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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. 
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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! 

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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).

Pasadena City College - Flea Market & Record Swap, 11/6

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2011 01:31pm | Post a Comment
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On Sunday, November 6th, Amoeba makes a repeat appearance at one of the Southland's biggest and best record swap meets, Pasadena City College's Flea Market and Record Swap. With over 500 vendors, the Flea Market features antiques and collectibles, records, tools, clothes, toys and much more, not to mention food and good company.
 
The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 8am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the 3rd Level. We'll have a great selection of vinyl, so come out and enjoy your Sunday with us! 

The LA Weekly calls the show “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.” 

More HERE.

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Cirque du Soleil Meets Cinema With IRIS

Posted by Amoebite, October 7, 2011 08:21pm | Post a Comment
Iris logoI recently saw the new Cirque du Soleil production IRIS, a show created specifically for its venue, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Home to the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre itself is an ode to cinema. Before you even enter the venue proper, the columns in the Hollywood & Highland mall leading up to the Kodak's doors are chiseled with the names of Best Picture winners of years past. Inside the Kodak lobbies, large photos of memorable moments in Oscar history line the walls. So basically, IRIS has pretty big cinematic shoes to fill. 

It had been many years since my previous (and only prior) Cirque show and I had sort of forgotten that Cirque du Soleil is, above all, a circus. The costumes are more magnificent, the sets are more elaborate, and there aren't any animals to pet or hay on the floor, but at its core it is a circus. Cirque du Soleil started as a small group of street performers in Quebec 27 years ago. Today it employs 5,000 people from around the world and has shows all over the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia (including a forthcoming Michael Jackson show in Las Vegas called The Immortal World Tour).
Iris Praxinoscope
As an adult, I have seen a fair amount of shows, plays, and musicals, but not a lot of circuses. While we were waiting for the show to start, our section was visited by two women from the cast - one with a very thick French accent and large padded rear who crawled across the seats and somehow managed to stick her bum in everyone's face along the way (oh, a clown!) and a woman wearing a circulating praxinoscope as a sort of tutu. The clown was my first clue that we were on a journey with the circus, and she reminded me of going to the circus in New York City with my grandmother, something I hadn't thought about in years. (My only recent experience with the circus was Water for Elephants - don't waste your time, but if you must, read the book over the movie.) 

I Got 5 On It: A Guide to the Eagle Rock Music Festival

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2011 10:57pm | Post a Comment
5 Must-See Artists at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

-By Scott Butterworth



Eagle Rock Music Festival 2011
 
The Eagle Rock Music Festival is back for its 13th year with a lineup as big and eclectic as ever.  With stages curated by the promoters of some of Los Angeles' most prolific underground music scenes  (Low End Theory, FYF Fest, Dublab), the talent throughout the day is more than worthy of your exploration.  If you're still planning your day, and looking for suggestions........."I got 5 on it".  5 must-see artists at this year's festival.


1)  Nosaj Thing:

 
Nosaj Thing live
 

Los Angeles club/promotor/institution, Low End Theory, has been a fertile breeding ground for some of the most exciting underground electronic "beat" music of recent years.  Of the many artists gaining acclaim from parts all over the world (Flying Lotus, Daedalus, The Glitch Mob), in my opinion Nosaj Thing has emerged as the most musically AND visually captivating artist coming out of the so-called "Beat Scene."  By putting a strong emphasis on the symbiotic power of sound and visuals in a live performance setting, he's elevated himself to one of the icons of the movement.
 
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