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Flower Piano At The San Francisco Botanical Garden In Golden Gate Park

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 12, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Flower Piano

Amoeba Music is thrilled to be a sponsor of the fifth anniversary Flower Piano celebration at San Francisco Flower PianoBotanical Garden (SFBG) in Golden Gate Park, July 11th - July 22nd. Flower Piano transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall for twelve days, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of regular Garden admission. Twelve pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to the public to play each day, July 11-22, from 9am-6pm, except during select performances.

On weekend days, the public can enjoy a diverse schedule of performances from guest musicians and artists. Both Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th feature the always-popular Twelve Piano Extravaganza when all of the pianos are taken over by the pros between 12-2pm. Visitors can listen to a wide variety of genres from classical to cabaret over the course of two hours. On July 13th, this event includes a fun-for-all, dance-along ballet extravaganza led by Daniel Sullivan. July 13th also features a special program from 2-5pm by a full symphony orchestra known as the Awesöme Orchestra Collective that invites the audience to experience both the rehearsal and performance of two piano concertos. The following Saturday, July 20th, Sunset Piano performs poetry and music collaborations from 2-5:30pm, Bay Area Hawaiian dance supergroup Na Lei Hulu I ka Wekiu will perform innovative contemporary and traditional hula accompanied by piano from 2-4pm, and members of SF Symphony will perform from 3-5pm.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Pelican

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2019 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Pelican - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Trevor de Brauw and Larry Herweg of Chicago post-metal band Pelican during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. The bandmates shared some of their favorite albums by The Jesus Lizard, John Carpenter, Fugazi, and Radiohead, and picked up a few rare LPs that had been eluding them. Their knowledge and passion was evident and made for an interesting What's In My Bag? episode. The band just released Nighttime Storiestheir first new album in six years, and are currently touring North America this month. 

Founded in 2001, Pelican's current lineup consists of guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Dallas Thomas, Pelican - Nighttime Stories - Amoeba Musicdrummer Larry Herweg, and bassist Bryan Herweg. After the release of a self-titled EP in 2001, the group put out their 2003 debut LP, Australasia, via Hydra Head. Their sophomore album, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, followed in 2006. A year later, the band released City of Echoes. In 2008, the band put together After the Ceiling Cracked, a multi-format release featuring material from Pelican's 2005 live performance at Scala in London.

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Always Be My Maybe Reps Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 10, 2019 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Always Be My MaybeBy Ramon Ortega

Amoeba Music's social media feeds were all abuzz last week upon the release of Ali Wong and Randall Park's Netflix original, Always Be My Maybe, prompting many of our amazing fans to alert us of the surprising and flattering role we had in the film. That's right, Amoeba made its streaming debut by way of Park's character, Marcus, wearing an Amoeba Berkeley t-shirt in a steamy and pivotal scene. Warning: possible spoilers ahead!

Set in San Francisco, Always Be My Maybe is directed by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat) and written by Michael Golamco with Wong and Parks, who also star as the two main characters: Wong plays Marcus’s childhood friend and neighbor, Sasha. A montage quickly takes us from them as young kids in 1996 to young adults at a service for Marcus's mother. Afterwards, Sasha, trying to cheer up her best friend, gets Marcus (rocking Always Be My Maybethe fresh Amoeba Berkeley tee) out of the house. Hanging out in his parked car and singing D'Angelo, an awkward kiss from Sasha stuns Marcus, who then kisses her back, leading them both into the back seat and...you get the idea. The post-knockin’ boots scene says it all - an Amoeba tee is perfect for most occasions, planned or unplanned. As an aside, the six-year-old Amoeba Berkeley was the only existing Amoeba in 1996, with Amoeba San Francisco opening in 1997. Points for details, ABMM crew!

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Tribute To New Orleans Music Icon Dr. John [1941 - 2019] Videos + Guide to Dr. John Albums [CD & LP] Available from Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, June 10, 2019 11:17am | Post a Comment

In a year when already so many greats have died, another major music figure passed away this past week. On Thursday (June 6th) New Orleans music icon Dr. John died at age 77, reportedly from a heart attack and following several years of ill health. The following day the beloved Big Easy musician was warmly honored in his hometown when hundreds of Dr. John fans took to the streets for a traditional second line parade in his honor. Later that night hometown funk DJ Shane Love's monthly NOLO funk dance party Hook & Sling featured a  Dr. John themed playlist.

The New Orleans singer/pianist/guitarist was born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. and grew up in the city’s 3rd Ward (also home to such notables as Louis Armstrong, Big Freedia, Master P and Birdman). Initially a guitar playing singer, in his formative music years he shifted his focus away from stringed instrument to take up what would become his trademark boogie woogie styled piano accompaniment.

Rest In Peace Bushwick Bill - Dead at age 52

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2019 11:45pm | Post a Comment


After widely publicized erroneous reports by numerous news outlets earlier today (Sunday June 9th) that Bushwick Bill had died, that were soonafter followed up with  correction notices that the Geto Boys  member diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was in fact still alive but “fighting for his life,” tonight at 8:35pm (Pacific) official word was released that Bushwick Bill had indeed died.  In February this year, around the time he was about to go on tour, it was announced that the artist was suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, while reportedly he had been ill from cancer since early last year.

Confirmed to The Associated Press tonight by his publicist Dawn P, the 52 year old rap artist born Richard Shaw died in a Colorado hospital at 9:35pm local Mountain Standard Time where he was surrounded by family.
Known for his recordings with the Geto Boys (with whom he first began as a dancer known by the name Little Billy) as well as his solo work,
pictured right is his hit rap single "Ever So Clear" while above is the cover of Bushwick Bill’s album Little Big Man Chopped & Screwed that  is one of many featuring the artist available from Amoeba. Others include the Geto Boys'  Foundation,, Geto Boys LP vinyl, Best of the Geto Boys,  and Da Good, Da Bad & Da Ugly.

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Interview With Blag Dahlia

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 9, 2019 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Blag DahliaBy Jon Longhi

The Dwarves have been slicing a deep wound in the cultural landscape since the eighties. Their live shows are notorious for violence, on-stage sex, self-mutilation, drug taking, and other forms of disreputable behavior. Many of their shows have lasted less than fifteen minutes thanks to physical injuries caused by audience members. They're never boring, that's for sure. Their albums are the sonic equivalent of their live shows and feature songs so tasteless and politically incorrect that there's something in them to offend almost anyone, and that's kind of the point. The band wholeheartedly embraces their "turd in the punch bowl of punk" legacy. Albums like Blood, Guts, And Pussy are some of the most definitive statements in the history of the entire punk movement. They've been around for 35 years and have never taken any prisoners. You can see a hilarious history of everything they've done at their website: www.thedwarves.com. This July, they're one of the headliners at the Burger Boogaloo festival in Oakland. I recently caught up with lead singer and founding member, Blag Dahlia, and got to ask him some questions about the Burger Boogaloo show and the history of the band. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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Park for FREE at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 9, 2019 05:31pm | Post a Comment

Breaking news! Shoppers are invited to park for FREE next to Amoeba SF in the old McDonald’s parking lot at the corner of Stanyan and Haight Streets. (Entrance on Stanyan Street.) The lot is open 10am-7pm, 7 days a week!


With three-hour free parking, you can spend the afternoon browsing the stacks at Amoeba SF and then wander down Haight Street for more shopping, dining, and fun.

Parking on Haight and Stanyan

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Guster

Posted by Amoebite, June 4, 2019 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Guster - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Boston band Guster visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an in-store performance to celebrate their new album, Look Alive. While they were here, Ryan Miller and Luke Reynolds did a little shopping and shared their eclectic selections, which ranged from experimental and pop to solo piano and Samba. A number of their choices also had sentimental significance to them, making for a sincere, interesting, and intimate What's In My Bag? episode.

In 1991, American alternative rock band Guster was formed in Boston by Tufts University classmates Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel. Within a few months of formation, the Guster - Look Alive - Amoeba Musicband played their first gig at a campus coffee house. Guster's first two albums, Parachute (1995) and Goldfly (1997), were independently released. On their third LP, Lost and Gone Forever (1999), they broke into the Adult Top 40 charts with the single "Fa Fa."  The trend would continue with their fourth album, 2003's Keep It Together, which saw two singles ("Careful" and "Amsterdam") chart on the Top 40. Their next album, 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun climbed to #25 on the Billboard Top 200. 

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Phono Del Sol, June 15: Porches, Chastity Belt & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 2, 2019 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol

The Bay Area’s beloved Phono del Sol festival returns to SF's Potrero del Sol Park in The Mission on Phono Del Sol 2019Saturday, June 15th from 12pm-7pm. Named San Francisco’s “Best Music Festival” by San Francisco Magazine, Phono del Sol promises a glorious summer afternoon filled with great music, food, and fun in SF’s beautiful Potrero Del Sol Park, which is also home to the city’s largest skate park. Attendees can enjoy artisanal drinks and local craft beers long with bites from some of the tastiest food trucks SF has to offer.

The Phono del Sol 2019 lineup features Domino Records’ synth-pop darling Porches; Seattle’s beloved indie rockers Chastity Belt; and Oakland’s own classically-trained hip-hop collective SOL Development, whose recent debut album, The SOL of Black Folk, showcases the power of healing through the art of hip-hop. Other Bay Area acts announced include math rock trio Covet from San Jose; East Bay experimental artist SPELLLING; Oakland’s bedroom-folk singer-songwriter Boy Scouts; and musician, composer, producer, and planetary scientist Salami Rose Joe Louis, who recently signed to seminal independent label Brainfeeder. Rounding out the day’s bill are the electro-pop icon AH-MER-AH-SU, budding MC and rapper Queens D.Light, and frenetic post-punk outfit Blues Lawyer.

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Remembering Legacies of the Late Roky Erickson and Leon Redbone (RIP)

Posted by Billyjam, June 1, 2019 06:14pm | Post a Comment
  Roky Erickson's All That May Do My Rhyme (released 2017 via Play Loud Productions). The influential artist, who co-founded pioneering first wave psychedelic rock band 13th Floor Elevators died yesterday.


Yesterday May 31st influential singer/songwriter/musician Roky Erickson died at age 71. A long revered artist he was a pioneer of psychedelic rock back in the mid sixties. That's when he co-founded the forever influential Austin TX band 13th Floor Elevators. The band's debut single “You’re Gonna Miss Me” may have only reached #55 on Billboard's singles charts upon its release back in 1966 but it has since become iconic and been covered by numerous artists whose careers have been influenced by Roky and his group. [Incidentally “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was the title of a 2007 documentary on Roky including the history of the Elevators and their role in psych/garage/acid rock - scroll down to see trailer]. Note that the Rhino issued Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era compilation (pictured left) contains The 13th Floor Elevators landmark song + 19 other artist tracks from that era.

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