands are heading back to recorded music's roots and recording analog. I love it! Do you have any thoughts about why this is occuring? What is important for you about creating and tending to a place that allows artists to recapture the warmth of analog in their recordings?

Analog sounds wonderful. Also, people love that linear recording limits their options. Sometimes art thrives with limitations. I love keeping these old machines working for people that want to use them.

Artists in SF are always grumbling about how difficult it is to continue here with the high cost of living. I feel like it is worth it to be in such an inspiring and cosmopolitan place! What makes it worth staying here and being creative within SF for you?

Well, if I didn't own Tiny Telephone, I probably wouldn't be able to afford to live here. I would live in Portland like the rest of the Bay Area art community!! I love it here, but jeeez is it pricey!

Yeah, it’s really rough to cope with. And you’re right, practically all of Portland is now from here! And it’s getting expensive up there too! You have some of the most dedicated fans around-- people who know every word to your new album the day of its release! How did you foster and continue your relationship with your fans?

Well, that's nice to hear. I really care about playing live and trying to make the records as good as I can. I also like playing free shows and giving away songs. Maybe that helps!

What is your favorite local band (current and past)? Is there one around at the moment you think is on the brink of breaking out to a larger audience?

I loved Granfaloon Bus. I still listen to those records. I like Love Like Fire, Hello Central, The Frail, The Dodos, Port O'Brien; there's tons of great bands here.

I've never heard of Granfaloon Bus -- I've got to check them out. What's your most prized piece of musical gear?

Neve 5316 discreet mixing console.

What has been your peak musical moment?

David Berman [of the Silver Jews] coming to see us in Nashville.

I read that you are an avid photographer.  What are some of your preferred subjects when you are at home in San Francisco?

Well it's strange, I never shoot in San Francisco. I only take my camera out on tour. It seems like too much responsibility.

You're playing at the Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend. Is there anyone's set you are particularly looking forward to checking out?

Or, the Whale, Tegan and Sara, Fleet Foxes, Okkervil River. The line-up is AMAZING.

I know your last two albums were in part inspired by both 9/11 and the political situation going on here in the USA. Do you have hope for this upcoming election? What are your thoughts?

Hopes and thoughts, for sure. But mostly prayers!

It’s hard to know how it’s going to go. I feel like we live in an Obama bubble here in the Bay Area but I am not sure what is going on in the rest of the country, really. I know another inspiration for the record was your French girlfriend's difficulty getting a visa.  Any closure on this situation yet?

Ha, she's right by my side asking me why I didn't do the dishes today. I'm not kidding! This is strange because:

1. I usually do the dishes.
2. She usually doesn't care.

I need closure on these dirty dishes!

She has a temporary green card. It was not easy. We live together. I am happy.

What's been your best-ever find at Amoeba?

All the Radiohead on 180gram vinyl!!!

Thanks so much for your time!

AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 09:19:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
                                        Ameoba Music Berkeley  Hip-Hop Top Five  09:19:08
Spearhead
1)  Michael Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers   
     (Amer-I Can/Unity One/Anti)

2)  Diplo Top Ranking Santogold (Mad Decent)

3)  The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

4) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

5)  eLZhi The Preface (Fat Beats)

The number one selling album at the Berkeley store this week is from the Bay Area's very own veteran political musician Michael Franti and his group Spearhead. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and produced by Sly and Robbie, this brand new full length titled All Rebel Rockers is the anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Yell Fire!, released two years ago on Anti. This new album may not possess that same sense of urgency as its predecessor and hence, takes a little longer to get into, but All Rebel Rockers is still a very good album. (Yell Fire! is a hard one to top because it was so powerful a release.) Naturally, with Sly & Robbie at the controls, it has more of a reggae feel than the other genres it incorporates (mainly hip-hop and soul). 

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BAY AREA HIP-HOP ARCHIVES: OAKLAND RAP TOP TEN 1990

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2008 09:09am | Post a Comment
                                                        Oakland Rap Top Ten 1990

01) Too $hort / "The Ghetto"
02) Richie Rich / "Don't Do It"
03) Mhisani / "Y.O.U.T.H."
04) 415 / "Groupie"
05) Mac Mill / "Dangler"

06) D-Loc / "Ace In The Hole"
07) Digital Underground / "The Way We Swing"
08) 2 Bigg MC / "He's the King of Hype"
09) Freddy B / "Why"
10) MC Valentine, K-Cloud & Crew / "Have You Seen Her?"

Digging in the Bay Area archives today I came across this Oakland Rap Top Ten chart from eighteen years ago. The list is a subjective singles/songs based chart that I had originally tallied based on a combination of artists I was writing about at the time for my Bay Area column in Source magazine and on radio airplay on the weekly Sunday hip-hop radio show (Hip Hop Slam) I did at the time. The show, on KALX 90.7FM, was co-hosted along with G-Spot (now heard on KPFA late Saturday nights) in addition to, invariably, a ton of guests (a great many of them Bay Area) rolling through the Berkeley studios each week, including all of the artists in this top ten. Note that back circa 1990, DJs and writers generally used the word "rap" to describe these artists rather than "hip-hop," even though it was recognized as a part of hip-hop.

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Ceres - Dwarf Planet

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 19, 2008 09:01am | Post a Comment
Dwarf planets are objects with sufficient mass to assume a roughly spherical shape but yet too small to get picked for the starting lineup in the solar tee-ball match. There are currently four planets designated as dwarf planets. Before 2006 they were also known as minor planets, planetoids and (my favorite) subplanets.

 

Although there are currently only four designated dwarf planets, there are at least 41 known objects which may qualify when we get around to it. And when the Kuiper belt is fully-explored, there may turn out to be another 200. Beyond that there may be another 2000 subplanets in our solar system.

 

Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of cereals (as in grasses cultivated for their edible parts and not as in the milky bowls of breakfast candy eaten by toddlers and people living in dorms), abundance, and motherly love. She was both the sister and wife of Jupiter. Her worship was adopted by the Romans in 496 BCE, during a particularly severe famine. Her followers were mostly plebes who controlled the grain game in antiquity. For some reason, their rites included tying burning sticks to fox's tails.

The original name for the planetoid was Ceres Ferdinandea but that got shot down as not everyone was so keen on brown-nosing Spanish royalty. The dwarf planet is the smallest of the currently designated subplanets. It was actually discovered way back in 1801 by Giuseppie Piazzi who wrote, "since its movement is so slow and rather uniform, it has occurred to me several times that it might be something better than a comet." Even further back, Johann Elert Bode, in 1768, had suggested that there may be a planet between Mars and Earth. And lo, Ceres is situated within the asteroid belt.

Ceres is actually the largest  object in the asteroid belt -- making up a third of the belt's mass. Its surface is made up of water ice (more than the total amount of water found on Earth), carbonate and clay. The weather on Ceres isn't that bad, reaching -38 degrees Celsius, which is slightly warmer than some Midwestern winters I've experienced.


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CERES IN FILM




In the American Astronaut there's a bar on Ceres called the Ceres Crossroads where a dance contest takes place.


CERES IN TELEVISON


In Exosquad, Ceres is posited as the location of the first Neo Mega breeding location.

In the Twilight Zone episode "The Lonely," Ceres is a prison colony.



CERES IN GAMES


In Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday, there is an abandoned RAM research base situated on the dwarf planet.

 

In Descent and Descent3, there are missions which take place on Ceres.


In Star Control II, Ceres station is destroyed by the Ur-Quan before humans are enslaved.


In Super Metroid, the first playable area takes place on Ceres.


In Terminal Velocity, a machine must be destroyed that will otherwise cause Ceres to collide with Earth.


In Zone of the Enders, a colony exists on Ceres.

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The Circle Game

Posted by Miss Ess, September 18, 2008 06:31pm | Post a Comment
I love it when musicians write something new in response to another artist's song. One great artist inspiring another is what makes the world go round, in a way, and it's fun to find examples of artists reacting to one another's work.

One of the more famous examples of this is "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1974 response to Neil Young's earlier songs slamming stereotypical Southern racism, "Southern Man" and "Alabama." Neil apparently loved it when he heard his name in the track, as the bands were friendly:

"Well I heard Mr Young sing about it
Well I heard old Neil put her down
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
Southern Man don't need him around anyhow..."

 
 

Apparently Neil Young is extremely inspiring, because the other song that springs to mind as being written in response to a great song is Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game," which she wrote for Neil after hearing his "Sugar Mountain." Both songs are about growing older and youth slipping by. The two songwriters met back in 1964, the same year 19 year old Neil wrote "Sugar Mountain," which contains the line "You can't be 20/on Sugar Mountain." Joni's response in "The Circle Game": "So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty/ Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true/There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty/Before the last revolving year is through."

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out this week 9/16...air france...manda rin...the breakfast club...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 18, 2008 03:17pm | Post a Comment

My love for Sweden just continues to grow this year. I really might need to go move there. I will wait and see how this election turns out first. I am keeping my fingers crossed and I just know election day is going to be a crazy exciting day. I am putting some faith in the American people that they will see how crazy this Palin lady is... So hopefully I will stay in this country, but Sweden might be the place to go if I need to. The music there just keeps impressing me. Air France from Gothenburg, Sweden have just put out a new EP called "No Way Down." It is on the label Sincerely Yours, which also put out the great album by The Tough Alliance. The Tough Alliance is getting some domestic love soon and will hopefully reach a wider audience. Gothenburg is the home of many of my recent favorites -- in addition to The Tough Alliance and Air France, Jens Lekman, Studio, The Electric Pop Group, and Love Is All live there. I might just have to investigate all the other bands from Gothenburg that I have not heard yet. My new favorite band might just be hiding in there, waiting for me to finally discover.

This new Air France EP is brilliant, but it is not the kind of album that will hit you in the face right away. It is sort of mellow and pretty. In their very short Wikipedia description they are described as "post-rave bliss, beach foam pop, and balearic disco." I might have to update this definition a bit, but it does sort of make sense. It reminds me of some of the tracks on the Studio album. You need to turn the songs up a bit to fully experience them.Headphones are always best for this type of music, or the privacy of your own car if you live in Los Angeles. The songs make you feel like you are floating or dreaming. Albums like these should really be used for therapy. This EP includes six short songs. They will satisfy me for a bit but I know I will want more soon. A complete album will hopefully not be that far away. The album is sort of a combination of an Orb or Future Sound of London album combined with some band like Saint Etienne or The Pale Saints. Some of the songs are just instrumental dancey mellow tracks while others are British 90's pop kind of songs over more dancey beats. Don't be surprised to hear some bird sounds and random samples throughout the album. This is what probably makes it sound a bit beach like, but not day time surf style beachy -- more like the beach music you would hear at sunset or in the middle of the night.

One of my old favorites also has a solo album out this week. I was absolutely in love with Bis way back in the mid to late 90s. They were the perfect blend of catchy pop and electronics. They put out a bunch of singles and 7"s before they had a first real album. New Transistor Heroes came out in 1997, but it was really all about "Transmission on the Teen-C Tip!," "Disco Nation," "Secret Vampire," "Bis Vs. the D.I.Y. Corps," and "Atom-Powered Action!" Those early 7"s and CD singles created a rabid fanbis secret vampire soundtrack base, however small it was. They went on to put out 3 more albums and broke up in 2003. They reformed in 2007 in their native Scotland for some reunion shows. Bis were super young when they started and still in their mid teens, but unlike the Cheetah Girls or Jonas Brothers of today, the music was not really made or marketed for the kids. I guess I was not really hanging out with many teens in 1996 so maybe they did have some teen fans as well, but all my friends who were into Bis were in our early twenties. I guess I can't really imagine being into them back then, being the age I am now. It was music made for Twentysomethings who did not want to grow up yet. They came at a perfect time in my life. They were fun and full of energy-- what great pop music should be. But they had a weirmanda rin my dnad mix of punk and electronica that wasn't really being done back then.

Manda Rin has now put out a solo album called My DNA. She has definitely grown for this new album but has not lost any of her playful poppy-ness. The album at times sounds more like a new Madonna or Kylie MInogue album. It is catchy dance pop music for sure. I already found myself singing along to the songs after only the first listen. The album is great fun and hopefully she will get some new fans from it. I know those old Bis fans are out there somewhere. Hopefully they have not grown up too fast. The album is currently only an import on This is Fake DIY records. Not sure if it will ever see a domestic date. The Bis albums mostly came out on Chemikal Underground and Grand Royal. I think those that find this new album will like it. If you need some cute dance pop in your life then Manda Rin is here for you. I am enjoying it mostly for my nostalgia of my Bis obsession days, but the album also manages to be fun and catchy regardless of your past love for all things Bis.

If you are looking for some DVDs this week, I suggest you get yourself some Flashback Editions of The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. No Blu Rays on these titles yet but they do come in a 3 pack box set with Weird Science. I never really liked Weird Science and hate when it is put with these other two  movies. I guess I just couldn't get into a story about creating a magical sexy lady. It always seemed a bit creepy and misogynistic to me. I know they are all John Hughes movies but Pretty In Pink really belongs with these two other movies. I know he directed Weird Science and not Pretty in Pink, though. Just like Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink was written and produced by John Hughes. They are John Hughes movies. I am sure there are some crazy Weird Science fanatics out there who might disagree. I am just not one of them. Pretty in Pink already got re-released a couple of years ago in a nice special edition. It has some great documentaries and a directors commentary by Howard Deutch. The new digitally remastered version of The Breakfast Club comes with a 12 part documentary and a special on the origins of the Brat Pack. It also has an actors' commentary track by Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall. I have the DVD but have not yet had time to watch the special features. I suggest you just pick up Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club individually. With Some Kind of Wonderful and Pretty In Pink you can make your own "Produced and Written and Sometimes Directed By John Hughes Boxset." Breakfast Club had a huge effect on me. I watched it hundreds of times and even put on a little mini version of it at my High School. I played Anthony Michael Hall's character Brian, of course. I hate to think of what my life would have been without these movies. I always thought Heathers was a more realistic although surreal look at high school life, but these John Hughes movies remain essential parts of my teen life and they still hold up to this day. Check out Charles Reece's recent blog about the fims as well.

also out today...






Hypnagogic States EP by The Cure











Uphill City by I Am Robot & Proud











Hey Ma by James











Who Killed Amanda Palmer by Amanda Palmer











Hungry Saw by The Tindersticks


Little Earthquakes

Posted by Miss Ess, September 18, 2008 02:05pm | Post a Comment
It's crazy what a little nostalgia can do sometimes:


After reading the list of the Gayest Albums of All Time, according to Out Magazine, I realized I hadn't listened to Tori Amos in about 10 years, so I dragged out my old Little Earthquakes CD, ripped it onto my controversial I-Pod and went out for a stroll down my street, feeling a bit blue.

Within about 2 seconds of hearing "Crucify" I was feeling giddy, taken back to another time and place, but also hearing the songs in a new light since it'd been so long. Little Earthquakes is an incredible record. Between the raw lyrics and the acoustic piano, when it came out in 1992 it was like nothing else of its time. I feel like it sliced through all the other overblown stuff out there (like Michael Jackson and Guns N Roses), utterly idiosyncratic, and then managed to float alone above it all. I don't know how I'd forgotten how delicious a record it is. Walking down the street with Tori whispering and crooning in my ear, simultaneously brutally honest and seductive, the entire timbre of my day changed. It's that kind of album.

I remember reading Tori was influenced by Joni Mitchell's Blue, and now, years later, having become a fan of that record as well, I can really see what she meant. Both Little Earthquakes and Blue are extraordinarily confessional, sincere and frank. And favorites of mine.

You can check out an interview with Tori Amos from her recent instore at Amoeba Music Hollywood right here.



Something Old, Something New: Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh's self-titled CD/LP out now on Drag City!

Posted by Kells, September 18, 2008 12:39pm | Post a Comment

 

When I first learned that Masaki Batoh, enigmatic frontman of the wondrously magical avant-psych band Ghost, and Swedish-born Helena Espvall, vocalist, guitarist and cellist of the equally magical folk-rock outfit Espers, were to release a record of their collaborative efforts, a wave of excitement swept me out of my shoes and into a frenzy of inspired musings that lead to an impulse purchase of a bottle of Framboise Lambic. After many repeat listenings of Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh, their simply self-titled releaseI can safely say that not only does the record pair well with the sweet, frothy drink, but also complements those early Halloween  decoration displays that are beginning to pop up all over town. The record and the drink spurred a flip through my battered old D&D Monster’s Compendium which led me to conjure a mental picture of a romantic tapestry woven by two modern day minstrels who, after recognizing their great esteem for one another, slipped away from their bands’ respective gypsy caravans silently in the night, running away together to the far reaches of the northern wilderness, making beautiful music together all the way. 

Of course, my tastes for picturesque exaggeration and raspberry tinged ale have likely overrun the reality that is quite reasonably the result of a season spent jamming by two proficient multi-instrumentalists who, in riffing on each others folky sensibilities, managed to produce a collection of seriously pretty, mysterious rambles. 

Revisiting Chumbawumba's Tubthumping (I get knocked down)

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2008 11:57am | Post a Comment
 

Since they formed 28 years ago, UK group Chumbawumba may have released a ton of music covering many styles (and under various band lineups) but it is their 1997 breakout hit single "Tubthumping" (video above) with its infectious chorus ("I get knocked down/But I get up again") that they will probably always be best known for, even though it was atypical of all the other music that this anarchist band had recorded. Regardless, this single was unavoidable on the radio eleven years ago when it was a hit both in Britain and around the world. It went to #2 on the UK pop charts and #6 in the USA in 1997.

Anyway, for some reason this song and its infectious chorus popped into my head the other day and refused to leave. I kept humming its refrain over and over - I get knocked down/But I get up again/You're never going to/Keep me down -- so much so that I had to go back to re-listen to it, to so see if it stood the test of time, if it sounded as good as I remembered first time around back in '97. And having just listened to it again now, I gotta say that, while it is still a really good pop song, that it doesn't really stand the test of time to these ears. Maybe I just heard it one too many times back in '97.

In my research I did learn that the song was not only a single and album (Tubthumper) track for the band but that it has been included on several compilations, including on a volume of the phenomenally popular Now That's What I Call Music pop-hit compilation series, and also on eight movie soundtracks including Home Alone 3, In God's Hands, Senseless, Air Bud 2, Dirty Work, Varsity Blues, and Joe Somebody. Additionally, it's been featured in several video games, including EA Sports' World Cup 98, Konami's Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX in 1999, and in Nintendo's Donkey Konga in 2004.

The Keep - Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 17, 2008 06:04pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 


 

Saturday September 20

25th Anniversary!

Michael Mann's

The Keep

1983, 96 min

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

September 16, 2008

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The Annihilators

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New World Video 8523

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2008

Posted by Miss Ess, September 16, 2008 06:51pm | Post a Comment
One of the greatest things about living in the Bay Area, for me anyway, is the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival that happens the first weekend of every October in Golden Gate Park, thanks to rich guy and roots music fan Warren Hellman, who pays for the whole thing. Here's a good article from a couple of years back that was in the Chronicle about just what Mr. Hellman is doing.


At the festival over the years I've seen Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and so many more, including Dolly Parton, which was literally one of the highlights of my life! Even if it's freezing outside, thousands of people gather in the park to hear the music.


This year's festival takes place Oct 3/4/5 and is lining up to be as strong as always, with seasoned performers such as Hazel Dickens, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Asleep at the Wheel, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Guy Clark, and Richard Thompson and newcomers like Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron & Wine, Pegi Young and...MC Hammer!? (Well, they do call it "Hardly Strictly!") You can check out the schedule right here. It really is not to be missed. Did I mention that it's all FR

This is Your Nation On White Privilege: Tim Wise On Being White In America And Running For Political Office

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2008 05:26pm | Post a Comment
white like me reflections on race from a privileged son
Published this week online on his ZSpace page, the following timely essay This is Your Nation on White Privilege was written by Tim Wise, who is the author of White Like Me (Soft Skull, 2005, revised 2008) and Speaking Treason Fluently, which will be published later this month, also by Soft Skull.
Thanks  to Wise and his publishers for permission in reprinting this essay on white privilege in America today. For more information on the author visit timwise.org.

This Is Your Nation on White Privilege
by Tim Wise

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug. White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

George Putnam 1914 – 2008

Posted by Whitmore, September 16, 2008 02:54pm | Post a Comment

If I haven’t mentioned it before at least a dozen times or so, I’m a third generation native Angelino, and obviously a product of the television generation whose earliest childhood memories inevitably revolve around three primary sounds: Earl Shreib commercials - "I'll paint any car, any color, for only twenty-nine ninety-five! Riiiiiiight!”, the legendary voice of Dodger baseball sportscaster Vin Scully and the booming, theatrically stentorian voice of George Putnam, the pioneering  television news anchorman and right wing commentator who was a mainstay of Los Angeles news broadcasting for many a decade. Putnam died last Friday morning at Chino Valley Medical Center. He was 94.

When I was kid my grandfather had his television on constantly and his nightly vigil was Putnam’s newscast. My grandfather ate it all up, every right wing paranoid dramatic declaration; he absolutely trusted everything Putnam said. And of course, Putnam was one of the most influential commentators of the era.
 
In pop-cultural history he is most fondly remembered as the inspiration for fictional newscaster Ted Baxter, Ted Knight's windbag of a character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Putnam was also famous for his annual Rose Parade ride on his silver-saddled palomino for almost 50 years. In fact I believe it never rained when he rode in the parade … talk about a man with connections!

Putnam began his broadcast career on a Minneapolis radio station in 1934, moved to New York in the 1940’s. In late 1951 he was hired at KTTV, the independent station then owned by Times-Mirror Co., which also owned the Los Angeles Times.  Putnam quickly became a dominant force in Los Angeles TV news. The winner of three Emmy Awards, six California Associated Press Television and Radio Assn. awards and more than 300 other honors, at one point he was reportedly the highest-rated and highest-paid TV news anchor on the Los Angeles’ airwaves. In the mid 1960s, Putnam moved to KTLA Channel 5. Also, Putnam was briefly a co-host on the political news talk show Both Sides Now with comedian Mort Sahl.

Somewhere Over The Rainbows

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 16, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment
There's a long tradition of rainbow colorband labels in the record industry. Capitol, Liberty & VJ all had similar designs in the early sixties. Decca had its famous colorbar labels labels of the 60's and MCA had its rainbow label design that I covered in an earlier blog. Here's a gallery of other, lesser known rainbow themed labels sure to please the eye...





River Of Death

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Cannon Video 31128
Available through Warner Home Video
 

Hispanic vs. Latino & Hollywood Brownface

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 15, 2008 02:24pm | Post a Comment

Hispanic Heritage Month


September 15th to October 15th is officially recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA.The dates of the observance were chosen due to the timing of El Grito, the "cry" that brought the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua's independence (followed closely by Mexico and Chile.).
 

Some fellows celebrating "El Grito"


"Hispanic" vs. "Latino"


I suppose it's kind of interesting that whoever named the month chose the term "Hispanic" instead of, say, "Latino." Hispanic sounds old-fashioned to me, but then again, I know people younger than me who refer to themselves as just that. I still think it's like calling February "Colored History Month" or May being "Oriental Heritage month." The government's choice of "Hispanic" probably owes to the fact that the term "Latino" was in less common usage forty years ago when the observance was instigated by Lyndon B. Johnson (initially as Hispanic Heritage Week). Both terms are considered offensive by some indigenists since they disappropriate Native Americans from their origins and languages by defining people with sometimes no European ancestry with Eurocentric terms.

That being said, though Latino and Hispanic are frequently used interchangeably, they don't mean exactly the same thing.

Hispanic


JAMEOBLOG TOP TEN: WEEK OF 09:15:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2008 11:36am | Post a Comment
                                            Jameoblog Top Ten: 09:15:08

1) Josh Martinez "All Rapped Out" (Camobear Records)

2) Paris "Acid Reflex (feat. Chuck D)" (Guerrilla Funk)

3) Nightmares On Wax "Da Feelin" (Warp)

4) dan le sac Vs. Scroobius pip "Fixed"(Strange Famous)

5) The High Decibels "That Dude" (Rolling Jack Records)

6) Stacy Epps "The Awakening"(JapanNubianMusik)

7) DJ Muggs & Planet Asia "Triple Threat (feat. GZA & Chance Infinite)" (Gold Dust/K7)

8) J-Live "ooweee" (BBE)

9) Large Pro "Rockin Hip-Hop" (Gold Dust)

10) ESH The Monolith "Son Spots" (Labeless Illtelligence)

In the number one slot of this week's Jameoeblog Top Ten (a subjective, song based chart) is talented and funny Vancouver, BC (by way of Portland, OR which he lately calls as his home base) rapper Josh Martinez. josh martinez"All Rapped Out" is the opening song off his great fifth album, which hits Amoeba tomorrow, The World's Famous Sex Buffet on his own Camobear record label. The prolific artist has been churning out releases for the past decade, even finding time to form two bands along the way: the Pissed Off Wild and the Chicharones.

PrettyKill

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Lorimar Home Video 447

David Foster Wallace 1962 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, September 14, 2008 11:06am | Post a Comment

The novelist, essayist, humorist, and educator, David Foster Wallace, best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont. His wife, Karen Green, discovered that Wallace had hanged himself when she returned home on Friday, September 12. He was 46.

Wallace won a cult following from the very start of his literary career with his darkly humorous and ironic wit. His first novel was published in 1987, The Broom of the System, but it was his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, which shot him to the top of the literary world with its sprawling, complex and ambitious nonlinear plot that ran 1,079 pages.  

Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, Feb. 21, 1962, but was raised in Illinois, where his father taught philosophy at the University of Illinois and his mother taught English at the local community college.

He attended Amherst College, majoring in philosophy before switching his attention to creative writing. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1985, turning his senior thesis into the basis for The Broom of the System.

Since 2002, when he was named the first Roy E. Disney professor of creative writing, he had taught at Pomona College.

Don't You Forget About Me, Part 1: The Teen Flicks of John Hughes

Posted by Charles Reece, September 14, 2008 10:24am | Post a Comment
I wish to bring back to mind my past foulness and the carnal corruptions of my soul. This is not because I love them, but that I may love you, my God. [..] In the bitterness of my remembrance, I tread again my most evil ways, so that you may grow sweet to me, O sweetness that never fails, O sweetness happy and enduring, which gathers me together again from that disordered state in which I lay in shattered pieces, wherein, turned away from you, the one, I spent myself upon the many. For in my youth, I burned to get my fill of hellish things. I dared to run wild in different darksome ways of love. My comeliness wasted away. I stank in your eyes, but I was pleasing to myself and I desired to be pleasing to the eyes of men. -- The Depths of Vice from The Sixteenth Year of The Confessions of St. Augustine


I've always been something of a closet Augustinian, believing sin the default human condition. If he would've just left out all that God stuff I'd be more willing to come out of the closet. Nevertheless, his notion that being good is an act of will against wordly temptation seems right to me. In a capitalist democracy, giving in has always been an easier route to material success than acts of resistance.  Obama wouldn't be America's first ("serious") post-racial candidate if the majority thought he'd tackle racial injustice in any substantive manner. One doesn't rise through the business ranks by being an agent of moral change, making the business work better for the employees. The only change that's allowed is that of efficiency, streamlining the workers' output in accordance to the demands of the employer. You don't achieve power by disposing of the cultural rules, but by learning them, incorporating them and making them work for you while you actually work for them.  As Foucault pointed out -- and the Frankfurt School before him -- power is everywhere and nowhere in particular.
 

Since power is theoretically dispersed to the masses in a democratic system where the have-nots will always outnumber the haves, it becomes necessary for mass desire to be manufactured such that the status quo is believed by the people to be their will, and not something being forced upon them from the outside. This keeps things from changing, or not changing, too fast, so that the small ratio of dominant to the dominated can remain fairly static over time. That's why 1984 has never been a wholly convincing metaphor for the modern Western democracy. People would vote out Big Brother if he were seen to symbolically conflict with their democratic and other structuring beliefs ("don't need no outsider telling me what to do"). However, his ideas of control might work if the people can be convinced that those ideas are their own. In fact, Orwellian totalitarianism began when democracy ended, but a more pressing concern for modern democracy is its own despotic fault-line. 

The fault-line in the heart of democrats was pointed out by Tocqueville in the 19th century: "they want to be led, and they wish to remain free."  He referred to this danger as soft despotism, where people willingly (vote to) release their liberty, their control, to the state in exchange for some stopgap measure promised by the political representatives. The promise might be for some pork bill, or for some legislation limiting the rights of others who aren't felt to be acting in accordance with common sense or decency.  As Thomas Franks has argued, the politician doesn't even need to deliver the goods, so long as he's perceived to be working in the voters' interests, i.e., delivering the symbolic goods ("next year, we'll get prayer back in the schools"). Meanwhile, the politician can continue to serve the interests of the corporate status quo, which has zero interest in making things better for those doing the voting. Thus, the voters feel in control by voting for someone else to symbolically take care of things while the politician feels empowered by being the symbolic powerbroker in the capitalist order. The temptations of the silver-tongued devil have been replaced by the pervasive control of the culture industry.  And some of the most fitting allegories for this dispersed systemic power are in the teen oeuvre of John Hughes.

Beginning, appropriately enough, in 1984 with Sixteen Candles and ending in 1987 with Some Kind of Wonderful, Hughes explored the dynamics in which people are brought into the symbolic order. Four of these films he wrote, produced and directed (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), and the other two he wrote and produced with Howard Deutch directing (Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful). Although largely dismissed for its establishment politics (Tout va bien these films ain't), his teen cycle is more profitably seen as depictions of the way an individual's desire interacts with and is ultimately shaped by social control. Central to this cycle is the master-slave dialectic, which he predominately addresses according to class distinctions (e.g., the envious attitude Molly Ringwald's character expresses towards her high school's wealthy ruling elite in Pretty in Pink), but also breaks it down along relative positions of prestige, or character types -- the popular versus unpopular (such as the adoration Emilio Estevez's working class jock receives in The Breakfast Club). The political criticism isn't without merit, as there's always a trace of the satanic in these films, the celebration of selling one's soul to fit in. The most evil example is undoubtedly Ally Sheedy's finding happiness in The Breakfast Club once she's made over into the jock's ideal. She complains about being ignored, but is only noticed once she ignores who she is. Consider here the paradox of Obama's candidacy: he became the first black candidate by becoming post-racial, downplaying that which makes his candidacy historically significant, his race in the cultural context of America's racism (he only alluded to Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, in his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention). 

However, Hughes doesn't just leave popularity or the haute bourgeoisie as unquestioned truths. Instead, he regularly demonstrates how the popular class has to go through the same process of commodification (selling oneself as an object for others) as the outré class does in order or to stand a chance of entering the former's social circle. Estevez's jock tearfully explains how he lives his life to satisfy the expectations of his dad and the school while having little time (until his detention) for deciding what he might want (which, as it turns out, is to do nothing in particular). Similarly, Lea Thompson's popular girl from the wrong side of the tracks in Some Kind of Wonderful has to constantly struggle with suppressing her moral conscience lest she be cast out of the popular clique. Hughes' twist on Horatio Alger's dream is that success comes more from learning to walk in another's shoes than pulling oneself up by one's own boot straps. That these films are nostalgically remembered for their happy resolutions despite their pervasive miserabilism has a lot to do with the conventions of the teenage romantic comedy genre in which they work (or are made to work).

Genre films produce satisfaction rather than action, pity and fear rather than revolt. They serve the interests of the ruling class by assisting in the maintenance of the status quo, and they throw a sop to oppressed groups who, because they are unorganized and therefore afraid to act, eagerly accept the genre film's absurd solutions to economic and social conflicts. When we return to the complexities of the society in which we live, the same conflicts assert themselves, so we return to genre films for easy comfort and solace -- hence their popularity. -- from "Genre Films and the Status Quo" (1974) by Judith Hess Wright


While it's not exactly statistically sound, consider the difference between the critics and general viewers' opinions of Hughes' films over at Metacritic: For the 4 films given both a critics and users rating (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Some Kind of Wonderful), the critics gave the films an average of 5.6 out of 10 versus the users' 8.7, with The Breakfast Club scoring the highest for both at 6.2 and 9.3, respectively. I suspect that both the general taste and critical distaste for these films is rooted in the same cause: their nostalgia-mongering generic structure. Setting all six of the films in the imaginary suburb of Chicago, Shermer, Hughes addresses very real issues with becoming an adult in a capitalist society, but always through a rose-colored lens of how we'd like to remember those years, rather than how they actually were. The difference in the reactions based on entertainment and criticism can be seen surrounding Schindler's List. Sure you might get choked up towards the end when all those saved are celebrating Schindler, but that's just the result of all the emotional levers and pulleys that Spielberg is so adroit at operating. With a bit of distance, it's hard not to read cynicism in the fact that the most "serious" and "important" movie about the Holocaust coming out of an American studio is based on the heroism of an Aryan saving the Jews. Genre rules, like the myth of heroism, begin to strain and nostalgic entertainment begins to falter as reality returns to the fore. However, as I will endeavor to show, Hughes' fantastic approach to the teenage years reveals a good deal about American society that makes his cycle one of the more important set of films coming out of the Me Decade even if they are corrupt at their core.

With the exception of Ferris Bueller, all of these films follow the same narrative pattern: an outcast yearns to be accepted by a representative of the upper- or over-class, that representative discovers something about him or herself by falling for the outcast, and everything ends happily when the outcast is accepted.  Sixteen Candles, for example, has two such set-ups: Molly Ringwald plays a fairly well-adjusted (i.e., bourgeois for normal) 16-year old Samantha Baker, who dreams of getting into the pants and social circle of MIchael Schoeffling's BMW-driving übermensch on campus, Jake Ryan. Meanwhile, the Geek (Anthony Michael Hall, of course) knows his place in the order of things and can only dream of being with Samantha in the thick portion of the social bell curve. Just as would occur later with the popular desiderata played by Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink and Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, Jake rebels against his superior position in the social hierarchy by taking on a mate from a lower social stratum. Should critical awareness begin to enter here as the audience realizes that the status quo remains firmly in place by having the Geek lose out once again to the popular kid, Hughes uses the nostalgic bypass (Wright's "sop") of throwing the Geek a bone, namely the chance to have his way with Jake's former girlfriend, the prom queen.

Hughes' nostalgic bypass is akin to the way the Republicans keep the lower white working class within its ranks: serve big business interests at the expense of the voters' economic stability while distracting them from this reality with promises of returning the country to some fabled state of moral purity or a illusory concern with the possibility that they might some day become members of the 2% economic elite. Just as audience identification begins to buckle under the pressure of seeing how Andie (Ringwald again) turns her back on who she is upon choosing Blane (McCarthy) over the perpetually abused and ignored Duckie (John Cryer) in Pretty in Pink, the latter gets a come-hither glance from a beautiful girl, thereby recommitting the audience to the nostalgic trompe l'oeil. For his role in encouraging Andie to give Blane a second chance after he succumbed to the pressure of his snobby friend Steff (James Spader), and jilted her at the prom, Duckie is rewarded with his own promise of upward mobility.  Little wonder why the test audience (and Ringwald) balked at the original ending where Andie went off with Duckie. The surfeit of reality gummed up the working of the nostalgic machinery. We want to believe our society to be classless (and raceless), irrespective of the evidence.

Part 2's acomin'...

Mix.Tape.101

Posted by Amoebite, September 13, 2008 03:48pm | Post a Comment
 Mix.Tape.101 (excerpted from the Mix.Tape.101 Zine)

Is this some stupid trip down nostalgic lane?
Does my love of mixtapes reveal my age?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Mixtapes stood for friendship. Connection. Love. Attention to mixology and art.

When you got a mixtape you could not wait to throw it in the cassette player. Unmarked or a work of art, it didnʼt matter. There was gold in those tapes. There was a message. Sometimes there wasnʼt.

(Didnʼt everyone have a Krazy Mix?) Random songs gleaned from the radio, records, and other cassettes always said at least, listen to this! Inherently it was about the music. Sometimes slow hands pressed "record" too late or too early or there were the random ambient sounds of the TV interrupting Motorhead.

Then there were those tapes given to or received from crushes. Songs with subtle or not so subtle messages would attempt to grab your attention and then your heart.

 

It does sound old to lament the loss of mixtape culture. I think what I miss is the care and attention that friendships used to naturally have. Demands of relationships, bills, and the heavy burden of the future gradually erode the time and space that one can give to friendships. Mixtapes are a sentimental look at a time where what mattered was putting together an awesome tape full of songs and giving it away.

Heavenly Bodies

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 12, 2008 09:45pm | Post a Comment
Miss Ross makes no mistake regarding what she is: a STAR!!!


A little song title tie in for Bob Seger and a solo Saturn piece. After that it's sundown for Los Lobos and sun-up for the Vapors.




Above, the star aspect of the Stars and Bars LP from Neil Young and below a few more sun images, in honor of our fading summer...



AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 09:12:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
                             Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top FIve 09:12:08
1) The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

2) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

3) The Game LAX (deluxe edition) (Geffen/Interscope)

4) GZA Pro Tools (Baby Grande)

5) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

Special thanks to Marques at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's top five hip-hop albums, which includes hometown artist The Game's new album LAX twice. "The number three on the chart version of The Game is the deluxe edition of LAX which has three extra songs on it," notes Marques of the second (more limited pressing) version of the album that also costs a bit more to purchase. Other chart entries include the recently released Young Jeezy album The Recession, Lil Wayne's current hot seller Tha Carter III (sure to be on many year end lists), and the latest from GZA, Pro Tools. Meanwhile GZA's Wu-Tang buddy RZA (who supplies some production on the guest heavy Pro Tools album) will be one of the many performers at the upcoming We The People Music, Arts, and Cultural Festival happening at Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N. Spring Street) on Saturday, September 27th. Others scheduled to perform include EPMD (pictured), EPMDFishbone, DJ Premier, Les Claypool, Suicidal Tendencies, Z-Trip, Dilated Peoples, Eeek-A-Mouse, Barrington Levy, Bassnectar, Free The Robots, B-Side Players, Roots of Creation, Markus James, Look Daggers, Tom Morello, and Flying Lotus, whose recent Warp release Los Angeles is one of the best albums of 2008. 

Candy Coated Life Lessons: Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

Posted by Kells, September 12, 2008 11:25am | Post a Comment


Growing up a latch-key kid in the mid-eighties meant that I spent many hours every day after school in front of the tv. Adding up all that time well spent I estimate that had my pre-adolescent life been stripped of my cable network companions I might be a very different person indeed. That said, I’d like to direct a hearty “thank you” to Shelley Duvall and her quality family program Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre for instilling in me a healthy dose of common sense and propriety by way of deliciously thrilling fantasy entertainment. I’ll never forget my first viewing of this stellar program: Rapunzel starring Duvall herself as the o’er tressed damsel and Jeff Bridges displaying raw and regal sexual appeal in his portrayal as the ill-fated prince who happens upon Rapunzel’s secluded tower. I know that I squandered countless innocent daydreams pondering the exemplary portrait of Bridges’ male beauty while also wondering what the heck chocolate dipped radishes might taste like and why pregnant women risked the lives of their loved ones to procure them. I began to seriously consider future career paths ripe for the treading as a witch or princess or mermaid. Thanks to cable tv,  a VHS recorder and an insatiable appetite for all things fantastical, my life took on a weekly cycle of significance, punctuated at the ends by my favorite show. 

 

An Amoeba with a blog?

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 12, 2008 10:36am | Post a Comment

The punchline includes the phrase "...an amoeba with a blog?" Seinfeld, or "Jer" as I call him, is a loyal reader of the Amoeba Blog.  ...and since I know he's among the dozens of loyal fans out there I just wanted to say "Thanks, B."

And now, if I may, I'll scratch your back, Mr. S...

Jerome Allen (as he used to be known) was born in Massapequa, a hamlet which was also home to Steve Guttenberg, the Baldwin Brothers, Neil Diamond and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.

His big break came on the television series, Benson, as a mail delivery boy.

Throughout the '80s he appeared on late night chat shows peddling his humorous observations that invariably began with the question, "What is the deal with..." Allow me to have a go... "What is the deal with sporks? Are they spoons or forks? And what's the deal with skorts?" Guaranteed to bring the house down!


He became known for his influential sartorial sense as much as his humor. Frequently he would wear a billowing denim longsleeve with jeans, a suit jacket and high-top sneakers --a look which says, "I mean business, but I'm a kid at heart!" His hair, swept back and bushy, was de riguer for comics of the '80s, from Richard Lewis to the aforementioned Guttenberg and loads of others.


In 1984, he landed a part in the comedy The Ratings Game (available exclusively on VHS).


He's starred in many commercials since. In an American Express ad, he appeared alongside his hero, a cartoon Superman leading to the pair being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the hard-hitting news program, the Today show in a segment which expertly mixed news and advertising into a comedic stew the Soup Nazi would be proud of.

He also appeared in one of Apple's grammatically-confusing "Think different" ad series which had hitherto fore focused exclusively on figures who silenced by death, would prove incapably of protesting the use of their memory to fatten the pockets of Steve Jobs


Jerry Seinfeld most recently lent his dulcet tones to Bee Movie which sold just under ten copies at our Hollywood location. Above is a priceless interview on Ireland's Late Late  Show with Patrick Kenny in which Seinfeld (or Seinfield) promotes the latest cartoon from Dreakworks.

out today 9/9...okkervil river...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 11, 2008 11:37am | Post a Comment
I can't believe that it has already been a year since the last Okkervil River album. The last album came out last August in 2007 and it seems to somehow already be September in 2008. I was going through my big Okkervil River phase back then and really liked their last album, The Stage Names. I talked about it in my blog last year and you can read it here. There's something totally comforting about moving back to the part of the world you grew up in. Now I know why people stay in the same small town they grew up in for their entire life. I can't imagine living in a small town and still living in a small town, but I guess that is because I grew up in a very large town-- a large city in fact! If you asked me a year ago if I thought that I would ever end up back in Hollywood I would have never thought it possible, but here I am back in Hollywood in the middle of summer. It has been over 6 months now so I think I am starting to feel at home again. I may not totally be in love with the summer weather in Los Angeles, but it does feel normal and comforting. My body is accustomed to it. So back to Okkervil River...The new album out this week is called The Stand Ins. I quickly fell in love with that last album and this new one is just sort of an extension of that last one. It could have easily been recorded at the same time -- one year is really not that long of a time. The artwork is still fantastic. The lyrics are still great and make you feel like you are listening to a fantastic book on tape. The album is not boring and drawn out. It just has that literary feel to it.

These last two albums, The Stage Names and The Stand Ins, were meant to come out as a double album. It makes sense. The artwork is actually connected, not just because it is the same artist and uses the same color scheme: You can actually put The Stage Names above The Stand Ins and it makes a completed picture of a skeleton man reaching his hand out from the bottom of a lake or possibly a river. I know all albums usually have some sort of a theme, but I like when themes actually connect two albums together. This just makes the albums more like novels. It makes you look forward to the next album to see how the story continues. I sort of wish the story could continue the trilogy on to another novel type album, but I think this might be the end of this particular story.

Washington Records

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 10, 2008 11:00pm | Post a Comment
In the late 50's Riverside Records was a giant in the Jazz world. Cranking out some of the best albums of the era, they were home to Monk, Cannonball, Bill Evans and many more. At that time, one of their subsidiaries was Washington Records. Not focused on jazz at all, this label seems to have been used to issue classical, ethnic & traditional folk records-- many of which had been previous available as Riverside issues. This series was geared towards educators and probably filled out the curriculum for many elementary schools. Here's an 8 part series of traditional folk...




Showgirls - Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 10, 2008 10:41pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 


 

Saturday September 13

Paul Verhoeven's
cult masterpiece

Showgirls

1995, 131 min

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

With special guest Rena Riffel (Penny) and others TBA in person, schedules permitting!

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Pt. 1

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 10, 2008 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Now that fall is suddenly approaching, I started to reflect on the summer that is coming to a close. This summer was one of my busiest in some time. It seemed that there was always something to do and not enough hours in the day to do it all. Over the summer I played in two bands, did some guest spots on the radio, finished an album and played way too many DJ gigs. All the while, I went to work full time and tried not to fall behind on the Amoeba blog (Which I did…sorry.). With the economy being what it is, everyone is out there hustling. The days of making art for art’s sake are a luxury most cannot afford. Many of us are surviving on every penny we make outside of the nine to five. Extra money goes straight into the gas tank or to food rather than buying records or getting new equipment, where it had gone in the past. Still, I can’t really complain because most people who have two jobs do a gig that they don't enjoy and my work I consider to be fun and always a learning experience. Nevertheless, I could use a vacation.

These are some highlights from my summer. Not all of it was work related. Some of it was a welcomed relief from my hectic schedule.

1. Worldwide Underground
(Sundays @ Amoeba during July & August)

For a few years I had the idea of having a World Music DJ series at Amoeba. One day I proposed the idea to Jim & Karen, our bosses here at Amoeba Hollywood, and to my surprise they liked the idea. I was the “curator” so to speak, and I got together some of L.A.’s best club DJ’s to play the music that they love but don’t necessarily get to play at the clubs. The DJ’s that rocked our turntables were Anthony Valadez (KCRW), Jeremy Sole (KCRW, Afro Funke), Sloe Poke (Descarga, Sonido), Lady Sha (Lioness LA), Nnamdi (From KPFK’s Radio Afrodicia), Coleman (Firecracker), Chico Sonido (Mas Exitos), Drez (way too many clubs to list!), Rani D (Soul In The Park) & all the way from England, Andy Votel (B-Music, Finders Keepers). Each DJ brought their own flavor to the mix; from Afro-Beat to Zouk, the DJ’s took us around the musical globe. I also got to play a couple of sets as well. It was an honor to be associated with the DJ’s I listed above. Hopefully we will get to do it again in the years to come.  Thanks to Jim & Karen, Jayme, my sound person extraordinaire and my good friend Sasha Ali, who pushed me in the right direction by getting phone numbers of some of the DJ's I didn't know personally.

2. Mas Exitos

Every other Tuesday at The Verdugo Bar you can catch the sights and sounds of Mas Exitos, an idea as original as the DJ’s that participate. The selectors (Ganas, Enorbito, Chico Sonido, Hoseh & Lengua), plus an occasional special guest DJ, absolutely rock the roof off the Verdugo Bar. DJs such as Nobody & Cut Chemist have sat in with the Mas Exitos crew, going from Cumbia to Mexican Psyche Rock to Electro & Reggae En Espanol. I love the artwork of the flyers and the movies that play in the background -- classic 70’s movies featuring iconic Latino singers like Rigo Tovar and Jose Jose.


More often than not, the DJ’s play Cumbia tracks that stop me dead in my tracks and I have to ask them, “Who does this jam?” Other times, I feel like I’m hanging out at my Tia’s house in the 70’s watching Mexican movies on the SIN network on plastic covered furniture. Mas Exitos is as much kitsch as it is culture and that’s why I like it. 

3. Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends happens on Sunday night at Footsie’s in Highland Park, started by KCRW’s newest disc jockey, Anthony Valadez. I started as a guest DJ and I never left. The goal of the night is to play whatever the f*&^ we want and still rock the bar. Both Ant and I have eclectic tastes and we like to go all over the map and pass every musical boundary. In Odds & Ends' perfect musical world, Maze’s "Before I Let You Go" flows into Ol’Dirty Bastard’s "Got Ya Money," then into The Spam All-Stars' "Ochimini" and into Andres Landeros’ "Perdi Las Abarcas," all followed by some New Jack Swing, classic rock, 90’s Hip-Hop, Freestyle & Afro Beat. There is something for everybody. As long as the BPM’s match and people are still dancing, we’re good.

Raymond Scott

Posted by Whitmore, September 10, 2008 02:07pm | Post a Comment


One hundred years ago today the weirdly brilliant American composer and one of the pioneers of contemporary experimental and electronic music, Raymond Scott, was born. While his name may not be instantly recognizable, his musical compositions are, and though Scott never actually composed music specifically for cartoons, most anybody -- any age, anywhere -- who ever watched an old Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny cartoon or a Ren & Stimpy episode or even the Simpsons or Animaniacs would recognize some of Scott’s extraordinary pieces like “Powerhouse” and “The Toy Trumpet.”

He was born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn, New York, September 10, 1908. After graduating from The Institute of Musical Art (later renamed Juilliard) in 1931, Scott was hired as a staff pianist with the CBS Radio network orchestra conducted by his brother Mark Warnow; he took the name Raymond Scott specifically to avoid talk of nepotism. Scott soon began presenting his own bizarre and quirky compositions like “Confusion Among a Fleet of Taxicabs Upon Meeting with a Fare.” By the mid 1930’s these unexpected eccentricities started creeping into the CBS Radio broadcasts and the American subconscious. For the next four decades he would go on to record for several major labels including Brunswick, Columbia, Decca, MGM, Coral, Everest, and Top Rank. He always managed to sell records, even with such Duchampian-like song titles such as "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals", "Reckless Night on Board an Oceanliner", "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House", "Bumpy Weather Over Newark", "Celebration on the Planet Mars", and "Siberian Sleighride".

In 1949 Scott invented one of the first Synthesizers ever created, the Electronium, which can be best described as an ‘instantaneous composing machine.’ The Electronium produced original music via a random sequence of tones, rhythms, and timbres, and though Scott was never comfortable with the claim of having invented the first synthesizer, the Electronium was one of the very first machines able to compose music by means of artificial intelligence.

R.I.P. HECTOR ZAZOU

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2008 01:12pm | Post a Comment

The musically eclectic arranger, composer, and producer Hector Zazou, widely known for his collaborative work with such artists as Brian Eno, Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, Peter Gabriel, Mark Isham, Nico, John Cale, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and David Sylvian of Japan, died this week.

He was just 60 years old. Cause of death has not yet been made public, although it was reported by NME magazine that he had "fallen seriously ill" earlier this year. The French artist effortlessly cross-pollinated musical boundaries from electronic to rock, pop & folk, and into a myriad of different world music and classical styles. 

Zazou leaves behind a deep back catalog of recordings that include the soon to be  released album In the House of Mirrors (Crammed), an electronic tinged classical Asian composition that showcased the Indian-Uzbekestani four-piece Swara. Other releases by Zazou during his prolific career include 1979's La Perversita and 1994's atmospheric & eclectic Songs from the Cold Seas (titled in his native France as Chansons des mers froides) that epitomized the artist's knack for melding various artists and their respective divergent sensibilities -- somehow making it all sound like it was meant to go together in the first place.

Below are a couple of videos of the artist's music, including "The Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary" from the CD Lights In The Dark and "IS" by Hector Zazou featuring British born singer Katiejane Garside, who is featured on the Hector Zazou's last released album, Corps électriques, which came out in January this year.

The Wraith

Posted by phil blankenship, September 10, 2008 10:52am | Post a Comment
 




 
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SONIC YOUTH'S NEXT ALBUM ON MATADOR RECORDS

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2008 03:00pm | Post a Comment
          

Following much speculation, Matador Records has confirmed that they will be releasing the next brand new Sonic Youth album next year. The new studio album from Sonic Youth, the band's sixteenth, follows the legendary rock group's fulfilling their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group.

According to the press statement by Matador, the New York label says it values "the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who've made such a profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future."

For more information about the 31-year old group, including their traveling museum exhibition and their recently self-released CD (pictured left), check SonicYouth.com and also Matador Records' site.

Think Big

Posted by phil blankenship, September 9, 2008 01:27pm | Post a Comment
 




 
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PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD: VEGGIES AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2008 12:20pm | Post a Comment
Don't play with your food...unless you are playing a song. I never knew that veggies could be so much fun, musical fun that is, until I was turned onto Japanese vegetable musician Helta3's YouTube account that showcased a wide variety of his homemade & played veggie wind instruments.

Helta3 is the man when it comes to making veggies into instruments, as a recent YouTube search of "vegetable instruments" proved. Some of these videos are below, including the very first of the five, which is a general introduction to handmade veggie musical instruments by Helta3. In it he demonstrates playing such veggies as asparagus, cucumber, paprika, broccoli, and carrots -- which he plays as both an ocarina and as a panpipe.

Check out Helta3's YouTube page to see him make and/or play other veggie instruments such as a radish and a cabbage, also as an ocarina (who would have thunk?). By the way, the exact definition of an ocarina, as per the Webster dictionary, is "a simple wind instrument typically having an oval body with finger holes and a projecting mouthpiece." The other veggie musical instruments videos below include a vegetable orchestra, two funny guys playing veggies, musical foods, and a how-to guide to make your own carrot ocarina.



                 INTRO TO HANDMADE VEGETABLE INSTRUMENTS



Today's holidays

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 9, 2008 09:00am | Post a Comment


St. Ciarán of Clonmacnoise Day - Catholicism



Kiku no Sekku (Chrysanthemum Day) - Japan 

  
Republic Day - North Korea



Independence Day - Tajikistan



Admission Day - California



Synaxis of the Theopatores Joachim and Anna - Orthodox Christianity



Father Laval Day - Mauritius

Mercenary Fighters

Posted by phil blankenship, September 8, 2008 01:19pm | Post a Comment
 






 
Media Home Entertainment M967

Women in White

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 7, 2008 08:00pm | Post a Comment
Nothing says classay quite like an all white ensemble -- although, I think Nona Nendryx was aiming for something else entirely...







... and so on and so on: Slavoj Žižek

Posted by Charles Reece, September 6, 2008 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Since I used Slavoj Žižek's latest book, Violence, in my discussion of the latest Batman flick, I figured why not link to this recent interview Michael Krasny conducted with the man himself. Just push 'play' for the best stand-up comedian of today:
 

 
Therein you will hear Žižek discuss, among other things, The Dark Knight (ideology at its purest), violent video games (he lets his 7 year old play Grand Theft Auto, but is wary of Disney films), rape (why masochists would be the most traumatized), Hugo Chavez (how authoritarians are as pragmatic as everyone else), the mystery of Stalinism (why Stalinists terrorized themselves), the honesty of fascism (it kept its promise to kill minorities), and so on and so on. Theory comes out as flakes on the corners of his mouth -- philosophy as a 3-day meth binge.

While I'm at it, here's some more fun stuff:

From his
Q&A with the Guardian:
 


Cultural criticism is now second only to being in a rock band as the great
equalizer: Žižek with fourth wife, Analio Hounie, an Argentinian
model who just happens to like reading Lacan.

Welcome To 18

Posted by phil blankenship, September 6, 2008 11:07am | Post a Comment
 


 
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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 09:06:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 6, 2008 09:00am | Post a Comment
young jeezy
Amoeba Music San Francisco Top FIve 09:06:08


1) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

2) The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

3) eLZhi Preface (Fat Beats)

4) The Jacka & Lee Majors The Gobots (Million Dollar Dream)

5) Arabian Prince Innovative Life: The Anthology: 1984 - 1989 (Stones Throw)

Thanks to Luis in the hip-hop section at Amoeba Music, San Francisco for this week's Top Five chart. The top slot belongs to the brand new release from Young Jeezy, The Recession, which hit Amoeba shelves on Tuesday this week. This is the third Jeezy album, following 2005's Lets Get It: Thug Motivation 101 and 2006's The Inspiration. Although the title The Recession might imply that the record would be all about the US economy (interest rates/foreclosures etc.), it only very, very briefly tackles the US economy at large. Instead, it concentrates more specifically on hood economics, i.e., drug dealing. Hence, The Recession, over some great beats, is brimming with (yawn) street tales of making cash and selling 'caine and the glorified day-to-day trials and tribulations of a gangsta. 

"All I got to my name is two bricks and one felony," raps Atlanta native Jeezy in his famous husky voiced, dirty south flow on the track "Crazy World" -- one of many detailing the struggles of the hustler lifestyle which, personally, I find tired and played out at this stage in the game. I mean is Young Jeezy keeping really real and rapping about his life as it really, or is he just trying to sell the most CDs? Does Jeezy really have to slang drugs on the corner after all his success in the rap music biz? Or is he just fronting by making up these played-out, over-romanticized drug dealing tales, geared for the target gullible white rap consumer? This is music manufactured for the wallet more than from the heart. With that said, I did enjoy most of the production, athe game LAXnd also the album's few guests, including NaS, who upstaged his host here. I guess it's not so much the topic of gangsta but more in how an artist retells a story we've heard a million times already.

THE 100 GAYEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

Posted by Billyjam, September 6, 2008 12:44am | Post a Comment
 
1. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
 (1972)
 2. The Smiths - The Smiths
  (1984)
 3. Tracy Chapman - Tracy    Chapman (1988)
 4. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
  (1989)
 5. Judy Garland - Judy At   Carnegie Hall (1961)
 6. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)
 7. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
 8. Madonna - The Immaculate Collection (1973)
 9. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (1983)
10. Antony & The Johnsons -
 I Am A Bird Now (2005)

According to a wide spectrum of gay music experts quizzed by Out Magazine, these are the top 100 gayest albums of all time.  To compile this Top 100 Gayest Albums of All Time, Out Magazine polled more than 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps, and DJs, asking each to list the 10 albums that left the most indelible impressions on their lives. Out writes in this new report that "After receiving responses from Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, Candis Cayne, Perez Hilton, Nate Berkus, Jake Shears, John Cameron Mitchell, Wilson Cruz, Justin Bond, Darren Hayes, Junior Vasquez, Bruce Vilanch, Janis Ian, the Cliks, Ari Gold, Holly Johnson, and a slew of others, we tallied the results to determine our top-100 list." 

REMEMBERING LEOPOLD RECORDS. PART 2: HIP-HOP HISTORY

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2008 10:37pm | Post a Comment

This is the second of the two part Amoeblogs remembering long-defunct Berkeley music store Leopold Records. Part 1 focused on the Leopold's Amoeba connection, while this one is about the hip-hop history of the store. Included are an interview with former Leopold rap buyer Daria Kelly and an essay by Amoeba Brady who, like many, worked there before joining Amoeba. I highly recommend you read both of these insightful windows to another time in Bay Area music history. Also included in this Remembering Leopold Amoeblog is one of the final Bay Area Top Ten charts issued by the store before it closed, from early 1996, and a video of Saafir performing live at the store from late 1994.

The live Saafir performance is of "Just Riden" (video above), the song originally from the artist's Boxcar Sessions album released in September 1994 on Qwest/Warner Brothers. The footage iis from an in-store that was technically an "out-store," since the Oakalnd emcee did it right outside the store doors of Leopold's on Durant in Berkeley, CA. 

Look closely at the video above for the quick crowd camera pan and you will see Del (in Hiero T-shirt) puffing happily on what looks like a blunt. Around that same time in East Bay hip-hop history you would usually find members of Saafir's extended rap family Hobo Junction right outside Leopold and around the streets of Berkeley selling, or as they called it "dirt hustlin,'" their lo-fi but tight homemade rap tapes.

Prayer Of The Rollerboys

Posted by phil blankenship, September 5, 2008 10:46am | Post a Comment
 




 
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SINS INVALID TACKLES MISPERCEPTIONS OF DISABILITY & SEXUALITY

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2008 09:00am | Post a Comment
Sins Invalid @ Brava Theater SF this weekend
Tonight and tomorrow night at 8PM  (Friday/Saturday, Sept. 5/6th) at the Brava Theater at 2789 24th Street in San Francisco will be the third year of one of the most envelope pushing performance projects tackling the topic of sexuality and disability:
Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility.

Amoeblog caught up with Patricia Berne, the director of Sins Invalid, to ask her about this most unique performance project and this weekend's two performances that include singer/songwriter Nomy Lamm.

AMOEBLOG: For those who know nothing about Sins Invalid, can you describe what it is?

PATRICIA BERNE: Sins Invalid is a performance project which incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing on artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality,  embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities. We define disability broadly to include people with physical impairments, who are a sensory minority, people with emotional disabilities, people with cognitive challenges, those with chronic/severe illness, individuals who identify as disabled due to intersex conditions or gender variance, and others who may identify as disabled because their bodies do not conform to society's notions  of "normal" or able-bodied.

AMOEBLOG: What are the most common misconceptions on the topic of   sexuality and disability?

Senegalese Film

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 5, 2008 01:08am | Post a Comment




During the Colonial era, cinematic images of Africa and its people were entirely the work of Western filmmakers. The Tarzan movies, African Queen, King Solomon's Mines and others were usually filmed on soundstages half a world away from Africa and made little to no effort toward authenticity, instead trading in exoticism aimed primarily at exploiting Western tastes.



Senegal gained its independence from France in 1960. Like most West African countries, Senegal is highly diverse. The Wolof, Peul, Halpulaaren, Serer, Lebou, Jola, Mandinka, Moors, Soninke and Bassari are all long established in the country. There are also substantial populations of French, Mauritanians, Lebanese and Vietnamese. Three years after independence, the first Senegalese film was made by Ousmane Sembene titled L'empire sonhrai, which would set the standards for a uniquely African cinematic language that would establish Senegal as the capital of African Cinema.



*****

THE FILMMAKERS


OUSMANE SEMBENE 
 

Small Worlds, Globe Style

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 5, 2008 12:02am | Post a Comment







Global images give a sense of exploration and sophistication to these releases. The images also give a reassurance to the listener that the sounds held within the grooves are of an international importance. I wonder what kinds of "Highs" Mr. Loggins explored while making this particular "Adventure."

September 3, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, September 4, 2008 09:02pm | Post a Comment

Pulse

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REMEMBERING LEOPOLD RECORDS. PT 1: THE AMOEBA CONNECTION

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2008 01:25pm | Post a Comment
MC Lyte stops thru Leopold Records Berkeley
Any longtime Bay Area music fan knew and loved the long gone Berkeley record store Leopold Records (circa '68 - '96), which used to be located at 2518 Durant in the block above Telegraph Ave. and down from Bowditch Street. Back in the day you could go spend lots of time (and money) as the hours slipped past and you got lost digging in their never-ending rows of music, invariably getting assistance along the way from the store's dedicated staff, who really knew their stuff and were more than happy to share that musical knowledge.

At one point, Oakland emcee Del tha Funkee Homosapien even worked at Leopold! The store, for Bay Area rap fans, was the number one destination when you wanted to get the latest hip-hop releases. The store also had many artists stop by, including MC Lyte (pictured above) and Saafir, who once did an in-store (well, technically an out-store, since it was right outside the building) at Leopold. (See video clip in the second part of this two-part Leopold Records' Amoeblog.) Scroll down below to see Joan Baez at a Leopold instore performance from 1993, singing a version of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" that includes, much to the crowd's delight, a spot-on imitation of Bob Dylan. Michael Jackson even did made an appearance at Leopold's back in his heyday.

Leopold's many former employees went on to other music industry positions: former rap buyer Daria Kelly now works at Six Degrees Records in San Francisco. Read her Amoeblog interview recalling Leopold Records' role in the hip-hop community in Part II of this Amoeblog remembering Leopold's.
Many Amoeba Music employees also worked at Leopold's and consequently, it seems, have carried over that tradition of truly caring about the business that they are in. Amoeba Music's Karen P (in pics both above & below) is one of those people who used to be a part of Leopold's. I recently asked her if she thought there was a connection between her old place of employment and Amoeba Music. She replied: "Yes, there definitely is a connection, both philosophically and in spirit. Part of it might be that much of the beginning (and even current) Amoeba staff started at Leopold's." Karen listed some of those individuals as Mark Beaver (in B&W picture below), Craig Bishop, Lisa Loomis, Stacy Young, Roxanne (in MC Lyte pic), Barbara Ballesteros, and Lynne Brady. (Read Amoebite Lynne Brady's wonderful stream-of-consciousness rap recollections of Leopold in Part II of this Amoeblog -- to be posted tomorrow, Friday.)

Walter Tetley

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2008 11:56am | Post a Comment
Walter Tetley, who died today back in 1975, was a renowned child impersonator from radio's golden age. He featured regularly on the Great Gildersleeve and the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show --two programs unlikely to result in even a flicker of recognition from anyone younger than 60, but very popular in their day. He also appeared on Fibber McGee and Molly, The Jell-O Program starring Jack Benny, The Pepsodent Show with Bob Hope, Suspense, The Burns & Allen Show and other radio programs.

               

The details of Walter's personal life are obscure and mostly drawn from one biography (For Corn's Sake), which was primarily based on his thorough scrapbooks. Walter was born Walter Tetzlaff June 2, 1915 in New York City. His career began as an actual child --appearing on The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air in the 1930s. By the 1940s he was the most prolific child actor on the radio. His tone and cadence are immediately recognizable and helped to define the mid-20th century stereotype of a young boy. Although radio requires the listener to imagine the appearance of the players, Walter Tetley's characters, with their mixture of adult cynicism and smart-alecky childspeak invariably conjure up (in my mind, at least) images of overall-wearing, slingshot-toting, bath-hating, cowlick-sporting lil' brats.

 

When the popularity of TV began to overtake radio, Tetley still found work by doing voiceover work, most recognizably as the Nerdy Sherman on the Mr. Peabody cartoons. He was 44 years old at the time.  He also recorded a children's record for Capitol and commercials for Sunsweet Prunes. 

His attempts to get film work were less successful after childhood. His debut was 1938's Lord Jim. He followed with You Can't Cheat an Honest Man and Boy Slaves. As he aged, his appearance grew more strange, taking on the appearance of a wrinkled child. The official explanation was that it was due to a hormonal problem, possibly Kallman's Syndrome (the same disorder Jimmy Scott was afflicted with). Bill Scott, a writer and fellow voice actor for Jay Ward's cartoons, offered a more bizarre explanation --according to him, Tetley's mother was unwilling to let puberty end the steady stream of cash provided by her famous child actor son so she had him castrated at puberty.

  

His strange appearance resulted in him taking countless (usually uncredited and brief) roles as bellhops. Adding insult to injury, when RKO began making Gildersleeve movies, Tetley didn't reprise his starring role as Leroy. Instead, he was cast (once again) as a bellhop.  

Tetley, forever frozen in a quasi-childlike state, found it difficult to make adult friends and granted few interviews. Instead, he focused on charity work for handicapped children. His last film role was an uncredited one in 1945... as a grocery boy.

In 1971 he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and was confined to a wheelchair. In 1973, there was an attempt to revive radio drama and he found regular work on the Rod Serling-hosted The Hollywood Radio Theatre, an original program in the vein of Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, and Suspense. It ran from September, 1973 til May of '74. After it ended, Tetley's fortunes again turned downward. He sold his home and moved into a trailer in Encino. In 1975 he succumbed to gastric carcinoma.

Titan in Fact and Fiction

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 3, 2008 11:58pm | Post a Comment


TITAN


Titan was discovered in 1655 by Dutchman Christiaan Huygens. It orbits Saturn. Huygens named it Luna Saturni. When more moons were discovered, it was re-named Saturn II, then IV, then VI, which stuck as the official title, even though there are at least 19 moons in closer orbit of Saturn. It's also been referred to as "Saturn's ordinary satellite," but Titan is anything but ordinary.

 


Titan is the only body in the solar system, aside from Earth, with stable liquid bodies at its surface* and a dense atmosphere. Its landscape is relatively smooth, although there are mountains. As on Earth, the air is primarily composed of Nitrogen. Methane and Ethane clouds produce rain, wind and weather that give it seasons. It also has subsurface oceans*.



 

The name Titan was chosen by John Herschel in 1847. The Titans, according to the Greek Religion and its adherents, were the former rulers of Greece during the Golden Age. The leader, Kronos, feared that his offspring would attempt to overthrow him, just as he had his father. To prevent this, he ate his children, except Zeus, who was saved and ultimately did overthrow the Titans and banish them to Tartarus.

Huygens's landing site on Titan

With such a mysterious, aesthetically Earth-like world hidden by a hazy atmosphere, Titan has attracted its fair share of speculation about its possible nature. Many films, television series and video games have been set there and are available at Amoeba for your own investigations...

 

Doctor Who - "The Invisible Enemy"



Transformers G1 - "The God Gambit"



Space Patrol (UK) - "The Glowing Eggs of Titan"


Creature (The Titan Find)



The Puppet Masters



Star Trek: The Next Generation
- "Chain of Command"



Gattaca



Starhunter


Star Trek
(2009)



Eureka
(season 3 and 4 opening)



Oblivion


TITAN IN VIDEO AND COMPUTER GAMES


  

   


TITAN IN SONG


  
*maybe

*****

JAMOEBLOG TOP TEN: WEEK OF 09:03:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2008 06:02pm | Post a Comment
pain language dj muggs and planet asia
  Jamoeblog Top Ten: 09:03:08

1) DJ Muggs & Planet Asia "Sleeper Cell" (Gold Dust Media)

2) Paris "Blap That Ass Up" + "The Trap" (Guerrilla Funk)

3) dan le sac Vs. Scroobius pip "Development" (Strange Famous)

4) Large Pro "Rockin Hip-Hop" (Gold Dust Media)

5) Tricky "Council Estate" (Domino Recording Company)

6) J-Live "Ooweee" (bbe)

7) Nightmares On Wax "195 lbs" (Warp Records)

8) Quest Quartz Qrew "Do Gooder" (Reverse Techniques)

9) Jean Grae "My Story" (Blacksmith)

10) Brooklyn Academy "This is Brooklyn" (feat Ill Bill) (K7)

DJ Muggs & Planet Asia have a very strong new collaborative album in Pain Language. It brings out thesoul assassins very best in both artists on tracks such as "Sleeper Cell," "Black Mask Men," "Smoke," "9mm" (video below), and "Death Frees Every Soul" featuring Sick Jacken. Wu-Tang members Killah Priest and GZA paris acid reflexare among the album's many guests. Also making cameos on Pain Language (available at Amoeba in two weeks) are B-Real, Cynic, Scratch, Prodigal Sunn, Tri State, Chance Infinite, and Turban. What I love most about the Soul Assassins' DJ Muggs' top notch production is his ability to effortlessly create a dark, ominous mood -- the perfect backdrop to Fresno emcee Planet Asia --  that is enhanced with subtly interwoven soundbite samples.

Home Sweet Home

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Milk Trailer - San Francisco's Own Gets His Biopic at Last

Posted by Miss Ess, September 3, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
I'm so intrigued by the upcoming Harvey Milk biopic, Milk, shot in my neighborhood, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn and James Franco. The trailer was finally released today and it kinda gave me a thrill-- I wasn't sure what to expect but it's looking to me from this little bit like they captured it pretty well. Here it is:


I'm hearing that the premiere will be Oct. 28th at the Castro Theater! I just may have to swing by...

DJ DEVA VU: DJ SLYCE WINS DMC USA FINALS AGAIN, 11 YEARS LATER

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2008 11:52am | Post a Comment
DJ Slyce wins 2008 DMC USA Championship
Congratulations to the new DMC DJ champion of the USA DJ Slyce who took the title hands down (once again) last Saturday night at the Knitting Factory in New York and consequently will travel to the UK later this month for the 2008 DMC World Championship finals September 26th/27th. It was a kind of deja vu for DJ Slyce who also won the US DMC title eleven years ago (see video clip of that legendary 1997 DMC routine below). "Anyone who said hip hop was dead has not been to a recent hip-hop DJ battle and with the return of DMC to the Mecca I can assure you the DJ element of our culture is alive and kicking some serious ass! An historical night to say the least and not because DMC was back in New York, not because it was the first time a father and son competed-- it was having such a variety of past and future legends share the stage and tear the decks up," said Washington DC (formerly of the SF Bay Area) DJ Dust One, who drove the four plus hours to NYC just to attend the event last weekend.

Dust One stressed to me how blown away he was by both seeing Grand Wizzard Theodore (creator of the scratch) and to getting to talk to him. "I asked him if it must feel great to watch what he created develop into such an art form. He smiled and proudly answered, 'I created monsters,'" related Dust One, adding that, "DJ Slyce stole the show and will represent the United States with the utmost showmanship and [it] would not surprise me if he took the world title back home. His set was flawless and the creativity took it to another level.Competition was definitely tough, but DJ Slyce showed us he is the best! Much respect to all the competitors, the judges and to Christie Z for coordinating such a great show!"
 
DMC Events Coordinator Christie Z Pabon is a the tireless ambassador of turntablism as well as theDJ Slyce other elements of hip-hop.  She had not organized a DMC battle for several years, instead focusing more on her own hip-hop dedicated organization, Tools of War. Pabon was perhaps the single reason why this year's US DMC battles seemed to bring the battle back on track after years of people complaining of it slipping. I talked with Christie Z, who organized the DMC battles from 1998 to 2000 and who likely will stay on board for upcoming years' DMCs, about how she felt about last weekend's event in NYC:

Idle Hands Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 3, 2008 10:47am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 


 

Saturday September 6

9th Anniversary!

Idle Hands

1999, 90 min

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

With special guest Seth Green & others TBA in attendance, schedules permitting!

Rolling Stones Logo

Posted by Whitmore, September 2, 2008 05:35pm | Post a Comment

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has announced that it has bought perhaps the most recognizable logo in all of music at an auction in the U.S. -- the original artwork for The Rolling Stones famous "lips" logo, inspired by the Mick Jagger’s pouty mouth. The museum bought the work for $92,500.

The lips-and-tongue logo was designed by London art student John Pasche in 1970, and first appeared on the inside sleeve of the Sticky Fingers album released the following year. Pasche would go on to design posters for several Rolling Stones tours of the 1970’s, and the promotional sticker for Goats Head Soup plus a couple of single sleeves for the Stones.

According to an article in The Guardian, the idea for the logo came when Pasche, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, first met Jagger in the Rolling Stones' offices. “Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth,” Pasche was quoted as saying.

Pasche added that he would use the money from the auction to send his 11-year-old son to private school. Initially paid just £50 for the logo, later when the Stones copyrighted the design Pasche received a share of the royalties’ rights; eventually he sold his share for a lump sum.

Since his early ‘masterpiece’ Pasche has done considerable design work for the record industry including albums, single sleeves and posters for artists such as Paul McCartney, The Stranglers, The Vapors, David Bowie, Judas Priest, The Who, the Bay City Rollers, the Art of Noise and Jethro Tull.

Donald LaFontaine 1940 – 2008

Posted by Whitmore, September 2, 2008 10:32am | Post a Comment


On Monday, September 1, legendary voice actor Donald LaFontaine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following complications from pneumothorax. LaFontaine was 68 years old.

You may not recognize his name but you would surely recognize his iconic baritone voice used in over 5000 movie trailers, video game trailers, and something like 750,000 television spots and commercials. For the past 25 years he has been the "King of Voiceovers." Based on the number of contracts signed, LaFontaine has the distinction of being the single busiest actor in the history of the Screen Actors Guild.

He became identified with the ubiquitous trailer-opening phrase "In a world...” something he parodied recently in a commercial for GEICO insurance, using his most ominous and melodramatic voice.

Donald LaFontaine is survived by his actress-singer wife, Nita Whitaker, and three children.


 

 

Curse Of The Queerwolf

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Maniac Warriors

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