New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Toro y Moi

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2015 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Toro y Moi at Amoeba Berkeley

Toro y Moi is the electronic project of American producer and recording artist Chaz Bundick. In 2010, he released his first album, Causers of This, garnering comparisons to the newly-labeled chillwave genre. 2011's Underneath the Pine expanded on his sound, using all live instrumentation and no samples. The Freaking Out EP followed later that year. In December, Caribou invited Toro y Moi to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties.

Toro y Moi What ForIn 2013, Toro y Moi's third studio album, Anything in Return, was released via Carpark. The followup came in 2015, with the studio album What For? and a mixtape called Samantha. In early 2016, Toro y Moi is set to tour Australia and Japan.

Bundick visited Amoeba Berkeley recently to fill out his vinyl collection. He picked up LPs by Ravi Shankar, Elliott Smith, and Oscar Peterson. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below to see the rest of his picks and to find out when is his favorite time of day to listen to vinyl.

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Dip Your Toes into Classical Music with Our Handy Conversion Chart

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2014 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Classical Music Conversion Chart

There is a type of customer at Amoeba Music that remains one of my favorites. Those brave souls who sheepishly make their way to the deepest, most remote area of the store: The Classical Section. They look vulnerable but hopeful, curious but intimidated. They come, knowing they want Classical music, but unsure how to find something they’ll like.

I’ve found the most efficient and fun way to lead folks is to learn about the other forms of music they love, and then use that to inspire selections. For every contemporary artist on the scene today, I assure you that there’s a composer in the Classical section with parallels. Beyond that, after working in record stores for over a decade, I’ve learned that people who enjoy certain acts – such as, let’s say, Black Sabbath – typically will also enjoy the string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich.

It’s these interactions that led me to create the following "conversion chart." While no means infallible, think of it as a fun way to find a starting point in your adventure into the Classical music genre. But remember – no chart can replace a living, breathing, Amoeba Music employee. Don’t be afraid to come in and ask for suggestions. We love that!

The best time to come explore the Classical section will be November 28-30 when we're having a huge Classical blowout at our stores over Black Friday weekend. All red and green tag Classical CDs and vinyl will be 50% off! Sale details here.

57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, 4/24 - 5/8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 7, 2014 03:54pm | Post a Comment

The San Francisco International Film Festival returns April 24th through May 8th! SFIFF showcases cinematic innovation and presents marquee premieres, international competitions, star-studded events, and live performances. This year’s music headliners are Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields)! The program features 200 films of international distinction, including new work by Richard Linklater and so many others.

Amoeba is proud to co-present two music-related films at this year's festival about a couple of our most-beloved icons: 

20,000 Days on Earth (England, 2014, 95 min)
Investigating musician/writer/poet Nick Cave’s history, psyche, and creative path, 20,000 Days on Earth is a must-see for fans or anyone interested in an Artist’s journey. This highly stylized biopic presents a choreographed “day-in-the-life,” depicting Cave as an introspective and dark figure, and featuring his band the Bad Seeds’ own brand of controlled ferocity. 

Showing April 28th, 9:45pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinema and May 1st, 6:15pm at New People Cinema.

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Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Free Arts

Posted by Amoebite, September 9, 2013 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Kurt Braunohler Amoeba AuctionOn Saturday, September 7 we had the amazing and suave Kurt Braunohler return to host our auction at Amoeba Hollywood and sign copies of his new comedy album, How Do I Land? – out on Kill Rock Stars.

Don't tell me you don't know about comedian Kurt Braunholer?? He's been seen on BUNK (IFC), Chelsea Lately, Bob’s Burgers (FOX), Delocated (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Assy McGee (Adult Swim) and Human Giant (MTV). He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life, telling a story which he is currently developing for television for HBO.

Kurt was recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch.” He’s also featured in Time Out New York's list of 50 Funniest New Yorkers, named as a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central, the New York Comedy Festival and TimeOut NY, as well as “Best Male Stand-Up” by the ECNY and “Best Unscripted Host” by the New York Television Festival. The man is funny!!

People came out to bid on concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, a special Kill Rock Stars “Kurt Pack” and so much more. The store was abuzz, and the heated bidding wars drove the temperature even higher than the record-breaking Los Angeles heatwave. Kurt is a natural at making people laugh while they dig deep in their pockets. Plus, he was a smooth criminal when it came to sliding the bids up and up and up...

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode & Charity Auction with Comedian Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2013 06:46pm | Post a Comment
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Who starts a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to tell a joke? The super hilarious Kurt Braunohler does! Braunohler asked fans and supporters to help him raise $4,000 so he could skywrite the sentence, "How do I land?" above Los Angeles.  What a genius way to have people be in on the joke! Not only did he rasie over 4k, but the video of the plane skywriting the message went viral. The real genius might be the fact that Braunohler's debut comedy album is titled, How Do I Land? and the cover is a photo of the skywriting joke. Who needs a publicity campaign with a stunt like that? Kudos to Kurt for finding a way to market an album while simultaneously having fans help him tell an awesome joke!

Join us at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, September 7th for our monthly charity auction hosted by Kurt Braunohler. This is one big special day! Not only will Kurt be hosting and celebrating his debut comedy album, but prcoeeds from the auction will benefit Free Arts For Abused Children - a volunteer organization that has brought arts programs to abused, neglected and homeless children for 30 years. But that's not all, to help commemorate what would have been singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's 44th birthday, Amoeba will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of any of Elliott Smith’s catalog (including digital) to Free Arts for Abused Children for the month of August. So, come out for a great cause, funny jokes and lots of good music!Elliot Smith benefit at Amoeba

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