Recap: July Charity Auction to Benefit Downtown Women's Center

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2013 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Beth Stelling at AmoebaWe were thrilled to have comedian Beth Stelling host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 6. We were thrilled because she is damn funny! She is right at the top of the list of LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013, and she happens to be one of Patton Oswalt's favorite up and coming comics.

Beth was up early at 4PM on a holiday Saturday, so she was amped and ready to drive those bids up! Her deadpan yet sassy delivery proved to motivate people to bid and she helped raise a lot of money for LA's Downtown Women's Center. Nice.

Amoeba's monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000+) for New Orleans musician relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids and 100% of all auction bids go straight to the charity. This month's beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center, provides permanent, supportive housing, a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and advocates ending homelessness for women. 

Saturday's auction item highlights include:

  • Queen Latifah with Roy Ayers – Hollywood Bowl tickets -$30.00
  • Belle & Sebastian – Santa Barbara Bowl tickets - $35.00
  • Savages – El Rey tickets - $40.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of choice - $25.00
  • Beatles Special Pack (tote bag, t-shirt, mug, magnets, coasters, McCartney at Amoeba poster) - $35.00
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! signed poster and buttons - $20.00
  • Trader Joe's $50 Gift Certificate + vintage lunchbox - $47.00
  • Urban Outfitters $50 Gift Card - $40.00
  • Four passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $35.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Cards - $12.00
  • Special wacky, crazy weird and wonderful promo surprise pack (Lady Gaga disco ball keychain anyone? They Might Be Giants fez) - $ 15.00
  • Signed book/CD/DVD from Josepsh Gordon Levitt’s HitRECORD collective - $30.00
  • Warped tour package (custom skate deck, water bottle, t-shirt/tote) - $40.00
  • Signed book and poster from Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - $20.00
  • World War Z movie poster (signed by composer Marco Beltrami) - $21.00
  • Madonna package (rare postcards and mug) - $7.00
  • Eric Andre Poncho - $3.00
  • Wine Tasting package - $53.00
Downtown Women's Center
All together the entranced audience bid $542.00 and with the Amoeba match it means $1,084.00 for the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles, an amazing organization.

Beth was quirky and charming, and she charmed the dolla bills right out of the hands of our holiday weekend shoppers. This auction had some awesome prizes and people scored some amazing stuff for a mere fraction. Score! It's great when you get to help a great cause AND score good stuff.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Thundercat

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2013 07:50pm | Post a Comment


Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is an American bassist, singer, songwriter and producer. He is the son of jazz drummer Ronald Bruner, Sr. who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight, and he's the younger brother of Grammy Award winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr.

Bruner's first major gig came when he joined his brother Ronald as part of the L.A.-based punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Bruner, who was only 16 years old at the time, replaced bassist Mike Trujillo, who left the band to join Metallica. Also that year, Bruner toured with Stanley Clarke in Japan. Bruner became one of L.A.'s go to session players, working with Erykah Badu, J*Davey, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Snoop Dogg and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Thundercat Apocalypse
Thundercat - Apocalyse

In 2011, Bruner released his debut, Golden Age of Apocalypse (Brainfeeder), which was Executive Produced by Flying Lotus. The duo teamed up a second time to record and produce Thundercat's sophomore album, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder, 2013). Apocalypse came in the wake of the passing of Bruner's close friend and collaborator Austin Peralta, a young Brainfeeder musician who was the keyboardist/pianist on many of the songs on Golden Age of the Apocalypse. The new album delves deeper into the free jazz, modern soul/funk that Flying Lotus and Thundercat have been pioneering throughout the Los Angeles music scene, blurring the lines between pop, funk, electronica and prog rock. Thundercat is currently working on another album with Flying Lotus, as well as playing bass, singing, and writing for Wiz Khalifa, Syd (from The Internet), and Mac Miller.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in July

Posted by Amoebite, July 1, 2013 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

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.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.


Gogol Bordello at the Fonda

Gogol Bordello
Fonda Theatre
October 7-9

Tom O'Dell at El Rey

Tom O'Dell
El Rey
October 9


Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The 1975 Fonda Theatre 11/01/2013 $20.00
Acacia Strain Roxy Theatre 08/29/2013 $17.00
Alunageorge El Rey 09/12/2013 $20.00
Anthema & Alcest El Rey 10/03/2013 $22.00
Beats Antique Fonda Theatre 11/15/2013 $25.00
Best Coast El Rey 8/18 & 8/19 $25.00
Blonde Redhead El Rey 09/03/2013 $25.00
Boy Fonda Theatre 10/26/2013 $20.00
Charli XCX El Rey 09/05/2013 $22.00
Cimorelli El Rey 08/06/2013 $17.00
Cocorosie Fonda Theatre 10/29/2013 $25.00
Couer de Pirate El Rey 09/14/2013 $20.00
Crystal Fighters Fonda Theatre 10/24/2013 $20.50
Depeche Mode Convention Avalon Hollywood 08/11/2013 $50.00
(weekend pass)
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
Dodos El Rey 10/15/2013 $18.00
Sky Ferreira El Rey 09/29/2013 $20.00
Michael Franti Fonda Theatre 10/12/2013 $35.00
FYF Fest LA State Historic Park 08/24 - 08/25 $102.00
(+ $3 service fee)
Godflesh Fonda Theatre 10/27/2013 $30.00
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gogol Bordello Fonda Theatre 10/7, 10/8 & 10/9 $29.50
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 09/20/2013 $20.00
Herbert Groenemeyer Fonda Theatre 09/28/2013 $42.50
HAIM Fonda Theatre 10/16/2013 $22.50
He's My Brother, She's My Sister El Rey 10/26/2013 $18.00
The Heavy Fonda Theatre 08/08/2013 $20.00
Hiatus Kaiyote (18+ show) Bootleg Theater 07/31/2013 $15.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Icona Pop Fonda Theatre 08/29/2013 $25.00
JJ Grey & Mofro El Rey 08/02/2013 $22.50
Man Man Fonda Theatre 09/29/2013 $17.50
Johnny Marr Fonda Theatre 11/02/2013 $27.50
Minus the Bear Fonda Theatre 09/10/2013 $25.00
Morbid Angel Fonda Theatre 11/29/2013 $22.50
Morgan & Liz El Rey 09/08/2013 $14.00
Morgan Heritage El Rey 07/31/2013 $22.00
Laura Mvula El Rey 09/17/2013 $20.00
Kate Nash Fonda Theatre 11/23/2013 $22.50
Nicholas David El Rey 08/14/2013 $20.00
Tom O'Dell El Rey 10/09/2013 $20.00
The Orb Fonda Theatre 09/19/2013 $25.00
Over the Rhine El Rey 11/21/2013 $27.00
Phosphorescent El Rey 10/01/2013 $20.00
Polica Fonda Theatre 11/20/2013 $22.50
Polyphonic Spree El Rey 08/22/2013 $22.00
Gregory Porter El Rey 09/25/2013 $30.00
Lisa Marie Presley El Rey 09/01/2013 $25.00
Purity Ring Fonda Theatre 08/27 & 08/28 $25.00
Ra Ra Riot Fonda Theatre 09/14/2013 $22.50
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Katey Segal El Rey 09/15/2013 $25.00
Slackers El Rey 09/20/2013 $20.00
Smith Westerns El Rey 08/10/2013 $20.00
Somo El Rey 11/07/2013 $19.00
Souls of Mischief El Rey 08/16/2013 $20.00
Sparks Fonda Theatre 11/11/2013 $35.00
Stars El Rey 09/19/2013 $25.00
Stereophonics Fonda Theatre 10/10/2013 $30.00
Selah Sue El Rey 08/26/2013 $17.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Surfer Blood El Rey 10/21/2013 $20.00
Switchfoot Fonda Theatre 11/06/2013 $29.50
Tricky El Rey 10/23/2013 $25.00
Frank Turner Fonda Theatre 10/14/2013 $22.50
Vaccines Mayan Theater 09/22/2013 $27.00
Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott El Rey 08/01/2013 $23.00
Vintage Trouble El Rey 09/07/2013 $18.00
Yeasayer El Rey 08/11/2013 $25.00
You Me at Six El Rey 10/04/2013 $17.00
Waterboys El Rey 10/07/2013 $27.00
Wax Tailor El Rey 09/21/2013 $20.00
White Lies El Rey 10/10/2013 $25.00
Keller Williams El Rey 11/08/2013 $20.00
Woodkid Fonda Theatre 10/25/2013 $23.00


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Perform Live at the Grammy Museum

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment

The alternative folk rock husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion celebrate the upcoming release of Wassaic Way with a live performance at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA on Tuesday, July 16 at 8pm. It's all a part of the Drop Series sponsored by Amoeba Music.

Hear Guthrie and Irion discuss how their music departs from a folk duo and enters a dynamic soundscape of loud guitars, lushness, pop, and edge. Moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the duo will also take audience questions and perform a selection of songs.

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Sarah Lee and Johnny - "Hurricane Window"
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Two New Videos from Julieta Venegas

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2013 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venegas

Multi-Grammy Award winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas recently released her sixth studio album, Los Momentos, an 11 song journey into '80s influenced dance beats with her signature pop sensibilities. From stories of drug violence to cheating lovers, Julieta cleverly manages to take melancholy content and transform it into an appealing sound easily consumed by the masses. Julieta VenegasShe is one of contemporary music's most eclectic pop artists. The music she currently makes is light years away from her early contributions as a member of the '90s Mexican ska-punk band, Tijuana No!

Amoeba cameras caught up with Julieta on a recent visit to our Hollywood store and she gave us a little insight into why her musical output tends to be so eclectic. She is a big fan of electro/dream-pop artist Youth Lagoon. She is also a classically trained piano player and gravitates to the sounds of Chilly Gonzalez and his Solo Piano works. From French house music producer Kavinsky to British soul singer Laura Mvula, Julieta listens to it all! Check out another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? with Julieta Venegas.

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