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2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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Couple Have Ultimate American Horror Story Wedding

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2016 06:27pm | Post a Comment
American Horror Story wedding, Naomi Grossman
From left to right: Jordan Rodarte, Naomi "Pepper"
Grossman, and Michael Scola.

By Brent James
Photos: The Darlene


Horror fans from all over are singing the praises of Michael Scola and Jordan Rodarte since they threw an American Horror Story-themed wedding of a lifetime on October 29th in Los Angeles, California.

Being huge fans of AHS in general, especially Season Five: Hotel, we're happy to report that no detail was American Horror Story weddingspared at this grand event. Hosted in Downtown LA's Oviatt Penthouse, the facade of which was actually used in the show as Hotel Cortez, guests came decked out in their best 1920's garb. The invitations were gold-plated and engraved in the same font as the show's credits, and there was even an Art Deco wedding cake! The vows were officiated by world renowned Madonna impersonator, Nadya Ginsburg, (Michael is a BIG fan of M) and the rings were presented by "Pepper" actress herself, Naomi Grossman!

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Magical Melodies, From Near and Far

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 3, 2016 05:16pm | Post a Comment

Magical Melodies, Golden Rake Records-- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


As the story goes, when the young thief Abu awoke on a deserted beach and discovered a strange bottle washed upon the shore, he had no idea it would be holding a powerful djinn prisoner inside. The djinn, once released with a rub, would offer to grant Abu three wishes beyond his wildest wonders. Abu’s first wish, naturally, was for a plate of delicious, sizzling sausages. His second wish was for a quick lift on the djinn's shoulders to a sacred temple at the top of the highest mountain in the world where he would swipe a giant mystical jewel named the All-Seeing Eye. His third and final wish...a copy of the Magical Melodies 45, pressed on purple swirled colored vinyl (limited press of just 500)!

Much like the inscribed mystery stone of Oak Island, the Peralta Stones of the Superstition Mountains, and Drake’s Plate of Brass, if there was music that should be buried in a time capsule for alien archeologists to later unearth to be deciphered to represent our culture, this record would undoubtedly be it.

A remarkable compilation of four musicians from lands near and far, all the songs on this 45 were recorded acoustically, and they are as raw as the roast beef that my little toe likes to eat. For those who enjoy a little psychedelic voyage for their ears, the record was mastered together like a sorcerer’s soup by Greg Ashley of The Gris Gris and The Mirrors.

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Halloween 2016 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2016 07:10pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF HalloweenHalloween has always been important to us at Amoeba SF because we understand the true meaning of All-Hallows' Eve: costumes and candy. What's that you say? That's not a meaning but rather just the plural of two objects? You've obviously never spent Halloween with us. We take these two concepts very seriously and have elevated them to an artform...no, more like an ecstatic ritual.

Mixing the ever-popular combo of music and costumes (for reference, please see Monks, The Mummies, Thee Cormans, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Daft Punk), Guest DJ’s Camry and Tundra of the band Toyota joined us on stage at 4pm to get the festivities underway with a spooky, kookie set of untraditional Halloween songs. An hour later, we held our infamously competitive costume contest, which was hosted by R2D2 (and he's really in demand these days). Contestants were forced...I mean asked nicely to walk the "catwalk" (aka rock floor) and show off their fabulous costumes. Each was more stunning than the last, as the mixture of staff and customer contestants paraded through the store. But there could be only one first place winner. After grueling deliberation by our Amoeba judges, that winner turned out to be none other than Suzanne Pleshette from the 1963 film The Birds.

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November Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2016 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to November, land of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, autumnal falling leaves, Thanksgiving dinner, elections, and, of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You won't want to miss a single event at Amoeba SF and Berkeley this month, including fantastic in-store shows, a BOGO red tag sale, a Black Friday full of deals that can't be beat, and special Small Business Saturday promotions too. Make sure you check out Amoeba.com on November 28th for those Cyber Monday deals. 

Amoeba San Francisco, Amoeba Berkeley, November

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