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Malcolm Mooney Chats With Amoeblog After The Tenth Planet Oakland Show

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2013 11:05am | Post a Comment
As previewed here on the Amoeblog over the weekend famed former Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney visited the Bay Area to team up with his band Tenth Planet,which features members of Negativland, MX80, The Mutants, Neung Phak, Crack:WAR, and Le Flange du Mal, to play two select NorCal shows: Friday, June 14th at The Lab in San Francisco and the following night at The Layover in Oakland. I was among the lucky ones to make it to the latter, Saturday, June 15th, intimate setting East Bay concert which by all accounts, including Mooney's himself, was the better of the two Bay Area exclusives. For the early show, which was scheduled to start at 8pm sharp and had to be over by 9pm (it ran til 9:15pm with an encore) to make room for the regularly scheduled Shockwave DJs night (Tim Diesel and Max Kane), Mooney was supported by the tight four piece The Tenth Planet - including Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein on drums.

"I've been playing with Malcolm in various forms for 20 years now and this current band is perhaps the tightest most inspired lineup. It was a fantastic show," said Weinstein of the tight, supercharged set that included both new tracks and reworkings of such Can classics as the crowd pleasing "Yoo Doo Right," "Outside My Door," and "She Brings The Rain." Immediately following the show and before he rushed off to get a few hours of  sleep before heading to SFO by 5am I had an opportunity to chat with Malcolm Mooney for a few minutes on Franklin Street right outside the downtown Oakland Layover club. That short dim street light lit video clip (below), that includes a few words from Marc Weinstein, has Mooney talking about the latest Tenth Planet lineup, the Lab versus the Layover shows, and comparisons between making music and painting - Mooney's other artistic passion.

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After Decades Out of Print, Iconic '60's Poster "Little Girl on the Beach" by John Pearson Is Available Exclusively From Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, February 4, 2013 04:49pm | Post a Comment

After decades of being out of print, iconic sixties image Little Girl on the Beach by John Pearson is finally available again as a 21 1/4" x 18" black & white poster, distributed exclusively through Amoeba Music. The subject of the photograph is actually one of Amoeba Music's owners, Karen Pearson, who was four years of age when her father snapped the iconic image on a Bay Area beach in 1965. Not planned or staged/posed in any way, the casually taken photo began its ubiquitous life almost by accident when, upon the suggestion of others in the Bay Area Photographers Association, it was entered as part of a children's alphabet themed exhibit in the San Francisco Art Festival that year. The photo, chosen to represent "J for Joy" in the festival, would go on to become globally popular, and would also become Pearson's best known photograph.

Originally one of ten photographs on a roll of film (in the pre-digital age) that Pearson shot on Stinson Beach in Marin County, the photo was first printed as a 5" x 7" scale print. He then blew that up into a larger size print to enter it in the San Francisco Art Festival. From there the photo took on a life of its own; first as a poster that became a classic of the '60s and '70s, and then as the cover of two books - Pearson's own first publication (one of eight books he would publish), To Be Nobody Else, and later the best selling book, Born to Win: Transactional Analysis With Gestalt Experiments by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward, published in 1966. The image resonated with a generation and a time in history - many finding the simple but profound image conveyed messages of freedom and hope, joy and happiness, and peace with nature.
 

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The 5th Annual Amoeba Art Show: Friday, May 4th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Art Show Oakland Art Hop

AMOEBA ART SHOW 2012
Friday, May 4th
6pm - 11pm
2928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
MAP

In what has now become a Bay Area tradition, Amoeba Music throws killer annual art shows to exhibit
Michelle Guintu
Michelle Guintu
Grace Cooper
Grace Cooper
Billy Sprague
Billy Sprague
Trixy Grace
Trixy Grace
and celebrate the creative works of its multi-talented staff from all three Amoeba locations. For our fifth annual Amoeba Art Show, we are taking over the future home of The Black Spring Cafe in sunny Oakland!

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CBS News Interviews Amoeba Owner Marc Weinstein

Posted by Amoebite, December 2, 2011 02:50pm | Post a Comment
CBS News recently spoke with Amoeba co-owner Marc Weinstein at Amoeba San Francisco about the origins of Amoeba, wanting to build the ultimate independent record store, and our plans for the future. It's a pretty nifty piece about Amoeba. Unfortunately, the video isn't embeddable, but you can watch it here.

Marc on CBS

Cheb i Sabbah Continues His Fight Back to Good Health

Posted by Billyjam, September 27, 2011 02:05pm | Post a Comment
Pioneering world music ambassador, veteran DJ, producer, promoter, and former Amoeba Music employee Cheb i Sabbah, who earlier this year was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer, is doing much better but still continues his fight for a return to full health. This he has been doing despite having no medical insurance but, luckily, having the love and support of friends and fans who have rallied to his help in recent months. Back in July Cheb i Sabbah supporters threw two successful "health-care benefits" in San Francisco for the highly respected world musicologist. These benefits and other acts of support directly helped the man who gratefully posted online that, "With your blessings, prayers and generosity, I am currently in Germany at a clinic nicely situated in a small town that's famous for it's sulfur baths and countryside. I have begun a battery of tests and some treatments. I am feeling good and full of hope, and this is all due to your love. For that I will always be ever grateful." That got him to Europe for treatment this summer. Now back in the Bay Area he is still facing more treatment and, naturally, more expenses.

The unprecedented show of support for Cheb i Sabbah in time of need has proven what an admired, appreciated, and most important figure he truly is. "You know he's been around DJ'ing since he was just a teenager - playing soul in the 60's in Paris and [he] was very hip to all the North African styles long before most anyone else was," said Amoeba Music's Marc Weinstein recalling that Cheb i Sabbah worked at Amoeba Berkeley as world music buyer for about four years in the mid-nineties. "He brought an incredible depth, especially with African and Middle Eastern music, when he worked here at Amoeba," recalled Weinstein, adding that as a DJ he is in a class of his own. "He would have Nickies [on Haight St.] rockin' so hard, creating monster grooves. The place would be packed! He is the most well loved DJ I have ever known!"

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