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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon

Who knew that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon were such enthusiasts of body horror? On the comedic couple's recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood the two found a wide array of movies, music, and pop culture Ephemera, including some killer horror tiles, vintage buttons, and a steamy Brad Pitt fan book.

Kumail Nanjiani is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Emily V. Gordon is a writer, producer, and podcast host. The pair married in 2007. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote and executive produced the forthcoming film, The Big Sick, which is based on their courtship. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and hits theaters everywhere in July 2017.

You probably know Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley. He also voices the character of Prismo on Adventure Time and he's appeared on Portlandia, Veep, Franklin & Bash, Broad City, Archer, and The X-Files. He hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files. Nanjiani co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which Gordon co-created and co-executive produced. A former therapist and freelance writer, Gordon has written two Disney.com teen webseries and worked on the second season of NBC's The Carmichael Show.

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Large Jazz LP Collection ­On Sale at Amoeba SF on April 1st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2017 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco acquired a large quantity of hard-to-find Jazz records from a collection that was cultivated inVintage Jazz LPs the 1960s and '70s by a longtime Amoeba customer (who was also an ex-New Yorker). This astounding collection will hit the store on Saturday, April 1st. No joke! You gotta be here April 1st to get first crack at this collection.

The Collection
Most of the records are from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, encompassing Free-Bop, post-Coltrane "Spiritual Jazz," South African Jazz, and more, with many rare European and Japanese imports among them. Also, there are some small-press labels, like Saturn (Sun Ra), Tribe (Marcus Belgrave's ultra-rare Gemini II), and many Strata East recordings as well!

Artists represented include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp (30 albums!), the Blue Notes (South African group) and its individual members, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, and more.
Vintage Jazz Lps, Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturn Records
The Plan
Upon opening on Saturday, April 1st at 11am, we will have bins set up at the front of our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) that will contain the bulk of the collection. We will also have racks of "wall items" set up on the stage for the higher-valued items. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers.

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Tonight's 2017 DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle @ The Highline Ballroom Is A Reminder That The Annual DJ Battle Season is Well Underway

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2017 11:49am | Post a Comment


As the new year is less new and the weeks/months have quickly slipped by leaving us in the second half of March 2017, we are back into the annual DJ battle season. And tonight in New York City one of themost important turntable showdowns (and typically first of the Regional DMCs) takes place with the 2017
DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle. The battle winner tonight will in turn face off against the winners from all
the upcoming Regional USA DMC battle winners in the summer 2017 USA battle. That winner (last year it was DJ Traps - left) will go on to rep the US in the 2017 DMC World Championships held in London in approx six months from now. This year taking place at the new location of the Highline Ballroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan the NYC DMC Regional will feature an impressive list of registered battle DJs: some of whom could be future stars.. This evening's 6pm to 11pm event features a nice balance of new and seasoned turntablists battling it out on the ones and twos (full list below) plus impressive showcase and party rockin' sets from DJ Shiftee and DJ Nelson. And who knows, maybe the event's always entertaining and multi-talented host Lord Finesse might do an impromptu DJ performance as the veteran hip-hopper has in the past.
At this evening's big event the list of registered battle DJs includes longtime competitor/two time
US DMC champ DJ Esquire out of  Brooklyn (see video below of him battling DJ Cleancut in 2012 US Finals), the 2009 DMC US Supremacy Champ DJ Supreme the Global Reset, the 2014 NYC DMC champ (see video below) and 2014 US runner up DJ Dwells,  the 2012 Roc Raida Gong DJ Battle Champ repping Maryland DJ As-One, and tireless regular competitor who's never afraid to push the envelope: John Swan out of Brooklyn NY. The other registered competitors for tonight include The Don Santos: (Brighton MA), Icecold Chet (Knockemstiff OH), Bobby Bangers (Boston MA), D Spliff (NY, NY),  DJ AJ (New Britain CT), Dj Xcalibur aka Mad Max (Harlem, NY), Ned Nice  (Brooklyn NY),  DJ Polarity (Bronx NY), DJ Hear No Evil (Mount Vernon NY), DJ Gremlinz (Shirley MA), DJ Flav (Springfield Gardens NY),  DJ Nick Diablo (Hillsdale NJ), DJ Stay High (Elmhurst, NY),  DJ C2 (Brooklyn NY), DJ Mika (Brooklyn NY),    Robbie Wilde (Union NJ), DJ Runrie (Brooklyn NY),  Finger Smith (Brooklyn NY), and New Jersey's Infa-J.

Saluting Rock And Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry [1926 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2017 11:16pm | Post a Comment

One of rock n roll music's pioneers/creators Chuck Berry died this afternoon at his Missouri home. The influential guitarist/writer/singer born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, who had been performing up until a couple of years ago, was 90 years of age. Earlier today his family posted via the Chuck Berry Facebook page that: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time."  

Chuck Berry's death comes in advance of his recently announced first studio album in 38 years (Chuck to be released later this year) and just three weeks following the release of the wonderful tribute to the artist's legacy: Rock And Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry.  That recommended 24 track collection that was carefully compiled by Ace UK Records, features his most famous songs being covered over the years by such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, MC5, Marty Robbins and The Beach Boys. Including such classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Little Queenie" (to name but a few) it is not only a a virtual history lesson in rock n roll music but a testament to the vital role that Chuck Berry played in the powerful popular new musical movement of the second half of the 20th century. Most of Berry's biggest rock and roll hits can be found on such artist collections as Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles A's & B's 1955-1961 and the vinyl/LP collection Chuck Berry: Rock n Roll Masterworks.

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Kalyn Heffernan & Wheelchair Sports Camp Intentionally Included Mexico & Canada On "Wall To Wall" Tour - Tonight @ 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2017 10:11am | Post a Comment

Artist/activist and regular subject of the Amoebllog Kalyn Heffernan along with her hip-hop live group Weelchair Sports Camp are back out on tour this month as they do each year around this time, typically with at least one date at the South By Southwest conference and festival (SxSW). But this year the politically themed Denver CO group, who recently released their official debut album No Big Deal, are skipping SxSW in Austin for their 2017 version of their Spring North American tour.  Instead Heffernan said that the band is making a point of including dates in their current West Coast "Wall to Wall" tour in both Mexico and Canada: something inspired by the current political climate.

"Nothing can stop free flow of music," said Heffernan. "Ideas in the digital age or anytime the desires of the people overwhelm the oppressors.  That's why at this precarious  juncture Wheelchair Sports Camp had to return to Mexico and Canada: two countries that have welcomed their Denver sound with giant open arms!"

The current Wheelchair Sports Camp tour, in support of the late Ikey Owens produced album No Big Deal album on the Sage Francis founded Strange Famous Records, kicked off in Kansas City earlier this month and has already included stops in Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, California (including Low End Theory), and Mexico. They play Vancouver Canada next week (March 21st at The Cobalt). Tonight (Friday March 17th) at 7pm the band play 924 Gilman in Berkeley CA (all ages show - more info) and tomorrow they play Shea's Tavern in Reno Nevada when they're expected to play the new album tracks "Mary Had A Little Band" and "Hard Out Here For A Gimp." See the accompanying music videos for both album tracks below and click here for full tour schedule.

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