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Buy a Turntable at Our Stores through Feb 25 & Get $25 Gift Certificate for Used Vinyl

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 17, 2014 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntables at Amoeba

When you buy a turntable from any Amoeba store through Tuesday, February 25 you'll score a gift certificate for $25 worth of used vinyl to jumpstart your collection! Plus, you'll receive a free goodie bag with an Amoeba slipmat, record cleaning cloth, 45 adaptor and more.

$25 gift certificate for used vinyl

To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.

To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.

If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, a Belt Drive Turntable will work perfectly well for you.


How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp.

If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether). 

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Two New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes With The Flaming Lips

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Our What's In My Bag? crew had the pleasure of shooting an episode each with Michael Ivins and Kliph Scurlock of psychedelic alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. Definitely a must see for Lips' fans. 

Michael Lee Ivins (pictured in the blue shirt) is the bassist and founding member of The Flaming Lips. The band originally formed in Norman, Oklahoma with Wayne Coyne playing guitar, his brother Mark Coyne on vocals, and Ivins handling bass duties. After several years of crafting their sound, The Flaming Lips broke into the mainstream with their 6th studio album, Transmissions From The Sattelite Heart (1993), spawning the hit single "She Don't Use Jelly."  

In March 1999, The Flaming Lips were gearing up to tour in support of their album, The Soft Bulletin. The band hired Kliph Scurlock (pictured left in purple shirt) to do some heavy lifting as a roadie. Scurlock remaind on tour with the band until 2002 when the Lips were doubling as an opener and backing band for Beck. In an effort to enable multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd to play lead guitar, Scurlock was asked to play drums during the band's run with Beck. Subsequently, Scurlock went from touring drummer to full-time member and remains with the Lips until this day.      

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Desert Daze 2014 Tickets Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 5, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

The lineup for this year's Desert Daze festival was just announced this week, and it looks to be the biggest and best one yet! Blonde Redhead and The Raveonettes are headlining, plus Liars, Autolux, Vincent Gallo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Allah-Las and many more will descend upon the Sunset Ranch Oasis (69-520 S. Lincoln St Mecca, CA 92254), just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 26.

Tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood for $45 (+ $2 service charge) or you can buy them online. If you want to camp while you're there, check out the ticket bundles (available online only) that include camping passes in addition to festival entry.

Desert Daze 2014

 

Watch a recap of last year's Desert Daze Festival:

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2014 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs is one hell of a bass player. Technically gifted and insanely creative when it comes to big bad bass licks. He has no choice but to be good, he plays in Between The Buried And Me!  

The North BTBAMCarolina group is a progressive metal outfit with the chops of a seasoned jazz-bebop quartet. They move seamessly from technical death metal to metalcore to math rock as if it were second nature. From humble beginnings back in 2002, the band went from self-releasing an EP to inking a deal with Chicago hardcore label Victory Records. Now backed by the legendary Metal Blade Records label, BTBAM continue to tour the world pleasing metal heads of all ages. With their latest release, The Parallax II: Future SequenceBTBAM give their fans 72 minutes of musical prowess utilizing jazz fusion and progressive rock. The album marks the band's sixth studio release and the second produced for Metal Blade.  

Bassist Dan Briggs recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and picked up some cool music. We got it all on camera for another awesome episode of  What's in My Bag?. Dan finds Feast Of Love by Pity Sex and Circumambulation by the band True Widow. He digs up a few releases from avant-garde composer John Zorn, including FilmWorks Vol.1: 1986-1990. Being a huge Danny Elfman fan, Briggs finds a copy of Oingo Boingo's Good For Your Soul on vinyl. It's the first time he's got it on wax! Check out the full episode for all of Dan Briggs' excellent picks. 

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Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February 2014

Posted by Amoebite, February 3, 2014 11:32am | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.
 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Chuck Ragan

Chuck Ragan and The White Buffalo
Fonda Theatre
May 9

Luscious Jackson

Luscious Jackson
El Rey Theatre
May 30

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Black Label Society Fonda Theatre 06/07/2014 $35.00
Black Lips El Rey 03/21/2014 $22.00
Boys Noize El Rey 03/19/2014 $30.00
Charles Bradley Fonda Theatre 05/17/2014 $25.00
Dan Croll El Rey 04/04/2014 $18.00
Cultura Profetica El Rey 03/13/2014 $29.50
Cure Convention The Vex Arts 03/01/2014 $16.00
Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. El Rey 02/28/2014 $20.00
Daley El Rey 04/23/2014 $21.00
Dark Star Orchestra El Rey 04/05/2014 $30.00
Desert Daze Sunset Ranch Oasis 04/26/2014 $45.00
Drive-By-Truckers Fonda Theatre 04/26/2014 $25.00
Galactic El Rey 03/30/2014 $32.00
Gardens & Villa El Rey 03/08/2014 $17.00
G-Eazy (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 02/27/2014 $20.00
Ghost (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 04/27/2014 $25.00
Goldroom El Rey 05/31/2014 $17.00
Mike Gordon El Rey 03/17/2014 $25.00
Hopsin El Rey 03/22/2014 $25.00
Jezabels El Rey 03/26/2014 $17.00
Kodaline El Rey 02/27/2014 $20.00
London Grammar  (SOLD OUT) El Rey 03/25/2014 $22.00
Lord Huron (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 02/28 & 03/01 $22.50
Luscious Jackson El Rey 05/30/2014 $30.00
Stephen Malkmus El Rey 03/28/2014 $25.00
Mavericks (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 04/03/2014 $35.00
Metronomy Fonda Theatre 06/17/2014 $25.00
Notwist Fonda Theatre 06/15/2014 $26.50
Gary Numan The Mayan 03/06/2014 $35.00
OverDoz El Rey 03/23/2014 $22.00
RAC El Rey 04/15/2014 $25.00
Chuck Ragan Fonda Theatre 05/09/2014 $22.50
Real Estate Fonda Theatre 03/11/2014 $25.00
Russian Circles El Rey 03/10/2014 $20.00
Skinny Puppy The Mayan 03/05/2014 $35.00
Slaughterhouse El Rey 04/10/2014 $25.00
Smiths/Morrissey Convention Avalon 03/30/2014 $25.00
Dave Stewart
(Show postponed from 1/30 to 3/14.
All tix for 1/30 show will be honored.)
El Rey 03/14/2014 $25.00
Strypes El Rey 03/31/2014 $20.00
Tosca
(Show postponed from 12/9 to 3/3.
All tix for 12/9 show will be honored.)
El Rey 03/03/2014 $30.00
Tycho Fonda Theatre 05/08/2014 $20.00
Typhoon El Rey 03/06/2014 $20.00
Suzanne Vega El Rey 05/24/2014 $32.00
VNV Nation The Mayan 04/03/2014 $25.00
Cassandra Wilson Fonda Theatre 05/10/2014 $57.50

 

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