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Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF: A Day in Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 Amoeba Music San Francisco
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato & Audra.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, marked the eleventh year of what has become the greatest holiday on earth. Yes, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world, celebrated Record Store Day and it was glorious. We opened at 9am this year to a line that went down Haight Street and around the corner onto Stanyan, and around the corner again onto Waller! What could possibly make music fans line up so early on a Saturday, you ask? Why, limited edition releases, of course! This year's smash hits included Phish's Billy Breathes, a reissue of Chicano Batman's debut album, Arcade Fire on translucent blue vinyl, and so many more.

Folks were also lined up to get this year's limited edition Amoeba SF RSD t-shirt (screen printed by our friends at Free Gold Watch), partake in our sales, and groove to the happening sounds of our guest DJs Bearzbub, Simon Guzman, and The B-Side Brujas. At 1pm, a whole new crop of fans showed up to see Twin Shadow perform live.

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Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2018 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world will simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating our culture and the unique place that record stores occupy both in their local communities and the world.

We'll have hundreds of limited edition, exclusive releases available that day in-store only. RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. We cannot accept any store coupons on RSD releases.

Record Store Day Amoeba San FranciscoWHAT'S HAPPENING AT AMOEBA SF:

-- We'll be open from 9am to 8pm! (Buy counter hours: 11am-8pm)

-- Record Store Day Gift Bags with purchase (while supplies last).

-- LIVE SILK SCREENING (9am - while supplies last)
Special Amoeba SF RSD 2018 design will be live screened onto t-shirts, brought to you by our good friends at Free Gold Watch. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Taking It To The Streets SF!

-- SPECIAL SALES:

** 25% off used DVD & Blu-Ray

** 20% off turntables, posters, mugs & used books

-- TICKET GIVEAWAYS ON TWITTER
Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fillmore ticket giveaways all day long.

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RIP Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend this weekend, the great Charles Bradley. He died on September 23rd, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He had been touring up until recently, and was even scheduled to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival this coming weekend in Long Beach.

We were honored to host an in-store performance with Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2013. Daptone Records had just released the Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD, which documented the months leading up to his 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming -  released when he was 62-years old!! - and his sophomore album was only a few month's old at that time. Everyone at Amoeba was blown away by his talent, charisma, and shining heart, which was evident to anyone who was lucky enough to witness a live performance by the "screaming eagle of soul."

You can get a glimpse of his incredible passion and soul in this video of "You Put The Flame On It" from Victim of Love performed live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It (Live at Amoeba)
 

We also had a chance to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with him while he was at the store. In the video, there's a beautiful moment where he talks about relating to and being inspired by James Brown, saying, "It gives me hope that it's not too late for me to come out of the darkness and come into the light and show the world who I am. I'm a person of character and dignity and respect of all humanity. That's me."

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Watch The Mystery Lights Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 11:25am | Post a Comment

The Mystery Lights Live at Amoeba Hollywood

New York City garage rockers The Mystery Lights recently performed a blistering live set on the Amoeba Hollywood stage. Mixing the psych-rock sounds of Roky Erickson with the proto-punk, frat rock sounds of The Sonics, it's no doubt this outfit are the first band signed to retro-soul label Daptone Records' new rock imprint, Wick Records. The band's self-titled debut is the first album released on the new label. Based on what we saw here at Amoeba, both the band and the label are off to a promising start. The Mystery Lights are currently touring the country with stops in San Francisco at Brick & Mortar Music Hall November 9 and the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, November 22.

The Mystery LightsFirst up in the video is "Too Tough To Bear," with lead singer Mike Brandon's banshee vocals piercing over the mid-tempo groove of the band. L.A. Solano's lead guitar and Alex Q. Amini's bass match riffs until the two guitarists trade solos. Next is "What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down" in which Solano's eerie guitar bends signal the rest of the band into a menacing, but laid back beat. The song ebbs and flows with intensity until ultimately building to a heavy freak out which leads immediately into a manic, fiery cover of Dead Moon's "Dead Moon Night."

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ Spinna

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 12:24pm | Post a Comment

DJ Spinna What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'm gonna give away a little b-boy secret...this record by Cerrone, 'Look For Love,' is a very popular b-boy break," says DJ Spinna of the 7" released by the Cotillion label. But be careful, he warns us, sometimes they edit the breaks out of the singles. The accomplished and much sought after DJ was recently at Amoeba Hollywood, giving away some great record collecting advice and offering up killer recommendations.

Wonder-full LABrooklyn-born hip-hop producer DJ Spinna is a genre-bender whose work dabbles in rap, soul, funk, electronica, and jazz. He first came to prominence in the late '90s underground hip-hop scene thanks to his work with The Jigmastas. He has produced and remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the contemporary music scene, including Mary J. Blige, Nightmares on Wax, Guru, J-Live, De La Soul, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and many more.

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