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A Joyful Celebration of Mavis Staples

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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To celebrate Mavis Staples’ 75 birthday, a who’s who of musicians gathered to sing and honor the legendary artist. The result is I’ll Take You There: an All-Star Concert Celebration, now available on cd and dvd.

Staples, who is now 77, has made a massive impact on gospel, soul, rock and roots music. The album reflects her multi-faceted abilities, as well as her inimitable, indomitable spirit. As American Songwriter reports:

“The show, recorded at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater Nov. 19, 2014…came on the heels of two successful Jeff Tweedy produced albums. Not surprisingly, Tweedy appears to perform the title track of 2010’s You Are Not Alone. It’s one of 21 songs on the double CD (the DVD adds two more) in a concert that reflects all the exuberance, positivity and vibrancy you’d expect from Staples who has exuded those tendencies over the course of her 65 and counting year career (she started singing professionally with her Staple Singers family in 1950, when she was just 11).

Although not a songwriter herself, Staples is a master interpreter, owning much of the material she sings. That makes this a set of covers of covers. They run the gamut from fairly recent material like Emmylou Harris’ sparkling take on the Nick Lowe penned “Far Celestial Shore” to Staples Singers’ era classics such as a rousing “Freedom Highway” from Michael McDonald, Widespread Panic’s animated version of Pops Staples’ “Hope in a Hopeless World” and a closing, all-in “The Weight,” first sung by the Staples in 1968 and famously revived in The Last Waltz, which connect on every level.”

Tracklist:

Disc 1
1. Joan Osborne – You’re Driving Me
2. Keb’ Mo’ – Heavy Makes You Happy
3. Otis Clay – I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand
4. Buddy Miller – Woke Up This Morning
5. Patty Griffin – Waiting For My Child To Come Home
6. Emmylou Harris – Far Celestial Shore
7. Michael McDonald – Freedom Highway
8. Glen Hansard – People Get Ready
9. Mavis & Aaron Neville – Respect Yourself
10. Widespread Panic – Hope In A Hopeless World
11. Ryan Bingham – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
12. Grace Potter – Grandma’s Hands
13. Eric Church – Eyes On The Prize

Disc 2
1. Taj Mahal – Wade In The Water
2. Gregg Allman – Have A Little Faith
3. Mavis & Bonnie Raitt – Turn Me Around
4. Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, & Mavis Staples – Will The Circle Be Unbroken
5. Mavis, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne – Slippery People
6. Mavis & Jeff Tweedy – You Are Not Alone
7. Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There
8. Mavis & everybody: Encore: The Weight

The Spirit of Halloween – Goosebumps

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Goosebumps

by Cherene

When I was younger I saw some pretty scary movies and didn’t think anything else would freak me out, but I was proven wrong by Goosebumps in elementary school. Goosebumps was first brought to me by the Scholastic Book Fair as a book series written by R.L Stine. I went crazy with those books. Anytime I saw one I’d have to own it. I know I wasn’t the only kid who freaked out about them because soon there was a Goosebumps TV show and Goosebumps stuff every where, from pencils to bedsheets.

When I was younger I used to watch a lot of weird TV shows. For some reason I really liked Designing Women, Welcome Back Kotter and Perfect Strangers, but there were some shows that were normal for a kid to like; like Goosebumps. The book series was now a television show and I watched it whenever I could. It was scary but not too scary to where I’d be sleeping with the light on. There were two episodes in particular that really freaked me out as a kid: “Night in Terror Tower” and “Say Cheese and Die.” I had already read the books but for some reason seeing it played out weirded me out way more.

“Night in Terror Tower” was a two-parter and I think they made you wait a week until you found out if these kids were going to be lost in time forever or if this crazy guy is going to kill them or not.

“Say Cheese and Die” was also another one that scared me. These kids find a weird looking camera when they’re snooping around an old warehouse. The camera predicts the future of people when you take their picture. The weird thing about it is that camera only predicts bad things happening to people. I don’t know why that weirded me out as a kid, because now that I’m older and rewatching different episodes it’s all hilarious, noticing that some of the masks and makeup were really bad and now understanding that most of the actors were Canadian and that’s the reason why when they said ‘alright’ or I know’ it sounded funny. Oh, and some of the characters are in other stuff as adults; the main character in “Say Cheese and Die” is Ryan Gosling.

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There is talk of a Goosebumps movie in the works. Jack Black will play a young writer named R.L Stine whose imaginary monsters are set free in a town in Maryland. His niece and a neighborhood kid team up to cage all the monsters. I’m actually excited for this to come out in theatres!

So, if you have a niece or nephew that you’d like to scare and not scar for life, the Goosebumps TV series is a good starting point. You can find our Goosebumps DVDs in our kids’ section.

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Pink Flamingos: An Exercise in Poor Taste

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

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Pink Flamingos – 1972, by John Waters

“If someone vomits while watching one of my films, it’s like getting a standing ovation”
—John Waters

by Cherene

Pink Flamingos is #4 on a list of 50 of the most disturbing films ever made and is also #29 on a list of 50 films you should see before you die. It was banned in Australia and in some parts of Canada and Norway and there is a Japanese laserdisc version that blurs over all pubic hair. It’s the third film by the “Pope of Trash,” John Waters, and it’s his first movie in color. It’s remembered for many things: cars, the soundtrack, the dialogue and, of course, The “filthiest person alive,” Babs Johnson a.k.a the “most beautiful person alive,” Divine.

Pink Flamingos is known as one of the most notorious films ever made and was described as “the poop film” to Traci Lords. After a Florida family watched Hairspray they decided like it so much when they went back to their local video rental store looked for other John Waters movies and picked up Pink Flamingos. They got through half of the movie before they called the police and later on after the jurors deliberated, a $5,000 dollar fine was charged to Waters and awarded to the family.

Pink Flamingos was filmed in 1972 and it all took place in Baltimore, Maryland on a decaying mansion property inhabited by a commune of draft dodgers and drug dealers after “Bob, the Psychedelic Pig” gave them permission to build the trailer on the back of the property in the woods. It was made on a budget of $10,000.

Pink Flamingos is still one of the craziest movies I’ve ever seen in my life, so far. The first time I watched this movie it took me over 3 hours to finish the whole thing, even though the movie is only an hour and a half long.

The filthiest person alive is hiding out in a trailer in the woods under the name Babs Johnson (Divine) with her family. Her mother, a 250 pound senior citizen named Edie (Edith Massey), who sits in a playpen all day dressed in a girdle and bra, Crackers (Danny Mills), her demented hillbilly-hippie son, and Cotton (Mary Vivian Pierce), her bleach blond voyeuristic traveling companion are all trying to live quietly knowing the title of ‘The Filthiest People Alive’ belongs to them.

Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole & David Lochary), a red- and blue-haired couple who sell heroin to elementary school children and kidnap hitchhiking girls to feed their ‘adoption clinic’ are trying to seize the title of filthiest people alive. After being provoked, Divine puts the Marble’s on trial and murders them at a press conference in front of all the sleaziest newspapers in the country. At the end of the movie Divine does one of the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life to reclaim her title of ‘Filthiest Person Alive’ after having to follow a dog around. After she reclaims her title, Divine and her family move to another location to try and live a peaceful life of filth in Boise, Idaho.

In order to get the scene where Divine reclaims her title just right, the dog owners fed the dog for three days and didn’t take it out just to make sure everything would come out just right. Van Smith is the mastermind behind the make-up and helped with the clothing of Divine and helped create one of the most beloved and influential drag icons. Van Smith is the usual costume designer make-up artist on most of John Waters films.

If you’re not very familiar with John Waters and you’ve only seen Hairspray or Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos is very different. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all because Hairspray and Cry-Baby are amazing movies. Hairspray helped bring John Waters and Divine to a wider audience and allowed people to see Harris Glen Milstead as more than just the character Divine.

All of our John Waters films are going to be in our Cult dvd section. We usually have all of the available John Waters titles but if you’re looking for something and don’t see it, just ask and we can order it for you.

Brace yourself before watching this movie and I hope you’re dressed up and ready to fall in love with the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

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by Raul

With Christmas on the way, Streetlight Records has the perfect stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life. On November 26th, Nothing Can Hurt Me, the story of Big Star was released on both DVD and blu-ray.

There are certain bands that are as influential as the Beatles or the Stones, but just can’t seem to get that mainstream break that brings them to the masses. Big Star is on the top five, if not the top of, that list.

Formed in Memphis in 1971, Big Star was Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Alan Hummel. They are known as the godfathers of powerpop, with their Beatles-like harmonies and Rolling Stones influence. Through inner band physical altercations, solo careers and even the passing of Chris Bell, Big Star made a big noise in rock n roll, but they didn’t get the credit they deserved.

Instead of getting into depth about theses pop heroes I’ll let Nothing Can Hurt Me tell the story of one of the the greatest bands pop music history. Do yourself or your loved one a favor and pick it up. It will be on sale at Streetlight and playing in rotation on our TV screens just in time for the holidays. Here is a trailer to give you an idea of who Big Star is.

Review: Osombie

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Osombie

by Cherene

Do you believe in conspiracy theories? Do you really think the government staged the Osama Bin Laden capture/death? Do you like zombie movies? Do you love ‘Merica? If you answered yes to one or all of those questions then Osombie is the flick to watch. It’s one of the cheesiest/ best movies about Americans fighting zombies and terrorists I’ve ever seen.

First let me say the actors aren’t Omar Shariff amazing or anything but you get the sense they know that they aren’t, so when it’s bad it’s entertaining. When it’s bad and they’re serious it’s funny for a different reason.

Osombie starts out with this American special forces team going through some warehouse in Afghanistan looking for an unsaid person and zombies are coming out of everywhere. The special forces team totally has the upper hand with the guns. You see some guy run out the back and just before the special forces team gets to him he shoots himself up with some crazy looking stuff in a syringe. The team swarms his room and shoots him and bags his body.

At this point, they still haven’t said who it is but the turban and long grey beard and the team’s sense of accomplishment leave little room for guessing. The team has the body bag with them in a chopper when the bag starts moving. The team runs into problems and the chopper crashes into the sea and you can see the bag fall out and as it sinks, a hand reaches out. The camera then pans over the Arabian seashore and who comes walking out of the ocean? OSAMA BIN LADEN. The dude in the bag they they were basically hunting down and supposedly killed just walked out of the ocean as a zombie. Hell, yes!

The rest of the movie is hilarious and actually pretty good. I mean come on! A group of American soldiers are in Afghanistan trying to find a zombie Osama Bin Laden while fighting zombie terrorists along the way. The zombie make-up is all really good and kinda scary too. So if you’re looking for a not-so-serious zombie horror movie then Osombie is the way to go.

I Love Disco: Rewatching Saturday Night Fever

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

SaturdayNightFever

by Cherene

“That’s just the way they took the poison in those days!”

“Al Pacino. Attica, Attica, Attica!”

“I work really hard on my hair and then he hits it.”

These are just some of the many quotable lines from one of my all-time favorite movies, Saturday Night Fever. I’ve been watching this movie since the second grade but there are some pretty adult scenes and I was pretty censored so I didn’t watch it all the way through until junior high. When I did watch it uncensored, it was a completely new movie to me. I was shocked for sure but I still loved it

When I was younger I was in love with John Travolta. Grease and Saturday Night Fever were my go-to movies. Rewatching Saturday Night Fever now I picked up on so much more than I had in previous times.

For instance, Tony’s (John Travolta) friends are all jerks and whine bags. Oh and his “love” interest is just some dumb broad. Stephanie is my least favorite character in the whole movie. She pretends to be this smart and grown up person but really she’s just full of crap. When Stephanie and Tony are at the diner and they’re talking about Romeo and Juliet. Tony says he doesn’t understand why Romeo took the poison so quickly after he saw Juliet was dead. She replies, “That’s just the way they took the poison in those days.” Freaking idiot!!

She’s just so dumb and annoying and leads Tony on and then Tony finds out she’s boning some other dude!! What a B-WORD! UHG! Okay enough with how much I hate Stephanie.

The soundtrack to this movie is also one of my favorite things ever and if I’m not mistaken it may very well be one of the best selling soundtracks of all time. If I’m wrong, I’m sorry! (but I’m probably not!). I’m not ashamed to say it, I LOVE DISCO. I love the Bee Gees. I love Yvonne Eliman. I love disco music.

My favorite part of Saturday Night Fever is when Tony and his buddies take Father Frank Jr. to the 2001 Odyssey. This pretty good lookin’ chick asks Tony to dance and he just takes over the dance floor. That might be the most memorable scene in the whole movie. The coolest part about that scene to me is the girl that asks Tony to dance. Connie is pretty hot but she’s even hotter now. Maybe you know her as the Nanny or as Fran Drescher. Yeah, that chick in the green dress is Fran Drescher and yes, I said she’s hot. If you don’t agree, I feel bad for you.

Then there are the clothes in that movie. I love the fact that all of these guys are wearing cha-cha heels and bell bottoms and leisure suits and look tough. Man, I can almost smell the polyester through the screen.

There are probably a lot of other things about this movie I could have mentioned but odds are, anyone reading this has already seen this movie. If you haven’t, then what the heck! I feel sorry for you. You never got to enjoy the good looks and amazing dance moves of Johnny T. Go do yourself a favor and watch Saturday Night Fever if you haven’t already. After you’ve seen it, just ask yourself one question… Can you dig it? I knew that you could!

Street Sharks

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

StreetSharks

by Cherene

In 1994 my mind was blown by the most obvious rip-off ever: Street Sharks. They were four brothers who were kidnapped by a scientist who put them through a gene-manipulation experiment and turned them into half-men/half-sharks.

The brothers fought crime, rode motorbikes, rollerblades and jet packs and their catch phrase was, “Jawsome.” They ate hamburgers, hot-dogs and french fries but they hated pizza. So, they were like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but they were sharks…that hated pizza.

The dudes they fought were also put through a gene-manipulation process and they were referred to as “Seaviates”…like deviates but sea creatures at the same time…hilarious!

One of the Seaviates’ name was Killamari, a giant squid that could shoot spears and harpoons from the suckers on its tentacles.

My younger brother and I would watch this show all the time. We had the action figures and even got the board game.

So go check out our children’s DVD section and relive ’90s cartoons. Thanks to Cookie Jar for producing this TV show.

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