R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Today Something Weird Video broke the news that Herschell Gordon Lewis -- “godfather of gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis“sultan of splatter,” and direct marketing guru -- passed away. He may have been 87 years old or he may have been 90 years old, he may have been a genius or he may have been a highly creative hack (he'd probably say, what's the difference?), but one thing is certain -- the world of cinema was changed forever when the former English professor-gone-ad exec-gone nudie cutie filmmaker decided to combine his interests in exploitation film, marketing, and bloody Grand Guignol-style theater with 1963's Blood Feast (made with his business partner David F. Friedman).

Considered the first American gore film, Blood Feast follows the adventures of Fuad Ramses as he Blood Feastmurders young women in order to create an "Egyptian feast" for the goddess Ishtar. A tongue is cut out, legs are cut off, brains are removed, and the viewing audience got to see it all in all it's bright red Technicolor glory. Like any forward-thinking writer/ad man/smut peddler, H.G. Lewis understood his market and his market was made up of the horny kids at the Drive-In. Lewis went on to make countless more works of gory art in quick succession, including Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), A Taste of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome (1967), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), The Wizard of Gore (1970), and The Gore Gore Girls (1972), just to name some of the most memorable. Some years he released five to seven films, often designing the poster and hitting the booking market before making the film.

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Limited Wristbands for Tegan and Sara Events in LA & SF Available at Amoeba June 3

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2016 12:41pm | Post a Comment

Tegan and Sara Love You to Death Events in LA & SF

Tegan and Sara's hotly-anticipated new studio album, Love You to Death, comes out Friday, June 3rd on Neil Young's Vapor Records label (via Warner Bros). To celebrate, the Canadian duo is playing two special performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The sisters will be kicking off the weekend with a live show at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood on the day of the release. If you'd like to attend, pick up the new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood for your ticket to the event. Love You to Death goes on sale at 10:30am on June 3rd. This will be a very intimate, exciting event, so space is limited.

Bay Area fans can check out the dynamic duo the following night, Saturday, June 4 at the Folsom Street Foundry. Again, there are limited tickets available for the performance, as we want to keep it extra special. To snap up one of these coveted tickets, be one of the first to purchase the album in-store at Amoeba San Francisco and you'll immediately earn guaranteed entry. We'll be distributing passes to the show with purchase starting at 11am on Friday, June 3.


Live Performance

Radiohead 'Burn the Witch' 7" Lottery Winners

Posted by Amoebite, May 17, 2016 12:32pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead Burn the Witch Lottery Winners

The winners of our Radiohead lottery for the band's extremely limited "Burn the Witch / Spectre" 7" have been notified via email. For privacy's sake, we have not disclosed their full names here.

Winners have until the end of the day on Thursday, May 19th to return to Amoeba and purchase their 7" in person. Per rules set by Radiohead and XL Recordings, this 7" can only be sold in-store and cannot be sold online. If the 7"s are not purchased by the deadline, we will pull another winner and contact them directly via email.

Fans who pre-ordered A Moon Shaped Pool in-store at Amoeba for this lottery can pick up their copy of the new album at Amoeba Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley starting June 17th. Be sure to bring your receipt and ID with you. Please note, if you pre-ordered the album online at, it will be shipped to you like usual.


Chazz H. Jonathan S. Nicole P.
Elaine C. Jose H. Ryan T.
Hillary M. Joseph G. Sarah G.
Howard B. Ken L. Tim D.
Israel A. Michelle P. Thomas H.


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How Do I Get Radiohead's Limited 'Burn the Witch' 7" Single?

Posted by Amoebite, May 13, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead Burn the Witch

Radiohead's long-awaited new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, is out on June 17th. Ahead of the full album, the band is releasing an extremely limited "Burn the Witch" / "Spectre" 7". The 7" contains the first single from the new album, as well as a track originally meant to be the theme song to the James Bond film, Spectre

Quantities of this 7" are very, very limited and demand for it is extraordinarily high. We just found out that we were not allocated as many copies as we ordered. Per the rules set by Radiohead and XL Recordings, this 7" can only be sold in-store and cannot be sold online. So to be as fair as possible, we're handling sales of this 7" differently at Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, and Amoeba Berkeley.

Fans who wish to purchase the 7" must pre-order Radiohead's new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, or Amoeba Berkeley beginning Monday, May 16th. You will be entered into a lottery for the chance to own this extremely limited 7". We will contact the winners via email Tuesday, May 17 at 12pm. Winners will need to come into the store to purchase the 7" by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 18th.

What If I Already Pre-Ordered A Moon Shaped Pool on

No problem! We'll enter your name into the lottery. However, should your name be drawn, you must be able to come into Amoeba Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley by the close of business on Wednesday, May 18th to purchase your copy of the 7".

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Blonde Redhead

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2016 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Do you love Ennio Morricone? Well, so do the members of Blonde Redhead! On their last west coast tour, the New York trio stopped in at Amoeba San Francisco and picked up a couple of the legendary composer's film soundtracks. One, L'Istruttoria E Chiusa Dimentichi, they had never heard before, while all three now own a copy of the other, The Sicilian Clan. Of course, Morricone wasn't the only artist they found at Amoeba, and as you could expect from a band as eclectic as they are, their picks were pretty interesting.

Blonde Redhead BarraganFormed in 1993 after Italian undergraduate jazz students Amedeo and Simone Pace met Japanese art student Kazu Makino at an Italian restaurant in New York, Blonde Redhead fused noise-rock and shoegaze to create their own style of dream pop and rock. Their self-titled first record was produced by Steve Shelly and released in 1995, which has been followed by a steady stream of releases since. In 2004 Blonde Redhead released Misery Is a Butterfly, their first for the 4AD record label. 2014 saw the release of Barragan, their ninth, and most recent, studio album. The band will be on the road again this spring with a stop at San Francisco's The Independent on May 24 and two shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, May 26-27.

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