Recycling the Paycheck Since Amoeba Music opened in S.F. last September it's quickly become the DJ equivalent of an opium den -- local DJs slangin' vinyl for the store to support their own record-buying habits. Amoeba recognized the talent behind the counter and has decided to let those DJs show off their record collections for the enjoyment of the music-buying public. With "Mandala," a weekly lineup of Amoeba DJ performances, the record retailer is buttressing an already impressive roster of live in-store shows. (A mandala is a circular design of concentric geometric forms -- like grooves on vinyl -- symbolizing the universe.) Amoeba's Kara Lane says there's no shortage of talent within the store, but there will eventually be guest spots for outside DJs as well. "As of now we're booked up for the next three months with just our in-house DJs," says Lane. "But we'll have guest DJs open every so often." (One such notable guest is France's DJ Cam on Aug. 28.) The free performances will take place every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature slices of everything, from hip hop to gothic. (R.A.)

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