Amoeblog

(In which Job is a commercial.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 1, 2007 11:08am | Post a Comment
I’m always on the lookout for two things: hilarious TV and a man with an African-shaped birthmark on his right shoulder. Hilarious TV because it lowers my stress level and inspires me; the man with the birthmark because he orphaned me at age eight and burned my farm down.

Both are equally difficult to find.

Thanks to today’s plethora of cable TV stations (Hot Glue & Margarine Channel, anyone?) there has been an outcropping of novel shows. I tend to enjoy comedy that pushes the boundaries of acceptable (South Park, Strangers With Candy) or are chock full of non-sequiturs (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Aqua Teen Hunger Force). You get me, right? We’re all on the same page here.

One show that many of you don’t seem to have seen/noticed is “Upright Citizens Brigade”. It’s not brand new. It ran for three seasons on Comedy Central (1998-2000). One star of the show many of you will know is Amy Poehler, who my friends tell me is on something called Saturday Night Live? I dunno, I’ve never heard of it.

Anyway, the premise is that a team of four people, the Upright Citizens Brigade, are waging a secret battle against all-things-average and mundane in the world. They bring chaos to conformity. (In this respect, they mirror the customers who shop the DVD section of Amoeba Music Hollywood.)

It’s sketch comedy. The material is garnered from the troupe’s live shows, originally based in Chicago, now in NYC. In this respect, the show is similar to The Kids in the Hall, though the style of it – the way it ebbs and flows – feels more like Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

If you like any of the titles I’ve dropped above, I would expect you to also adore this too-overlooked gem. Unfortunately, only season one is available on DVD.

Do yourself a favor and snag a copy. Then do me a favor and, if you see the man with the birthmark, shoot a tranquilizer dart in his neck, restrain him, and give me a ring-a-ding. Thanks!

my birthday the street date...5/1

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 30, 2007 09:32pm | Post a Comment
It was so nice for Patrick Wolf to wait until my birthday to release his new album "The Magic Position" here in the states. Or I guess I should say, that it was nice for his label to wait until the 1st of May. It has been out for a month or 2 already in the UK, so I have already spent some quality time with it. This is Patrick's 3rd album and first since his departure with the excellent label Tomlab. "The Magic Position" is if nothing else, one of the best album covers of the year. While one would think Patrick would be maturing and using more adult imagery on his albums. He has gone the opposite direction as a man child on a sort of magical merry go round, dressed like a 10 year old having his cowboy theme birthday party. Or maybe he was just planning this all along for my birthday celebration. I did have an outfit very similar to that on my tenth birthday.  Unfortunately my mom would not let me get away with that hair color until I was in high school. Whatever you may think of the album cover, there is no denying it is a unique and brave idea. Much like the music you will find inside.

I having been loving Mr. Patrick Wolf for a while now. He seriously blew me away with his first excellent album "Lycanthropy." I remember that I read a little bit about this before it came out and was very intrigued. I then got the album and was hooked immediately. I slowly spread the word of the greatness of Mr. Wolf. Of course, he is not for everyone. I carefully chose the friends to share him with. He was like my little secret obsession. His music is sort of a combination of the dramatics of Kate Bush, Xiu Xiu, and Erasure mixed with the bookish intelligence of Morrissey and Idlewild mixed with the electronicness of Aphex Twin with a bit of classical thrown in,  He does not mess around with his lyrics either. He takes himself quite seriously on the musical journey of his albums. He seems to be from a different time. A Futuristic Past, if that even makes sense.  Patrick takes you gently by the hand and forces you into his magical land of wolves and dreams.

Patrick introduces us to the new album with the single "Accidents & Emergency." The title song "The Magic Position" and "Bluebells" are equally as brilliant. He also has a little surprise guest for you. The great Marianne Faithfull joins him on the track "Magpie." And she fits in perfectly with his little play he seems to be putting on for us with this album. Patrick Wolf often seems to become different genders and even species within his lyrics. He really does take you to magical places in his songs. But you have to open up and let him take you there. His albums might take a couple times to really get what is going on. But don't take him too seriously. This new album like the others are simply a whole lot of fun. His use of different instruments and styles somehow all comes together to make a beautiful cohesive album. You seriously should make the journey and get yourself a Patrick Wolf album.


also out today...




"American Doll Posse" by Tori Amos

                                       



                                                                                   "Beyond" by Dinosaur Jr.



Reminder" by Feist


                                                           



                                                         
                                                                                  Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack




Dirty Dancing "20th Anniversary Edition" Soundtrack

Night Of The Strangler

Posted by phil blankenship, April 30, 2007 12:37am | Post a Comment
 

  



Paragon Video Productions

(In which Job implicates himself in torture and recommends a movie.)

Posted by Job O Brother, April 29, 2007 09:11pm | Post a Comment
There’s this film that I love that no-one seems to have seen or even heard of, despite the fact that there’s some high-profile people involved with it.

But before I tell you what it is, allow me to reiterate, for those of you scoundrels that don’t read each and every blog I post, that I am still at the mercy of an ear infection and, worse than that, at the mercy of my ear infection medication.

This is important because it will help you understand why I write sentences like this one, which begin simply and clearly enough, but suddenly go off on a tangent about those drivers who begin honking at the person in front of them when they’re both waiting to make a left turn at a typical LA intersection. The person in front is waiting for oncoming traffic to clear which is the sensible thing to do seeing as how oncoming cars tend to totally ruin the bodies and vehicles that get in their way, but the person behind them has decided that the person in front hasn’t pulled out into the middle of the intersection ENOUGH, and therefore proceeds, not to toot his horn, but LAY ON IT AND KEEP PRESSING ON IT UNTIL THE PERSON IN FRONT GETS THE MESSAGE AND PULLS FIVE YARDS FORWARD, which somehow is a matter of life and death for the second driver.

I am a pedestrian. I don’t own a car. When I tell fellow Los Angelinos this, they look at me like I just said, “I’ve never actually seen a cat. I dunno, I’ve just never been anywhere where they are, I guess.”

Huh?

But I keep seeing this road-rage phenomena, and it rattles me. Which is why I’ve started taking action.

Now, when I see a driver honking his horn like a crazy person, I take it upon myself to sneak in front of his car. I pop my head up enough so that he can see me, and therefore doesn’t drive forward (very important detail), but the drivers behind him can’t.

007 on DVD...the james bond box sets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 29, 2007 12:10pm | Post a Comment
I have a slight problem. I am addicted to collecting DVDs. I seriously can't stop. There are worse things I'm sure.  So I get very excited when my favorite movies get released in special edition box sets with lots of bonus features and great packaging, It is very exciting for me to bring home my new DVD and open it up to see what excitement waits me inside. I am also addicted to James Bond. Every year when Spike TV has their Bond Marathon, I am glued to the TV. Even if I have just seen them, I can't resist watching them over and over again. So you can understand my excitement when the James Bond series got the deluxe treatment at the end of last year. The 20 films were divided up into 4 box sets, with 5 movies in each box. It would have made sense to put them in order. But then who would have bought vol. 4 if it included just the 4 Pierce Bronson films. These were for sure the worst of the bunch. Daniel Craig thankfully stepped in to save the series with the 2006 reinvention of the series "Casino Royale." I have always loved Roger Moore and Sean Connery. Never really able to decide which I like better. They are just different. One is not really better than the other. Sean Connery is of course the original Bond, but Roger Moore is the Bond I grew up with in the 80s. Seriously, how can you pick between "Goldfinger"(Connery) and "Diamonds are Forever"(Moore) or "You Only Live Twice"(Connery) and "Octopussy"(Moore). And while George Lazenby is not usually the Bond of choice for many, his film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" remains my absolute favorite.
                                                                                                                                                                    
Each box set is beautiful. They look like embossed bibles in slide out cases. Within each case is each individual "Ultimate Edition" movie in a slim case with its own little booklet. All of the films have been digitally restored and really look amazing, They also include great commentaries. Each film includes a second disc with "making of" documentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, and all sorts of amazing little things to keep you busy for hours and hours. While I am tempted to reorder the films into their correct chronological order, that may seriously be the only problem with these boxes. These films have held up over time and still are as exciting as when I was a kid first discovering these films. This is one of the best DVD collections that I have seen. I get excited every time I open one of them up, It is often hard to decide which film to watch first. I often first watch the film. I then go back and watch it with commentary and then go to all the special documentaries and deleted footage.

Volume 1 includes: Goldfinger (1964) Diamonds are Forever (1971) The Man with the Golden Gun(1974) The Living Daylights (1987) and The World is Not Enough (1999)

Volume 2 includes: A View to a Kill (1985) Thunderball (1965) Die Another Day (2002) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and License to Kill (1989)

Volume 3 includes: GoldenEye (1995) Live and Let Die (1973) For Your Eyes Only (1981) From Russia With Love (1963) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Volume 4 includes: Dr. No (1962) You Only Live Twice (1967) Octopussy (1983) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Moonraker (1979)
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