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Amoeba SF & Berkeley's Top 10 Most Amazing In-store Performances of 2017!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

By Brent James

Amoeba’s live shows and events are the icing on an already impressive cake, and anyone who’s ever been to one can attest to the energy, excitement, and pure feeling of community they bring! We here in SF have noticed listening parties have started to become popular, as well as good old-fashioned “meet and greets” and album signings. 2018 is already looking like a banner year for our in-stores. To hold you over, here’s a look back at the most thrilling shows of the past year!

10. Summer of Love Celebrations - Amoeba SF - June 10 & July 28, 2017
Has it only been 50 years?? Well, we had no shortage of celebrations this past Summer to answer that question and pay tribute to the most tumultuous and artistic eras ever! And it all happened RIGHT HERE. We had 30 ft. projection screens, flowers in our hair, great local food, and, most important, the MUSIC that fueled a VERY different San Francisco.

Amoeba SF Summer of Love

9. Matisyahu - Amoeba SF - Thursday, May 25 2017
The return of Matisyahu to the Amoeba SF stage saw a much more relaxed set this time around. In support of the amazing Undercurrent, we had a sweet little weeknight show that, if I recall, came with perfect San Francisco weather. It’s always a pleasure to host Matis.

Matisyahu

8. Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Amoeba Berkeley - August 4, 2017
One of the first acts to test the boards of the revamped Berkeley stage, CRB brought the house down with an acoustic set that could be felt all the way around the world. Guest guitarist Neal Casal was on hand to add to the magic!

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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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with French-Cuban Duo Ibeyi

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 05:02pm | Post a Comment

Ibeyi at Amoeba Hollywood for What's In My Bag?

Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, the language spoken by the Nigerian ancestors of musical twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Born in Cuba but raised in Paris, the duo fuse elements of jazz, electronica, Afro-Cuban, and French music. Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajon and Bata drum while Lisa-Kainde plays piano and serves as the group's main vocalist, with lyrics in English and Yoruba.

IbeyiFollowing the death of their father, legendary Cuban percussionist Anga Di­az (Buena Vista Social ClubIrakere), the sisters began performing around Paris while still in their teens. In 2013, Ibeyi signed to XL Recordings for the release of their debut EP, Oya. Their self-titled full-length was released in February 2015. You can catch them performing at Coachella and the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring.

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Album Picks: Mourn, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jose Gonzalez, Six Organs of Admittance, Ibeyi, Sonny & the Sunsets

Posted by Billy Gil, February 17, 2015 09:55am | Post a Comment

MournMourn

Catalonian teen quartet Mourn makes a passionate racket on their debut album. Singer Jazz Rodriguez Bueno channels PJ Harvey with her raspy delivery and more cutting lyrics on tracks like “Dark Issues,” or a young Siouxsie, on the way she can play with emotions but still bring a smile to your face, on songs like galloping opener “Your Brain is Made of Candy.” Her band keeps things terse, inspired by the likes of Nirvana and The Ramones, yet their clean guitars and neat grooves on standouts like “Philliphius” and “Otitis” suggest wisdom beyond their years. A handful of tracks read as more juvenile alt-rock exercises, yet Mourn also never loses momentum, bashed out with a live-tracked, Steve Albini feel and the animated precision of off-the-cuff ideas rehearsed and captured in one raw take—Bueno’s wail at the end of bonus track “Boys Are Cunts” feels both visceral and well-timed. It’s an incredibly promising debut that puts our faith back in so-called wasted youth.

 

A Place To Bury StrangersTransfixiation

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