Los Angeles has sure changed.
Some have been welcomed changes and others are hard to get used to. I’m constantly reminded this when I deejay in spots in Echo Park, Hollywood or Highland Park. Those parts of town were once considered the scourges of the city. It was riddled with gangs, drugs, homelessness, crime, earthquake damage and rows of buildings for lease. Ten years later, it’s now it’s a playground for the dull and ordinary. The argument of hipsters no longer applies here, because there is nothing hip about the people that play here. At best, they are in college; at worst they are former frat boys who have come to roost now that the area is safe.
When I used to tour for a living, the best thing about coming home to Los Angeles was getting away from the countless generic college towns that most of the venues were located. Much like the Wilson Pickett song “Funky Broadway” , where every town has a "Broadway and a Broadway women", the college town had the same restaurants, coffee houses, record stores, frat bar, alternative bar and everyone looks the same. Ethnicity as a whole was slim to none, as people of color were always relegated to the “other” parts of town. Being Chicano, I always felt I was in the wrong part of town when as well.. Places with diversity, such as Chicago and New York, were always welcomed stops on the road because I felt I could take a breather from the generic college town. I was never one to wonder why Los Angeles couldn’t be like Austin, Olympia or Chapel Hill. I liked Los Angeles the way it was. It was spread out, not connected by trains so you can play tourist in someone’s barrio. It was damaged and a place for the strong to thrive and the weak to avoid. It short, it was great.
Los Angeles has sure changed.
To get into the show, purchase Six Feet Beneath The Moon on CD or LP at Amoeba Hollywood starting on Friday, September 13th and you'll get you a pair of wristbands to the show. Limit one pair of wristbands per customer, while supplies last. Or follow @space15twenty on Instagram for additional details on attending the show.
Six Feet Beneath The Moon is the long-anticipated debut album from Southeast London's King Krule (aka Archy Marshall). He broke out in 2011, at the tender age of 16, with his eponymous EP released on True Panther Sounds. King Krule's sound, a hypnotic mixture indebted to working class British songsmiths like Billy Bragg as much as to NY No-Wave and hip hop, carries a maturity and depth far beyond his years.
Enter a raffle to win tickets for you and a guest to see Nine Inch Nails perform an incredibly intimate release day show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on Tuesday, September 3! Amoeba Hollywood will have raffle tickets for the show starting Monday, September 2 at 10pm. No purchase necessary to receive a raffle ticket, just come on down to Amoeba. Limit one raffle ticket per person.
Online registration of the raffle ticket is required at tour.nin.com/troubadour by 9:00 AM Pacific on Tuesday, September 3 (day of the show). Winning raffle ticket numbers will be tweeted by @nineinchnails by 10:00 AM Pacific that same day. Keep your raffle ticket in your possession. Do not lose it!
You can purchase the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, starting at 10pm on Monday night at Amoeba Hollywood. It's available on CD, Deluxe CD (which includes a hardcover book packaging and 3 bonus tracks) and on 180gm vinyl.
If you purchase Hesitation Marks on Monday night, you'll get a free item (while supplies last) from Coolhaus, which will be parked outside Amoeba with delicious treats, including a custom NIN flavor ice cream sandwich. We'll also have NIN button packs as a gift with purchase of the album (while supplies last).
On Sunday morning, August 11, hundreds of hungry Angelenos descended upon the historic Vibiana downtown for the third annual LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast! Curated by Evan Kleiman, restaurateur and host of Good Food on KCRW, attendees were treated to samples from over 20 local restaurants. Amoeba was on hand with our prize wheel, making friends, passing out our own (non-edible, I'm afraid) goodies and raising money for the Downtown Women's Center.
Amoebite Michele'le was our pro behind the prize wheel, encouraging people to win "big money" and avoid the "whammy's." For only $1 a spin, folks could win gift certificates to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Stella Barra (the yummy new pizzeria next to Amoeba), surprise gifts and more. For a $5 donation to DWC, people received a complimentary Amoeba tote bag or t-shirt. One amazing woman even donated $25!
It wasn't just about the food on Sunday. Country singer Lynda Kay stopped by after wooing her fans with a performance, posing for a few photos and signing autographs at our booth.
|Elliott Smith performing live at Amoeba SF, 1998|
In commemoration of what would have been his 44th birthday on August 6th, several of Elliott Smith's musician friends are coming together for a series of benefit shows for various organizations. Amoeba is proud to take part in the event through donations to nonprofit organization Free Arts For Abused Children.
During the month of August, Amoeba will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of any of Elliott Smith’s catalogue (including digital) to Free Arts.
Amoeba has Elliott Smith's entire catalog available, including every album and rare singles available as a download. See our stock of Smith albums below:
Roman Candle (1994)
Elliott Smith (1995)