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Recap: November Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 3, 2014 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, November 1 we had an amazing charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood featuring a repeat appearance by comedian Jimmy Pardo as our illustrious guest auctioneer! We were raising funds for Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft repair surgeries to those in need while helping to train local doctors. This makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breathe, speak properly, and smile.

Smile Train logo

Jimmy Pardo is host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny," and a recurring guest on Conan and Comedy Bang Bang. He has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and has recorded three comedy albums: Uno, Pompous Clown and 2013’s Sprezzatura, which Entertainment Weekly named one of the 5 Best Stand-Up Albums of the year.

Jimmy did a bang-up job as usual, making people giggle and guffaw while driving the bids to new levels. His timing is impeccable and his one-liners irresistible. The crowd was way into it, and the folks showed up with their wallets and pocketbooks open. And when they weren't quite open enough, he helped pry them open with quippity quips. It was a really great time.

Highlights of some of the items on the auction block:

  • Tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! at Shrine Auditorium Nov. 22 + kids fun pack - $35.00
  • Beatles pack with lithos, t-shirt, mugs & more - $30.00
  • 2 pairs of VIP tickets to a Conan O'Brien taping - $60 each
  • Led Zeppelin pack - $65.00!!
  • Primus & the Chocolate Factory pack  ("just in time for HALLOWEEN") $40
  • Tickets to Mike Birbiglia at the Wilshire Ebell Theater Dec. 6 - $90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at the Fonda Nov. 10th - $40.00
  • VIP in-store front of the line pass - $40.00
  • $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox - $70.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card + a limited edition One Direction picture disc - $50.00
  • Jimmy Pardo's own Mystery Box of handpicked CDs - $60.00
  • Dog lover’s gift basket featuring a $25 gift card to Tailwaggers pet store, toys & treats - $15.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug with coffee cards - $35.00
  • Random bag of promo t-shirts - $45.00
  • Michael Jackson transfers - $6.00
  • Bob Marley poster with button pack and postcard - $10.00

Amoeba Hollywood Charity Auction prizes

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Mac DeMarco

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2014 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Mac Demarco

Known for his off kilter antics, Mac Demarco could easily be confused for a left field comedian. Often dubbed as "slacker" rock, Mac DeMarco is anything but. At just 23 years old he has released three full-length albums, with his most recent being the 11 track Salad Days (Captured Tracks). After a year and a half on tour promoting his first two releases, DeMarco set up shop in his apartment in Bed-Stuy, New York to record the new album. Salad Days highlights DeMarco's writing chops and proves he's a serious songwriter despite the humor and outrageous personality he exudes. Salad Days finds DeMarco taking a more personal approach to storytelling with several songs based on his relationship with long-term girlfriend, Kiera McNally. The album was shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Polaris Music Prize.   

Mac DeMarco spent some time shopping at Amoeba in San Francisco and our camera crew was in tow for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" Mac first digs up a clearance copy of the Doobie Brothers' Minute By Minute on vinyl and follows with the Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil LP. He also finds a copy of the 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic fantasy film, Wizards. The story is about two wizards who use magic and industrial technology to battle against each other on earth. It's like watching a movie on shrooms, but without the shrooms. Watch the full episode below to hear DeMarco tell the funny story of how his album cover for 2  shares an uncanny connection to Bruce Springsteen's album, River. 

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Bid on Concert Tickets, Collectibles and More at Sept. 6 Charity Auction with Timothy Simons

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment

timothy simmonsAmoeba Hollywood’s next charity auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. with guest host Timothy Simons.

Some of the stuff you’ll be able to bid on includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T)
  • VEEP goodies, including an autographed copy of Episode 309, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy
  • Meet & greet backstage pass to Patton Oswalt’s 9/13 show at Largo
  • Gift certificates to cool places
  • Concert tickets, including Bob Mould at the Roxy, Alt-J at the Greek, Lily Allen at Palladium, Lykke Li at Palladium, Mac DeMarco at the Fonda, Blonde Redhead at the Fonda and Zola Jesus at the El Rey
  • Collectibles, oddities and much more!

lahsThis auction will go to benefit the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts' Theater Program. Amoeba matches winning bids up to $1000. LAHSA is a specialty school focusing on the performing arts that is open to enrollment for students within LAUSD. Find out more about the school here.

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The Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 04:54pm | Post a Comment

sun kil moon mark kozelekmadlibst. vincentIt is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Sun Kil Moon Benji

sun kil moon benji lpSome people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.

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Album Picks: Mac DeMarco, Cloud Nothings, Inventions

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2014 10:31am | Post a Comment

Mac Demarco - Salad Days (LP, CD or Download)

mac demarco salad days amoebaMac DeMarco wrongly gets called “slacker rock.” At only 23 he’s releasing his third album, and it’s one of the best things we’ve heard all year. The title track is a swaying, gleefully glum blues track, its charming, singalong quality masking some quarterlife crisis (“Always feeling tired, smiling when required/write another year off and kindly resign,” suggesting some darkness behind DeMarco’s goofy grin). “Brother” features DeMarco sumptuously singing while milky guitars dance beneath the surface. It’s one of the loveliest tunes he’s ever produced. Songs like “Goodbye Weekend,” with its woozy, intoxicating guitar line and lovely jazz tones, speak to what a strong songwriter DeMarco has always been beneath it all. And while he’s all the better for ditching some of the affectations he sported on the still-great Rock and Roll Night Club in favor of a streamlined sound he’s dubbed “jizz jazz,” DeMarco can still pull some conceptually striking songs, like “Passing Out the Pieces,” which uses heavily effected harpsichord and booming synth-bass to create miraculous millennial psychedelia, pulling in some of the good ol’ Beatles/Kinks/Beach Boys influence he’s seemed to (probably smartly) avoid showing thus far in his career. Salad Days shows DeMarco to be a classical songwriter with the ability to turn an amiable, if not immediately memorable, voice and intricate yet mangled guitarwork into tunes that pull at you in unexpected, emotional ways. So he can’t be bothered to shower or cut his hair—we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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