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Amoeba Hollywood Celebrated 10 Years With a KCRW Live Broadcast

Posted by Amoebite, November 15, 2011 03:53pm | Post a Comment
Anyone who's been to Amoeba Hollywood on a Saturday knows that it's always the busiest day of the week. Saturday November 12, 2011 was a reflection of this simple fact, with one major addition: Amoeba Music celebrated 10 years of serving the Hollywood community!!! Amoeba Hollywood officially opened its doors on November 17, 2001 and we decided to celebrate a few days early: filling the store with colorful balloons, conducting trivia contests, and doing what we do best - helping locals, regulars, and visitors find the music, movies, and memorabilia they can't get anywhere else.

Chris DouridasThis Saturday was also extra special with the help of the crew from KCRW 89.9FM, who were broadcasting live all day from Amoeba's famous stage. This was the first time KCRW ever did a live radio broadcast and the first time Amoeba ever hosted one.

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas kicked things off from 12-2pm, playing a broad mix of tunes from the wonderfully bleak "My Autumn's Done Come" by Lee Hazelwood to the sweet and honest vibes of Michael Kiwanuka's "Tell Me a Tale;" from Ray Charles' pitch perfect version of Sam Cooke's "Laughin' and Clownin" to a brand new Black Keys single, "Lonely Boy" (new album El Camino out Dec. 6th!). KCRW had some challenging trivia questions about the station, with winning answers receiving KCRW hats and Amoeba gift certificates. KCRW also held a Willy Wonka style scavenger hunt with staffers and DJs hiding "golden tickets" among the Amoeba racks: tickets to their December 3rd "Are Friends Eclectic?" concert.

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Hollywood Customer Trent Surprises Us with an Amazing Cake for our 10th Birthday

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2011 04:21pm | Post a Comment
Shortly before 3pm on November 9, 2011, a regular Amoeba Hollywood customer named Trent walked into the store bearing a white cake box. Inside were two cakes in the shape of a "1" and a "0" celebrating our 10th anniversary! Trent has worked for 20 years at Sweet Lady Jane bakery in Los Angeles and made the cakes himself. We were floored and totally blown away by this creative, unexpected, and delicious(!) gift.  

We had to take a few photos before it was devoured by our hungry staff. 

Trent with his cake

Cake close-up

Thanks Trent

Thanks for kicking off our birthday festivities with a sweet bang, Trent!

Halloween 2011 at Amoeba Hollywood! Pets! Costumes!

Posted by Amoebite, November 3, 2011 11:32am | Post a Comment
Monday . . . October 31 . . . 4pm Halloween Afternoon . . . Amoeba Music Hollywood . . .

Among the spooky decorations, howls, and festive tunes provided by DJ Frankenfurn, DJ Die Die My Darling, and DJ Annityvill Horror, Amoebites roam the aisles and the registers in a variety of spooky and hilarious costumes. 
Pet Costume Contest

The clock strikes 4pm, it's time for Amoeba Hollywood's first ever Pet Costume Contest!!! Dogs of all sizes (and even one cat!) surround the stage in an array of festive looks. 

The largest dog contestant is Punk Rock Charlie. This goofy floppy mop top seemed right at home, ready to shop the used rock section with his pink & green hair and Ramone's T-shirt.

Next, a tiny chihuahua named Bootsy Collins comes flying in as a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz. Bootsy's mini face holds up a tiny blue pillbox hat. The powder blue uniform and mythical blue wings appear to grant Bootsy the ability to fly...FLY MY LITTLE PRETTY!!!Bootsy Collins pet costume contest

Word has it Lady Gaga was seen with none other than Eazy-E. Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix Lola devours the runway as Lady Gaga. Her homemade meat dress is complimented nicely with her plaid mini-top-hat, toxic blue side pony tail and plenty of attitude. Lola's partner in crime, Eazy-E, comes dressed as...EAZY-E! Representin' straight outta Compton in trademark black & white apparel, jerry curls, and black cap. Don't be fooled by his height, one look at him will tell you he hangs with the boyz in the hood.

Follow AmoebaMusic on Twitter to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Amoebite, October 18, 2011 07:49pm | Post a Comment
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime?  

Like so many people, our Amoeba family has been personally touched by breast cancer. We read about Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's Twitter campaign to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer in honor of his mother's memory. We were inspired by Larry's efforts and wanted to help build awareness of this disease. 
Twitter
So to encourage each of you to get educated and get involved we will donate 10 cents for every new person who begins following AmoebaMusic on Twitter through October 31!
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
All donations will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  Please help us help those in need! 


Buy a Turntable at Amoeba & Get $25 Worth of Used Vinyl!

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2011 11:37am | Post a Comment
When you buy a turntable from any Amoeba store now through November 15, you'll get $25 worth of USED vinyl - for FREE - to jumpstart your collection! 

Vinyl promo

To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.

To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.

If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, Belt Drive Turntable will work perfectly well for you.


How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp.

If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether). 


What the Heck is a Pre-Amp Anyway and Why Should I Care?
The pre-amp boosts the sound of the cartridge on your turntable up to the "line" level of an iPod, CD player or cassette deck. A lot of turntables come with built-in pre-amps these days and if that's the case, you don't need to worry about it. But if your turntable or receiver doesn't have a built-in pre-amp, you'll need to get one (you can get a decent one for around $30 at Radio Shack). Then your turntable will connect into the pre-amp which will then connect to your receiver (or your speakers if you have powered speakers).

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