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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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Record Store Day 2013 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2013 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Saturday, April 20th marked the sixth annual Record Store Day (RSD), the holiest of holy days in the record store day san francisco 2013 amoebarecord store biz. Of course, Amoeba was the hub of action in San Francisco as we are the Mecca of many a music fiend. Additionally, because the Universe works in mysterious ways, April 20th (4/20) also happens to mark the celebration of a particular herb important to many San Franciscans. Like peanut butter and jelly, the two holidays meshed together on Haight Street, creating a mystical sandwich of epic proportions.

The first Record Store Day fans on the scene lined up at 4:30am outside the doors of Amoeba San Francisco, which is pretty admirable considering the store was not scheduled to open to the public until 10:30am! Early risers were rewarded with scoring the limited edition RSD release they came for and were the firsts to get our special limited run commemorative t-shirt, which was being silk screened right on the stage by our friends at Free Gold Watch. The proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the SF Rock Project, which is a performance-based music school for kids age 8-18!

If you missed out on the fun, watch this video below and check out these great pictures taken by our in-house photographer! It's just like being there.

Also check out our selection of limited edition Record Store Day items for sale on Amoeba.com HERE and drop by or call Amoeba to see what RSD gems are remaining. 

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Buy Tickets at Amoeba SF to See Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2013 03:39pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba San Francisco is now selling tickets to the Yo La Tengo show at The Fillmore on May 10th and 11th!

Tickets are just $27.50 and there is NO SERVICE CHARGE! Get in here quick before they're all sold out!

More info on the show HERE!

Yo La Tengo in Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" -- Watch & comment on YouTube

Record Store Day is this Saturday, 4/20! What's Happening at Each Amoeba Store...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 15, 2013 06:05pm | Post a Comment


The countdown continues! With the sixth annual Record Store Day just around the corner, all three Amoeba locations are gearing up for the biggest and best one yet! If you are reading this Amoeblog post, then you probably have already celebrated a few of these and know that this is our Xmas. It's the one day of the year that hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating their culture and the unique place that they occupy in both their local communities and the world. THINK GLOBAL, PEOPLE. 

Special vinyl, DVD, and CD releases are made exclusively for this holy day! This stuff is LIMITED and is destined to go up in value (for people who value limited, exclusive, and amazing stuff). Find out just what sort of exclusive stuff I'm talking about by viewing or downloading this RSD EXCLUSIVE RELEASES PDF. You'll also want to know what's happening at the Amoeba closest to YOU, so check out what we have planned for you record fans and fiends...


 

• Hundreds of limited-edition Record Store Day titles.

• Record Store Day Gift Bags (with purchase, while supplies last)

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Tera Melos To Play Amoeba San Francisco April 14

Posted by Billy Gil, April 9, 2013 07:17pm | Post a Comment

Tera MelosSacramento avant-rockers Tera Melos will play Amoeba San Francisco April 14 at 2 p.m. Their latest record, X’ed Out (due April 16 on Sargent House), is a blast of tightly coiled riffs unraveling in all directions while sweet melodies keep the whole thing grounded in the eye of the storm. “Weird Circles” chugs along on math-rock riffery, while “New Chlorine” starts like some demonic cover of “Chopsticks” before unveiling a big, acidic rocker. “Bite” balances nasty, nauseous riffs with big, dreamy choruses, while “Sunburn” is the band’s clearest entry point, with non-stop riffs tapping underneath the band’s bright melodies. They chill out for ballads like “Snake Lake” and “No Phase,” as concerned with heavenly harmony as the guitar trickery beneath the surface, and they ease the tension with the sunshine pop of “Tropic Lame.” It’s been a while since we’ve heard a band as unabashedly guitar-centric as Tera Melos that can also write a decent pop song, recalling their Northern California brethren like Deerhoof and Hella, and while X’ed Out has its share of heady noodling, Tera Melos never sound self-indulgent. It’s a feast for guitar geeks and a reminder that indie rock need not be a laid-back, tepid affair. They make indie-prog that’s as fun to listen to as it is impressive, and that’s no easy feat.

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