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Amoeba Needs Your Help to Survive

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2020 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music need your help

Amoeba is a place where music fans of all ages and backgrounds find community and music reigns supreme. We have weathered many storms since we opened our first store 30 years ago in Berkeley, CA, but we don’t know that we can get through COVID-19. Our stores have been closed since mid-March and must remain closed indefinitely.

So we must humbly ask for your help.

If you are able to donate to our GoFundMe campaign, we would be incredibly grateful for that support. Any donation to this campaign will contribute to the cash resources we need to deal with the immediate future, to take care of our staff of over 400 Amoebites, and to allow Amoeba to continue operations.

If you can let others know about this campaign, that would be deeply appreciated as well.

Love, Amoeba

https://www.gofundme.com/f/amoeba-music-needs-help-to-survive

Interview With Tony Thaxton of the Bizarre Albums Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 24, 2020 06:55pm | Post a Comment


 

Tony Thaxton by Brian Keith Diaz
Tony Thaxton by Brian Keith Diaz

By Audra Wolfmann

If you're at all like me (and I have a strong suspicion that you, dear record collector, might be), then you enjoy a deep dive into the dark corners of music history AND you also love a good Novelty album. You grew up cherishing your Dr. Demento collections and World Wrestling Federation LP, but you also burned with questions about that Leonard Nimoy album your parents had next to the hi-fi in the living room. Well, there's a place for us and, of course, it's on the internet in the form of a podcast called Bizarre Albums. Hosted by drummer Tony Thaxton of Motion City Soundtrack, Bizarre Albums serves as a sort of VH1's Behind the Music for the novelties, oddities, and the just plain strange in the wide world of weird records. Since nothing could be farther up Amoeba's alley than celebrating the unexpected vinyl find, we tracked down Tony and asked him about his show and his own record collection.

Amoeba: What makes an album “Bizarre” by your standards?

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Always Be My Maybe Reps Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 10, 2019 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Always Be My MaybeBy Ramon Ortega

Amoeba Music's social media feeds were all abuzz last week upon the release of Ali Wong and Randall Park's Netflix original, Always Be My Maybe, prompting many of our amazing fans to alert us of the surprising and flattering role we had in the film. That's right, Amoeba made its streaming debut by way of Park's character, Marcus, wearing an Amoeba Berkeley t-shirt in a steamy and pivotal scene. Warning: possible spoilers ahead!

Set in San Francisco, Always Be My Maybe is directed by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat) and written by Michael Golamco with Wong and Parks, who also star as the two main characters: Wong plays Marcus’s childhood friend and neighbor, Sasha. A montage quickly takes us from them as young kids in 1996 to young adults at a service for Marcus's mother. Afterwards, Sasha, trying to cheer up her best friend, gets Marcus (rocking Always Be My Maybethe fresh Amoeba Berkeley tee) out of the house. Hanging out in his parked car and singing D'Angelo, an awkward kiss from Sasha stuns Marcus, who then kisses her back, leading them both into the back seat and...you get the idea. The post-knockin’ boots scene says it all - an Amoeba tee is perfect for most occasions, planned or unplanned. As an aside, the six-year-old Amoeba Berkeley was the only existing Amoeba in 1996, with Amoeba San Francisco opening in 1997. Points for details, ABMM crew!

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Tickets to Special Wax Trax! Events with Ministry & Cold Cave Available at Amoeba on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screenings

TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS: Purchase the Industrial Accident Record Store Day soundtrack LP in-store at Amoeba on 4/13.

** 2 VIP tickets will be included with the LP.

** The LP is available on a first come, first serve basis and will follow the Record Store Day purchasing setup at each store. There will not be a separate line for this LP.

** Supplies are limited. 

Please read all of the details below carefully.

One of the many Record Store Day releases we're excited about this year is the soundtrack to Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary follows the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records, the record store turned label that introduced the world to industrial music and bands such as Ministry, Front 242, and My Life With Thrill Kill Kult. The RSD release is pressed on blue vinyl, includes a 40-page book, and is limited to 800 copies.

In conjunction with the release, a few lucky cities will get special screenings of the documentary that also include a panel discussion, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave! The Bay Area event is on Monday, April 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. SoCal fans get their chance the next night, Tuesday, April 23rd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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February Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 3, 2019 05:51pm | Post a Comment

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