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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Frank Turner

Posted by Amoebite, May 2, 2016 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Frank Turner Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"As a music snob I should of course be morally opposed to...greatest hit compilations, but fuck it," says English punk/folk singer Frank Turner, picking up the Elvis Presley collection, Artist Of The Century. Turner, a two time Amoeba Stage performer, had just finished reading Peter Guralnick's two acclaimed Elvis biographies, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, and was inspired to properly delve into the legend's music. Thankfully he stopped into Amoeba Hollywood to do his record shopping, and we got a chance to catch up with him and check out his picks.

Frank Turner began his musical career as a member of hardcore punk bands Kneejerk and Million Dead. Following Million Dead's dissolution in 2005, Turner struck out on his own, inspired by his love for country and acoustic music. His first solo EP, Campfire Punkrock, was released a year later. His debut full-length, Sleep Is for the Week, landed in 2007. Since then he has relentlessly toured the US and Europe with a steady stream of studio releases. Turner's most recent album, Positive Songs for Negative People, was released in the summer of 2015.

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Amoeba Muralist Michael Alvarez Debuts Paintings at MaRS April 30

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

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Have you ever seen the mural that surrounds the garage entrance to Amoeba Music in Hollywood? With musicians from soul, punk, hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll, it perfectly gets you into the mindset for crate diggin’. Here are some pictures to jog your memory.

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The mural is the handy work of artists Tony Tee and Michael Alvarez, the latter of who is having his first solo exhibition, “Sorealism,” at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) starting this Saturday, April 30. His 18 oil paintings will be on view through June 4.

Alvarez grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, an area currently facing a ton of changes as the gentrification wave heads east. The subjects of his paintings come from the area’s community spaces and domestic life, rendered in an unfiltered, true-to-life style. See some of his work below. (Some of it is NSFW; the raciest we'll post here just has a man mooning the viewer.)

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting take a hikeA public reception on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature a food pop-up by East Los Musubi, which brings new flavors to the classic Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Find out more here.

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Record Store Day at Amoeba SF...Another Great Year!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2016 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco

Record Store Day 2016 at Amoeba SF was a hit for collectors, music lovers, and those seeking a fun Saturday out on a surprisingly sunny San Francisco day. With loads of exclusive releases from David Bowie, Madonna, J Dilla, Iggy Pop, and so many more, it's no wonder we had a line that wrapped around the block and then some. We also held a bevy of sales, live t-shirt silk screening with print masters Free Gold Watch, DJ sets from opening until 6pm, and signings with both Pete Yorn and Kevin Martin of Candlebox.  

Check out our video of the action-packed day, which includes interviews with Pete Yorn and Kevin Martin, and these spectacular photos!

 

Pete Yorn, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Pete Yorn
Kevin Martin of Candlebox, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Kevin Martin
Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
The line outside Amoeba SF before opening.
Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Free Gold Watch, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Free Gold Watch silk screened limited edition Record Store Day t-shirts.

Photos by Kelly Sweeney Osato

New 'What's in My Bag?' Episode with German Techno Producer Rodhad

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2016 11:56am | Post a Comment

Rodhad Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

German DJ and label owner Rodhad was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks. By hosting his own techno parties in the late '90s, Rodhad built a reputation in Berlin as one of the most exciting DJs in town. In 2009 he began hosting DYSTOPIAN, a series of regular club nights at famed Berlin venues such as Arena Club, the Tape Club, and Horst Krzbrg. Now, with his own label, also named DYSTOPIAN, he's an international DJ with multiple EPs and an album to his name, garnering accolades from such scene luminaries as Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Luke Slater, Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, and Sven Vath.

Though most of his picks are on the electronic side, Rodhad starts off with Kings of Leon's first album, Youth & Young Manhood, stating that in the case of most rock bands, "the first album's always the best." Next he picks up his own remix of Howling's Signs, which he himself never received a copy of, and talks about the challenge of remixing a track outside the techno world for the first time. He also finds himself in the movie soundtrack section where he grabs an LP of the It Follows score by Disasterpeace, as well as Lost Themes by director and soundtrack composer John Carpenter.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Amoeba Top Five, K-Def, San Quinn, Saul Williams, Kevin Gates, K-Def

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2016 03:07pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 02:15:16
 


1) K-Def The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini (Redefinition/Fat Beats)
 
2) Kevin Gates Islah (Atlantic)

3) J. Cole Forest Hills Drive Live (Roc Nation)

4) Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing (Fader) - also on LP

5) San Quinn The Fillmore Lion (Legacy Mafia)

Shout-out to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five chart that features in the top slot longtime NJ-based hip-hop producer K-Def with the two album, 33 track (on one CD disc) set The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini on Redefinition/Fat Beats.  As seen in the accompanying video below of E-Lit running down these five and other new/recent releases, there is also a single album vinyl version by K-Def.  Other popular new releases at the East Bay Amoeba store include longtime Fillmore district of San Francisco rapper San Quinn's latest full length The Fillmore Lion on Legacy Mafia, and Louisanna rapper (previously prolific mix tape producer) Kevin Gates' official major label debut Islah on Atlantic Records

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