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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Thor Ragnarok & The Outer Limits

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Having A Movie Moment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Thor Ragnarok, Marvel Studios:
What a great movie! It's pure entertainment of the type that Marvel excels at. This movie works on manyThor Ragnarok levels; it's great science fiction, action, drama, and even comedy all simultaneously. It's got a great story, good acting and pacing, and wonderful sets, costumes, and special effects. Like every recent Marvel movie, the story feeds into the Avengers: Infinity War plot line, but it also succeeds quite well on its own. My daughter and I have been watching all the Marvel shows and movies and know how every related plot thread connects together, but my wife hasn't watched any of that stuff and she enjoyed this movie just as much as me when we watched it together. That's quite a feat, because the Marvel universe has gotten really complicated these days, so it takes great skill to make a new Marvel movie that doesn't need a guidebook for one to understand it.

This is the third Thor movie but it is almost equally a sequel and a prequel to the recent Avengers movies. It picks up with Thor wandering the universe performing his usual godlike deeds of heroism and searching for the Infinity Stones. He is imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur who tells him that his father Odin is no longer in his celestial home of Asgard and that the realm of the gods itself will soon be destroyed in a cosmic armaggedon known as Ragnarok. After dispatching Surtur and a really cool dragon, Thor returns home to find that his evil brother, Loki, has stolen the throne by disguising himself as Odin. After exposing Loki, Thor takes him to earth where they locate Odin with the help of Doctor Strange. Odin is dying, and his death releases his first born daughter, Hela, who destroys Thor's hammer, conquers Asgard, and casts Thor and Loki off into space. They land on a junkyard planet ruled by Jeff Goldblum who forces Thor to fight the Incredible Hulk in an area. Do Thor, the Hulk, and Loki escape? Is Asgard saved? I'm not going to give away any more spoilers, but let's just say that answering these two questions is tons of fun and pure Marvel entertainment.

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Anticon Plan Special Tribute To Late Label Co-Founder: 20 Years of Anticon: A Celebration of the Life of Brendon "Alias" Whitney (June 25)

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2018 06:14am | Post a Comment
In LA on June 25th at the Teragram Ballroom the good people at the Anticon record label will be producing a very special tribute concert to label co-founder, artist and beloved human being Brendon "Alias" Whitney who prematurely passed away at age 41 from a heart attack back on March 30th.

20 Years of Anticon: A Celebration of the Life of Brendon "Alias" Whitney
is the title of next month’s talent-packed bittersweet event.  The long list of performers will include Doseone, Aceyalone, Yoni Wolf, Baths, Odd Nosdam and Daddy Kev. See flyer left for full lineup of event that will act as a benefit concert with all ticket sale proceeds going go Alias’ surviving wife Jenn and their two daughters, Aiko and Inara for whom a GoFundMe page had been previously set up.

With such an impressive long lineup of artists booked (and more to likely make cameos) this event will probably sell out in advance. Reportedly all the early bird tickets have already been snapped up but $30 pre-sale tickets are currently available here. Should the show not completely sell out in advance, any remaining tickets will be $35 at the door. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile What's In My Bag?

What happens when indie rock singer/songwriters and collaborators Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile go record shopping for each other? Well, halfway through our What's In My Bag? interview it became apparent that almost every record Vile picked for Barnett was sure to make her cry. "This is the best record. You listen to this in the morning and you will cry," Vile said pulling out Days Have Gone By - Volume 6 by the revered fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey. Another sad classic for Vile was Townes Van Zandt's Flying Shoes. "This is my favorite record by this iconic, sad artist. The title track will kill you." When we noticed Vile's melancholy theme, Barnett replied, "Good, I love it. I love crying." 

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter known for her deadpan, slacker style. After playing with garage/grunge band Rapid Transit and psych/country band Immigrant Union, Barnett founded the Lotta Sea Licelabel Milk! Records and released her first solo EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, in 2012. Her next EP, 2013's How to Carve a Rose into a Carrot, won praise around the world. That year she performed at CMJ and played a several European dates, eventually releasing both EPs together as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. She released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Her second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel was released in May 2018.

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New Green Room Session with U.S. Girls

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2018 06:16pm | Post a Comment

U.S. Girls Amoeba Green Room Session

Singer/songwriter Meghan Remy packed a 7-piece band into the Amoeba Hollywood green room for a set of moody, danceable songs from the new U.S. Girls album. On In a Poem Unlimited, Remy expanded her sonic reach and enlisted the help of many collaborators, including the Toronto-based funk collective the Cosmic Range. As heard in set opener "Pearly Gates," which features a sly bass line, sharp guitar licks, and eerie horn lines, the ace live musicians give her socially conscious lyrics a funky and darkly fun beat. Remy and company go Blondie on the disco-poppy "M.A.H.," while "Rage of Plastics" gets sludge-y and dirty with fuzzed out guitar leads and a squealing sax solo. The tone of closer "Sororal Feelings" rides the line between tension-filled and airy, all the while building with emotion.

Watch the U.S. Girls Green Room Session below:

U.S. Girls - Amoeba Green Room Session
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Returns May 30–June 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2018 06:42pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Fest

Soft Shoes
Soft Shoes

The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) returns to the beautiful Castro Theatre May 30 – June 3 for five days of masterpieces from the silent film era set to glorious live music. Several of the films are SFSFF restorations, which will be having their world premieres, including The Other Woman's Story (1925), Richard Oswald's German version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1929), the San Francisco-set Soft Shoes (1925), and the Soviet masterpiece Fragment of an Empire. Additionally, SFSFF has restored recently-discovered footage of San Francisco in the days after the catastrophic 1906 earthquake. (The nine-minute segment will be shown on Saturday, June 2, with Trappola.)

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