Record Store Day

This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, meaning independently owned record stores across the country will be coming together to celebrate what culture they bring to their surrounding communities, as well as their collective impact on the nation as a whole.

I’m not sure what most stores will be doing to celebrate, or if they’ll even be too cool to celebrate, but Amoeba Records is certainly not that cool going all out: from 12pm-6pm they will be having guest DJ’s, contests, giveaways, and more… because they know how much we love more.

If I’ve learned anything from these two posts, I’d have to say that money can’t buy you love, but free things can get you customers… and that customers love free things.

Now if my facts here are correct, San Francisco was established on free love in the 60s and 70s… so we should all stop by Haight St. for these events, and thank them for keeping it real with the free love.

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Free Cone Day @ Ben and Jerry’s

I scream, you scream, the employees scream… as they get charged by hundreds of customers every year on this fateful day.

In two weeks, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 it will be Ben and Jerry’s annual FREE CONE DAY! This is my second favorite food holiday, next to free slurpee day at 7eleven, so I thought I’d share this wealth of knowledge, that will save you a few bucks for wealth in the pocket as well.

This whole even was sparked in 1979 from Ben and Jerry’s one year anniversary celebration, which has luckily stuck around as a yearly event, thanking their customers for… being their customers. Sounds like reason enough for me!

Click here to see all the participating stores!

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Phantom Planet TONIGHT at Bottom of the Hill

Best known for The OC’s theme song “California”, Phantom Planet will be playing a free show tonight at Bottom of the Hill with fellow indie band The Hush Sound. This show is first come, first serve… so plan on getting there well before their doors open at 7PM to bank on getting inside.

Aside from lending their song to a hit teen drama, Phantom Planet should really be getting recognition for much more than that. Apart from the obvious–that they’re a good listen–they’re good for a game of Six Degrees of Separation… leading to YOU, the reader… so here we go!

1. Jason Schwartzman (from your favorite Wes Anderson flicks) was their drummer before branching out with his own band Coconut Records (whose song “West Coast” was also featured in The OC).
2. Jason’s brother Robert is the front man for Rooney.
3. Rooney went on tour this past summer with The Redwalls (their song was in an AT&T commercial).
4. Their tour manager Curly was my old roommate.
5. His old roomate is writing this very blog.
6. You’re reading this very blog… stunned that you didn’t realize the connection earlier, and are moving plans around to see your good friends of Phantom Planet play a free show for you tonight!

Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 621-4455
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Sake 1, Saturday at Amoeba Records

Originating from San Francisco, Sake One (whose name has stuck from his days as a graffiti artist) is now a highly lucrative DJ, having spun shows all over–leaving a trail that spans all the way from Los Angeles to London. Alas, he has not forgotten the little people. This upcoming Saturday at 2PM he will be shaking the frame of Amoeba Records as he gives us all a free taste of his new, collaborative efforts with Latin label Fania.

Whether you’ve been following his flourishing career from the get-go, or you simply want to hit the dance floor in the middle of the day (though lacking the beverages of an actual club, they’re also lacking the cover charges-you win some, you lose some), Amoeba Records is a key spot to pop in this Saturday afternoon. If you’re planning on getting a good view I suggest you get there early, unless you’re content with being crammed between the aisles while actual customers try to squeeze by.

Amoeba Records
1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Free Breakfast at Jamba Juice

With the introduction of the new breakfast items added to their menu, Jamba Juice has decided to have the best kind of promotional event they could think of–the free kind. On Tuesday, April 8, Jamba Juice stores nationwide will be giving away free breakfast items to anyone stopping into a store between the hours of 6 and 10 AM. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to milk this (juice this?) for all it’s worth and hit up as many locations as I possibly can. If you’re thinking of doing the same (and really, why wouldn’t you?), here is a link showing all the locations in San Francisco… you know… to help you map out your journey with maximum efficiency. This way, if you stock up, instead of just getting free breakfast for one day, you’ll be getting free breakfast for at least a week. Thanks Jamba Juice!

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Yoga in the park on Sunday

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Yoga in the confines of your own home, a private studio or a gym is simply not enough public humiliation for the people of 24 Hour Fitness. No, instead they decided to offer free yoga classes in Golden Gate Park on Sunday mornings. When you finally weigh your options (and yourself) it actually seems like a brilliant idea. Yoga is meant to be a spiritual experience, and aims to help you get in tune with nature… so really, where better to do that than IN nature?
Once you get past the initial idea that a good chunk of people could possibly be watching you bend yourself silly (while wearing spandex, mind you) it will make for a really enjoyable, relaxing and fulfilling experience. You’re not just getting a professionally trained yoga session in the park… you’re getting a professionally trained yoga session in the park for free.

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Acoustic Monday at the Rockit Room

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The Rockit Room always knows how to start the week right– with acoustics and alcohol (sorry kids, all shows are 21+).

After the harsh realization the weekend has ended and you’ve just endured what always seems to be the longest day of the week, there is no better way to take the edge off a Monday than to swing by the Rockit Room to listen to live acoustic sets… for free! If the calming ambiance doesn’t ease the nerves, guaranteed the inebriation will. At $4 a pint and shot all night, you’ll unwind in no time.

This upcoming Monday, April 7, 2008 the musical stylings will be provided by local bands Clay Hawkins, Big Lion and Dear Indugu.

The doors open at 7:30 PM in the downstairs lounge.
Show up, enjoy the show… hell, if you’ve got a guitar–book a show.

406 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-6343
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