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Remembering Experimental Music Artist and Amoeba Music Family Member: Jim Kaiser

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2017 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Recently a dark cloud has been hanging over Amoeba Music Berkeley since the sad news of the passing of longtime Amoeba family member Jim Kaiser who died last week at age 46. Experimental music fanatic, talented  and ever creative experimental music artist, and universally beloved guy Jim, who moved west to the Bay two decades ago, had worked at Amoeba Berkeley since 1997. In the years since he made quite an impression on those he met. "He was an incredibly special human being. [That's] why so so so many of us are in mourning," said Gregory Scharpen who performed with Jim in Thomas Carnacki, one of a few local experimental ensembles Jim had been a member of. Among those who worked alongside him at the Telegraph Ave. record store was Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein who today recalled how, "Jim was at once an uncompromising artist and a sweetheart of the highest order; everybody loved him. As a buyer at the front counter for over 15 years, he got to know a huge percentage of our customers. And as our experimental music buyer and expert, he was an unparalleled resource for people interested in unusual sounds. We will all miss him greatly."

Former Amoeba Berkeley employee Sam Lefebvre wrote an insightful and touching tribute to Jim in the current East Bay Express. Under the heading Jim Kaiser: Eccentric Champion Of Incredibly Strange Music Dies At 46 the article, which you can read here, noted how Jim's various experimental instruments included playing a bicycle wheel ("lithely bowed contact-mic'd bicycle spokes to absorbing effect") and how he had released limited edition solo recordings such as Blood Has Taste and Swept Through & Nullified on mini CD format via the Oakland Petit Mal label. In the comments of that EBX piece Steve Cain, an old friend of the artist's from his Kansas City days, wrote how: "He was the guy at the record store that could get me anything I wanted. Always a kind soul, almost always had a smile, even when things were rough. …He was a unique soul, one the world will miss." Below and above are a series of photos of Jim, courtesy of Amoeba's Lori Katz, taken in the store and at a bunch of different Amoeba events over the years with various co-workers and friends. Rest in peace Jim Kaiser.
 

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5th Annual Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 26, 2013 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Mission Creek Oakland (MCO) returns in September for a month-long festival packed with shows featuring dozens of local bands and showcasing fifteen venues such as the Uptown Nightclub, The Stork Club, Children’s Fairy Land, and all-ages spaces Rock Paper Scissors and the 25th Street Collective.

The Uptown Nightclub hosts the official opening party in conjunction with First Friday on September 6th, with Naytronix, Clipd Beaks, YNGBNS, and Safeword.

Highlights of the month include a film night at Book Zoo with shorts by local animators, a comedy night at Good Bellies Cafe, and Experimental Notations -- an art installation of sound and its corresponding graphic notation held at Adobe Books and Rock Paper Scissors.

MCO will also be hosting an all-day, all-ages block party in conjunction with the Art Beat Foundation and the East Bay ExpressThe block party will feature open galleries and businesses throughout the block, a full day of music held at the 25th Street Collective warehouse, and a delicious collection of area food trucks. 

Check out the Mission Creek Oakland website for more events and updates!

MCO collaborates with local venues and artists to create unique events and provide a platform for up-and-coming East Bay talent. MCO is a volunteer-run extension of San Francisco’s Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and is co-produced by the East Bay Express. The festival is sponsored by Amoeba Music, Deli Radio, The B on Broadway, Art Beat Foundation, Sapporo, and Refraction Studios.

Amoeba Parties at Best of the East Bay 2010!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2010 06:05pm | Post a Comment
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Kaitlin Layher and Lori Katz

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On Friday August 6th, Amoeba transformed a vacant storefront into a one-night only MINI-AMOEBA for The East Bay Express' BEST OF THE EAST BAY PARTY, which this year took over the entirety of Oakland's Jack London Square!

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Amoeba Berkeley brought down a taste of each section of the store: selling LPs, CDs, and DVDs from each of our eclectic sections. We also sold all sorts of other accessories like T-Shirts, buttons, guitar picks too!


In addition to selling product, Amoeba also curated an East Bay Poster Artist show, gathering 4 stellar artists from Oakland and Berkeley who brought with them some legit Rock and Roll street cred with them.


Our pop-up store didn't stop there! Also at the party, we kicked of a raffle to benefit The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp where you can donate one dollar to the music camp for future Riot Grrrls and get entered into a drawing to win a custom Amoeba Guitar (here being shown off by Amoeba owner Marc Weinstein).

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Best of the East Bay Party This Friday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 3, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment
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FREE GOLD WATCH'S MATT & DR. GOLDSTEIN'S AMOEBLOG INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2009 05:45pm | Post a Comment
                                  Free Gold Watch's Matt & Dr Goldstein's Amoeblog interview

If you attended this year's wonderful East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party at the Oakland Museum of California last month and stopped by the series of Amoeba MusiFree Gold Watchc info & merch booths, you would have no doubt seen the crew from Free Gold Watch busy operating their manual hand-operated silkscreening press, making various Amoeba Music T-shirts right there on the spot. It was a cool set up and all the more impressive considering that it was the first time that the guys from the San Francisco clothing design company had ever taken the large machine out of their hand-operated press. Free Gold Watch custom make other folks' designs on T-shirts, sweatshirts, baby size outfits and more, in addition to creating their own designs.
 
I had heard a bit about Free Gold Watch here and there, including from the folks over at the Giant Peach, who distribute some of their designs but I really didn't know too much about this up-and-coming Bay Area company, so, impressed by their work and also by what cool, down-to-earth, genuinely nice people they are, I decided to follow up and find out a little bit more about this Free Gold Watch.

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