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Toys & Collectables Sale at Amoeba SF, July 13 & 14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 5, 2018 08:53pm | Post a Comment

All new and used toys and collectables will be on sale at Amoeba San Francisco on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th! For those two days, the world-famous Amoeba SF stage will be transformed into a mini toy store and collectables extravaganza from the hours of noon to 5pm.

We'll have a little bit of everything: Transformers, Neca, Star Wars, Funko, Super7...even Barbie! We'll have many hard to find and out of print pieces too, all at incredible prices. There will be something for everyone!

Amoeba SF Toys

10 Essential Soundtracks to Add to Your Record Store Day Wishlist

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2018 03:33pm | Post a Comment

10 Soundtracks Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just around the bend, with all three of our stores ready to rock you with a stacked lineup of special appearances, performances, sales, and of course, exciting exclusive releases. This year, the good people behind RSD have outdone themselves in a lot of ways, in particular, with a truly impressive lineup of soundtrack LPs. From cult films to genre classics to the recently rediscovered, these reissues promise cool extras, sweet tunes, and plenty of good times. Some of these are available in ultra-limited runs, while others have been out-of-print for quite some time.

If you're a cinephile / soundtrackphile, read on for our picks for RSD 2018's most compelling soundtrack reissues available at Amoeba on Saturday, April 21st.

Krush Groove

Various Artists - Krush Groove [OST]

Where The Toys Are

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Carries Toys

By Brent James

No doubt you’ve got that one piece of vinyl in your collection that’s “worth thousands,” or maybe now that vinyl is making its “resurgence,” it might be time to sell your aunt’s dusty old records she passed down to you last Summer?

Well, it turns out she might have a few more items in her attic you might be interested in. Now more than ever is the time to check, as all those old toys and collectibles you stashed away are turning out to be worth big bucks. Beatles bucks it would seem, with a Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure from the early days of the Kenner Star Wars line recently snatching upwards of $17,000 at auction! And there’s no stopping it; millions of dollars are spent each year in the selling/trading world of toys. Not just Barbies and action figures but actual toys. Conventions are held monthly just for the “hunters,” as they’re referred to in the Toy Community. The little kids of the '70s and '80s and even '90s have grown up, and they have money. Lots of it.

Much like a record, an old toy can transport you to another time and place, and the sky’s the limit once you’re there. For those of us that dabble in both, the similarities are numerous. When displayed properly, a healthy collection is nothing short of a work of art. Great pride is poured into the presentation and many hours are spent on being a completist.

But just as the digital age took its toll on brick and mortar record stores, the same has happened with mom and pop toy stores. Big box chains such as Target and WalMart cut out many traditional toy shops, while Amazon and eBay wiped out the rest. Even Toys R’ Us struggled and to this day bankruptcy is rumored to be in their future. Pair that with a sometimes cutthroat market and poor distribution, and you almost find yourself wishing you ONLY collected records!

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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out on Record Store Day 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 11, 2017 07:05pm | Post a Comment

10 Limited Edition Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is so close, you can almost taste all the limited edition special releases! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, indie music stores everywhere will join forces and unleash this year’s rare and drool-worthy RSD releases. (Download a PDF of those exclusive releases HERE.) It’s our Xmas and we are going to town, no Santa needed!

The vinyl soundtrack selection is especially plentiful and exciting this year, full of scores and collections that are being released for the first time ever, first time on vinyl, or are re-releases of out-of-print albums. Film fans will flip for the fabulous colored vinyl, deluxe additions and packaging, and - in a couple of cases - beautiful picture discs.

Here's my 10 favorite from those being offered:

Ciao! Manhattan soundtrackCiao! Manhattan

Part of Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-'60s, Edie Sedgwick was “It Girl” of the Pop Art age. 1973's Ciao! Manhattan was the model and actor's final film. Written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, the movie tells a somewhat fictionalized account of Sedgewick's life. She portrays Susan Superstar, a New Yorker who ends up living in a drained swimming pool in Santa Barbara, always in a narcotic daze. The film was shot over a five-year period, at the end of which Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 28.

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Star Wars x Record Store Day Exclusives Available Saturday, April 22

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2017 01:42pm | Post a Comment

Star Wars Record Store Day Turntable

Not too far in the future, in a galaxy not so far, far away, our stores will have two limited edition Star Wars collectibles for fans to pick up on Saturday, April 22nd for Record Store Day. In honor of Record Store Day's tenth birthday and the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, Crosley Radio has created a very cool Star Wars Cruiser turntable, complete with pitch control, dynamic full-range stereo speakers, a headphone jack, RCA outputs, and Bluetooth capability. This is Crosley's fourth time creating an exclusive RSD design.

Please note: we'll be holding a special 20% off turntables sale on Record Store Day, but the Star Wars Crosley will not be included in the sale. Like all RSD exclusives, there will be no holds or phone orders and it's a limit of 1 per customer.

John Williams Star Wars A New Hope Record Store DayNaturally, the perfect way to christen this new interstellar turntable is to throw on a limited edition RSD exclusive 10" featuring classic tracks from John Williams' epic score and turn it up Darth-Vader-making-an entrance-loud. Limited to 4,000 copies, the 10" includes the Star Wars: A New Hope "Main Title Theme" on Side A and "The Throne Room" and "End Title" on Side B. 

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