June 12, 2022
Jun 12: The revival of Kate Bush, Quentin Tarantino's new podcast, a rare Apple-1 computer and more
- If you haven't already heard, Kate Bush's 1985 synth anthem Running Up That Hill hit Top 10 status in the U.S. 37 years after its release, thanks to its prominent appearance in the new season of Stranger Things.
- Speaking of Stranger Things, Max is often seen with a WM-8 Walkman, which has caused an influx of DMs requesting a restock. Unfortunately, according to our head of repairs, the player has a oddly designed rewind assembly that increases failure rates and makes them difficult to service.
We found this 14-year-old article about the end of the VHS era, including thoughts from Jim Henderson, one of the owners of the beloved Amoeba Music. While Mr. Henderson mused, "no one seems to cling to VHS for romantic reasons," we beg to differ.
- Keep an eye out for Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary's new podcast The Video Archives, where they revisit their time working together at a video rental store in Manhattan Beach, California in the early 80s. Each week, they'll rewatch and discuss a movie from their collection (which is basically the complete inventory of that Manhattan Beach video store, purchased by Tarantino when the shop went out of business).
A rare Apple-1 computer from 1976 is up for auction this week. It is one of the few remaining units that is fully operational with all period components. Based on date codes on some of the components, this model would have likely been hand-assembled in the Jobs garage in 1976 or 1977.