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Enter To Win A Guitar Courtesy Of The Black Ryder At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Australian duo The Black Ryder are joining us at Amoeba SF for a live set and signing on Sunday, May 17th. Their latest album, The Door Behind the Door, is their much-anticipated follow-up to their devastatingly textured, swirling 2010 debut, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride.

Renowned for their spellbinding guitar-fueled wall of sound, it's only fitting that The Black Ryder are giving away a Fender Squier Jazzmaster guitar in honor of their appearance at Amoeba SF. Come down to Amoeba San Francisco to enter to win! Contest ends May 18th.

Recap: RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 06:19pm | Post a Comment

Bike Day at Amoeba

Bike riders and pedestrians alike came out our second annual RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba, which took place Sunday afternoon in the backlot of Amoeba Hollywood.

bike day amoebaMore than $500 in raffle tickets, prize wheel donations and memberships were raised for local bicycle advocacy group Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, who handled bike valet services for the day and signed up new members.

Attendees lined up for vegan jackfruit tacos and BBQ sandwiches from Pure Luck, coffee from Bicycle Coffee, free tangerines from the Hollywood Farmers Market, free lemonade from Hubert’s Lemonade, free treats from KIND Healthy Snacks and free ice cream from our friend, Ice Cream Ian. And Oh! Snap Studios joined the fun taking free pics of attendees. The good folks from Rotelli Cyclery were also on hand with their bespoke bike gear and answering bike questions and giving tune-up advice to attendees.

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Amoeba Selling FYF Fest Tickets, Show Features Morrissey, Frank Ocean and Many More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 01:28pm | Post a Comment

fyf fest lineup

FYF Fest has revealed a stellar 2015 lineup, with headliners Frank Ocean on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Morrissey on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Tickets for FYF Fest go on sale starting Friday, May 8 at 12 pm. Amoeba Hollywood will have general admission 2-day passes only. They’ll be $185 total. Limit two per person. Store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

A purchase gets you a wristband, which will be shipped to Amoeba for pickup in August. 

The full lineup is below:

Saturday, Aug. 22

Sunday, Aug. 23

Frank Ocean

Bloc Party

Chet Faker

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Purity Ring

Run the Jewels

Deerhunter

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment

Rob Garza is producer and co-founder of the electronic group Thievery Corporation. Known for utilizing various styles from Dub to Trip-Hop to Bossa Nova, Thievery Corporation are hailed as pioneers of the global electronic music scene. With a cult following intact, Garza travels the world playing DJ sets, Rob Garza Palace of Mirrorsproducing music, and sourcing sounds he brings back to his studio in San Francisco. With over a dozen releases for Thievery Corporation, countless singles and production work for other artists, Garza has finally released Palace Of Mirrors, an EP that serves as the debut for his own Magnetic Moon label. A well-respected tastemaker, Garza has his hands in several ventures, including owning restaurants and clubs located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He also owns a top shelf hand-crafted Mezcal made in Oaxaca. How cool is that? If you are in the Bay Area on May 9, make sure to catch Thievery Corporation at the San Francisco Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. Garza will also be playing DJ sets on off days and you can catch him May 16 at Club Cielo in New York City.

Rob Garza's musical tastes run deep and he found some great records on a recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. He kicks off this What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Darkside's self-titled release on vinyl. Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington -- great stuff for all you atmospheric EDM lovers. A fan of 45s, Garza digs up Kenny Dope's limited edition Classic Breakbeats 45 box set, a must-have if you can find a copy! Garza shows his support for Bay Area funksters Afrolicious and picks up their California Dreaming album on CD. If you're ever in San Francisco, visit the Elbo Room and party with the Afro guys. So much fun! As you can see from the full episode, Garza loves Dub, funk, electronica and more! Watch below for all his amazing picks.

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Soul Singer Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

As reported by the BBC and other UK media outlets this morning Errol Brown - the lead singer with the popular UK based soul group Hot Chocolate - has died from liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. He was 71. Errol Brown's powerful voice drove such Hot Chocolate hits as "You Sexy Thing," "Emma," "It Started with a Kiss," "Brother Louie," and "Every 1's a Winner" during the UK based group's heyday throughout the 1970's and up through the middle of the 1980's. In fact Hot Chocolate hold the distinction of being the only group in the UK to have racked up a top 40 hit single for 15 consecutive years during that time frame (1970 - 1984). Then twelve years ago Errol Brown was made an MBE by the Queen for his contributions to the British music arts. And the following year he received an Ivor Novello award for his "outstanding contribution to British music."



Of all the hits that Brown and Hot Chocolate are associated with "You Sexy Thing" (which Brown co-wrote) remains their best known song of all; one that had enjoyed a few lifespans. It was a top 10 hit single in the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, and then again in the 1990's when it appeared in the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Full Monty and on its accompanying soundtrack. Meantime the Hot Chocolate song perhaps most personal for the Jamaican born Brown, who moved with his single mother to the UK at age 12, was the group's 1974 hit "Emma" which reportedly was written about his mom who died from cancer at the young age of 38 when the singer was only 20 years old. Music videos for both "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing" appear below.  Six years ago in 2009 was the last time that Errol Brown performed when he did a career farewell tour in the UK. At the time he told the BBC that he was most satisfied with his music career and all he had done in life but was glad that he was officially retired once that tour ended telling the BBC, even though he would never perform again, that "The music will be there, so that won't go away!" Look for Errol Brown/Hot Chocolate releases, such as the 2012 released collection You Sexy Thing: The Best of Hot Chocolate, from Amoeba's online store.
 


Hot Chocolate "Emma" (1974)

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