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Set in the Seventies, New HBO Drama Series "Vinyl" Promises "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll"

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 07:25pm | Post a Comment

If the voice-over intro to the trailer below (or rather "teaser") for the forthcoming television series Vinyl reminds you of the Goodfellas monologue by Ray Liotta's character Henry Hill in the iconic crime/gangster film's opening, that's perhaps because the 2016 HBO drama-series is also from Martin Scorsese who directed that popular 1990 film. In this new production Scorsese, along with Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire creator), are the ones behind this new HBO show that is set in the 1970s and delves into all the drama and excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle that was personified in that decadent decade. The cast of this upcoming series is listed as Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, Paul Ben-Victor and (Mick's son) James Jagger. Based on this short trailer alone that was uploaded to YouTube in the past week and shows some familiar faces playing key roles (plus the music of the New York Dolls), I am pretty sure that this will be another HBO series worth watching each week, likely on Sunday nights when their best shows first air. For updates and more teases on this series go to the Vinyl Facebook page and the HBO website page dedicated to the show.

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Complete with Excellent Soundtrack, HBO's True Detective Fills Void Left by Breaking Bad

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2014 09:54pm | Post a Comment

As it has for the past four weeks, tonight's installment of True Detectives, HBO's new excellent noir murder mystery set in the deep south starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey , will kick off, what is sure to be another nail-bitingly engaging episode, with its eerily moving opening main title theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family (Carrot Top Recods). The track, which is available as a download from Amoeba.com, is not just an excellent song by itself but it has the distinction of being one of those perfectly chosen TV show theme songs. That's thanks to the show's music supervisor, musician T-Bone Burnett. For last week's crazy amped-up, adrenaline-fueled show (no spoilers here in case you are a latecomer to this TV series) that followed three slower-paced story-setting episodes, Burnett handpicked more excellent accompanying songs from a wide array of artists from blues to rap and rock, including Slim Harpo, Melvins, Bo Diddley, Boogie Down Productions, Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, and (Nick Cave's) Grinderman (the manic sounding "Honey Bee (Let's Fly To Mars)").

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Watch the Throne, Charge it to the Game: Getting to Know Game of Thrones 3.0

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 30, 2013 04:10pm | Post a Comment
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Whether you're a fan of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series or just a nighttime TV junkie jonesing for HBO's explicit tits, violence, and wine approach to adapting Martin's opus into their small screen "prestige" drama, you're likely as fired up as I am for the season three premier of Game of Thrones this Easter Sunday night. Having enjoyed reading the books immensely, I'm itching with anticipation for the faces, places, and expirations, however abrupt, yet to receive HBO's patent sexpository book-to-show treatment. For those interested in getting to know the new additions to the series this season, I've compiled my own top ten anticipated new faces set to appear in Game of Thrones 3.0 (expect mild spoilers at best), including a smattering of other related hopes and fears I have concerning the page-to-performance transition (e.g. I'm beginning to think that we're not gonna hear anyone say "R'hllor").

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Also, NERD ALERT! if you're in San Francisco on Sunday and you're looking for some Throner-related nightlife I urge you to check out the Game of Thrones viewing party presented at Stage Werx beginning at 8pm with a screening of GoT season two, episode ten to get everyone up to speed. Episode one season three will screen at 9pm immediately followed by a live recording of Boars, Gore and Swords (the "third greatest," and my favorite, Game of Thrones podcast) by Red Scott and Ivan Hernandez so stick around, mingle with ye bannermen, and partake in some top-shelf insightful and opinionated infotainment.

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July Charity Auction Recap

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2012 07:15pm | Post a Comment
Tim Simons at AmoebaOn Saturday, July 7 we had our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood, this time with the hilarious musings and dry quips from Tim Simons, actor and comedian from the HBO show Veep. Tim was pinch-hitting for Matt Walsh, also from Veep and the movie High Road, who had a last minute conflict.

Tim was so gracious and such a good sport stepping in - never having experienced one of our auctions - but his droll sense of humor and his relaxed wry way of nudging up the bids was awesome! We had quite a crowd around the DJ booth, and folks were filling the aisles of used and new rock during the 40 minute auction to benefit Camp Crescent Moon, the nation's first and oldest summer camp for children with sickle cell disease between the ages of 8-14 years.

Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Doctor Who signed Blu-ray $36.00
  • KISS Collector's Glass Set with Natural History Museum passes $22.00
  • X Games Skate Deck $15.00
  • Madonna Foil Poster $10.00
  • Record Store Day Limited Bag and Shirt with 45s $32.00
  • Ariel Pink tickets with T-Rex t-shirt  $50
  • Eskuche Headphones with Chemical Brothers Mousepad $25.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card with Lil Rascals Lunchbox $46.00
  • Family Guy DVD set $25.00
  • Motley Crue signed book $10.00
  • My Morning Jacket Tickets $60.00
  • Lana del Rey signed 7" $20
  • Bob Marley poster and button pack $10.00
  • Urban Outfitters Gift Card with Presidents Clinton and Bush $55.00
  • Rolling Stones canvas poster $24.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP packages $46.00 and $47.00 each
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All together the peeps bid $533.00 and with the Amoeba MATCH it means $1,066.00 for Camp Crescent Moon!!! YES!! Nicely done.

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Oh, Thank the Seven: Game of Thrones is Back!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 31, 2012 03:30pm | Post a Comment
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Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?
Seeing as Game of Thrones returns to the small screen this Sunday I'd say that so-called real life is about to be injected with a dose of weapons-grade fantasy so sweet that even the most pragmatic of my must-see TV-viewing colleagues are welcoming the series' second season like a Stark previsions winter. As an avid fan of both the books and the nighttime telly adaptation I've been gagging in anticipation with each trailer, character featurette and behind-the-scenes peeks HBO has released, like so many ravens sent to tease the bannermen. I'm so chuffed to bits about the premier this Sunday I've got to channel my excitement before I lose my head! Read on for a list of people, places and things I'm looking forward to as Game of Thrones once again takes to the sky (now with more dragons)!

Haven't read the books? That's okay (though, as is the case with most adaptations, the books are better) - taken out of context these prospects are unloaded and weightless. That is, expect mild spoilers at best.

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John Snow + Ygritte = "You know nothing"

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