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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out on Record Store Day 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 11, 2017 07:05pm | Post a Comment

10 Limited Edition Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is so close, you can almost taste all the limited edition special releases! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, indie music stores everywhere will join forces and unleash this year’s rare and drool-worthy RSD releases. (Download a PDF of those exclusive releases HERE.) It’s our Xmas and we are going to town, no Santa needed!

The vinyl soundtrack selection is especially plentiful and exciting this year, full of scores and collections that are being released for the first time ever, first time on vinyl, or are re-releases of out-of-print albums. Film fans will flip for the fabulous colored vinyl, deluxe additions and packaging, and - in a couple of cases - beautiful picture discs.

Here's my 10 favorite from those being offered:

Ciao! Manhattan soundtrackCiao! Manhattan

Part of Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-'60s, Edie Sedgwick was “It Girl” of the Pop Art age. 1973's Ciao! Manhattan was the model and actor's final film. Written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, the movie tells a somewhat fictionalized account of Sedgewick's life. She portrays Susan Superstar, a New Yorker who ends up living in a drained swimming pool in Santa Barbara, always in a narcotic daze. The film was shot over a five-year period, at the end of which Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 28.

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Hear Our Voice: Write to Your Senator With Some Help From Amoeba

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 5, 2017 07:40pm | Post a Comment

The Women's March, 10 Actions 100 Days

The Women's March was spectacular. On January 21st, over one million in Washington, D.C. and over The Women's Marchfive million worldwide came to march, speak, and be heard/seen/counted. It was made clear in the U.S. that the election and the ensuing civil liberties-destroying madness don't represent the choices and opinions of every citizen. We marched hard and we wore vaginas on our heads, but unfortunately the fight doesn't end there. Since inauguration day, we've seen daily assaults to decency from the top down with the immigration ban, approved construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline, withholding of federal funds from sanctuary cities, Steve Bannon's installation to National Security Council as a permanent member of the principals committee, the firing of Attorney General Sally Yates, regular use of "alternative facts," and many more fresh hells served daily. It can be a daunting task just to get out of bed and check the news, but, as I covered in my last post, DOING SOMETHING is what's going to get us through this. DOING SOMETHING is what makes history.

The Women's March has launched a new campaign - 10 Actions For The First 100 Days and Amoeba Hear Our Voice postcardMusic is helping you get started with Action 1 of 10: write to your Senator!

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What the Heck to Do With Yourself on Inauguration Day In The Bay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2017 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Inauguration Day

As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.

Robert Reich

However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your Inauguration Aggravation umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.

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R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Today Something Weird Video broke the news that Herschell Gordon Lewis -- “godfather of gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis“sultan of splatter,” and direct marketing guru -- passed away. He may have been 87 years old or he may have been 90 years old, he may have been a genius or he may have been a highly creative hack (he'd probably say, what's the difference?), but one thing is certain -- the world of cinema was changed forever when the former English professor-gone-ad exec-gone nudie cutie filmmaker decided to combine his interests in exploitation film, marketing, and bloody Grand Guignol-style theater with 1963's Blood Feast (made with his business partner David F. Friedman).

Considered the first American gore film, Blood Feast follows the adventures of Fuad Ramses as he Blood Feastmurders young women in order to create an "Egyptian feast" for the goddess Ishtar. A tongue is cut out, legs are cut off, brains are removed, and the viewing audience got to see it all in all it's bright red Technicolor glory. Like any forward-thinking writer/ad man/smut peddler, H.G. Lewis understood his market and his market was made up of the horny kids at the Drive-In. Lewis went on to make countless more works of gory art in quick succession, including Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), A Taste of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome (1967), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), The Wizard of Gore (1970), and The Gore Gore Girls (1972), just to name some of the most memorable. Some years he released five to seven films, often designing the poster and hitting the booking market before making the film.

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A Brief But Groovy Journey Into the History of Colored Vinyl

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 12, 2016 06:20am | Post a Comment

A Brief History of Colored Vinyl

Vocalion
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Columbia Royal Blue Records

A lot of folks are saying colored vinyl is back and they're right. From the smoke-colored indie exclusive version of the Stranger Things soundtrack to the latest round of Black Sabbath re-issues in red, blue, green, orange, purple, white, and combinations thereof, colored vinyl is adding collectible and aesthetic value to new releases and re-issues alike these days. But if it's making a comeback, where did it come from in the first place? What was the first slab of colored wax? Was it some far-out blotter-inspired psychedelia from the late '60s, an organ-fueled exotica LP from the '50's, a Disney 78 from the '40s? The actual answer may surprise you.

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