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Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood Kicks Off with a Bang

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2015 12:49pm | Post a Comment

Happy Record Store Day at Amoeba HollywoodThe line started forming in the wee hours of Saturday morning, as music fans jostled to get a prime spot in the queue for Record Store Day 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood. Our friends at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf were on hand to pass out coffee and pastries to our dedicated morning visitors while they filled out their lists of the Record Store Day exclusive releases they hoped to score. Behind-the-scenes, our busy Amoeba elves got to work filling orders. For the hundreds standing outside, the wait was finally worth it when they could cop the special, limited release LPs they’d been hoping for. Visitors could also grab a special Amoeba goodie bag featuring Converse Chuck Taylor art designed by Amoeba employees (including one pictured below featuring work by store co-owner Marc Weinstein) and packed with all kinds of awesome surprises. 

We talked to the vinyl enthusiasts in line at Amoeba this morning to find out what they were looking for this year and why they love vinyl so much.

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Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this morning below, and stay tuned for updates on the amazing guest appearances, activities, and general fun stuff we’ve got planned for today!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belle & Sebastian

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

The Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian  just rocked day 2 of Coachella. Singer Stewart Lee Murdoch handpicked several fans and invited them to dance alongside the band on stage. Belle & Sebastian performed selections from their latest release, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador). For the new record, producer Ben H. Allen III was brought in to help beef up the band's songs. Allen encourgaed the group to take chances musically and the tactic resulted in pop magic. Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance is arguably the most pop Belle & Sebastian has ever been. This is definitely a good thing and fans will appreciate and love the new tunes. The booming synth track "The Party Line" is the stuff radio programmers drool over. Go cop the new album and if you're feeling lucky, try and score tickets to see them rock Coachella a second time next weekend! 

Belle & Sebastian visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special in-store signing in support of the newly released Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. We had a packed house with adoring fans excited to meet the band. While on their visit, the band hung out with our What's In My Bag? crew and shared what they found while shopping Amoeba. Guitarist Stevie Jackson digs up a copy of Jack Nicholson's 1970 directorial debut,  Drive, He Said (Columbia Pictures, a sweet find given you can't get it in the UK. Sarah mentions she has been practicing French and picks up a French film classic, Eyes Without a Face (Criterion). Bassist Bobby picks up a reissue of T. Rex pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Very nice! From books by famous African-American poet and playwright LeRoi Jones to vintage Jefferson Airplane concert posters to vinyl by Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian find some great stuff. Watch the full episode for all their cool picks.    

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Get A Sneak Peak At Record Store Day Goodies And Find Out What We Have In Store For the Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 15, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Record Store Day is coming this Saturday, April 18, and we’ve got a look into some of the great stuff that’s headed our way that day. Read about everything we have going on in all of our stores here

First up is the much-discussed Jack White reissue of Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording, “My Happiness,” recorded to acetate on July 18, 1953, at Memphis Recording Service. White paid $300,000 for the recording at auction in Graceland this January, and his label, Third Man Records, will release the song as a limited-edition acetate facsimile 10” on RSD along with Presley’s second recording, “That's When Your Heartaches Begin.” It’ll also be released as a 7” later this year. Hear a preview below:

And check out these photos of some of the releases that are sitting in our stores and waiting for you on April 18, including a reissue Metallica’s first-ever release, the demo tape No Life ‘Til Leather, and N.W.A.'s classic debut, Straight Outta Compton, on cassette; and the Kinks’ first-ever EP, Kinksize Session, on vinyl. Plus, we've got a Ramones-themed Crosley Cruiser turntable! Check 'em out below:

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First Fridays Show Features Kinky and Salt Petal May 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

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Latin experimental pop-rock group Kinky headlines the next First Fridays show at L.A.’s Natural History Museum May 1. Tickets are $18 without a membership to the museum. Come out and stop by the Amoeba booth to say hello!

Kinky have become emblematic of the potential of Mexican rock to expand beyond expectations and cross over into the United States. Across their decade-plus of existence, the quintet have fused rock guitars, electronic elements and Latin rhythms for a unique blend that has won them fans the world over, touring with the likes of The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse and playing at Coachella. Their fifth and most recent studio album is called Sueno de la Maquina. This year, the band also released an MTV Unplugged album. Hear their track “Inmovil” below:

salt petal bandOpening the show is the L.A. band Salt Petal, who fuse surf-rock guitars with elements of Argentinian folk, Tropicalia, Cumbia and indie rock. Hear “Por La Luna” for a taste:

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Join us for RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba on May 3

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2015 01:52pm | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Amoeba Hollywood is hosting RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba in our Ivar parking lot, just down a half-block from the store.

It’s the perfect way to kick off National Bike Month in May with a Sunday party at Amoeba!

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel and raffle tickets for prizes from Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets, Converse and Amoeba shopping sprees and more!

We’ll be celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), which works to raise awareness about the proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will have on-site bike valet service, and special/cool incentives if you become a member that day. They will also have handy guides to events happening during National Bike Month in and around Los Angeles.

sole bikeThe bike-a-licious prizes we’ll be raffling off include a grand prize of a shiny, new Sole Bicycle, Bern bicycle helmets, cool-ass bike gear, $75 Converse gift certificates, gift cards to local restaurants and Amoeba, concert tickets and more. Can't make it to Bike Day? You can still buy a raffle ticket at Amoeba Hollywood starting April 24; ask at the register.

Look out for treats from Ice Cream Ian (with FREE ice cream!), Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Pure Luck Vegan, Bicycle Coffee and Red Bull.

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