Every Record Store Day at Amoeba SF proves to be bigger, better, and somehow even more fun than the previous year. RSD 2015 continued the trend with customers lining up as early as 1:45am to pick up exclusive releases from the likes of The White Stripes, Neko Case, David Bowie, Robert Plant, and so many more. Besides the chance to nab collectible releases, shoppers were also rewarded with a huge sale, a bag full of excellent giveaways with purchase, live screen printing of limited edition Amoeba RSD t-shirts with Free Gold Watch, and a full roster of DJs including Radiohead drummer Philip Selway!
Check out these photos (full set HERE) and our video of the action-packed day:
Live screen printing with Free Gold Watch.
Three original limited edition designs, screen printed live by Free Gold Watch.
DJ Bearzbub (Lone Star, SF Eagle)
DJ OkieOran (Teenage Dance Craze)
Philip Selway (Radiohead)
DJ Primo (Oldies Night)
Russell Quan (Teenage Dance Craze, The Mummies, Phantom Surfers)
DJ Boombostic (Francisco Artist Networking Talents)
We had a record-setting Record Store Day this past Saturday April 18, but there are still a few titles lingering on our shelves that you can pick up while supplies last. Here are a few that we still had on hand today.
On his past Friday night's HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the long time outspoken supporter of pot legalization said that 4/20 (aka today's date April 20th) should be made an official national holiday. He says this because already it is the day set aside to fully celebrate the positive effects of weed and the advancements and recent strides towards marijuana legalization and its accepted use for medical uses - it just needs a Federal stamp of approval. In showing his sincerity for his proposal Bill Maher noted that he had alredy created a Change.org petition that calls on Congress to make every year's April 20 date a national weed-related holiday. He is serious and has consistently championed the legalization of pot, routinely calling out President Obama on his slowness to fully promote legalization on a national level.
You can sign the Change.Org petition here which has already reached about 80% of its desired petition signees. Despite the general lax attitude towards weed in California these days, thanks mostly to the efforts of those who fought for medical cannabis legalization which date back to Proposition 215 (AKA the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) the California law concerning the use of medical cannabis, it is important to remember that it is still not legal for recreation use in the Golden State. And hence why a couple of grassroots political groups have recent filed ballot initiatives to try and make weed (medical and recreational) more accessible to adults in the State.The California Craft Cannabis Initiative is for both full legalization and for initiating both a cannabis trademark and a state cannabis commission. Meanwhile the other recently filed ballot initiative is The Compassionate and Sensible Access Act which is more of a health-care (versus recreational) rooted initiative that is pushing for weed to be viewed and fully accepted as a “legitimate, alternative medicinal treatment.” Both of these (or just one or neither) could well end up next year (2016) for voters in California to make a decision on at the ballots.
Amoeba is excited to present a special screening of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck at the ArcLight followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy on April 25 at 8 p.m. Get a free ticket by visiting Amoeba on April 22 and asking at the Information Counter (one ticket per person, while supplies last).
Tickets to the Q&A screening are also available for purchase now via ArcLight, Hollywood. The film opens for a limited run at ArcLight Hollywood on April 24.
The film about the late Nirvana frontman premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews about how it humanized the seemingly mythical musician. Courtney Love specifically picked Morgen to make the film and said watching it helped their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (who is also the film’s executive producer), come to terms with her father’s death, Love told V Magazine.
Love gave Morgen access to a treasure trove of journals and audio and filmed material, which was then animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsin for the film. Among the interviews used in the film are Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Revelations uncovered in the film include Cobain discussing his first attempt at suicide and some (edited) footage of the couple making out from a sex tape Cobain and Love made, according to Billboard.
Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!
Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.
On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - McCartney, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney, is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue and Abbey Road Studios in London, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Paul McCartney will work on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up. He books studio time under an assumed name and also records at home on a Studer 4-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings will be done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine Though no singles are issued from it, the album will be very successful with the track "Maybe I'm Amazed" becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the album's UK release, advance copies of the album will be received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. McCartney will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.