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A Playlist For Your Time Travel And Commute

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Historic F Market Train. SFMTA

By Brent James

When you’ve lived in a big city for an extended period of time, no matter where or when, you find yourself automatically adjusted to the normal, everyday droning sounds of sirens, car horns and the like. There are those of us that have let human (or inhuman, it’s case sensitive) screams become a part of everyday life because that’s how it is in the “Big City,” right? Wrong. Or at least, it doesn’t HAVE to be.

The hustle and bustle of a commute each and every day can be taxing, even if you don’t realize it. Taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” isn’t as easy as it used to be, and let’s face it -- doesn’t that look a little creepy anyway?

My advice when things get a bit jumbled upstairs is time travel. It’s easy, it’s relatively cheap and there are many eras to choose from! I’ve made a complete guide for a wonderful trip through time and space, and I’m about to share it with you so you too can step away for just a bit…

For our first trip, we find ourselves at the fabulous Embarcadero in Downtown San Francisco. There is a light drizzle, but the sun should be out a little later. For now though, the fog twirls in and out of the buildings saying hello and welcoming us to History!

Mamie Smith
Mamie Smith

We’ll be taking the historic F train outbound on Market Street and, for those visiting, there are multiple passes available to ride. Single cash ride is $2.50, including a transfer. Don’t get caught hopping on the back; you may get a ticket. Make sure you read the specific history for your particular car, as these are refurbished beauties from all over the world! Now, obviously you don’t want to get too carried away or buried too deep in any electronic devices on this trip. Pay attention while you have fun, as sadly this is NOT the 1920s. Yet.

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The Top 10 Soundtracks of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 06:08pm | Post a Comment

by Gabriel Wheeler

There are hundreds of excellent soundtracks that could easily fit into many Top Ten lists. This is my attempt to grab ten of the best. Caveat Emptor!

10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The songs on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack truly create the atmosphere and character development for the film. Brilliant.


Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2014)

Easily could be Reservoir Dogs Vol. 2, but the music is used so well that it transcends that critique. The mix tape is so essentially Star-Lord that is defines his motivations in the movie.


Boogie Nights
8. Boogie Nights Vol. 1 (1997)

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Close To The Ledge: Top Ten Suicide Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

First up, if you are currently feeling suicidal or simply need to talk to someone, call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK [8255] where you will be forwarded to a counselor in your local area. Secondly this Top Ten Suicide Songs list (songs dealing with suicide from first and third person perspectives, and/or the mindset surrounding the subject), while intensely emotional, are in fact uplifting songs that have been known to both distract from and alleviate self-destructive feelings. Much like the power of blues music, these songs can similarly begin to lift those feeling low and depressed out of their deep funk.

As with any limited music list that attempts to cover a wide range of recordings on a specific topic, this top ten does not include a lot of great/worthy songs on the subject of suicide. A Top 50 list would have included many deserving songs that unfortunately were omitted in this top ten. Hence I have referenced these "honorable mention" songs in the honorary mentions paragraphs below as well as throughout the text of this Amoeblog. But please post any other worthy songs not included in the comments section, thanks.

I chose the Amoeblog title "Close To The Ledge" because of the fact that so many songs about suicide reference, both literally and figuratively, the ledge that people jump to their death from. This recurring theme appears in such songs about suicide as Frank Turner's "Song For Josh" and Stacy Barthe's "My Suicide Note  (both in top ten below), the Paul Westerberg penned "The Ledge" by The Replacements from their 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me (also on vinyl/LP),  Third Eye Blind's deceptively peppy sounding 1997 hit "Jumper" with the refrain "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend," and The Dead Ships' "Citycide." The title track off the LA band's 2015 album Citycide refers to the ledge of the San Francisco side of Golden Gate Bridge that singer Devlin McCluskey, who lost his best friend to suicide, was referring to upon learning that the majority of jumpers off the GGB (the subject of the dark but nail-bitingly engaging 2006 documentary The Bridge) "jumps off the City side."

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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

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