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Jon Longhi's Best of 2018

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 18, 2018 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Brian EnoBy Jon Longhi

Brian EnoMusic For Installations (CD & LP Box Set):
One of the things I've always loved about Brian Eno is that he seems to have an almost limitless output of new music. His body of work is gigantic. I've been buying his cds for decades and it's nice to know that he'll always come up with something new to charm, beguile, or soothe me. His ambient pieces tend to be my favorite ones. In these works, he tries to create a kind of music that sounds like it is going on forever and you are just hearing a tiny excerpt of it. In the book that accompanies this new box set, Eno reveals that he has been obsessed with creating music that doesn't just sound like it goes on forever but actually DOES go on forever. To aid him in this quest, he created what he refers to as "generative systems." These are either tape loops or computer programs that take simple harmonious tones and fragments of melody, and then randomly recombines them in patterns of music that will not repeat themselves for sometimes years or even decades. He even developed a computer program called 77 Million Paintings that creates an endless output of ambient music that NEVER repeats itself and is a truly infinite piece of music. This box set is a retrospective of some of the best of these sonic experiments. The title Music For Installations is quite literal because most of these works were composed to accompany art installations and Eno went to great lengths to make sure that every person who visited the art exhibits heard a different and unique piece of music. Some of these art installations were open for six months but had soundtracks that could play for over two centuries! This is a transcendentally beautiful set of music and it goes on for hours and hours. Like the best ambient music, it can either be in the background or the foreground of your life. The soothing sonic textures are guaranteed to heal your soul and move your troubled mind to tranquil peaceful places. The set is a little expensive, but since you get six CDs and roughly as many hours of music, you're only paying about ten bucks per CD/hour, which in the long run is a real bargain.

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New Vinyl @ Amoeba: Barry White, Ty Segall, Bowie, Craft, Springsteen, Homeboy Sandman & Edan, Thom Yorke, Blu & Exile, Alkaholiks

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2018 02:40pm | Post a Comment
 
Amoeba New Vinyl Arrivals

#AmoebaCrateDigginInTheCrateInTheCrate  There's such a bounty of new vinyl releases to arrive into Amoeba Music over the past week, both brand new titles and reissues of older and out of print titles, that this Ameoblog just scratches the surface. Check here for all recently released vinyl titles in LP, 10",  7” and 12” and box-sets. Barry White The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) [Box Set] (9LP) (Island/Def Jam) is one of the week’s new standout vinyl releases that encapsulates the prolific seventies back catalog of the iconic smooth soul singer who prematurely passed at age 58 back in 2003. Even better is the fact that Island/Def Jam have reissued this as both the nine LP box set (also a CD box set) and as nine individually reissued albums for those who may already have some of the albums in their collections.

These nine Barry White albums include the October 1973 release Stone Gon' LP that featured White’s huge 1974 hit “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up.” The other eight reissued White albums are I’ve Got So Much to Give LP (1973), Can’t Get Enough LP (1974), Just Another Way to Say I Love You LP (1975), Let the Music Play LP (1976), Is This Whatcha Wont? LP (1976), Barry White Sings for Someone You Love LP (1977), The Man LP (1978)  and I Love To Sing The Songs I Sing LP (1979).
 

Friday Records
have just re-released the late great David Bowie’s 2002 album Heathen in four different colored vinyl versions. The critically acclaimed twelve track LP, that features such Bowie penned songs as "Slip Away" and "Slow Burn" as well as covers of Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You" and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship," has been reissued as Heathen gold vinyl LP, Heathen red & orange swirl vinyl LP, Heathen orange swirl vinyl LP,  and Heathen brown-white-gray swirl vinyl LP.  

Sony/Legacy
have reissued on vinyl a handful of Bruce Springsteen albums over the past week that include 1995’s Ghost Of Tom Joad LP, 1993’s Bruce Springsteen In Concert/MTV Plugged 2LP set, 1992’s Lucky Town LP, and 1987’s Tunnel of Love 2LP set. The Grammy Award winning album (1988 Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo) included the popular singles "Tunnel Of Love," "Brilliant Disguise," "One Step Up", "Tougher Than the Rest", and "Spare Parts."

Among the new titles on vinyl this week are Anna DeSilva & Phew’s Island 2LP  (Shouting Out Loud!), electronica act Anchorsong’s Cohesion LP  (Tru Thoughts Records), and hard-rocking, heavy metal creators Crafts Total Soul Rape LP (Season of Mist).

Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Open Water 3, The Devil's Rain & The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 7, 2018 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Having A Movie Moment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the first Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi. In this monthly column I’ll be reviewing recent Blu-ray and DVD releases. Everything in this column came out in the past four months. So without any further ado, let’s get to the movies:

Open Water 3Open Water 3: Cage Dive, Lionsgate
It's a shark movie. So let's face it, when it comes to jumps and scares, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. But sharks are such a primordial fear for all of us that this movie is still quite effective. Unlike the rest of Hollywood's CGI monsters, shark's are real and all of us know in the backs of our heads that at sometime in our lives we will be on or over the ocean and something like this could happen to us. That's why by the time people end up in the water we're rooting for them no matter how unlikable they are, because there but for the grace of god. The first half hour of the movie is insufferable because the main characters are totally annoying people from Laguna Beach. This is one of the tiresome chores of shark movies: you have to spend the first part of the movie getting to know the bait. These people were so annoying I was tempted to use the fast forward, but finally they ended up on a shark dive boat off the coast of Australia and the ball got rolling. And it got rolling fast. First there's some exciting shark cage footage and then everything goes bat shit crazy as the boat is hit by a rogue wave, and it capsizes and sinks. Then all the passengers and crew are in the water bobbing around with a bunch of blood, bait, and hungry great whites. That's when the fun starts and the scares and thrills never let up until the grim ending. This movie is essentially a remake of the first one except that instead of a married couple in the water, it's a three person love triangle. It's a simple formula but an effective one. At times, all the hand held video cam footage can make this feel like the Blair Witch Project gets eaten by sharks, but what the hell -- it's scary and fast moving and the great white scenes are quite realistic and effective.

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Are You Ready for William Shatner's Birthday?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2013 08:49pm | Post a Comment

william shatner birthdayThis Friday marks a special milestone for the Universe as we know it, as March 22nd will be William Shatner's 82nd birthday.

Best known as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, The Shat has since worked his way into the very fiber of our pop culture and continues to be an active contributor to Earthlings via TV, film, numerous autobiographies, and  -- of course -- the Internet. If you've been following his Twitter feed, then you've certainly seen this gem of a bucket list, posted today:

 

shatner bucket list

 

If anyone is going to punch a shark, it's going to be The Shat!

In honor of the great man's birthday, The Vortex Room in San Francisco is hosting a special William Shatner Birthday Tribute Night full of Shatner rarities, burlesque dancers, and a special screening of  1958's Screeming Mimi, a strip-tease murder mystery with Anita Ekberg and Gypsy Rose Lee, in 16mm projection! The burlesque talent for the evening will be provided by Szandora LaVey, Laika Fox, The Indra, Mistress Pon-Farr, and your Mistress of Ceremonies, Odessa Lil. Find out more and RSVP on the Facebook HERE!

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Looking North to the Future. It’ll be good.

Posted by Whitmore, July 28, 2009 10:30am | Post a Comment

I have a recollection, probably faulty, of some TV character, dressed as a beatnik, on a mid seventies sitcom reciting a beat poem. And the poem went something like, “little puppy with your nose pressed up against the pet store window, there is no puppy food for you today ... only death.” I found it hysterical.
 
As some people know, I’m a modern poetry fan, and I’m even a bigger fan of beat poetry, even with all its occasionally preposterous immoderations. But what I really live for is faux beat poetry. Years ago an old friend of mine read a pumpkin pie recipe as a beat poem; it was the most illuminating piece of prose I have ever heard ... until now. Here is Sarah Palin’s farewell speech read by the ultimate hepcat, William Shatner.