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Recap: Brently Heilbron Hosted a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 03:47pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, August 6th we were stoked for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron - the original host of our charity auctions! He auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets (Kraftwerk, Culture Club, Desert Daze Festival to name a few), plus collectibles, gift certificates from our amazing neighbors (Trader Joe's, Stella Barra & Urban Outfitters) and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

Brently Heilbron began performing stand up at the age of 14 and is the host and co-creator of the new PBS comedy series Stand Up Empire. We were so thrilled when he agreed to come back to host this auction 'cause he knows how to get it done! His quick wit and on-stage antics held the audience entranced while he heckled them into digging deeper into their pockets for a good cause. Jokes about....the portable CD player he was auctioning off ("CDs are gonna be cool again, mark my words!! And with this you can listen to your favorite Spin Doctors CD!!"). He brought chuckles and guffaws, and with his stream-of-consciousness commentary we got a small glimpse into his improv genius. While unfurling the giant Adele banner on the stage, we all-of-a-sudden felt the need to have her giant face on our living room wall! He was masterful and entertaining as always and we all felt good raising money for Inner-City Arts.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 20th

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 01:57pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 20th from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s 2 for $1
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs 
  • Plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Gerd Janson

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Gerd Janson Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

You can be sure that when German DJ, label founder, and record store owner Gerd Janson takes you record shopping he'll have some very informative bits of insight. "It's a promo," he says holding up a 12" single of The Quick's "One Night In A Blackout." "I think you can only find the long-mix on the promo release," Janson informs us before going on to state, "it says mid-tempo disco, but I would say it's a proper slow jam because it's even below 100 BPM." Janson had a lot to say about his record picks when he visited Amoeba Hollywood recently, and we were grateful to be able to listen.

Gerd Janson Fabric 89In 1998, after years spent in disco, house, and jungle clubs, Gerd Janson landed his first DJ residency at Cafe Kesselhaus in Darmstadt. These days he spins house and disco at Frankfurt club Robert Johnson's Liquid nights and travels the international DJ circuit. When he's not DJing, Janson can be found manning the record counter at his hometown store, Pentagon Recordstore, working at the Red Bull Music Academy or writing about music news for Spex or Groove magazine. He is co-owner of the Running Back record label.

This summer, Gerd Janson is DJing at parties from London to Ibiza before playing select dates in the U.S. He's a scheduled performer at this year's FYF Festival in Los Angeles. His latest release is a mix for the Fabric series, Fabric 89, due out August 19, 2016.

Janson holds up a 12" of "Visions Of China" by the UK band Japan. Were they prog rock, new wave or somewhere in between? Either way, he points out that at the time "they were kind of treated as wannabe intellectuals." Being a fan of "drums and sound effects," Janson grabbed Drums of the Caribbean: A Study in High Fidelity Sound, a collection of West Indies percussion. Also in his bag is Dept. of Sunshine's "Rude Boy/Space Tropics" single. "No one actually knows anything about them and this is the only record I've ever came across."

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Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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Pre-Order Local Natives' Sunlit Youth at Amoeba Hollywood & Get Free 10"

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2016 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Vinyl Gratification at Amoeba Hollywood

LA's own Local Natives are releasing their third album, Sunlit Youth, September 9th via Loma Vista, and they're the newest participants in the vinyl gratification program started by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. Music fans have become accustomed to pre-ordering new albums digitally and getting instant access to a few new songs when they do. The concept for vinyl gratification was born out of wanting to give fans who pre-order from a physical record store a similar instant bonus. 

Pre-order the Sunlit Youth LP in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday, August 9th and receive a free 10" on the spot featuring three new tracks from the album and one exclusive song, "Lydon." (While supplies last. Limit 2 per person. In-store pre-orders only.)

Don't live near Amoeba Hollywood? Here is a map of other participating indie record stores.

Local Natives Vinyl Gratifcation at Amoeba

 

Check out the music video for "Villainy" from the band's forthcoming Sunlit Youth:

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