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Exuma, the Obeah Man

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2017 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Exuma

Old Absinthe House

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"They tied ten onions 'round my naval string,
Then they cut it and they baked it and made it into a ring.
Come on Shango, Satan come to me,
Let me speak what I can't see"
-- Exuma, "Mama Loi, Papa Loi"

Do you believe in time-travel? I do and this evening I plan on putting on my baby-blue corduroy suit, slipping on my Swatch watch (with twisted rubber guards), stuffing some old currency in my shabby wallet, and laying on top my bed sheets like Christopher Reeve in Somewhere in Time. There, after deep meditation and astral-projection, I will transport back in time to the French Quarter in 1983, where I will stroll to the Old Absinthe House and pleasantly "Chase the Green Fairy" till I’m beyond inebriated, while listening to the haunting Obeah moans and melodic hoodoo folk songs of the musician Tony McKay, who played there often while he lived in New Orleans in the early '80s. Tony was known to most, but far too few, as the musician called Exuma.

Somewhere in Time

Noise Pop 2017: February 17 - 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2017


Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 17 - 27! The festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an array of amazing performances not only from national music acts, but also from an impressive variety of established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Hanni El Khatib, Deafheaven, MSTRKRFT, BadBadNotGood, Dawes, The Radio Dept., Los Campesinos!, Cloud Nothings, Shannon and the Clams, Rogue Wave, and so many more. The film portion of the festival also promises to be amazing with screenings of 11 films, including Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Hired Gun, and The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.

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2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2017 04:17pm | Post a Comment
moonlightWe are once again deep into Oscar season. The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, January 24th. Jackie and I tend to obsess about these awards all year long. But the time has come to put down our final predictions for the Oscar nominations. I do my best to see all these films every year in the theater. I have seen all the films I am predicting for best picture except for Fences and Silence. My favorite film of the year was 20th Century Women. I will be so happy if it gets nominated for anything on Tuesday. But the only thing I am really predicting it for is best screenplay. Another personal favoritela la land of mine is Nocturnal Animals. I am hoping it gets a couple of nominations like it did at the Globes and BAFTAs. But Tom Ford's last film A Single Man only got one nomination for Colin Firth. Everyone seems to be predicting La La Land to win best picture and take home the most awards of the night. But I will be hoping that the film is divisive enough to help Moonlight win best picture and best director. The Oscars are on February 26th and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There really is no way that we will have another #oscarssowhite year. Films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences are just too good and acclaimed to be ignored. Below you will find our predictions for the bigger categories. We each listed one alternate for each category. Best Picture could be 5-10 nominees. I am predicting there will only be 8 this year.


Best Picture

brad jackie
Moonlight La La Land
La La Land Manchester By The Sea
Manchester By The Sea Moonlight
Arrival Lion
Lion  Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water Hell Or High Water
Nocturnal Animals Fences
Silence Captain Fantastic

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Game Curious? Here Are 5 Under $15 To Try.

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Monopoly Deal

- By Chris Curtis

In tabletop gaming parlance, a “gateway” game is a title that is accessible and fun to new players, hopefully sparking their interest in trying other modern games. It should be easy to learn and teach, it should play reasonably quickly, and it should be fairly light-hearted and not too intensely strategic. Here (in no particular order) are five titles we stock at Amoeba Hollywood that fit the bill! They’re all inexpensive to boot, with none over $15.00. These games all have interesting mechanics and provide compelling choices for each player on every turn. You still will encounter a bit of the “luck of the cards,” but not at the expense of strategy. These titles also have solid visual design and quality artwork and components, along with interesting themes. But should a particular theme not interest you (maybe you don’t care for Tolkien-derived fantasy scenarios), don’t let it put you off from trying a particular title. Themes are usually essentially window-dressing for a quality game; effective mechanics and gameplay are what ultimately make or break it. Should you have any questions about rules or procedures, a wealth of information is available online, including video tutorials.

A final note: though all of the games on this list can be played with only two players, they are better with three or more. So let’s dig in, shall we?

Love Letter1. LOVE LETTER

This Japanese delight, designed by Seiji Kanai, launched a movement of “micro-games” - games with minimal components in compact containers but full of deep playability - after versions in English and many other languages were released. The premise involves getting amorous messages to the Princess, and earning tokens of affection from her. Only 16 cards are used, and the rules are direct and straightforward. Everyone is dealt one card. On your turn, take another card and play one of your two. Each card, however, interacts or affects the other cards in different ways, and it is here that skills of strategy and deductive reasoning enter the picture. With so few cards in play, you can start to make educated guesses as to what your opponents hold. This is the game that brought your humble blogger into the world of modern games, as its brilliance of design and efficiency is truly impressive. Most of all, Love Letter is actively fun and involving, and its quick rounds allow for speedy changes of fortune. Amoeba Hollywood carries the original edition, as well as a charming Adventure Time re-themed version. From the same designer, we also stock the quick two-player duel Braverats.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

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