Amoeba Berkeley & Record Store Day 2012: East Bay Loves Its Music!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 23, 2012 04:39pm | Post a Comment
Berkeley Amoeba Record Store Day

By Spensaur Cooper
Photos by Spensaur Cooper & Gene Bae 

The 5th Annual Record Store Day provided Amoeba Berkeley with a reminder that the East Bay loves itsBerkeley Amoeba Record Store Day music. An hour prior to open on that beautiful Saturday morning, folks had already created a line that passed Cafe Mediterranean, and for good reason too.

Record labels big and small released hundreds of titles specifically for Record Store Day this year. In Berkeley, we seemed to have more titles than we ever had before so instead of our normal corral set up, we provided a few different stations in the center of the store to accommodate the overflowing of new releases. Highlights from our shipments included The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP, Phish's Junta Deluxe (Pollock Version) LP, Devo's Live in Seattle 1981 LP, Lee Hazlewood's The LHI Years LP, The Pharcyde's Bizzarre Ride II, as well as countless others.

As the line from outside poured into our RSD aisles, things got hectic but customers worked together, Berkeley Amoeba Record Store Day handing albums to others who could not reach and looking out for their fellow record enthusiasts. 

Beginning at noon we kicked off our afternoon of DJ sets with Mike Schulman, head honcho of Slumberland Records, who played everything from cheery reverberant pop, to darker 80's post-punk and even some rocksteady ska to round out his hour.

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Hit So Hard hits San Francisco's Roxie Theater, 4/27 - 5/3! Schemel, Erlandson & Ebersole in Attendance!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment
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Hit So Hard is the pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, the drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole during its peak years. An unprecedented and unflinching look at one of the ‘90s most crucial and controversial groups, Hit So Hard (directed by P. David Ebersole) shows  Patty as a true Gen X survivor.  

Catch this one-of-a-kind documentary at San Francisco's Roxie Theater April 27th - May 3rd! Director P. David Ebersole, Patty Schemel, and Eric Erlandson (Hole) will introduce the 7:15pm and 9:30pm screenings on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28! They will also hold a Q&A after the 7:15pm screening on both days!

Amoeba San Francisco's Record Store Day 2012: Biggest Year Yet!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2012 04:44pm | Post a Comment
Record Store Day 2012 San Francisco Amoeba Music
All photos by Kaitlin Layher

With a line forming around the block, through the McDonald's parking lot and down Waller Street, RecordRecord Store Day 2012 San Francisco Amoeba Music Store Day 2012 today (April 21st) at Amoeba San Francisco was the best-attended one yet! As we discussed before, Record Store Day is not taken lightly amongst discerning music collectors and Amoebites alike, and this year we all felt the rosy glow of the True Meaning of Record Store Day as the doors were flung open to the excited crowd at 10:30am. As you'll see in these accompanying photos and the video below, special limited edition releases were what brought these souls together, but the instantly-made friendships between like-minded Amoeba patrons spoke to the higher purpose of RSD.

Also in the spirit of giving (and collecting limited edition stuff!), Free Gold Watch was on the Amoeba Record Store Day 2012 San Francisco Amoeba Musicstage screen printing the two winning designs from our first-ever design contest! The shirts went FAST, but we still have a few tote bags at the registers. If you are interested, act fast before they are gone! Proceeds of t-shirt sales will go to the kids at SF Rock Project, because children are our future! Donate well and let them show the way.

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Hip-hop in the Park 2012 at People's Park in Berkeley, Saturday 5/5!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2012 01:25pm | Post a Comment
Hip Hop in the Park Berkeley People's Park

Amoeba Music is pround to sponsor Cal Students for Hip-hop's 16th Annual Hip-hop in the Park, Saturday May, 5th noon - 5pm! This FREE Hip-hop festival in Berkeley's People's Park features music, live graffiti art, and more! 

Check out this all-star line-up:
Gift of Gab of Blackalicious
Ladies First: Raw G, Aima the Dreamer, Persia, Maya Songbird, and DJ Pam the Funkstress
Ameish and the Society
Understudies vs Candlespit

DJ Platurn and Jern Eye will be hosting part of the breakdance cypher!

People's Park is located in Berkeley between Haste and Dwight off of Telegraph. 

The 5th Annual Amoeba Art Show: Friday, May 4th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Art Show Oakland Art Hop

Friday, May 4th
6pm - 11pm
2928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

In what has now become a Bay Area tradition, Amoeba Music throws killer annual art shows to exhibit
Michelle Guintu
Michelle Guintu
Grace Cooper
Grace Cooper
Billy Sprague
Billy Sprague
Trixy Grace
Trixy Grace
and celebrate the creative works of its multi-talented staff from all three Amoeba locations. For our fifth annual Amoeba Art Show, we are taking over the future home of The Black Spring Cafe in sunny Oakland!

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