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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Doctor Who Season One & Jack the Giant Killer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2018 07:16pm | 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. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Doctor Who: Tom Baker - Complete Season One, BBC Video:
These are the episodes that first introduced the Doctor Who franchise to the American public. The series Doctor Who Season Onehad already run for more than a decade in England where the venerable Doctor had long been considered a national icon and a variety of stars had already played the role of the Doctor, but Tom Baker is the face and personality that made him beloved by legions of North American fans. So it makes perfect sense that these would be the first episodes of the long running series to get a deluxe Blu-ray upgrade here in the US. These were originally shot on video so there has been a lot of handwringing online about how good these would look due to the low quality of the original source materials. Many fans have questioned whether it is worth upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray. Well, as soon as I popped in the first disc of this and saw the beautiful sharp picture quality and heard the flawless sound, I realized this was a total no-brainer. This set is a huge improvement over the DVDs and possibly the best restoration I have ever seen of something that was originally shot on video. The image quality is flawless. Once in a blue moon there is a weird lighting artifact that the restoration couldn't cover up, but these are few and far between. Yes, this does reveal many of the shortcomings of the special effects. Now you can see like never before that all the monsters are made of bubble wrap and paper mache, but that is actually half the fun of this set. The production budget for these shows was comparable to what you would see for a local high school play. The special effects crew did the best they could with what they had and there is a funky low-fi style to their effects, which looks charmingly nostalgic in the harsh naked light of this Blu-ray.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Valerie June

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2018 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Valerie June - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were delighted to have singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June visit Amoeba San Francisco for a What's In My Bag? episode. A native Tennessean, June found some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star. "They say sometimes that music coming out of Memphis can only make it so far," she told us, "and that story kind of became a thing with them. To me they're (as) big as The Beatles." Not only does she feel connected to the music, but she also has recorded at Ardent Studios, where Big Star recorded some of their most beloved tracks. June had much to say about all of her eclectic choices, making for an insightful and sincere video. 

Valerie June began her music career at the age of nineteen. Based in Memphis, she first attracted attention through her solo work, which draws on elements of gospel, Americana, blues, folk, soul, Valerie June - The Order Of Timecountry, and bluegrass. In 2010, she recorded the Valerie June and the Tennessee Express EP with the help of Old Crow Medicine Show. She launched a Kickstarter to fund the album that would become her breakthrough, 2013's Pushin' Against a Stone. The LP was recorded with assistance from The Black KeysDan Auerbach and record producer Kevin Augunas.  

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September Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2018 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to September! It's back-to-school time and soon it will be Fall (on September 22, to be exact). Our September sales will help you prepare for the seasonal change. It's a good time to stock up on books, music, and movies for the upcoming colder months, while still enjoying the extended Bay Area Summer!

Treasure Island Music Festival, October 13-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2018 07:51pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival docks at a brand-new location this year at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on 10/13 & 10/14 with performances by Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lord Huron, Courtney Barnett, Santigold, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sharon Van Etten, Cigarettes After Sex, and many more.

Two-Day, Single Day, and VIP tickets are available HERE!

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival HERE

Treasure Island Music Festival

NightLife Live Featuring CLASSIXX & SUMif, September 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2018 04:41pm | Post a Comment

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San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences' NightLife LIVE summer music series is back Thursday, September 13th with live performances from LA-based DJ duo CLASSIXX, whose ultra-inventive remixes and original uptempo tracks have earned them a cult following, and SF electro-pop artist SUMif, who will get the party started with infectious, dance-inducing tracks. Before the performances start, groove out with the Sweater Funk DJs and their '80's funk and boogie.

Also, explore a glowing, interactive LED forest by the techno-wizards at Sustainable Magic and keep your senses stimulated with VR experiences by Dream Logic and Vision Quest. Take a live "Tour of the Universe" or explore the immersive and trippy art and music experience that is "Vortex 2.0" in the Morrison Planetarium. And don't forget to visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop and browse our specially-curated quality vinyl!

Get your tickets HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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