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Light In the Attic Road Trip Visits Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 28, 2012 12:37pm | Post a Comment
In the 2012 LITA road trip visiting record stores up and down the West Coast, the guys visited Amoeba Hollywood for a DJ set on Wednesday night. You can track their progress and glimpse all the cool record stores they've visited along the way in their road trip blog and video series. We're in the 4th episode. Check out their journey so far!

Light in the Attic

2012 Light In The Attic Road Trip - Episode 4 from Light In The Attic Records on Vimeo.

Rock the Vote With Amoeba!

Posted by Billy Gil, September 27, 2012 02:59pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba is helping to sign voters up before the Oct. 22 deadline to register or change your address information. You can register here if you haven't yet registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election, or Amoeba has voter registration forms at the stores you can pick up and we’ll mail it for you. Visit Rock The Vote for more voter information.

Murs & Fashawn at Amoeba HollywoodAs part of Amoeba's Rock the Vote effort, Murs & Fashawn and Band of Horses turned out excellent live shows at Amoeba Hollywood and across the street at Space 15 Twenty. Murs & Fashawn's energetic live show, which was streamed live for a webcast on Amoeba.com, drew a huge crowd, thanks to Living Legends member Murs’ loyal fanbase, Fashawn’s rising notoriety and their recently released collaborative album, the fine This Generation. The duo performed songs from the album, such as the uplifting “Heartbreaks & Handcuffs,” trading rhymes and pointing to one another and generally having a great time riling up an enthusiastic crowd. Murs picked up a baby at one point like a politician, remarking that there were a lot of babies in the audience, which there were, along with teenagers who shouted suggestions to Murs and clamored over one another to pick up free T-shirts they threw into the audience (one jumped on my head!). “If you’re smart, you’ll be registered to vote and to get married by the time you leave here,” Murs said at one point. “If a girl’s at our show, she’s probably pretty cool.” Later, Murs more pointedly said: “It doesn’t hurt to believe in something a little bit. Don’t be so apathetic.”
 
murs fashawn this generation“As I got older and evolved as a person, I realized there’s a point [to voting],” Fashawn chimed in. “Today, I’m gonna register to vote.”

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Making Art Out of Records with Colton Tran of TransylVinyl & Broken Vinyl Record Art

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2012 10:49am | Post a Comment
People buy records from Amoeba for more than one reason. While most record collectors buy vinyl to spin it on their home turntables or perhaps out at DJ gigs, and some simply to add directly to the shelves of their prized collections, there are others who buy albums from Amoeba for aesthetic reasons. These are mostly the folks who will buy vinyl strictly for art's sake: buying LPs simply for their wonderful cover art - regardless of the music  contained within the record's grooves. And then there is Amoeba Hollywood regular Colton Tran who literally makes art out of his Amoeba vinyl finds. This the mixed media artist does not in the traditional Steinski cut-and-paste type approach of sampling sound bytes off records and transforming them into new pieces of collage audio art. Rather the prolific independent artist/filmmaker makes art directly out of the actual vinyl that he cops on his regular trips to the SoCal Amoeba's bargain bins, and takes home to his studio to painstakingly transform into pieces of art like his “Jason” titled & inspired piece above (48" by 36" in size) which was made out of all vinyl: ten black vinyl 12" records plus four red colored 12" records to create the blood effect. Recently I caught up with Coltron to ask him what exactly goes into creating his art, getting the right records, who the market for his pieces (which sell from $50 to $500) are, and also about his in-the-works feature length project Gloom.


Amoeblog:  Rob Galluzzo from Amoeba Hollywood was into your work before I heard of you and wrote about your art on the wonderful Icons of Fright website where he called it "horror art."  He was referring to specific pieces but is that a fair tag of your overall work or is "Broken Vinyl Record Art," as I have seen written on your site, more how you describe your medium?

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Show Report: Lianne La Havas at Amoeba Hollywood; Eternal Summers at the Bootleg; Mac Demarco at the Echo

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2012 04:45pm | Post a Comment
lianne la havas amoebaYoung British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, singing tunes from her debut record, the fine Is Your Love Big Enough? She launched right in, singing her sweet duet “No Room for Doubt” solo, smirking and garnering laughs when she reached the lyric “we all make mistakes” after flubbing a chord. From there, she took to a spread of songs from the album, moving from the dark, funky “Tease” to the robbin’ the cradle jam “Age,” drawing “woos” from the girls in the audience with the lyric “I fancy younger men.” La Havas let her guitar and lyrics do most of the talking, wisely, as the audience seemed to respond to individual lyrics more than anything — though she answered her fans “I love yous” when they came through between songs. Her fourth song, the single “Forget,” which she said was about some poor ex-boyfriend, became almost a country ditty sans the song’s big beats — except when she belted the chorus like a madwoman, then growing extra hushed for the verses, making use of dynamics to creepy effect. She closed out with the album’s title track, displaying the breadth of sound she gets from little more than her powerful voice and beautiful electro-acoustic guitar, summoning the power of a full band with a clapalong from the audience. See more photos from the performance here.
 
Friday night I also caught a show at the Bootleg Theater featuring Eternal Summers, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Rainbow and Drug Cabin (featuring Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves). Drug Cabin started the set nice and mellow before Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) shoegazed things up with great male-female vocals and buzzing guitars. Australian power-duo DZ Deathrays tore it up with a lot of thrash, while, despite their lovable indie hit “Millions,” Eternal Summers kept up the noise with a powerful set. All in all, a fine night of indie pop gone wild.

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Dog Adoption Day at Amoeba Hollywood with the Beagle Freedom Project

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2012 03:09pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood is partnering up with Beagle Freedom Project for a Dog Adoption Event on Sunday, October 7th from Noon-4pm.

Beagle Freedom Project rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories. Beagles who have spent their entire lives in labs used for research are usually killed after they have served the purpose of the agency, facility or company. Beagle Freedom Project connects directly with these research labs and is able to remove and transport healthy, adoptable beagles to place them in loving, forever homes.

BFP will have some of their amazing, adoptable dogs on site at Amoeba Hollywood on October 7. All dogs will be spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated.

Come down and meet your new best friend and find out how you can make a difference in the lives of these kind and special animals. 

Beagle Freedom Project is a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME)  a nonprofit advocacy group created to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach. 

For more information about volunteering, fostering or donating to the Beagle Freedom Project please visit: beaglefreedomproject.org.



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