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Recap: October Charity Auction with Ryan Stout + Dog Adoption Day

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Ryan Stout at AmoebaOn Saturday, October 6 we held our monthly charity auction hosted by comedian Ryan Stout who did a fabulous job of inspiring and cajoling the audience into some great bids, all while making people laugh out loud. This month's auction benefited Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories. We also held a dog adoption event on Sunday, October 7 with Beagle Freedom Project and some pretty adorable dogs.

But back to the auction. Mr. Stout was quick, clever, personable and hard to resist.

"C'mon...It's for the dogs! Everyone cares about dogs. BEAGLES for chrissakes - AMERICA'S DOG! "

The bids started with a green tag DVD Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords (with poster) at $5.00 and then we were off and running.

Here are the rest of the highlights:

  • Herbie Hancock signed vinyl LP - $15.00
  • Flying Lotus tickets - $30.00
  • The XX tickets - $80.00 (!!)
  • Record Store Day grab bag - $115.00 (!!!!)
  • Trader Joe's gift card and lunchbox - $60.00
  • SBTRKT tickets - $60.00 (!!)
  • Darkness tickets - $25.00
  • P.I.L. tickets - $30.00
  • Bob Mould tickets - $30.00
  • Doctor Who Blu-ray - $10.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $60.00
  • Social Distortion tickets - $60.00
  • Portlandia DVD signed by Fred Armisen (with Wallflowers tickets) - $45.00

All together Mr. Stout garnered $625.00 in bids which, with our matching, means we raised $1250.00 for the Beagle Freedom Project! It can be very challenging to get folks to bid big money on random things in a 30 minute window. You never know if that Social D fan will be in the house, or if that crazy Doctor Who fan will be nearby, but Ryan was able to get folks to bid and this month's auction was a great success!

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Flying Lotus Rocks Amoeba With Killer Set

Posted by Billy Gil, October 4, 2012 12:05pm | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus AmoebaThe subtleties of what goes into creating a Flying Lotus song could be seen when he took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 1, the day before his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, was officially released. Fly Lo worked busily over a minimal setup of a couple of laptops and samplers/sequencers. He played bits from the new album, like the bass-heavy “Sultan’s Request,” but kept things moving quickly — much like his albums do — never lingering long on a particular sound or song before flowing it into the next. A large and very appreciative crowd head-bobbed furiously to the music (the beatheads’ equivalent to head banging) as Fly Lo worked the heavier side of his sound spectrum, unlike the mostly chilled-out quality of his latest album. He paused a minute from the beat assault and spinning bits of songs like Schoolboy Q/A$ap Rocky’s “Hands on the Wheel,” Jay-Z/Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris,” Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” Portishead’s “Machine Gun” and Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” to welcome the audience and later ask for Transformers 3 on Blu-ray — which he got, and held up with glee, before passing it off quickly to continue hyperactively turning knobs and setting off sequences. Watching Flying Lotus at somewhere like the Hollywood Bowl, it can be easy to dismiss the work he puts into everything. In closer quarters Flying Lotus appears as a virtuoso, animatedly hunching and bouncing over his machines and stroking them like a piano with ease. They don’t call him a beat maestro for nothing. Flying Lotus was joined by fellow artists from his Brainfeeder label Teebs and Jeremiah Jae, the latter of who released one of my favorite hip-hop albums this year, Raw Money Raps. See more photos from the performance and Flying Lotus’ signing session here!

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Amoebapalooza Hollywood, September 30th

Posted by Amoebite, September 28, 2012 02:16pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba for our annual night of musical mayhem, a.k.a. Amoebapalooza!! Our staff of talented and energectic music fans has put together bands for one night only, and will perform tributes, original music and, if previous years are any indication, there will be plenty more surprises. Join us for a full Sunday night of fun, 9/30, at The Dragonfly. Doors at 9 p.m. 21+ over, $5 at the door.
 

Amoebapalooza 2012 flier

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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