Amoeba Muralist Michael Alvarez Debuts Paintings at MaRS April 30

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

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Have you ever seen the mural that surrounds the garage entrance to Amoeba Music in Hollywood? With musicians from soul, punk, hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll, it perfectly gets you into the mindset for crate diggin’. Here are some pictures to jog your memory.

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The mural is the handy work of artists Tony Tee and Michael Alvarez, the latter of who is having his first solo exhibition, “Sorealism,” at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) starting this Saturday, April 30. His 18 oil paintings will be on view through June 4.

Alvarez grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, an area currently facing a ton of changes as the gentrification wave heads east. The subjects of his paintings come from the area’s community spaces and domestic life, rendered in an unfiltered, true-to-life style. See some of his work below. (Some of it is NSFW; the raciest we'll post here just has a man mooning the viewer.)

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michael alvarez painting take a hikeA public reception on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature a food pop-up by East Los Musubi, which brings new flavors to the classic Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Find out more here.

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Mick Rock's David Bowie Photo Book 'The Rise of David Bowie' on Sale From Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, October 21, 2015 06:55pm | Post a Comment

david bowie photo book taschen mick rockMick Rock’s massive tome of a photo book on David Bowie is now for sale at Amoeba Music.

The tall,16-pound book features a hologram cover and more than 300 pages of photographs. It's limited to only 1,972 copies, signed by Rock and Bowie. Look for the book in the display case next to the counters at Amoeba Hollywood!

Rock famously shot many musicians during the 1970s, from Lou Reed to Queen and Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Between 1972 and 1973, Rock was Bowie’s official photographer, while Bowie was taking the world by storm with his celebrated album Hunky Dory and his emerging Ziggy Stardust persona.

The book includes pictures for press and album jackets along with intimate backstage photos, around 50 percent of which are said to be unseen by the public.

The book sale coincides with the exhibition “Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust. The Rise of David Bowie & Co.” at TASCHEN Gallery, which is located at 8070 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

Read an interview with Rock about his time photographing Bowie via Rolling Stone. See a couple of photos from the book below. Shop more collectible books from Amoeba here.

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All 80's Everything Dance Party & Art Show at SF's Pop's Bar, May 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2015 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Break out your best checkered Vans and head to the Mission. Amoeba sponsors All 80's Everything Dance Party & Art Show on Saturday, May 2nd from 9pm-1:30am at Pop's Bar (2800 24th Street). Featuring the art and DJ work of several current and former Amoeba employees, All 80's Everything is going to be a unique and FREE night of funk, boogie, new wave, pop, R&B, rap, house, reggae, New 80s edits, and dance jams influenced by the 1980s.

Special guests include DJs Teemoney (author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop), Jacob Guillermo Peña (The Get Down, Sweater Funk) and host for the night Boom Bostic (founder of SF Artist Networking Talent). Artwork provided by Michelle Guintu and video/digital displays by Gabriel Wheeler.

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'Without Sympathy' Exhibition at Lethal Amounts Documents Ministry's Early Years

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor “Without Sympathy: The Visceral Journey of Al Jourgensen” at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Downtown L.A., documenting the development of industrial music pioneer Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

Co-presented by Cleopatra Records and Lethal Amounts, the exhibit features the archives of Brian Shanley, photographer and art director of legendary Chicago industrial label Wax Trax! Both Shanley and Jourgensen will be on hand for the opening night of the exhibit April 17 at 8 p.m.

The show documents the early years of Ministry and its side projects as Jourgensen and like-minded musicians stretched the definition of electronic and new-wave music from 1980 to 1990, including Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, Pailhead, Special Affect and more. Expect a sordid array of images from the early club days to major label success, including original album art/layout, concept designs, cut-and-paste flyers, magazine clippings, promo glossies and a selection of unearthed photographs from the era.

Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 W 7th Street in Los Angeles.

Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

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Photo by Ralf Strathmann

Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop is Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. The exhibition celebrates the legendary jazz and blues label's 75th anniversary and features Blue Note’s iconic album art (originally by artist Reid Miles, using photographs of the musicians in session by photographer Francis Wolff) remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The opening of the exhibition featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some more stunning photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):

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