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Rewind To Short-Lived Seventies Dutch Hit Making Duo Mouth & MacNeal

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2018 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Mouth & MacNeal's Absolutely The Best - like their Singles collection - contains the hits
including the Dutch duo's international 1972 smash  "How Do You Do"

For this Throwback Thursday we rewind to the first half of the seventies decade to the Netherlands to where and when the short lived (1971-1974) fun pop Dutch duo Mouth & MacNeal cranked out a series of international singalong hits. These hits by the duo comprised of Big Mouth (Willem Duyn) and Maggie MacNeal (Sjoukje van't Spijker) can be found on the retrospective collections Absolutely The Best and Mouth & MacNeal The Singles. Both of those collections, in addition to the old school Dutch pop / rock various artists compilation Dutch Treats, include Mouth & MacNeal’s biggest and best known hit; "How Do You Do.” That 1972 single is an example of a perfectly structured singalong pop song complete with the slowdown and build up to the hit’s chorus. "How Do You Do” first topped the duo’s national chart before going on to become an international hit both in Europe and the US where it became a top ten Billboard hit that same year. In fact ”How Do You Do” was such a huge hit for the duo that they were often unfairly written off as one-hit wonders.

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Top 5 Reasons To Attend Funk Legend Bootsy Collins’ July 12 Berkeley Appearances @ Amoeba Music & Hi Fidelity #WorldWideFunk

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2018 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Bootsy Collins World Wide Funk (avail as 2LP'/vinyl set) (2017)

True followers of the Mothership and dedicated diehard funk fans of "the One" are already in the know. They've got plans set to be a part of the two exclusive East Bay Bootsy Collins events tomorrow evening (Thursday July 12th) at 6pm and 730pm. That's when the space bass playing legend, associated with James Brown and Funkadelic in addition to his own influential solo career, will be at Amoeba Berkeley for a 6pm album signing session of his latest album World Wide Funk (avail as 2LP'/vinyl set).
Immediately afterwards (7:30pm) and right next door at Hi Fidelity they plan to attend the limited space invitation meet-and-greet and photo-opportunity with the living funk legend Bootsy Collins. There they'll also have an opportunity to acquired a “BOOTSY MUNCHIES GIFT BAG.” Meanwhile for those in the Bay Area who may have still not made plans to attend this funk-themed Bootsy Collins event, here are five reasons to do so. 

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July Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 9, 2018 07:54pm | Post a Comment

It's July and it's even starting to feel like summer in the Bay Area. Get out of the heat and into our stores in San Francisco and Berkeley for SALES, SALES, SALES! Did I mention that we had a few sales this month? We are celebrating the World Cup with sales. We are celebrating birthdays with sales. We are even running sales on toys and posters! Get in here!

July at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 7/19-8/5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 9, 2018 06:30pm | Post a Comment

SF Jewish Film Festival

Amoeba is proud to co-present five films at the 38th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), which runs July 19 - August 5 at locations all around the Bay Area. This year, the festival will present more than 65 films and 135 individual screenings, performances, and events in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Oakland, and Berkeley. To see the full schedule and purchase single tickets or passes, please visit the SFJFF ticketing page HERE! Plus, enter the code AMOEBA38 when buying your tickets and you'll receive a special discount!

Amoeba Music will be co-presenting the following films:

The City Without Jews (with live score performed by Sascha Jacobsen and the Musical Art Quintet)City Without Jews
Sunday, July 22. 7pm. Castro Theatre
Missing for more than 90 years, the final parts of the silent Austrian film The City Without Jews were finally found in a Parisian flea-market. When the Filmarchiv Austria 2016 announced the rediscovery of the long missing scenes, a worldwide effort to complete the restoration was sparked. Over 700 individual donors supported the project, saving the remaining prints from chemical delay.
Based on the novel, The City without Jews written by Hugo Bettauer in 1922, satirizing an utopian idea of expelling the Jews from Vienna. The film adaptation by director Hans Karl Breslauer was accompanied in 1924 by sanctions by the National Socialists and in 1925 Bettauer was shot dead by a National Socialist. The rise of the NSDAP in Austria with means of terror resulted in the so-called Anschluss 1938. What followed was the expulsion and murder of Central European Jews in the Holocaust.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wolf Parade

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2018 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Wolf Parade - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Dan Boeckner and Arlen Thompson of Wolf Parade were at Amoeba Hollywood recently schooling us on some of the records that influenced them in their formative years, new records they've been getting into, and Canadian heroes that have been overlooked by the "arbitrators of cultural taste" in their own country. Take, for example, the industrial group Skinny Puppy. "I would argue that this is the most influential Canadian band of the 1980s," Boeckner proclaimed, calling them, "a totally misunderstood and under-appreciated band in its own country...without this band you wouldn't have Nine Inch Nails (and) Ministry." Boeckner goes on to explain that Canadian taste-makers have "pretty much erased these guys from the history books." There was much more to be said about all of the records picked by the two band mates, making for an insightful and fun What's In My Bag? interview. 

Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade formed in 2003 when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug found himself with three weeks to get a group together. He teamed up with Dan Boeckner (ex-Atlas Wolf Parade Cry Cry CryStrategic) and the pair began writing songs in Krug's apartment, accompanied by a drum machine. Arlen Thompson eventually took over percussionist duties. A year later, the group traveled to Portland to work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on their self-titled Sub Pop debut EP. The current lineup solidified when Dante DeCaro (ex-Hot Hot Heat) signed on in 2005.

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