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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Guster

Posted by Amoebite, June 4, 2019 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Guster - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Boston band Guster visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an in-store performance to celebrate their new album, Look Alive. While they were here, Ryan Miller and Luke Reynolds did a little shopping and shared their eclectic selections, which ranged from experimental and pop to solo piano and Samba. A number of their choices also had sentimental significance to them, making for a sincere, interesting, and intimate What's In My Bag? episode.

In 1991, American alternative rock band Guster was formed in Boston by Tufts University classmates Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel. Within a few months of formation, the Guster - Look Alive - Amoeba Musicband played their first gig at a campus coffee house. Guster's first two albums, Parachute (1995) and Goldfly (1997), were independently released. On their third LP, Lost and Gone Forever (1999), they broke into the Adult Top 40 charts with the single "Fa Fa."  The trend would continue with their fourth album, 2003's Keep It Together, which saw two singles ("Careful" and "Amsterdam") chart on the Top 40. Their next album, 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun climbed to #25 on the Billboard Top 200. 

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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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Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening Pioneer [1932 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2016 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Music lost another important figure in 2016 with the passing of experimental composer and "deep listening" pioneer Pauline Oliveros, who died Thursday (November 24th) at age 84.  Filled under such categories as classical, avant-garde, electronic, and experimental Oliveros was an artist, author, educator and humanitarian with strong ties to the Bay Area. She may not have been a household name like some of the other musical greats we've lost this year such as Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen. Nonetheless Pauline Oliveros' contributions to music history were no less significant: most notably her development of deep listening, the theory she summarized as "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing."

With a career spanning six decades, Oliveros' diverse body of work included musical compositions themed on such subjects as African history of the 17th century. An author and prolific writer who penned papers on various aspects of musical theory, Oliveros was also a teacher at institutes including Oakland's Mills College. Beyond being a pioneer within music Oliveros was also an early ambassador for equality of women in the male dominated field of music. Decades before "women's music" became a thing and long before the mainstream would take notice of just how unbalanced the ratio of women to men was in every field of music from classical to pop, Oliveros was loudly advocating for gender equality in music on behalf of both composers and performers. 
 
Born in Houston, Texas where her introduction to music came by learning to play the accordion, the geographical locale that Oliveros is perhaps most associated with is the San Francisco Bay Area. Back in  the early sixies, along with such fellow forward thinking experimental composers as Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Oliveros was part of the nonprofit, cultural, educational entity the San Francisco Tape Music Center (SFTMC) that was founded by composers Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender. Founded in 1962 the SFTMC was an outgrowth of the  San Francisco Conservatory electronic studio established a year earlier. It was founded by the improv group Sonics that Oliveros was a part of.
For an accurate example of the work of the SFTMC pick up Music From The Tudorfest San Fancisco Tape Music Center 1964 that features David Tudor John Cage, Toshi Ichiyanagi, as well as Pauline Oliveros.  In the latter 1960's the SFTMC would receive a grant to join the Mills Center for Contemporary Music with Oliveros as director. As time moved on Oliveras work morphed into studies and practices of rhythms and flow patterns of the human breath. But the school of thought she dubbed "deep listening" that would influence many generations of musicians will be her greatest legacy.

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Avant-Garde Music Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 18, 2016 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Avant-Garde CD Sale

We are very excited to announce that we've acquired the amazing CD collection of LA Free Music Society member Juan Gomez! This one-of-a-kind collection will be on display and available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood starting Saturday, October 22nd. Juan's collection leans toward the catalog of mindfully experimental artists with classical influence, with many obscure releases and long out-of-print titles among the assemblage. It features over 700 pieces, including hard-to-find gems from artists such as Philip Glass and Olga Neuwirth, as well as labels Kairos, ECM New Series, Wergo, and Neos.

Avant-Garde Music Collection at Amoeba Hollywood

Los Angeles Free Music SocietyJuan Gomez, as an early adapter and member of the improvisational LAFMS collective, has always had an interest in contemporary music of all kinds. His taste for modernism also drew him into the musical landscape of 20th century avant-garde composers and thus inspired his interest in collecting their recordings early on. As a young man, the recordings he experienced at his local library of Arnold Schoenberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and John Cage helped to strongly influence his music buying tastes.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Cellist Joshua Roman

Posted by Amoebite, July 19, 2016 11:13am | Post a Comment

Joshua Roman Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When classical musician/composer/curator Joshua Roman visits Amoeba Hollywood he's sure to pick out a very eclectic mix of music, one that includes electronic, opera, jazz, and Ween. "I discovered Ween in college when I discovered a lot of things, musical and non-musical," says Roman, "and some of them go very well with Ween." Masters of style" is what he calls them, saying, "They're the most versatile band that I know." High praise coming from someone with tastes as versatile as Roman.

Joshua Roman at Amoeba Hollywood

Joshua Roman began his career in 2006 as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a coveted position attained when he was only22. He has gone on to serve as the director of Seattle Town Hall's Town Music series, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador. He has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Earl Carlyss, Christopher Taylor, Christian Zacharias, The JACK Quartet, So Percussion, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

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