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Milo Greene Set to Play Amoeba With Live Webcast As Debut Record Lands

Posted by Billy Gil, July 15, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Milo GreeneMilo Greene is British. He’s well-dressed — three-piece suit and the like. He’s incredibly confident and charming, he’s well-spoken, he’s an intellectual, but also a man’s man. He’s exactly six feet tall to the millimeter, and if he were a dad, he’d be the No. 1 dad.
 
Milo Greene the man also isn’t real — they are a band, not a dude. He’s a fictional character band member Robbie Arnett invented when forming the band with Andrew Heringer. When contacting venues, Milo Greene would send the requests, and Arnett and Heringer saw their fortunes rise accordingly, getting better shows.
 
Now a five-piece who’ve taken the moniker Milo Greene as their own, in a bit of Belle & Sebastian-style alluring bewilderment, is set to release its debut, self-titled record July 17. The band plays Amoeba Hollywood the same day, at 7 p.m. with a live webcast.
 
milo greene milo greeneThe L.A.-based band’s debut record, Milo Greene, offers the same sort of intimate harmonies and natural harmonies of a Fleet Foxes or, further back, Fleetwood Mac just as Stevie and Lindsay joined the band. Written in part in a cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and recorded with co-producer Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, The Lumineers) at Bear Creek Studio, a converted early 1900s barn in the country outside of Seattle, it’s a beautifully crafted set of songs that makes the most the band’s five-person set-up. They offer lush harmonies on songs like “Don’t You Give Up On Me,” which sounds like a gorgeous gospel intervention. Lone girl Greener Marlana Sheetz in particular stands out on songs like “Perfectly Aligned,” in which Sheetz’s testimonial vocals are wrapped in just the right amount of gauzy reverb while the boys (who include Graham Fink and Curtis Marrero, in addition to Arnett and Heringer) back her up with swaying folk-rock, along with electric swells of sound and strident harmonies when necessary. The whole thing’s, you know, perfectly aligned.
 
I sat down to talk with Fink about what it’s like to be in a folk band in L.A. in 2012, and what records and songs are doing it for him these days (Hint: Lots of ’90s R&B).
 
Me: Truthfully it was a bit hard to find out more about you guys, and along with the whole “Milo Greene” concept, it seems to me sort of an early Belle & Sebastian situation where you want the music to stand for itself and not for any member of the collective to stand out. Is that fair to say?
 
Fink: Absolutely. This is a very collective group, and the music has always stood at the forefront. We liked the idea of just releasing some live videos early, so people could see the five of us in a room, making music. No lead singer, no gloss, music first and foremost. That being said, I'm really trying to get famous so I can be gifted courtside Clippers tickets.

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July Charity Auction Recap

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2012 07:15pm | Post a Comment
Tim Simons at AmoebaOn Saturday, July 7 we had our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood, this time with the hilarious musings and dry quips from Tim Simons, actor and comedian from the HBO show Veep. Tim was pinch-hitting for Matt Walsh, also from Veep and the movie High Road, who had a last minute conflict.

Tim was so gracious and such a good sport stepping in - never having experienced one of our auctions - but his droll sense of humor and his relaxed wry way of nudging up the bids was awesome! We had quite a crowd around the DJ booth, and folks were filling the aisles of used and new rock during the 40 minute auction to benefit Camp Crescent Moon, the nation's first and oldest summer camp for children with sickle cell disease between the ages of 8-14 years.

Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Doctor Who signed Blu-ray $36.00
  • KISS Collector's Glass Set with Natural History Museum passes $22.00
  • X Games Skate Deck $15.00
  • Madonna Foil Poster $10.00
  • Record Store Day Limited Bag and Shirt with 45s $32.00
  • Ariel Pink tickets with T-Rex t-shirt  $50
  • Eskuche Headphones with Chemical Brothers Mousepad $25.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card with Lil Rascals Lunchbox $46.00
  • Family Guy DVD set $25.00
  • Motley Crue signed book $10.00
  • My Morning Jacket Tickets $60.00
  • Lana del Rey signed 7" $20
  • Bob Marley poster and button pack $10.00
  • Urban Outfitters Gift Card with Presidents Clinton and Bush $55.00
  • Rolling Stones canvas poster $24.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP packages $46.00 and $47.00 each
Camp Crescent Moon
All together the peeps bid $533.00 and with the Amoeba MATCH it means $1,066.00 for Camp Crescent Moon!!! YES!! Nicely done.

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Fourth of July at Amoeba Hollywood: Food, Prizes & Tunes

Posted by Rachael McGovern, July 4, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Fourth of July started out overcast and slightly cool in Hollywood, but by about 12:15pm the clouds burned off and the sun came shining through, just in time for the festivities to start at Amoeba Hollywood. We strategically hid "golden tickets" in plastic easter eggs around the store, each filled with a prize such as a free Amoeba gift certificate, free chair massage by our go-to masseuse Terrence, free caricatures from Rene and April, or a free Amoeba t-shirt. Not to mention lots and lots of coupons for free ice cream and free hot dogs, courtesy of two food trucks visiting Amoeba today: Dogtown Dogs and The Good Times Ice Cream Truck.

Our own DJ Continental Song-gress spun records in the afternoon, providing the star-spangled soundtrack for our busy shoppers taking advantage of the last day of our massive poster sale and hunting for golden tickets.

Hollywood closes early tonight (at 7pm) but we'll be back open on Thursday, July 5 at 10:30am. Have a happy and safe holiday!

DJ Continental Song-gress at Amoeba
Note DJ Continental Song-gress's stylish, one of a kind hat hand-stitched by our very own Daniel!

4th of july golden ticket at amoeba
Strategically hidden golden tickets (a.k.a. easter eggs).

Dogtown Dogs at Amoeba

Standing By Your Man and His Records: Lola's Story (Eddie's Record Collection, Part III)

Posted by Billyjam, July 4, 2012 07:04am | Post a Comment
It's interesting how two people can look at the exact same thing but yet see something completely different. Indeed there's always more than one way to look at anything in life. This fact was recently confirmed for me at Lola's large apartment in Rego Park, Queens. That is the NYC location of the vast unique record library, built over a lifetime of collecting by Lola's late husband Eddie, that was recently acquired by Amoeba Music and will go on sale July 21st at the Amoeba Hollywood store.

To collectors and music fanatics like myself (who spent a week packing this eclectic record collection of 30,000 units to ship cross-country back to California) and to Amoeba Marc and Kent from Amoeba Berkeley (who both flew out to New York to spend a full three days poring over this vast record library), it is a true treasure trove.

Full of nearly all sealed copies of rare records or rarely seen in such mint condition older records, dating back over several decades and covering many genres (both imports and domestic), it was described by Kent, who has been evaluating and buying records and record collections for thirty years, with words like "incredible" and "mind blowing!"

However accolades such as Kent's did little to impress Lola's long time neighbor and friend Zoya who has lived down the hall from her for many years. Born in Russia but living in the US for four and half decades with her husband, Zoya took me aside one day while we were busy packing up boxes of recordsand confided in hushed tones, "If Eddie was my husband, I would have divorced him. This many records is just too crazy!" she said shaking her head. "Too crazy," she repeated, this time clicking her tongue for added effect while offering a sentiment felt by many subjected to sharing living spaces with obsessive record collectors like Eddie.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 3, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood has started regularly selling tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee.

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



Here is a current list of the tickets we have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name
Venue Show Date
Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Aesop Rock
El Rey Theatre 07/13/2012 $18.00
Ariel Pink The Fonda Theatre 10/05/2012 $22.50
Austra El Rey Theatre 09/15/2012 $19.00
Be Good Tanyas Bootleg Theatre 08/17/2012 $20.00
Ben Howard The Fonda Theatre 10/06/2012 $25.00
Big Krit El Rey Theatre 07/30/2012 $22.00
Dan Deacon El Rey Theatre 10/20/2012 $17.00
Devil's Playground Dragonfly 07/20/2012 $20.00
Dr. Dog John Anson Ford 10/05/2012 $30.00
Easy Star All Stars El Rey Theatre 09/20/2012 $20.00
First Aid Kit The Fonda Theatre 10/16/2012 $25.00
FYF Fest Weekend Pass Historic State Park, DTLA 09/01 & 09/02 $89 (+$4 fee)
Grimes El Rey Theatre 10/10/2012 $20.00
The Kills The Mayan 08/14/2012 $35.00
Kimbra The Fonda Theatre 10/04/2012 $25.00
Mates of State The Echo 07/05 & 07/07 $13.00
Nick 13 El Rey Theatre 07/21 & 07/22 $18.00
The Raveonettes El Rey Theatre 10/08/2012 $25.00
Rodriguez El Rey Theatre 09/28/2012 $25.50
Swans The Fonda Theatre 09/11/2012 $30.00
Tennis El Rey Theatre 08/12/2012 $20.00
Thee Oh Sees El Rey Theatre 09/09/2012 $17.00
The Walkmen John Anson Ford 09/12/2012 $30.00


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