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Talent Show: David James's GPS

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2016 04:59pm | Post a Comment

David James's GPS

For the Amoeblog's second edition of Talent Show, a place to show off newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it, we're keeping it very local to Amoeba San Francisco. All three of our Amoeba locations are brimming with talented staff members; from musicians to writers, from dancers to actors, from painters to comedians and everything in between, we span the arts more completely than just about any other workplace. At Amoeba SF, we have a buyer and manager who has dedicated his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, and composer to the Bay Area music scene for nearly 20 years. I'm talking about David James, people.

Showing remarkable range, David James has played, toured, and recorded with the likes of Spearhead, David James's GPSThe Coup, Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (as well as the Afrofunk Experience, as it's now known), Thessalonians, and the Beth Custer Ensemble. His newest project, David James's GPS, pairs him with trombonist Alan Williams, Dina Maccabee on viola, Jan Jackson on drums, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass, and Beth Custer on clarinet. David James's GPS (the GPS stands for Good People, Son, of course) has just released their first album, Billionaire Blues, and it also happens to be the first album of music written solely by David James. Just like his musical resume, the album's sound is diverse showing off the sextet's technical chops and wide-ranging interests. Songs bounce from jazz to waltz to Reggae to blues to Afro-beat to Euro-beat. Why buy a round-the-world cruise when you can check in to Billionaire Blues for repeated listens?!

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2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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Amoeba SF's Best In-Store Shows of 2015

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 6, 2015 05:17pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF's Best In-Store Shows of 2015, Scott Weiland

By Brent James, Amoeba SF Event Coordinator

It was another smashing year for live music here at Amoeba SF! Whether you came to one of our shows or attended an artist signing, there was something for everyone. While ALL of our events rock me to the core again and again, here are the top 5 that are most noteworthy to me.

5. VINTAGE TROUBLE: Thursday, September 24, 2015
A wonderful acoustic set of songs from VT's LP 1 Hopeful Road. This show was a warm-up for their opening gig for AC/DC at AT&T Park where they played for more than 30,000 people! Check them out when they come to a venue near you and have your mind scrambled. 

Vintage Trouble

4. PE 2.0: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Described as "a branch on the Public Enemy family tree", PE 2.0 came in and blew us all away with a live set of music: new tunes and re-workings of older, more obscure Public Enemy songs. Lead MC Jahi never missed a beat and worked the crowd into a frenzy during the almost hour-long showcase! Legend Chuck D watched from the wings like a proud father but didn't perform. Maybe next time ;)

PE 2.0

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Title Fight

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2015 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Title Fight

Title Fight is a four-piece post-hardcore band from Pennsylvania consisting of Ned Russin (bass/vocals), Jamie Rhoden (guitar/vocals), Shane Moran (guitar), and Ben Russin (drums). Formed in Kingston, PA in 2003, the band released a series of demos, 7"s and EPs before signing to SideOneDummy for the release of their 2011 debut full-length ShedFloral Green followed in 2012. 

Title Fight HyperviewTwo years later the band announced that they had signed to ANTI-, who released their third LP, Hyperview, in early 2015. The band has toured South America and Europe, played the main stage at Warped Tour, and shared stages with New Found Glory, Rise Against, and Touche Amore.

While on a recent tour, vocalist/bassist Ned Russin stopped by Amoeba San Francisco and shared his finds with our What's in My Bag? crew. He expands his Randy Newman collection, picks up a long-awaited full-length LP from Washington, D.C. hardcore band Give, a reissue of No One Rules by Agnostic Front, and much more.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dan Deacon

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2015 12:47pm | Post a Comment

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is a Baltimore-based composer, electronic musician and founder of the Wham City arts and music collective. He released his self-released his first two albums as a solo artist, Meetle Mice and Silly Hat vs Egale Hat, on CD-R while attending SUNY Purchase. He released several recordings before coming to national attention with 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which was released by Carpark Records, and included in Pitchfork’s “Top 50 Albums of 2007.” Two years later, he released the critically-acclaimed Bromst. In 2012, Dan Deacon released America on Domino Records. His fourth album, Gliss Riffer, was released in early 2015, also via Domino.

Dan Deacon Gliss RifferDan Deacon is beloved for his entertaining live shows, which he performs surrounded by the audience. You can see him live in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 10 at Festival Supreme and in San Francisco January 29, 2016 at the Fillmore. His classical and film score work is perhaps less well-known, although his work has been performed at The Barbican in London for the Steve Reich Reverberations Festival and at Carnegie Hall as part of their American Mavericks series. He has also collaborated with video artists and curates and hosts Gunky’s Basement Film Series, a year-round extension of the Maryland Film Festival.

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