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A Year in the Life of Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Over at Amoeba Music Berkeley, 2008 has been a year full of thrilling instores and special events. Keep reading to check out about some of the hand-picked highlights:

In February, hyperactive punk band the Black Lips stopped by for an energetic instore appearance. You can see all the pictures from this event on our website here. You can also watch an interview and performance from their Amoeba Hollywood appearance right here.

black lips at amoeba

February also saw an instore by Bay Area favorites the Drive By Truckers, who brought a little twang to the Berkeley store on Valentine's Day.

drive by truckers at amoeba

In honor of Record Store Day at the Berkeley store, Pam the Funkstress of The Coup brought it on the ones and twos, several other DJs had sets and gift certificate giveaways occured throughout the day.

pam the funkstress of the coup

In the Spring, the store was treated to the pastoral, golden-toned sounds of local faves Vetiver. You can check out an exclusive interview with frontman Andy Cabic right here and see more pictures from the show here!

A Year in the Life of Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2008 07:18pm | Post a Comment
It's been yet another eventful year here at Amoeba San Francisco, our 11th here on Haight Street! Below is a sort of best-of, a bunch of the highlights from the year for us, from instores to holiday events-- read on to celebrate the end of 2008 with us!

Going back to January 2008, we kicked off the new year with a groovy instore from Devendra Banhart.

devendra banhart at amoeba

January also saw the second annual Amoeba Art Show, held at the Space Gallery here in San Francisco. Many of Amoeba's employees, you see, are also fantastic artists, and so a huge gathering of pieces created by said employees from both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba stores was shown, and the event also included some music, drinking and general hobnobbing. The art below was created by Amoeba Berkeley's Zak Wilson. More info about the event can be found here.


Then, in February, Vampire Weekend hit the stage for a HUGE and thrilling performance. You can go right here for a review and all the photos from that show.

Amoeba SF's Horrific Halloween Costume Contest

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2008 05:14pm | Post a Comment
Yesterday Amoeba San Francisco was flooded with spirits in their finest Halloween garb...

Our annual Horrific Halloween Costume Contest took place and this year's event was hosted with aplomb by our own Mike Bee (aka Batags) and DJed aptly by Dracula..er...Nero Nava.

mike beenero nava as dracula

This year's contest was overrun with hair-raising and inspired creatures of all types:
 
brandon alien junkie

From the scary -- Brandon's creepy alien junkie!
 
ben tuttle halloween

To the adorable -- Ben Tuttle was some kind of fuzzy Japanese pet.

leah question mark

Leah's undecided!

corrie death from sandman

Ms. Corrie dressed as Death of the Endless from the Sandman comics.
 
And now for the winners! This year's contest was divided first into Employee and Customer groups. The Employee contest had three categories. First up is the winner for the Most Original Costume:
 
jacob the redneck voter

It's Jacob as the Redneck Voter!
 
Next we have the winner for the Scariest Outfit:
 
lance is scary.
 
Lance creeped us out as a cardboard-faced killer.

Then there's the winner of the Most Creative outfit, Tarin:
 
tarin as a record player

Amoeba & Guitar Hero Kick Out The Jams @ Blake's In Berkeley !

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 29, 2008 12:44pm | Post a Comment
guitar hero amoeba event

On Saturday, October 25th, Amoeba sponsored an event coinciding with the drop of the new version of Guitar Hero, entitled Guitar Hero: World Tour. As you may or may not have heard, Amoeba is featured in the game as a playable level which is unlocked as you play through the "Tour" career mode of the game. So naturally, to celebrate the release of Amoeba's first venture into the video game world, the folks of Amoeba Berkeley had a wee soiree down the street at Blake's On Telegraph. The event was held on the top two floors of the three floor bar, where patrons could not only be the first ones to purchase the new game, but could also demo a single guitar version for Xbox 360, or the full Rock Band version on the PS3.

guitar hero amoeba event

This is the first time that a Guitar Hero title has been sold with the full Rock Band set up, including an updated guitar (now 25% bigger and with a sunburst finish), an updated drum set (similar to the Rock Band 2 drum set with 3 drum pads and 2 "cymbal" fan pads to better recreate the feel of a real drum kit), and my personal favorite, the microphone. Unfortunately for yours truly, my voice had been rendered useless by a cold, so I could not belt "Living On A Prayer" at the top of my lungs.

The set up of the event was pretty neat, with DJ Vinnie Esparza spinning a great mix of tunes varying from Latin soul breaks, to artists you would assume would be played at a Guitar Hero event: Sabbath, guitar hero amoeba eventMaiden, Slayer, etc. Before entering the event I had wondered how we could have a DJ and multiple versions of the mainly musical game all going at the same time. Upon arriving, however, I saw that the game stations were equipped with nice headphones for each person, so they could hear the rock, while not interrupting the bar's other alcoholics.

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The Kids of Widney High

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 3, 2008 12:30pm | Post a Comment
I have the good fortune to be part of the in-store crew here at Amoeba San Francisco, and this affords me many opportunities to do one of my favorite things ever: see live music.

I’ve seen some bands that I GREATLY admire (Earth, High on Fire, The Raconteurs, Thurston Moore, The Breeders, Boris, The Dirtbombs… the list goes on), some bands that I’m unimpressed with (I’ll keep those to myself), and sometimes it’s something I’ve never heard before, but it’s always something different and new.

One factor that can affect my experience as a viewer is whether or not the performers are having fun and are excited to be here. When artists are psyched up for the unique experience of an Amoeba instore, it makes their show all the better for everyone!

 

What is the point of this personal rambling, you might be asking yourself? Well, this coming Sunday, July 6 at 2pm, The Kids Of Widney High are going to be performing LIVE for FREE, and I can’t wait to see them. Have I ever seen them before? Nope. But I did watch the video for “Pretty Girls” on the Amoeba Website. After that I wanted to see more, so I clicked over to YouTube and found this mini-documentary about the school and the songwriting class that has created this group. It’s worth watching the entire thing, but be sure to check out just after the 9 minute mark, when former member Shantel Brown says “…and I hope they get to go back to San Francisco again.”  WHAT?!?! Are they going to be way excited to be here? That makes ME all the more excited… I think YOU should come by and check it out. There’s nothing like a room full of people who love music, is there?

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