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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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Wild Indonesian Rock & Fantasy Flicks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 30, 2019 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Indo-Rock

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

Resting your feet up on your ottoman (with rips repaired by duct tape), you strike a match to light your The Tielman Brotherscalabash pipe as you take a pause reading Bernard Heuvelmans' On the Track of Unknown Animals, contemplating if the small humanoid ape-creatures named the Orang Pendek on the island of Sumatra could in fact truly exist? Just then, your cat dips its tail into your tropical concoction you poured in an old Mr. Bali Hai mug. Indonesia seems to be in the air...so why not take it a little further this evening as I offer you some interesting appetizers from the "Emerald of Equator."

The Tielman Brothers are perhaps the most famous Indonesian rock band and are considered the pioneers of rock and roll in the Netherlands. This is due to Indonesia once being a Dutch colony, creating a unique cross-over of Indonesian and Western music called Indo-Rock. If rare international surf music "surfaces your submarine," you may have already heard their hit "Java Guitars" on the amazing bootleg surf album, Guitar Mood, still seen sealed new from time-to-time at Amoeba.



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