(Amoebites Evan, James, Spenser, Anthony, and Grace)
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Ryan Stark
With Record Store Day 2010 just a few days away, Amoeba Music Berkeley and The East Bay Express brought the best independent record stores in the East Bay together to pre-game for the big day! The pre-party took place at the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland, where Amoeba has its monthly Dusty Fingers DJ nights.
Amoeba gave away the standard buttons, stickers and magnets, and also had a raffle for limited edition Record Store Day screen printed lithographs (limited to a numbered run of 110 posters!), RSD t-shirts, a copy of the game "Rock N' Roll Triviologies," and a grand prize of a $25 Amoeba gift certificate! When entering the raffle, each contestant also got a $5 off coupon, good only at Amoeba Berkeley on Record Store Day, to help folks cut down the final price of their Record Store Day exclusive purchases.
The entertainment for the night consisted of owners/employees from 4 record stores around the East Bay. Kicking off the night was Dave, the owner of Dave's Record Shop on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley. Dave spun a great mix of 60's R&B and Jazz that had the patrons dancing and grooving for the first hour.
(The Uptown Night Club!)
Next on decks was Amoeba Berkeley's own Rob Vertigo, who spun gritty garage and punk rock. Using exclusively 7-inches, Rob was kept busy at the booth until his set finished. He then spent the rest of the evening cuddling his wife Bonnie (Happy Anniversary Guys!) and their adorable Pomeranians Chicken and Waffles.
(Rob, Bonnie and Waffles)
The third DJ of the night was Steve, the owner of 1-2-3-4-Go! Records on 40th St. in Oakland. While he and Rob played similar genres, Steve played the poppier end of the garage punk genre. While there had been a crowd building throughout the evening, There was a large increase during Steve's set simply because the Atoms For Peace show across the street at the Fox Theater let out, and folks were looking for a nightcap. Lucky for us, there was no cover and a lovely bar staff at the Uptown, so people were enticed in!
(Steve of 1-2-3-4-Go! Records)
The Final DJ of the evening was Naomi, owner of Mod Lang in El Cerrito. Naomi started her set off with some saccharine sweet pop from the early 90's and as the night went on she went darker into the 80's electro vibe. A perfect closer to an evening of great tunes!
(Naomi of Mod Lang and a couple friends)
Thanks again to The Uptown and all of the other record stores who celebrated with us! Be sure to hit up each and every one of these fine indie record stores on Saturday for Record Store Day 2010!