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DJ True Justice's New "Superb" Live Music Series, featuring Martin Luther and DAWNARI, Fills Vacuum in Bay Area Club Nightlife

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2017 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Saturday nights out on the town in Oakland or San Francisco present a dizzying choice of clubs/bars to head to with endless venues. The only thing is that most feature DJs spinning pre-recorded music, typically hip-hopr/rap or some strain of electronic dance, and generally geared for a younger demographic. But for "grown folk" who love music (especially live) and hitting the town on the weekend but are not fans of say mumble rap or the latest rapid BPM, thumping electronic dance music, when it comes to live music outside of overpriced concert halls and live music venues, the choices tend to be slim.

Hence tonight's premiere production of the progressive quality RnB/soul themed Superb music series at Oakland funky-but-fun NIght Light bar with performances from both San Francisco's neo-soul king Martin Luther and Oakland's on the rise stars: the hardworking jazzy tinged, R&b/soul fueled with a hip-hop sensibility instrumental & vocal ensemble DAWNARI.  Both live acts for only $10 tickets  (advance) is a welcome alternative to the Bay Area's often pricey weekend club nightlife scene.

New Green Room Session with Gemma Ray

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2017 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Gemma Ray Amoeba Green Room Session

We recently had the pleasure of listening to British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray perform in our Green Room with drummer Andy Zammit. Between Ray's Twin Peaks-esque guitar tone and effects pedals and Zammit's ambidextrous drumming and keyboard skills, the duo were able to create a rich atmosphere of twangy, dark folk/pop, mixed with menacing psychedelia. Ray performed three songs, two of which are off her latest LP, The Exodus Suite.

Gemma Ray The Exodus Suite Amoeba MusicGemma Ray starts off her set with the slow burning journey of a tune, "Ifs & Buts," which starts as a dark slow dance but builds to a layered, sonic space jam. Be on the lookout for Gemma's kitchen knife strumming skills in this track!! Next is "How Long" a blues-y ballad with a subtle, midnight train rhythm. The session ends with "The Switch," a vibrato-y, shimmering gothic folk tune that shifts into a melancholic march of tinkling guitars. 

Ray will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Watch Gemma Ray's Green Room Session below:

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Music of the Spheres: A Magical Night of Music, Feasting & Social Good, April 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 6, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Music of the Speheres

Kev Choice
Kev Choice
Zion I
Zion I

Join Stellium, HipHopForChange, and Amoeba Music on Friday, April 28th at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral for Music of the Spheres: a magical night of music, feasting, and social good. This one-of-a-kind event will raise funds to benefit the fight against human trafficking and features special musical guests such as Kev Choice, Zion I, JEL of ANTICON, Foxtails Brigade, and many more, all accompanied by a youth ensemble featuring students from Oakland School for the Arts! Plus, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee will premiere a video and poem for his organization Hands of Respect.

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Star Wars x Record Store Day Exclusives Available Saturday, April 22

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2017 01:42pm | Post a Comment

Star Wars Record Store Day Turntable

Not too far in the future, in a galaxy not so far, far away, our stores will have two limited edition Star Wars collectibles for fans to pick up on Saturday, April 22nd for Record Store Day. In honor of Record Store Day's tenth birthday and the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, Crosley Radio has created a very cool Star Wars Cruiser turntable, complete with pitch control, dynamic full-range stereo speakers, a headphone jack, RCA outputs, and Bluetooth capability. This is Crosley's fourth time creating an exclusive RSD design.

Please note: we'll be holding a special 20% off turntables sale on Record Store Day, but the Star Wars Crosley will not be included in the sale. Like all RSD exclusives, there will be no holds or phone orders and it's a limit of 1 per customer.

John Williams Star Wars A New Hope Record Store DayNaturally, the perfect way to christen this new interstellar turntable is to throw on a limited edition RSD exclusive 10" featuring classic tracks from John Williams' epic score and turn it up Darth-Vader-making-an entrance-loud. Limited to 4,000 copies, the 10" includes the Star Wars: A New Hope "Main Title Theme" on Side A and "The Throne Room" and "End Title" on Side B. 

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TerrorVision, the Present Every Mother Really Wants

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 4, 2017 06:33pm | Post a Comment

TerrorVision

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


"People of Earth, you must heed my warning. Destroy your satellite receivers, dismantle your communications systems, render your TV sets inoperable for the next 200 Earth years."
- Pluthar of Pluton

What happens when an alien energy beam surges down a mutant Hungry Beast to the Putterman’s house on Putterman Lane?

Well, who's hanging out at the Putterman's house anyway, you may ask. We got Grandpa Putterman, who is a crazy military survivalist who makes his own lizard tail jerky, little boy Sherman Putterman, his punk rock sister Suzy and her heavy metal boyfriend named O.D., and, of course, their parents - who happen to be swingers - and their two swinger friends who are enjoying their sex-themed Pleasure Dome wing of the house. And how could I not mention the late night horror host, Medusa, who likes to party. (For any of you Russ Meyer fans, Medusa is very mammerable, um…I mean memorable, and you may have a flash-back to seeing her on Night Court or when she played a ditzy Dolly Parton-ish character on the “It Takes Two to Watusi” episode of Mama’s Family.) Welcome to the world of TerrorVision!

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