AMOEBLOG: How'd you end up working at Amoeba and what exactly is your job there?
PAUL VASQUEZ: I started working at Amoeba in March of 2006, a year and a half ago. I was fed up with the record store I used to work for, so I spoke to a friend of a friend, and the rest is history. I work in the World Music section, helping our customers and maintaining the section.
AMOEBLOG: What makes working at Amoeba unique compared to previous jobs?
PAUL VASQUEZ: Working at Amoeba has been a huge thrill for me. I've never had a job that I look forward to every day. I know that as soon as I walk in the building, I'm among friends...no, scratch that: among family. I feel like the employees are respected and valued for their contributions to the store. The owners and managers have created a mellow and open environment where we feel that we are taken care of. Being an Amoeba employee has changed my life in so many positive ways; it's hard to imagine not having the support structure the store and its employees provide.
AMOEBLOG: What are the Top Three Items at Amoeba this week that people are seeking out?
PAUL VASQUEZ: M.I.A. - Kala, Buika - A Spanish singer recently profiled on NPR, and The Fania Reissue Series - The classic Salsa label finally gets a proper
AMOEBLOG: Best places to eat nearby Amoeba Music Hollywood?
PAUL VASQUEZ: For a quick bite, I think Sharky's (Hollywood & Cahuenga) can't be beat. Super vegetarian friendly. But when I have time for a mellow sit-down experience, I dig Magnolia (Sunset & Vine). They have a mac & cheese that will bring tears to your eyes.