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City Scenes: The Sean Smith Trio & John Vanderslice Present their Favorite Flicks! August 1st & 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 8, 2012 04:30pm | Post a Comment
 

On August 1st and 2nd, Cinema SF and folkYEAH present the third and fourth installments of City Scenes, the on-going series that pairs musicians with their favorite films.

This time around, local guitar-wizard Sean Smith (Citay) will perform Kraftwerk’s 1974 krautrock masterpiece Autobahn in its entirety followed by a screening of the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult comedy Big Lebowski (1998).

The following night, master songsmith and Tiny Telephone founder John Vanderslice performs David Bowie's dystopian glam opus Diamond Dogs in its entirety, followed by a screening of Michel Gondry’s meta love story The Science of Sleep (2006).

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Outfest 2012: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, July 12-22!

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2012 04:43pm | Post a Comment

“More than just a FILM FESTIVAL, it's a full-on HAPPENING."
Los Angeles Times

Amoeba Music is pleased to sponsor Outfest on their 30th Anniversary! Outfest is the oldest continuous film festival in Southern California. Since its founding in 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,500 films and videos for audiences of over half a million people.

Check out Outfest's full line-up of amazing films HERE, and dont miss this one-of-a-kind evening brought to you by Amoeba Music.

Friday, July 20: Jobriath A.D. screening & Ann Magnuson Live Performance: Bowie Cabaret and The Jobriath Medley

Few today remember the story of Jobriath, the brilliantly talented rocker who Elektra Record marketed to glam rock fans as an authentically gay American David Bowie. But what could have been a turning point for music instead became a cautionary tale as 1970s audiences and critics rejected the flamboyant performer. Director Kieran Turner painstakingly traces Jobriath's fascinating life from his childhood to his untimely death, using rare archival footage and interviews with the singer's closest friends. 

Directed by Kieran Turner, 2012, USA 103 min.

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Creators Project: A Fun Interactive Event

Posted by Billyjam, March 21, 2012 03:44pm | Post a Comment

"The world’s epicenter of technology and innovation for a colossal two-day art and technology festival featuring towering multimedia art installations, live music performances, film screenings, and panel discussions," was how the Bay Area Crew enticingly previewed this past weekend's Creators Project at San Francisco's Fort Mason (The Creators Project Brings Two Days of Art & Technology to SF, 3/17 - 3/18). After reading this, I made a note of the dates on my must-do list to attend this cool sounding music, art, and cutting-edge high-tech event, and one that was free thanks to sponsorship by Intel and Vice. Additionally, the Creators Project had gotten a good response when it traveled to London, Paris, Lyon, New York, Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Seoull on a global tour last year. 

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Album Picks: Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Tennis, Frankie Rose

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2012 05:37pm | Post a Comment
GrimesGrimes – Visions
 
GrimesVisions is the rare pop album that feels like you’re traversing through the private mind of its creator. Claire Boucher coos and chirps her way over synth loops and dance beats not unlike your average pop star, only her vocals and song construction are far more mysterious and dreamlike, almost like you’re seeing her thoughts before they’ve fully formed. Boucher rides sweetly over soft electronic seas in songs like “Genesis” and “Oblivion,” while “Eight” is the other side of the coin, with Boucher awesomely screeching over a Knife-style electro jam. Her visions may be strange indeed, but inviting; you won’t be able to get them out of your head.

sleigh bellsSleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
 
Did you think Sleigh Bells were gonna soften up for their sophomore album? Maybe trim the hair metal guitars and jock jam beats and turn out some slick dance-pop? Hell no! Reign of Terror sounds like the natural progression from 2010’s Treats — guitars that pummel even harder, courtesy of better production; skittering industrial beats; and Alexis Krauss’ awesome voice, which can go from Poly Styrene to Kylie Minogue in a heartbeat. “Comeback Kid” is their rallying cry for this album, with Derek Miller’s twisted arrangement showing increasing deviousness. “Leader of the Pack” could actually blow out your speakers — that’s not an exaggeration. Their “ballads” have grown a pair, too; whereas Treats’ “Rill Rill” got by on casual winsomeness, “End of the Line” is a genuinely emotional breakup song. Reign of Terror won’t necessarily prove naysayers — and there are plenty of them — wrong that their music is ridiculous, but it’s such a badass refinement of their sound that it’s nothing short of swift kick to the groin of anyone in their way.

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The '80s List: Part 11

Posted by Amoebite, September 5, 2011 11:35am | Post a Comment
Hanoi RocksOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Daniel Tures

Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
The Durutti ColumnLC (1981)
Prefab SproutSteve McQueen (1985)
Van Halen1984 (1984)
Love TractorThemes From Venus (1989)
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (1985)
The OutfieldPlay Deep (1985)
The Legendary Pink DotsBasilisk (1983)
The JudysWarsharma (1981)
Def LeppardPyromania (1983)

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