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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Kung Fu Vampires & Medieval Christians

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 18, 2019 01:25pm | 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. This month I review a crazy cult vampire kung fu zombie movie and a cinematic masterpiece about a Christian painter in the Middle Ages.

The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires, Shout Factory/Scream Factory:
This was the only time that the mighty Hammer Studios teamed up with the Shaw Brothers, but they should have made a habit of it. This delirious kung fu vampire zombie film is one of the most entertaining movies either studio produced. It kind of combines what both studios did best. On the Hammer side, you have actors like Peter Cushing playing distinguished aristocrats and the studio's beautiful gothic neon technicolor cinematography. On the Shaw Brothers side of things, you have hideous monsters, surreal flourishes in the story and images, and some of the best kung fu fighting you'll ever see. When you mix them together it's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of pure horror movie fun. The film starts with a Chinese villain traveling to Transylvania to enlist Count Dracula's help in reincarnating the legendary seven golden vampires in his homeland. Dracula instead steals his identity and travels himself to China to become the new ruler of these vampires of the far east. Meanwhile, Doctor Van Helsing (played by Peter Cushing) is giving a lecture tour in China, trying to warn the country's scientists of the vampire scourge. He tells them that he has heard legends of a town terrorized by a group of seven vampires. He's pretty much laughed off the stage by everyone except for one man who knows the doctor is telling the truth. The man's name is Hsi Ching and he's from the town the seven golden vampires have recently returned to. He and his seven brothers enlist the aid of Van Helsing, and, with the help of a traveling dilettante heiress who underwrites the expedition, they all take off to defeat the monsters. What follows is a series of adventures that plays like an Indiana Jones movie infested with vampires and zombies. The film is filled with action scenes that are like a form of kung fu ballet. The vampires have a literal army of zombies and the fight scenes are non-stop.

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With Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats + more, Rancid's September Tour Like Mini Punk/Ska Festival

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2019 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Rancid’s just announced upcoming September ten-date North American tour, with a lineup featuring Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats, Iron Reagan and Angel Du$t, reads more like a punk/ska themed mini-festival a la the Warped Tour; in some cities more so than others.  The recommended tour by the headlining legendary California punk act, that takes place in the second half of September (9/14 - 9/28), features most but not every aforementoned act at each concert stop. While Pennywise do share every bill, not each of the other aforementioned bands do.

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Flower Piano At The San Francisco Botanical Garden In Golden Gate Park

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 12, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Flower Piano

Amoeba Music is thrilled to be a sponsor of the fifth anniversary Flower Piano celebration at San Francisco Flower PianoBotanical Garden (SFBG) in Golden Gate Park, July 11th - July 22nd. Flower Piano transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall for twelve days, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of regular Garden admission. Twelve pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to the public to play each day, July 11-22, from 9am-6pm, except during select performances.

On weekend days, the public can enjoy a diverse schedule of performances from guest musicians and artists. Both Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th feature the always-popular Twelve Piano Extravaganza when all of the pianos are taken over by the pros between 12-2pm. Visitors can listen to a wide variety of genres from classical to cabaret over the course of two hours. On July 13th, this event includes a fun-for-all, dance-along ballet extravaganza led by Daniel Sullivan. July 13th also features a special program from 2-5pm by a full symphony orchestra known as the Awesöme Orchestra Collective that invites the audience to experience both the rehearsal and performance of two piano concertos. The following Saturday, July 20th, Sunset Piano performs poetry and music collaborations from 2-5:30pm, Bay Area Hawaiian dance supergroup Na Lei Hulu I ka Wekiu will perform innovative contemporary and traditional hula accompanied by piano from 2-4pm, and members of SF Symphony will perform from 3-5pm.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Pelican

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2019 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Pelican - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Trevor de Brauw and Larry Herweg of Chicago post-metal band Pelican during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. The bandmates shared some of their favorite albums by The Jesus Lizard, John Carpenter, Fugazi, and Radiohead, and picked up a few rare LPs that had been eluding them. Their knowledge and passion was evident and made for an interesting What's In My Bag? episode. The band just released Nighttime Storiestheir first new album in six years, and are currently touring North America this month. 

Founded in 2001, Pelican's current lineup consists of guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Dallas Thomas, Pelican - Nighttime Stories - Amoeba Musicdrummer Larry Herweg, and bassist Bryan Herweg. After the release of a self-titled EP in 2001, the group put out their 2003 debut LP, Australasia, via Hydra Head. Their sophomore album, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, followed in 2006. A year later, the band released City of Echoes. In 2008, the band put together After the Ceiling Cracked, a multi-format release featuring material from Pelican's 2005 live performance at Scala in London.

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Always Be My Maybe Reps Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 10, 2019 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Always Be My MaybeBy Ramon Ortega

Amoeba Music's social media feeds were all abuzz last week upon the release of Ali Wong and Randall Park's Netflix original, Always Be My Maybe, prompting many of our amazing fans to alert us of the surprising and flattering role we had in the film. That's right, Amoeba made its streaming debut by way of Park's character, Marcus, wearing an Amoeba Berkeley t-shirt in a steamy and pivotal scene. Warning: possible spoilers ahead!

Set in San Francisco, Always Be My Maybe is directed by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat) and written by Michael Golamco with Wong and Parks, who also star as the two main characters: Wong plays Marcus’s childhood friend and neighbor, Sasha. A montage quickly takes us from them as young kids in 1996 to young adults at a service for Marcus's mother. Afterwards, Sasha, trying to cheer up her best friend, gets Marcus (rocking Always Be My Maybethe fresh Amoeba Berkeley tee) out of the house. Hanging out in his parked car and singing D'Angelo, an awkward kiss from Sasha stuns Marcus, who then kisses her back, leading them both into the back seat and...you get the idea. The post-knockin’ boots scene says it all - an Amoeba tee is perfect for most occasions, planned or unplanned. As an aside, the six-year-old Amoeba Berkeley was the only existing Amoeba in 1996, with Amoeba San Francisco opening in 1997. Points for details, ABMM crew!

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