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Star System Transmissions With The Space Lady And Chaki, The Galactic Wizard of Funk

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2019 09:48pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"I allow myself three mistakes on stage...and more if I need them."
~ The Space Lady

Susan Dietrich was born in 1948 under the Earth sign of Capricorn. But once Susan stands on stage The Space Ladyand puts on her blinking winged helmet of wonders and channels the strange, positive energy from the far reaches of the cosmos, she becomes The Space Lady (who was born under the distant sign of "Casio"-peia.)

I still remember how mesmerized I was the first time I heard The Space Lady's version of "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" by The Electric Prunes on Volume 2 of Songs In The Key of Z. After seeing her perform a few months back, I needed to know more about her than what I could just find on the computer-world. Through the technological communication powers predicted by Arthur C. Clarke, I reached out to Susan in her Colorado dwelling to ask her some questions of true importance.

Do you believe in the city of Telos, from the lost continent of Lemuria, which is said to be hidden underneath Mount Shasta?

"I don't have any direct experience with the supposed inhabitants of Telos, although I spent a lot of time living on the mountain in the '70s where I did see U.F.O.s. But in the '9's, I did see an apparition of several mysterious brown cloaked monks walking in a line through the forest before disappearing there."

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Behind The Masks Of The California GO! Sound Of The Phantom Surfers

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2019 08:35pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"I have always wanted to travel to Antarctica, to see the giant tent in the middle of the frozen wasteland. There, inside this tent is a single banquet table; on the table is a single silver platter; and on the platter is a human head...or so I have read."
~ Michael "Daddy Love" Lucas, bass

Of all the bands I have seen over my existence, there are perhaps none more witnessed onstage than The Phantom Surfers. When I find out they are playing near me, I gain the same inner childhood excitement as receiving an "All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp" coupon from Sizzler in the mailbox. With album themes from slot car racing to x-rated parties, this band has truly taken instrumental music one step beyond, far into the the deep unknown (much like a Japanese bank or canned coffee commercial starring Tommy Lee Jones) .

But who are these masked men of reverb, you ask yourself?

Maz, a Gemini and lover of all vegetables, has been playing drums for the band since he was a young lad of 20. Learning to play the trumpet is still a dream for Maz, a man with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing a romantic sunrise while we sold our hoardings together at the swap meet. If a miniature toy train with sushi on board was going around a Japanese restaurant, Maz will always pick the Saba (mackerel) first, however his favorite meal is still a Pollo Asada Torta with extra jalapeños at El Farolito (which I still call I Fart-A-Lot-O). I will never forget the bizarre show in Ventura where The Phantom Surfers played with Fugazi (perhaps the strangest yin to yang I have seen), and afterwards going to the Hong Kong Inn for some scorpion bowls and watching Maz do the hula on stage with their Polynesian revue.

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Friends of Amoeba DJ Quest + BPSH, Live Human & Horizons Unlimited Youth DJ Project Crew Present Turntable Jazz Jam Session

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2019 01:03pm | Post a Comment

Frequent in store performers / friends of Amoeba Music DJ Quest & both his Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (BPSH) and Live Human crews along with multiple members of the Horizons Unlimited youth non-profit, community outreach DJ Project crew will present a special Turntable Jazz Jam Session this weekend. Happening tomorrow/Saturday (June 29) afternoon at San Francisco's Intersection For The Arts (1446 Market St.) the free, all ages event (with complimentary snacks and soft drinks) runs from 3pm to 7pm. More info on venue here.

A multifaceted affair that will be part jam session, part BPSH documentary screening, and part record release party for DJ Quest's brand new (download only) electro-flavored album Biotronic the event will feature many friends of Amoeba Music. "Between performing solo, with Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Live Human, with Z-Man as well as with the DJ Project I've performed at Amoeba probably ten times in all over the years," DJ Quest told the Amoeblog today. At tomorrow's event his two musical partners in the pioneering turntable jazz trio Live Human, bassist Andrew Kushin and percussionist Albert Mathias, will be performing and improvising as both a duo and with a myriad of different turntable artists.

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up: The Grouch, Ras G, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, clipping, Dibia$e, Injury Reserve

Posted by Billyjam, June 26, 2019 02:11pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 of the Week June 26 2019


1: The Grouch Unlock The Box White Vinyl 2LP (HHV.de)

2: Ras G Down 2 Earth, Vol. 4 vinyl LP (Ghetto Sci Fi)

3: clipping Face vinyl LP + cassette (Deathbomb Arc)

4: Dibia$e Bonus Levels vinyl LP (10 Thirty/Fat Beats)
 
5: Injury Reserve Injury Reserve also avail on vinyl/LP (Loma Vista Recordings)

Initially unveiled back in December The Grouch’s is now available as a double vinyl Unlock The Box White Vinyl 2LP set via European label HHV.de. The twelve track album from the Living Legends member include “Unconditional (feat Rio Amor),” “Feel Alone,” “Fish Fly (feat Keili Love)” and “Good Gold (feat Myka 9).” Other new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba this current week include Los Angeles producer/DJ Ras G's Down 2 Earth, Vol. 4 vinyl LP (Ghetto Sci Fi), clipping Face vinyl LP + cassette (Deathbomb Arc), and LA beat scene vet Dibia$e's Bonus Levels vinyl LP (10 Thirty/Fat Beats). Also new to Amoeba's shelves this week is Injury Reserve’s self titled new album whose Amoeba review describes the Arizona indie rap trio as pushing “the boundaries of hip-hop on their innovative, excellent self-titled full-length…..” and recalling how “the band got their start playing basement punk shows and there’s definitely a correlation in terms of ethos and aesthetic. Throw some jazz-funk melodies in the mix, get weird on some experimental moments.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nick Waterhouse

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2019 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Nick Waterhouse - What's In My Bag?

We were recently schooled in the ways of classic R&B, jazz, blues, and exotica by Nick Waterhouse, who shared his extensive knowledge with us here at Amoeba Hollywood. The LA-basd retro-rocker and producer had lots to say about all of the records he found at the shop, including El Chico by drummer Chico Hamilton who Waterhouse calls "one of my favorite Los Angeles musicians of all time."  "This record absolutely rips," he told us, going on to praise the album's guitarist Gabor Szabo. "This type of playing really was influential on my own guitar style," he explained.

Nick Waterhouse is known for his glossy, modern take on classic soul, blues, and R&B. After learning to play guitar at age twelve and playing in a series of throwback retro-soul/rock bands, Nick Waterhouse - Amoeba MusicWaterhouse recorded and self-released his debut single, "That Place," in 2010. For his first live performance later that year, he assembled a backing band, The Tarots, and a group of female singers, The Naturelles. He signed with the Innovative Leisure label in 2011 and released his first full-length, Time's All Gone, in 2012. That same year, he produced the Allah-Las' self-titled debut and embarked on a North American and a European tour with them.

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Interview With Derv Gordon Of The Equals

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2019 10:40pm | Post a Comment

The Equals

By Audra Wolfmann

Often credited with being one of the first interracial rock groups in the U.K., The Equals also bear the Derve Gordondistinction of being a truly international band with an inclusive sound that revolutionized rock, bringing Jamaican and African touches to British beat. The Equals seamlessly integrated R&B, soul, and ska to bubblegum long before The Specials, Talking Heads, and The Clash (who covered The Equals). Formed in 1965, the original line-up consisted of Guyanese immigrant Eddy Grant on lead guitar, Jamaican brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon on vocals and bass (respectively), and native Brits John Hall on drums and Pat Lloyd on rhythm guitar. Their album covers stood as a testament to a brave new integrated world, one that was just within sight in mid-60’s London. Surely, if anything could bring humanity together through our differences, it was dance music. The Equals first charted in 1968 with "I Get So Excited," “Baby, Come Back,” and "Softly Softly" – infectiously danceable songs that they are still well-known for to this day.

Front man Derv Gordon will be performing at Burger Boogaloo in Oakland on Sunday, July 7th at 2pm with an all new line-up of talented young musicians, also known as the Oakland-based band SO WHAT. I had the honor to speak with Mr. Gordon on the phone about 1960’s London, changing attitudes about race and national origin, what it’s like to be back out on the road, and the upcoming Burger Boogaloo festival. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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Artist/Activist/Krip-Hop Nation Founder Leroy Moore's busy 2019 inc. African Disabled Musicians Summer Bay Area Festival in July

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2019 12:18pm | Post a Comment

A longtime subject of the Amoeblog as well as a frequent contributor to the Amoeba website blog dating back over a decade, the Berkeley based artist/activist Leroy F Moore Jr checks in with updates on the latest projects by the tireless founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Just back from a tour of the East Coast, that included Krip-Hop Nation being invited to Crip-Comic Con at Syracuse University, Moore reports that the Krip-Hop Nation (the collective of worldwide disabled hip-hop artists he founded over a decade ago) is going strong, very strong. “[We’re] doing some real shit on an SSI budget,” he laughed. Back in February Leroy made history when Poor Press published the first ever Krip-Hop Nation Graphic Novel Vol. 1.

Semi-autobiographic the 1980’s set graphic novel tells the tale of “Little Leroy [who] has a physical disability and walks with a walker and always coming to a cypher in the Bronx from CT. by Greyhound but he is too scare to enter the cypher so the young Black brown teens aka artists used him to be a look out for police. Flash-forward to 2018’s Krip-Hop Superhero, Black teenager girl, Roxanne, who uses a wheelchair that unfolds into the elements of Hip-Hop every time she stops that attracts big crowds. Roxanne escapes police.

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Weird Wednesday at The Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2019 07:45pm | Post a Comment

Zardoz

Amoeba Music joins Alamo Drafthouse in presenting Weird Wednesday at the New Mission Walkertheater in San Francisco! Weird Wednesday is a weekly celebration of movies that are too outrageous for prime time. This is a head-first dive into an ocean of genre oddities, a one-way ticket to the edges of reality where imagination and commercial excess dance on the graves of common sense and decency. No decade or sub-genre is off-limits and every ticket is a chance to see something wild, wonderful, and fun!

The line-up for July gets a fittingly epic launch on July 3rd at 10:15pm with the Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy) film Walker (1987), starring Ed Harris, Peter Boyle, and Marlee Matlin. The story is loosely based on the life of William Walker, an American commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt to set up a banana republic in Nicaragua who then ends up declaring himself president of that country. The film is scored by Joe Strummer (The Clash), who even has a cameo role. Screened on 35mm!

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Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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Leon Bridges and Rhye Perform at the Hollywood Bowl July 5

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 04:22pm | Post a Comment

Leon Bridges Rhye Hollywood Bwol

One of our favorite summer activities is catching a show at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. We're especially excited to be at the Bowl for a night that's sure to make us all swoon and dance and sing. Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor an evening with Leon Bridges and Rhye at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 5th! We'll be there giving away Amoeba gift certificates, tote bags, and other goodies. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hi on your way in to the show!

Leon Bridges emerged in 2015 with his fantastic retro-soul debut, Coming Home. He has rapidly evolved to become one of the most versatile artists around and earned four Grammy nominations along the way. His latest album, Good Thing, features Motown harmonies, jazz grooves, and his stirring Southern delivery layered on top of crossover-friendly modern R&B. His charismatic live performances are a tour-de-force of musical showmanship not to be missed.

Rhye, the project of velvet-voiced singer Mike Milosh, creates deeply romantic, impressionistic ballads and slinky, sophisticated soul-pop. Rhye will open the show performing songs from their two full-length albums -- 2013's Woman and 2018's Blood -- as well as the new Spirit EP, an eight song piano-based project, which was released this year. 

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Metric - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of talking to Emily Haines of Metric at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. She shared some of the artists she's been digging lately, including Sharon Van Etten. "I'm kind of embarrased that I'm really late to the game here with her," Haines said of the New York singer/songwriter. After being introduced to Sharon Van Etten's music over the holidays, Emily described feeling a kinship with her and her writing. "She sounds like someone who's actually experiencing things and then actually writing about them without the comfort of seperation or intellectualism. I just kind of felt like I had a sister out there." 

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter, known for her work with Metric, Broken Social Scene, and as a solo artist. She was born in New Delhi, India, moving to Ontario with her parents as a young child. While attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a teenager, Haines met her future Broken Social Scene bandmates Amy Millan and Kevin Drew. After college, Haines moved to Toronto, where she met James Shaw. In 1997, they began recording together under the moniker Mainstream before renaming their project Metric. In 2001, Haines and Shaw were joined by Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key. Two years later, Metric released their first full-length, the acclaimed Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Kung Fu Vampires & Medieval Christians

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 18, 2019 01:25pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month I review a crazy cult vampire kung fu zombie movie and a cinematic masterpiece about a Christian painter in the Middle Ages.

The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires, Shout Factory/Scream Factory:
This was the only time that the mighty Hammer Studios teamed up with the Shaw Brothers, but they should have made a habit of it. This delirious kung fu vampire zombie film is one of the most entertaining movies either studio produced. It kind of combines what both studios did best. On the Hammer side, you have actors like Peter Cushing playing distinguished aristocrats and the studio's beautiful gothic neon technicolor cinematography. On the Shaw Brothers side of things, you have hideous monsters, surreal flourishes in the story and images, and some of the best kung fu fighting you'll ever see. When you mix them together it's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of pure horror movie fun. The film starts with a Chinese villain traveling to Transylvania to enlist Count Dracula's help in reincarnating the legendary seven golden vampires in his homeland. Dracula instead steals his identity and travels himself to China to become the new ruler of these vampires of the far east. Meanwhile, Doctor Van Helsing (played by Peter Cushing) is giving a lecture tour in China, trying to warn the country's scientists of the vampire scourge. He tells them that he has heard legends of a town terrorized by a group of seven vampires. He's pretty much laughed off the stage by everyone except for one man who knows the doctor is telling the truth. The man's name is Hsi Ching and he's from the town the seven golden vampires have recently returned to. He and his seven brothers enlist the aid of Van Helsing, and, with the help of a traveling dilettante heiress who underwrites the expedition, they all take off to defeat the monsters. What follows is a series of adventures that plays like an Indiana Jones movie infested with vampires and zombies. The film is filled with action scenes that are like a form of kung fu ballet. The vampires have a literal army of zombies and the fight scenes are non-stop.

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With Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats + more, Rancid's September Tour Like Mini Punk/Ska Festival

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2019 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Rancid’s just announced upcoming September ten-date North American tour, with a lineup featuring Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats, Iron Reagan and Angel Du$t, reads more like a punk/ska themed mini-festival a la the Warped Tour; in some cities more so than others.  The recommended tour by the headlining legendary California punk act, that takes place in the second half of September (9/14 - 9/28), features most but not every aforementoned act at each concert stop. While Pennywise do share every bill, not each of the other aforementioned bands do.

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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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