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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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Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration, 11/17 & 11/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 2, 2017 01:02pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF 20-Year Anniversary

Amoeba SF turns 20 this November! To celebrate our Platinum Anniversary, we're throwing a two-day party Friday 11/17 and Saturday 11/18, complete with live musical performances, DJs, flash sales, prizes, arts and crafts, a photo booth, Amoeba’s Platinum Drag Show, and more!

Ibeyi
Ibeyi

We kick off the festivities on Friday 11/17 with a live performance and signing with electronic-soul sister duo Ibeyi at 5pm. Sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz will sign their new album Ash (out now on XL Recordings). The first 50 customers to buy Ash at Amoeba SF on the day of the in-store will get a wristband entitling them to a spot in our preferred viewing zone and priority in the signing line. (More info HERE.)

Additionally, 1,000 used vinyl records will be hitting the floor on Friday morning for the first time. Get the jump on the fresh stock!

On Saturday 11/18, the celebration lasts all day! We'll get started first thing at 10:45am with the Bay Area's own New Orleans-style band Blue Bone Express leading a procession up Haight Street and right onto the historic Amoeba stage when we open at 11am! The first 100 folks in the door will receive an exclusive gift bag full of fun Amoeba shwag and more.

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Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of 1970s Experimental & Art Music LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2017 07:01pm | Post a Comment

We at Amoeba SF recently acquired a unique collection of 1970s Experimental and Art music, all on vinyl! Joan la BarbaraThis collection spans across the genres of Minimalism, Musique Concrete, post-Ornette Jazz, Tape Music, Spoken Sound Art, early Electronic, and more, and are all in excellent condition. These records will be made available for sale on Saturday, September 9th at Amoeba SF. 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.

Some of the artists who are heavily represented in this collection:
Terry Riley (10 LPs)
Cecil Taylor (40 LPs!)
John Cage (15)
Steve Reich (15)
Anthony Braxton (25)
Philip Glass (many)
Art Ensemble of Chicago (20, PLUS numerous by its individual members)
Julius Hemphill (10)

Plus, there many rare and import recordings by David Murray, Leo Smith, Frank Lowe, Alvin Lucier, Meredith Monk, Henry Cow/Slapp Happy/Art Bears, Joan LaBarbara, Robert Ashley, Jon Gibson, Gordon Mumma, and more!

Of particular note, there are VERY RARE recordings by Joseph Beuys & Henning Christiansen, Charlemagne Palestine, LaMonte Young, Le Forte Four, and Allen Kaprow, just to name a few.

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July Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 6, 2017 12:46pm | Post a Comment

The Summer of Love is in full swing in the Bay Area, and Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley are keeping it packed with sales, live shows, and in-store events all month long. Check HERE for more details and updates to our live show schedule.

Amoeba SF, Amoeba Berkeley

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