Marin County's DocLands Documentary Film Festival, May 10-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Doclands Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival will run in Marin County May 10–14. DocLands is a non-competitive and inclusive festival that will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the first-ever DocLands, sponsoring these two unique films:

Wednesday, May 10, 7pm at Smith Rafael Film Center
DocLands Documentary Film Festival kicks off with the California premiere of Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage, and animation accompanied by live narration and an original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger Shankar's unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboard. Nari tells the life stories of the two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and The Beatles' George Harrison. Tickets.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Toro y Moi

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2015 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Toro y Moi at Amoeba Berkeley

Toro y Moi is the electronic project of American producer and recording artist Chaz Bundick. In 2010, he released his first album, Causers of This, garnering comparisons to the newly-labeled chillwave genre. 2011's Underneath the Pine expanded on his sound, using all live instrumentation and no samples. The Freaking Out EP followed later that year. In December, Caribou invited Toro y Moi to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties.

Toro y Moi What ForIn 2013, Toro y Moi's third studio album, Anything in Return, was released via Carpark. The followup came in 2015, with the studio album What For? and a mixtape called Samantha. In early 2016, Toro y Moi is set to tour Australia and Japan.

Bundick visited Amoeba Berkeley recently to fill out his vinyl collection. He picked up LPs by Ravi Shankar, Elliott Smith, and Oscar Peterson. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below to see the rest of his picks and to find out when is his favorite time of day to listen to vinyl.

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In Memoriam: 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 26, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment

As the year comes to an end, we pause to remember those who have passed this year. Click on the photos to see our bloggers’ tributes earlier this year.


Austin Peralta, pianist/composer

austin peralta



Whitney Houston, singer

Whitney Houston












Ravi Shankar, musician

Ravi Shankar









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Rest In Peace Ravi Shankar

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2012 06:07am | Post a Comment

Ravi Shankar & (daughter) Anoushka Shankar "Raga Anandi Kalyan (live)"

Yesterday news surfaced that Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, who came to widespread fame thanks to his association with The Beatles, had died after undergoing surgery at a San Diego hospital. He was 92 years of age. Born in India, where in 1999 he was bestowed the highly revered Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) award, Shankar (originally a dancer) began studying the sitar at age 18 and soon excelled in the instrument going on to perform countless concerts and recording many film soundtracks over the years. Although he had been touring the US and Europe, playing Indian classical concerts, since the 1950's it was his introduction to Western audiences in the 1960's by The Beatles (thanks to George Harrison who he taught how to play sitar - see video below) that helped gain him widespread recognition among younger Western audiences - something that was further cemented when he played at both Woodstock and the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Over the years Shankar's numerous notable musical collaborators included John Coltrane, and Philip Glass. Shankar's daughter Anoushka Shankar , who he performed with in more recent years (see video above), is a renowned sitar player. Even better known is his other daughter; the singer Norah Jones. Look for a nice selection of Ravi Shankar's numerous recordings at Amoeba Music.

George Harrison - sitar lesson with Ravi Shankar