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Band of Skulls Play SF's Regency Ballroom on May 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 23, 2014 04:53pm | Post a Comment

band of skulls san francisco regency ballroomGoldenvoice & Amoeba Music present Band of Skulls -- that rawkin' British trio that's taking America by storm -- live at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on May 22nd.

Whether you know them from their three hit records or by their ridiculously catchy and searingly hot tune "Light Of The Morning" (featured in the ubiquitous Ford Mustang commercial), there's no denying that this is a band you need to experience live.

They are touring in support of their latest album Himalayan (out now).

Get your tickets now before they're all gone.
 

Recap: March Charity Auction to Benefit Doctors Without Borders

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Doctors Without Borders logoOn Saturday, March 2 we had the hilarious Kurt Braunohler all the way from New York host our charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood and he did a fabulous job with a very tough crowd. He drove home our reason for being there ("Hey guys, it's for Doctors Without Borders...C'MON! Doctors who have no sense of their own boundaries! "). The crowd was enjoying the show, but it was tough to get them to bid. Sometimes it's like that. You never know what the temperature of the crowd will be! But Kurt did a great job and we ended up having a very successful auction.

The concert tickets went well, as always, and thanks so much to our neighbors at Trader Joe's and Brew Coffee, as well as Goldenvoice, for getting us such cool prizes.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Brew Coffee gift card with Amoeba mug $25.00
  • Tickets to Jim James at the Fonda $30.00
  • Tickets to The Black Lips at the El Rey $25.00
  • Tickets to Django Django at the Fonda $20.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card and California Raisins lunchbox $50.00
  • Passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles $40.00
  • Special VIP Amoeba in-store pass $66.00
  • Sundance Theater passes 30.00
  • Classic rock package featuring Doors documentary, Led Zeppelin and Doors t-shirts & more $70.00
  • Limited edition Record Store Day package $60.00
  • Tiny Furniture DVD signed by Lena Dunham $35.00
  • Super DVD signed by the cast $15.00
  • Ozzy and Sharon talking Beanie Babies with lunchbox and Black Sabbath pen $10.00
  • Beatles package featuring totes, poster, mug and more $30.00

There was a grand total of bids of $485.00, and then with our matching that meant we raised $970.00 for Doctors Without Borders, an organization which has helped tremendously with Hurricane Sandy (in addition to their work in all corners of the world). This one was great. Thanks all for the help!

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Recap: October Charity Auction with Ryan Stout + Dog Adoption Day

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Ryan Stout at AmoebaOn Saturday, October 6 we held our monthly charity auction hosted by comedian Ryan Stout who did a fabulous job of inspiring and cajoling the audience into some great bids, all while making people laugh out loud. This month's auction benefited Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories. We also held a dog adoption event on Sunday, October 7 with Beagle Freedom Project and some pretty adorable dogs.

But back to the auction. Mr. Stout was quick, clever, personable and hard to resist.

"C'mon...It's for the dogs! Everyone cares about dogs. BEAGLES for chrissakes - AMERICA'S DOG! "

The bids started with a green tag DVD Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords (with poster) at $5.00 and then we were off and running.

Here are the rest of the highlights:

  • Herbie Hancock signed vinyl LP - $15.00
  • Flying Lotus tickets - $30.00
  • The XX tickets - $80.00 (!!)
  • Record Store Day grab bag - $115.00 (!!!!)
  • Trader Joe's gift card and lunchbox - $60.00
  • SBTRKT tickets - $60.00 (!!)
  • Darkness tickets - $25.00
  • P.I.L. tickets - $30.00
  • Bob Mould tickets - $30.00
  • Doctor Who Blu-ray - $10.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $60.00
  • Social Distortion tickets - $60.00
  • Portlandia DVD signed by Fred Armisen (with Wallflowers tickets) - $45.00

All together Mr. Stout garnered $625.00 in bids which, with our matching, means we raised $1250.00 for the Beagle Freedom Project! It can be very challenging to get folks to bid big money on random things in a 30 minute window. You never know if that Social D fan will be in the house, or if that crazy Doctor Who fan will be nearby, but Ryan was able to get folks to bid and this month's auction was a great success!

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Henry Rollins

Posted by Amoebite, March 17, 2009 07:53pm | Post a Comment
30 Coachella Bands Featured in 30 Days

127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

-By Scott Butterworth

     
Day #1 - Artist #1 - Henry Rollins:

“I know that I know him, but I don’t know how I know him.” This is the response I got a couple weeks ago while I was rattling off a whole list of bands/artists, trying to convince my roommate to skip a weekend of his usual non-stop studying for medical school (I mean, where is that going to get you in life anyway?) and join me for the weekend at the Coachella Festival in Indio this April. He made the above statement when I emphasized how excited I was to see Henry Rollins. In the past, I’ve found myself saying the same thing about a number of artists, before my phase of being a self-proclaimed/admitted complete music nerd (which I make no apologies about currently being at the height of). There were many artists that I knew that I was supposed to know…but I just didn’t know why. Some might even say that there were many artists "that wanted me to want them…that needed me to need them," and in fact, I passed up going to many years of Coachella festivals because I simply didn’t have the age, the life experience, a job at a record store, or an older brother to steal records from, to realize the musical, cultural and historical significance of the many artists that have graced the stages of Coachella since 1999.

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