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New Arcade Fire 12" Available Sept 9 at 9pm at Amoeba Hollywood, SF/Berkeley Sept 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 6, 2013 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Arcade Fire ReflektorArcade Fire is releasing a very limited 12" single from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out October 29 on Merge Records). The "Reflektor" 12" will be available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, September 9 at 9pm. Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley will have it for sale starting Tuesday, September 10 at open (SF opens at 11am, Berkeley opens at 10:30am).

Quantities are very limited so it's first come first served, limit one copy per customer and you must be in the store to purchase it. No phone orders, online sales or holds allowed.

We'll also be playing the new single at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, 9/9 at 9pm so come down to the store for a chance to hear the new track before anyone else.

In typical Arcade Fire, mum's the word when it comes to everything about the release and the 12" single. Artwork for the 12" has surfaced online, but we can't confirm yet that this is accurate. To further complicate the mystery, the back cover also features a track listing of 14 songs. But it is reportedly just another trick by the band. We'll all have to wait and see on Monday!

Arcade Fire Refektor

 

Dog Day Afternoon 2013 at Amoeba SF: We Love Your Dogs!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2013 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Today Amoeba San Francisco celebrated man's best friend with our second-ever Dog Day Afternoon!

Amoeba always invites you and your dog to shop together in our store, but on Dog Day Afternoon we party on the Amoeba stage with special treats for doggies and their humans. Our doggie photo booth (designed by artist and Amoebite Aaron Arakiwas quite popular this year as were our $5 off coupons, which were given out to every person who brought their dog or donated to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Check out these adorable pet portraits by Amoeba's own in-house photographer, Kaitlin Layher. See you next year!
 

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Fred Armisen

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

From music to acting, Fred Armisen does it all! Did you know Fred Armisen played drums for the '90s post-hardcore band Trenchmouth? Did you know he once played drums with the Blue Man Group? There is so much more to Fred Armisen than his SNL fame alludes to. He's a huge music buff and the Amoeba cameras caught up with Fred in our San Francisco store to take a look at what's in his bag. He's pretty eclectic in his musical taste and, of course, as a drummer he pays close attention to the beat. From world artist Joyce to oldies rockers The Turtles, Fred digs deep. Check it out!

Fred Armisen - What's In My Bag?
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Armisen is reportedly leaving Saturday Night Live, acording to the New York Post. But never fear - IFC just renewed Portlandia for two new seasons, so there will be plenty more sketch comedy to come from the actor. On May 18, Armisen's last night at SNL, he performed a musical number with his castmates Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam. They were joined midway through by Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), J. Mascis, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Watch this amazing send off below:

Amoeba San Francisco Has a New Look for Spring: Expanded and Extraordinary

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 13, 2013 02:57pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Bowling Alley Rock & Bowl

Wonderful things are happening at Amoeba San Francisco, especially if you love books, collectables, amoeba San francisco bowling alleysoundtracks, vinyl, bargains of all kinds, or just like to chill out in a groovy environment. You must fall into one of those categories, right? I thought so! Then come on down and experience our newly doubled Books & Magazines section. We have more than doubled the space dedicated for music, film, and pop culture publications and are filling it with new stock daily! We now feature back issues of your favorite music and film zines, and are breaking out our backlog of used books.

You’ll also enjoy our new reading lounge, made possible by Amoeba SF’s heritage as a bowling alley! Yes, we have repurposed a few of the benches from back in the day when this building housed a bowling alley. Sit, relax, and flip through some of our fascinating used books in style.

Additionally, we’ve added a collectables case for rare and out-of-print books, toys, and other memorabilia such as lunch boxes, cookie jars, and other surprises.

In other news, all Music DVDs (except classical) have been moved from the Main Floor to the DVD Room for easy browsing. You’ll also find a greatly expanded Bargain DVD section full of amazingly priced finds. By popular demand, the Soundtrack section has been moved to the Main Floor by Spoken Word and features an expanded Soundtrack Vinyl selection. Additionally, a brand new Audiophile CD section has been added to the main floor too!

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Fol Chen Play Amoeba SF Tonight, Amoeba Hollywood Tomorrow

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2013 02:19pm | Post a Comment

fol chenExperimental pop group Fol Chen are as known for their innovative music as they are for their artistic activities outside of merely performing onstage. The Los Angeles-based band has given interviews with their faces obscured a la The Knife, invited guest singers onstage via Craigslist, had a metal band perform its songs, performed reconstructed, long-form versions of their albums in Russia, held a workshop in which attendees could get their own song made, and partnered with an electronics manufacturer to produce a sound device, writing and recording two songs with it.

All of that is a mouthful for a band who’s still on the up-and-up. It certainly makes for a great backstory, but it only works if the music does as well. Thankfully, Fol Chen’s music is as bright and intriguing as what they do with it, a hyperactive, dynamic electro-pop sound informed by world music, new wave, dance-punk and other sources both cerebral and celebratory. Their latest album, The False Alarms, is their most pop-oriented statement yet, with group vocals and some of their more avant-garde instincts eschewed in favor of giving singer Sinosa Loa a platform on which to perform as an alt-pop diva. I spoke with Fol Chen’s Samuel Bing before their two performances at Amoeba, first in San Francisco April 24 at 6 p.m. and then in Hollywood April 25 at 7 p.m.

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