Country music legend Merle Haggard died today on his 79th birthday, following a battle with pneumonia.
Haggard was a pioneer both of the twangy Bakersfield sound and outlaw country movement, scoring dozens of No. 1 country hits across his half-century-long career. His outspoken socio-political views and criminal history helped make him a singular and influential voice in country music. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His final release was 2015's Django & Jimmie, a collaboration with Willie Nelson.
"There is America, there is England, and there is Sweden, and slowly they are taking over." You heard it here first folks: Sweden is taking over the US and England! Well, at least according to legendary producer/artist Giorgio Moroder, as he talks about the incredible musical talent coming from the Scandinavian country. Amoeba San Francisco, recently had the pleasure of hosting a signing of the disco/electronic-music pioneer's latest album, Deja Vu. Beforehand, the affable Moroder went record shopping at the store and shared his picks with us.
In 1966 Moroder began releasing singles under the name Giorgio, working in studios in Berlin and Munich before beginning a long and fruitful partnership with musician/producer Pete Bellotte and disco diva Donna Summer for her debut LP, Lady of the Night. A year later Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" became an international hit.
In 1978 Moroder began delving into film music, crafting original scores for Foxes, American Gigolo, Cat People, and Scarface, among others. The following year he released his first solo album, E=MC². Over the course of much of the '90s and '00s, Moroder scored video games, films, and worked on assorted non-musical projects. In 2013, he contributed to Daft Punk'sRandom Access Memories album. His most recent album, Deja Vu, features guest vocalists Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia, and Kelis. Moroder also DJs on the international circuit, with his next gig planned for summer 2016 in Paris.
Amoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!
All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.
We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $2 ticket service fee.
For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.
Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.
Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
On Saturday, April 2 we had an extra special treat when our very own Brandon Mather wielded the auction gavel and brought the laughs to help us raise a ton of money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. As always, we matched all winning bids raised for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate basic music education. Their primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Brandon, an actor and comedian who has appeared in short films, a music video, and on stage in Point Break Live, auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and tons of other goodies. He was funny as hell and kept both customers and staff in stitches with his quick wit and one-liners. He made it all look easy-peazy, driving up the bidding and making folks smile.
Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's bidding wars:
Special vinyl lovers care package + limited edition LPs - $25
Beatles pack filled with collectible and fun goodies - $50
As far as shot-by-shot remakes go, Amoebite Heather Long’s remake of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” video is among the best we’ve seen.
Our in-house graphic designer also is an animal trainer, and part of what she does is work with animals who appear on TV shows and movies at a ranch called Hollywood Animals. Long started by making a freestyle dog dance routine video for a fellow Amoebite Logan’s birthday. She decided to do it again and ended up emulating ABBA’s infamously stilted choreography from one of her favorite videos.
Watch the video below. If a monkey playing a tiny guitar doesn’t put a smile on your face, we can’t be friends. The original ABBA video is superimposed.
She told us a little bit about the animals in video: Wyatt, Knuckles, Chico and Rupee.
“I do a lot of trick training and dog sports with Wyatt since he is a young, energetic Border Collie mix and needs that outlet,” Long says. “The Australian Shepherd featured in the video is named Knuckles, and he belongs to a dog trainer at the ranch, Rachael. Wyatt and Knuckles are both super high-energy and play non-stop together, so Rachael was down to be a part of it. Knuckles is also a movie dog and he has a lot of training on him.
“Chris, who is another animal trainer I work with, is the monkey’s main trainer and he has raised her since she was a baby. We decided to include Rupee, the capuchin monkey, because she had learned to strum a guitar for a commercial, so that was a no brainer, and she is used to being around dogs. We used Chico, the Pomeranian, as the keyboardist. He is also a movie dog — he was rescued from the shelter and is a smart little guy that LOVES to work!”