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Halloween Residency with Roky Erickson at The Chapel in SF, 10/30-10/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 22, 2017 07:52pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is thrilled to sponsor a two-night residency with rock legend Roky Erickson (of The 13th Roky EricksonFloor Elevators) at The Chapel in San Francisco on Monday, October 30th and Halloween -- Tuesday, October 31st. Opening for Roky will be The Death Valley Girls, the best thing in cult rock since Charlie Manson was free. Get your tickets now before these very special nights sell out!

Legendary rock & roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. He is, in the words of music writer Richie Unterberger, one of "the unknown heroes of rock and roll." As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin band The 13th Floor Elevators, the first rock & roll band to describe their music as "psychedelic," Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966. While bands such as the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane had the their roots in traditional acoustic folk music, the Elevators unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues pointed to a new direction for the music of the hippie generation. The Elevators only had one chart hit, the Roky-penned "You're Gonna Miss Me," but their influence was far reaching. R.E.M., ZZ Top, Poi Dog Pondering, Judybats, T-Bone Burnett, Julian Cope, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cramps, and many more have all either recorded or played live versions of Roky's songs. In addition to these performers, Roky is an acknowledged influence on such diverse musicians as Robert Plant, Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers, Jon Spencer, The Damned, The Red Krayola, Pere Ubu, and The White Stripes.

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The Mad Alchemy Trip 2017 West Coast Tour

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 4, 2017 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Mad Alchemy Trip Tour 2017

LSD and the Search for God
LSD and the Search for God
Jesus Sons
Jesus Sons
The Asteroid No. 4
The Asteroid No. 4

Commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Summer of Love with one of San Francisco's original trip-inducers! Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the 2017 Mad Alchemy Trip tour, which will hit major cities and groovy clubs along the West Coast July 12 - July 22nd. Fantastic psych-inspired bands The Asteroid No. 4, LSD and the Search for God, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, Jesus Sons, Dream Phases, Creatures Choir, and Family of Light Band will be accompanied by the mesmerizing projection work of the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, making for a sensory experience that cannot be missed.

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SFGS Presents Gathering of the Tribes Festival: A Psychedelic Music & Art Happening, September 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2015 06:43pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Gathering of the TribesThe San Francisco Great Society presents Gathering of the Tribes Festival, an epic one-day psychedelic happening that is bringing local bands, artists, vendors, and fans together at Public Works on September 13th. Between the hours of 12pm and 12am, 18 bands including The She's, The Gentle Cycle, The Spiral Electric, LSD and the Search for God, Down and Outlaws, Cellar Doors, and many more will perform continuously on two stages with visuals provided by Mad Alchemy, White Light Prism, and Andy Puls.

Works by local artists Yasamine June (who designed this amazing poster), Galine Tumasyan, Robert Quinn, Doug Rhodes, and Matt Leunig will also be on display as well as the wares of many far out vendors.

This be-in is going to be the ultimate sonic and visual experience. We can't think of a better way to celebrate being in San Francisco.

Get your tickets now!

 

 

The Down and Outlaws
Down and Outlaws
The She's
The She's
Cellar Doors
Cellar Doors

 

What We're Doing With What They've Done: Amoeba's "Vinyl Vaults"

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 28, 2013 07:15pm | Post a Comment

If you don't already know, we here at Amoeba are very much underway with our monumental archiving project for our website Amoeba.com, simply called the "Vinyl Vaults". It's a really spectacular beginning to what is and will be a huge undertaking in offering to the public digital transfers of the most remarkable older, oblique and hard to find works of creative peoples around the globe throughout the history of recording. I myself, am curating a large part of this, and have been very excitedly pulling out many, many unique pieces of vinyl out of the used LP buys that we take in at Amoeba's buying counters, and sending them into the ether (ie,our great team) to be archived and considered for sale on Amoeba.com. Our sound team takes these copies of the LPs, 7" singles and 78 rpm discs and digitizes them via ProTools, into 24-bit files, and then make mp3, mp4 and 16 bit .wav files (CD quality) from the 24-bit master and split up the sides into tracks for folks to download. We sometimes offer of the highest resolution 24-bit file as well for a certain title. And in many cases the original LP or 78 or 45 we used to digitize the sides is available right there next to the download. 


How do I decide what we save to digitize and offer to the public as I go through all these LPs? The records almost speak to me as I sift over the aquisitions we've purchased in the collections we buy. If I don't  know the record, I'll see the look of the cover, the paper texture, and the era of manufacture as the first things revealed. Even the weight and smell of the "thing". Exotic LPs have a feel to them, a way they communicate to the holder that they are something interesting, distinctly special, and a thing to be investigated further. If you've held a phonograph record in your hands  you know what I mean. Often the packaging will tell me what's inside, but how many records say "vocals" or "guitar" or "piano", and yet how different can all these records be? The actual sound on the disc is an exciting mystery of immense promise before I hear it. So then, to play a little bit, I "needle-drop" (sample bits of) so many records in a day. And it just so happens that Amoeba offers 1 1/2 minutes of free sample listening for all the records' songs, so this is comparable to how I listen to potential pieces for the Vaults. Once chosen, a disc will undergo a discerning ear's analysis and judgement for condition, and a little research to see if folks already know about this record. Ultimately, the bliss of finding a transcendent musical performance by a deceased or obscure artist or on a long-defunct label is intoxicating. And to think that others can later enjoy these provocative sounds via the "Vinyl Vaults"  is exhilarating.

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Acid Mothers Temple: What You Got in That Bag?

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 23, 2012 12:12pm | Post a Comment
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Japanese psychedelic ensemble Acid Mothers Temple (and their countless subsequent appendages) are the stuff of legend. If one was to assemble a who's who of the SF underground (or otherwise) music scene of the last fifteen years for an A.M.T. campfire story tell-a-thon there would be so much surreal-deep dish served you'd think you'd have invented a freaky new kind of supper club. But whatever their exploits, be it the creation of long-distance, guru-level tripper jams or the pursuit of perfection via stones, women and long-player records the guys (& dolls) of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. always seem to me to be the closest I'll ever get to meeting, and I mean this in the most literal tense, a real life star trekker. They stop by Amoeba Music's galactic sector just about every time they play San Francisco (at least once a year it seems) and I cannot reiterate the fact that though they may share some resemblance to the usual off-brand Haight Street flotsam placed beyond the pale one cannot help but recognize the particular presence of Kawabata et al as a refreshing whiff of wizardry in the real. Check out what A.M.T. master shamans Makoto Kawabata and Atsushi Tsuyama picked up on their most recent trip below in this recent addition to Amoeba Music "What's In My Bag?" discovery video series, now with more Acid Mothers Temple!


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