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Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 2 - Interview with Co-Owner Marc Weinstein

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2010 02:53pm | Post a Comment

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We couldn't think of a better way to continue celebrating our 20th Anniversary this month than with an interview with Marc Weinstein, one of our founding owners, about Amoeba's inception, opening our first shop in Berkeley, what makes Amoeba special, some of his favorite memories thusfar, and more! Scattered throughout are some little-seen images of the Berkeley store before it opened as well as in its very early days!

Read on and check back for more additions over the next few weeks! To read our first Anniversary post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers, click here! To get info about the Anniversary Events scheduled at the Berkeley store on Nov 13 & 14 with DJs, live performances from Foxtails Brigade, and Lyrics Born and prize giveaways, click here! You can also get involved by entering our contest -- share your own Amoeba story for a chance to win a shopping spree and more! Read about it here.

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Adventure! Tonight, O Zone at Oakland Museum of California

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2010 11:45am | Post a Comment
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ADVENTURE! O Zone at OMCA (Oakland Museum of California)

Second Friday-Fest Until Midnight! Sep 10, 2010 | 5:00 pm

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Amoeba Music teams up with The Oakland Museum of California and Pixar for a night of films, discussions, dancing, free art classes and more!
 Stop by the Amoeba table and chat with pixar upAmoeba staff, plus win prizes, and gear up with Amoeba Music schwag! It all takes place in the beautiful OMCA in the heart of downtown Oakland.

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The Afrofunk Experience and The Berkeley World Music Festival Come To Amoeba Music!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 10, 2010 02:51pm | Post a Comment
Words and Pictures by Spenser Russell-Snyder

On Saturday, June 5th, grooves from every part of the world came to Amoeba Music and People's Park for the Berkeley World Music Festival! Amoeba was everywhere at the festival, sponsoring the main stage in Peoples Park, setting up a booth on Haste St. with product, prizes and freebies, and having San Francisco's Afrofunk Experience (featuring SF Amoeba employee David James) play an amazing set inside the Berkeley store itself. Check out some pictures from the day's festivities below!

afrofunk experience

afrofunk experience







Amoeba Berkeley Has Its Biggest Record Store Day Yet!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2010 04:48pm | Post a Comment
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Ryan Stark and Dina Ruedel

Before opening this fine Spring morning, at least 100 rabid record collectors had lined up in front of Amoeba Music in Berkeley to take part in Record Store Day 2010! When we opened our doors, the crowd immediately filed down our "Broadway" display aisle, where they grabbed as many of the exclusive releases for the day as they could.

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Some of the hot sellers were the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on colored LP, a Fela Kuti 10-inch, a Rolling Stones 7-inch, and a special box set of John Lennon 7-inch singles. Having been in charge of setting up the display both last year and this year, I noticed that there were almost double the amount of releases this year than last year, and the crowd was easily double from last year as well.

amoeba berkeley record store day 2010

amoeba berkeley record store day 2010

I could go on for ages about all the awesome releases that sold out within the first hour (Elvis Presley, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, and Soundgarden reissues, among them), but here at Amoeba Berkeley, Record Store Day wasn't only about the releases. We also had some great DJ's all day long! Starting out the day was Amoeba's own Kyle, who spun garage and punk rock for an hour.

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Record Store Day Pre-Party Re-Cap!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2010 05:46pm | Post a Comment


(Amoebites Evan, James, Spenser, Anthony, and Grace)

Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Ryan Stark


With Record Store Day 2010 just a few days away, Amoeba Music Berkeley and The East Bay Express brought the best independent record stores in the East Bay together to pre-game for the big day! The pre-party took place at the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland, where Amoeba has its monthly Dusty Fingers DJ nights.

Amoeba gave away the standard buttons, stickers and magnets, and also had a raffle for limited edition Record Store Day screen printed lithographs (limited to a numbered run of 110 posters!), RSD t-shirts, a copy of the game "Rock N' Roll Triviologies," and a grand prize of a $25 Amoeba gift certificate! When entering the raffle, each contestant also got a $5 off coupon, good only at Amoeba Berkeley on Record Store Day, to help folks cut down the final price of their Record Store Day exclusive purchases.

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