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September Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2016 07:49pm | Post a Comment

Is it September already?! Labor Day, Autumn Equinox, back-to-school time...are you ready for all this? Well, we're keeping the summer fun rolling at Amoeba SF & Berkeley with our free and all-ages in-store shows, special sales, and events!

Check out our Bay Area calendar of events for this month below.

If you're looking for Amoeba Hollywood's calendar, click HERE.
 

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Amoeba SF Acquires Over 600 Vintage Jazz Magazines

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 29, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Jazz Review, Vintage magazinesAmoeba Music SF recently acquired over 600 vintage Jazz magazines, spanning from the late 1940s to the early 1990s! Titles include Down Beat, Metronome, Jazz Review, Jazz Journal (UK), CODA (Canada), and more. These issues are in great shape and you have to see them to believe them. Beautiful photography and design in both color and black & white grace the covers of these collectible time capsules of the Jazz scene. Come down to Amoeba SF and check them out in both the Magazines/Books section and in the glass collectors' case in the Jazz section.

Of particular note, we've got a complete run of Jazz Review (1958-1961), the monthly magazine started by Nat Hentoff, Hsio Wen Shih, and Martin Williams in New York, which features essays, articles, and reviews by Jazz musicians as well as by other notables such as LeRoi Jones and Harvey Pekar. We've also got pristine issues of CODA, the Canadian publication that featured less-mainstream artists than Down Beat (we've got Down Beat too from the late 1940s through the 1970s). Check out the complete volumes of Jazz Journal, which was like a British version of Down Beat that focused mainly on Blues and Jazz musicians. These are fascinating artifacts as they feature rarely seen photos of American musicians taken on tour in the UK and Europe, plus articles and photography by Paul Oliver and Valerie Wilmer, among others.

Metronome Magazine

 

Mackned Seeks to Conquer Beyond the Digital Sphere with his Debut Album "Born Rich"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2016 08:18pm | Post a Comment

Mackned-- By doubleay

Seattle-based artist Mackned has been making waves in the digital realm of underground hip-hop for several years and is now looking to extend his reach with the release of his debut album, Born Rich. The duality of Mackned’s rapping and vocal capabilities have garnered his digital releases tens of thousands of views, generating a ton of buzz in the underground scene. The multifaceted artist’s dynamic vocals and songwriting skills present a substantial depth to his music that is often not heard in other artists’ works in underground rap music. A talent to be reckoned with, Mackned typically has his hands on all aspects of his music. Whether writing, rapping, singing, or producing, he’s constantly working to create. Both his countless solo releases and stand out collaborations with his Thraxxhouse group have driven him to connect with reputable rappers along the likes of Chief Keef, Larry June, and Nacho Picasso, and producers Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise. After making a name for himself in the digital underground, Mackned seeks to conquer beyond with his album debut. To find out more about Born Rich and the man behind the project, I interviewed Mackned.

Amoeblog: Tell me about your debut album, Born Rich. Who were you working with and where were you recording?

Mackned: Well, I was working with Flavr Blue. I had a lot of homies in the studio with me help writing and it was all just so organic. A lot of the album was recorded in NYC which made it brazy. Besides myself, my go-to engineer is Parker Joe who is one of the trio Flavr Blue. There were a couple features on there including my big homies up in Canada and some others. Keyboard Kid co-produced the track “Born Rich” on the album, which I thought was cool seeing how he’s in my group Thraxxhouse.

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Joel Selvin Discusses Altamont at Book Passage Corte Madera, August 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 15, 2016 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Altamont, Joel SelvinOn Thursday, August 18th, rock journalist Joel Selvin discusses his new book Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA) at 7:00pm.

Selvin's cultural history tells the definitive story of The Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert with exclusive and never-before revealed details.The Altamont Speedway Free Festival, held on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the biker club hired as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth...until now.

The product of 20 years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring 16 pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.

More info about the signing HERE!

Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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