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The Jingle Cat's First Visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, December 20, 2011 03:54pm | Post a Comment
Plenty of celebs walk through the doors of Amoeba Music every day...but this one was a whole other breed. At last, the famous Yuletide feline has made his way to the world's biggest independent record store to mark his territory!

We documented the Jingle Cat's first ever shopping spree at Hollywood's music mecca, in a raw, uncensored look behind the scenes that shows you what the secretive meower of holiday favorites is REALLY like. From graffiti-ing our passenger elevator to digging for kitty flicks on the mezzanine, to unsuccessfully attempting to pay for a Cat Stevens record with a seed ball, this tough-talking tomcat proves that he AIN'T your grandma's fluffywuffles.

You love his Christmas carols, now see him up close and personal, and DON'T rub him the wrong way!

Meowy Christmas!

Newly Expanded Headphone Section at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2011 12:01pm | Post a Comment
Headphones at Amoeba
We just expanded our selection of headphones at Amoeba Hollywood to include a broad spectrum of gear from Eskuche, Funko Tronics, Skullcandy, Sony, Urban Ears, and more. 

Below is a sampling of the headphones we're carrying. We have additional colors in most of these styles, particularly the Skullcandy headphones. Hesh, Agent, Lowrider and Uprock are the names for their different lines of headphones and each come in a variety of colors/designs. Same for Eskuche, whose lines include Control, 33iG, and Kassette.

Swing by soon and pick up a pair. Your ears will be glad you did! 











Urbanears UrbanEars
Plattan
  • 3.5mm stereo plug
  • Zound Plug: a socket that allows your friend to plug into your earcap and listen to the same thing as you are listening to.
  • Microphone and remote compatible
Paul Frank Hesh Headphones Skullcandy
2011 Hesh - Paul Frank Devil Julius
  • Explosive 50mm Drivers
  • Soft Leather-Touch Ear Pillows
  • Satin Travel Bag
  • 3.5mm gold-plated plug
Skullcandy Agent
Skullcandy
2011 Agent - Retro Hoops
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Contour Frame Design
  • Soft Leather-Touch Ear Pillows
  • Satin Travel Bag
  • 3.5mm gold-plated plug 
Lowrider headphones
Skullcandy
2011 Lowrider 
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Articulating Ear Cups
  • Lightweight Stashable Design
  • 3.5mm gold-plated plug  
Skullcandy Uprock
Skullcandy
2011 Uprock
  • 40mm Audio Drivers
  • Lightweight Ergonomic Fit
  • Tangle-Free Flat Cable
  • Soft Ear Pillows
  • 3.5mm gold-plated plug   
Eskuche control-i
Eskuche
Control-i GLD
  • Custom designed single touch controller for seamless play/pause and answer/end technology
  • Gold plated 3.5mm 4 pin plug (for music AND talk), and a gold plated 6.3mm adaptor
  • Plush ear cup cushioning and soft, pliable headband for hours of comfort
  • Compatible with iPod/iPhone/iPad and other music output devices
  • Premium woven cloth cording to prevent tangling
  • Protective headphone travel pouch
Kassette BRG
Eskuche
Kassette BRG
  • Light weight, on-ear headphone with a thin, durable, adjustable aluminum headband
  • Custom designed single touch controller for seamless play/pause + answer/end technology
  • Gold plated 3.5mm 4 pin plug (for music AND talk)
  • Compatible with iPod/iPhone/iPad and other music output devices
  • Spongy foam ear cushion for prolonged comfort
  • Premium woven cloth cording to prevent tangling
Eskuche 33iG
Eskuche
33iG
  • Custom designed single touch controller for seamless play/pause and answer/end technology
  • Gold plated 3.5mm 4 pin plug (for music AND talk), and a gold plated 6.3mm adaptor
  • Plush ear cup cushioning and soft, pliable headband for hours of comfort
  • Compatible with iPod/iPhone/iPad and other music output devices
  • Premium woven cloth cording to prevent tangling
  • Protective headphone travel pouch
Sony MDR XD200
Sony
Studio Monitor Series
MDR XD200
  • Capable of producing movie quality sound
  • Comfortable over-the-head fit with urethane leather ear pads.
  • Designed for home music/movie/games
  • Sound mode switch to match the sound source
  • Gold-plated, straight stereo Unimatch® plug
Sony MDR ZX100
Sony
ZX Series Studio Headphones
MDR ZX100
  • Efficient Neodymium drivers reproduce clear mid-range and low-end sound.
  • A rugged Y-type design for a tangle-free experience.
  • High quality large driver units accurately reproduce a broad, dynamic frequency range.

Punk T-Shirts Make Great Gifts

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2011 04:40pm | Post a Comment
Searching for a unique idea for the punk rocker in your life? Or maybe you want to relive your own hardcore memories of the LA punk glory days. Pick up an iconic (dare we say fashionable?) punk t-shirt at Amoeba Hollywood!

Remember when Black FlagFear and The Stains played Devonshire Downs (CSUN) back in '82? How about The Damned gig at Godzilla's from the same year? Well, these are only two of the memorable shows that make up the T-shirt collection. 

The punk shirts are part of our expanded t-shirt section at Amoeba Hollywood. Nestled in the corner of the jazz room, you'll find shirts from all genres and generations of music. 

Black Flag t-shirtUpsetters T-shirtDescendents t-shirt
   
Watch the shirts in action:

Big Shot: A SKA/Reggae/Rocksteady Blog

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2011 12:04pm | Post a Comment
Los Angeles has such a unique Reggae scene with various clubs and shows paying homage to the Reggae Scene. New artists and bands are popping up all the time...and the Reggae Community is active and supported. Many DJs spin SKA, Rocksteady and Reggae. However, outside California (and some large cities such as Chicago, New York and across the pond in Spain) the Ska/Reggae scenes are deteriorating. Within these cities there are still Reggae labels such as Liquidator in Spain and Jump-Up Records in Chicago which is run by Chuck Ren who renewed the Ska scene in the Mid-West. NY/NJ based Stubborn Records is a DIY label run by King Django, a legend in the Ska scene who has been in such bands as the Stubborn Allstars and Skinnerbox. Django has run the label independently for over 15 years. In Oklahoma, Megalith Records is a fairly new label run by Robert "Bucket" Hinley, the lead singer of The Toasters and who helped start Moon Ska Records in NY...

Speaking of labels, this blog is named after Big Shot Records which went from 1968
to 1971. Big Shot was a subsidiary of Trojan Records that started in 1968, gaining popularity with releases from Judge Dread and The Tennors. Big Shot released over 130 45RPM singles and a handful of LP releases. The label itself has stayed active due to the popularity of Judge Dread and the iconic image of the Big Shot cannon. Most modern Reggae labels try to achieve the visibility that Trojan Records has and garner the appeal to counter culture kids as Big Shot did in 1968.

Peter ToshPeter Tosh - Legalize It (legacy Edition) [CD] 

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New R. Crumb Robert Johnson T-Shirt Exclusively at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 15, 2011 05:47pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music is now carrying an exclusive new T-shirt with artwork by the King of Underground Comics, R. Crumb, featuring the King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson!

Amoeba Music has partnered with filmmaker Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World, Bad Santa) in producing a T-shirt of iconic Delta blues singer Robert Johnson drawn by underground comic artist R. Crumb from the first found photo of Johnson. This T-shirt is an Amoeba Music exclusive, available only through Amoeba.com or at all three Amoeba stores.

R. Crumb Robert Johnson t-shirt

Here's a brief history of the image on the shirt. Up until 1973, there was no known photo of Robert Johnson, the haunting, mysterious Delta blues singer lionized by countless rock and roll bands. A postage stamp size photo taken by Johnson himself in a photo booth in the early 1930s turned up in 1973 and was published in Rolling Stone in 1986. After it was published, underground comix artist R. Crumb, a life-long 78 collector and blues fan, drew it as a cover for a highly specialized collector's publication called 78 Quarterly, a magazine specializing in stories on rare pre-war blues and jazz artists and their impossibly rare, highly coveted 78s. 
78 Quarterly Robert Johnson

After publication of the 78 Quarterly issue with the Robert Johnson R. Crumb drawing, Terry Zwigoff got permission from both the publisher and Crumb to produce T-shirts with the image, and they were available for a few years in the mid-1990s. Since then, the T-shirts with the R. Crumb rendering of the Robert Johnson photo have been unavailable. Terry is a friend of Amoeba and recently a deal was struck to produce the shirt again. It is now available on a high quality 100% Egyptian cotton T-shirt as an Amoeba exclusive.

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