AMOEBA MUSIC, BERKELEY:
AMOEBLOG: How did you end up working at Amoeba Music, Berkeley and what is your job there?
MARTY: I was working at a record store in Hawaii and wanting to move back to the Bay. My sister inquired as to if Amoeba or Rasputin were hiring. Turned out they both were. I never heard back from Rasputin, but Marc (Weinstein) said come on out for an interview. This was just as the San Francisco store was opening -- so some of the Berkeley buyers moved over there, and there was a spot for me.
AMOEBLOG: What makes working at Amoeba different from other jobs you've had?
MARTY: I've been in the 'industry' since 1980, but always wholesale -- one stops, rack jobbers. The store in Hawaii was the first retail job. Going from that little store front shop to Amoeba was quite an experience. Amoeba has become an institution!
AMOEBLOG: Best place to grab a bite nearby Amoeba Berkeley?
MARTY: Good luck. Where's the Japanese ramen?
AMOEBLOG: What's the best record of all time?
MARTY: (laughing) Obviously, that's a very difficult question. It depends on mood, genre, etc. But how about this: "Who's That Lady" (from '64) by the Isley Brothers -- a perfect single!