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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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Punk & New Wave 7” Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

Punk/New Wave Collection

We just acquired an incredible collection of punk and new wave 7" records here at Amoeba Hollywood. Starting Saturday, February 25th you'll get the chance to peruse around 1,000 choice pieces of collectible wax when this collection is rolled out onto our stage for your shopping pleasure. Expect to see lots of UK pressings and a handful of Japanese pressings; most of what you'll find is a first pressing or an early pressing. This is the good stuff, people!

Although most of these 45s fall under the punk or new wave genre headings, we've also got some pretty rad crust, powerpop, and hardcore releases. If you're lucky, you'll be able to snap up some coveted releases from The Nerves, Misfits, Germs, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Plugz, Generation X, The Rotters, Avengers, and X-Ray Spex. We've also got plenty of stuff for fans of The Jam, The Zeros, 999, The Clash, Sham 69, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, Devo, Cockney Rejects, The B-52s, and the Dangerhouse label.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Andrew Bird

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Andrew Bird What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I always make a B-line for the Y section in the Jazz department," explains singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. "It's a ritual for me to get started when I go record shopping; just go find Lester Young." On his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Bird expressed his love of the tenor saxophonist's recordings. Having found an album Young recorded with Teddy Wilson, Pres and Teddy, he explains his preference for his smaller group albums. "The small group stuff is incredibly inventive and lyrical."

Andrew Bird Are You Serious Amoeba MusicBest known for his solo work, Andrew Bird first came to prominence through his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers before founding Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. After Bowl of Fire disbanded in 2003, Bird's solo career began to take off with the release of Weather Systems and Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs on Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records. These records marked an evolution in Bird's sound, as he began incorporating glockenspiel and whistling into his eclectic indie rock compositions. He signed to Fat Possum in 2006 and released Armchair Apocrypha. Bird went on to perform tracks from the album on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, February 18

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

UPDATE 2/15: This sidewalk sale has been canceled due to the threat of rain. We'll have another one on March 18th. See you then!

Amoeba Hollywood's first Sidewalk Sale of the year is this Saturday, February 18th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the bargains we'll have:

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each (or 3 for $5)
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Freshly stocked 45s: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on books, posters & T-shirts!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"It's really hard to have a focused thought nowadays, right? There's a lot of stuff going on," says LA-based producer Daedelus, sitting on the Amoeba Hollywood couch with friend and fellow DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer. Daedelus is praising electronic legend Aphex Twin on his new EP, Cheetah, which he describes as a "very focused thought." Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer both grabbed healthy stacks of records on their recent visit to the shop, but they employed two very different strategies: digging for unknown treasure and upgrading known favorites to vinyl.

The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are driving forces in the LA alternative hip-hop and electronica scenes. The two first collaborated on a 2010 7" by The Gaslamp Killer which featured the Daedelus-starrer "Impulse."

The Gaslamp KillerOriginally hailing from San Diego, The Gaslamp Killer was born William Benjamin Bensussen. After cutting his teeth in the bars of the city's Gaslamp District, he relocated to LA and co-founded the legendary Low End Theory club night. His profile as a producer grew with the release of a handful of EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. His 2012 debut full-length, Breakthrough, featured appearances from GonjaSufi, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shigeto, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. His studio follow-up, Instrumentalepathy, was released in November 2016.

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