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NightLife Live Featuring Kevin Morby & Tanukichan, October 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2018 03:25pm | Post a Comment
Kevin Morby
Kevin Morby

Close out your San Francisco summer with the final California Academy of Sciences' NightLife LIVE of the year on Thursday, October 11th, featuring a performance from folk-rock singer-songwriter Kevin Morby. He’ll bring guitar-soaked tracks from his latest album City Music, which Pitchfork praised for its “elegant, dusky atmosphere.” Bay Area-based musician Hannah van Loon will bring her latest solo project Tanukichan to the stage in all its dream pop glory. Plus, the national “all-girl, all-vinyl” collective, Chulita Vinyl Club, will be there keeping the museum party going all night.

Also, enter the Museum's West Garden to find a surreal installation by artist Santiago Insignares and “Light Bodies,” an interactive sculpture by Leif Maginnis. Keep your senses stimulated with VR experiences by Dream Logic and Vision Quest. Take a live "Tour of the Universe" or explore the immersive and trippy art and music experience that is "Vortex 2.0" in the Morrison Planetarium. And don't forget to visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop and browse our specially-curated vinyl!

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Record Store Day 2016 Draws Huge Crowd for Exclusive Releases at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2016 07:49pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016 at Amoeba Hollywood

Hundreds of vinyl collectors and music fans of all ages gathered in the wee hours of the morning on April 16th to celebrate Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood. By 7 a.m., a line stretched down Ivar Avenue, coiling around the back parking lot in anticipation for the store’s opening.

record store day 2016 line

Folks brought chairs and showed up at daybreak to score exclusive RSD releases from Madonna, Lush, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Deftones, J Dilla and many more. As we started ringing up RSD customers at 9:15 a.m., those sought after titles were going like hotcakes, such as Mexican-America metal band Brujeria’s satirical Viva Presidente Trump! LPs in various colors.

kids on record store day 2016

Familiar faces from years past joined young’uns gunning for releases by the likes of Gerard Way, Mac DeMarcoRun the JewelsTwenty One Pilots and The Weeknd. Given that it was our ninth go around with RSD, things seemed to be moving as smoothly as possible. By midday, releases by The DoorsFleetwood MacRegina SpektorDeath Cab For Cutie and others were already sold out.

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Album Picks: PJ Harvey, Kevin Morby, Cate Le Bon

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2016 11:57am | Post a Comment

PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

pj harvey the hope six demolition project lpPJ Harvey’s ninth album was recorded in sessions that were open to the public at the museum Somerset House in London. Exhibit attendees could see Harvey creating the album with producers Flood and John Parish through a one-way mirror. The results continue in her tradition of excellence, producing songs that sound lush and layered, yet loose and free, with a strong social commentary running through on songs like “The Wheel” (“Now you see them, now you don’t,” she sings of disappeared and killed children around the world). Harvey wrote these 10 songs after she traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C., for inspiration, and the kind of oppression and suffering she witnessed fuels her songwriting, as she sings of “the pain of 50 million years” on “The Orange Monkey” and in “The Community of Hope,” in which her criticism of rebuilt housing projects that displaced residents who could no longer afford it drew the ire of D.C. politicians. Though the composition of Hope Six is certainly interesting and proves Harvey continues to be a firebrand, ultimately the final product is what matters most to fans. Thankfully, the music is as powerful as ever. As can attest the muscular guitars that back songs “The Ministry of Defense,” the wailing sax that tears through “The Ministry of Social Affairs,” the rousing choruses her band delivers throughout the album and Harvey’s soulful vocals that close out the album on “Dollar, Dollar,” The Hope Six Demolition Project more than delivers on its premise.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Painted Palms, Kevin Morby, Dirty Ghosts, Earl Sweatshirt, Cold Showers, HEALTH

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Heavy Metal Detox”

wavvesNathan Williams and co. have unveiled another new song from the upcoming fifth Wavves album. “Heavy Metal Detox” is a nervy bit of anxiety-laden power-pop, as Williams gets paranoid about all his bad habits, spends too long on WebMD and asks questions like “Have I lived too long? Why does my head hurt?” V is due Oct. 2, and you can preorder it now on LP and CD.

 

Painted Palms – “Refractor”

painted palmsThe next album by S.F.’s Painted Palms promises a sonic repertoire that includes shades of ’60s psych-pop, ’90s Creation bands and the minimalism of Southern hip hop. What! Well, for now we’ve got “Refractor,” a very good single that displays Painted Palms doing what they do best, which is crafting catchy little electro-pop gems that needle you into submission. Nothing too out-of-reach here, and that’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re needing a connector between Hot Chip and Cut Copy in your party playlist. Horizons is due Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl.

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