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Noise Pop NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences, 2/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 4, 2016 05:46pm | Post a Comment

NightLifeWhere can you enjoy live music, cocktails, the stars, the sea, and even a rainforest with your friends on a night out in San Francisco? No, this isn't about some new concept bar in the Mission; this is about San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences and their magical Thursday night gathering called NightLife.

On Thursday, February 18th, NightLife teams up with Noise Pop Gardens & Villafor a special event kicking off Noise Pop 2016 with live performances from indie rockers Gardens & Villa and opening act Charlie Hilton (of the band Blouse). Get into the groove with a DJ set by Damon Eliza Palermo in the coral reef. Discover fresh and local music with the Bay Area Record Fair and come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

For more info and tickets, visit California Academy of Sciences HERE!

Talent Show: David James's GPS

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2016 04:59pm | Post a Comment

David James's GPS

For the Amoeblog's second edition of Talent Show, a place to show off newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it, we're keeping it very local to Amoeba San Francisco. All three of our Amoeba locations are brimming with talented staff members; from musicians to writers, from dancers to actors, from painters to comedians and everything in between, we span the arts more completely than just about any other workplace. At Amoeba SF, we have a buyer and manager who has dedicated his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, and composer to the Bay Area music scene for nearly 20 years. I'm talking about David James, people.

Showing remarkable range, David James has played, toured, and recorded with the likes of Spearhead, David James's GPSThe Coup, Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (as well as the Afrofunk Experience, as it's now known), Thessalonians, and the Beth Custer Ensemble. His newest project, David James's GPS, pairs him with trombonist Alan Williams, Dina Maccabee on viola, Jan Jackson on drums, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass, and Beth Custer on clarinet. David James's GPS (the GPS stands for Good People, Son, of course) has just released their first album, Billionaire Blues, and it also happens to be the first album of music written solely by David James. Just like his musical resume, the album's sound is diverse showing off the sextet's technical chops and wide-ranging interests. Songs bounce from jazz to waltz to Reggae to blues to Afro-beat to Euro-beat. Why buy a round-the-world cruise when you can check in to Billionaire Blues for repeated listens?!

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"The Big Gundown" Screens at Balboa Theatre, 1/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 25, 2016 06:07pm | Post a Comment

The Big Gundown

-- By Brett Stillo

The Spaghetti Western is a paradoxical film genre. Highly imitative and repetitive, hundreds of Spaghetti Westerns were blasted out by Italian movie studios in the 1960s like bullets from a Gatling Gun, carbon The Big Gundowncopies of carbon copies of Sergio Leone’s groundbreaking Dollars trilogy. And yet, the derivative nature of these films is part of what gives them their pulpy charm. We know what we’re in for -- ruthless characters with dirty clothes and sunburned faces shooting it out on dusty streets in some nameless border town (AKA Southern Spain). We not only expect all of that, we want it.

The Big Gundown, from 1966, has all those elements and more. It’s arguably the greatest Spaghetti Western without Sergio Leone’s name in the credits. Ironically, another Sergio directed this film -- veteran Italian director Sergio Solima, who crafts an epic chase film in which the bad guys are pitted against worse guys.

And in The Big Gundown, the baddest of the bad is the one and only Lee Van Cleef, arguably one of the genre’s biggest stars second only to Clint Eastwood. Van Cleef is Satan with a Six-Gun, cutting an intimidating presence with his razor-sharp face and impossibly narrow eyes. Van Cleef’s foil is the dynamic Tomas Milan as a roguish peasant-thief who prefers the knife over the gun.

Solima keeps the action moving rolling along, set to the tempo of an operatic score composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone. This is an impressive restoration of a film that had languished for decades. It will be playing for one night only, this Wednesday, January 27th at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre. If you miss this one, Lee Van Cleef might come looking for you.

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Noise Pop 2016: Feb. 19 - 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 24, 2016 04:48pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2016

Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns for its 24th year with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 28!

This year's line-up includes live shows from Kamasi Washington (2/25, Independent), Parquet Courts (2/26, The New Parish), Drive Like Jehu (2/26, Independent), Carly Rae Jepsen (2/27, The Warfield), Vince Staples (2/27, Independent), and so many more. The film portion of the festival also promises to be amazing with screenings of six films at SF's Roxie Theater, including hip-hop documentary Hustlers Convention (1/19) and a look into LA punk rock band The Skulls with Who Is Billy Bones (1/21).

Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE, where you can also get individual tickets, General Music Badges, Super Fan Badges, Music & Film Badges, and Film Series Badges.

Enter to win a pair of festival passes HERE! Contest ends February 13th.

And speaking of Kamasi Washington, here's the time he dropped by Amoeba Hollywood:

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New Year, NxWorries

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2016 06:58pm | Post a Comment

NxWorriesBy doubleay

Together, Anderson Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. Singer Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge deliver one of Stones Throw Records’s final releases to close out 2015 and it may be what we’ve been waiting for all year. Their EP Link Up & Suede is a must hear.

Anderson Paak and Knwxledge are artists that ought to be on your radar in 2016. Both had big years in 2015; Anderson Paak, a soul singer out of Oxnard, California, was featured on four of the 16 tracks on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, and Stones Throw producer Knwxledge landed production on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Individually, both artists are pounding out music; Paak is constantly giving us new content on his SoundCloud while Knxwledge has released over 60 projects on his Bandcamp in the past five years. All of their material has been noteworthy, but the two of them coming together for Link Up & Suede has to be some of their best work yet.

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