New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Writer Jake Fogelnest

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2017 07:55pm | Post a Comment

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"This was a long time coming," proclaims writer/comedian/producer Jake Fogelnest about Criterion's newly restored Blu-ray of Multiple Maniacs. "John Waters is my favorite, he is my hero," Fogelnest says of the film's director, a pioneer of cult, transgressive movie-making. Pre-dating his breakthrough feature, Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs features many of Waters' usual actors, including Divine, who would become the persona most associated with Waters' films. "It is still psychotic and shocking, probably even more in this new cleaned up print by Criterion," says an exuberant Fogelnest, who had plenty of witty insight into all of the goodies in his bag.

Jake Fogelnest has written for several TV shows, including Wet Hot American Summer, Difficult People, Girlboss, and Billy on the Street. He has contributed to VH1's Best Week Ever and written jokes for Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segments. Fogelnest began his comedy career early, attracting attention for his cult public-access cable show Squirt TV, that he created when he was just fourteen years old. The program was eventually picked up by MTV, counting guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clan, Liz Phair, Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon, Adam Sandler, The Kids in the Hall, Kevin Smith, and Beck.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Earl Sweatshirt & Samiyam

Posted by Amoebite, September 6, 2016 11:31am | Post a Comment

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Rapper Earl Sweatshirt and producer Samiyam are always looking for the answers to life's more profound questions like, "What's a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength to do after he's eliminated crime from his hometown?" Hopefully they'll find the answer while watching The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, Troma Entertainment's third installment in their cult-classic series. The pair picked up a pile of Troma DVDs, including such think pieces as Mad Cow, Viral Assassins, and Redneck Zombies, as well as a healthy and eclectic stack of records on their recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. All the while the two gave out some good sampling tips and Ethiopian food recommendations.

Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt Earl Sweatshirt (aka Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) and Samiyam (aka Sam Baker) first teamed up on the rapper's Doris album in 2013. A former member of the Odd Future crew, Earl Sweatshirt gained attention with the release of his debut mixtape, Earl. After the release of Doris, he returned in 2015 with his sophomore LP, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt

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San Francisco International Film Festival Features Cibo Matto Live & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 05:12pm | Post a Comment

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 23 – May 7 at multiple theaters in SF and at the PFA in Berkeley. This year, SFIFF features some amazing musical events and films along with the nearly 200 films and live events. Here are three not-to-be-missed musical films and events co-sponsored by Amoeba Music.

CIBO MATTO (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 5, 8:00pm, Castro Theater
Cibo Matto’s hip-hop infused, electro pop burrowed deep into our collective earholes throughout the 1990s, becoming a symbol for the new post-genre musical cool. Experts at establishing mood and always up for an experimental challenge, the duo has developed new musical soundtracks to a number of wild and abstract short movies to be played in this one-time-only performance. Anchoring the screenings are two rare presentations of films made in 1970. First is Yoko Ono's incredible Fluxus epic Fly, which features a fly roaming a woman's body. Second is a modern re-staging of celebrated Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet—a movie that will blow your mind with its campy costumes, weird choreography, and sheer delight.

LOVE & MERCY (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 1, 6:15pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
May 4, 2:00pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
This powerful musical biopic tells Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s dramatically compelling story in—to use ancient recording jargon—two tracks. In the 1960s as the band rides surf music onto the charts, a creatively restless Wilson (Paul Dano) writes the songs that will become Pet Sounds, but alienates himself from other band members. The 1980s Wilson (John Cusack) is a shell-shocked man trying to emerge from an overmedicated isolation with the love and mercy of a good woman.

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The Residents Get Buyer for Their $100,000 Ultimate Box Set

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2013 12:59pm | Post a Comment

It may have taken ten months but The Residents finally have a buyer for one of the ten unique "fridge box sets," to celebrate their 40th anniversary, that they first put on sale back on Christmas Day last. Yes this just in, care of local Bay Area NBC News: The Residents' $100,000 "Ultimate Box Set," that I reported on here on the Amoeblog back in early December a couple of weeks in advance of December 25th when the big dollar item was first put on sale, has been sold and delivered for that mind-boggling sale price of $100K! The high price tag fridge, containing 150 + items from the mysterious San Francisco band's long four decade career that the box set celebrates, is the first one sold of the ten made available for sale ten months ago. Read full NBC News report here. And shop for The Residents at

The Residents Present "Sam's Enchanted Evening" at The Marsh In Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2011 04:05pm | Post a Comment

For their latest art project veteran Bay Area avant garde group The Residents, in association with The Marsh in Berkeley, present the stage production Sam's Enchanted Evening. The workshop production piece, which runs through November 26th, stars (as seen in video clip above) a hobbling older gentleman named Sam the Stranger who with the use of a walker, enters the stage slowly and rather awkwardly maneuvering his way towards center stage where he proceeds to engage the audience with tales of his misspent life. This he does via singing and storytelling; all the while employing self effacing humor, as he relives the ups-and-downs of his younger days through vivid reminiscing. As he does this he discards his walker as he morphs in the Sam of his teens and twenties when his life was wine, women, song, and cars (namely a Pontiac GTO).

The story twists and turns from good to bad and progresses to his time in Vietnam and getting captured by the enemy, and the road that his life took to take him up to this point. While presented as a Residents' production it is just the Residents' lead singer Randy Rose who is in the play, along with  talented veteran Marsh contributor Joshua Raoul Brody. Both Bay Area theater goers and Residents fans will find something of interest in this production which is accurately being toted as "the first all-acoustic Residents show."

Sam's Enchanted Evening, which opened two weeks ago, runs through November 26th with shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  The Marsh in Berkeley is located at 2120 Allston Way (between Shattuck Ave & Oxford St) Berkeley, CA 94704.  Tickets and more info here.