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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

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It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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'Punk the Capital' Film Seeks to Chronicle D.C. Hardcore Scene

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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A new documentary currently in production seeks to explore the fertile punk and hardcore scene of Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s and ’80s.

Filmmakers Paul Bishow and James Schneider are seeking funding for their documentary Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C. via Kickstarter. The film is more than 10 years in the making and will explore how the hardcore movement began and why it has such staying power, focusing on the period from 1976 to 1985.

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Ian MacKaye

The filmmakers say they conducted more than 100 interviews with key figures in the hardcore movement, collecting more than 200 hours of archival footage along with flyers, pictures, zines and more paraphernalia from the time. The film includes interviews with and footage of such hardcore luminaries as Alec and Ian MacKaye (the latter from Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens, The Teen Idles and Embrace), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Tesco Vee (The Meatmen, Touch & Go), Cynthia Connolly (photographer, Dischord), Joe Keithley (D.O.A.), Sharon Cheslow (Chalk Circle) and more.

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Henry Rollins on the Importance of Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Henry Rollins was our guest DJ at last year's Record Store Day and gave this impassioned speech about the significance of Record Store Day and supporting independent record stores. Testify, Henry, testify!

Record Store Day 2012 is April 21!



Amoeba Hollywood Celebrated 10 Years With a KCRW Live Broadcast

Posted by Amoebite, November 15, 2011 03:53pm | Post a Comment
Anyone who's been to Amoeba Hollywood on a Saturday knows that it's always the busiest day of the week. Saturday November 12, 2011 was a reflection of this simple fact, with one major addition: Amoeba Music celebrated 10 years of serving the Hollywood community!!! Amoeba Hollywood officially opened its doors on November 17, 2001 and we decided to celebrate a few days early: filling the store with colorful balloons, conducting trivia contests, and doing what we do best - helping locals, regulars, and visitors find the music, movies, and memorabilia they can't get anywhere else.

Chris DouridasThis Saturday was also extra special with the help of the crew from KCRW 89.9FM, who were broadcasting live all day from Amoeba's famous stage. This was the first time KCRW ever did a live radio broadcast and the first time Amoeba ever hosted one.

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas kicked things off from 12-2pm, playing a broad mix of tunes from the wonderfully bleak "My Autumn's Done Come" by Lee Hazelwood to the sweet and honest vibes of Michael Kiwanuka's "Tell Me a Tale;" from Ray Charles' pitch perfect version of Sam Cooke's "Laughin' and Clownin" to a brand new Black Keys single, "Lonely Boy" (new album El Camino out Dec. 6th!). KCRW had some challenging trivia questions about the station, with winning answers receiving KCRW hats and Amoeba gift certificates. KCRW also held a Willy Wonka style scavenger hunt with staffers and DJs hiding "golden tickets" among the Amoeba racks: tickets to their December 3rd "Are Friends Eclectic?" concert.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Hopping Record Store Day 2011

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2011 01:09pm | Post a Comment

Text by Lauren Landes
Images by Pia, Courtney and Amber

Another year in the tiny history book of Record Store Day has been logged! Huzzah! April 16, 2011 marks three years and four holidays since a group of music lovers conceived and founded Record Store Day, and the nascent event looks like its cogs are just starting to build up momentum. The overflowing anticipation and excitement ought to keep us all going until next April, when an even larger quantity of releases will presumably arrive in the bins of independent record stores across the world (don't expect to find any of these delicious goodies over at a corporate retail store, though). As a record store employee, it's very exciting to see so many people line up outside my second home before the rooster has crowed just for some exclusive CD/vinyl/other releases sure to be sold out forever.

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A quiet day at Amoeba is still overwhelming enough for a lot of people, and a busy day like this past Saturday creates a very unique kind of energy that makes the place feel more like festival grounds than a record store--the vinyl tents at Coachella and Bonnaroo come to mind.

amoeba hollywood record store day

If only every day could be so packed with eager music searchers and ecstatic, hourly announcements for "Fucked Up," the world might feel about thirty percent peppier at all times. Nonetheless, this is why we at Amoeba get so excited for the holiday whose theme song is the sweet sound of excited fingers peeling thin plastic off a 12" square package.

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