A Year in the Life of Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Over at Amoeba Music Berkeley, 2008 has been a year full of thrilling instores and special events. Keep reading to check out about some of the hand-picked highlights:

In February, hyperactive punk band the Black Lips stopped by for an energetic instore appearance. You can see all the pictures from this event on our website here. You can also watch an interview and performance from their Amoeba Hollywood appearance right here.

black lips at amoeba

February also saw an instore by Bay Area favorites the Drive By Truckers, who brought a little twang to the Berkeley store on Valentine's Day.

drive by truckers at amoeba

In honor of Record Store Day at the Berkeley store, Pam the Funkstress of The Coup brought it on the ones and twos, several other DJs had sets and gift certificate giveaways occured throughout the day.

pam the funkstress of the coup

In the Spring, the store was treated to the pastoral, golden-toned sounds of local faves Vetiver. You can check out an exclusive interview with frontman Andy Cabic right here and see more pictures from the show here!


One of the biggest sonic blasts of the year was Boris' special instore in June. Only a limited amount of fans got in to the show, which took place in the evening after the store closed. Minds were blown as Boris and their fog machines brought the house down. Click here for more images and a fantastic review of the show!

boris at amoeba

July brought the Amoeba-sponsered East Bay Express Best of the East Bay party, a huge celebration with performers like Flipper, Brandi Shearer and a bunch of others, a wide variety of booths and stands and many DJs. Click here to read all about it.

In the summer, godfather of Hip Hop and father of the Electro Funk sound Afrika Bambaataa hit the Amoeba stage with a DJ set.

afrika bambaataa

A few weeks later, Two Gallants rocked the Amoeba stage with their instore performance. The local two-piece have hit it big, signing to Saddle Creek and touring round the US and Europe.

two gallants

Hip Hoppers People Under the Stairs visited Amoeba Berkeley in the fall, bringing their hypnotic beats and lyrical flow. There's a complete set of pictures from the show on our website.

people under the stairs

As 2008 wound down and winter began, local folkster Bart Davenport dropped by to bring us warmth in the form of his sound and songs. For more images from his instore, click here.

bart davenport

2009 is already shaping up to be an exciting year! Our first instore of the new year will be hot as heck bluegrass band Devil Makes Three on January 15th at 6pm! For the past few years we've had a tough time keeping this group's cds on the shelves because they are flying off of them so fast. Should be a fantastic show. Be sure to check out the website for info about all the latest instores and events here at Amoeba Berkeley. Happy 2009 to you!

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