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Sturgill Simpson Pre-Release Listening Party at Amoeba SF, 4/8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 24, 2016 06:19pm | Post a Comment

Sturgill Simpson Listening PartyHear Country auteur Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (out April 15th on CD, vinyl, and blue vinyl) at Amoeba SF on Friday, April 8th at 5pm -- a week before release date! Enter to win special limited edition t-shirts, canvas tote bags, and more! Plus, partake in some Sturgill cake! What's Sturgill cake? You'll just have to come on down to Amoeba SF and find out.

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth spans the globe, musically and lyrically. Sail through diverse musical waters with Simpson, across styles and genres, with stops in Motor City and Music Row, Harlem and Stax, Berlin and London. He combines '70s Motown soul, R&B, classic rock, and some of that good ol' Nashville countrypolitan sound. Did we mention his haunting cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom," because we'd be remiss if we didn't. It's certainly something only a soulful and complex country performer like Simpson could pull off with flying colors, complete with down-home fiddle and Stax-style brass.
 

Psych-Rockers Heron Oblivion Chat Before Amoeba SF Performance March 4

Posted by Billy Gil, March 1, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

You may not have heard of Heron Oblivion yet, but that’ll soon change.The psych-rock band recently signed to the venerable Sub Pop label, despite only having publicly played live just a few times prior, and have now toured with stoner-rock troubadour Kurt Vile. Part of that has to do with the band’s pedigree — guitarists Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson played in brain-fryers Comets on Fire, with Von Harmonson also playing in Sic Alps and Six Organs of Admittance and Miller in Howlin’ Rain and Feral Ohms; Charlie Saufley played in the similarly minded Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound; and singer/drummer Meg Baird has played in psych-folk band Espers as well as solo.

The rest has solely to do with the sheer power of their debut, self-titled album. Over seven songs, the bands’ axes clash like fighting wolves, tangling like the brambles and branches that adorn the album cover. Keeping all this Crazy Horse-style madness reined in is a grounded rhythm section and the heart-stopping vocals of Baird. Her voice can simmer low and quavering like a classic British folk singer and then rise to seemingly unattainable heights on songs like the climactic "Your Hollows."

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James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

After a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

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February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2016 02:36pm | Post a Comment

This February, there's a TON going on at Amoeba!

Every day in February, there's something special happening at Amoeba Hollywood, including one-day sales, a pet adoption day, DJ sets, in-store performances and more. This Monday, Feb. 1, we're kicking things off with a sale on green-tag DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at three for $9. Wednesday, Feb. 3, spend $50 and get a $10 gift certificate for future use.

See all our deals and events in the infographic below. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates, including some exciting Flash Sales happening Feb. 17 and 29!

February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

 

Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley will also be having the following sales:

** February 2: 20% off used books and comics

** February 8: BOGO red tag sale. Any format storewide

** February 11-14: 20% off all turntables, plus get a $10 gift certificate for used vinyl.

** February 13: 20% off all headphones

** February 16: Used Box Set Sale

** February 22:  25% off all posters

** February 24:  20% off used books and comics

** February 27:  20% off all mugs

 

Moog's Theremini Has Landed at Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2015 07:11pm | Post a Comment

In 1919, Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen invented the Theremin - the only Moog Thereminiinstrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Horror films and "Good Vibrations" haven't been the same since.

We know learning to play the Theremin has been on your bucket list for a long time. You don't have wait for the New Year to get a jump on this resolution. Luckily, the good folks at Moog have brought the unmistakably memorable, otherworldly sound within the reach of the common man with their new Theremini - a re-imagination of the Theremin. Amoeba SF currently has several in stock and, at $299.98, they will make excellent holiday gifts!

The Theremini design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. The Theremini guarantees immediate success to any player at any skill level, while providing new ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.

We at Amoeba SF were honored with a live Theremini demo and in-store performance with Theremin Dorit Chrysler, Moog Thereminivirtuoso Dorit Chrysler who held her one-hour "hands on" workshop, KID COOL THEREMIN SCHOOL, on October 30th. Ten lucky customers got to try out the Theremini under her expert tutelage on the Amoeba stage. The electro joy was contagious as the class gathered a rapt audience who couldn't wait to try it out for themselves.

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