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Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Stinson

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2017 01:41pm | Post a Comment

Tommy Stinson What's In My Bag Amoeba San Francisco

Alt-rock/punk icon Tommy Stinson visited Amoeba San Francisco recently to show us some of his favorite records and share memories of his experiences listening to them. Holding up Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 double LP, Stinson says, "Blonde on Blonde is my go to record when I'm trying to get lyrical things happening in my head." When he's looking for inspiration Stinson puts the record on and "just kinda let(s) it seep in," saying it reminds him "of all the different things that (Dylan) was able to put into a lyric to describe a moment, a sound, a day, and place." Stinson had many anecdotes about his picks, which makes for a very interesting and fun What's In My Bag? episode!  

Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.

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Grateful Dead 'Live at Cornell University' Listening Parties on May 5

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Grateful Dead listening parties at Amoeba

We're excited to host listening parties for the Grateful Dead's long-awaited deluxe issue of Cornell 5/8/77 at our stores Friday, May 5th! Starting at 6pm, fans will have a chance to hear this legendary concert recording broadcast over our soundsystems and take home some special gifts with purchase, including stickers, composition notebooks, patches, and prints (while supplies last). Plus, fans in Hollywood and San Francisco will have the chance to win some cool prizes and nibble on Dead-themed treats (non-medicated, of course).

Grateful Dead Cornell University CDConsidered one of the Dead's finest performances, the May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University's Barton Hall is so highly regarded that it earned a place in the Library Of Congress' National Recording Registry for musical works that have been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."

The master tapes for Cornell 5/8/77 were considered lost for years -- until the end of 2016. Recorded live and direct from Betty Cantor-Jackson's master tapes, the so-called "Betty boards" have been remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Jeffrey Norman. The concert will be available May 5th in a 3-CD set.

Come on down to any Amoeba store on Friday to experience this incredible live recording and take home some schwag!

Grateful Dead Cornell University Sticker

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Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Bobby Liebling of Pentagram

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2017 03:41pm | Post a Comment

Pentagram - Bobby Liebling What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Right here is the boss, this is the boss," says Pentagram's Bobby Liebling, holding up a copy of Iggy and The Stooges' seminal proto-punk record Raw Power on his recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. "I had a lot of personal time spent with him, tour bus, women, uh, the whole nine yards," Liebling says, going on to recount the first time he met Iggy at the age of 14, cleaning peanut butter off him after a Stooges show. "This is my favorite album in history, and it's probably the worst mix ever put down," he says laughing. "These people were my whole world, it was like 'someday, I'm gonna do this' and I never gave up."

Pentagram First Daze HereAmerican heavy metal band Pentagram are known as one of the pioneers of the doom metal subgenre. Founded in 1971 by the band's vocalist and sole constant member, Bobby Liebling, Pentagram went through a series of lineup changes and released a handful of 7"s before their self-titled studio debut came out in 1985. (The album was later re-titled Relentless.) Their sophomore LP, Day of Reckoning, further cemented their status as progenitors of the nascent doom genre upon its release in 1987.

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