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Large Jazz LP Collection ­On Sale at Amoeba SF on April 1st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2017 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco acquired a large quantity of hard-to-find Jazz records from a collection that was cultivated inVintage Jazz LPs the 1960s and '70s by a longtime Amoeba customer (who was also an ex-New Yorker). This astounding collection will hit the store on Saturday, April 1st. No joke! You gotta be here April 1st to get first crack at this collection.

The Collection
Most of the records are from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, encompassing Free-Bop, post-Coltrane "Spiritual Jazz," South African Jazz, and more, with many rare European and Japanese imports among them. Also, there are some small-press labels, like Saturn (Sun Ra), Tribe (Marcus Belgrave's ultra-rare Gemini II), and many Strata East recordings as well!

Artists represented include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp (30 albums!), the Blue Notes (South African group) and its individual members, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, and more.
Vintage Jazz Lps, Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturn Records
The Plan
Upon opening on Saturday, April 1st at 11am, we will have bins set up at the front of our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) that will contain the bulk of the collection. We will also have racks of "wall items" set up on the stage for the higher-valued items. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers.

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Amoebapalooza SF 2017 Beat The Academy Awards

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 2, 2017 06:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza SF 2017

By Brent James

Another amazing Amoebapalooza has come and gone, and this year's soiree on Sunday, February 26th was definitely one for the books! Who needs the Academy Awards anyway with THIS star studded lineup?

Jon Longhi

Relying heavily on our Video Room staff for the bulk of the evening's entertainment, author Jon Longhi kicked off the night with passages from his own books! Stimulating imagery poured from the stage as Jon opened the doors to his mind and gave everyone in the room a free pass. Fun fact: two of Mr. Longhi's publications have covers created by R. Crumb, who once called Jon the "Bukowski of the Nineties."

Next up, the staple of our yearly get-togethers, the one-man band and always-entertaining SNOTMOP. As usual, the set was peppered with songs about current events. No love was shown for the current political state of America, that's for sure.

One of our newer employees took the stage next. Going by the moniker MBC1855, a totally out-of-nowhere, almost Moroder-esque set was unleashed and had the crowd dancing at one point. One thing is for sure, this kid knew what he was doing and where he wants to take it.

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A Playlist For Your Time Travel And Commute

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Historic F Market Train. SFMTA

By Brent James

When you’ve lived in a big city for an extended period of time, no matter where or when, you find yourself automatically adjusted to the normal, everyday droning sounds of sirens, car horns and the like. There are those of us that have let human (or inhuman, it’s case sensitive) screams become a part of everyday life because that’s how it is in the “Big City,” right? Wrong. Or at least, it doesn’t HAVE to be.

The hustle and bustle of a commute each and every day can be taxing, even if you don’t realize it. Taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” isn’t as easy as it used to be, and let’s face it -- doesn’t that look a little creepy anyway?

My advice when things get a bit jumbled upstairs is time travel. It’s easy, it’s relatively cheap and there are many eras to choose from! I’ve made a complete guide for a wonderful trip through time and space, and I’m about to share it with you so you too can step away for just a bit…

For our first trip, we find ourselves at the fabulous Embarcadero in Downtown San Francisco. There is a light drizzle, but the sun should be out a little later. For now though, the fog twirls in and out of the buildings saying hello and welcoming us to History!

Mamie Smith
Mamie Smith

We’ll be taking the historic F train outbound on Market Street and, for those visiting, there are multiple passes available to ride. Single cash ride is $2.50, including a transfer. Don’t get caught hopping on the back; you may get a ticket. Make sure you read the specific history for your particular car, as these are refurbished beauties from all over the world! Now, obviously you don’t want to get too carried away or buried too deep in any electronic devices on this trip. Pay attention while you have fun, as sadly this is NOT the 1920s. Yet.

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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

Bigfoot Bonanza Hits the Barbary Coast, March 10-12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 12, 2017 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Holy Bigfoot, Batman! If you are a HUGE fan of the furry forest-dwelling creature known as Sasquatch or The Mighty Peking Man, GoliathonBigfoot and would like to spend a fun-filled weekend with the hairy guy, then do we have the perfect event for you. The Super Shangri-La Show presents their first annual Bigfoot Bonanza festival March 10th-12th at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco.

Spend three days reveling in Bigfoot and Yeti cult classics, Creature From Black Lakedocumentaries, and TV shows, and listening to talks from some of the top specialists in the field including Cliff Barackman, Kathy Strain, members of The Ultimate Female Bigfoot Team, and John & Montra Freitas, as well as independent filmmakers Craig Flipy and Seth Breedlove. A smorgasbord of Bigfoot movies and documentaries such as The Legend of Boggy Creek, Snow Beast, Creature from Black Lake, Night of the Demon, The Mighty Peking Man, Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century, Minerva Monster, and television episodes of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, The Bionic Woman, Jonny Quest, and more will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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