New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Strand Of Oaks

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2015 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Strand Of Oaks

Strand Of Oaks is the brainchild of singer-songwriter/producer Timothy Showalter. The Philadelpia-based Strand of oaksmuscian crafts anthemic stadium ready choruses drawing inspiration from classic folk-rock while making his own unqiue brand of modern Americana. Now signed to the the Dead Oceans label, Showalter finds himself in great company with the likes of Akron/Family and Bishop Allen, to name a few. For his label debut, Showalter manages to take folk-based song ideas and turn them into rock gold. Pulling from personal life woes, Showalter uses his self pitty and pain of a failed marriage to create a well-produced record filled with classic pop characteristics. He's got big drums, big hooky choruses and just the right amount of distortion. Strand Of Oaks' HEAL is out now on LP and CD.  

Timothy recently visited Amoeba San Francisco and picked up some great albums. He first digs up a vinyl copy of Security by progressive rock icon Peter Gabriel. He follows that with Boston folk singer Marissa Nadler's July and Future Islands' In the Evening Air. A true fan of great songwriting, Timothy digs far and wide. He also picks up albums by Nick Cave and Kurt Vile and talks about some nostalgic music from his childhood. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below for all his awesome picks.

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A Love Letter to "Black Star"

Posted by Amoebite, May 18, 2015 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Love Letter to Black Star

I loved our recent Essential Records piece about Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star. I loved the personal reflection and the reminiscing about that time and how it had an impact. So many of us are touched by music at a point in our lives - by a particular song or record - and it's amazing how much it sticks with us, and resonates for years and years and years. Just hearing that record can make us feel something deeply: a moment in time, a time in our lives. Music is the wallpaper and the soundtrack. For some of us it is something way more than the background, it is at the core of who we were and are and who we developed into.

Karen at Leopold RecordsKaren at the Info Counter (~1990)

Of course I had a slightly different, but just as pivotal, experience with the release of the album. It has been one that has carried me from the Bay down to LA. Black Star was released the year that Amoeba opened in San Francisco. It was what reminded and reassured me why I was committed to doing what we do every day with music. Because, simply put, artists and musicians were still challenging and stretching and inventing and bringing music to people in a whole new way to whole new generations.

Enter To Win A Guitar Courtesy Of The Black Ryder At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Australian duo The Black Ryder are joining us at Amoeba SF for a live set and signing on Sunday, May 17th. Their latest album, The Door Behind the Door, is their much-anticipated follow-up to their devastatingly textured, swirling 2010 debut, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride.

Renowned for their spellbinding guitar-fueled wall of sound, it's only fitting that The Black Ryder are giving away a Fender Squier Jazzmaster guitar in honor of their appearance at Amoeba SF. Come down to Amoeba San Francisco to enter to win! Contest ends May 18th.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment

Rob Garza is producer and co-founder of the electronic group Thievery Corporation. Known for utilizing various styles from Dub to Trip-Hop to Bossa Nova, Thievery Corporation are hailed as pioneers of the global electronic music scene. With a cult following intact, Garza travels the world playing DJ sets, Rob Garza Palace of Mirrorsproducing music, and sourcing sounds he brings back to his studio in San Francisco. With over a dozen releases for Thievery Corporation, countless singles and production work for other artists, Garza has finally released Palace Of Mirrors, an EP that serves as the debut for his own Magnetic Moon label. A well-respected tastemaker, Garza has his hands in several ventures, including owning restaurants and clubs located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He also owns a top shelf hand-crafted Mezcal made in Oaxaca. How cool is that? If you are in the Bay Area on May 9, make sure to catch Thievery Corporation at the San Francisco Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. Garza will also be playing DJ sets on off days and you can catch him May 16 at Club Cielo in New York City.

Rob Garza's musical tastes run deep and he found some great records on a recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. He kicks off this What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Darkside's self-titled release on vinyl. Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington -- great stuff for all you atmospheric EDM lovers. A fan of 45s, Garza digs up Kenny Dope's limited edition Classic Breakbeats 45 box set, a must-have if you can find a copy! Garza shows his support for Bay Area funksters Afrolicious and picks up their California Dreaming album on CD. If you're ever in San Francisco, visit the Elbo Room and party with the Afro guys. So much fun! As you can see from the full episode, Garza loves Dub, funk, electronica and more! Watch below for all his amazing picks.

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Amoebapalooza SF In Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, February 15th, we celebrated another epic year of musical mayhem with Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. The all Amoeba employee-powered night of entertainment raged until early in the a.m. with eight musical acts, the enigmatic MC stylings of a masked Brent St. James, dance rave-ups on vinyl with DJ Ken Kubala, and a lot of Mardi Gras cheer.

Enjoy these amazing photos of the night taken by Lauren Clark.

Nicki Jizz
Aaron Araki & Guests (Joe Goldmark on the left, Sean Murphy on the right)
Joe Goldmark of Aaron Araki & Guests
Pretty Poisonous Predators
The Chocolate Cake Incident
RE: Lover
Bears & My Body
The Mingy Stingees

...and an encore performance with Nicki Jizz.

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