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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

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Turntablist Kid Koala Takes Minimalist Ethereal Approach On New Collaboration with Emilíana Torrini: Music To Draw To: Satellite

Posted by Billyjam, February 23, 2017 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Known for his quirky scratch driven, densely produced deconstructed productions of found sounds / sampled music sources, Canadian turntablist/producer  Kid Koala goes in the opposite direction for his fifth and latest studio album: Music To Draw To: Satellite.  An all original music production, with no samples, the album is a collaboration with Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini and takes a way more minimalist production approach compared to the artist born Eric San's previous work. Not on Ninja Tune like his previous releases but Arts & Crafts, the new album sounds more like Brian Eno's ambient albums than any of Kid Koala's previous records. It's stripped down stark minimalist relaxing music awash in soothing soundscapes that are accurately captured in the new video below for the album track "Collapser."

Broken down into eighteen movements the 72 minute album, according to the artist's label, tells a "tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars" with Torrini joining him on many of the movements. Reportedly the new album, which is the first part in his new "music to draw to" series, was recorded during the cold Canadian winter. Although Kid Koala did incorporate some turntables into the production, he mostly utilized a variety of synthesizers and other keysboards, plus guitars and other instrumentation. Music To Draw To: Satellite. is released by Arts & Crats in CD and also vinyl/LP

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Give The Drummer Some Love: Saluting The Late Great Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield by Listing Samples

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2017 06:01pm | Post a Comment

Over the weekend one of modern music's most unsung heroes died. The influential soul/funk percussionist Clyde Stubblefield passed on February 18th at age 73 from a kidney failure. Stubblefield's death followed a decade long illness according to his wife who confirmed the musician's passing on Saturday.  As the drummer with James Brown's ensemble during the godfather of funk's highly important decades of the sixties and seventies Stubblefield was responsible for creating and recording numerous highly recognizable funky drumming JB parts including what would become one of the most widely sampled drum breaks in hip-hop history: the short but instantly recognizable drum solo on James Brown's 1970 "Funky Drummer."  The Chattanooga, Tennessee- born percussionist was a member of Brown's band during some of the most exciting years and, as such, he was responsible for the drumming on such classics as "Cold Sweat," "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," "There Was A Time," "I Got The Feelin'," "Mother Popcorn," and "Ain't It Funky Now." But it was Stubblefield's simple but short [only 20 seconds] funky and hypnotic drum pattern on the James Brown track "Funky Drummer" that would become the artist's grePublic Enemyatest legacy, even though he didn't initially get the full credit for it: both on paper (artist credits) or in paper (money/royalties).
Stubblefied's drumming recording of the song, which would go on to become the most sampled tracks in hip-hop music, is estimated to have been sampled approximately a thousand times!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 06:20pm | Post a Comment

The Brian Jonestown Massacre What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Been recording a lot of flutes in the studio lately? Well Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has just the right record for you: The Best of Herbie Mann. "When I'm in the studio, producing people, recording people, and I say, 'I would like you to be very free on this part,' this is a good example," says Newcombe of the LP. "He's just soloing, endlessly, in a very, like, hippie way." Newcombe's wry exuberance and seeming irreverence were on full display on his recent trip to Amoeba San Francisco, where he was looking for records to listen to around his studio in Berlin. Needless to say, his visit made for an entertaining "What's In My Bag?" episode.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre Third World PyramidThe Brian Jonestown Massacre was founded in San Francisco by American multi-instrumentalist Newcombe, and although their early sound was rooted in shoegaze, the band quickly became known for their hybrid of psych and garage rock. Their first release was 1993's limited run LP Spacegirl and Other Favorites; its follow-up, Methodrone, received a wider release courtesy of Bomp! Records. In 1996, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released a slew of well-received albums, including Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, Take It from the Man!, and Thank God for Mental Illness. A year later the band put out a sixth studio LP, Give It Back!Footage from the album's recording sessions was included in the 2004 documentary Dig!.

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Punk & New Wave 7” Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

Punk/New Wave Collection

We just acquired an incredible collection of punk and new wave 7" records here at Amoeba Hollywood. Starting Saturday, February 25th you'll get the chance to peruse around 1,000 choice pieces of collectible wax when this collection is rolled out onto our stage for your shopping pleasure. Expect to see lots of UK pressings and a handful of Japanese pressings; most of what you'll find is a first pressing or an early pressing. This is the good stuff, people!

Although most of these 45s fall under the punk or new wave genre headings, we've also got some pretty rad crust, powerpop, and hardcore releases. If you're lucky, you'll be able to snap up some coveted releases from The Nerves, Misfits, Germs, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Plugz, Generation X, The Rotters, Avengers, and X-Ray Spex. We've also got plenty of stuff for fans of The Jam, The Zeros, 999, The Clash, Sham 69, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, Devo, Cockney Rejects, The B-52s, and the Dangerhouse label.

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Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, February 26th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2017 06:28pm | Post a Comment

It's that time of year again! Amoebapalooza SF 2017 hits our favorite hangout, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, on Sunday, February 26th and features talent composed of Amoeba SF employees & friends!

THRILL to the electronic lust of BABABADALGHARAG

BE AMAZED at the dual-amplified aural assault from SNOTMOP

WITNESS the pop punk junk stuff of JESUS DUDE MOM

EXPERIENCE the magical hands supreme of MBC1855

Our musical back line will be provided by our pals over at SIR Studios!

Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm.
Admission is $5.
This is a 21+ event.

Jesus Dude Mom MBC1855
BABABADALGHARAG SNOTMOP JESUS DUDE MOM MBC1855

Amoebapalooza, Amoeba San Francisco