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Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of 1970s Experimental & Art Music LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2017 07:01pm | Post a Comment

We at Amoeba SF recently acquired a unique collection of 1970s Experimental and Art music, all on vinyl! Joan la BarbaraThis collection spans across the genres of Minimalism, Musique Concrete, post-Ornette Jazz, Tape Music, Spoken Sound Art, early Electronic, and more, and are all in excellent condition. These records will be made available for sale on Saturday, September 9th at Amoeba SF. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

Some of the artists who are heavily represented in this collection:
Terry Riley (10 LPs)
Cecil Taylor (40 LPs!)
John Cage (15)
Steve Reich (15)
Anthony Braxton (25)
Philip Glass (many)
Art Ensemble of Chicago (20, PLUS numerous by its individual members)
Julius Hemphill (10)

Plus, there many rare and import recordings by David Murray, Leo Smith, Frank Lowe, Alvin Lucier, Meredith Monk, Henry Cow/Slapp Happy/Art Bears, Joan LaBarbara, Robert Ashley, Jon Gibson, Gordon Mumma, and more!

Of particular note, there are VERY RARE recordings by Joseph Beuys & Henning Christiansen, Charlemagne Palestine, LaMonte Young, Le Forte Four, and Allen Kaprow, just to name a few.

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Strange Space Sounds, Surf Strums & Muuu-zak from other Galaxies

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2017 07:36pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


There is an old rumor that Don Knotts actually drank seven real Blast-Offs (a Boilermaker with a launch Esquivelcountdown) in the filming of the bar scene in The Reluctant Astronaut, and after the beyond-intoxicating take seven, he staggered off set, mumbling incoherently about the physical natural wonders of the Swedish actress Uschi Digard, until he reached his trailer, put on a Ferrante & Teicher space album (it is still debated by movie historians which LP it was: Soundproof: The Sound of Tomorrow Today or Blast Off, which would have made more sense), and proceeded to get naked, keeping on only his space helmet and knee high black socks. He then performed an interpretive moon man dance with the trailer's window shades open so passing actors and actresses could admire his off stage talents.

Now, some folks love Space Age Pop and they day dream while listening to their Esquivel and Dick Hyman records that they owned a Jetsons space car so they could zip from the moon burger stand to the space shopping mall while a French maid robot cleaned their condo. Personally, I like to practice my pendulum dowsing with a few slices of Mimolette and chilled port while I listen to "Fear" off the Ventures in Space album on repeat.

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Nejla Ates: the Exquisite Turkish Delight

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2017 08:48pm | Post a Comment

Nejla Ates

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Nejla Ates"She had a ruby on her tummy and a diamond big as Texas on her toe
She let her hair down and she did the hoochie-coochie real slow
When she did her special number on the zebra skin
I thought she'd stop the show…"
~ "Little Egypt" by The Coasters

If you have flipped through Middle East or Belly Dancing records, you most likely have seen her…for she is hard to miss. As Sandra Warner was the enchantress for Martin Denny’s album covers, Nejla Ates, “the Turkish Delight,” was the “Honk-honk, hubba-hubba, Ee chee wa waa!” album cover model of Middle Eastern records in the 1950s.

A fellow Pisces, born March 7, 1932, Nejla lived a life of wild seduction, exotic belly dancing, and love drama. (If you are a Pisces too, join the Bay Area Pisces Power group on Facebook!) Dancing at night clubs around the world in the 1950s, Nejla was said to have "left a trail of broken hearts from Istanbul to the Bronx, with stops in Paris, Miami, and Las Vegas.”

Princes, oil tycoons, famous singers, and actors would fall madly in love with her, knowing full well that her side-hobby was stealing taken men, even from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba SF: The Tenth Anniversary Edition!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 4/22/2017 marks the tenth year for this unique holiday celebrating records, record stores, and the people who love them. The day has only become more sacred to those initiated into the Church of Vinyl, as we saw today at Amoeba SF. Folks started lining up as early as 4:20am (wink wink, but that's what we were told by the first in line!) to get first crack at exclusive releases from Prince, The Cure, Madonna, The Beatles, and so many more!

As has become tradition, the line to get into Amoeba SF spanned the McDonalds' parking lot and around the block. When these die hard music fans poured into the store at 10am to get those limited edition releases, they also partook of our all-day sales, live t-shirt silk screening with print-meisters Free Gold Watch, and DJ sets with Purple Pam (a.k.a. Pam the Funkstress of The Coup), Jay Midnight, B-Side Brujas, and more.

Experience the day all over again with our action-packed videos and photos!



Record Store Day 2017 Amoeba Music San Francisco

 

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