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Amoeba SF Employee Interviews: Sean of the Shirts

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2019 07:36pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to our re-booted blog series on the employees of Amoeba San Francisco. You know them, youSean Murphy love them, sometimes you see them buying coffee at Whole Foods. Now you can get to know all about them and their departments!

We are kicking off this reinvented column with the one and only Sean Murphy, who you may recognize from behind the registers. What you may not know is that he's also our Apparel and Accessories Buyer. Yes, he's the rock and pop-culture maven behind our ever-growing t-shirt collection. Lean in and learn more.


Amoeblog: How long have you been with Amoeba SF?

Sean: This April will be 12 years. It's the longest I've ever been at a job, by far.

Amoeblog: What sort of shirts do you order for Amoeba SF?

Sean: In addition to ordering and helping choose designs for all the Amoeba apparel, I order all of our music, movie, and pop-culture tees.

Amoeblog: How do you decide what to order?

Sean: I've always had a good eye for cool designs, and before Amoeba I was in the vintage clothing world where I specialized in picking music and pop-culture tees for almost 12 years. I still wear graphic tees pretty much every day. Ha ha.

Amoeblog: What do you like most about being "the t-shirt guy"?

Sean: I'm just going to unashamedly brag and say the thing I like best about it is that I've more than doubled sales since I took over the department, and now our promotions team is designing window displays to showcase our awesome selection. Tees are bringing new people into the store and I'm really proud to be a part of that.

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Peter Murphy Residency at The Chapel in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Peter Murphy at Amoeba SF

Amoeba Music, (((folkYEAH!))), and The Chapel proudly present a unique career-spanning residency Peter Murphy San Francisco Residencywith the “Godfather of Goth,” Peter Murphy, at San Francisco's The Chapel, March 5th through March 27th! Murphy will join SF audiences for 14 nights and 17 shows, performing legendary albums in their entirety from throughout his career.

First emerging from the British underground in the late '70s, Murphy (along with bandmates Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins) fronted the groundbreaking, iconic post-punk band Bauhaus, which spawned four seminal albums as well as keystone singles “She's In Parties,” "Silent Hedges,” and, of course, "Bela Lugosi’s Dead," before disbanding in 1983. Murphy launched a successful solo career with Should the World Fail to Fall Apart in 1986. 

Three of these soon-to-be legendary shows (3/21-3/23) will be all-Bauhaus sets featuring special guest David J, and the last two shows (3/26 & 3/27) are tributes to David Bowie.

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

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2019 05:01pm | Post a Comment

Alcest - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Neige, of Alcest, for a What's In My Bag? video here at Amoeba Hollywood. The French vocalist/guitarist found a cool collection of post-punk, dark wave, and shoegaze records, as well as plenty of movie and video game soundtracks, finding something interesting to say about all of them.

Alcest are pioneers in the blackgaze/post metal genre. Originally started in 2000 as a black metal solo Alcest - Kodama - Amoeba Musicproject fronted by Neige (aka Stéphane Paut), over time the band took on elements of the shoegaze genre, pioneering a heavier, darker hybrid. The band's debut LP, Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde, was released in 2007, immediately winning acclaim from the indie/underground music press. A followup, Écailles de Lune, was released in 2010.

Alcest honed their unique sound further on 2012's Les Voyages de l'Âme before going full-on shoegaze on 2014's Shelter, which featured a string section and guest vocals by Slowdive's Neil Halstead. The band's fifth album, Kodama, was heavily influenced by Japanese culture and art, specifically the 1997 Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. Alcest are currently at work on their sixth album and are set to play select dates this summer in the US and Europe.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Two British Classics

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2019 07:35pm | 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 look at two fantastic British films.

The Horror Of Dracula, Warner Archive:
There have been some nice recent releases of Hammer horror films and this is one of the best of them. The Horror of DraculaThis was the first of many vampire movies that Hammer produced and in many ways it is a template for the horror films that came after it. The Hammer dream crew worked on this: screenplay by Jimmy Sangster, produced by Anthony Hinds, and directed by Terence Fisher. These three men were behind the very best Hammer films. But it's the movie's two central stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, who really make this work. Their dynamic was at the core of Hammer's best films and anything that the two of them star in is worth watching.

When this was released in 1958, it was a huge commercial and critical success and, along with 1957's Curse Of Frankenstein, led to Hammer reinventing the classic Universal monsters in lurid modern technicolor. The plot of this sticks pretty close to Bram Stoker's original novel, but where it radically departs from the source material is in its tone. One of the most unsettling things about this movie is Terence Fisher's decision to portray vampirism as a sexualized form of addiction. The victims of Dracula are overcome with a lust where they can't wait for him to come each night and suck their blood, and the portrayals of this behavior are truly disturbing. Christopher Lee's acting is central to this vision; his Dracula can be handsome and charming or an unrelenting sexual predator whose frenzied hunger is almost animalistic. Other than possibly Bela Lugosi, I think that Christopher Lee is the best actor who has ever donned Dracula's cape. Peter Cushing is like the other half of the circle. His vulnerability and humanity are the perfect foil for Lee's undead villain. Watching the two of them playing off each other is pure pleasure. This film works on every level. Even the cinematography is marvelous with every scene soaked in rich gothic colors, which look fantastic in this hi-def remaster. If you have never watched a Hammer horror film, this is a perfect one to start with. It is one of the five best vampire movies ever made.

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SNL “Bar Fight” Skit Fueled by MIKA’s slept-on single “Lollipop” Might Finally Score A Hit For The 2007 "Life In Cartoon Motion" LP Track

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2019 01:33am | Post a Comment
SNL "Bar Fight" skit (2/16/19) fueled by MIKA's slept-on single "Lollipop" off the British artist's 2007 album Life In Cartoon Motion (available as Life In Cartoon Motion 180 gram vinyl LP)
might finally score a hit for the catchy dance-pop track, twelve years later


Saturday night's, February 16th, 2019, all new Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode skit "Bar Fight" that was themed around Lebanese-born, British artist MIKA’s 2007 Life In Cartoon Motion (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) album track “Lollipop” looks likely to make the catchy dance-pop single a US hit, 12 years later. Within minutes of the Don Cheadle and Beck Bennett featured SNL clip airing on the East Coast (where SNL broadcasts three hours earlier than the West Coast) viewers were searching for the 12 year old single’s accompanying music video on YouTube (seen below).

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