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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

As the line snaked around the corner and happy record shoppers scored some of the coolest picks from the menu of exclusive RSD titles, Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked into high gear. Outside the store, shoppers were treated to free beverages from Soylent and Hubert's Lemonade, temporary tattoos, dog and cat food samples from Weruva, pizza from Delicious Pizza, and ice cream from Ice Cream Ian and his truck, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Music fans took their chances with our fantastic prize wheel, with each $1 spin raising funds for the Downtown Women's Center while others sat for Draw the Line Entertainment's caricature artist. 

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba HollywoodInside the store, the festivities kept going. Family Industries live silk-screened up a storm of tote bags and t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Hundreds of lucky shoppers received Amoeba swag bags. As always, limited edition Record Store Day titles were the focus of the day, along with extra special savings on turntables, posters, used DVDs and Blu-rays, mugs, and books. Read Part One for a full recap of the morning.

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Frank Zappa Documentary Screening and Q&A in Hollywood June 15

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2016 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Frank Zappa

Sony Pictures Classics and Amoeba Music invite you to an advance screening of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, followed by a Q&A with director Thorsten Schütte and his daughter Moon Zappa, Wednesday, June 15th at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

To attend this free screening and Q&A, RSVP via email to frankzapparsvp@gmail.com. Please note, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is for you and one guest and is nontransferable.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a new documentary about with the iconoclastic composer and musician who died far too early, at age 52 of cancer. Director Thorsten Schütte has painstakingly gathered rare archival footage of Zappa interviews and performances from obscure TV stations around the world. This intimate portrait follows Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death. The documentary opens in theaters June 24th.

"The film captures so much of the full throttle genius of our dad. He was a misfit who was ahead of his time and who stayed the creative course against all odds. I'm so grateful that this movie may reach even one person who commits (or recommits) to their inherent gifts regardless of the opposing messages the world can spew." -- Moon Zappa

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A San Fernando Valley Playlist

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 23, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment
So the bad news is that I missed out on CicLAvia — The Valley. Cream Soda (my bicycle) was in the shop (nothing serious) and I was dog-sitting on the Eastside. I thought about bringing and walking the dog there but they’re not allowed on Metro buses or trains and there were further complications too that I won’t get into... so I ended up having breakfast at Din Tai Fung and exploring the trails of Ascot Hills Park


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's water color and oil paint map of the Valley


I am glad that so many people went and enjoyed it (hopefully getting some use out of my guide to the event) and that so many people seem to have discovered that the Valley, like everywhere else, is much more enjoyable when not seen from behind the wheel of a car. I also decided to capitalize on Valley Fever by making a Valley playlist. 


Postcard of the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s

The songs on this playlist cover the 1940s to the 1980s, which are good bookends for the Valley's period when it was a largely Anglo collection of suburbs and Cold War industry. The Valley today is much more urban and much more (predominantly even) Latino. It's also diverse, with large populations of residents with ancestral origins in Armenia, China, El Salvador, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Persia, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, and elsewhere. I welcome any suggestions but it would be especially great to have some that reflect the Valley identity of the last 25 years. Let me have them in the comments!


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Gordon Jenkins - “The San Fernando Valley”



Gordon Jenkins was from Webster Groves, Missouri but his first big hit was also the first big hit about the Valley, 1944's “The San Fernando Valley."  


Ritchie Valens - “Donna” 


Ritchie Valens was born in Pacoima in 1941. His song “Donna” was written about his real life girlfriend, Donna Ludwig (now Donna Fox), who along with Valens attended San Fernando Senior High School. It's languid love haze probably made it an ideal soundtrack for a cruise back when the streets were less congested. 


Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - “Frownland"


Captain Beefheart's definitive album, Trout Mask Replica, was composed and rehearsed in a communal house (or cult compound) in Woodland Hills from 1968 to 1969. I’m not sure what the subject of “Frownland” is but it strikes me as appropriate.


Jimmy Webb - "Campo de Encino"


Jimmy Webb's most famous nominally-Los Angeles related song is surely "Mac Arthur Park," which was a hit for Richard Harris in 1968. Although best known for writing most of Glenn Campbell's material, Jimmy Webb's solo recording career also began in 1968. "Campo de Encino" was a track on his fourth record, Letters (1972).



Frank & Moon Zappa - “Valley Girl” 


Although Frank Zappa is more associated with the Antelope Valley than the San Fernando, he and his daughter wrote this parody of early 1980s Valley Girl subculture. It was not included in Martha Coolidge’s film of the same name, released in 1983, which made the Valley Girl an archetype although one no longer much in evidence.



Joe "Bean" Esposito - “You're The Best" 



Karate Kid (1984) is the story of a troubled high schooler named Daniel LaRusso who moves from New Jersey to the Valley suburb of Reseda where he’s harassed by local karate abusers, Cobra Kai. Joe "Bean" Esposito's “You're The Best" perfectly captures the spirit of the film, 


Southside Johnny - “Tuff Turf” 



Tuff Turf (1985) is the story of a troubled high schooler named Morgan who moves from Connecticut to the Valley suburb of Reseda where he’s harassed by local automobile abusers who run over his bicycle. Southside Johnny's “Tuff Turf” perfectly captures the spirit of the film.



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Free Fallin’ 




In 1989 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (a band name which had already been used by a late ‘40s rhythm & blues group from DC, a doo-wop group, a soul group, a Boyle Heights duo, Johnny Thunders's punk group, and a group from New Zealand) had a hit with “Free Fallin’,” which was inflused with about as much Valley specificity as you’d typically find in a Paul Thomas Anderson film. 


Total Chaos - "DUI"



Total Chaos is a hardcore band from Pomona, but the 2001 song "DUI" is all about spending the night in a "Van Nuys Jail." 


Los Abandoned - "Van Nuys (es Very Nice)"


Although Total Chaos's experience in Van Nuys was less-than-pleasant, for Los Abandoned, the largelyMexican (with substantial Armenian and Salvadoran minorities) neighborhood "es very nice," although the lyrics of the song, from 2004's Los Abandoned EP strike me as rather ironic.

Special thanks to 
Daniel Ortega, Glen CreasonEzra Horne, and Kim Cooper for their contributions.

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