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Psychomania is Back From the Grave

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 9, 2017 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Psychomania

By Brett Stillo

Get on your bikes and ride! That devilish blackguard Tom Latham and his gang of shaggy-haired, cycle-Psychomaniacrazy delinquents, the Death Wheelers, have come back from the grave—AGAIN—in a deluxe Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1973 horror favorite, PSYCHOMANIA!

Psychomania is an Aleister Crowley-on-Wheels, black-magic-meets-black-leather tale of witchcraft, reincarnation, myth, and motorcycles. The aforementioned Tom ('70’s favorite Nicky Henson, displaying brutish charm and swagger) and his motorcycle gang, The Living Dead, tear up the English countryside while his spiritualist mother (Beryl Reid) and her sinister butler (the elegantly satanic George Saunders in his final screen appearance) conduct weird séances at the family manor. What more could a saucy lad like Tom ask for, except maybe immortality by way of a suicide pact with the Dark One in the guise of a frog?

From there, Psychomania opens the throttle as Tom convinces his gang of baby-faced Bikers (who look like members of Badfinger) to kill themselves so they too can return to this world as indestructible, undead hooligans. The horror shifts to action as Tom and his gang roar down country roads and Psychomania Nicky Hensonancient, fog-shrouded cemeteries on their classic British racing bikes, terrorizing the local villagers.

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Easy Listening Records for Modern Day Witches

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 2, 2017 06:38pm | Post a Comment

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Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) 

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


 

"It's such an ancient pitch,
But one I wouldn't switch,
Cause there's no nicer witch than you."

~ "Witchcraft" by Cy Coleman


Have you ever wondered what kind of music Samantha listened to in her steamy green bubble bath while fantasizing about Anton LaVey (this is before she ended up marrying that mortal goober Darrin Stephens)? She listened to Ruth Welcome's Zither Magic LP of course...music so relaxing, it could reverse any curse.



Before The Sonics were warning you about girls with long black hair and big black cars, with their guitarsCy Coleman, Witchcraft going chonk-chonk, chonk-chonk, chonk, Cy Coleman was telling you to go for them!

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The Relaxing World of the Rosicrucian Recordings

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 28, 2017 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Rosicrucian Park

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"Suppose you're thinkin' about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, "plate," or "shrimp," or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness." ~ Miller from Repo Man

Are you finding yourself losing your marbles everyday listening to NPR about this country's current Rosicrucian Digestpolitical insanity? Perhaps you've had enough melt-downs in your romantic relationship this week to last the rest of this year? Are you bummed they charge for the petrified bread rolls at Tommy's Joynt now? Or maybe you are losing sleep pondering why isn't the Fouke Monster on the endangered species list already?

What you need, my friend, is to drive to San Jose, scarf down a koubby and a banana milkshake at Falafel Drive-In, hit a thrift store or two, and then venture to Rosicrucian Park to stroll their Egyptian museum, see the Alchemy exhibit, catch a nap in the planetarium show, and smile at the bumblebees in the Peace Garden.

What? You don't have a car and your friends that do have wheels think that mysticism is only for hairy Rosicrucian Recordings, Attaining Cosmic Conciousnesshippies? Well, screw those mother falcons...

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Curtis Harrington's Night Tide Screens at SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 10, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Night Tide

By Brett Stillo

The early 1960s were a great time for nightmares. This was an era of surreal psycho-thrillers filmed in Night Tideeerie contrasts of black and white. One Step Beyond, Boris Karloff’s Thriller, and the one and only Twilight Zone flickered on TV screens while neighborhood movie theaters and drive-ins were haunted by low-budget creep-outs like Carnival of Souls, The Mask, Confessions of an Opium Eater, and Curtis Harrington’s eerie Night Tide.

Night Tide, which will play at San Francisco’s Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, January 13th, is less of a horror movie and more like a weird dream. Harrington, a colleague of Kenneth Anger who directed several '50s avant-garde short films, orchestrates a gothic beatnik fable set amid the crumbling ruins of a dreamland known as Venice, California. The shadows of Film Noir drape over this desolate landscape. You can almost picture the film's "hero" Dennis Hopper turning a corner and running into a haggard Tom Neal from Detour. The destinies of these two downbeat characters may be different, but they seem to be on similar paths.

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What Do You Want for Xmas (Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus)? A Few Ideas from Around the Interwebs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 16, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment
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Tis the season to freak out about what to get our loved ones.

It seems to get harder every year, as -- thanks to the internet -- the world becomes smaller and choice becomes more vast. How can you find that perfect gift for someone that not only has everything, but can get whatever they want online in a matter of minutes?

Here's the answer: outsmart them. Use this guide to scoop them on their own desires. They may not yet know they lust after these amazing items, but with the Amoeblog's help, you will reign victorious as this year's King / Queen of Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus /  Winter Solstice.  

For your old school punk:
San Francisco’s seminal punk band Crime was  formed in 1976 Crime band shirt merch Johnny Strike San Francisco punkand ripped post-hippie San Francisco a metaphorical new one when they released their first (and many say Punk’s first) single“Hot Wire My Heart / Baby You're So Repulsive.” They mixed a rebellious and sexually-charged image (they were most often seen flaunting their vampiric, just-outta-rehab good looks in tight leather, regulation police uniforms, or old-time gangster duds) with their unique blend of intellectual and furious lo-fi rock and roll. Crime found local refuge at the now legendary Mabuhay Gardens, but became nationally notorious after playing a gig at San Quentin Penitentiary in full police uniforms. (Read more about them on the Amoeblog.)

Now, after many years, you can purchase official Crime merch directly from original member Johnny Strike and his business partner Faustino Mendonça. Bootleggers be damned! Get some stunning shirts, posters, and pins from the source!

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