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Amoeba SF's Best In-Store Shows of 2014

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 05:28pm | Post a Comment

By Brent James, Amoeba SF Event Coordinator

When I took over the position of Event Coordinator for the San Francisco Amoeba store, of course I was more than thrilled to be able to work alongside many artists in the music business that i've admired for so many years. I was ecstatic to help promote and produce the amazing live shows that have become synonymous with Amoeba Music. Most of all, however, I was excited to discover new artists and acts. Things that otherwise might pass me by in the normal course of a day! The following list is compiled of the performances this year that most stood out to me. Sure, I was aware of a few of them, but for the most part I walked away from these shows with a fresh perspective of what they're trying to say and as a new fan. I'm already looking forward to writing this list next year...Cheers!


5. STRAND OF OAKS, Saturday August 30, 2014
At this very early-in-the-tour performance, SOA performed songs from their album Heal. The crowd watched with admiration as Tim Showalter and company preached with songs that were reminiscent of early Bob Seger or even Springsteen. Perfect show for a beautiful Saturday!

Strand of Oaks

4. THE DRUMS, Friday October 4, 2014
One of those days where we suddenly have a crowd of 400 screaming teenagers pogo dancing to their electronic idols! They knew all the words, they had all the records. Solid touring band, but the kids were there to see Jonny and Jacob and were NOT disappointed! The Drums worked the crowd into a frenzy and left them wanting more. Check out their newest LP, Encyclopedia.

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Record Store Day at Amoeba SF: The Most Vinyltastic Day of All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 19, 2014 05:52pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is still raging at Amoeba San Francisco until we close the doors tonight at 8pm, but the early hours were a magical time for hardcore record collectors and record store enthusiasts. We captured some of that magic in our epic video below. Also scroll down to see some photos of the the biggest and best Record Store Day yet, full of amazing DJs, deals, and the best customers in the world.
 



Thank you to all of our Record Store Day DJs:

Joel Gion
Bobby 
Primo
Andy Cabic of Vetiver
Jeff Boom Bostic
Russell Quan
Blood Sister

And thank you, record collectors everywhere...

3rd Annual San Frandelic Summerfest With Vincent Gallo, August 3rd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 18, 2013 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to co-present the 3rd annual San Frandelic Summerfest on August 3rd at Thee Parkside in San Francisco! Summers in SF may be notoriously foggy, but this all-day rawk revival is sure to melt the fog and more.

This year, the San Frandelic Summerfest welcomes actor, director, and musician Vincent Gallo in what will be his first show in five years, as well as bands Spindrift, OUTLAW, Djin Aquarian (of Ya Ho Wa 13), Greg Ashley, The Groggs, Wild Honey, Meat Market, Cool Ghouls, Virgin Hymns, and MoonFox.

But that's not all! There will be great DJs too with Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Duke of Windsor, and Smile's Neil Martinson.

Get your tickets NOW as this is sure to sell out!vincent gallo san frandelic

 

TAMBOURINE MAN: Interview with Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Posted by Joe Goldmark, October 12, 2011 01:50pm | Post a Comment
The VinylBeat expands its focus this week to present a fun interview with Amoeba’s own Joel Gion, tambourine man with The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  Joel hips us to the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of tambourines as he shares his collection with us.  Enjoy. 



To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!

Kick Out the Tambs: An 'Extended Play' Interview with Joel Gion!

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, May 5, 2011 12:30pm | Post a Comment
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Although I can say I knew Joel Gion before I knew he was famous, his stardom seems so effortless and fitting that it never ceases to surprise me; he wears it so well. His recent solo release, Extended Play, further showcases his charisma and psychedelic savoir-faire above and beyond a warm "San Francisco Nights" degree. I caught up with him recently to chat about the new jams, future plans and his adventures as a modern tambourine man.
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How long was this record in the making? Have you been sitting on these tunes for long?

Joel Gion: I started writing for this in 2009, but recording was off and on because there was a lot of Brian Jonestown Massacre touring in that year and the year after. Originally I was going to do a full length album, then I wanted to do four 7 inch singles over the course of the year, but in the end I went for two 12 inch E.P.s. I have more tunes ready and I'm also working on new stuff for the next one. One of the things that made it fun doing this as a self-release was to be able to change my mind whenever I wanted because it's mine.

There are many folks out there familiar with you via Brian Jonestown Massacre; how would you explain the sound of this record to BJM fans?