TOP THREE MOST REQUESTED THINGS AT AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD'S INFORMATION COUNTER THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO TIM RANOW:
#3 - parking ticket validation
#2 - green Amoeba dollar off coupons.
#1 - directions to the Amoeba public
restroom (there isn't one.)
AMOEBLOG: Tim, how long have you worked at Amoeba, what is your job at the store, and how exactly did you end up working at Amoeba Music Hollywood?
TIM RANOW: I lived with Laurie W. in San Francisco in the Santiago Party House for six years. We hosted several Amoeba get-togethers. I got booted from Wired magazine and decided to move to Los Angeles. Amoeba and I seemed to have a lot in common, so we formed a special something. I've been at the Hollywood store since 2001. I'll be celebrating my 47th anniversary with Amoeba in 2048! I'm an information person at Amoeba. I'll figure out what the name of that country singer you're looking for is even if you only know that his name might be John or Ronnie and his last name might have the letter "J" in it somewhere. Then I'll tell you where you can find it used on cassette tape because I know your money is tight. I remember that your cousin isn't allowed CDs in prison due to the inherent shankiness factor.
AMOEBLOG: And what's good about working at Amoeba?
TIM: I work with talented and wondrous people in the funnest [sic] and coolest environment ever! People get really excited visiting where I'm getting paid to be. That is pretty rad!
AMOEBLOG: What's a good place to grab a bite nearby Amoeba?
TIM: Arby's, located at 5920 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles.
AMOEBLOG: How would you describe the LA music and/or arts community to people who know nothing about living in LA?
TIM RANOW: It's implosive!
AMOEBLOG: What do you think will be the future of the music biz and how people get their new music?
TIM: I'll tell you what I tell people at the information counter when asked this question: Please hold.
AMOEBLOG: Now I know you were a featured artist on Amoeba Music Compilation Vol IV with the great track "Sometimes I Do," but can you tell me more about your music? What type of music do you usually play and is there some website or MySpace page to find out more about your music?
TIM RANOW: I make all kinds of music using various electronic and acoustic instruments. This is my MySpace.
AMOEBLOG: So what was the very first record you ever bought? And do you still like it?
TIM: Shaun Cassidy "Da doo Ron Ron" 7 inch single. I do not currently listen to Shaun Cassidy much these days, although I would love watch some old Hardy Boys episodes right about now.
AMOEBLOG: And what are your top five albums?
TIM: They are, in no order:
The Beatles Revolver
Joni Mitchell Blue
Mr Bungle California
Jellyfish Spilt Milk
Ween Chocolate & Cheese
AMOEBLOG: Best album cover art of all time
TIM: Joyce-self titled LP
AMOEBLOG: Favorite movie?
TIM: Over The Edge.
AMOEBLOG: Favorite movie soundtrack?
TIM: Saturday Night Fever.