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What You Can Do To Help Advance Racial Justice in America

Posted by Amoebite, June 1, 2020 01:47pm | Post a Comment

We The People art by Shepard Fairey

We The People artwork by Shepard Fairey available for free to the public. Download it here

We have all seen the horrifying images of George Floyd's inhumane death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis and the resulting outcry against police brutality and systemic racism. Many of us are looking for additional ways we can help support the fight for racial justice right now. There are several excellent organizations dedicated to advancing racial justice in their local communities and across the country.

Amoeba Music is pledging to donate a portion of our online sales during the month of June to fund racial justice. We hope you'll join us in donating to one of these worthy organizations:

George Floyd Memorial Fund - a GoFundMe set up by George Floyd's brother to support the family. Donate here.

Minnesota Freedom Fund - a non-profit organization that pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as they seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing. Donate here.

Black Visions Collective - a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence through building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing. Donate here.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day kicked off with a bang this year, with eager collectors and fans lining up outside the store many, many hours before Amoeba Hollywood officially opened our doors. Friends were made, dream wish lists compiled, and treats were served to early morning attendees by the good folks at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Watch the video below to see which RSD18 releases the vinyl enthusiasts in line were excited about today.

Here's our look back at some of the coolest things that happened this morning and a taste of the awesome events, sales, and exciting goings-on we had in store for visitors today.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Many shopping sprees were fueled by refreshments from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

 

Silk Screening 2

Family Industries was here silk screening four unique RSD18 designs onto t-shirts and tote bags.

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"Idiocracy" Screening in Echo Park on 9/24 and New Amoeba Hollywood Window Art!

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 10:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba’s customers can save $4 on General Admission tickets to the MakeAmericaSmartAgain x EatSeeHear Present: Idiocracy screening this Saturday, September 24th in Echo Park with the promo code AMOEBA, while supplies last. Purchase tickets at eatseehear.com.
 


#MakeAmericaSmartAgain was created to get people to engage in deeper thought and dialogue about issues, and be less apathetic by participating in democracy. This movement is non-partisan to promote awareness and education, not to align with or disparage candidates. Please join us for this special outdoor screening of the Mike Judge cult film IDIOCRACY.

Join special guests Mike Judge, Terry Crews, and Dax Shepard for this 10th anniversary screening!

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain with Shepard Fairey's Studio Number One created an amazing window display at Amoeba Hollywood to inspire us all to engage and participate in the voting process. Come check it out.

Shepard Fairey at Amoeba Hollywood, by John Tracy

Shepard Fairey at Amoeba Hollywood. Photo by John Tracy.

Let Fury Have the Hour, Documentary on Music & Activism, at Balboa Theater 1/18 - 1/24.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Antonino D'Ambrosio's documentary Let Fury Have the Hour opens at the Balboa Theatre (3630 Balboa Let Fury Have the Hour St., San Francisco) on January 18th, 2013. It's a one-week-only exclusive engagement, so you won't want to miss it! Plus, opening night features a live performance by Sean Hayes and a Q&A with Hayes and director Antonino D'Ambrosio after the 7:15pm show. The following night's screening (Saturday, Jan 19th) features a Q&A with director Antonino D'Ambrosio and Boots Riley after the 7:15pm show.

Featuring interviews with Shepard Fairey, Chuck D, John Sayles, Lewis Black, Eve Ensler, Tom Morello, Ian MacKaye, Billy Bragg, Edwidge Danticat, and Suheir Hamma, Let Fury Have the Hour is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture in 2012. In a time of global challenges, big questions and by-the-numbers politics, this upbeat, outspoken film tracks the story of the artists, writers, thinkers, and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine the world.

Writer/director Antonino D'Ambrosio unites 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices who share personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas. Mix-mastered with historical footage, animation, and performances, D’Ambrosio presents a visceral portrait of a generation looking to re-jigger a system that has failed to address the most pressing problems of our times . . . or human potential.

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