Fire Chief Opens Telegraph Ave to Traffic - Amoeba Berkeley Re-Opens its Doors

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 23, 2011 04:14pm | Post a Comment

After a terrible five-alarm fire in the Sequoia Building at 2441 Haste Street on the evening of Friday November 18, Amoeba Berkeley was able to open for business on Monday. Traffic has been rerouted and now access by foot, car and bus is a whole lot easier than it has been over the past few days.

The fire broke out about 8:45pm on Friday night, and at first did not seem all that serious. But by the time employees left the store at 10:30, it was really starting to spread. There were fire trucks from many surrounding precincts that had been called in to help extinguish what was by now a five-alarm fire. The fire was brought under control at about 3:15am, but it was clear that the building was entirely gutted, leaving only the facade. Because the facade is brick and could topple any time, the street was cordoned off for two blocks while they conducted their investigations, and unfortunately, that meant Amoeba Berkeley was closed on Saturday and Sunday. In all 39 apartments and two businesses (Raleigh's and Cafe Intermezzo) were lost, along with a lot of jobs. Thankfully, though, there have been no reported injuries or loss of life at this point.

Watch video here.

The building has been slated for demolition, which has been fast-tracked and should take place soon.

Amoeba Berkeley was able to re-open on Monday, just in time for an in-store performance by Kimya Dawson. It was a truly special event, with Kimya playing for about an hour and even bringing Aesop Rock on stage to perform a few songs together at the end of her set. See photos from the in-store.

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Massive LP Collection Hits the Floor at Amoeba Berkeley on Black Friday!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 23, 2011 12:20pm | Post a Comment
LP collection
Amoeba Berkeley recently bought a large LP collection from a Bay Area collector of mostly Rock and Oldies (with some Soul and Jazz) going back as much as 50 years. It includes many unusual titles and deep catalogue all brought at very fair prices. It's a collection for the imagination to run wild. These titles hit the floor for the first time on Black Friday (November 25) at Amoeba Berkeley!

"This collection is somewhat of a time capsule in nature. A mostly rock collection that I might have seen in the early '80s. Lots of interesting/unusual items that were probably passed by at that time, but now hold intrigue. Some wall items are mega-rare, mostly in the rock/psych rock arena." - Amoeba Kent

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FELA! at Curran Theatre in SF! Now - 12/11! Plus Knitting Factory Fela Kuti Reissues on Sale!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2011 04:35pm | Post a Comment
runs from November 15th through December 11th at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. FELA! was nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

These Fela Kuti reissues from Knitting Factory also on sale at Amoeba Music San Francisco:

Original Suffer Head
Live with Ginger Baker
He Miss Road / Expensive Shit

Also on sale from Knitting Factory:
Fela Kuti - Best of the Black President
Seun Kuti - From Africa With Fury: Rise
Femi Kuti - Africa for Africa
Lijadu Sisters – Danger
(Sale ends 12/13/11)

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Amoebapalooza 2011: Two Tons of Fun in the Bay Area! 12/4 & 12/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 17, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment
Attention citizens of the Bay Area:
We hope you like to party and we hope you like to rawk, because Amoebapalooza is back on BOTH sides of the bay! Twice as nice AND too much to handle! But that's how we do in the Area by the Bay. These celebrations of homegrown music and the enduring human spirit are open to the public, so come on down!

Cafe Du Nord
, 8pm!
Hey, it's San Francisco and everyone knows that we buit this city on...the musical styling of Gabi Beck, Liquid Karma, SCHNITZELKLIT, Aqua Buddha, Soda Jerks, James Taylor Marked For Death, The Tree Skirts, Windham Flat, Shark Taint, and Vanishing Breed. Shake your things on the dance floor between sets with DJ Kindle! And guiding you through it all is MC Tarin.

RSVP on Facebook & spread the word:

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the second year in a row! Contact SIR for all of your equipment needs. DO it!

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The Berkeley Arts Festival presents OFF Festival, 12/9 & 12/10.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2011 06:36pm | Post a Comment
Off Festival Berkeley Arts

25 musicians, 6 bands, 2 nights! Whoo-hoo!

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of the Berkeley Arts Festival's OFF Festival, whichRalph Carney highlights the best of the 1990's Bay Area creative music scene with a power packed line-up featuring the Rova Saxophone Quartet playing a tribute to Bay Area tenor saxophone great Glenn Spearman, local legend Ralph Carney, Pluto, Pamela Z, Gino Robair's Improvcore Orchestra 3000, Dan Plonsey’s New Monsters, and a reunion of the avant jazz group The Manufacturing of Humidifiers, all in two action-packed nights.

The festival runs Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th at 2133 University Avenue - just off the corner of Shattuck, in beautiful Downtown Berkeley. Sliding scale admission (suggested donation $10-20).
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