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First Glimpse: Amoeba's Icon Series Begins with Louis Armstrong

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2012 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Here is a first glimpse of Amoeba’s Icon Series, artists we consider to be the greatest and most important musicians of all time.

Louis Armstrong Amoeba IconWe’re starting with Louis Armstrong, indisputably one of the finest and most influential musicians ever. We’ve put together and remastered his lifework from thousands of difficult to find sources and we’ll be making his entire catalog of over 4,000 unique performances available on Amoeba.com soon. Amongst these are many performances that most people have never heard or had access to, particularly in beautifully remastered form.

For now, here is a sampling of Louis’ material from the '20s. We have remastered all these songs from pristine original 78s generously made available from the collections of some good friends of Amoeba including Terry Zwigoff, Sherwin Dunner, and Robert Crumb.

The remastering was done by our sound team headed by the renowned Shai Fishman. The team has spent countless hours doing a truly masterful job of bringing forward the warmth, clarity, and resolution of these sides.

Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him before. All songs are available in MP3, M4A (ALAC), and WAV. We hope you enjoy these! There are many more to come.

Celebrate Halloween at Amoeba Hollywood + 2nd Annual Pet Costume Contest

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2012 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Halloween at AmoebaHalloween is a week away and that means it's nearly time for our second annual Pet Costume Contest!! Bring your spooky pooch in costume to Amoeba Hollywood on Wednesday, October 31 at 4pm and you might win the grand prize gift basket from Catts & Doggs or other cool treats. Plus, we'll have creepy DJ sets 2-4pm with DJ FANG FACE and DJ LEW SIFFER, candy for the kids and lots more fun.

Amoeba Hollywood will also close at 7pm, so be sure to get your shopping in early.

 

Need some inspiration? Check out a few of the contestants from last year's inaugural competition:

Pet Costume Contest

 

Halloween poster

Moon Block Party's Beyond The Witching Hour at The Echoplex Oct. 26

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party's second annual Beyond The Witching Hour Halloween extravaganza is nearly upon us. Get your Halloween on early at The Echoplex Friday, October 26 for a night of music featuring Peaking Lights, Lumerians (and many more across 3 stages!), live art, installations, and costume contests, all meant to be experienced in Crystal Vision (the organizers have partnered with Future Eyes, an LA based prismatic eye wear company, to create crystal goggles which transform whatever's in front of you into a kaleidoscopic wonderland).

Come dressed up and you could win tickets to Desert Daze 2013, an Amoeba Gift Pack, a pair of Future Eyes and other goodies.

If you're hungry, feast at food trucks (The Urban Oven Pizza, Texas Chili Pie, Sweet Wheels). If you're thirsty, everyone's favorite festival libations purveyor, Sailor Jerry, will be on hand with drink specials.

You can buy a general admission ticket ($13 advance, $15 day of show) or a special package including your very own pair of Future Eyes glasses ($21 advance, $23 day of show). Get tickets here.
 

Moon Block Party LA

 

Set times:

ECHOPLEX STAGE:
Peaking Lights: 12:40AM - 1:25AM
Costume Contest: 12:00AM - 12:10AM
Lumerians: 11:20PM - 12:00AM
Dahga Bloom: 10:05PM - 10:45PM
JUJU: 9:05PM - 9:35PM
Cosmonauts: 8:00PM - 8:30PM


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Recap: October Charity Auction with Ryan Stout + Dog Adoption Day

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Ryan Stout at AmoebaOn Saturday, October 6 we held our monthly charity auction hosted by comedian Ryan Stout who did a fabulous job of inspiring and cajoling the audience into some great bids, all while making people laugh out loud. This month's auction benefited Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories. We also held a dog adoption event on Sunday, October 7 with Beagle Freedom Project and some pretty adorable dogs.

But back to the auction. Mr. Stout was quick, clever, personable and hard to resist.

"C'mon...It's for the dogs! Everyone cares about dogs. BEAGLES for chrissakes - AMERICA'S DOG! "

The bids started with a green tag DVD Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords (with poster) at $5.00 and then we were off and running.

Here are the rest of the highlights:

  • Herbie Hancock signed vinyl LP - $15.00
  • Flying Lotus tickets - $30.00
  • The XX tickets - $80.00 (!!)
  • Record Store Day grab bag - $115.00 (!!!!)
  • Trader Joe's gift card and lunchbox - $60.00
  • SBTRKT tickets - $60.00 (!!)
  • Darkness tickets - $25.00
  • P.I.L. tickets - $30.00
  • Bob Mould tickets - $30.00
  • Doctor Who Blu-ray - $10.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $60.00
  • Social Distortion tickets - $60.00
  • Portlandia DVD signed by Fred Armisen (with Wallflowers tickets) - $45.00

All together Mr. Stout garnered $625.00 in bids which, with our matching, means we raised $1250.00 for the Beagle Freedom Project! It can be very challenging to get folks to bid big money on random things in a 30 minute window. You never know if that Social D fan will be in the house, or if that crazy Doctor Who fan will be nearby, but Ryan was able to get folks to bid and this month's auction was a great success!

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Amoebapalooza Hollywood, September 30th

Posted by Amoebite, September 28, 2012 02:16pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba for our annual night of musical mayhem, a.k.a. Amoebapalooza!! Our staff of talented and energectic music fans has put together bands for one night only, and will perform tributes, original music and, if previous years are any indication, there will be plenty more surprises. Join us for a full Sunday night of fun, 9/30, at The Dragonfly. Doors at 9 p.m. 21+ over, $5 at the door.
 

Amoebapalooza 2012 flier
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