Kelley Stoltz Record Release Show Tonight

Posted by Miss Ess, October 15, 2010 11:22am | Post a Comment

The show to be at tonight if you're in the Bay is the Kelley Stoltz record release party at Cafe du Nord! It's an all SF, all the time lineup with The Fresh & Onlys and Carletta Sue Kay filling out the bill. This show is guaranteed all killer, no filler, people!

Check out this brand new video for the Fresh & Onlys' "Waterfall!"

Kelley Stoltz Hangin' in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2010 12:40pm | Post a Comment
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Well, aw shucks, San Francisco stalwart Kelley Stoltz has a new album of his particular brand of melodic pop, To Dreamers, coming out on Sub Pop this Oct 12! To get the buzz going, Sub Pop has released this fun little video with Kelley, following him around our fine city, recording, playing, buying tape out in the Avenues...etc and being his always charming self. Check it out below:

In A Cloud Release Party in SF Starring Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, Tim Cohen and More!

Posted by Miss Ess, February 26, 2010 02:32pm | Post a Comment
I'm pleased to announce that local San Francisco record company Secret Seven Records has a new release! It's called In A Cloud and it's an exclusive compilation of previously unreleased tracks starring many famed and talented local artists such as Kelley Stoltz, Thee Oh SeesSonny & The Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys, Hannah & Raven (of Grass Widow), Jacques Butters, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches, Exrays, Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month, Trainwreck Riders, Dylan Shearer, and Paula Frazer. This special release comes as a limited edition of 500 on vinyl only. The record was mastered by Paul Oldham, sometime bandmate and always brother to Will Oldham. Listen to The Sandwitches' track "Grey Wizard" right here. You can also hear Kelley Stoltz's sweet "Pinecone" hereIn A Cloud will be for sale at Amoeba starting on Tuesday, March 2! Come an' get it!

There will be an extra special release show at Amnesia in San Francisco also on this Tuesday, March 2, starting at 9pm. It's gonna be a real treat, because it's all acoustic for your listening pleasure. The lineup includes artists from the comp such as Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets, Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards, Tim Cohen of the Fresh and Onlys, Jon Bernson of the Exrays and Mr. Kelley Stoltz. Come out and support local music!

Amoeba San Francisco's Record Store Day Brings Thrills

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2009 02:33pm | Post a Comment

Whew, another Record Store Day has been and gone at Amoeba San Francisco, and what a whirlwind it was! The special international holiday created to celebrate the independent record store in all its resplendent glory brought with it special guest DJs galore, prize giveaways and, of course, mega-limited special edition releases by popular, record store-lovin' artists.

Over at the Haight Street store we had a salivating group of customers waiting with bated breath outside our doors for 10:30 am to finally arrive. When the doors opened at last, there was a mad rush for the limited edition 7"s, vinyl, CDs and DVDs that artists such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Pavement, Guided By Voices, Metric, The Flaming Lips, and many more had released in honor of RSD. We sold through almost everything within just a few hours -- some, like the Jesus Lizard singles collection, went in mere minutes! Employees worked like barkers, calling out artists' releases and getting them to the frantic masses as quickly as possible. The Information Counter was lit up with zillions of phone calls, checking on the status of any number of artists' special releases.

record store day amoeba 2009

record store day amoeba 2009

At noon we began our giveway drawings, ably hosted by our own spirited Zack, who took to the intercom with game show host-like zeal. Various customers won $50 gift certificates and their choice of a myriad of prizes, including Guitar Hero and a special prize pack from heaviest heavy rock label Southern Lord. These giveaways were met with cheers and screams of delight, both from being caught up in the moment and encouraged by their host!

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The Employee Interview Part VIII: Jon Ginoli

Posted by Miss Ess, August 2, 2007 06:28pm | Post a Comment
Jon Ginoli
Nearly 8 Years Employment

ME: Hi Jon. So what music was playing in your house when you were a kid?

JG: My parents didn't really have records but they always had the radio on. 

To pop stations?

Yeah, and when I turned 6 my parents moved to a new house out in the suburbs in a new development where there weren't any other kids around, so I made friends with the radio. So from the time I was 5 until I was 10, which is roughly 1965-1970, I absorbed Top 40 radio like a sponge. Pretty good timing, huh?

Totally, you lucked out. What was the first song/record that really got you into music? 

Um I remember being really blown away by "Reflections" by the Supremes and "Monday Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas. Oh and "Windy" by the Association.

What's the first show you went to?

The first real concert I went to was one of the worst concerts I have ever been to because when I was 14 I went to see Jimmy Buffett in Peoria.


Peoria got very few concerts back then.

Who took you?

I went by myself. He had a song on the radio that I liked. When I heard other songs I thought, "Oh, this isn't very good."

Smart kid.

But the second concert was Bob Seger and that was a big step up.

When did you start playing music yourself? Who/what inspired you?

I started about half way through college, playing guitar. There was no one influence but I was really into punk and new wave stuff and that helped give me confidence that maybe I could do it too.

Once you had formed Pansy Division, what was your experience with the music industry like?

Well when I was in college I was heavily involved in my college radio station and actually had a band back then as well and those experiences were very helpful when I was ready to form Pansy Division. 

I started Pansy Division when I was 31 so I already had a lot of experience having a band and knowing how the indie world worked. I was working for several indie record distributors at the time so I had a lot of contacts.

Any good road stories from touring in Pansy Division?

I've written a book and I'm looking for a publisher soon.


It's taken me 7 years to write it, off and on.

You guys were such pioneers! It's important to get that out there. So, when you are on stage singing what's going through your mind? 

I never had stage fright: my problem is that I get distracted and it's interesting, being on stage, to look at the audience and all the things that are happening and I sometimes want to enjoy the moment instead of really concentrating on what I am doing!

How would Pansy Division decide on the cover art for each album? They are so interesting and so early 90s!

I did in the beginning and later we would all work on it together.

Since I'm a huge K Records fan, I really want to know what it was like duetting with Calvin Johnson on "Jackson." How did that come about?

I was a big Beat Happening fan and I had met him a few times and somebody had contacted me about doing a track for a Nancy Sinatra tribute album. "Jackson" has always been my favorite song of hers, since i was a little kid. Since Calvin sounds like Lee Hazlewood I thought to ask him but when we went to actually sing the duet he didn't want to do Lee's parts. "Why?" I said. "Well, Nancy has all the good lines." So I sang the lead parts.

That's hot. Do you typically like creating and recording music or playing live better?

I love playing live, it's really fun, but I really like both.

What is your favorite venue in San Francisco to play? What's your favorite one to see a show at?

Either Cafe du Nord or Bottom of the Hill for both.

What's your favorite local band?

Kelley Stoltz. He needs more guitar and less piano on his next record, though.

Any Pansy Division news?  Are you guys playing out any time soon?

Surprisingly we are doing a tour in October--  a short coast to coast tour opening for The Avengers! That's real convenient because half of our band is in The Avengers (Joel and Luis). I live in San Francisco, Chris the bass player lives in L.A., Luis lives in Brooklyn and Joel just moved to Boston, so we play rather seldom.

Clearly! That must get complicated, rehearsing.

Yeah, it's tough, but every once in a while we find ourselves in the same city so we manage to get work done occasionally.  We're actually working on a new album. We have 4 songs done.

And you guys are on Alternative Tentacles now, right?


What have you been listening to lately?

I've really never listened to classical music much but a friend of mine loaned me the Steve Reich box set.

What about it do you like?

It's very hypnotic. I've been buying a lot of reissues--  I think my age is showing! I just bought John Cale: The Island Years, some of which I had on vinyl, and the reissues of the first three Ultravox albums.

Which John Cale record is your fave?

Paris 1919.

Me too. Randy [ex coworker] always would sing songs from it to me. Can you think of a record that you love and feel more people should know about?

It's a cult item, but the Go Betweens 16 Lovers Lane is a perfect pop record. 

What's your favorite part about working here at Amoeba? You're kind of hidden away so this is a bit tough probably.

Actually, having flexibility to do tours when possible was one of the reasons I started working here in the first place. Few other places are so pro-musician.

Thank you for your time.

For tour dates go to

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