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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bad Religion's Greg Graffin

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2017 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Greg Graffin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I like compilations by prolific artists who are long since dead," says Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, "because I think of myself as a prolific artist, and not everything is that great." Before his recent book signing at Amoeba Hollywood Graffin picked up the Hank Williams compilation The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55. "But Hank Williams is a great singer/songwriter, in the tradition that I consider myself...so you have to know some of his important body of work." Believe it or not Graffin actually chose this 4-CD set over another Williams set on account of its brevity. The other set, The Complete Mother's Best Collection, contains 15 discs, which Graffin says "is too many songs to listen to."

Besides being the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary American punk band Bad Religion, Greg Graffin is also an author and a UCLA and Cornell-trained academic who has taught courses in evolution, paleontology, and life sciences. He has written several books, including Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and Population Wars.

Greeg Graffin MillportGraffin and friends founded Bad Religion in 1979, while they were still in high school. Their debut studio LP, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, arrived in 1982, but their turning point as a band came in 1988, with the release of their third LP, Suffer. The album is considered to be one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Bad Religion have steadily released albums since their inception and despite several lineup changes; their most recent release is 2013's True North. Graffin released his first solo LP in 1997, American Lesion. His latest solo album, Millport, landed on March 10, 2017 via ANTI-.

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The Dream Syndicate Sign With ANTI-

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2017 03:12pm | Post a Comment

Today the ANTI- record label announced that they had signed influential Los Angeles 80's “paisley underground” indie rockers The Dream Syndicate, which answers the question as to what label would be releasing the band's forthcoming (fifth studio) album that founding member Steve Wynn had announced back in February. Also today all dates of a Fall 2017 European tour by the band were announced. Known for such 80's college radio staples as their 1982 Slash Records debut The Days of Wine and Roses and 1984"s Medicine Show, The Dream Syndicate came to fame shortly after forming in 1982 when they were part of LA's sixties psychedelic rock derived, then neo-psychedelia so-called “paisley underground” along with The Salvation Army / Three O'Clock, Rain Parade, and The Bangles.

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Psychomania is Back From the Grave

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 9, 2017 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Psychomania

By Brett Stillo

Get on your bikes and ride! That devilish blackguard Tom Latham and his gang of shaggy-haired, cycle-Psychomaniacrazy delinquents, the Death Wheelers, have come back from the grave—AGAIN—in a deluxe Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1973 horror favorite, PSYCHOMANIA!

Psychomania is an Aleister Crowley-on-Wheels, black-magic-meets-black-leather tale of witchcraft, reincarnation, myth, and motorcycles. The aforementioned Tom ('70’s favorite Nicky Henson, displaying brutish charm and swagger) and his motorcycle gang, The Living Dead, tear up the English countryside while his spiritualist mother (Beryl Reid) and her sinister butler (the elegantly satanic George Saunders in his final screen appearance) conduct weird séances at the family manor. What more could a saucy lad like Tom ask for, except maybe immortality by way of a suicide pact with the Dark One in the guise of a frog?

From there, Psychomania opens the throttle as Tom convinces his gang of baby-faced Bikers (who look like members of Badfinger) to kill themselves so they too can return to this world as indestructible, undead hooligans. The horror shifts to action as Tom and his gang roar down country roads and Psychomania Nicky Hensonancient, fog-shrouded cemeteries on their classic British racing bikes, terrorizing the local villagers.

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Crowd-Funded Documentary "I Am A Cliché" On Late X-Ray Spex Singer / Punk Icon Poly Styrene Looks Set To Go

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2017 05:41pm | Post a Comment

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard.  But I think "oh bondage, up yours!"
 - Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex's "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" 1977 single + 1978 LP Germfree Adolescents


With 99% of its $90,580 goal already reached and another 20 days still to go on its Indiegogo  crowd-funded campaign, the pending documentary on punk icon, the late great X-Ray Spex founder, lead singer & songwriter Poly Styrene, I Am A Cliché looks all set to go. Directed by Paul Sng with writer Zoë Howe plus narration by the artist's surviving daughter Celeste Bell, the documentary will tackle the unlikely success story of the artist born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. The film promises to tell the tale of the "bi-racial, female, working class and possessing an unforgettable warrior-cry voice" in an engaging visual "portrait of a singer, seeker, a maverick and a mother" utilizing a myriad of footage: much of it previously unseen.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 13

Posted by Amoebite, May 8, 2017 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Rain might have foiled our plans for a sidewalk sale at Amoeba Hollywood last weekend, but we are rescheduling it to this Saturday, May 13th! Not only do we have huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm, we're also having a one-day sale on posters, T-shirts, and mugs happening all day long inside the store. And we're hosting a live pledge party with KCRW broadcasting live from Amoeba Hollywood 3-6pm. Whew! May 13th is going to be jam-packed!

Check out some of the bargains you can find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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