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Jay Reatard Amoeba Tour Hits the Bay Area

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 24, 2009 12:17pm | Post a Comment
Jay Reatard embarked on a special indie-record store tour in support of his new album, Watch Me Fall. He played all three Amoeba stores, beginning at Amoeba Hollywood on August 18, 2009, and ending with shows at Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley over the weekend. Read our eyewitness recounts of those loud, fast & furious shows:

Let's Get Reatarded In Here!
By Zack Sapunor

Jay Reatard at Amoeba San Francisco 8/22/09:

The stage was set, the crowd was waiting, the lights were bright. Jay Reatard and company were faced with the eternal test: with music best suited for dirt-paved basements and dimly-lit dive bars, could the Jay Reatard at Amoeba SFrockers bring the noise to the daytime in-store appearance? Could the beasts of the night work their magic beneath the fluorescents? Time would tell.

Yeah, time and loud-ass guitars. The power trio lumbered onstage, flipped the switch, and commenced with the aural assault. Implementing some combination of feedback, reverb, and an echo effect which he would turn to throughout the set, Jay Reatard turned to the band and thunder rolled, baby.

Sludgy pounding, birthed in the garage and raised on the street, rattled the record store to its core. When rock fury hits a daytime show there always seems to be that element of "Is this allowed? Is this supposed to be happening?" The well-planned abrasive intro struck the crowd with offensive force. Folks in the first row reeled, eyes wide. A man holding his phone texted awkwardly. It was pretty in-your- face. Jay Reatard Band at SF

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DJ Quest & DJ Project's students rock Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 22, 2009 02:44pm | Post a Comment
by Tarin

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Last night at Amoeba San Francisco, Amoeba's DJ series Mandala & DJ Quest presented a very special Mandala with a DJ Project set!
 

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The DJ Project featured youth DJs from Horizons Unlimited and the Quest School of DJ Arts. The DJ Project is run out of Horizons, and is a safe place for at-risk youth to gain arts education as well as the empoyment and entrepreneurial skills they need to jump start music-related careers. Among other things, they learn about small business management, event production, audio production, DJing, breakdancing and community service.

With a set up of 6 turntables, countless mixers and laptops, the eight youth DJs tore up the stage with their 15-20 minute sets. The DJs played a good mix of Hip-Hop, Top 40, Classic Rock, and R&B, but there was also dancing, live Hip-Hop, and there were two MCs that kept the energy alive in between sets, and gave shout outs to all the performers.

This event was presented more as a showcase then a typical DJ set or in-store performance. These kids have been working so hard throughout the last few months honing their skills, and this was their opportunity to shine and show off their mad talent on the wheels of steel! It was a pleasure to work with this organization and see that our future generations still/will have an appreciation for tangible music, and that spinning vinyl is still an art form. Music education is the key to keeping arts alive for everyone and these students are well on their way to bright futures!

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Amoeba Berkeley Crosses The Bridge To Rock Your Pants Off!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2009 11:20am | Post a Comment
By Spenser Cooper Russell-Snyder

This year's Amoebapalooza was yet another all out bash, but this year we joined the SF store at The Mezzanine for a gigantic morsel of audible chaos. The Berkeley store brought the rock this year, starting
with the ethereal and revving up the noise with each following act.

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First up for the Berkeley store was Stormy King and The Mad Switch. Plucking her 12 string acoustic guitar, Stormy and mad-switcher Matt opened the night with a great mix of electro-acoustic soundscapes.
With beautiful and almost eerie vocals, Stormy captivated the crowd and got us ready for the rest of the evening.

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After a San Franciscan band, B.B. & The Bop Guns hit the stage. The three-piece switched instruments with each song, yet was consistent in their blues-inspired garage rock. Headed up by Amoeba's Brenden, the band flooded the audience with cool attitude and hip songs to match.

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Next on the Berkeley roster was the group Erica Jong, which featured buyer Marty Dowers and his sister Danielle. With the Dowers siblings locked in, the band freed everyone's mind with odd meters and a combo including violin, keys, guitar, bass and drums.

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Mad Men Season 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 5, 2009 12:15pm | Post a Comment
by Scott

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When a cable show starts its 2nd season, there's always a fear that it won't be a worthy successor to the previous one. There's also a hope that, because of the show being given a green light for the 2nd season, mad men season 2the show will push the envelope and try things that they wouldn't have tried in the 1st season.

Mad Men's 2nd season is every bit as good as its 1st -- in some cases, better. AMC has the best show on television: it's halfwayjackie kennedy between a miniseries and a feature film. It's lit and costumed like a feature film, but with the low story arc of a miniseries.

There are many extras in this newly released DVD set of Season 2: do yourself a favor and watch the documentaries first. There are lots of shorts on cultural events of the 60s (Jackie Kennedy's tour of the White House, the Port Huron statement, and Mark Rothko, to name a few). There are longer documentaries on feminism (spread out over 2 discs) and fashion through the entire decade of the 1960s. Commentaries, especially those by the show creator, Matt Weiner, are insightful and entertaining, but should be heard after watching each episode.

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Amoebapalooza North -- The SF Bands!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 4, 2009 12:13pm | Post a Comment
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Having participated once before in Amoebapalooza, our annual night of musical mayhem, rhythm and revelry, I had some idea of what to expect when I stepped through the doors of The Mezzanine on a San Francisco summer night. Without casting any dispersions on venues of the past, I was immediately impressed by the layout of the theatre, the size, the decor, and, above all, the state of the art sound system. I zipped up my green Adidas track suit and strode boldly in.

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While looking forward to the entire evening of revelry, I was personally invested in two particular acts.  One of them had me feeling particularly (I'll admit) apprehensive. The other was scheduled to open the show. Let's start there, shall we?

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After a hearty and enthusiastic welcome from our capable and well dressed hosts, W.C. Von der Berc's Cabaret took the stage with preamble courtesy of one drunken and belligerent clown. I had been enlisted to slap upright bass, a duty which I was happy to perform, doing my best to keep up with the dark carnival maelstrom that is W.C. and his Cabaret. Standards of yesteryear such as "St. Louis Blues" and "I Put A Spell On You" were given a treatment reminiscent of absinthe and anarchy, punk and pandemonium. Quite a sight to see!

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