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Amoeba SF Stage Transformed Into Winter Wonderland

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 12, 2016 06:06pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

You've been to the shows. You've seen the artists. You've always wanted to be on the Amoeba stage. NOW is your chance!

Running now until December 31st is our indoor sidewalk sale we're calling the Bizarre Holiday Bazaar! We've dug through the darkest, deepest recesses of the building and put all the choice merch out for sale. Best part? It's actually located ON the world famous Amoeba San Francisco stage!

It's a great place for photo ops, on Friday nights you'll be on stage WITH a guest DJ, and you'll find last-minute stocking stuffers such as a Tom Petty hiking bag or a Santana picnic blanket. Not your thing? How about your choice from over 100 different carded Star Wars action figures? Or maybe a KISS action figure?

In any case, there's something for everyone at Amoeba Music. With a different selection every day, you'll never see the same thing twice!

Happy Holidays from Amoeba Music!

Vintage, Original Rolling Stones 'Licks' Memorabilia & More on Sale at Amoeba + Chat With Designer Craig Braun

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 8, 2016 11:06am | Post a Comment
Exquisite, Original, Vintage 1971 Licks Silver/Enamel Belt and Buckle
Available in sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
 
The record business is home to many people who are a kind of hero to me, often behind the scenes in unspoken nine-to-fives. I have my heroes of album cover design: Tadanori Yokoo, Reid Miles, Jim Flora, Dirk Rudolph, and Barbara Worjisch to name a few.

Add to this list a Mr. Craig Braun, a quintessential ''Man Behind the Curtain," a luminary of mostly-unsung parts of the music establishment of the 1960s and '70s. And even more paramount than Craig's resume and bone-deep knowledge of the record business is that he's a refreshingly witty, wonderful human being with umpteen stories to tell.

A San Fernando Valley Playlist

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 23, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment
So the bad news is that I missed out on CicLAvia — The Valley. Cream Soda (my bicycle) was in the shop (nothing serious) and I was dog-sitting on the Eastside. I thought about bringing and walking the dog there but they’re not allowed on Metro buses or trains and there were further complications too that I won’t get into... so I ended up having breakfast at Din Tai Fung and exploring the trails of Ascot Hills Park


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's water color and oil paint map of the Valley


I am glad that so many people went and enjoyed it (hopefully getting some use out of my guide to the event) and that so many people seem to have discovered that the Valley, like everywhere else, is much more enjoyable when not seen from behind the wheel of a car. I also decided to capitalize on Valley Fever by making a Valley playlist. 


Postcard of the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s

The songs on this playlist cover the 1940s to the 1980s, which are good bookends for the Valley's period when it was a largely Anglo collection of suburbs and Cold War industry. The Valley today is much more urban and much more (predominantly even) Latino. It's also diverse, with large populations of residents with ancestral origins in Armenia, China, El Salvador, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Persia, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, and elsewhere. I welcome any suggestions but it would be especially great to have some that reflect the Valley identity of the last 25 years. Let me have them in the comments!


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Gordon Jenkins - “The San Fernando Valley”



Gordon Jenkins was from Webster Groves, Missouri but his first big hit was also the first big hit about the Valley, 1944's “The San Fernando Valley."  


Ritchie Valens - “Donna” 


Ritchie Valens was born in Pacoima in 1941. His song “Donna” was written about his real life girlfriend, Donna Ludwig (now Donna Fox), who along with Valens attended San Fernando Senior High School. It's languid love haze probably made it an ideal soundtrack for a cruise back when the streets were less congested. 


Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - “Frownland"


Captain Beefheart's definitive album, Trout Mask Replica, was composed and rehearsed in a communal house (or cult compound) in Woodland Hills from 1968 to 1969. I’m not sure what the subject of “Frownland” is but it strikes me as appropriate.


Jimmy Webb - "Campo de Encino"


Jimmy Webb's most famous nominally-Los Angeles related song is surely "Mac Arthur Park," which was a hit for Richard Harris in 1968. Although best known for writing most of Glenn Campbell's material, Jimmy Webb's solo recording career also began in 1968. "Campo de Encino" was a track on his fourth record, Letters (1972).



Frank & Moon Zappa - “Valley Girl” 


Although Frank Zappa is more associated with the Antelope Valley than the San Fernando, he and his daughter wrote this parody of early 1980s Valley Girl subculture. It was not included in Martha Coolidge’s film of the same name, released in 1983, which made the Valley Girl an archetype although one no longer much in evidence.



Joe "Bean" Esposito - “You're The Best" 



Karate Kid (1984) is the story of a troubled high schooler named Daniel LaRusso who moves from New Jersey to the Valley suburb of Reseda where he’s harassed by local karate abusers, Cobra Kai. Joe "Bean" Esposito's “You're The Best" perfectly captures the spirit of the film, 


Southside Johnny - “Tuff Turf” 



Tuff Turf (1985) is the story of a troubled high schooler named Morgan who moves from Connecticut to the Valley suburb of Reseda where he’s harassed by local automobile abusers who run over his bicycle. Southside Johnny's “Tuff Turf” perfectly captures the spirit of the film.



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Free Fallin’ 




In 1989 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (a band name which had already been used by a late ‘40s rhythm & blues group from DC, a doo-wop group, a soul group, a Boyle Heights duo, Johnny Thunders's punk group, and a group from New Zealand) had a hit with “Free Fallin’,” which was inflused with about as much Valley specificity as you’d typically find in a Paul Thomas Anderson film. 


Total Chaos - "DUI"



Total Chaos is a hardcore band from Pomona, but the 2001 song "DUI" is all about spending the night in a "Van Nuys Jail." 


Los Abandoned - "Van Nuys (es Very Nice)"


Although Total Chaos's experience in Van Nuys was less-than-pleasant, for Los Abandoned, the largelyMexican (with substantial Armenian and Salvadoran minorities) neighborhood "es very nice," although the lyrics of the song, from 2004's Los Abandoned EP strike me as rather ironic.

Special thanks to 
Daniel Ortega, Glen CreasonEzra Horne, and Kim Cooper for their contributions.

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Amoeba Presents The Drop at The Grammy Museum With Benmont Tench

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 10:43am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of The Drop at the Grammy Museum featuring Benmont Tench on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here. The show will feature a solo performance by Tench, as well as a conversation with the artist.

Who is Benmont Tench, you might ask? The keyboardist has been called the quintessential sideman. He's a founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, having played on all of their recordings, the list of other artists whose recordings he's played on represents some of the all-time cream of the crop, including Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Dixie Chicks, The Replacements, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Katey Sagal + Album Signing Event at Amoeba Hollywood Dec. 11

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2013 03:16pm | Post a Comment
Katey Sagal

For over two decades, Katey Sagal has reigned as one of television's most popular actors. She became an instant fan favorite as Peggy Bundy, the hilarious redheaded bombshell on Married...With Children. In the early 2000s, Sagal was pegged to play the voice of Turanga Leela, the one eyed mutant on Futurama. Today, Katey Sagal rules the television throne as Gemma Teller Morrow, the matriarch of The Sons of Anarchy, a role which earned Sagal a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.

With all the acting accolades Katey has achieved, it's easy to overlook her first true talent: singing. In 1976, Sagal made her professional recording debut singing with The Group With No Name. TheKatey Sagal Covered band was signed to Neil Bogart's Casablanca Record label. She went on to sing backup for musical heavy hitters including Bob Dylan, Etta James, Bette Midler, Gene Simmons and Tanya Tucker. She has released three solo albums, most recently this year's Covered (E1Music). The new record finds Sagal covering some of her favorite songs, including Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" and Jackson Browne's "For a Dancer." Sagal's vocal styling is rooted in Soul and Blues with a heavy singer-songwriter influence. She has also been featured on the Sons of Anarchy soundtracks. 

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