Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Saul Williams

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood

"I think there's a lot of American artists who are really high on themselves and don't realize that there's somebody who's doing it fresher," says Saul Williams while talking about Belgian pop artist Stromae, who is one of the few, if only, pop artists he reps for. As you can imagine with someone as eclectic, talented and acclaimed as the American rapper, poet, writer, actor and musician, when Williams comes to Amoeba Hollywood, he's sure to pick up some interesting finds.

Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing Amoeba MusicIn 1996 Williams won the title of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion, which was documented in the film SlamNation. 1998 he started his career in music releasing EPs and singles. In 2001 Williams released his debut LP, Amethyst Rock Star, which was produced by Rick Rubin. Over the course of his career, Williams has performed with artists such as Nas, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Blackalicious, KRS-One, De La Soul, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. He has toured with The Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor co-produced Williams' 2007 LP The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Volcanic Sunlight, released in 2011, saw Williams moving in a new direction, with tracks influenced by funk, new wave, dubstep and garage rock. January of 2016 saw his latest release, MartyrLoserKing. Williams has published four collections of poetry and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, African Voices and Bomb Magazine. He has acted in the feature films Slam and Today and starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. Saul Williams is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.

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Saul Williams Performs Martyr Loser King in Oakland, June 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 24, 2016 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Saul WilliamsThe Bay Area Book Festival, Amoeba Music, and Matatu invite you to an evening with Saul Williams, who is performing selections from Martyr Loser King on Thursday, June 2 at Duende (468 19th Street, Oakland) at 10:30pm. Tickets are available HERE. This is a special an encore performance to his nearly sold-out show earlier that evening at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. For last minute secret tickets to the earlier show, click HERE, scroll to the bottom of the screen, click "Enter promotional code," and use the code MATATU16.

Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans,Martyr Loser Kingand New York, Williams’s Martyr Loser King is a multimediaproject that engages the digital dialogue between the First and Third Worlds and the global street sounds that yoke the two. He cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as the musical inspirations for this self-produced 6th album, which strains trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound. “I’m just letting you know what I’m reading and seeing while I’m writing,” says Williams. “When I’m writing, the music leads.”

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Saul Williams on his new book "Chorus," the Shit we Dance to, Obama ain't Jesus, & More

Posted by Billyjam, September 6, 2012 10:25pm | Post a Comment
In celebration of Saul Williams' new book Chorus, a collection of the work of 100 poets joining Williams in his "literary mixtape," the poet/actor/activist/musician launched a tour (also dubbed Chorus) a week ago with dates over the long Labor Day weekend in Baltimore, DC, and New York City. On Monday (Sept 3) night, I met up with the New York-born Williams, who currently lives in Paris, backstage at Joe's Pub before he went onstage alongside ten contributors to his new book.

Considering our interview was on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's run for a second term was foremost on his mind, as it was on mine so I was curious to know the outspoken artist's views on the upcoming election. "To me this upcoming election is super clear because the policies are so, for lack of better words, so black and white," he said. "The policies are so clear just in terms of women and what I believe in progressiveness. I mean, the past two thousand years in a nutshell have everything to do with controlling women and enforcing cheap labor; that's what Christianity, all this shit boils down to in my perspective." Williams minced no words when he said, "I would hate to see Romney win. I hate the idea of taking a few steps forward only to get pushed back. It's like the weed fight in California. All of this progress and then all of a sudden it's like people get scared." 

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(In which we celebrate Leap Day.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 29, 2012 05:56pm | Post a Comment

leap year postcard

It’s February 29. I’m sure you’re all busy celebrating with the traditional construction of tepee’s made from soft caramel (which takes soooooo long to make, am I right guys?) and the sacrifice of your neighbors’ used cotton swabs to our lesser-known deity, Jeff Christ, little brother of the Lord. Even so, I would be remiss not to say something about this most sacred of days.

First, let’s say happy birthday in our prettiest voices to those born on leap-days…

Gioachino Rossini

Saul Williams

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