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Sword-and-Sandal Time with Debra Paget

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2019 06:29pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"Oh yeah there's all kinds of things happening here boy! There's sword fighting, horse-play, and there's dancing, dancing, dancing...Holy Cats!!"
~ Commander USA introducing Princess of the Nile (1954) on his Groovie Movies TV show

Pour yourself some pomegranate wine in a clay chalice, light some botanica candles, and kick your feet Journey to the Lost Cityup as Debra Paget takes you away to romantic palaces in ancient desert lands. Some of you may remember Debra from starring in Roger Corman's Tales of Terror and The Haunted Palace (both 1963 and her last films), but it was truly the Fritz Lang Indian epic of The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb (both released in 1959) that made her famous for her snake dance scene.

*Sidenote: This reminds me of the time I left my snake charmers flute that I got in India in my car on a hot day and the resin that kept it together melted all over my seat and my car reeked for months like someone dumped bong water in it.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Mothra & Space 1999

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2019 05:50pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi.

Welcome to this month's Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month we travel from the island of Japan to the depths of the universe.

Mothra, Mill Creek:
When a new hundred million dollar Godzilla reboot to hit the theaters I just assumed we'd be treated to aMothra flood of classic kaiju reissues on Blu-ray, but instead it looks like we only got this. And I'm not knocking this release. Mothra is a great movie and Mill Creek did a fantastic job on this, I just figured there would be more classic Japanese monster movie releases to coattail on the marketing for the new film. All is not lost though. It looks like Mill Creek has signed a deal with Toho and they have more releases to come. On October 15th they will release two classic kaiju Blu-ray sets: Ultraman and Ultra Q. Both of these sets are motherloads of Japanese monster movie goodness and will be the first time North America has ever seen Toho's official remastered hi-def prints of these shows. If they look as good as this new Mothra release, we are in for quite a treat.

This reasonably priced steel book edition of the film comes with both the US and original Japanese versions of the movie as well as some nice extras. This is easily the best print of Mothra that has ever been released and, while it is not flawless, the majority of the film looks gorgeous. Certain scenes like the one in the cave when Mothra's egg hatches have been cleaned up to the point where they reveal all kinds of details you could never see before. The cave is filled with mutated plants and animals that were little more than blurry shapes in the old editions. Sometimes the remastering is so good it leads to unintended effects. Now you can see better than ever before that all the special effects in the film were made with models and puppets, but the models and puppets are totally cool and amazing. Toho created many of their special effects by stacking up multiple layers of film and the new remaster sometimes exposes every scratch and piece of dust on each of these layers of film. But these are pretty minor quibbles. The bottom line is that Mothra has never looked or sounded better.

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I'm Gonna Meet You on the Astral Plane

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2019 04:00pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Astral projection, also called astral travel, is a term used in esotericism to explain an intentional out-of-body experience. In some far away tribes, men would use these abilities to fly over the jungle forests to look for the perfect tree to chop down to carve into a canoe. For me, I wanted to revisit the Mark Twain Saloon in Virginia City to see the paintings on the walls again, but my jalopy truck broke down before the trip, so that night I laid in my bed and let my spirit travel the astral plane over the state line. Folks, with practice, this is the cheapest way to take a vacation.

Perhaps the most famous song about traveling the astral plane is..."Astral Plane" on The Modern Lovers first album, which came out in 1976. And those who love the dreamy, soft voice of Valerie June from Memphis have probably heard her sing of dancing on the astral plane. But let's get more freaky with the 1970 song with the same title by the acid folk band Influenza.



In fact, in music, books, movies, and comics of the 1970s to early '80s, astral projection was the talk of the town...if you lived in a weird town. My Uncle Fred who lives down in Mexico practices astral projection. I'll never forget my aunt once asking him what he looked forward to doing when he got home after a family visit and he said, "Oh, just leaving my body and going where I wanna go."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Superorganism

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2019 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Superorganism - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had a fun time talking with London-based cross-cultural indie pop band Superorganism during a recent shopping trip to Amoeba Hollywood. Orono Noguchi, Soul, B, and Ruby picked out records by some of their favorite artists, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kanye West, and Carole King and introduced us to cat ASMR.

Superorganism is a band of non-conformists. Bump into any of the eight members (Orono, Emily, Harry, Ruby, B, Robert, Tucan and Soul) in the street -- a contrasting collection of disparate and idiosyncratic individuals -- and you might never know they’re in a band together, let alone all live in the same house. Superorganism’s difference comes from a kind of permanent outsider status. With members from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Australia, they bonded via the internet rather than one geographical location, finding each other on forums while nerding out about music. Their similarities eventually brought them all together IRL, culminating in a mass migration to an unassuming terraced house in East London that they soon turned into an energized creative hub.

Superorganism - Amoeba Music

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San Francisco Great Society: Summer of Love, 8/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 26, 2019 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Big Brother & the Holding CompanyAmoeba joins San Francisco Great Society for Summer of Love, a night showcasing the best in Bay Area psychedelic music, on Saturday, August 31st at Public Works. Headlining Summer of Love is one of the most legendary blues rock bands from the first psych wave of San Francisco, Big Brother & the Holding Company, along with current underground bands Rose, Psychic Mind, and Bolero, plus psychedelic visuals by Donovan Drummond and a dance party till 3am!

Get your tickets HERE!

New Stanley Nelson Documentary on Jazz Legend “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” Opens In NYC and LA (Trailer + Theater Info)

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2019 11:27am | Post a Comment

Trailer for “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” that opens today @ Forum NYC & Aug 30 @ Landmark LA

The subject of the new Stanley Nelson produced and directed documentary “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and opens today at the Film Forum in NYC and next Friday (Aug 30th) at The Landmark in Los Angeles;  was truly a most unique artist. A complex creative individual, who embodied the “difficult artist” label, the multifaceted jazz genius that was Miles Davis is fully explored and beautifully captured in this new documentary that celebrates the art while not sidestepping the drama in Miles Davis’ often tumultuous personal life; from narcotics abuse to domestic violence.

Rather the film presents the artist and human being as a whole and from all angles. In so doing it importantly shows how  all of these personality pieces together, created the influential jazz legend that was Miles Davis.  Among those interviewees who weigh in on the film's subject in this documentary include fellow jazz musicians Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with KAYTRANADA

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2019 03:18pm | Post a Comment

KAYTRANADA - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

KAYTRANADA visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and sit down with us for an interesting and eclectic What's In My Bag? interview. The Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer extraordinaire talked about hometown hero A-Trak, the early '80s R&B and disco scene in Africa, the debut album from French electronic duo Justice, and much, much more.

KAYTRANADA is the musical project of Louis Kevin Celestin. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Celestin's KAYTRANADA - Nothin Like Ufamily moved to Montreal, Canada, where he grew up. He began DJing at fourteen. He started learning production a year later after being introduced to FL Studio by his brother. In 2010, he began performing under the alias Kaytradamus, switching to his current incarnation as KAYTRANADA in 2012. In 2016, he released his debut LP 99.9% via XL Recordings. He would go on to win the Polaris Music Prize for the album, which features contributions from the likes of GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, and Vic Mensa.

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Hiero Day in Oakland, September 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Hieroglyphics Crew is back for its 8th annual Hiero Day celebration this Labor Day, September Hiero Day2nd, in Oakland! The Hiero Day Music Block Party is an all-day, all-ages music event showcasing over 40 live performances on three stages by the best legendary, underground, and undiscovered artists in genres such as hip-hop, R&B, and more.

Oakland-based hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics Imperium, has presented Hiero Day since its inception, using their influential force in the independent music scene to attract star-studded lineups. This year’s line-up continues to offer a diverse array of talent as they welcome hip-hop icons Little Brother, Scarface, Diamond D, Pete Rock & Yukmouth, Black Moon, Smif N Wessun and Spice 1 along with heavy hitters Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine, Playrunners Association (AllBlack, Offset Jim, Kossiko, White Dave & Joe Wax), The Midnight Hour (fronted by celebrated composer Adrian Younge & A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad),and the Earthgang/Spillage Village affiliated songstress Mereba. The day will be hosted by a variety of local legends including Mistah F.A.B., Chuy Gomez, and Sway Calloway, and features a performance from the Hieroglyphics crew, fresh off of their Third Eye Vision Anniversary tour.

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#NewHipHopVinyl - Top 5 LPs + Upcoming & Reissue LP Picks - Tyler, The Creator, Skizz & CRIMEAPPLE, Denzel Curry, Y.O.D etc

Posted by Billyjam, August 18, 2019 07:02pm | Post a Comment
Upcoming Vinyl Hip-Hop LP Pick [Amoeba Pre-Order]

Tyler, The Creator  IGOR LP ( CD + Cassette) upcoming vinyl 9/27 pre-order now from Amoeba


Upcoming LP release of the week is Tyler, The Creator's IGOR LP on Columbia/Legacy that will be released on 150 gram vinyl format with gatefold cover on September 27th (pre-order from Amoeba now) and this upcoming Friday (August 23rd) on both CD and Cassette formats (per-order IGOR CD and IGOR cassette now from Amoeba). Previously released in May in digital format but soon be available physically on 150 gram vinyl, CD and cassette formats from Amoeba, IGOR is the Odd Future star's official sixth solo album and the follow up to the 28 year old artist's 2017 hit album Flower 2LP (also on CD). Packed with introspective soulbearing songs, IGOR  even surpasses that critically acclaimed album and has already been dubbed a masterpiece by several critics. Below is the music video for the album track "EARFQUAKE." 


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Jack the Ripper, Rock n' Roller or Just Creepy Dark Alley Stroller?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 13, 2019 11:00pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"Let us begin. Let the circle not be broken. Concentrate upon the flame, which burns upon the Altar of Truth. Yes... there is something here. Something terrible. I feel its presence. Fear, anger, hatred... anger feeds the flame. Oh, oh, there is evil here, monstrous, terrible evil! Consuming hunger! Hatred of all that lives, hatred of women, a hunger that never dies! It is strong, overpowering, an ancient terror! It has a name: Barratus, Kesla, Redjac. Devouring all life, all light! A hunger that will never die!"
~ Sybo, the Argelian empath

Let me start off by saying, serial killers are not cool. They are total jerks. But much like the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper still has folks intrigued because he had a great name and was never caught. Judas Priest, Morrissey, Nick Cave, and even LL Cool J have songs about "The Ripper."

Now, I don't listen to those cats, but I do have a fond memory of tearing down a dirt road along side the railroad tracks in my old Ford F150 (with a spray-painted pirate flag on the hood) listening to Link Wray & His Ray Men's "Jack the Ripper" on cassette when I was a young lad.

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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party, August 17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 13, 2019 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop presents their seventh annual 20th Street Block Party on Saturday, August 17th from noon to 6pm! Head to 20th and 19th Streets between Bryant and Harrison in the Mission District for this FREE neighborhood celebration of music, food, local vendors, and tons of other surprises. This year's proceeds will benefit non-profits 826 Valencia and La Cocina!

The music will be flowing all day with two stages and eight bands! Catch performances from Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy, Speedy Ortiz, SASAMI, Hello Yello, Pity Party, Shutups, ZOLA, and the winner of the 20th Street Block Party band competition! The suspense is killing us!

Amoeba is thrilled to once again be on the scene with primo used vinyl, enamel pins, and more. Come dig in our crates and find some treasures at this unique street party.

More info HERE!

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93 ’Til 2019: Souls of Mischief’s Opio Opines on Hiero’s '93 Classic in 2019’s “Shaft” & “Always Be My Maybe” + Rhettmatic homage

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2019 11:39am | Post a Comment

Souls Of Mischief  "93 'Til Infinity" video for timeless title track off Hiero crew's 1993 debut album LP + CD; a song whose influence is deemed to indeed be until infinity as proven by its prominence in 2019
including its inclusion on the 2019 remake Shaft original soundtrack


The Souls Of Mischief ever-popular, landmark introductary first single “93 ’Til Infinity” has been long considered a timeless hip-hop track but this year the title track off the Hiero crew’s 1993 debut album has been given a whole new lease on life thanks in great part to appearing in the soundtracks of two major 2019 movie releases.

It appeared prominently in both the recently released Shaft (setting the tone for the 2019 remake of the blaxploitation movie classic as part of its opening scene) and also in the popular (Amoeba Berkeley-friendly) Bay-centric, Nahnatchka Khan directed romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe starring Randall Park and Ali Wong.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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