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Our Top 13 "What's In My Bag?" Episodes Of 2013

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

Best WIMBs of 2013We are wrapping up our 6th season of What's In My Bag? and we wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2013. It's been a fantastic year for us (we won a Webby Award!!) and this season featured a number of outstanding WIMB firsts.

Lots of love and countless hours of editing goes into making each video happen. They're a bit like our children, so picking our favorites is a daunting task. We tried to make a list of our Top 5 episodes, but that seemed impossible. Then we attempted a Top 10 list, but we couldn't narrow it down. So we settled on our 13 favorite episodes of 2013.

These are the episodes that surprised, excited and engaged us the most. These are the episodes that make us laugh upon repeat viewings. These are the episodes that we send to our friends to make them jealous about the work we do. These are the best “What’s in My Bag?” episodes of 2013. Enjoy!

 

#13. Clairy Browne

The Australian soul singer may not be super well-known in the States yet, but she thoroughly charmed and entertained us. She talks about albums by strong women including PJ Harvey and Queen Latifah, deconstructing Frank Ocean songs, and shares some of her famously misheard lyrics. And then there's her fashion...

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Everything Is Terrible!

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2013 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Everything Terrible

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially if we're talking about old VHS tapes and most definitely if we're talking to the collective known as Everything Is Terrible!

Everything is Terrible! is a comedy website that features footage from VHS tapes spanning the mid '80s to early '90s. The collective scour thriftstores, yard sales and bargain bins searching for  forgotten VHS gems. They then compile somewhat of a "best of the worst" and create hilarious mashup pieces of brilliant art. Sometimes it's a potty training video for kids or a PSA on drug use mashuped with Christian porn intervention and work safety tips. The result is outrageously funny. EIT also tours, putting on live psychedelic stage shows featuring puppets, video screenings, comedy, music and projections. They do it all and have legions of cult like fans to praise their genius.

Everything TerribleEverything Is Terrible! has set out to amass the largest collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes in the history of man. Under their "Maguire Wach" campaign, EIT accepts mailed in VHS copies of  the movie. Fans can also bring copies to their live shows and there is a leader board keeping tally on their website. Anyone who donates 10 or more copies gets their name on the leader board!

If you or somebody you know has a VHS copy of Jerry Maguire that needs a loving home, please donate it to Everything Is Terrible! at:

Everything is Terrible!
P.O. Box 47924
Chicago, IL 60647 USA

Nick and Dimitri of EIT recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? and they managed to dig up some very crucial findings.

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Amoeba Co-Presents Opening Night of 'Everything is Festival'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Aggregators of all the stupid things people have taped Everything is Terrible! along with L.A.-based film organization Cinefamily are hosting their fourth "Everything is Festival," and Amoeba is co-presenting the opening night screening of Rewind This! Aug. 12.

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth selling rare, cultish and collectible VHS tapes, for those who want to get their own "Everything is Terrible!" on at home.

In the spirit of the website of its namesake, which includes found footage from infommercials, public access TV and other odds and ends, Everything is Festival IV: The Dreamquest will feature made-for-TV movie melds, esoteric documentaries, footage from forgotten, strange video games and more. Documentary Rewind This! covers the life (and afterlife) of VHS, including early, cheaply made direct-to-video features. It starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $12; buy them here. Before that, at 7:30 p.m. the festival will screen Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen, a film stringing together clips from classic films into a new narrative; tickets for that are available here.

Watch the trailer of Rewind This! below.

Rewind This! - SXSW 2013 Accepted Film from SXSW on Vimeo.

 

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out this week 3/6 & 3/13...julia holter...everything is terrible...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 15, 2012 10:51am | Post a Comment
Every once in a while an artist seems to come out of nowhere. They of course have not really come out of nowhere. They usually have been working on music for years and probably have an album or two out. There is just so much music out there. It is impossible to listen to it all. It is hard to even have time to listen to the albums that you know you will probably like. Even harder to take the time to find new bands and spend the time necessary to fall in love with a new artist or album. Julia Holter is my new obsession. She has just released her brilliant new album on RVNG International. She released the album Tragedy last year in a sort of limited release. But now she is ready for the world to know who she is. I hope she is ready. Because this album is fantastic. It took my years to finally get into Joanna Newsom. And I am so glad I did. That Joanna Newsom show at the Orpheum is still one of my favorite concerts of all time. This new Julia Holter does remind me a bit of Joanna Newsom. Her new album is called Ekstasis. RVNG Intl. has been around for a while. But they just found a new home with the Secrectly Canadian family. I think this is a perfect place for this new album and for Julia Holter. This new album is a mix of ethereal and folk music. It reminds me at times of Kate Bush, Rasputina, and Joanna Newsom. Imagine all this mixed up with the Blade Runner Soundtrack by Vangelis. Her voice is ridiculous. And beautiful. And just the right amount of weirdness. I really have fallen in love with this album. I have a certain coworker who runs the Handsome Club blog who I often don't agree with about music. We both love good music. Our tastes just often don't intersect. But he actually introduced me to magic of Julia Holter. And we both love this new album. I always know an album is good when we both like it. You should like it too.

Check out "Marienbad" by Julia Holter from the new album Ekstasis...



Julia Holter will be doing an instore at Amoeba Hollywood on next Tuesday March 20th at 7pm!


There have also been some great DVD and Blu-ray releases over the last couple of weeks as well. The Skin I Live In was just released on Blu-ray last week. I have loved Almodovar for a long time. He really just keeps getting better. And this film might be me new favorite of his. It is dark and twisted but very Almodovar. Another one of my favorites last year has also just been released. Young Adult is amazingly sad and hilarious at the same time. The perfect movie for those of us still trapped in the 1990's and in our 30s of 40s. Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt are both fantastic.

The brilliant Everything Is Terrible! have just released their new masterpiece on DVD. Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! You really need to stop what you are doing and check out these DVDs. Similar to the TV Carnage DVDs that collect and mash up of various TV and film and public access clips. Everything is Terrible collects found footage and puts it all together brilliantly. And this time they have done a serious piece of work here. They have recreated Holy Mountain using only clips and scenes of dogs! Yes. It is true. I know it sounds too good to be true. These DVDs are not for everyone. But I got obsessed with them a couple of years ago. And now I can't stop watching them.  I just patiently wait for for the next one to come out. The time has come. This is the third Everything Is Terrible DVD. I highly recommend all of them.

Pick up you copy of Everything Is Terrible! from amoeba.com right here.

Check out the trailer for Everything Is Terrible! Presents Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!...




And coming up next week is the new album from The Shins! And also new albums from Tanlines and Thieves Like Us. I can't wait!


out 3/6...






Break It Yourself
by Andrew Bird











Clearing
by Bowerbirds











Noctiluca
by Dunes











Ekstasis
by Julia Holter











Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
by The Magnetic Fields











Open Your Heart
by The Men











One Second of Love
by Nite Jewel











Always
by Xiu Xiu






out 3/13...






We All Raise Our Voices To The Air
by The Decemberists











Long Distance
by Holly Golightly











SSSS
by VCMG