Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Frank Fairfield Live @ Amoeba Music Store Hollywood.
Amoeba Music provide some of the most impressive independent music stores in the U.S with retail shops located in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood, California.
Established since 1990 Amoeba are more than just a record store, their vast amount of stock caters for literally every type of musical tastes on CD, and vinyl formats. Their stock changes on a daily basis because they are a trading post for both new and used albums, covering everything from Jazz, World, Roots, Chart, Rock, the list is endless. Luckily for those of us living on the other side of the world, they provide a mailing service through their website which is second to none. Amoeba Music bagan at a time when huge chain stores were,cancelling out independent record shops and depriving music lovers of a more personal connection with their outlets.
Another addition to this great concept is that each store provides a live venue for performing musicians. Previous performances include such diverse acts as Africa's Basskou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, the ever prolific Bonnie Prince Billy, Elvis Costello and Jonsi to name but a few. There are literally dozens of shows to be seen on the website. My personal favourite is Frank Fairfield's set seen here at the Hollywood store in October 2009 playing alongside fellow string player Tom Marrion. This is just under a half hour of greatness..