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Last Day To Win Tix to Rancid and Transplants in SF and LA + Hear new Tim Timebomb & Friends feat. Jesse Michaels

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment
Today, Monday July 15th, is the last day for a chance to win tickets to see Rancid and The Transplants in concert (care of Amoeba Music) when they play the Palladium in LA (near Amoeba Hollywood) on July 26th (Friday of next week) on a bill with The Interrupters, and at The Warfield on Market in San Francisco on Friday, August 2nd on a bill that also features Harrington Saints. Currently on tour that is this week up in Canada The Transplants and Rancid are bands that each feature Tim Armstrong.
Armstrong recently surprised many longtime fans when news surfaced that he and fellow former Operation Ivy member Jesse Michaels had patched up old differences to record a track together (no one expected this to happen and it is their first collaboration in over 24 years). The song "Living in a Dangerous Land" that is a 7" single for the Hellcat label and was uploaded to YouTube (check below) on Friday (7/12) features Armstrong under his Tim Timebomb moniker and it is the latest in the Tim Timebomb and Friends series.. Meanwhile as a member of The Transplants Armstrong last month released that group's latest album In A Warzone. To win tickets from Amoeba for the Rancid/Transplants show in SF and LA enter here. But do it now as today (7/15) is the last day. Must be 18+ and only one entry per person allowed.

       

Tim Armstrong's (aka Tim Timebomb) ROCKNROLL THEATER Coincides with Halloween and Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2011 07:30pm | Post a Comment

ROCKNROLL THEATRE Episode 1 "Dante" (2011)
The always busy Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants, solo, etc.) is gearing up for Halloween with his latest side project; an ambitious, rock n roll based, musical with a horror flavor, short film series titled ROCKNROLL THEATER - that immediately reminds one of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Under his alias Tim Timebomb Armstrong's been busy on the project working with director Kevin Kerslake plus a host of both experienced and first time actors/dancers including his Rancid bandmate Lars Frederiksen who gets a starring role (peep him in clip above and trailer below) in this new series that was launched on Friday last on VEVO with the first episode been "Dante" (see above).

Armstrong, a long time horror fan, could not have better timed the release of this unique new series. As well as the horror themed film piece being just in time for Halloween additionally this story about "corporate bad ass" Lars character Dante Wilson, who "practices treachery at every turn," also coincides perfectly with the Occupy Wall Street protests - something that had not yet begun when filming for the project began. As well as Frederiksen also featured in ROCKNROLL THEATER are Armstrong's pals AFI‘s Davey Havok, Shoshana Fox, Robert David Hall, and recent Amoeba Hollywood instore performers Fishbone.

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W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

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In Honor of the Full Moon

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Ramones "Howling At The Moon"

In honor of the full moon today, Sunday, November 21st at 5:28pm, here are some moon themed songs, including the infectious Ramones single "Howling At The Moon" above. Hopefully these tracks can act as an accompanying soundtrack for the lunar phase that only happens when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, or more specifically, when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and the Moon differ by 180 degrees.

It is only during a full moon, which occurs approx every month, or 29.53 days, that the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, is completely unilluminated. Below are the songs "Moon Over Marin" by Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys, "Red Hot Moon" by Rancid, and "Bad Moon Rising" by John Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival. Feel free to add your favorite "moon" themed song in the comments below. Also below is a guide to upcoming full moon dates and times for the next 13 months through the end of 2011.

Dead Kennedys "Moon Over Marin"

Upcoming Full Moon dates 2010 + 2011

AMOEBA AS THERAPY & NINE OTHER REASONS TO LOVE THE SF STORE

Posted by Billyjam, February 19, 2009 08:55am | Post a Comment


"Amoeba has so much more vinyl and is a much more happening store to forget about life worries ... it's therapy for me. Amoeba has always been THE BEST!" So recently wrote Amoeba fan "Lovedrop Says" in a posting on the NBC website as part of a poll amongst Bay Area residents intended to decipher which is a better store, Rasputin or Amoeba.

By end of the voting Amoeba had beaten out Rasputin with 68% to their 32% of votes by Bay Area NBC website visitors. The poll was actually about the Berkeley Amoeba but what Lovedrop Says about the Telegraph Ave. Amoeba is equally true of the Haight Street Amoeba, as reaffirmed about a week or so ago when I stopped by the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for some therapy myself.

Besides that feeling of "therapy" described by Lovedrop Says -- when you get so lost in the rows and rows of vinyl and CDs that time just magically slips away and what seems like ten minutes can be two hours -- there are many other reasons to love visiting the Amoeba Music San Francisco store. I made a list of ten of the top reasons to shop Amoeba right here, including what Lovedrop Says wrote about Amoeba as therapy -- reason #1.

As an art lover, especially graffiti, I have almost as much fun outside Amoeba SF gazing at the walls of colorful art on the store's outer walls (reason #2) including the image above (minus the photoshopped in Tony Bennett I Left My Heart in San Francisco LP -- that record can found inside in the used LPs section). So impressive are the colorful outer walls of Amoeba SF that they have been used in many photo and video shoots including in Bored Stiff's most recent video "@ A Distance." There is also lots of other graf art on walls nearby all within a block of Amoeba SF. It is like a free outdoor art gallery. Well wicked!