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The Afrofunk Experience and The Berkeley World Music Festival Come To Amoeba Music!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 10, 2010 02:51pm | Post a Comment
Words and Pictures by Spenser Russell-Snyder

On Saturday, June 5th, grooves from every part of the world came to Amoeba Music and People's Park for the Berkeley World Music Festival! Amoeba was everywhere at the festival, sponsoring the main stage in Peoples Park, setting up a booth on Haste St. with product, prizes and freebies, and having San Francisco's Afrofunk Experience (featuring SF Amoeba employee David James) play an amazing set inside the Berkeley store itself. Check out some pictures from the day's festivities below!

afrofunk experience

afrofunk experience







Amoeba Berkeley Has Its Biggest Record Store Day Yet!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2010 04:48pm | Post a Comment
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Ryan Stark and Dina Ruedel

Before opening this fine Spring morning, at least 100 rabid record collectors had lined up in front of Amoeba Music in Berkeley to take part in Record Store Day 2010! When we opened our doors, the crowd immediately filed down our "Broadway" display aisle, where they grabbed as many of the exclusive releases for the day as they could.

amoeba berkeley record store day 2010

Some of the hot sellers were the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on colored LP, a Fela Kuti 10-inch, a Rolling Stones 7-inch, and a special box set of John Lennon 7-inch singles. Having been in charge of setting up the display both last year and this year, I noticed that there were almost double the amount of releases this year than last year, and the crowd was easily double from last year as well.

amoeba berkeley record store day 2010

amoeba berkeley record store day 2010

I could go on for ages about all the awesome releases that sold out within the first hour (Elvis Presley, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, and Soundgarden reissues, among them), but here at Amoeba Berkeley, Record Store Day wasn't only about the releases. We also had some great DJ's all day long! Starting out the day was Amoeba's own Kyle, who spun garage and punk rock for an hour.

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Amoeba San Francisco's Record Store Day - Rock Around the Clock!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2010 11:13am | Post a Comment
Whew! We're still recovering from a very successful and exhausting Record Store Day 2010 here at Amoeba San Francisco!

record store day san francisco amoeba 2010

The day started off with a bang right at 10:30, with throngs of customers who had been lined up outside anxiously busting through the doors and rushing to find the special RSD treats. Within minutes there were hundreds of frenzied, music-seeking people flooding into the store!

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

The first items to go this year were the Beastie Boys' Mystery White Label, Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs Box Set, Wilco's Kicking Television Live in Chicago and The Hold Steady's Heaven is Wherever LP. The quick-moving line wrapped around the rock vinyl section, with happy customers eagerly chattering about their scores. On their way out the door, they received free goodie bags full of swag as a thank you!

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

amoeba san francisco record store day 2010

The morning flew by and before we knew it, Charlotte Gainsbourg was stepping into the store, looking fresh and fashion forward in her goat fur lined coat and perfectly weathered brown boots, ready for her signing. The fans were already lined up, anxiously awaiting their turn to speak to rock/fashion/film royalty. She walked out to strains of Blonde on Blonde; along with Dylan, for her signing, Charlotte had requested we play Dark Side of the Moon and The White Album, all together three of the more popular rock records in the canon. We got the chance to interview Miss Charlotte post-signing for an upcoming website feature, and throughout the interview she was calm and even, despite the frenzy downstairs on our floor.

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Record Store Day Pre-Party Re-Cap!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2010 05:46pm | Post a Comment


(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 Wrong Way: African Americans in Rock, by Cas

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2010 03:01pm | Post a Comment
kyp malone tv on the radio

Kyp Malone and I shared an “Afro-punk moment” a few years ago. We were at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco where Kyp’s band, TV on the Radio, had opened for The Faint. The show was just letting out when I ran into the furry, bespectacled guitarist and co-vocalist milling about in the lobby of the venue. I struck up a conversation, letting him know I’d caught the previous night’s show of the same bill at The Grand Regency Ballroom. We’d been talking for some time when a young white indie kid broke away from the pack of even more young white indie kids that passed by and approached Kyp and me, smiling that “OMG” smile. “You guys were great tonight” she beamed, at first addressing me. There was this split second of confusion when I didn’t know how to respond since, you know, I was holding it down in thetv on the radio audience that night. I kind of chuckled and motioned towards Kyp, remarking that he was the guy she wanted to thank. Kyp, being mischievous, motioned right back at me, letting her know that I was the guy to thank. We let it hang for one beat before letting the embarrassed girl off the hook. Kyp thanked her for the compliment, his genuine smile defusing the girl’s embarrassment. After she dove back into the throng, Kyp turned to me and said, “That happens all the time...whenever I’m standing with any other black dude.” We laughed. 

Taking the diplomatic route, I guess I couldn’t really blame the girl for thinking I was a member of the band, except I don’t bear that much of a resemblance to any of the guys in TVOTR. Sure, we share some African ancestry, taste in eyewear and facial hair grooming concepts. But we don’t really look alike. Do we? Regardless, amongst all of the people that were at Bimbo’s that night, Kyp and I stuck out, even though only one of us was on stage under spotlights.

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