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Amoeba SF & Berkeley's 10 Best In-Stores of 2013

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2013 07:52pm | Post a Comment
As we all know (because we're living the history as it's being made), the music industry has changed
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Best Coast plays Amoeba SF
dramatically in the past decade and continues to do so rapidly. Everyone still loves music, but the concept of ownership, collecting, and procuring music is constantly evolving for all of us. No matter how you prefer to get music -- in the cloud, on vinyl or CD, downloaded -- one thing hasn't changed; the best way to experience music is live and in the flesh. The Experience of being part of a live performance, giving energy from the audience to the musician while they play their hearts out, can't be stored on any device. You just have to live it. We here at Amoeba Music consider it paramount to continue to provide live entertainment in our stores and keep Experience alive.

Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley were particularly blessed with great in-store performances in 2013. From legends like Nik Turner, Billy Bragg, and Camper Van Beethoven to new faces on the scene like Lissie and Bastille, each and every show was a fantastic reminder of how thrilling live music can be.  It was daunting to have to pick just ten of these shows, but here they are in reverse chronological order...Amoeba SF and Berkeley's ten best in-stores of 2013!
 
 
-- Lee Ranaldo In-Store Guitar Clinic, 12/11/2013, San Francisco
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo amazed and mystified the audience with nearly a half-hour of continuous guitar mastery, at the end of which he finally looked up and asked, "Any questions?" Lee was in town with his project Lee Ranaldo and the Dust.

10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, 6/22. Catch The Dogon Lights at Amoeba Berkeley.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 5, 2013 06:26pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music is proud to once again be part of the Berkeley World Music Festival, which offers a full day of FREE live concerts in Berkeley, starting from 12pm at Caffe Mediterraneum and ending at 9pm at the Village. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, and at People’s Park. This year, the Festival celebrates ten years of showcasing the Bay Area’s rich world music scene with an amazing line-up!

At Amoeba Berkeley:

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The Dogon Lights - Live at Amoeba Berkeley on 6/22 at 6pm

Join us at Amoeba Berkeley at 6pm that evening for a special Berkeley World Music Festival performance from The Dogon Lights (Pronounced "Doe-Gone”). This dynamic galactic groove machine is from right here in the Bay Area. A high-energy world fusion group, Dogon Lights creates an infectious and energetic dance atmosphere transporting the listener straight to the stars.The band members play traditional Moroccan and West African harps, lutes, shakers, and djembe drum with electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, drums, sax, and flute. The West African tones and upbeat rhythms blended with electro hip-hop beats and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar provide layered dimensions to this exciting music.

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Saturday Sidewalk Sales at Amoeba Berkeley!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 20, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Don't miss our Saturday Sidewalk Sales on Telegraph Ave. in front of our Berkeley store every weekend from 11am - 7pm.

You can pick up some great deals on clearance items at bargain prices, all buy-three-get-the-fourth-free! Plus, we'll have some awesome 7-inches for just 50 cents.

Swing by and enjoy the great outdoors and the great prices!

 

 

 

Amoebapalooza Berkeley 2012!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 18, 2012 06:40pm | Post a Comment

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)

 

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Endless Canvas' SPECIAL DELIVERY East Bay Art Exhibit Was Great While It Lasted

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

If one dollar had been donated for every photo taken at the Berkeley warehouse street art exhibit Endless Canvas' SPECIAL DELIVERY enough money could have been generated to purchase the warehouse building that housed this wonderful, temporary grassroots art exhibit and to keep it open indefinitely - not just in pop-up form. The exhibit ended its all-too-short 3 weekend run yesterday with another extremely well attended day of photo-happy street art fans. For many the temporary nature of SPECIAL DELIVERY  only added to the vibrancy of this exhibit of revered but disposable art - and another reason to document it.

I stopped by yesterday - Sunday September 30th, the sixth and final day - to be simply blown away by the wonderful art on display. About a 100 pieces by such local artists as Swampy and Plant Trees graced near every available corner of this cavernous, two-level 36,000 square-foot abandoned warehouse space down on Fourth Street near Gilman.

Anyone I know who attended this event, like David Ford who worked at it or E-Lit from Amoeba Berkeley who patiently lined up on the very packed opening weekend three weeks ago, were equally impressed by SPECIAL DELIVERY - from the caliber of the art on display to the perfect location of the exhibit. Berkeley's Carbon Warehouse – down near the railway tracks at 1350 4th Street - is a funky and raw building with only natural light. (Hence the darkened, shadowy, shuttered downstairs art area takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to).

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