Beth Ditto's band The Gossip once played an instore in SF on my birthday, back in '04. I was so excited to see them play! I'd been a fan since the first notes of That's Not What I Heard rang through my college radio station. What I remember most about the fateful instore date is that poor Beth tripped UP the stairs in the back bowels of Amoeba, totally fell down, and was mortified! Poor gal! But she was so sweet! And the instore rocked, too! (The Gossip played another one in Hollywood a couple years back, too.)
Anyway, fast forward to the now, and Beth is releasing a solo album this March and the video for the first single, "I Wrote the Book" is quite Madonna-esque and supremely dance-y. Check it out here!
This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.
But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers, click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:
STRANGER-LEN FAKI REMIX 12"
Crazy demand for LEN FAKI's PODIUM remix led to this pressing. HUGE summer techno tune that CARL COX dropped at Space and that wrecked the dance floor. The build ups and drops are INSANE! Also includes the original version and a "X BREAK" mix from FAKI as well. Do not sleep on this!
Cult like techno imprint invites a former WARP artist to let the music talk under the alias RAZA. State of the art modern techno, sounding as if it was forged in Detroit and finished in Berlin. Three beautiful tracks, fans of ECHOCHORD, STYRAX. Audiophile mastering, vinyl only!
Michael Jackson vs Drastics MJAROCKER LP MJAROCKER
Count & Sinden MEGA 12" RUG317T
Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:
New Age Mold 12"
New from EMOTICON, JEFF SAMUEL drops the BPM to make some laid back beats that fall neatly between IDM and downtempo. Crisp, metallic infused beats hold it down next to intricate strands of melody.
DANOTE is beautiful, lush electronic music with floaty synths and a wicked bassline. Perfect for an early morning set when the sun is rising.
12 Fingers REIS E PIRATAS 12" SSD-ICP144
2 Wikked BREAKZ 12" FGW002