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Recap: June Auction to Benefit My Friend's Place

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment

On Saturday, June 1 we had the mad auction skills of the hilariously droll Matt Ingebretson (yeah, we didn't know how to pronounce it either), who produces his own comedy showcase "Art Fuck" and contributes to Funny Or Die and The Onion. He also has a brand new comedy album Holy Fuck.

My Friend's PlaceThis month's auction beneficiary was My Friend's Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Through their nonprofit drop-in resource center and programs in Hollywood, they offer a comprehensive continuum of care, health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,700 homeless youth and their children each year. They're a really great organization which is close to our hearts here at Amoeba. And of course, as always, we match any bid so the bid is doubled!

We were also accepting donations of new socks for My Friend’s Place – so it was our own "Sock Hop" – and customers donated socks for a $2.00 off coupon.

We started hosting our charity auctions back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000 +) for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. It is a great place to score all kinds of rarities and signed items, as well as concert tickets and crazy promo items.

Matt was addictively funny, with his dry "I don't understand Bjork, do you?" and..."we're all dying!! Dying every single day!! Go to a show already. Buy some tickets to a show! Do something for the youth of LA...buy these tickets!" He was also deceptively wry. Meaning, you didn't even know how funny he was until about a minute after he said something, and then you started laughing out loud. There was a 60 second delay on Matt's dry, deadpan delivery – but it was bitingly hilarious.

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Fred Armisen & Captain Sensible Surprise Amoeba!

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2013 05:53pm | Post a Comment
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Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible (from The Damned) surprised Amoeba Hollywood and passersby with an impromptu set in front of our store last night! Right around closing time, Armisen and the Captain, both with acoustic guitars in hand, broke out into song as a camera man filmed. This was a complete surprise to the Amoeba staff and we had no time to try and rally up our own film crew to capture the show! Luckily, one of our staff members recorded some cell phone footage of the performance. Thanks to Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible for the special surprise. That was very cool!  

Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible Live Outside Amoeba
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Come Record Digging With Us at PCC Flea Market & Record Swap on June 2

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2013 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba returns to one of the biggest and best record swap meets in the LA area, the Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap, on Sunday, June 2, 2013. 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. And admission is always free!

The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 7am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the third level. We always have a great selection of vinyl, from dollar records to collectibles in every genre. 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 info HERE.
 

PCC June 2

New Green Room Session with Keaton Henson

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2013 05:10pm | Post a Comment
Keaton Henson

You may not know that Keaton Henson, a 24-year old London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator, often suffers from a serious case of stage fright. He rarely plays live as a result of his fear. In fact, his intense yearning for privacy almost prevented his music from being released to the public. We are honored to announce an exclusive live performance by Mr. Henson as part of our Green Room Session series. Watch him perform songs from his latest album, Birthdays, as well as "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are" from his debut release, Dear, in the Amoeba Hollywood green room.

Keaton Henson - Gare Du Nord (Amoeba Green Room Session)
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Watch the full performance on Amoeba.com

 

Birthdays Henson coverPicking up right where Dear left off, with Henson's signature acoustic melancholy sweetness, Birthdays opens to the sound of ambient clanking and background footsteps that quickly set the tone for what's to come. Over gently plucked guitar chords Henson sings, "by all means give me lessons in my ways, but damn it don't expect me to change."  Expect more of the same from Henson (which is a good thing) and also expect to be surprised! The second half of Birthdays steps up production style to incorporate tightly produced drums with distorted guitars giving Henson's songs a bigger, more fuller sound. It's a nice build to the overall flow of the album and really showcases Henson's capabilities as a songwriter and musician.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2013 11:44am | Post a Comment

Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is a Mexican-American award-winning editorial cartoonist and the creator and author of the first nationally syndicated politically themed Latino comic strip, La Cucaracha. A leading figure in the Chicano community, Alcaraz contributes political cartoons for the LA Weekly publication and hosts the Pocho Hour of Power radio program for KPFK 90.7fm in Los Angeles. 

Lalo Alcaraz's work has appeared in the New York TimesVillage VoiceLos Angeles Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico’s La Jornada, Germany’s BUNTE and many other publications. He and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, Al-Jazeera TV, NPR, and on Spain’s Radio Nacional de Espaƃ±a. Alcaraz has also been featured by Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Associated Press, Editor & Publisher and profiled extensively in the Comics Journal.

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