NightLife LIVE at SF's California Academy of Sciences: Dan Deacon & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, October 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 2, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon at Amoeba SF, 3/1/2015.

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences' NightLife LIVE 2016 summer music series comes to a close on Thursday, October 13th with a bang! Performances from experimental electro-pop madman Dan Deacon and composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will help ease the pain of the end of summer while you peruse the current and permanent exhibits at the Academy.

You can also shop local vendor booths that night. Browse used vinyl at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop next to a swamp! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging. Also, don't miss your last chance to grab a screen print of the exclusive NightLife LIVE October design from San Franpsycho.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP & invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

October Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 2, 2016 02:25pm | Post a Comment

It's a proven scientific fact that October is the best month of the year, especially in the Bay Area. Costumes, candy, tricks and treats...and that's just for the adults. Make sure you celebrate with us all month long at Amoeba SF & Berkeley with our free and all-ages in-store shows, special sales, and events!

Amoeba San Francisco, Amoeba Berkeley, October

Now I Wanna See Your Doc: Jim Jarmusch's New Iggy Pop and The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger" Is A Must See

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2016 11:07am | Post a Comment

Over the years there's been a number of historic documents (feature articles, books, and film/video pieces) made on the topic of Iggy and the Stooges. But Jim Jarmusch's new documentary Gimme Danger, that opens in theaters later this month, looks to be the definitive piece and the one you will want to see on the widely influential proto punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fact it's the one historic document on The Stooges that Iggy Pop himself wants you to see, and was instrumental in Jarmusch making in the first place. "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you," recalled Jarmusch of the key comment made by Iggy eight years ago. That recollection was in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival where Gimme Danger premiered earlier this year. In that same insightful interview with Jarmusch and Iggy (see below), the diehard Stooges fan / director noted how the new documentary had, "things that even hardcore Stooges fans don't know about……We got some stuff nobody has seen before!" By working with those close to the band he gained access to some very rare footage and photos that's interspersed throughout the film: contributing to its "collage" style.

In the trailer for the new film (see below) it begins with a clip of Jim "Iggy Pop" Osterberg on screen and Jarmusch off camera heard saying, “We are in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg about The Stooges, the greatest rock and roll band ever!”  For the making of his documentary Jarmusch took the approach of less is more. So rather than the stereotypical rock-doc approach of interviewing a million different talking heads (typically artists who knew the subject and/or were influenced by the subject) he instead stuck to a small core group of people close to the Stooges. "We wanted to keep it intimate," he said of his film which he has described as, "a love letter" to Iggy and the Stooges.

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"Guitar Mood 2" - Instrumental Compilation Like No Other (Except "Guitar Mood 1")

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 28, 2016 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Guitar Mood 2- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

The music had taken full control and into the vortex of madness she was drawn, dancing in circles like a whirling Dervish that had gone pleasantly, yet totally, insane. Mark my words, ye readers of this review, for this situation of delight just happened last evening in my living room while listening to the first song on Guitar Mood 2 -- Takeshi Teruauchi and the Bunnys playing their rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No.5.

If you would like there to be dancing at your next party or in your living room in general, I recommend this album for the following life changing reasons:

From the vinyl treasure vaults of the great Michael Lucas of The Phantom Surfers, Guitar Mood 2 is a instrumental compilation created like no other...err, except perhaps for Guitar Mood 1, but finding Guitar Mood 1 in the wild may be as rare as finding a walnut-sized gold nugget while panning for river shine with a Marie Calendar pie pan for that album is truly mind-boggling amazing. If you find Guitar Mood 1, new or used, it is an omen for years of good luck.

Guitar Mood 2 will whisk you away to wondrous, exotic lands with strumming surf sounds and cumbias Belkingsthat are blended with the traditional folk melodies of Turkey, Japan, Colombia, Peru, and Finland by bands such as Los Belkings, Los Siderals, Siluetler, and more!

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Seven Nina Simone Vinyl Reissues On the Way Via Verve

Posted by Amoebite, September 27, 2016 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Nina Simone Vinyl Reissues

From the mid to late 1960s, Nina Simone recorded seven albums for the Philips label considered by many to be the zenith of her recording career. These works feature some of her most well-known tracks and cover a lot of territory, from "Sinnerman" to "Mood Indigo" to "Strange Fruit." Earlier this year, Verve released a vinyl box set of these albums, The Philips Years. Now, on September 30th, each LP included in that collection will be available as a 180-gram vinyl reissue.

Here's what you need to know about these massively influential albums.

Nina Simone in Concert

Nina Simone in Concert (1964)

Recorded at Carnegie Hall over the course of three different concert appearances, Simone's first album for Philips shows her evolution from Greenwich Village folk/jazz stylist to outspoken civil rights activist. The LP features classic tracks "Mississippi Goddamn," "I Loves You Porgy," and "Pirate Jenny."

Broadway - Blues - Ballads

Broadway - Blues - Ballads (1964)

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