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Pearls from the Red Sea: Treasures from the Clearance Sections

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, July 9, 2008 02:13pm | Post a Comment
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What does an Amoeba blog have to do with that busy inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia? Not a damn thing, really. The Red Sea to which this blog refers is that reservoir of red price tags that floats somewhere in the vicinity of the checkout counters at all three stores--that beguiling ruby pond that calls to you with promises of Buying Three and getting the Fourth absolutely FREE!
   
It’s a lonely sea, the Amoeba CD Clearance section, a bastard half-brother to the regular Rock or Soul or any genre section, really. But what I know, and I know that many of you know, too, is that CDs end up in the red tags for many reasons, many of which have nothing to do with the quality of the music on those sad, overlooked Lucite and aluminum discs. As it happens, some really great recordings sit around without the word getting out that they are great and need to be heard and cherished and talked about.

First Blood

Posted by phil blankenship, July 9, 2008 12:32pm | Post a Comment
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Secret Society of the Sonic Six back on stage

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 9, 2008 09:45am | Post a Comment

AMOEBA LOVE: BEST RECORD STORE

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2008 06:32pm | Post a Comment
Since its inception Amoeba Music has received numerous awards for its three locations, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood, with the latest award going to the Berkeley Amoeba store which was voted "Best Record Store" by the East Bay Express in their recent annual "Best of the East Bay" edition.

"There is NO place like Amoeba, not even in New York," wrote the accompanying text for this award, which was all the more significant since it was in the "Readers' Choice" section & hence was based on what a wide cross-section of Express readers sincerely think about Amoeba Music.

To help celebrate this latest award for the store, Amoeba will be part of the big party this Friday (July 11th) from 7PM until midnight at the Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street, where all of the winners in the East Bay Express'  recent "best of the East Bay" awards will be honored. If you go - and you should - be sure to stop by the Amoeba Music booth where you can say wassup and register to win free prizes,

The actual theme of this party is "Old School" and hence such classic acts from from back in the day as Flipper and The Uptones -- the longtime East Bay ska outfit who formed back in 1981 when most of its members were still attending Berkeley High School. Below is a video clip of the Uptones nowadays with them performing "Skanking Fool"  a year ago at the Metro in Oakland - a location currently closed.  Others performing at this big mixed arts event include Dyloot (Deep Voices) and Destroyer.


Brandi Shearer - Amoeba artist
Others on the bill for Friday's big and FREE event (meaning get there early, as it will likely be mobbed) include The Shoreshoes, Monarchs, and talented longtime Oakland hip-hop DJ Malachi.

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Wall-e

Posted by Miss Ess, July 8, 2008 06:29pm | Post a Comment
Thanks to my 6 year old stepson's interest, I saw Wall-e over the weekend.wall-e

Pixar sure is proud of its latest. The movie was alright, I suppose. It got two thumbs up from my stepson, so I guess I should lead with that. The actual kid among us viewers enjoyed himself a great deal throughout the film, practically dropping his well-ketchuped challah dog because he was so transfixed. There's a lot of amazing visuals in this film, whether you are floating in outer space or checking out the inside of a humongous space craft. Then there's also all those crazy futuristic inventions that spark imaginations. I think that's part of what makes it interesting and gripping for kids.

I, on the other hand, was a little bored...but I think this stems from my general lifelong inability to connect to stories about robots -- even robots with humanizing features like the ones in Wall-e. In fact, maybe in part because they were 'bots mysteriously programmed with emotions and sad, down turned eyes, I was even less likely to get sucked into the movie cause it felt kinda silly. I found myself wracking my brain to figure out whose voice one of the main characters was...and eventually, all that wracking paid off: it's Jeff Garlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm! I knew I'd heard that particular sputter before, usually following his wife on the show Suzie's rampant and dagger-like chiding.

The plot of Wall-e is noble, though, I guess. (It really wants to be, for sure.) Earth is no longer inhabitable and it's Wall-e and Eve hold handspiled with garbage and thick with smog. Wall-e is a lonely little trash compactor with a penchant for collecting-- he might be a bigger hoarder than my dad! His only friend is a cockroach who hides in a Twinkie every time there's an apocalyptic explosion (often). (And actually my favorite detail of the entire film.  I kept waiting for Cher to show up though too!) When Wall-e finds a white (oh, so pure!) floating pod-like fem'bot that was left behind by a mysterious space ship, he brings "her" home and they bond as only anthropomorphic robots can. When "Eve" sees the tiny, growing plant Wall-e has recently found in his trash piles, she grabs it, pulls it inside of her "belly" and eventually is plucked up by her space ship. Wall-e goes for a ride with the ship, eventually discovering that humans now live in a gigantic space ship, their every convenience accounted for, to the point where they are all fat and don't know how to walk or read anymore. I appreciated the social commentary of the movie and what it said about where our society is headed, but the whole plot just felt kinda flimsy, like an excuse for the visuals. 

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