Lighthouse Horror Films Galore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

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

"It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much."
~ from Bert I. Gordon's 1960 cult classic, Tormented

If Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse left you intrigued to see more eerie lighthouse flicks, let me humbly suggest you watch or re-watch these classics before you lazily settle your craving by watching the evil tooth fairy in Darkness Falls.

The Monster of Piedras BlancasThe Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Why are the rocks white you ask? Maybe Sturges the lighthouse keeper should have worn a "Damn Seagulls" hat in the movie. Filmed in Cayucos, California (south of Der Tinkerpaw's Nitt Witt Ridge and just north of Alex and Phyllis Madonna's world famous Madonna Inn), the movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas sits close to my heart. The monster had a fantastic look and would have been a great tag team partner with either the Gill-Man from the Creature of the Black Lagoon or the monster from It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The Piedras Blancas monster would return in 1965 on TV in an episode of Flipper...not to be confused with the punk band Flipper, however many of you may recognize the monster from the Angry Samoans' 1982 album cover, Back from Samoa. Personally I never listened to either of those bands, because I'd rather listen to CRIME!

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New Green Room Session with Torche

Posted by Amoebite, October 30, 2019 01:43pm | Post a Comment

Torche - Amoeba Green Room Session

The walls of the Amoeba Hollywood green room shook and rattled as Miami rock band Torche performed a heavy, loud set for our intimate Amoeba Green Room Series. Playing four tracks off their fifth album, Admission, which is out now on Relapse Records, members Steve Brooks, Jonathan Nuñez, Rick Smith, and Eric Hernandez were in fine form, tearing through the tight riffage of "Slide" and "Admission," and the dark and marshy grooves of "On The Wire" and "Infierno." 

Be sure to catch Torche on tour in the U.S. starting Friday, November 1st or in Europe this coming winter and spring 2020.

Check out the full performance below:

Torche - Green Room Session
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Strangelove: Dia de los Muertos, 11/1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2019 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba sponsors Strangelove's Dia de los Muertos celebration at The Cat Club in San Francisco on Strangelove Dia de los MuertosFriday, November 1st! Spend this Day of the Dead honoring those who have passed on with the dark and spooky sounds of DJs Tomas Diablo (Villainy - R.I.P.), Chat Noir (Reverence - R.I.P.), Misfailed (Subculture - R.I.P.), and Amp Pyre (Wicked Lounge - R.I.P.). Stangelove encourages you to bring a picture of a deceased loved one or celebrity for the altar to the dead.

There will be plenty of macabre fun such as skull face painting and a piñata stuffed with goodies. Whoever breaks open the piñata will win a gift certificate and goody bag from Amoeba Music, plus a pair of tickets to see Peter Hook and the Light (11/8). They're also giving away a pair of tickets to see Dead Can Dance (5/7).

ALL PROFITS from this event will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.

See you at The Cat Club (Folsom and 8th, San Francisco)! 21+. 9:30PM-3AM . $5 before 10PM, $8 after.

Hip-Hop: Top 5 Albums + New 7" Arrivals: Big Shug, Billy Woods, DJ DSK, Guilty Simpson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, DJ Sausage Fingers

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2019 10:24pm | Post a Comment

1: Big Shug The Diamond Report  (Brick Records)

2: Billy Woods Terror Management (backwoodz)

3: Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire   Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire vinyl/LP  (Chocolate Rabbit)

4: Guilty Simpson Actus Reus LP/vinyl (Dixon Hill Beats)

5: Mndsgn NoMaps LP/vinyl (Mndsgn Limited)

Gang Starr Foundation co-founder Big Shug is back in force with the new 20 track album The Diamond Report  (Brick Records) whose list of collaborators include DJ Premier, Lil Fame and M-Dot. In explaining the concept and title of his new album the veteran Boston rapper said, “Shuggie Diamonds is my ‘singing’ and ‘more soulful’ alter ego, so the titleThe Diamond Report  is based off that. The nickname was given to me by my brother, the late, great Guru. My music is also a form of me dropping jewels; I have always been a diamond in the rough.” Scroll down to check out the music video for the powerful DJ Premier produced album track "EMF"

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Us at Marienbad

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 25, 2019 07:17pm | 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.

Us, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:
Jordan Peele has done it again. Just as Get Out was the most interesting movie of 2017, his new film Us may be the most thought provoking mainstream movie released in 2019. I don't tend to review a lot of contemporary films in this column, but that's not because I have anything against them. I watch a new release movie almost weekly and while many are good and perfectly entertaining, there are few great ones. The main reason for this is that movie production is so expensive these days that the studio accountants don't let directors take too many chances. Too much money and too many jobs are on the line, so the studios stick with formulas and franchises these days. Sure, I loved the new Avengers movie, but it was really just another superhero movie. Recent films all have the same general structure. It's like you can almost look at your watch an hour and fifteen minutes after the opening credits and realize that it is time for the big budget special effects to start showing up. Even when a new director has some kind of "vision," the studios rarely let them pursue it. Jordan Peele seems to be kind of an exception to this trend. Part of the reason for that is that despite being quirky, his films still do well in the mainstream marketplace. Us is no different. On a certain level, it is a straightforward horror genre picture or at least that's what it feels like for the first two thirds of its run time. Even if it was "just" a horror movie, it would have been one of the best horror films of the past two years. I was trying to eat my dinner while watching it, and it was such a gripping and suspense-filled ride that I kept having forkfuls of food get ice cold as I sat there for twenty minutes at a time, too engaged in the movie to even take another mouthful. 

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#HipHopVinylNewArrivals Top 5 LPs + 7” Pick of the Week [Common, L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae, Ill Bill, AZ, Bun B & Statik Selektah +]

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2019 02:00pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Vinyl LP Top Five: 10:16:19

#1: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae
Complicate Your Life With Violence Vinyl LP  (Mello Music Group) (also avail on CD)

#2: Common Let Love Vinyl LP (Loma Vista)
      (also available in Translucent Red Vinyl LP + on CD

#3:  Bun B & Statik Selektah  Trillstatik Vinyl LP (Tuff Kong Records)

#4: Ill Bill  Black Metal Vinyl LP (Uncle Howie Records)
       (also available on CD)

#5: Iggy Azalea  In My Defense Vinyl LP (Bad Dreams Records)    (also available on CD)

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Ten Exclusive Vinyl Hip-Hop Releases for Record Store Day Black Friday: November 29th

Posted by Billyjam, October 15, 2019 06:03pm | Post a Comment

        Top Ten Vinyl Hip-Hop Releases for 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday


1: Nas Stillmatic 2LP

2:  Czarface The Odd Czar Against Us  LP

3:  Various Artists  Delicious Vinyl's Best Kept Secrets / A Slice of Delicious Vinyl: Rare Singles & RMXS LP

4:  Edan Beauty and the Beat LP

5:  Naughty by Nature Poverty's Paradise [25th Anniversary] LP

6:  J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive [Picture Disc] 12” EP

7:  Cardi B Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1 LP 8: Lizzo   Coconut Oil 12” EP

9: DMX The Smoke Out Festival Presents LP

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Recap: Charity Auction for Alzheimer's Los Angeles with Greg Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2019 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood with Greg Barris

Comedian Greg Barris hosted our auction to benefit Alzheimer's Los Angeles at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 5th and he slyly and effortlessly charmed our audience into digging deep into their pockets to support an amazing organization-- while they also scored some pretty cool stuff!

Alzheimer's Los AngelesAmoeba matched all winning bids, which meant we doubled the money going to Alzheimer's Los Angeles and their mission to provide free education and support services to families and caregivers who need it so desperately. 

Alzheimer's Los Angeles works to improve the lives of local families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing awareness, delivering effective programs and services, providing compassionate support, and advocating for quality care and a cure. They offer free classes and workshops about brain health, memory concerns, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, along with care counseling and so much more.

Greg Barris is an American Comedy Scene Darling and served as a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene for years. A frequent Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, much loved by Brooklyn Vegan and hailed as "Excellent" by The New Yorker, Greg created and hosted the long-running Brooklyn comedy variety show Heart of Darkness. Greg and guitarist / visual artist Dima Drjuchin (Corrupt Autopilot) teamed up to form the Wigmaker's Son. Together they created a Zappa-meets-Lonely Island pop fantasy comedy album, Greatest Tits, which also featured friend Reggie Watts. Greg released his debut stand-up album Shame Wave on aspecialthing records and will be releasing a new comedy album on the label in the near future. Greg now lives L.A. where you can find him on stages across the city and beyond.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: The Reptile with a Side of Quatermass

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 4, 2019 07:43pm | 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. If you're a Hammer movie fan Shout Factory really opened the floodgates for you in August when they released some of the best films the studio ever produced including one that is arguably their very best.

The Reptile, Shout Factory:
This has always been one of my very favorite Hammer films. The studio was mainly known for redoing all the classic Universal monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Mummy in their own unique and luridly colorful British style. What sets The Reptile apart is that it is their own original creation. There are mild elements of the werewolf in the film but the script goes to new and unexpected places. The movie is kind of a slow burn but when the monster does finally reveal itself it is as good as anything Jack Pierce created. This was a later Hammer film so everybody who worked on this was at the top of their game when it was made. It's just a good story that is well told. Everything on the movie works flawlessly, the cinematography, directing, script, music, acting, so that when all these elements are put together they make a perfect whole. On many levels, this film is the essential embodiment of Hammer and their style.

It starts with a murder like many of the best Hammer movies do. After Charles Spalding is killed in this opening scene his brother Harry and his new bride, Valerie, inherit his cottage and move to the rural town of Clagmoor Heath in Cornwall. They find the town living in terror due to a rash of recent deaths caused by a mysterious and unexplained ailment the locals refer to as the "Black Death." The corpses left behind by this ailment are all foaming at the mouth with blackened and swollen faces. At first the locals shun the couple, but Harry eventually befriends Tom Bailey who owns the local pub and offers to help Harry solve the mystery of the recent deaths. Tom and Harry have only seen similar symptoms in people bitten by king cobras in India. Their investigation leads them to the nearby home of the sinister Doctor Franklyn who recently moved to the area with his daughter Anna. Franklyn is a professor of theology who has traveled the world studying mysterious and hidden cults and religious groups. To describe Doctor Franklyn's relationship with his daughter as "dysfunctional" is putting it lightly. Every scene with these two is profoundly disturbing on a number of psychological levels. You know something weird is going on with these people you just don't know what it is. John Gilling does an excellent job directing and he keeps you guessing at the true nature of what is going on right up until the final act. The ending really delivers and the movie is as good as any of the classic monster films Universal made.

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Chali 2na's "Concrete Jungle" art opening + DRIP w Cut Chemist @ Mayfair Hotel LA October 4th (Free) + Danny Hastings Exhibit

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2019 11:59am | Post a Comment

Opening tonight, Friday October 4th, at LA's Mayfair Hotel will be the Concrete Jungle street art exhibition that is masterminded by Chali 2na (Jurassic 5, Ozomatali, House Of Vibe etc.) who created and curated the unique exhibit. Not just a musician and noted emcee, known worldwide for his distinctive, instantly recognizable, deep baritone lyrical flow, Chali 2na is a true renaissance man whose many titles include actor, voice-artist, painter and mixed media curator.

For his brand new, multi-faceted Concrete Jungle exhibit, that opens tonight at 7pm (free) at the Mayfair Hotel's in-house Regime Contemporary Art Gallery (1256 W 7th St), the multi-talented artist will "transform the hotel's atrium into a jungle, complete with sounds and visuals to compliment Chali's 2na's life-like animal graffiti murals," according to a gallery spokesperson. To secure a place on the guest list go to eventbrite.

Then at 10pm tonight, following the opening reception for his art exhibit, Chali 2na (whose most recent release is his collab with Krafty Kuts; Adventures of a Reluctant Superhero) will join as special guest of the night, his longtime musical partner in J5 and Ozomatali , turntablist/producer extraordinaire Cut Chemist and others at the launch of the new LA monthly party DRIP that will also be held inside the recently revamped Mayfair Hotel inside the library bar at Regime 72.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Drums

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2019 03:12pm | Post a Comment

The Drums - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Jonny Pierce of The Drums at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talk about some the records and movies that have shaped and inspired him, including a few albums from 1997, which he considered "an amazing year for music." Pierce described hearing Bjork's Homogenic album for the first time at a Sam Goody record store, having only been allowed to listen to Christian music at home. "I had never heard music like it before," he told us. "My life really did change at that moment. There's a real spirit of freedom and empowerment on this album." 

Founded in 2008 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Pierce and childhood friend Jacob Graham, The The Drums - Brutalism - Amoeba MusicDrums moved to Brooklyn in 2009, where they rounded out their lineup. In less than a week of moving to New York, the Drums played their first live gig as part of the NYC Pop Fest at Cake Shop NYC. That fall, the band released their first EP, Summertime!. The group began heating up in the music press, garnering nods from the BBC, NME, and Pitchfork prior to the release of their 2010 debut album, called simply, The Drums.

The Drums released a sophomore LP, Portamento, in 2011. A year later, the band made their US TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The third studio album by The Drums, Encyclopedia, came out in 2014. By 2016, Graham had parted ways with the band, choosing to focus on his work as a puppeteer and with his new project, Sound of Ceres. With his departure, The Drums effectively became the solo project of Pierce, who moved to Los Angeles. He wrote and performed all the instrumentation on the 2017 album Abysmal Thoughts. The Drums’ latest is 2019’s Brutalism. Once again performed entirely by Pierce, the album was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, Future Islands).

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