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Just Take Those Old Witchcraft Records Off the Shelf...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2019 09:59pm | Post a Comment

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

Louise Huebner
"If your partner is sexy enough, but projects little warmth, and warmth is what you desire...then you could use the Emotional Bondage Spell."
~ Louise Huebner (the "Official Witch of Los Angeles County"). From her 1969 album, Seduction Through Witchcraft.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, there was a fantastic blaze of witchcraft movies, books, and music. From spoken word albums like Alex Sanders' A Witch is Born, to the birth of occult rock n' roll with bands like Coven and Black Widow, this was truly the time to be rubbing your body up with Abramelin oil on a Saturday night!

In 1970, The Rattles from Germany would put out their psych-out international hit, "The Witch," but I'm sure Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl did not approve of their music video.



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Nejla Ates: the Exquisite Turkish Delight

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2017 08:48pm | Post a Comment

Nejla Ates

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


Nejla Ates"She had a ruby on her tummy and a diamond big as Texas on her toe
She let her hair down and she did the hoochie-coochie real slow
When she did her special number on the zebra skin
I thought she'd stop the show…"
~ "Little Egypt" by The Coasters

If you have flipped through Middle East or Belly Dancing records, you most likely have seen her…for she is hard to miss. As Sandra Warner was the enchantress for Martin Denny’s album covers, Nejla Ates, “the Turkish Delight,” was the “Honk-honk, hubba-hubba, Ee chee wa waa!” album cover model of Middle Eastern records in the 1950s.

A fellow Pisces, born March 7, 1932, Nejla lived a life of wild seduction, exotic belly dancing, and love drama. (If you are a Pisces too, join the Bay Area Pisces Power group on Facebook!) Dancing at night clubs around the world in the 1950s, Nejla was said to have "left a trail of broken hearts from Istanbul to the Bronx, with stops in Paris, Miami, and Las Vegas.”

Princes, oil tycoons, famous singers, and actors would fall madly in love with her, knowing full well that her side-hobby was stealing taken men, even from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Nicolas Winding Refn What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

Just what is acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn listening to these days? Would you believe us if we told you it was ska? That's right, Mr. Refn, whose latest films have featured Cliff Martinez' moody '80s-inflected synth scores, has been getting into the up-beat, Jamaican, skankin' precursor to reggae. Before his and Cliff Martinez' recent soundtrack signing at Amoeba Hollywood the director picked up two great compilations by the legendary Jamaican labels Treasure Isle and Trojan. But, of course, it wasn't all island grooves for Refn, and we were not surprised to find a plethora of eclectic music in his bag.

The Neon Demon Blu-rayRefn launched onto the movie scene with the release of the Danish crime drama Pusher in 1996. This was followed by 1999's Bleeder, as well as two Pusher sequels in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Refn wrote his first English-language flick, Fear X, in 2003, but gained more attention with the 2008 release of Bronson, starring Tom Hardy.

His first major success in America came with 2011's Drive, a Cannes favorite that led to his acceptance of the festival's Best Director Award. Only God Forgives hit theaters next, and was followed in 2016 by The Neon Demon. The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes that year--Refn's third picture to do so.

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Show-Me Hollywood -- Missourians in Hollywood on Missouri Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 16, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment
Happy Missouri Day! I was not born in Missouri but I count myself fortunate to have grown up there, moving to the Show-Me State from Kentucky when I was four and staying until I was sixteen. Of course, I ended up moving west (St. Louis is the Gateway to the West after all) to the great state of California, following in the footsteps of many before me. For this blog entry, I'd like to honor Missouri natives who worked in Hollywood film.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Missouri

Also, there's some sporting event involving a cricket-derivative going on right now between Los Angeles and St. Louis -- arguably the greatest cities in their respective states (well, arguable in St. Louis's case). So forgo your animal-style friesCool Ranch tacosFrench Dipskogi tacos, and Mission burritos for one day and prepare a feast of BBQCherry Mashesgooey butter cakeOzark PuddingSt. Louis-style pizzaSt. Paul sandwiches, and toasted ravioli as we honor the Missouri-Hollywood connection.


MISSOURIANS IN HOLLYWOOD HALL OF FAME

   
(l-r:
 Akon, Alice Joyce, Arch Hall Sr., and Barbara O'Neil)


   
(l-r: Basil Poledouris, Bert Convy, Betty Garrett, and Betty Grable)


   
(l-r: Brenda Joyce, Burt Bacharach, Cecil Cunningham, and Cedric the Entertainer)


   
(l-r: Charles "Slim" Whitaker, Chingy, Chris Cooper, and Cliff Edwards)


   
(l-r: Craig Stevens, Cy Kendall, Dan O'Bannon, and David Sharpe)


   
(l-r: Dee Wallace Stone, Dennis Weaver, Diane Brewster, and Dianne Wiest)


   
(l-r: Dick Gregory, Dick Van Dyke, Dolores Michaels, and Don C. Harvey)


   
(l-r: Don Cheadle, Don Johnson, Doris Roberts, and Dorothea Kent)


   
(l-r: Eddie Griffin, Edward Pawley, Edwin August, and Ellen Drew)


   
(-r: Ellen Foley, Eulalie Jensen, Fannie Ward, and Frances Guihan)


   
(l-r: Frank Faylen, Fred Berry, Fred Kohler, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie)


   
(l-r: Gene Gauntier, George Hearn, Georgia Hale, and Geraldine Page)


   
(l-r:
 Ginger Rogers, Goodman Ace, Grace La Rue, and Hall Bartlett)


   
(l-r: Harry Goz, Harry Babbitt, Helen Martin, and Isadore "Friz" Freleng)


   
(l-r: James Gunn, Jane Novak, Jane Wyman, and Janet Jones)


   
(l-r: Jason Wiles, Jean Harlow, Jenifer Lewis, and Jim Bannon)


   
 (l-r: Joe Besser, Joe S. Camp, Jr., Joel Huggins, and John Ashley)


   
 (l-r: John Beal, John Goodman, John Hamm, and John Huston)


John Kander   
(l-r: John Kander, John Milius, John Pankow, and Johnny Haymer)


   
(l-r: Johnny Johnston, Josephine Baker, Joy Harmon, and Joyce Holden)


   
(l-r: Julia Montgomery, June Clyde, Kasi Lemmons, and Kathleen Turner)


   
(l-r: Kathryn Adams, Kay Thompson, Ken Page, and Kevin Kline)

   
(l-r: King Baggot, Krista Tesreau, Lance "Lance Rock" Robertson, and Larry McCormick)


   
(l-r: Laura La Plante, Lee Falk, Leslie Charleson, and Lige Conley)


   
(l-r: Lincoln Kilpatrick, Linda Blair, Linden Chiles, and Lori Saunders)


   
(l-r: Lottie Briscoe, Lucas Grabeel, Luther Henderson, and Margaret Campbell)


   
(l-r: Marguerite Churchill, Marian Ainslee, Marian Shockley, and Marjorie Beebe)


   
(l-r: Mark Linn-Baker, Marsha Mason, Marvin Miller)


  
(l-r: Mary Treen, Mary Wickes, Matthew Betz, and Maya Angelou)


   
(l-r: Melanie Fullerton, Mike Nader,  Mildred June, and Monique Gabrielle)


   
(l-r: Morris Carnovsky, Moses Gunn, Mykelti Williamson, and Nathaniel Taylor)


   
(l-r: Nicholas Worth, Noah Beery, Olive Young, and Patricia Farr)


   
(l-r: Patsy Ruth Miller, Phyllis Fraser, Phyllis Smith, and  Pooja Kumar)


   
(l-r: Ray Young, Redd FoxxRobert Altman, and Robert Cummings)


   
(l-r:  Robert Guillaume, Robert Lowery, Roberta Sherwood, and Ronald Stein)


   
(l-r: Rosemary Theby, Ruth Warrick, Sally Long, and Sandahl Bergman)



Sara Shane   
(l-r: Sara Shane, Scott Bakula, Sean Gunn, and Stan Brakhage)


   
(l-r: Stephanie E. Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Taylor Momsen, and Teddy Infuhr)


   
(l-r: Todd Newton, Todd Susman, Tommy Rall, and  Ub Iwerks)


   
(l-r: Vincent PriceVirginia Gibson, Virginia Mayo, and Walker Edmiston)


   
(l-r:  Wallace Beery, Wallace Reid,  William Christy Cabanne, and William S. Burroughs)


  
(l-r: Wilton Graff,  Winston Miller, and Yvette Vickers)

   
(l-r:
 Marshall Bruce "Eminem" Mathers IIIDan Gilvezan, David Koechner)

 
Edie McClurg and Debbie Lum



*****

No picture yet:  Al Hirschfeld, Alan J. Levi, Allan Melvin, Andreas Katsulas, Anita Barone,Anthony Cistaro, Arthur Morrison,  Ben Baker, Betty Lynne, Bobb'e J. Thompson,  Brian Vincent, Carlton S. King, Chip McAllister, David Burton Morris, David Rollins, Del Andrews, Edythe Sterling, Elizabeth Kerr, Elsa Benham, Eric Kilpatrick, F. Richard Jones, Frank Converse, Fred S. Fox, Harry Depp, Harry Harris, Irving Baker,  Jack Danon, Jan Duggan, Jim Finn,  John Hancock, John Stix, Jules Buck,  Lawrence H. Woolner, Leroy J. Prinz, and Lew Kelly, Martine Bartlett, Nicholas Corea, Norbert F. Brodin, Otto H. Fries, Paul Yawitz, Philip Roth, Porter Strong, Richard Shepherd, Robert Vaughn, Rochelle Firestone, Shelby Storck, Sr., Victor "Denver Dixon" Adamson, Violet LaPlante, William Fairbanks, William Gibberson, William Lowery, 


Honorary Missourians not actually born in Missouri: Brad Pitt, Cornell Iral "Nelly" Haynes, Jr., Jenna Fischer, Steve McQueen, Tina Turner, and Walt Disney, 

*****

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2011: That Which Doesn't Kill Us Makes Things Longer

Posted by Job O Brother, December 13, 2011 11:03am | Post a Comment

"Why couldn't I have been the year with Obamacare?"

Oh, 2011! Can it be it’s only been a year since I knew ye? This was a year of firsts: The first time I had a kitten who liked to lick new, clean plastic with an almost fetishistic zeal; the first year I lived in Los Angeles without working the floor at my beloved Amoeba Music Hollywood (I miss you, desperate holiday shoppers!); the first year I grew more than one grey hair at the same time (I blame you, traffic on Fairfax!)

It was also the year I suddenly, and without any obvious explanation, decided I loved and wanted to see any and all films of the horror genre. This came as a surprise to me. My boyfriend accuses me often of only liking films where nothing ever happens – preferably with a lone clock ticking in the corner of an otherwise quiet room. It annoys me when he claims this, mostly because I cannot defend myself.

The horror section in Amoeba Music’s DVD section provided me with many hours of happy judging-a-book-by-its-cover moments. Some gems I was hypnotized by were…

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