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Saluting San Francisco's Subterranean

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2012 03:35pm | Post a Comment

Flipper at Amoeba San Francisco, Feb 2008

The 1980's was a good decade for Bay Area indie rock music - especially the first half of the decade with labels like legendary small but influential San Francisco record label Subterranean Records who gave the world one of the greatest albums from one of the greatest bands of all time: Flipper's Generic Album which will forever have a welcome place on my record shelf. In recent years when the legendary SF band got back together again and played at Amoeba San Francisco in February 2008  (see video above) they played "That's The Way of The World" and "(I Saw You) Shine" off the influential 1982 album.

Other artists that were released by Subterranean back in the day included the Inflatable Boy Clams (their song "I'm Sorry" - a 7" was a mainstay on KALX and KUSF radio for years) and Polkacide (the polka punk beer fanatics who recorded such songs as "In Heaven There Is No Beer"). The label, that can be found nowadays online here, mainly released music by San Francisco Bay Area artists, Subterranean Records was formed by Steve Tupper in 1979 and immediately became central to the burgeoning wonderful post punk era in San Francisco music - a great time both in the clubs and in recording studios.

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HAPPY ASCENSION DAY!!!

Posted by Job O Brother, June 2, 2011 12:42pm | Post a Comment
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Happy Ascension Day, Mortals!

Today is the perfect day to fire up the barbeque, emulsify marshmallows in their own, meaty juices, make necklaces out of macaroni and firecrackers and teeth, roast corn on the cobweb, take pictures of your auntie, run through the sprinklers praising God in His infinite wisdom for creating a world and people that would one day invent sprinklers which must therefore be a part of His Divine Plan for the Glory of All, post pictures of your auntie online, bob for apples without safety pins hidden inside them by your heathen neighbors next door, pop popcorn, scream for ice cream, sing hymns, taunt your auntie by telling her the pictures of her have gone viral and now her privacy will be compromised, her bank accounts plundered, and her likeness will be used by terrorists to bring down the American Government, jump on a trampoline and pretend you're ascending yourself, make peace with zombies, fly a kite, cut some ribbon, pick up litter, drink the salty/sweet tears from your auntie's quivering cheek-beds.

FLIPPER'S "HA HA HA" LIVE @ AMOEBA & BERKELEY SQUARE 1980/2009

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2009 08:00pm | Post a Comment
                                              Flipper "Ha Ha Ha" (1980 Live @ Flipper Berkeley Square)
                                          
In the two video clips, above and below, Flipper, one of the greatest bands of all time, play their timeless track "Ha Ha Ha," first in 1980 and then in 2009. The 1980 video clip shows the legendary and unique San Francisco punk band playing "Ha Ha Ha" along with the song "Oh Oh Ay Oh" at the long gone East Bay nightclub the Berkeley Square in July of 1980, about a year after the band had formed.

And below is a video of Flipper performing the song at a recent free in-store at Amoeba Berkeley in April 2009 with a line up that included Ted Falconi on guitar, Bruce Loose performing vocals, Steve DePace on drums, and Rachel Thoele on bass in only her second gig with the band. 

The in-store coincided with the group's classic albums being reissued on vinyl. A little over a year earlier, in February 2008, Flipper also did an Amoeba in-store when they played the San Francisco Amoeba Music store. For an interview with the band from their 2008 San Francisco Amoeba instore, click here.

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A Year in the Life of Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2008 07:18pm | Post a Comment
It's been yet another eventful year here at Amoeba San Francisco, our 11th here on Haight Street! Below is a sort of best-of, a bunch of the highlights from the year for us, from instores to holiday events-- read on to celebrate the end of 2008 with us!

Going back to January 2008, we kicked off the new year with a groovy instore from Devendra Banhart.

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January also saw the second annual Amoeba Art Show, held at the Space Gallery here in San Francisco. Many of Amoeba's employees, you see, are also fantastic artists, and so a huge gathering of pieces created by said employees from both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba stores was shown, and the event also included some music, drinking and general hobnobbing. The art below was created by Amoeba Berkeley's Zak Wilson. More info about the event can be found here.


Then, in February, Vampire Weekend hit the stage for a HUGE and thrilling performance. You can go right here for a review and all the photos from that show.

SAN FRANCISCO'S LATE 70's PUNK SCENE BY BRUCE CONNER (RIP)

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2008 05:14am | Post a Comment
Bruce Connor collection @ BAM/PFA
There is just a week left to catch the recommended BAM/PFA (Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive) photo exhibit by Bruce Conner, who sadly passed three weeks ago In San Francisco, reportedly from a liver ailment. The exhibit focuses on the one year period in the late seventies (77-78) Conner spent taking photos of both punk bands and punk fans at the infamous West Coast punk palace the Mabuhay Gardens (aka "The Fab Mab" -- the dismal failing Filipino supper club that would be saved/immortalized by punk rock) on Broadway in San Francisco.

The fifty three Bruce Conner photos on display at the BAM/PFA, which act as an excellent historic overview of the early SF punk scene, include wonderful action shots of bands and artists including Frankie Fix of Crime, the Mutants, Penelope Houston of The Avengers, and Negative Trend's Will Shatter (who later went on to form Flipper).

Multi media artist Bruce Conner, who the curators at BAM/PFA aptly describe as  "a proto-punk provocateur who scavenged cultural waste to construct his assemblages," ended up doing the photo series by mere coincidence. In the late 70s, Conner was 44 years of age and an established avant-garde artist who created film mash-ups from a mixed bag of found sources and whose rich legacy dated back to the SF 1950's Beat scene. While attending Devo's first ever San Francisco show in 1977, Conner crossed paths with V. Vale, now the publisher of RE/Search magazine, who was about to launch the seminal punk zine Search & Destroy

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