Performing as a five-piece, Quadron began by starting the sutble groove of “LFT,” a highlight of their recently released Avalanche album. Singer Coco O emerged to give the song its ascendant melody. They moved into the funky “Favorite Star,” and Coco said it was a “dream come true” to be playing Amoeba. They kept things mellow, playing the sultry and emotional “Sea Salt,” one of the softer songs on Avalanche, which Coco said was one of her favorites on the album. They called out hero Michael Jackson for “Neverland,” possibly named after the King of Pop’s ranch home, while the music calls to mind smooth Jackson jams, such as “Man in the Mirror.” They finished the quick, soft set with “It’s Gonna Get You,” which nicely featured the band’s backup harmonies over the song’s mechanical groove. See more photos of the show here.
On Saturday, June 1 we had the mad auction skills of the hilariously droll Matt Ingebretson (yeah, we didn't know how to pronounce it either), who produces his own comedy showcase "Art Fuck" and contributes to Funny Or Die and The Onion. He also has a brand new comedy album Holy Fuck.
This month's auction beneficiary was My Friend's Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Through their nonprofit drop-in resource center and programs in Hollywood, they offer a comprehensive continuum of care, health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,700 homeless youth and their children each year. They're a really great organization which is close to our hearts here at Amoeba. And of course, as always, we match any bid so the bid is doubled!
We were also accepting donations of new socks for My Friend’s Place – so it was our own "Sock Hop" – and customers donated socks for a $2.00 off coupon.
We started hosting our charity auctions back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000 +) for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. It is a great place to score all kinds of rarities and signed items, as well as concert tickets and crazy promo items.
Matt was addictively funny, with his dry "I don't understand Bjork, do you?" and..."we're all dying!! Dying every single day!! Go to a show already. Buy some tickets to a show! Do something for the youth of LA...buy these tickets!" He was also deceptively wry. Meaning, you didn't even know how funny he was until about a minute after he said something, and then you started laughing out loud. There was a 60 second delay on Matt's dry, deadpan delivery – but it was bitingly hilarious.
Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible (from The Damned) surprised Amoeba Hollywood and passersby with an impromptu set in front of our store last night! Right around closing time, Armisen and the Captain, both with acoustic guitars in hand, broke out into song as a camera man filmed. This was a complete surprise to the Amoeba staff and we had no time to try and rally up our own film crew to capture the show! Luckily, one of our staff members recorded some cell phone footage of the performance. Thanks to Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible for the special surprise. That was very cool!
Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible Live Outside Amoeba
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The 2nd Annual Sunset and Dine is upon us, taking place June 13 at Academy Hollywood, the outdoor theater at the AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) Pickford Center. The event brings together local businesses for an evening of food, drinks, booths and a movie screening — this time it’s the classic Hollywood film noir Sunset Blvd.
Amoeba Hollywood has tickets available for the event at $30, plus a $2 service fee. Tickets garner visitors access to beer and wine, plus free food samples from local businesses. Amoeba will be on hand at the event with a booth featuring Amoeba goodies and a DJ. Come say hello!
Sunset and Dine kicks off Academy Hollywood’s Oscars Outdoors series, screening movies most Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.
The celebration is put together by the non-profit board Central Hollywood Coalition, which manages the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District (BID), dedicated to revitalizing a 15-block stretch of Sunset Blvd.
Academy Hollywood is located at 6322 DeLongpre Ave. in Hollywood.
You may not know that Keaton Henson, a 24-year old London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator, often suffers from a serious case of stage fright. He rarely plays live as a result of his fear. In fact, his intense yearning for privacy almost prevented his music from being released to the public. We are honored to announce an exclusive live performance by Mr. Henson as part of our Green Room Session series. Watch him perform songs from his latest album, Birthdays, as well as "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are" from his debut release, Dear, in the Amoeba Hollywood green room.
Picking up right where Dear left off, with Henson's signature acoustic melancholy sweetness, Birthdays opens to the sound of ambient clanking and background footsteps that quickly set the tone for what's to come. Over gently plucked guitar chords Henson sings, "by all means give me lessons in my ways, but damn it don't expect me to change." Expect more of the same from Henson (which is a good thing) and also expect to be surprised! The second half of Birthdays steps up production style to incorporate tightly produced drums with distorted guitars giving Henson's songs a bigger, more fuller sound. It's a nice build to the overall flow of the album and really showcases Henson's capabilities as a songwriter and musician.