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Amoeba Music Berkeley Among Premier Bay Area Destinations For New Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2016 03:30pm | Post a Comment
New Bay Area resident and recently signed Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant spent the weekend exploring (and seemingly loving) the Bay with premier destinations including a visit to Amoeba Music in Berkeley. See pictures from KD's adventures around the Bay.

Online posts to Reddit and Twitter last week asking for tips on what to do in his newly adapted Bay Area home, including suggestions on "dope record stores," resulted in the NBA star doing some crate digging at the East Bay Amoeba store on Telegraph Ave. where he was joined by popular Bay Area hip-hop artist Sage The Gemini. Both are pictured in a photo Durant posted to his Twitter account over the weekend. And last night the music loving/BART-riding basketball star, who is on the cover of the new (Nov. 3) issue of Rolling Stone, was up front in the mosh pit at the Kanye West concert in Oakland where he got mobbed by fans and shouted-out by Yeezy from onstage.

In July the 28-year old MVP award winner made headlines when he announced he would leave Oklahoma City Thunder to sign a lucrative $54.3 million 2 year contract with the Warriors, with a player option after the first year. His signing to join the Oakland based team with fellow NBA superstar Steph Curry gave the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest starting lineups in NBA history. With the new 2016-17 NBA season kicking off this week, KD has finally fully relocated to the Bay Area and begun to familiarize himself with the area, with a little help from his fans.  On Thursday he went on Reddit posting,  "Its KD. New to the area, still tryin' to get my feet wet and want to know what places in The Bay to check out...." In a separate post he noted how he's into music shopping, asking about,  "Any dope record stores … you would suggest?" A few days earlier he had sent out a similar request via his Twitter account when he Tweeted, "Getting familiar with my new city. Tell me what I’m going to love most about The Bay." Both requests resulted in him being inundated with suggestions, many of them mentioning Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Berkeley. "If you haven't been to Amoeba Music it's a great spot for diggin' vinyl of all genres," suggested one fan while another suggested SFMOMA, the Museum of African Diaspora, and checking out visiting Chicago artist Chance The Rapper's Bay Area appearances over the weekend.
 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Allah-Lahs

Posted by Amoebite, September 16, 2016 05:17pm | Post a Comment

Allah-Lahs - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of having modern garage rock band (and former Amoebites) Allah-Lahs here at Amoeba Hollywood. That's right, not only are they one of the coolest bands around town, but three of the four members are Amoeba alums! When asked what record he was always looking for while working at the store, drummer Matthew Correia answered, "I was always imagining the day when I was gonna find some original Spacemen 3 records." That day never came, but the guys did find some other great albums on their latest visit.

Allah-Lahs Calico Amoeba MusicAllah-Las consisit of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, guitarist/vocalist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist/vocalist Spencer Dunham, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Correia. In 2011 the quartet released their first 7", "Catamaran/Long Journey," featuring production by old school soul-inspired singer and guitarist Nick Waterhouse. A year later, the band released their self-titled debut for Innovative Leisure, which was also produced by Waterhouse.

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January 2000 Amoeba Music Magazine Ad Harks Back to A Different Time

Posted by Billyjam, August 16, 2016 10:20pm | Post a Comment

Sixteen and a half years ago the above Amoeba Music magazine print ad was published, right at the beginning of the new century. In one respect it's not long ago but in another it is a whole other time period in many ways. Hence this ad is a historic capsule that captures a bygone era in terms of the music industry, technology and Amoeba Music itself. This was still almost two full years before the Hollywood Amoeba Music store would open in November 2001 (see pic left).

It was also before this Amoeba Music website, that you are currently reading, became an important entity and integral part of Amoeba's distribution of music and information. Telling is that the Amoeba ad does not even include a URL web address, just street addresses and phone numbers. Noticeable also is that the ad was for CDs only. In the relatively short time since then vinyl has undergone a real resurgence while CDs have dropped in popularity with music collectors.

Prepared in the final weeks of 1999, it appeared in the January 2000 issue of Flyer SF which like so many print publications, once staples of the music industry, is long gone.  The ad filled the fold-out center pages of the pocketbook size zine that specialized in San Francisco club listings and reviews of related music. The print ad promoted an Amoeba in-store sale of various hip-hop and beat driven music by Jazzanova, Dieselboy, DJ Kicks, Blackalicious and also various artists on the Quannum and Solesides compilations that included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born.

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New Green Room Session with The Joy Formidable

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2016 03:37pm | Post a Comment

The Joy Formidable Amoeba Music Green Room Session

Welsh alternative rock group The Joy Formidable stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play an intimate Green Room Session before their recent gig at The Roxy. While usually playing with an electrified drive behind their ethereal melodies, the trio stripped their songs down to the bare, acoustic essentials. Now located in London the band is comprised of Rhiannon Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies, and Matthew James Thomas. 

The Joy Formidable Hitch Amoeba Music

Starting with "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade" The Joy Formidable turn the anthemic song mellow and cozy. Next up is the more driving "Little Blimp." With pulsating percussion and some fast and groovy lead guitar the band finds themselves in an infectious groove. With "The Last Thing on My Mind," off their latest album Hitch, Bryan and Davies get to show off their effortless and tight vocal pairing.

Catch The Joy Formidable October 27 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and October 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Watch The Joy Formidable's Green Room Session below:

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Band of Horses

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2016 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Band of Horses Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Let it be known that South Carolina rockers Band of Horses are a very well read bunch of guys. Before their recent performance at Amoeba Hollywood the group scoured the store for records, movies, and a healthy selection of books, including the think piece, Fuck That: An Honest Meditation. "You know, just stuff that you would read on the toilet," says bassist Bill Reynolds. Reynolds also picked up autobiographies by two of his favorite bassists, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses. Drummer Creighton Barrett found a copy of Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening, a photo book of Southern California surf/skate/punk culture, and lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey grabbed The Record Store of the Mind by Tompkins Square Records owner Josh Rosenthal. But it wasn't all books (for the loo or otherwise) with the band. They also found an incredible collection of records and rock documentaries.

Band of Horses formed in 2004 after the dissolution of vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell's previous band, Carissa's Wierd. Early on in their career, the band opened for Iron & Wine in their then-hometown of Seattle, drawing the attention of Sub Pop, who would release Band of Horses' 2006 full-length debut, Band of Horses Why Are You OKEverything All the Time. For the band's follow-up, Cease to Begin, Bridwell and the others relocated to South Carolina. The group's international profile began to grow, with performances at the Roskilde, Glastonbury, and T in the Park festivals.

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