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Super Weekend Sale and Even More Chances to Save at Amoeba SF & Berkeley!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 3, 2012 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wants to turn your holiday shopping trip into an adventure of savings!

This Saturday (December 8th), all Amoeba locations will hold a special celebration of savings with:

-- 20% off all turntables (plus get a $10 coupon and goodie bag with your turntable purchase!!)

-- 20% off all T-shirts

-- 20% off all headphones

And get this! Amoeba Berkeley is EXTENDING their sale into Sunday as well! So save big at Amoeba Berkeley all weekend long!

As if that weren't enough, Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley are running Ten Days of Savings through December 10th, which means you can save 10% off EVERYTHING in the store (not to be combined with any other discounts, like the Saturday Sale on turntables, t-shirts, and headphones). SO, go on and get some Pro-Ject speakers or anything else you want while you’re here too!

With these kinds of savings, you can't afford to stay home!

 

Amoeba Music Holiday Food & Toy Drives! Make a Difference! Get a Coupon!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2012 10:00pm | Post a Comment

This holiday season, Amoeba Music makes giving even more rewarding! Each Amoeba store location is partnering with a worthy charity and will give YOU a coupon for givingAs a thank you for your donation, get a coupon for 10% off on Amoeba.com or $5 off your $25 purchase in-store! Everyone wins! Find out what your local Amoeba is up to...

AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD:

Amoeba Hollywood and Five Acres invites you to share the joy with our annual HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE!

Bring in a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child through December 23rd. Toy should be suitable for ages 7 – teenager (no violent or weapon-based toys, please).

Founded as an orphanage in 1888, Five Acres is the oldest non-sectarian child abuse and neglect prevention, treatment, and education center located in Altadena. 

 

AMOEBA SAN FRANCISCO:

No one in our community should go hungry. Yet every day, about 1 in 5 people in San Francisco and SF food bank logoMarin do not have enough to eat. This holiday season you can make a difference in the life of a family by giving Food: The Perfect Gift.

Amoeba San Francisco joins forces with the San Francisco Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for singles and families in need this holiday season. The drive starts Friday, November 23rd and ends December 21st.

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Amoeba Believes in Halloween Family Values

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2012 07:46pm | Post a Comment

Plymouth can have Thanksgiving and Bethlehem can have Christmas, but Halloween belongs to San Francisco. As you can see from these historic photos (taken in 1921 and 1946, respectively), San Franciscans can't help but parade in costume every October 31st. It's as natural an instinct as rooting for the Giants or complaining about Muni.

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Amoeba San Francisco upholds this civic tradition every year with our annual Halloween employee costume contest. If you thought last year's costumes were good, wait till you get a load of this year's collection!

The festivities began with the dynamic DJing duo of Jamie Lee Roth and The Ancient Mariner spinning truly spooky tunes, such as the vocal track to "Running with the Devil" (see the end of this post for that special trick/treat). As customers in a variety of different stages of disguise browsed the aisles, a team of official costume contest judges was assembled (Tarin, Kathy, Suzanne, and Derrick) and Marketing and Promotions rep Tarin Muir took the stage to introduce the staff contestants. 

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John Sinclair Talks to the Amoeblog Before Performing at Amoeba SF

Posted by Billy Gil, October 24, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

Harry Duncan’s Roots and Rhythms Series returns to Amoeba SF Saturday Oct. 27 from 2-5 p.m. To hear a sample of the music Duncan spins, listen to In The Soul Kitchen with DJ Harry Duncan on KUSF In Exile Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Listen to past shows here.

John SinclairThis Saturday’s show will include a rare appearance by legendary poet and activist John Sinclair. Sinclair was once the manager of Detroit proto-punks MC5 and lead anti-racist and pro-marijuana efforts in the 1960s. He was imprisoned in 1969 for the possession of two joints of marijuana, which spawned the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1971, which featured John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman and another of other luminaries from the time. He was soon after released, and the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state’s marijuana law was unconstitutional. He was charged with two others in the 1972 Supreme Court case United States v. U.S. District Court, which upheld that warrantless domestic wiretaps were illegal.

Sinclair is now based in Amsterdam, where he continues to write and record poetry, which is often accompanied by blues, jazz and rock musicians. He hosts a radio show at RadioFreeAmsterdam.com where he plays jazz, blues, R&B and other music, and maintains a blog, Fattening Blogs For Snakes. I caught up with Sinclair over the phone as he was working on a documentary in Healdsburg, Calif.

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Django Django Talk Self-Titled Debut Album

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2012 07:19pm | Post a Comment
Django DjangoUnfortunately, this in-store show has been canceled due to travel delays. You can still catch them at The Independent later tonight. 

For a new band without an album out in the U.S., British psych group Django Django already have a lot going for them. A band that began in drummer/producer David Maclean’s bedroom after the band met in art school in Edinburgh, Scotland, earlier this year Django Django (which also includes singer/guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth man Tommy Grace) released their debut, self-titled album, a whirling stew of spaghetti western guitars, Middle Eastern-inspired synthesizers and psych-pop structures, to universal acclaim in the U.K., putting them up for the esteemed Mercury Prize. As their album is set to release in the U.S. Oct. 9, they’ll play Amoeba San Francisco Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. Catch them before they blow up stateside, and preorder their album here! I caught up with Maclean as the band was in Chicago, settling into its U.S. tour, which also will put them at S.F.’s The Independent the night of Sept. 25 and L.A.’s The Echo Sept. 26.
 
PST: You guys haven’t done many interviews in the U.S. press yet, but there’s already a lot of chatter about this album. We’ve been hearing about it from the U.K. for some time now! Are you excited to come here and take over.
 
Maclean: Yeah, it’s good to finally have a label sorted and have it coming out in America. As you say, it’s been out in Britain since January. To finally have a release over here and get to come over and do some proper shows is amazing. We’ve been itching to do it all year really. It’s taken a while to but it’s good to finally get here.
 
PST: U.S. audiences seem to have become more amenable to psych pop as of late with the success of MGMT, Hot Chip and the like. Why do you think that sound is resonating with so many more people now than, say, in the ’90s?
 
django djangoMaclean: People like Beck have had the time to grow a long career now. I guess he would be someone who has influenced a lot of bands in the moment with the kind of way he mashes up psychedelia and funk and hip-hop. I guess since he broke out, there’s been a lot of bands both in America and Britain that are interested in pop music and making it slightly weird, whether its MGMT or Hot Chip, there’s a certain kind of strain of bands that have been doing that for quite a while, so I guess that it’s starting to resonate with people and sort of spread throughout pop culture.
 
PST: I’ve read you are sort of the aesthetic director of the band. How do you decide, amid all the musical ideas presented, which is a good fit for this band?
 
Maclean: I guess yeah, it’s different sometimes because we can sit down and start a track that ends up sounding completely different. From that starting point, it gets twisted and manipulated and the more people who get involved with it, it ends up sounding like us. I guess we’re happy just to take a starting point from anything, whether it’s a rockabilly riff or a drum machine beat. We just take it and work it ’till it’s something we’re happy with. So many songs … have started out sounding like garagey and ended up sounding electronic or started off techno-y and ended up garagey. They just go through a lot of phases and we end up happy where we’re at. … A lot of the ideas, we wanted a big psych sound and would aim toward that and end up with something else in the process. It’s just a mixture of playing around and also pushing limited resources — one mic and floor tom and guitar. For me a lot of the fun of making the album was pushing the sounds, not even pushing but just letting the music come out. … I think they all kind of are jangle but they come from sort of disparate places. For us that was just a fun thing to do, let the music sort of take us on a sort of trip.
 
PST: The aesthetic of the record sort of reminds me of steampunk. Like it makes me want to play Final Fantasy or something. What are some of your non-musical influences?

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