On January 27th, Amoeba San Francisco celebrated the yearly rite of rock -- Amoebapalooza -- at Cafe Du Nord. It was raucous night filled with top notch entertainment and everything from country to electronic to sea shanties was represented.
Special thanks to our friends at SIR SF for donating the backline for the second year in a row! Contact SIR for all of your equipment needs. DO it!
Amoeba Music's annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands comprised of Amoeba Berkeley family members returns on Sunday, December 9th.
This celebrations of homegrown music and the enduring human spirit is open to the public, so come on down to Bar 355 (355 19th Street, Oakland)! Doors open at 8:30pm and the bands start promptly at 9:00pm. And get this...no cover! (21+ please.)
Here are the Berktastic bands you'll see that night:
ARTIFICIAL LIFE (A tribute to Operation Ivy with members of Eastern Span, Gnarboots, 100%, and Die Hard)
CABERNET VOLTAIRE (A tribute to Cabaret Voltaire with members of Poontang Wranglers, Sutekh Hexen, Larva, and Petit Mal)
THE TENTH PLANET (Avant-rock jams that are way far out, Baby)
SOFT TUG (A potpourri of sonic interludes, covers, and more from members of Musk)
TOTAL FAILURE (A psychedelic head-trip of originals and covers)
Join Amoeba for our annual night of musical mayhem, a.k.a. Amoebapalooza!! Our staff of talented and energectic music fans has put together bands for one night only, and will perform tributes, original music and, if previous years are any indication, there will be plenty more surprises. Join us for a full Sunday night of fun, 9/30, at The Dragonfly. Doors at 9 p.m. 21+ over, $5 at the door.
First up, right on schedule, we had the elusive "powered by crystals" act Liquid Karma. Now, I know what you're probably thinking - "Liquid Karma? The all-natural plant growth stimulant?" No, silly! I'm talking about the signed-up-by-his-no-good-co-worker, one-man, guru-level experimental drone-core laptop wizard that opened Amoebapalooza 2011 - guess you had to be there, man. The only way he could've improved his performance is with the addition of a fog-machine. I really liked his senior shades.
Following Liquid Karma's wall of WTF we had the good fortune to enjoy fifteen delicious minutes of SCHNITZELKLIT - a newlywed duo performing songs like "Blue Moon" and a heart-swelling rendition of David Lynch's and Angelo Badalamenti's Fire Walk With Me slow jam "Sycamore Trees," complete with an on-hand portable tape recorder playing the sax solo to lend a true Twin Peaks air to the affair. Lovely indeed!
After that we had our very own self-styled "Jesus with a bun" Gabi Back strumming out a solid set of poignant acoustic covers what closed with an especially emotional rendition of Radiohead's "Lucky" proving that, within the span of just three brief acts, the spectrum of musical tastes and talents of our Amoeba brethren is as enthusiastic as it is expansive.
The next act in the line up took their love of George Harrison to new heights as Darkhorse: the one man/three women tribute act that featured our resident Jazz-man/Metal dude/Kate Bush enthusiast (every record store should have one) on guitar, steaming up the inside of his GH mask as he shredded his through the acoustic set accompanied by a Kaitlin, our lady of the Darkhorse tattoo on drums and vocals, with further vocal accompanyment provided by Amoeba ladies both dear and fair of voice. Everyone of them in some way sporting a likeness of Mr. Harrison. I know that sounds like kooky fun, and it totally was, but there are unfortunately no pictures the act to make true said observation. [sigh] I hope the images above, them kooky masks and Kait's Darkhorse tat, make up for it even if it's just a little bit.