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Posted by Job O Brother, October 30, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment

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"What you should be scared of is Romney's plan for those of us in the working class!"


It’s been just long enough since last year’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup hangover to allow me to look forward to another Halloween. Assuming I will have learned nothing from previous celebrations, I’ll undoubtedly be purchasing an extra big bag of candy under the pretence of preparing for trick-or-treaters, knowing full well that, in the five years I’ve lived here, I’ve gotten exactly one caller.

Let me tell you though – that one trick-or-treater made me so excited I gave him three huge handfuls of candy; enough that both he and his mother looked a little concerned; there was almost certainly an after-hours comb-through to search for pins and poison in the hoard I’d bestowed.

I’m digressing here, but why hasn’t anyone invented candy pins? Am I alone in thinking that would be neat?

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Still better than Necco Wafers!

Every year I assemble folks to watch horror films and eat candy. I don’t yet know what we’ll be watching (last year it was Susperia) but I am ready with a playlist of atmospheric Halloween music, some of which I’ll share with you…

First, nothing fills out a Halloween playlist better than a hearty dose of organ music by the baddest mutterficker of baroque: Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, Sept. 15th: Soundtrack Clearance, Classical Blowout, Latin Sale & More!

Posted by Amoebite, August 27, 2012 04:47pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleJoin us in front of Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, September 15th from 12pm-5:00pm for our next Sidewalk Sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, box sets, books, and more - all at great savings.

Look for our Soundtrack Clearance Sale with some great offerings at CHEAP prices as well as some nicely priced Latin titles.

The sidewalk sale will also feature a Classical blowout with vinyl for 50 cents or three for $1 and CDs at $2.99 and $3.99 that are buy-one-get-one-free! What a deal! There are many great bargains among these titles, but we just need to clear them out for new merchandise. 

Come out and see the many other deals to be had at the sidewalk sale. Can't make it? Shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood August 4th. Classical Blowout, DVD Box Set 2 for $10, and More!

Posted by Amoebite, July 26, 2012 12:25pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleVisit Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, August 4th from noon-5:30pm for our next sidewalk sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets and more all at great savings.

The sidewalk sale will also feature a Classical blowout with vinyl for 50 cents or three for $1 and CDs at $2.99 and $3.99 that arebuy-one-get-one-free! BOGO! What a deal! There are many great bargains among these titles, but we just need to clear them out for new merchandise.

AND get this! We have a TON of DVD box sets that are two for $10!! We've got titles like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The OfficeCurb Your EnthusiasmWeedsWill & Grace, South ParkThe Simpsons, and SO MUCH MORE!

Come out and see the many other deals to be had at the sidewalk sale! For those who can't make it out, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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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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His Vinyl Weighs a Ton. 8 Tons In Fact! Shipping 30,000 LPs Cross Country to Amoeba (Eddie's Record Collection, Part II)

Posted by Billyjam, July 3, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment
I count myself among those blessed (cursed?) to be an avid life-long record collector and I have long considered my collection of approximately 10,000 records to be a hell of a lot of vinyl. But truth is that my total number of records constitutes a modest collection compared to a lot others out there. Regardless, I have long dreaded the day that I might have to pack up and move my records. Just the thought of it is daunting in itself. But recently I got a taste of what that job might be like (only times three and with help) when I had the task of packing and shipping the vast 30,000 unit record collection from a Queens, NY private collection that Amoeba recently acquired.

My task was to pack up this entire collection and safely ship it cross country back to Amoeba Hollywood where this vast eclectic record collection (including lots of rarities) will go on sale July 21st. The 30,000 records (plus several boxes of CDs and cassettes) all made the 3,000 mile journey to Amoeba in LA safely and, in the process, I learned all the intricacies of what goes into packing and transporting vinyl. It's not quite as simple as it at first appears.

This expansive record collection occupied two big rooms of the fifth floor Queens, New York apartment owned by a sweet lady named Lola, a former singer from the Bay Area, that I got to know over the course of the week it took to pack up this vinyl treasure trove. The records were the lifelong collection of her late husband Eddie who kept most of them in shrink-wrapped, mint condition. The task of packing and preparing them for shipping back to Amoeba was something that took quite a bit of pre-planning. And for a novice like myself, that meant extra homework in the art of packing records. Luckily Amoeba Marc and Kent from Amoeba Berkeley (both of whom had flown out to NYC for three days to appraise the collection) gave me some invaluable guidance since they had done this task numerous times before.

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