Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2008 06:32pm | Post a Comment
Since its inception Amoeba Music has received numerous awards for its three locations, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood, with the latest award going to the Berkeley Amoeba store which was voted "Best Record Store" by the East Bay Express in their recent annual "Best of the East Bay" edition.

"There is NO place like Amoeba, not even in New York," wrote the accompanying text for this award, which was all the more significant since it was in the "Readers' Choice" section & hence was based on what a wide cross-section of Express readers sincerely think about Amoeba Music.

To help celebrate this latest award for the store, Amoeba will be part of the big party this Friday (July 11th) from 7PM until midnight at the Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street, where all of the winners in the East Bay Express'  recent "best of the East Bay" awards will be honored. If you go - and you should - be sure to stop by the Amoeba Music booth where you can say wassup and register to win free prizes,

The actual theme of this party is "Old School" and hence such classic acts from from back in the day as Flipper and The Uptones -- the longtime East Bay ska outfit who formed back in 1981 when most of its members were still attending Berkeley High School. Below is a video clip of the Uptones nowadays with them performing "Skanking Fool"  a year ago at the Metro in Oakland - a location currently closed.  Others performing at this big mixed arts event include Dyloot (Deep Voices) and Destroyer.

Brandi Shearer - Amoeba artist
Others on the bill for Friday's big and FREE event (meaning get there early, as it will likely be mobbed) include The Shoreshoes, Monarchs, and talented longtime Oakland hip-hop DJ Malachi.

In addition to winning the award, Amoeba Music will be represented onstage by such performers as emcee Won Way, aka Berkeley Amoeba hip-hop department's Juan, (who earlier that same evening will be performing with his crew the Secluded Journalists at La Pena in Berkeley) and Amoeba Records recording artist Brandi Shearer.

  Video below captures the singer performing a cover of the Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young classic "Helpless" along with Joe Goldmark (on pedal steel guitar) & band at Amoeba SF in March '07.

Meanwhile Amoeba Music Hollywood looks like it might soon be winning another award-- Los Angeles Magazine's "The 64 Greatest Things About LA." The contest is in the final round, up against the weather (yes, as in the sun and the temperatures). Over the past few months and up to the polls' cut off date of June 20th, tens of thousands have been casting their votes for the 64 greatest things about LA in a March Madness styled contest with the winner being determined by a head-to-head bracket competition. Voting has now closed and the results for the contest will be announced this Saturday, July 12th, at the 34th Annual Concern Foundation Block Party which celebrates the magazine's "Best of LA" issue. For more info on Saturday's event, which is a benefit for cancer research, click here.

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