Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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20 Albums to Look for in Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, March 8, 2016 11:47am | Post a Comment

20 albums to look for in spring


Hey! It’s almost spring. That means a ton of great albums are on the way. Check out this list of 20 that we’re looking forward to.

The Joy FormidableHitch
Out March 25

joy formidable hitch lpThe alt-rock trio’s third album was recorded in the band’s native Wales. Check out the fun video for “The Last Thing on my Mind” below, which flips the tables on the female objectification. (It’s kinda NSFW.)

Bob MouldPatch the Sky
Out March 25

bob mould patch the sky lpThe former lead singer of Husker Du and Sugar’s latest album is a “triumph of opposing forces and properties” from “the master of balancing personal darkness with melodic brightness,” according to a press release. Watch the video for the introspective “Voices in My Head” below.

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New Deftones Vinyl Release of The Sac-Town Alt-Metal Band's "Koi No Yokan" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2013 11:20am | Post a Comment
In addition to all the exciting new releases listed by Billy Gil in the Albums Out Jan 22nd Amoeblog (immediately below this) there is also a new vinyl release by alt-metal kings the Deftones (pictured left) being released today. It is a vinyl version of the longtime hard rocking NorCal band's current Koi No Yokan album that dropped a couple of months ago on CD and, most agree, is a return to form for the band that ruled things in their sphere of metal back in the 90's.

The new vinyl format of Koi No Yokan, being released by Warner Brothers, is a limited edition (3,000 units) pressing in 140-gram black vinyl. There are some other exclusive pressings too including an international edition (import) of the record that is being pressed up a on 180-gram vinyl configuration. The CD version of Koi No Yokan is still readily available at Amoeba and worth picking up. The Sacramento band's seventh studio album, it debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released November 13th and was equally popular at Amoeba for such songs as its first single "Tempest" (lyrics video below). In support of Koi No Yokan the Deftones are currently gearing up for a spring headlining tour of the East Coast, the South, and Canada that spans the whole month of March. No West Coast dates announced as of yet but check out the Deftones' official band website for updates on that.

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Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2009 03:00pm | Post a Comment

The much revered (and missed) nineties alt-rock outft Jawbox performed last night (12/8) for the first time in twelve years! They played a one-off, one-song reunion show live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at NBC's New York studios in the famed 30 Rockefeller Plaza building, performing the song "Savory" (video above in case you missed their charged performance). The Washington DC group played their first show ever back in 1989 opening for Fugazi and were once signed to Dischord before surprising/shocking many by jumping to a major (Atlantic Records). The occasion for this surprise reunion was to celebrate the reissue of Jawbox's 1994 album For Your Own Special Sweetheart -- available at Amoeba Music -- featuring the song "Savory" that was once covered by the Deftones. And, despite the wishes of the many remaining fans of this post-hardcore band, the group's J. Robbins insisted in a recent statement that, besides last night's TV appearance, there would be no other shows or chance of a full-fledged reunion.