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Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk & Krautrock LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2018 07:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF, Rare collection

Join us at Amoeba SF on Sunday, February 25th, at 11am when we unleash a recently-acquired Leaf Houndcollection of over 1,000 highly sought-after Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk, and Krautrock LPs. Most of the records are first-issue imports, and are in pristine condition. Titles include works by Leaf Hound, Ashkan, The Stooges, Television, Harsh Reality, Neu!, Flower Travellin' Band, Sir Lord Baltimore, Quiet, Riot, WEED, Cirith Ungol, Dust, High Tide, Gravytrain, Solar Plexus, Gomorrha, Twink, Zior, Orange Peel, Orang-utan, Agnes Strange, Asterix, Bacilus, The Litter, and many more obscure rarities and radical oddities from across the globe.

Get here early because these records will be first come, first serve. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

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Amoebapalooza SF at Milk Bar, February 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 12, 2018 06:31pm | Post a Comment

It's that time of year again! Amoebapalooza SF is Sunday, February 25th, featuring talent composed of Amoeba SF employees & friends. We’re keeping things very local and holding this year’s event directly across the street at Milk Bar, at 1840 Haight Street. Thank you to our pals over at SIR Studios for providing our musical back line!

Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm.
Admission is $5.
This is a 21+ event.

Amoebapalooza SF 2018

Check out photos from previous years' Amoebapaloozas HERE!

Where The Toys Are

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Carries Toys

By Brent James

No doubt you’ve got that one piece of vinyl in your collection that’s “worth thousands,” or maybe now that vinyl is making its “resurgence,” it might be time to sell your aunt’s dusty old records she passed down to you last Summer?

Well, it turns out she might have a few more items in her attic you might be interested in. Now more than ever is the time to check, as all those old toys and collectibles you stashed away are turning out to be worth big bucks. Beatles bucks it would seem, with a Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure from the early days of the Kenner Star Wars line recently snatching upwards of $17,000 at auction! And there’s no stopping it; millions of dollars are spent each year in the selling/trading world of toys. Not just Barbies and action figures but actual toys. Conventions are held monthly just for the “hunters,” as they’re referred to in the Toy Community. The little kids of the '70s and '80s and even '90s have grown up, and they have money. Lots of it.

Much like a record, an old toy can transport you to another time and place, and the sky’s the limit once you’re there. For those of us that dabble in both, the similarities are numerous. When displayed properly, a healthy collection is nothing short of a work of art. Great pride is poured into the presentation and many hours are spent on being a completist.

But just as the digital age took its toll on brick and mortar record stores, the same has happened with mom and pop toy stores. Big box chains such as Target and WalMart cut out many traditional toy shops, while Amazon and eBay wiped out the rest. Even Toys R’ Us struggled and to this day bankruptcy is rumored to be in their future. Pair that with a sometimes cutthroat market and poor distribution, and you almost find yourself wishing you ONLY collected records!

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Join Our Holiday Food Drive at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 4, 2017 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's San Francisco is partnering with the SF-Marin Food Bank this holiday season. Please join us and make a difference!

Donate nonperishable food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank at Amoeba SF December 5th through January 2nd and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $30 or more in store and 10% off on Amoeba.com! Please bring your donations to the Info Counter at the center of the SF store to receive your coupon.

The most-needed food items are peanut butter, low sugar cereal, tuna & canned meat, soups & stews, rice, pasta, oats, canned fruits & vegetables, and 100% fruit juice. No glass or perishable items, please.
 

Rest in Peace, Allen Lewites, Amoeba SF's Resident Customer Service Star

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2017 04:31pm | Post a Comment
Allen Lewites
Allen Lewites. Photo by Gabriel Wheeler.

By Stephanie Barron
General Manager, Amoeba San Francisco


When we found out that we’d lost him, we all walked around in shock and sorrow. Then, in the spirit of friendship, The Allman Brothers Band's Eat a Peach came over the PA system as a tribute to Allen. The customers didn’t understand the significance, but we did. I’m sure we all listened with fresh ears to the music Allen loved best as we thought about the hole that now exists within our family.

Allen was here from the very beginning when our Berkeley store opened in 1990. Before that, he worked with Amoeba co-owner Dave Prinz at Captain Video. He came to us at the SF store with his deep love of all things Amoeba and with his extraordinary customer service skills that, over the years, developed a strong and loyal following. Allen would stop at nothing to find his customers exactly what they wanted. “That’s the fun, that’s what I live for,” he told the SF Chronicle for an article, published on July 17, 2016, in which he was honored for his excellent customer service. To say his customers will miss him is an understatement.

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