Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2007 09:33am | Post a Comment


#3 - parking ticket validation

#2 - green Amoeba dollar off coupons.

#1 - directions to th
e Amoeba public
(there isn't one.)

Tim, how long have you worked at Amoeba, what is your job at the store, and how exactly did you end up working at Amoeba Music Hollywood?

TIM RANOW: I lived with Laurie W. in San Francisco in the Santiago Party House for six years. We hosted several Amoeba get-togethers. I got booted from Wired magazine and decided to move to Los Angeles. Amoeba and I seemed to have a lot in common, so we formed a special something. I've been at the Hollywood store since 2001. I'll be celebrating my 47th anniversary with Amoeba in 2048! I'm an information person at Amoeba. I'll figure out what the name of that country singer you're looking for is even if you only know that his name might be John or Ronnie and his last name might have the letter "J" in it somewhere. Then I'll tell you where you can find it used on cassette tape because I know your money is tight. I remember that your cousin isn't allowed CDs in prison due to the inherent shankiness factor.

AMOEBLOG:  And what's good about working at Amoeba?

work with talented and wondrous people in the funnest [sic] and coolest environment ever! People get really excited visiting where I'm getting paid to be. That is pretty rad!
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AMOEBLOG:  What's a good place to grab a bite nearby Amoeba?

Arby's, located at 5920 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles.
AMOEBLOG: How would you describe the LA music and/or arts community to people who know nothing about living in LA?

It's implosive!

AMOEBLOG: What do you think will be the future of the music biz and how people get their new music?

I'll tell you what I tell pshaun cassidyeople at the information counter when asked this question: Please hold.

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Diabolically Yours

Posted by phil blankenship, November 15, 2007 10:58pm | Post a Comment

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Today Is Our Birthday! We're Gonna Have A Good Time!

Posted by Miss Ess, November 15, 2007 07:08pm | Post a Comment
10 party

Today is the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Amoeba San Francisco!  A good time was had by all, as we toasted our employees, new and old, in San Fran style-- with champagne, Papalote and Tres Leches cake. 

There are still 28 employees that have been here for that entire time, if you can believe it!

amoeba music 10th anniversary cake

Original employees, we salute you:

Dave Aberdeen, Barry, Brian D., David James, Derrick M., Donnell, Doug Pagan, Greg C., Jefferson, Kima, Luis S., Orlando, Pittman, Richard B., R.W., Stacey, Tom Lynch, Tom Maffei, Tony G., Allen, Brandon, Gabriel W., Josh, Mike B., Rico, Steve L., Suzanne, and Esten!

Tony Green told me that he remembers driving in to work that first day from the East Bay and completely missing the exit off of the Bay Bridge.  It was raining really hard apparently.  He ended up in South San Francisco, totally lost!  Eventually he did of course make it to Amoeba and he's really been here ever since.  He also told me that on that opening day the sun came out just as the store opened.  Awwwww.....

Check out some party pics:

amoeba music 10th anniversary cake

amoeba music san francisco 10th anniversary party

amoeba music san francisco 10th anniversary party

amoeba music san francisco 10th anniversary party


Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2007 05:37pm | Post a Comment



The first thing that you notice when you walk through the long, dimly-lit tunnels that lead to Battery Townsley which sits atop the hills on the Marin Headlands is that there's something missing: a certain smell. There is no smell of pee. Nope, the usual stank of urine -- something that I automatically associate with trekking though tunnels to take pictures of graffiti -- is noticeably absent there. So, too -- not surprisingly -- it seems are any signs of any graffiti. Although on one wall of the long tunnel I noticed the faintest trace of a big graffiti piece that looked like it had been painted over years ago. Maybe, I thought, the no pee stank was because of the two Port-O-Pottys conveniently placed near the tunnel entrance.

But whatever the reason, there was also no graffiti here, or so I was thinking until I spotted off to the right near the end of the long tunnel (one of several blasted by dynamite back during World War II when the battery was built) an opening that appeared to lead off to another smaller tunnel. I slowly stepped into this unknown darkened space which, it turned out, was not another tunnel but a low-ceilinged, cement-walled room. And it was pitch dark. Not having a flashlight, I slowly edged my way into the dark, windowless room. And once inside, my nostrils were awakened to that familiar stench. Piss. And sure enough -- graffiti wasn't far off.

As my eyes slowly got a bit accustomed to the lighting I could make out some graffiti on the walls  that surrounded me and on the entrance to this claustrophobic, enclosed, window-less space. I couldn't make out much with the naked eye but the flash on my camera lit up all the graffiti nicely as it took pictures -- see all, displayed below. Also included in the pics below is an adjacent room plus a couple of low-key pieces of graf outside the tunnels like the R.I.P. on the (tombstone like) rock out in the forest area.

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the klutz cargo adventures, chapter two

Posted by Whitmore, November 15, 2007 09:42am | Post a Comment

Last December off the coast of North Carolina, a cargo ship accidentally dropped a container overboard loaded with Doritos, thousands of bags washed up onto the local beach. But happily, for local residents, disaster was avoided; most of the bags were still airtight and edible.
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