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Amoeba Sponsors Leee Black Childers Photo Exhibit, Has Signed David Bowie, Patti Smith Prints

Posted by Billy Gil, March 12, 2014 02:20pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to sponsor the “Leee Black Childers Photo Exhibit” at Lethal Amounts in Downtown Los Angeles from March 22 through April 19.

The exhibit showcased the work of photographer Leee Black Childers, who was Andy Warhol’s assistant at the legendary Factory, Warhol’s work studio and space for parties and shows from 1962 through 1984. Childers’ work harnesses the wild energy and personalities of the time, from capturing artists, starlets, wannabes and junkies to chronicling rock ‘n’ roll as it evolved into glam, punk and new wave.

Amoeba Hollywood will have two of Childers’ prints, framed and signed, for sale. The 16-by-20-inch prints of David Bowie and Patti Smith can be seen below. They are $600 each.

In addition to his work at The Factory, Childers was the tour manager for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour, as well as for Iggy & The Stooges and for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, when they toured with then-little-known acts like The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and The Clash.

“Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rock Stars & Punks” represents the first time Childers’ work will be shown in Los Angeles in 25 years. The show’s opening night on March 22 starts at 8 p.m. and will feature a Q&A with Childers and other Factory alumni Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dellasandro, as well as performances by Squeaky Blonde, The Crazy Squeeze and music from DJ Howie Pyro.

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Fantasy March: Campaigning for Genre Awareness

Posted by Kells, March 10, 2014 02:20pm | Post a Comment

This month at Amoeba SF we're forging a fellowship for Fantasy genre awareness and appreciation! Given the recent release of Numero Group's most excellent "one comp. to rule them all" collection of Dungeons & Dragons inspired pre-Heavy Metal underground Rock, Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, and the impending Game of Thrones hype-a-thon building up to the premiere of the HBO show's fourth season on April 6th, we figured the month of March could do for a heady dose of Ice and Fire-fueled cinematic dream-fasting -- a visual poultice with which the reality-weary may allay their workaday woes, watching. Do keep an vigilant eye out for our Fantasy endcap at Amoeba SF featuring golden genre gems like these from the nineteen-eighties:
 

Dragonslayer (1981) in which a young wizard's apprentice (Peter MacNichol of Ally McBeal and Ghostbusters 2 fame) must kill a virgin-snacking dragon to save the King's daughter who has been chosen by the kingdom's lottery system as the next sacrifice in line to keep the beast's appetite for destruction at bay.


Ladyhawke (1985) concerns the cursed lovers Captain Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer, who also starred in the similarly fantastical Flesh + Blood) and Lady Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) who, punished for their love, must suffer his becoming a wolf by night and her taking the form of a hawk by day. The two together, with the help of thief Philippe "The Mouse" Gaston (Matthew Broderick), attempt to overthrow the corrupt Bishop of Aquila in order to break the spell.

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The First Song played by a Human in Outer Space was a Christmas Song

Posted by Kells, December 19, 2013 09:58pm | Post a Comment
 

On December 16th, 1965 -- 48 years before Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield recorded his excellent rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" during his nearly five month stint living on the International Space Station -- the crew of Gemini 6 played "Jingle Bells" from Earth's orbit. Check it:


Thus the first song ever played in space was a surprise rendition of "Jingle Bells" on an 8-note Honer harmonica and hand full of jingle bells to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. If your ever at the Smithsonian Institution keep an eye out for these instruments!
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10 Holiday Albums That Don't Suck

Posted by Billy Gil, December 12, 2013 10:38am | Post a Comment

If you’re like me, most Christmas music makes you want to stab yourself in the eyeball with a sharpened candy cane. Luckily, since everyone and their mother has attempted a holiday album (I mean, most of them are X-mas-centric), there are some gems in the mix.

 

The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album/Christmas With the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys and Christmas music go together like Christmas and getting drunk. It’s an obvious choice, sure, but this album also wins because of the originals, which they put just as much effort into as their regular classics. “The Man With All the Toys” kicks enough ass to be listened to all year round.

 

 

A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

Some would say the greatest Christmas album of all time, featuring classic productions by Phil Spector, with The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love and other Spector favorites. Every other version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” sucks compared to this one.

 

 

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12 Great Comeback Albums Released in 2013

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

While plenty of new acts released great albums in 2013, a few heavy hitters came back with awesome records after years of either inactivity or critical/commercial depression. Here’s a list of 12 of those records.

David Bowie The Next Day

David Bowie had been relatively silent since 2003’s Reality. Then, out of nowhere, on his 66thbirthday on January 8th, he announced a new album would be released in March. The Next Day largely blew away expectations, exceeding in quality just about anything else Bowie has done since the ’80s, harkening back to his most acclaimed phase, The Berlin Trilogy, comprising the albums Low, “Heroes” and Lodger. Romantic rockers like “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” live alongside alien funk (the title track) and searching ballads (“Where Are We Now?”). It’s classic Bowie, throughout. (See where The Next Day landed on Aaron Detroit’s top 50 albums of 2013 list.)

 

Paul McCartney New

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