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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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Buy a Turntable at Our Stores through Feb 25 & Get $25 Gift Certificate for Used Vinyl

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 17, 2014 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntables at Amoeba

When you buy a turntable from any Amoeba store through Tuesday, February 25 you'll score a gift certificate for $25 worth of used vinyl to jumpstart your collection! Plus, you'll receive a free goodie bag with an Amoeba slipmat, record cleaning cloth, 45 adaptor and more.

$25 gift certificate for used vinyl

To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.

To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.

If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, a Belt Drive Turntable will work perfectly well for you.


How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp.

If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether). 

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Talent Reigned at Amoebapalooza SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 19, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

The monstrously talented staff of Amoeba San Francisco rocked Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Sunday, January 12th for Amoebapalooza, Amoeba's annual tradition of musical mayhem. Six bands formed by employees played the night away for fellow staff, family, and friends, amazing all with their inventiveness and musical flair. Check out these bands:

Haight Street Shakers

Haight Street Shakers

Boeuf Couture

Boeuf Couture

JFKFCDC

jfkfcdc

Cairo Pythian

cairo pythians

Windham Flat

windham flat

Starjob

starjob

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Joe Boyd

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2014 04:19pm | Post a Comment

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is an icon when it comes to music producers. He was at the core of Britain's folk rock boom of the '60s and pioneered the World Music genre in the '80s and '90s. Mr. Boyd has been a part of some Joe Boydiconic moments in music history, including overseeing Bob Dylan's legendary first live electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Boyd also signed and produced a young 20-year-old Nick Drake who subsequently released the classic album, Five Leaves Left. Boyd also holds the distinction of producing Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne."  From founding his label, Hannibal Records, to working as a film executive for Warner Bros. to releasing his memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music In the 1960s, Joe Boyd has definitely made his mark.  

Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" crew had the pleasure of hanging out with Mr. Boyd during a recent visit to our San Francisco store. Needless to say, he has very eclectic taste in music. Mr. Boyd kicks off the episode with Dafnis Prieto's About The Monks and says Prieto is the "new genius of the drums." Boyd also digs up a copy of Mongo Santamaria's Our Man In Havana on vinyl. Although he points out he doesn't keep up with current bands too much, he made sure to pick up a copy of Phosphorescent's Here's To Taking It Easy. Mr. Boyd has many cool picks from all regions of the world to check out!

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Amoebapalooza in San Francisco & Berkeley, January 12th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2013 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza, Amoeba Music's annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands comprised of Amoebapalooza San FranciscoAmoeba San Francisco employees & friends, is back!

SAN FRANCISCO:
Join us on January 12th, 2014 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall for this celebrations of employee creativity. The doors open at 8:00pm and admission is just $5! Yes! Just $5 to see all of these bands and hang out with Amoeba tastemakers:

Windham Flat
Kiss Me on the Butt
Starjob
JFKFCDC
Cairo Pythian
Boeuf Couture
Haight Street Shakers

Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the third year in a row! We highly recommend SIR for all of your equipment needs.

Please note that we will be closing Amoeba SF early that night at 7pm.

Check out the photos from last year's Amoebapalooza SF!

 

 

BERKELEY:
Also on January 12th, Amoeba Berkeley is holding their Amoebapalooza in Oakland at The Night Light at 9pm. Featuring entertainment from The Senile Men, comedian Keith Swiggart, members of MUSK, and DJ Halo, this is a FREE event!

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