Amoeblog

The Coral Castle of Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2018 08:36pm | Post a Comment

Coral Castle

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

"Built a moon,
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here.
Oh, oh, oh..."
~ "Sweet Sixteen," lyrics by Billy idol

In the land of Key lime pies and conch fritters, there is a little plot of land where Edward Leedskalnin Coral Castlewould mysteriously and single-handedly sculpt his rock castle from 1923-1951. Some folks claimed Ed used reverse magnetism and even supernatural mental-powers to move the giant stones...the very same powers that were perhaps used to build the pyramids of Egypt and erect the ancient megaliths of the British Isles (I wish I had these powers just to take out my trash cans Monday nights). Edward's creation would become known to all as the Coral Castle.

It is said that before leaving his home country of Latvia for the Sunshine State, Edward (who was was 26 at the time) was ditched at the alter by Agnes, his 16-year-old fiancée. Ed would reminisce about her for the rest of his life, always referring to her as his "Sweet Sixteen." In 1986, Billy Idol would write his tragic love song, "Sweet Sixteen," inspired after watching "The Castle of Secrets," an episode of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, based on Edward and his Coral Castle. If you still do not own the In Search Of DVD box set with all six seasons, then that is a shame. Go forth and invest in that treasure box, for it is pure wisdom!

Continue reading...

Top 20 Hip-Hop Vinyl New Releases: Roc Marciano, Migos, DJ Woody, EPMD, J Dilla, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Del +AmpLive, Skyzoo +

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 03:58pm | Post a Comment

The trend of the past several years of new vinyl pressings overtaking new CDs been pressed up, in terms of favorable physical format, continues to grow each week with the number of hip-hop vinyl releases far outweighing that of CD releases each week in 2018. This top twenty list of hip-hop vinyl releases, in no particular order, includes new and recent vinyl pressings spanning the past several weeks up to the most recent date (6/8/18). As well as 12" albums these include some 7" releases such as UK mixed media producer / DJ Woody's Ear Wax 7" (Woodwurk),  Stro Elliot's Soul II Stro / The Egyptian Way (7")  (Street Corner Music) and  DJ Sausage Fingaz' battle DJ tool themed 1-2 Knockouts Vol. 1 (7") (Dinked Records). 

The full-length album on vinyl titles in this list of 20 releases include both new 2018 (and some 2017) albums finally getting vinyl versions, as well as a grip of older era hip-hop albums getting reissued on vinyl after been out of print for a long time. Examples of these include previous decade hip-hop releases from Mobb Deep starring Havoc and the late great Prodigy (inc. 1999's Murda Muzik as 2LP pictured above and their 2001 album Infamy 2LP both via Sony Legacy), Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics' golden era classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop 2LP (Music On Vinyl), and the power duo of EPMD whose landmark albums, their 1988 debut  Strictly Business 2LP and 1989's Unfinished Business 2LP both recently reissued as by Capitol). Another recent reissue on vinyl is GURU's Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 [Deluxe Edition] Vinyl 3LP.  This expanded new deluxe triple vinyl set, via Virgin, revisits the late great Gang Starr emcee's early nineties side jazz project  with Branford Marsalis and others, Jazzmatazz.

Some Vikings for my Liking

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 11, 2018 07:20pm | Post a Comment

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

The Vikings"Across the rainbow bridge of Asgard,
Where the booming heavens roar.
You'll behold in breathless wonder,
The God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"
~ The Mighty Thor theme from the 1966 cartoon

When I was a kid of just 10 years old, I would ride my Huffy down to the docks with my crab net on my back and spend the day hauling up rock crabs to later throw in a boiling cauldron before having a feast with my nutcracker. This is not the case for Tony Curtis in The Vikings (1958) in which he is sentenced to death by being tied in a low pool to be eaten alive by crabs.

In my humble opinion, this movie is the best Viking movie to this day. I mean, it's a no-brainer, Kirk Douglas has one eye and seeks revenge, and Ernest Borgnine is his dad, drinking out of a horn ...and it's narrated by Orson Welles!

If you live near Bagdad by the Bay, you can see The Vikings on the big screen at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco this coming Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30pm and also buy it on DVD or Blu-ray at Amoeba and keep it in your Odin's Treasure Vault at home.

Continue reading...

Sophisticated Voodoo Jazz of the 50's

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2018 01:25pm | Post a Comment

Mystery Skull

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La ShowRobert Drasnin, Voodoo

So, you just found a Mystic Skull board game with all the pieces at the swap-meet and you are having some friends coming over to play it before watching Val Lewton's 1943 classic, I Walked with a Zombie. You frustratingly find yourself digging through your vinyl vaults and cannot seem to find the right music to set the eerie atmosphere you desire. Let my red chicken foot charm point you the way to the records you seek...some for the music, others for their covers.

Robert Drasnin's 1959 album titled Voodoo, is truly superb. You can easily feel entranced from the music, luring your mind deep into a forbidden jungle while listening to "Chant of the Moon." If the stars are in alignment, you may be lucky enough to find this record on colored vinyl (I recently found a yellow one). Perhaps some of you may have even seen Robert Drasnin when he performed at the Tiki Oasis back in 2008.



Perez Prado's "Voodoo Suite" is the "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" of jungle jazz. From exotic drumming and primitive shouts and grunts to smooth jazz beats, this 23 minute piece makes you wish you were prowling on all fours like a tiger, hunting a scantly clad prey in the Jungle Rock Room at the Madonna Inn. Listen to it in its entirety, and if you stumble across this record in the wild do not hesitate in buying it. Pounce on it! In my humble opinion, this composition is a masterpiece.

Continue reading...

Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk & Krautrock LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2018 07:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF, Rare collection

Join us at Amoeba SF on Sunday, February 25th, at 11am when we unleash a recently-acquired Leaf Houndcollection of over 1,000 highly sought-after Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk, and Krautrock LPs. Most of the records are first-issue imports, and are in pristine condition. Titles include works by Leaf Hound, Ashkan, The Stooges, Television, Harsh Reality, Neu!, Flower Travellin' Band, Sir Lord Baltimore, Quiet, Riot, WEED, Cirith Ungol, Dust, High Tide, Gravytrain, Solar Plexus, Gomorrha, Twink, Zior, Orange Peel, Orang-utan, Agnes Strange, Asterix, Bacilus, The Litter, and many more obscure rarities and radical oddities from across the globe.

Get here early because these records will be first come, first serve. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

Continue reading...
<<  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  >>  NEXT