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Boy, do you have your work cut out for you, trying to win the office basketball pool is hard enough; settling on the greatest thing in Los Angeles is something else entirely. We know. After all, just narrowing the field to 64 candidates entailed days of nominating and defending and View More

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By Ron Silverman Senior Chapter Director, Angeles Chapter   Each year Amoeba Records selects a charity of choice, and this year the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter is a lucky recipient along with Rainforest Action Network!   Amoeba raises money for their chosen charities through their infamous Saturday Auctions. Every Saturday at 4pm, Amoeba holds an View More

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By Steve Baltin Not to sound like one of those old "remember when" guys, but before the days of iTunes, there was a thing called a record store, the kind of place where you could spend hours sifting through bins to find an original Miles Davis Kind Of Blue or discover View More

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Story & Photos by Bryan Reesman While most still think of the city as the Petri dish for '80s hair metal, Los Angeles has also produced a plethora of real metal over the years, including the heavyweights like Armored Saint, Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica (before they migrated to the Bay Area). View More

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Amoeba Records a Cathedral of Commerce By Michael Smith With its iconic clubs and secluded party venues, Sunset Boulevard has long provided a backdrop for the colorful history of rock 'n' roll. Today, it tells a new story of the music business. On Sunset in West Hollywood, the iconic Tower Records building has been View More

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Hilary Hahn arrives with her violin as Amoeba reaches out to classical artists. By James C. Taylor     Of the many contrasts on display at Amoeba Music’s first foray into live classical music, none was more vivid than the image of three punk rockers—two with Mohawk haircuts—strolling down the store’s main View More

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Marc Weinstein says his record stores thrive despite file-sharing and chain-store rivals because they focus on the basics: Product and customers.  In 1990, vinyl records were thought to have gone the way of the dinosaur -- and indie record shops were said to have gone with them. But Marc Weinstein believed View More

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By Joshua Klein It’s a warm Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Amoeba Records is bustling. A long line of customers winds through the racks of thousands of new and used CDs and LPs, waiting for one of the busy registers to open up. A steady stream of cars drives in View More

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By Jim Rendon When Glenn Ward, the chief executive of the Virgin Entertainment Group, North America, has an urge to hunt for obscure, out-of-print recordings, he passes up the Virgin Megastore on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for another music retailer down the street. Mr. Ward chooses that competitor, Amoeba Music, because, View More

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By Marc Weingarten While the recording industry grapples with the issue of widespread downloading of copyrighted music, an independent record store in Los Angeles is trying to make the digital revolution work on its own terms. Amoeba Music, a 31,000-square-foot store on Sunset Boulevard that opened in November, has an inventory of View More