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SF Sketchfest Presents Bill Frisell, Rhett Miller, Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & more

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment

SF SketvhFest 2020

San Francisco's comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 19th year and runs January 9-26th at venues all around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present three hilarious and seriously kool musical events:

The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers, with Dave Foley, Jonah Ray & Caitlin Gill
Saturday January 18, 2020 4pm-5:30pm
Punch Line Comedy Club
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Brought to you by the people behind Record Store Day, The Record Store Day Podcast is a bi-weekly celebration of "record store culture" hosted by acclaimed musician and journalist Paul Myers, featuring news and events from around the Record Store Day world, plus Paul's interviews with a wide variety of guests, all of whom share their own love of records and record stores of the past and present. $20, 18+

 

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller, with Ben Acker, Dave Hill, Janet Varney & Jean Grae
Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30pm-11pm
Swedish American Hall
Tickets
SF Sketchfest is thrilled for the return of Wheels Off with Rhett Miller (Old 97s) and his all-star friends. Modeled after old-school variety shows, Wheels Off features music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. This is a partially seated show—arrive early for a seat. $35, 21+

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Jon Longhi's Best of 2019

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 27, 2019 05:07pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

I could have written about 20 or 30 Blu-rays and CDs this year, but here are just a few of my Best Of/favorites from 2019. In my case, “best of” often means “most entertaining.” I watch a lot of Oscar-winning movies every year but that’s not necessarily what I end up plopping down my money on and watching over and over. As the shark movie I’m about to review proves, taste is in your mouth.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Lionsgate:
Dumbest shark movie ever! We're talking Sharknado sequel level dumb! I'm not sure if this is a best or a 47 Meters Down: Uncagedworst of 2019 review. The first half hour of any shark movie is a tiresome chore I refer to as "getting to know the bait." This movie starts by introducing you to four of the most annoying teenage girls in cinema history. Seriously, you just can't wait for these people to die. I was tempted to fast forward through their character exposition just to see them get eaten quicker. After the agony of getting to know them, you see these girls make a series of cascadingly bad scuba diving decisions. I'll just lay out a few of them: First they leave the dive boat expedition they are supposed to be on so no one knows where they are. Then they go to some hidden water hole in the middle of the Mexican jungle where no one REALLY knows where they are. They think there's a path down to the watering hole but instead they just jump in off the sheer cliffs because who cares about getting out again? There is a raft in the middle of the watering hole covered with scuba gear that has been left for archeologists who are going to explore the underwater Mayan ruins beneath the surface. They decide to use the gear to check out the ruins themselves, because hey, two of the girls have never dived before and the other two are amateurs and cave diving is the most dangerous diving there is because you go ten feet into a cave and make a wrong turn and then are lost in the darkness where you drown but hey, life is short and even shorter when you're a total idiot like these girls. They make their way into the underwater ruins and then they run into a plot twist that's even dumber than their bad decisions. It turns out that the cave is home to a species of blind giant Great White sharks that became trapped in the submerged catacombs in the distant past and have evolved to the lightless conditions. Now I don't know how these sharks evolved into twenty to twenty-five foot apex predators with no seals to feed on and only little cave fish to eat but by this time we've suspended our belief to the point that we would believe up is down so who cares? Despite the ridiculous premises and unlikeable characters you still find yourself rooting for these idiots just because the producers manage to create an entertaining amusement park ride where you find yourself jumping and shrieking at one shark after another looming out of the Mayan darkness. Because this is a sequel, the film makers feel they really have to ramp up the ridiculousness in the last half hour and we are treated to an over the top thrill ride that gives even the last Sharknado sequel a run for its title of Stupidest Shark Movie Ever. I'm beginning to think this movie is a cinematic masterpiece in disguise because it actually got me to care about these people and sit through a roller coaster ride of utter stupidity till the final credits rolled. Despite being utterly manipulated to the point where I feel deeply ashamed of myself, I have to admit that I loved this movie.

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my top 50 albums of 2019

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 22, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Heather Woods Broderick 50. Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation (Western Vinyl)

This is the first of many great amazing ladies in my top 50 albums this year. So you if you don't like ethereal and haunting female fronted indie rock you probably won't like most of my list this year! Heather is one of the great new artists I discovered this year. It's like a folk artist landing on the label 4AD. Magical and a little bit spooky.

 
Molly Sarle Karoake Angel 49. Molly Sarlé - Karaoke Angel (Partisan Records)

Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Godzilla Box Set Warts and All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2019 05:35pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the last Having A Movie Moment of 2019. This year I go out with bang and review one über box set...

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954-1975, The Criterion Collection:
This is arguably the biggest Blu-ray release of 2019. It is the one thousandth Criterion Collection release, Godzilla Box Setand what could be a bigger subject matter for a big release than a Godzilla box set? This is all fifteen films from the original classic era of Godzilla. Godzilla is probably the world's most well-known monster. Only Dracula or Frankenstein are on the same level. Godzilla is the ultimate metaphor of the Cold War and the atomic era, an uncontrollable monster that we ourselves created by our warlike ways. Only a few other pop culture creations resonate this strongly in the modern mind of the human race. Over the course of the past 65 years, this giant radioactive lizard has stomped his way through 35 movies. There is a good reason he has been dubbed "King Of The Monsters." Generations of children and adults have grown up watching his movies. For decades they were the staples of Saturday late night horror shows and afternoon matinees. I don't think I've ever met a person who hasn't seen a Godzilla film.

The Big G has always had a special place in my life. I've been obsessed with his films since early childhood and watched them on television whenever they aired. I've bought every Godzilla movie ever released in the US in every format going back to Super 8. When I was in fourth grade, our year-end project was to give a fifteen minute speech to the entire school on a subject we had heavily researched. The topic I chose was Godzilla and his cultural relevance. I gave a good speech and got a good grade, but I'm not sure that everyone in the audience got or agreed with my point. So this Criterion Collection release, and a release of such importance, feels like a kind of personal validation to me. My fourth grade self was right.

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The 15 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 20, 2019 03:27pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

2019 was a big year for soundtracks. Some of the contemporary film industry's most distinctive voices released career high scores. Beloved cult classics got dusted off and reissued. Color vinyl added some excitement to the mix, an Amoeba exclusive won over fans, and star-studded music biopics dominated the charts. With releases ranging from the haunting and experimental to the era-defining and eclectic, there's something for every music and movie fan on this list.

Read on to see our 15 best selling soundtracks of 2019 and find out what made each release so special.

Climax soundtrack

15. Various Artists - Climax [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP on 3/1/19

The soundtrack to Gaspar Noé's stunning Climax is just as edgy, vibrant and distinctive as you'd expect. Featuring dancefloor fillers by the likes of Thomas Bangalter and moody works by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter, this LP was one of the year's best mixes.

 

Velvet Goldmine soundtrack

14. Various Artists - Velvet Goldmine [Orange & Blue Vinyl] [OST]
Release Date: LP on 4/5/19

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