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Decades Later In A Still Divided America, A Look Back At Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech + Top 5 MLK Tribute Tracks

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2019 01:14pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"


- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from his  "I Have A Dream" speech at The March On Washington" 1963






56 six years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech  (scroll down for video excerpt) from the landmark March On Washington on August 28, 1963. The historic speech by the iconic American civil rights leader, who was assassinated at age 39 and whose legacy is celebrated today with a national holiday, is considered a watershed in modern American history. As such it is constantly quoted and referenced, along with other King speeches, as a defining point of change in American politics. Over the decades countless honorable references (and musical tributes - see music videos below with link to purchase albums from Amoeba) have been made to this MLK speech; one with a message that becomes even more profoundly pertinent in 2019.
 

In addition to the all the accurate references to "I Have A Dream" and to MLK's message, there have also been many instances of it been quoted but taken out of context only to be used as a cheap political talking point. The most recent and most egregious abuse/misuse of MLK's words were heard over the weekend when Vice President Mike Pence, in a surreal televised appearance to support his boss's border wall, referenced "I Have A Dream"  quoting the speech's "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." and even comparing Trump to MLK insisting that 45 is similarly using the legislative process to solve social problems. 

Not surprisingly since the VP made this surreal comparison on Face The Nation (CBS) yesterday morning there has been an outcry in the news and on social media by everyone from politicians to surviving 1960's American civil rights activists and even the son of MLK. Earlier today in Washington DC during a breakfast gathering honoring his father, who referenced him and his three siblings in his famous speech, Martin Luther King III strongly criticized the comparison of 45 to MLK. "Love, not hate, will make America great,'” said the community activist and human rights advocate who was only ten when his 39 year old father was assassinated in Memphis TN on April 4th 1968.

Toy Sale at Amoeba SF, 1/25-1/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2019 04:03pm | Post a Comment

The toys and collectibles department at Amoeba San Francisco is fully stocked with those hard-to-find and rare fan favorite items you've been searching for your entire life! For ONE weekend only, it will ALL go on sale!

That's right. Starting Friday, January 25th, all new and used toys, collectible figures, and games (excluding video games) at Amoeba SF will be a whopping 20% off! Sale ends Sunday, January 27th.

Don't miss this shopportunity for fun!

Toy Sale at Amoeba SF

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death Valley Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2019 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls - What's In My Bag?

LA psych/garage rockers Death Valley Girls sat down with us at Amoeba Hollywood to talk about some excellent music, movie, and book discoveries in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. It was a pleasure having the band here, especially guitarist Larry Schemel, who is a former Amoebite. Death Valley Girls fuse elements of garage, psych, and post-punk in their own music, and their picks definitely reflected that. Schemel, along with lead singer Bonnie Bloomgarden and drummer Laura Harris, explored punk, psych, and garage rock with assistance from Numero Group and Soul Jazz compilations, Wayne Kramer's memoir, and a groundbreaking documentary.

Founded in 2013, the current DVG lineup Death Valley Girls - Darkness Rainsconsists of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bloomgarden, guitarist Schemel, bassist Alana Amram, and drummer Laura Harris. Their first release, 2014's Street Venom was a cassette-only album put out via Burger Records. Their sophomore LP, Glow in the Dark (Burger Records), landed in 2016. In 2018, Death Valley Girls released their brooding third LP, Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze. The album features a rotating cast of guest artists, including Shannon Lay, Laura Kelsey plus members of The Make-Up, The Shivas, and Moaning. The video for single “Disaster (Is What We’re After)” featured the legendary Iggy Pop eating a hamburger. Death Valley Girls are set to embark on a lengthy UK and European tour starting in February 2019.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: The Genius of Dan Curtis

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray Trilogy of Terrorreleases. This month I review three movies created by the brilliant Dan Curtis.

Dan Curtis was one of the most successful director/producers in the history of television. History will always remember him as the creator of the long running TV show Dark Shadows but that was just one of many major achievements. He also produced and/or directed some of the biggest movies in the history of television. Three of these films just got deluxe Blu-ray releases. One of his two biggest films was Trilogy Of Terror, (Kino Lorber Studio Classics). This is a fun little horror flick but no one could have predicted that it would be one of the most watched TV movies of all time. It held the record until Roots was televised later that decade. The movie tells three horror stories that are connected by the main star of the film, the magnificent Karen Black. She pretty much makes this movie. She is the main character in all three vignettes and chews up the scenery so mightily that everyone else in the picture is little more than a bit player. In the first segment she plays a mousy professor exploited by a blackmailer, in the second she's a pair of polar opposite sisters, but it's her role in the third segment, "Amelia," that history will remember her for. "Amelia" is one of the best little horror movies ever made and it scared the viewing public to a degree that few could understand in this jaded day and age. Karen Black's portrayal of the vulnerable, psychologically fragile Amelia makes the horror she suffers even more visceral. The story is fairly simple and all takes place in one tiny apartment. Amelia finds a Zuni fetish doll in a second hand store and buys it as a gift for her anthropologist boyfriend. The doll comes with a curse and, when she gets back to her apartment, Amelia unwittingly brings it to life. What ensues is one of the scariest things I've ever seen on television. This segment really holds up even after all these years. It's tense, harrowing, and genuinely scary. Being attacked by a doll could easily have been laughable, but in Curtis's skilled hands the story becomes utterly terrifying. This was one of the most memorable movies of the seventies and it left an indelible mark on everyone who saw it.

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Top 10 Under The Radar Artists of 2018 To Watch in 2019, Top 5 Slept On LPs, Hip-Hop Hater Of The Year + [Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Pt 4]

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment
2018 Hip-Hop Hater of The Year



Following Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 is this fourth and final year-in-review Amoeblog that includes the Top 10 2018 Artists To Watch For in 2019,  the Top 5 Slept-On LPs (vinyl), Top 5 Slept On Recording Artists, the Most Influential Sociopolitical Music Video, and the Hip-Hop Hater of the Year. As pictured above, the honors for the latter go to Vladimir Putin who recently made it clear that he does not appreciate hip-hop with an anti-establishment message. At the end of 2018 news reports surfaced  of the Russian president cracking taking action against hip-hop music, saying that it needs to be state controlled. 

Reportedly popular Russian hip-hop artist Husky, known for his revolutionary anti-establishment lyrics, irked Putin and others in power and brought about the rap backlash. Following one of his concerts been 
 cancelled at last minute Husky took to the streets to perform atop a parked car to his throngs of fans. Police moved in and arrested and threw him in jail for ten days. In a statement Putin said that rap music was bad for Russian culture due to its promotion of such things as “sex drugs" and "protest.”

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