Elijah Wood aka DJ Jamie Starr began the July 10 set at Amoeba Hollywood playing obscure disco and funk beats from the likes of Benis Letin, Kiki Gyan and Betty Padgett (thank god for Shazam), throwing in a little bit of The Jets and ESG to round it out. Heloise came out dressed in head-to-toe leopard print wrapped in a pink sequined fabric, sounding great despite singing along to just a backing track on “Perelandra,” from her excellent alt-pop album Diamond Dust. “Are you wearing comfortable shoes?” she asked before performing to jagged disco song “Dancefloor Destroyer.” “Let the music move you” she sang on the Kylie-ish "Dive In," shimmying around like the alternative diva she is, cooing in exotic ways and then played along on an iPhone-based electric organ — no one rocks an app-based instrument like Heloise! On the last song, “Vibezz,” she whipped around her microphone wire to the song’s slow synth chords and pumped her fist when the beat picked up, belting over the backing track and owning the stage with her one-woman show.
Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, July 20th from noon - 5pm! We'll have a ton of sale items, including...
- A new batch of used 45s (all genres) priced at just $1 each!
- DVDs 3 for $10!
- DVD Box Sets for $7 or 2 for $10!
- Clearance CDs buy-one-get-one-free!
- Posters, both modern and vintage, at $5 or 3 for $10!
and lots more!
All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.
The amamazingly talented Paloma Faith recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to do a little shopping. Faith is known for her polished soulful vocal style and her outlandish stage show. Her exuberant personality and elegant aesthetic has led her to be cast in many film and TV roles. She sings, she performs and she acts! An all around talent who has great taste in music. While shopping at Amoeba, Paloma dug up some of her most favorite influences. She picked up the classic At Last! album by Etta James on vinyl, along with Nina Simone's Pastel Blues, also on vinyl. From '70s Chaka Khan to '80s Prince, Paloma Faith only digs for vinyl. She's a bonafide movie buff with eccentric tastes in directors. She took home Blue Velvet by David Lynch on DVD along with a copy of 2046 by director Won Kar-Wai.
She tells an awesome story about spending a weekend with Prince and performing on stage with Chaka Khan! Paloma also reveals that she owns the exact same record player as seen in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. She is serious about her vinyl! Watch this very entertaining episode of What's In My Bag? with Paloma Faith.
We were thrilled to have comedian Beth Stelling host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 6. We were thrilled because she is damn funny! She is right at the top of the list of LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013, and she happens to be one of Patton Oswalt's favorite up and coming comics.
Beth was up early at 4PM on a holiday Saturday, so she was amped and ready to drive those bids up! Her deadpan yet sassy delivery proved to motivate people to bid and she helped raise a lot of money for LA's Downtown Women's Center. Nice.
Amoeba's monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000+) for New Orleans musician relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids and 100% of all auction bids go straight to the charity. This month's beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center, provides permanent, supportive housing, a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and advocates ending homelessness for women.
Saturday's auction item highlights include:
- Queen Latifah with Roy Ayers – Hollywood Bowl tickets -$30.00
- Belle & Sebastian – Santa Barbara Bowl tickets - $35.00
- Savages – El Rey tickets - $40.00
- Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of choice - $25.00
- Beatles Special Pack (tote bag, t-shirt, mug, magnets, coasters, McCartney at Amoeba poster) - $35.00
- Yo Gabba Gabba! signed poster and buttons - $20.00
- Trader Joe's $50 Gift Certificate + vintage lunchbox - $47.00
- Urban Outfitters $50 Gift Card - $40.00
- Four passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $35.00
- Amoeba coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Cards - $12.00
- Special wacky, crazy weird and wonderful promo surprise pack (Lady Gaga disco ball keychain anyone? They Might Be Giants fez) - $ 15.00
- Signed book/CD/DVD from Josepsh Gordon Levitt’s HitRECORD collective - $30.00
- Warped tour package (custom skate deck, water bottle, t-shirt/tote) - $40.00
- Signed book and poster from Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - $20.00
- World War Z movie poster (signed by composer Marco Beltrami) - $21.00
- Madonna package (rare postcards and mug) - $7.00
- Eric Andre Poncho - $3.00
- Wine Tasting package - $53.00
Beth was quirky and charming, and she charmed the dolla bills right out of the hands of our holiday weekend shoppers. This auction had some awesome prizes and people scored some amazing stuff for a mere fraction. Score! It's great when you get to help a great cause AND score good stuff.
Amoeba will be giving away posters and holding a giveaway of a signed and framed Where Does This Door Go LP. Come by to listen and enter to win!
Following two successful albums, 2009’s A Strange Arrangement and 2011’s How Do You Do, Where Does This Door Go sees Hawthorne getting production help from Pharrell Williams, who’s on a roll lately, following his inclusion in Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album also features production by Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar) and Oak of Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West).