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Born out of Remains of KUSF & Recently Granted FCC License, SFCR Now Readies For Set Up of New San Francisco Radio Station

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2016 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Old habits die hard. Hence whenever I'm driving round the Bay Area and scanning the left side of the radio dial (where the quality stations tend to cluster), I stop the tuner at 90.3FM subconsciously expecting to hear KUSF. But then the flood of sounds of bad classical that fill my speakers quickly remind me of the fact that the beloved San Francisco college radio station KUSF of old is gone. It's been gone for five and a half years. However recently fans of the station learned some good news when the FCC announced that it would be granting a (shared) low-powered FM license to SFCR, the station that's an outgrowth/continuation of the old KUSF.  

The Jesuit run University of San Francisco (USF) radio outlet, that began in 1963 as a campus-only AM station, had by 1977 morphed into the new music and community programming FM station that it became known and loved for. As such, for over three and a half decades, it broadcast from Phelan Hall on the USF campus via the 90.3FM frequency up until January 18th, 2011 when the  signal was suddenly and unceremoniously taken off the air, as first reported on the Amoeblog. A few weeks later, in an act of solidarity with the newly formed Save KUSF movement and the legions of KUSF 90.3FM supporters, Amoeba  Music San Francisco hosted a special KUSF DJs (including DJ Irwin and DJ Schmeejay) live broadcast on WFMU that was relayed/rebroadcast live on a slew of other stations including KFJC, KALX, KZSU locally, and KVRX Austin, WITC NY, WREK Atlanta, and KRFP Idaho nationally.

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Amoeba Hollywood is in Pokemon Go! Come Catch 'Em All & Get $3 Off Coupon

Posted by Amoebite, July 12, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Pokemon Go at Amoeba Hollywood

Everywhere you turn lately, people are talking about or playing Pokémon Go. It's a new augmented reality game you play on your cell phone that combines the real world with the virtual Pokémon world. Although it just launched last week, it's already more popular than Tinder.

After tons of trainers (as the users are called) were seen playing it on their phones while walking around Amoeba Hollywood, we discovered we're actually a gym in the game! A gym is where you go to battle other teams to either claim the gym as your own or defend it against attacking trainers. Plus, you get experience points by battling, which gets you more levels and more powerful Pokémon. However, to battle at a gym you need to get to Level 5 in the game. Confused? Read more about how the game works.

We're getting Pokémon Go fever like everyone else, so we're giving trainers a discount while you're playing at Amoeba Hollywood! Just take a screenshot of a Pokémon you caught inside Amoeba Hollywood and show it to the folks at the information counter on the main floor. We'll give you a $3 off coupon for your purchase of $5 or more. (Limit 1 per person per day. Can't be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on Amoeba.com. Offer ends July 19.)

Come catch 'em all!

Summer Book Blockbusters: New & Upcoming Reads

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 12, 2016 06:10pm | Post a Comment

Summer Book Blockbusters

We still have plenty of summer left this year, which is good news for sun worshipers, stone fruit enthusiasts, and voracious readers. Thanks to summer, we can participate in our favorite solitary hobby of being completely absorbed by a good book in the great outdoors -- and we can do so longer and later thanks to daylight savings time! So many great books have come out this summer or are on their way to bookshelves near you. Here's our guide to some of the highlights we've enjoyed and are looking forward to.

Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock ExplodedMusic:

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp (out now)
This is the hilarious and true story of Jensen Karp's wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of, who got his start performing at his friend's bar mitzvah and eventually signed to Interscope Records.

Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (out now)
Examines the music scene starting with the day after The Beatles broke up and the world was reshaped by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell.

In Love With These Times by Roger Shepherd (out now)
Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd's memoirs reach back to the early days of the New Zealand label, dreamt up in the back rooms of a Christchurch record shop in the early '80s.

The Smiths by Nalinee Darmrong (out now)
This huge collection of photos by Nalinee Darmrong chronicles The Smiths during their peak years, 1985–1986, when Darmrong traveled with the band for the Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours. See many previously unpublished photos of the band backstage and onstage, set lists, handcrafted promo materials, letters, clothing, and much more.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ & Producer Cassy

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Cassy Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"I think it's extremely important to make lots of jokes in bleak times," says singer, producer, and DJ Cassy as she picks up a comedy record, What Becomes A Semi-Legend Most?, by Joan Rivers. Cassy loved her audacity, saying she had "the balls to say things that other people would never dare to say." Though she starts by referencing these bleak times, Cassy picked up some fun records when she recently visited Amoeba Hollywood, which ran the gamut from classical to techno to music "for when you're, like, a 50 year-old man. Which I'm not."

Cassy Donna Amoeba MusicBorn in England and raised in Austria, Cassy's career began in the '90s as a DJ at Viennese club Flex. Around the same time, she appeared as a vocalist on Elin's remix of Ganymed's "Music Takes Me Higher" and Zombie Nation's "Unload." After collaborations with DJ Dave the Hustler, Luciano, and Mathew Jonson, Cassy became further immersed in the minimal techno scene and relocated to Berlin. 

In 2004, Cassy became a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar, where she would hold down the decks once-a-month for three years. During this time she released tracks for labels such as Ostgut Ton, Perlon, and Beat Street, as well as her own Cassy imprint. After Berlin, Cassy did stints at clubs in Paris, Ibiza, and Amsterdam. She worked with King Britt on her debut full-length, Donna, which was just released via K7 last week. Cassy is currently on tour throughout Europe.

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Introducing...Our New Series: First Show Stories

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 12:55pm | Post a Comment

First Show Stories

We're excited to reveal our newest web series, First Show Stories! Our film crew at Amoeba Hollywood has been chatting with some of the artists who've stopped by the store lately to learn more about their very first concert-going experiences. The first three installments in the series showcase memories from Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie, the Tweedy family, and A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost. Check out the stories below to get a glimpse into experiences that are alternately mortifying, exhilarating, and inspiring.

In this video, Nick Harmer talks about the "fairly traumatic" experience of going to see R.E.M. on their Green tour, describing how he saved his money and slept outside in line for tickets -- only to be one-upped by his mom.

 

The men of Tweedy -- Jeff, Spencer, and Sam -- talk about their vastly different first concert experiences; for Jeff, it was an early Stray Cats gig while Spencer says "it was probably a Wilco show," and Sam talks about seeing The Rolling Stones. Featuring family friend Steve Albini's bad life advice for kids!

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