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Prog Rock CD Collection Hits Amoeba SF & Berkeley on Labor Day Weekend

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 28, 2014 05:26pm | Post a Comment

We recently acquired a a massive Prog Rock CD collection and we're rolling it out at Amoeba San Francisco & Amoeba Berkeley on Friday, August 29, just in time for Labor Day weekend! Hundreds of rare import titles from Italy, Japan, Germany, France & Netherlands and lots of reissues on the Mellow and Musea labels. Get to our Bay Area stores early 'cause they won't last long!

Prog Rock CD Collection

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Superchunk

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Superchunk

Like the works of Henry David Thoreau, the two-party system and that burger that's served on a donut instead of a bun, the venerable indie rock band Superchunk is a distinctly American institution. Formed in 1989 and steadily releasing albums ever since, the quartet of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster has left an indelible mark on the world of independent music through the release of numerous classic albums and the foundation of big-time indie label Merge Records. It's Merge's 25th anniversary this year, so Superchunk has remastered and reissued their long out-of-print, classic 1997 album Indoor Living, as part of the label's anniversary reissue series. The band is also set to perform at the Merge 25 festival in North Carolina this July, and at Riot Fest in Chicago in September.

In this installment of "What's In My Bag," McCaughan, Wilbur and Wurster make a special visit to Amoeba San Francisco. Superchunk may be synonymous with the punk/indie DIY ethos, but their collective musical taste is all over the map. In honor of the City by the Bay, Wurster starts things off with the Kevin Epps documentary The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz, a look into the long-ignored black experience at the famous island prison. Wilbur picks up a Leonard Bernstein recording of Mahler's Symphonie No. 2 and shares a story about a personal experience with the famed conductor. McCaughan delves into Philly soul with Major Harris' My Way and '80s Nigerian funk with the comp Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983. Check out all the band's picks, from crust-punk to classical, in the full episode below!

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Check Out the TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition Headphones by AIAIAI at Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 1, 2014 02:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco is currently stocking the limited-edition Stones Throw/AIAIAI TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition headphones aiaiaiheadphones! Stones Throw Records and Copenhagen-based audio design company AIAIAI collaborated for these TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition headphones, and you gotta see 'em to believe 'em.

The original TMA-1 was developed in collaboration with 25 acclaimed and international DJs in 2010, and it’s the favorite DJ headphone of the in-house Stones Throw DJs (we like them). The minimalist, durable DJ tool has undergone a few improvements since 2010, the latest of which is the most remarkable to date owing to its new design features and colorway. This headphone also includes two detachable cords, one of which has a microphone.

What you get in the box:??
• Matte black TMA-1 headphones Stones Throw Edition?
• Two interchangeable pad types: synthetic and semi-leather
• Two interchangeable & detachable cable types: 1.5m coiled cable and 1.5m straight cable with 3-button microphone?
• 1/8-inch to ¼-inch plug adapter?
• Carrying pouch?

Technical Specifications:
• Transducer Principle: Dynamic, closed
• Driver Unit Size: mm
• Impedance: 32±15% Ohm
• Load Rating: 0.1W
• Frequency Response: to 20.000 Hz
• Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.3%
• Sensitivity: 103±3dB Weight w/o
• Shipping weight: 3lb

And now, more glamor shots:

 

The Good Times Rolled at Amoeba SF on Fat Tuesday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 5, 2014 01:55pm | Post a Comment

On Fat Tuesday, Amoeba San Francisco let the good times roll with our Mardi Gras DJ extravaganza! WeFat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco had an eclectic melange of music with our own DJ Kelly-O and DJ DJ (also of Afrofunk Experience), plus a special appearance from DJ Shona's Dad (KPFA Programmer Joel Sachs) who played non-stop New Orleans party classics!

Amoeba employees enjoyed some authentic Louisiana cooking with Jambalaya from the Outer Sunset's Cajun Pacific and traditional King Cake too.

We urge you to recreate the fun at home with some of these amazing New Orleans recordings as your soundtrack. But we're not sharing that Jambalaya recipe!

 

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Kelly
DJ Kelly-O
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ David James
DJ DJ
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Trae
DJ DJ & Trae
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Shona's dad
DJ Shona's Dad
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco
Shona & Suzanne dish it out
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco king cake
King Cake!

 

Fred Armisen Fans Rejoice - With a Bird on It, Of Course

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment
Fred Armisen

If Fred Armisen becomes any busier, he's going to have to be cloned! The actor is widely known for his comedic roles on Saturday Night Live and, more recently, for co-creating the sketch comedy series, Portlandia, but did you know that Fred Armisen is a bonafide rocker? Yes, it's true! To solidify his rock and roll credibility, Fred Armisen has now added "bandleader" to his resume. Armisen has assembled The 8G Band as the house band for the new Late Night with Seth Meyers television show. This reunites Armisen and Meyers, who both recently left longtime roles as cast members on Saturday Night Live. Armisen admirers might be surprised to learn he dropped out of visual art school to pursue a career as a drummer. He played drums in the band Trenchmouth, which was signed to East West Records in the '90s. Late night TV has never been so punk!

Being named band leader of Late Night would be the highlight of any musician's year, but it doesn't stop there. Portlandia is back! Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein kick off Season 4 tonight airing on the IFC network. Armisen wears many hats, including starring and writing for Portlandia!

Portlandia Season 4

Last year, we caught up with Fred while he was shopping at Amoeba San Francisco. He gave our cameras a sneek peak into the musical tastes of a funny man. He's got some great punk and rock selections on vinyl and he tells a very cool story about using tour money to buy records at Amoeba in the '90s!  

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