Korla Pandit, the Grand Mogul of Exotica

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2016 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Korla Pandit

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

Kai and Korla
The author, relaxing.

"For wisdom is better than rubies, and all things to be desired are not to be compared unto it. We bring you musical gems from near and far, blended into a pattern of glorious harmony."
~ Opening monologue of Korla Pandit's Adventures In Music television show

Are you still seeking for that magical present for your favorite Auntie Zuki-Neenee? Well, seek no further, for your quest triumphantly ends here! And the gift you ask? The newly-released documentary Korla on DVD!

Directed by folk art lover John Turner and produced by Eric Christensen, this documentary takes you into the mysterious world and history of Korla Pandit (minus Korla's famous "couch-hopping" that's said he did with female fans in his later years...that ol' moochie suave smoothie). The two filmmakers even got August 20th to be officially recognized as Korla Pandit Day with a proclamation from the City of San Francisco back in 2015.

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A Great Time For Weird At SF's Balboa Theatre: Starcrash & Korla

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2015 08:58pm | Post a Comment


If you've been thinking that you need more weird in your life, then I've got the next two Wednesdays planned Starcrashout for ya. You'll be spending a lot of time at a little theater at the edge of San Francisco's universe, the historic Balboa, which is just blocks from the beach in the fabulously foggy Outer Richmond district. A mysterious entity known only as Super Shangri-La Show (their Facebook page claims only, "Presenting Movies, Music & Magic Shows!") is presenting two screenings that are not to be missed.

On Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30pm, the super low-budget spectacular Starcarsh (aka The Adventures of Stella Star) graces the screen in all of its seedy glory. Released in 1978, this epic stars Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, and Joe Spinell in roles of a lifetime. If you enjoy your space operas populated by robots and scantily clad sexy space amazons, then I'll see you there. Plus, there will be trivia and prizes, so start studying now!

Advanced tickets HERE. Facebook invite HERE.

On the following Wednesday, August 26th, the long-awaited Korla Panditdocumentary about the life of enigmatic Hollywood organist Korla Pandit shows at 7pm. Korla tells the amazing story of this spiritual seeker, television pioneer, and godfather of exotica music who took the world by storm in the 1950s. Who was this man of mystery? What were his origins? What's under the turban? Find out in Korla. One night only, folks! The filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen will be there for a live Q&A!

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What We're Doing With What They've Done: Amoeba's "Vinyl Vaults"

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 28, 2013 07:15pm | Post a Comment

If you don't already know, we here at Amoeba are very much underway with our monumental archiving project for our website, simply called the "Vinyl Vaults". It's a really spectacular beginning to what is and will be a huge undertaking in offering to the public digital transfers of the most remarkable older, oblique and hard to find works of creative peoples around the globe throughout the history of recording. I myself, am curating a large part of this, and have been very excitedly pulling out many, many unique pieces of vinyl out of the used LP buys that we take in at Amoeba's buying counters, and sending them into the ether (ie,our great team) to be archived and considered for sale on Our sound team takes these copies of the LPs, 7" singles and 78 rpm discs and digitizes them via ProTools, into 24-bit files, and then make mp3, mp4 and 16 bit .wav files (CD quality) from the 24-bit master and split up the sides into tracks for folks to download. We sometimes offer of the highest resolution 24-bit file as well for a certain title. And in many cases the original LP or 78 or 45 we used to digitize the sides is available right there next to the download. 

How do I decide what we save to digitize and offer to the public as I go through all these LPs? The records almost speak to me as I sift over the aquisitions we've purchased in the collections we buy. If I don't  know the record, I'll see the look of the cover, the paper texture, and the era of manufacture as the first things revealed. Even the weight and smell of the "thing". Exotic LPs have a feel to them, a way they communicate to the holder that they are something interesting, distinctly special, and a thing to be investigated further. If you've held a phonograph record in your hands  you know what I mean. Often the packaging will tell me what's inside, but how many records say "vocals" or "guitar" or "piano", and yet how different can all these records be? The actual sound on the disc is an exciting mystery of immense promise before I hear it. So then, to play a little bit, I "needle-drop" (sample bits of) so many records in a day. And it just so happens that Amoeba offers 1 1/2 minutes of free sample listening for all the records' songs, so this is comparable to how I listen to potential pieces for the Vaults. Once chosen, a disc will undergo a discerning ear's analysis and judgement for condition, and a little research to see if folks already know about this record. Ultimately, the bliss of finding a transcendent musical performance by a deceased or obscure artist or on a long-defunct label is intoxicating. And to think that others can later enjoy these provocative sounds via the "Vinyl Vaults"  is exhilarating.

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The Art of the LP Cover- Christmas Covers

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 25, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment

October Is Horror Month In L.A.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 3, 2009 10:10pm | Post a Comment

The sheer volume of classic horror being shown on screens across the L.A. area in October is astonishing...

October 3rd
New Beverly- Shocker (Mid)
Bay- House On Haunted Hill (also showing 4th, 5th & 7th)
Cinefamiy- Mystery Of The Wax Museum / Phantom Of The Opera

October 4th & 5th
New Beverly- Trick 'r Treat / Creepshow

October 6th
New Beverly- Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong / Nightmare In Blood
Cinefamily-  Jerry Beck Halloween shorts

October 8th-

Cinefamily- Sleepaway Camp / Return To Sleepaway Camp

October 9th
Egyptian Theatre- Alien / Aliens
Bay- The Haunting (also showing 11th, 12th & 14th)
Cinefamily- At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul / This Night I Will Posses Your Corpse

October 10th
New Beverly- 12 hour horror festival- Dog Soldiers, The Burning, House By The Cemetary, Superstition, Fight For Your Life, Galaxy Of Terror & more!
Cinefamily- Dr. X / Dr. Cyclops & Spooky Encounters

October 13th

Cinefamily- Tokyo Gore Night featuring Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl

October 15th
Egyptian- Night Of The Creeps
Cinefamily- Slumber Party Massacre, Graduation Day, The Redeemer: Son Of Satan

October 16th-
Cinefamily- Coffin Joe triple feature
Art Theater- Rosemary's Baby (midnight)

October 17th
New Beverly- Inferno (midinight)
Egyptian- Goonies & Lost Boys
Cinefamily- Footsteps In The Fog / Picture Of Dorian Grey / Return Of The Demon

October 18th

New Beverly- Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein / Ghost & Mr. Chicken (also showing on 19th)
Cinefamily- Victims & Don't Go In The House

October 20th
New Beverly- J.D.'s Revenge / Blacula
Cinefamily- American Nightmare aka Combat Shock

October 21st
New Beverly- Abominable Dr. Phibes / Theater Of Blood (also showing 22nd)
Cinefamily- Haxan w/ live score

October 22nd-
Cinefamily- My Bloody Valentine / April Fool's Day / Don't Open Til Christmas

October 23rd-
Cinefamily- Coffin Joe psychedelic night with Awakening Of The Beast / Finis Hominis

October 24th-
Cinefamily- Horror Of Dracula / Revenge Of Frankenstein & Haunted Cop Shop
Alex- The Haunting
Aero- Something Wicked This Way Comes

October 25th-
Cinefamily- Plan 9 From Outer Space / Ed Wood
New Beverly- William Castle Story / 13 Ghosts (also showing the 26th)
Aero- The Stunt Man / Ed Gein
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse - Phantom Of The Opera w/ live pipe organ score

October 27th-
New Beverly- Incredible 2-Headed Transplant / The Thing With Two Heads
Cinefamily- TV horror host night featuring American Scary

October 28th-
New Beverly-Dracula / Bride Of Frankenstein (also showing the 29th)
Egyptian- Night Of The Hunter / Cape Fear

October 29th-
Cinefamily- Chopping Mall / Shakma / Night Of The Demon

October 30th-
Redcat- The Golem w/ live score (also showing the 31st)
New Beverly- Fade To Black / Once Bitten / Teen Wolf
Egyptian- Twilight Zone 50th Anniversary
Aero- House Of Frankenstein / House Of Dracula
Cinefamily- Embodiment Of Evil / Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind
Art- Night Of The Living Dead (11PM)

October 31st-
New Beverly- Night of The Demons / Demons / Demons 2
Aero- Dusk Til Dawn horror festival featuring: People Under The Stairs, Day Of The Dead, Society, The Brood, Maniac & Terror.

Aero Theater
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA

Alex Theater
216 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA

Art Theater Of Long Beach

2025 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA

Bay Theater
340 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA

Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theater
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

631 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA

House On Haunted Hill

My Bloody Valentine

Ghost and Mr. Chicken
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