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Lana Del Rey and How Symbols are Sometimes More Important than their Meaning

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2012 10:45am | Post a Comment

In this fast paced online information age - with its non-stop constant overload of new facts (and fiction) been Tweeted and shared in some digital fashion every single micro-second of the day - it is often hard for individuals to get beyond that condensed 140 characters version of a particular story. But yet, based solely on that short (often editorialized) synopsis of a much longer in-depth story many will embrace that opinion put forth and jump on the bandwagon of popular thought on said topic. A case in point I believe was back in mid - late January when singer Lana Del Rey suddenly trended (around the time of fellow trending items as Rick Santorum and Jeremy Lin)  as one of the most talked about individuals of that week or so. The trend was all related to her reportedly bombing on Saturday Night Live during her January live concert performance on SNL.

However her presentation on SNL was is secondary though since most folks who joined in the public mud throwing at this new pop star did so without having seen the actual TV show. Some did (mostly after the fact and in edited form) but a great many of these self-appointed critics who joined in the cacophony of critique (haterism?) hadn't even seen her SN: bit at all.  But that didn't stop them from joining in and critiquing the artist for such things as appearing stiff and nervous and just standing still as she sang during her SNL performance. They also echoed the other criticisms leveled against the artist  to such as she came from a privileged background, or that she changed her name and her image in her makeover bid of becoming a pop star.

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Don't Miss Geographer's Myth album In-Store at Amoeba San Francisco today at 6pm

Posted by Billyjam, February 28, 2012 11:34am | Post a Comment
Talk about the perfect setting for a record release party. In honor of their new album out today San Francisco trio Geographer play an in-store set at 6pm tonight on the stage of Amoeba Music San Francisco. Of the new album  Myth - the group's second full-length released today by Modern Art Records- in conjunction with Warner Music's Independent Label Group, Amoeba.Com recently wrote:: Geographer teamed up with producer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Beulah, Why?, Deerhoof) and renowned mixer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Walkmen, Holy Ghost!, Tokyo Police Club) to scrupulously craft the new record. On Myth, Mike's distinct melodic vocals flirt with dazed synth melodies and alluring guitar riffs; while Nathan's haunting electric cello cords and Brian's vibrant, powerful drums blend together to create a mind-altering, ten track album that is pulsating with complex polyrhythms and stunning harmonies.

Tonight's Haight Street Amoeba Geographer in-store will be a special acoustic set and, as witnessed from a recent acoustic set they did in a Mission District warehouse (scroll down to see/hear fan video) in which they did "Kites" off the new album Myth: they sound as perfect in live acoustic mode as they do on the record. No doubt  2012 will be the year for Geographer who have been honing that that perfect live sound by doing a lot of shows. Last year they played Noise Pop, Treasure Island Music Festival, and they've toured nationally with Stars and Ladytron. Check out two of the new album tracks (below photo) and expect similar moving versions of songs at tonight's Amoeba San Francisco instore at 6pm but get there earlier to have time to pick up the album and secure a good spot near the stage.

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Lana Del Rey at Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 10, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment
San Francisco got a taste of Lana Del Rey madness Thursday night as the bewitching singerLana Del Rey Steve Wozniak Amoeba San Francisco celebrated the release of her debut album, Born to Die, at Amoeba Music.

Fresh from her successful performance at Amoeba Hollywood Tuesday night, Lana Del Rey arrived to the San Francisco store at 2:30pm and took the time to greet deliriously happy fans out on Haight Street (even greeting a friend of a fan's through his cell phone) before heading up to the Amoeba green room to get ready for her 6:00pm show. To say the show was well attended would be an understatement as the store's capacity was reached sometime around 5:30pm. With the store packed full of admirers and a line of hopefuls down Haight Street (and around the block), it would be safe to say that over 1,500 fans turned out to see the new voice of their generation.

Overhyped media controversy aside, Lana Del Rey was a vision of perfection to her supporters Thursday, who were focused on her sultry voice and angelic presence. If Madonna held the most expensive and entertaining satanic ritual ever created in the history of the world at the Superbowl, then Lana Del Rey held the biggest Love-in in the Haight since 1967. As she descended upon the Amoeba stage at 6:00pm, the crowd exploded at a deafening level of glee that one would only expect to follow the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles." Her gracious response to the overwhelming crowd was: "I only sing for you."

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Amoeba San Francisco Among Bay Area Landmarks Celebrated in New Drake Video Dedicated to Mac Dre

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2011 07:20am | Post a Comment
            

Drake ~ The Motto Featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

For ever-popular rap star Drake's latest, brand new video, released yesterday, for "The Motto" featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, the top selling artist whose recently released second album Take Care (from where this song is culled as a bonus track) went straight to number one on the Billboard pop album charts (and #1 at Amoeba too the week it was released last month) travels to the Bay Area.

 The video is an homage to the Bay in general and in particular to Mac Dre (the late great Vallejo rapper born Andre Hicks whose mom Wanda Salvatto appears at the beginning of video) and some other Bay Area landmarks including Amoeba Music San Francisco at the 1:10 mark in the above video - making it the latest in a long line of music videos, movies, and TV commercials to feature Amoeba Music. 

Drake's new excellent video features lots of other Bay landmarks (a lot of footage shot on Treasure Island) and familiar rap figures including E-40 and Drake lovingly shouts out Mac Dre and even paraphrases some of his music ("Feelin Myself") in the song/video. You can buy Drake's Take Care on CD and also Take Care on vinyl from Amoeba Music.

Turntables at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2011 06:07pm | Post a Comment
Here is a breakdown of some of the turntables Amoeba currently sells and a bit of an overview of each one. Please see store for specific stock as our inventory differs between locations. 

Crosley 249 Crosley Keepsake 249 USB
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Fully Automatic
  • Belt Drive
  • Auxilliary input
  • Adjustable tone control
  • Dynamic full range speakers with switch for line in play (iPod/CD, etc)
  • USB enabled
  • Software suite for ripping and editing audio included
Numark Turntable Numark Portable PT-01 USB
- Available Online -
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Belt Drive
  • RCA line & headphone outputs
  • USB enabled
  • Wall-powered with included AC adaptor or battery powered
  • ±10% pitch control
  • Internal speaker
Numark TTUSB
Numark TTUSB
  • 33 1/3, 45 (78 RPM with software)
  • Adjustable anti-skate control
  • Built in pre-amp
  • Line level RCA outputs
  • USB enabled
  • EZ Converter software included 
Jensen JTA-460
Jensen JTA-460 Compact USB Turntable System
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Belt Drive
  • Built in speakers
  • Remote control
  • AM/FM receiver
  • USB enabled 
AT-LP60 Audio-Technica AT-LP60
- Available Online -

  • 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Fully Automatic
  • No Pitch Control
  • Belt Drive
  • Built-in pre-amp
  • Phono or Line/Aux outputs
  • Replaceable stylus
  • USB model available
AT-LP120 Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Manual operation
  • Pitch Control
  • Direct Drive
  • Built-in pre-amp
  • Phono or Line/Aux outputs
  • Forward and reverse play
  • USB

 

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