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This Week At The New Beverly: Werner Herzog, Keith Coogan, Alfred Hitchcock & more!

Posted by phil blankenship, March 4, 2010 08:05pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our March calendar is now online!
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm


Friday & Saturday March 5 & 6


A double bill of Werner Herzog's newest films

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
2009, USA, 122 minutes
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1095217/
dir. Werner Herzog, starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Xzibit, Tom Bower, Jennifer Coolidge, Brad Dourif
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:20 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Interview with Rock Photographer Alissa Anderson - Part 1

Posted by Miss Ess, March 4, 2010 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Devendra Banhart - Benicassim Festival - 2005

Alissa Anderson is one fabulous rock photographer! She has dedicated herself to chronicling the likes of Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Neil and Pegi Young, Michael Hurley, Vashti Bunyan, Papercuts, Conor Oberst, Espers, Lavender Diamond, CocoRosie, Tussle, Citay, and bunches of other musicians currently making the scene, taking candid live shots, as well as promotional stills and also shooting multiple album covers . She has born witness both here in San Francisco and across the world to one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes ever, and has documented it all for our visual pleasure. I recently interviewed Alissa to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and her peak artistic moments. Because there are so many photos (some exclusive!) in this interview, there will be two parts. Part Two is right here!

Out this week 2/16 & 2/23...Xiu Xiu...Joanna Newsom...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 4, 2010 01:09pm | Post a Comment
It seems like Jamie Stewart had been putting out a new album every year... I am not complaining though! I love this man. But it is hard to keep up with everything he does. If he isn't releasing a brand new album then he is probably releasing a live album, a remix album, a collaboration of some sort, or an EP, or single, or 7". Sade should be ashamed of herself! How long did it take her to make her new album? 10 years. Xiu Xiu was just getting its start when the last Sade album came out. During those nearly 10 years, Xiu Xiu had released about 10 albums and 10 7"s. He has also put out a remix album, a couple of singles and EPs and a couple collaboration albums. Additionally, he took it one step further last year when he released a 12 disc/12 month music subscription service limited to only 50 super fans. The amazing thing about Jamie Stewart, the man behind Xiu Xiu, is that everything he puts out is good. I still have not been let down. Each new album and single is as good and brilliant as the last. He keeps putting out weird and experimental albums that are also somehow extremely accessible. Xiu Xiu is sort of like the experimental version of Morrissey. Just as dramatic and catchy. Just as well written and brilliant. I first became a fan of Xiu Xiu about 8 years ago when I had first moved to Los Angeles. I saw them for the first time at the Smell and was immediately a fan for life. I had never seen anything like Xiu Xiu and still haven't. He took all the things that I loved about pop music and new wave music, punk, indie rock and classical and glitch electronica and mixed them all up together. I was impressed and wanted more. Luckily for me, Jamie Stewart and Xiu Xiu have been very busy.

I was a big fan of the last Xiu Xiu album, Women As Lovers, but the new album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, is just as good. It just gets better the more that I listen to it. The stand out tracks for me are "This Too Shall Pass Away" and "Chocolate Makes You Happy." There are always a couple of songs on each album that I get obsessed with. Xiu Xiu is not for everyone, and I really don't think he wants to make albums for everybody. Xiu Xiu is an acquired taste for sure. He is dramatic and much of the music is experimental. Many genres are mixed up xiu xiu dear god i hate myselftogether to make the brilliance of Xiu Xiu, but at the same time he makes totally accessible pop music. It is the perfect combination for me. I like my pop music a bit experimental and weird and I like my experimental music more on the accessible side. I still want to be able to sing along. Xiu Xiu is also one of those bands where you want to try and figure out their lyrics to the songs. Some of the songs are not so obvious at first -- you actually have to sit down and do some research and read the lyrics. It is sort of like a scavenger hunt, finding the lyrics and then trying to figure out what they mean. Xiu Xiu has not failed me yet. I love this album just like the last. Can't wait for the next one. Maybe he can take on a box set of songs like The Magnetic Fields. I would love to hear Jamie Stewart's 69 songs about love or hate or anything!

Zak Wilson Discusses Guitar Pick Collecting And The New Amoeba Music Guitar Pick

Posted by Billyjam, March 4, 2010 07:15am | Post a Comment

The new, cool looking line of Amoeba Music guitar picks may be priced at just 50 cents per pick, but in the world of guitar pick collecting some avid collectors will pay many times that amount for a heavily desired pick. As reported by the Pick Collecting Quarterly about a month ago, one guitar pick collecting fanatic forked over $1063 in an eBay auction for a Kiss (circa 1974) black on white Ace Frehley / Pastore Music guitar pick. Yes, as any serious guitar player will tell you, guitar pick collecting can become AC/DCas much of an obsession as guitar playing itself.

Guitar picks, which are a type of plectrum designed for use on a guitar but often used to play other string instruments too, such as mandolin or banjo, come in all kinds of shapes, styles, and are made from numerous types of materials including plastic, rubber, felt, glass, tortoiseshell, and stone, and can range in price accordingly. Although picks have been around for centuries (early ones been made out of bone, shell, wood, metal, amber and other materials), it wasn't until the 1920's that they were mass produced. A relatively more recent phenomenon is the customized pick. Traditionally made by rock bands, with Rick Nelson of Cheap Trick been one of the first to famously toss out dozens of them during concerts, more recently entities such as Microsoft, MTV, Verizon, and Budweiser, have all emblazoned their names on guitar Metallica guitar pickpicks. Right now there are thousands upon thousands of customized guitar picks out there with legions of avid collectors following them.

Farewell to our Friend and Co-worker Lee Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 3, 2010 05:35pm | Post a Comment
Lee Gordon
1966 - 2010

Lee Gordon

A memorial service for Lee will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Chapel
on Sunday March 7, 2010 at 1pm.
____________________________________

We lost a good friend and a good man yesterday and we are all sad.

We will miss you, Lee.
Lee Gordon
The break room stories, your ENDLESS well of music knowledge and passion, your genuinely warm spirit and kindness that you brought every day.

We were lucky to have the time we had with you.

SO glad you and Joe came and celebrated this last FAT Tuesday with us. You left us with the echoes of Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, and the Meters...and your smile.

Lee Gordon---you were a man of many layers. From the ASTOUNDING performance as IGGY on the Amoebapalooza stage, to the warmth and kindness you showed all of us every day, to the customers who would wait two hours or more for you to start your shift---simply because "there's no one like Lee...." Most certainly there wasn't and there never will be.

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Here's to you....Lee Gordon. "Time to flip the record over...."

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