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Amoeba San Francisco's Record Store Day - Rock Around the Clock!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2010 11:13am | Post a Comment
Whew! We're still recovering from a very successful and exhausting Record Store Day 2010 here at Amoeba San Francisco!

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The day started off with a bang right at 10:30, with throngs of customers who had been lined up outside anxiously busting through the doors and rushing to find the special RSD treats. Within minutes there were hundreds of frenzied, music-seeking people flooding into the store!

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

The first items to go this year were the Beastie Boys' Mystery White Label, Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs Box Set, Wilco's Kicking Television Live in Chicago and The Hold Steady's Heaven is Wherever LP. The quick-moving line wrapped around the rock vinyl section, with happy customers eagerly chattering about their scores. On their way out the door, they received free goodie bags full of swag as a thank you!

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

The morning flew by and before we knew it, Charlotte Gainsbourg was stepping into the store, looking fresh and fashion forward in her goat fur lined coat and perfectly weathered brown boots, ready for her signing. The fans were already lined up, anxiously awaiting their turn to speak to rock/fashion/film royalty. She walked out to strains of Blonde on Blonde; along with Dylan, for her signing, Charlotte had requested we play Dark Side of the Moon and The White Album, all together three of the more popular rock records in the canon. We got the chance to interview Miss Charlotte post-signing for an upcoming website feature, and throughout the interview she was calm and even, despite the frenzy downstairs on our floor.

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco 2010 record store day

Meanwhile, back at the information counter there was a steady stream of customers entering our contests, to win a record player and a stack o' vinyl! The RSD-related questions and searching continued all morning and afternoon at a constant pace.

Soon, a flurry of activity was hitting the floor as we were slammed far in advance of Jonsi from Sigur Ros' highly anticipated instore -- the energy was already beginning to build for hours in advance, with people pouring in to get a prime spot for the performance. The energy hit a fevered pitch as our trusty soundman Ben Tuttle rallied the crowd and Jonsi plus band hit the stage. Jonsi has been known to play the ukelele and this performance was no exception! At least the first half of the show he clutched the tiny instrument and closed his eyes to sing with his high voice. Along with the uke, Jonsi hit the keys for some of the set as well. The music was slow, with plenty of builds and releases -- that Icelandic atmospheric sound you expect from someone who grows up in a country with limited daylight.

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amoeba san francisco record store day 2010 jonsi

san francisco amoeba record store day 2010 jonsi

He held the rapturous crowd in the palm of his hand. They were chanting his name and clapping in time for an encore when the set ended! Jonsi indulged the crowd happily, adding one more song on after the show to thunderous applause and cheers. The crowd for this instore was huge -- at least 1,000 strong! Many people also got their new Jonsi CDs and vinyl signed after the show. Jonsi was eager to shop once he had the chance (looking for This is Spinal Tap, among other things!) after a stop upstairs for an interview with our staff, to be up on the website soon for your enjoyment!

amoeba san francisco 2010 record store day jonsi

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010 jonsi

record store day 2010 amoeba san francisco jonsi

All in all, RSD 2010 was an even bigger success than the preceding years! We thank all the customers for their support in all things music on this happy holiday and already can't wait for next year! Check out more images from all three Amoebas' Record Store Day 2010 celebrations, including more of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jonsi right here!

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

All images by Kaitlin Layher!

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