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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Flatbush Zombies

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Flatbush Zombies - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Brooklyn hip hop group Flatbush Zombies visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of their favorite records, including a few important soundtracks in their lives, including the rap mockumentary CB4. "This is a public service announcement to all the current rappers right now," said Meechy Darko. "This movie is literally what is going on right now in the world. Not just rap, in the world. People fakin' it 'til they make it." For Erick "the Architect" Elliott, the soundtrack to Friday was particulary meaningful. "This movie introduced me to Curtis Mayfield, Rick James," he told us, continuing, "Ice Cube is really a genius for him to be a MC and do something amazing like this, being on the screen and writing a script." Darko, Elliott, and fellow bandmate Zombie Juice found interesting music and movies, and had a lot to say about the importance of each, making for a fun and insightful What's In My Bag? episode. 

Consisting of childhood friends, Flatbush Zombies formed in 2010 and began attracting attention with Flatbush Zombies Vacation In Hellthe release of their "Thug Waffle" video. The band self-released their debut mixtape D.R.U.G.S., an acronym for Death and Reincarnation Under God's Supervision, in 2012. That same year, Flatbush Zombies made an appearance on the RZA track "Just Blowin' in the Wind," written for the Wu-Tang Clan member's film The Man with the Iron Fists

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Bernie Mac Has Passed Away

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 9, 2008 04:31pm | Post a Comment


I try to refrain from blogging too much about the passing of entertainers, lest I come off like a buzzard, but Bernie Mac was an inspiration to me and many others and I can't let his loss just pass without mention. He was my favorite living comedian and I'll miss his humor.



I always loved his attitude toward children- a mixture of disdain and violent justice. He reminded me a lot of two other late greats, W.C. Fields and Robin Harris (whose character in House Party was shown to be Bernie Mac's brother in the third installment.)



Just like me, he was raised by a single mother who died when he was sixteen. He then moved to Tampa, just as I did. Unlike me, he started getting small roles in films, beginning with Who's the Man? in 1993. In 2000 he appeared in The Original Kings of Comedy, which I mainly watched for Ced the Entertainer. I ended up being blown away by Bernie Mac, though, literally rolling on the floor with laughter at his routine. Next to D.L. Hughley's familiar, cliched "black people are like this, white people are like that" schtick and Steve Harvey's G-rated advice, Bernie Mac shone (despite being really dark).

In 2001, he got his own show. The Bernie Mac Show, like few other comedies, was fairly unique (for network TV) in that it didn't have a damned laugh track, leaving the viewer to figure out what was funny. Whilst toned down from his stage act, he showed he could still usually be funny even without profanity or punching kids in the throat.



He often played irritable characters, easy to anger, and often getting the bested by the source of his annoyance. Sometimes it was hard to tell where the fictional Mac ended and the real Bernie began. I watched him once on Leno. Being a clueless dolt, Leno criticized Mac for his immaculate pedicure. Bernie seemed genuinely puzzled and annoyed by Leno's teasing that getting your nails done is something bizarre for a man. Bernie just kept saying, "Don't go there" to the clueless host. What kind of tool thinks having gross hands is manly? Bernie said he felt sorry for the ex-Doritos shill's wife. I thought it was classic.

Last year, on Letterman, he announced his attention to retire after 30 years. He completed shooting The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Mac. He told Letterman, "I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know."

Mac suffered from sarciudisus, a type of lung disease. A week ago he was hospitalized. According to his publicist, he died today from complications arising from pneumonia. He was only 50.  

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Friday Night @ Amoeba Hollywood - For Those Who Don't Have Sh*t To Do

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 27, 2007 11:04am | Post a Comment

Remember the movie Friday when Smokey (Chris Tucker) says, "It's Friday, you ain't got no job and you ain't got sh*t to do?" Well, summer is here and if you don't got sh*t to do, walk into Amoeba on a Friday night. The store is buzzing with activity.

I thought about this when I was working Friday night. I usually don't work on Friday nights but I switched a shift in order to get the previous night off. At first I started plotting with a customer how to ditch work at go Grand Performances in downtown L.A. to check out Ojos De Brujo, who were playing for free. There were so many people in the store at that time; we figured no one would notice if I stepped out for an hour or two. But soon there was so much going on in the store I had forgotten about ditching work.

There was a grip of people not only shopping, but in to check out an instore performance by Carina Round, followed by a DJ set by Amoeba’s very own DJ Jun.

Carina Round wasn't really my cup of tea. She's good, that I can tell. With the instores, it's never about whether the acts are talented or not. If they are playing here, they are. It just comes down to people's individual taste. Talk to another Amoebite about the same performance and you'll get a whole different reaction. That's the beauty of Amoeba. If we all had the same tastes we'd be boring.

After Carina's set, Jun started his set with Barry de Vorzon’s "Theme from The Warriors." His set was cinematic, playing soundtrack cuts mixed with electro-house instrumentals. Jun ended his set with the Vincent Price spoken piece from Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" (one of the bonus tracks on the re-mastered version of the classic album) and blended it into Italian prog-rockers Goblin’s spooky theme song from Suspiria. I liked that very much.

Speaking of Suspiria, Cinespia will be screening Dario Argento’s Suspiria at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, July 21st, with Jun spinning before and after the movie.

I had many interesting conversations with customers that Friday night. Many people come here not only to buy music and movies, but also to meet people, to talk music and film and to find out what is going on later that night. I still think Amoeba is one of the better spots in the city to meet people.

Amoeba on a Friday night in the summer is more interesting than a majority of the clubs in L.A!