Amoeba Hollywood Celebrated 10 Years With a KCRW Live Broadcast

Posted by Amoebite, November 15, 2011 03:53pm | Post a Comment
Anyone who's been to Amoeba Hollywood on a Saturday knows that it's always the busiest day of the week. Saturday November 12, 2011 was a reflection of this simple fact, with one major addition: Amoeba Music celebrated 10 years of serving the Hollywood community!!! Amoeba Hollywood officially opened its doors on November 17, 2001 and we decided to celebrate a few days early: filling the store with colorful balloons, conducting trivia contests, and doing what we do best - helping locals, regulars, and visitors find the music, movies, and memorabilia they can't get anywhere else.

Chris DouridasThis Saturday was also extra special with the help of the crew from KCRW 89.9FM, who were broadcasting live all day from Amoeba's famous stage. This was the first time KCRW ever did a live radio broadcast and the first time Amoeba ever hosted one.

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas kicked things off from 12-2pm, playing a broad mix of tunes from the wonderfully bleak "My Autumn's Done Come" by Lee Hazelwood to the sweet and honest vibes of Michael Kiwanuka's "Tell Me a Tale;" from Ray Charles' pitch perfect version of Sam Cooke's "Laughin' and Clownin" to a brand new Black Keys single, "Lonely Boy" (new album El Camino out Dec. 6th!). KCRW had some challenging trivia questions about the station, with winning answers receiving KCRW hats and Amoeba gift certificates. KCRW also held a Willy Wonka style scavenger hunt with staffers and DJs hiding "golden tickets" among the Amoeba racks: tickets to their December 3rd "Are Friends Eclectic?" concert.

KCRW staff   Winner

Anne LittAnne Litt began her set with Feist's dramatic and moving "A Commotion," then quickly took us on a virtual tour of many of the various sections of Amoeba. Her set took us from the incredible harmony of Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains" to The Roots dark & haunting "Make My;" from Surfer Blood's cute, infectous indie pop song "I'm Not Ready" to the soothingly sweet voice of Astrud Gilberto's "Fly Me To the Moon," and the Police classic, "Omegaman." Anne later told me that she was basically playing stuff she likes, which was a perfect substitution for the usual Saturday afternoon music at Amoeba.

At 5pm, after Anne's set, KCRW took an hour break from broadcasting on the stage. That's when Amoeba floor manager Daniel Tures took the mic sporting a dazzling triple-decker-cake hat, adorned with a colorful Amoeba centerpiece. Daniel conducted some serious Amoeba-related trivia questions, handing out Amoeba gift certificates for correct answers. This was a rare opportunity for many people to learn more than they ever wanted to know about some of the oddities and terminology that Amoeba employees encounter every day.

Daniel Tures   Crowd

Eric Garcetti
After the trivia contest, we were honored to have L.A. City Council President & mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti join us on stage. He had many amazing things to say about how important Amoeba's presence has been in the community over the past 10 years. He then presented co-owner Jim Henderson with a beautiful certificate of congratulations from the city of Los Angeles.

Next, Liza Richardson took the stage, beginning her set with Sola Rosa's "Love Alone." Following in the same eclectic footsteps of her previous collegues, Liza guided us on a rock/jazz/world journey. We heard the groove from the Sahara desert with Tinariwen's "Cler Achel," Charles Mingus' jazzy upbeat "Better Git It In Your Soul," and an indie electronic jam by Little Dragon, "Shuffle a Dream." Then came a moment that I always appreciate while I'm working at Amoeba: the "Yes! This is exactly what I want to hear right now" moment. "Manic Depression" by Jimi Hendrix. Perfect. A few songs later, it happened again: Austra's hot dark wave song "Beat & the Pulse." The set ended nicely with Thelonius Monk's toe-tapping "Just You, Just Me."
Liza Richardson

The final DJ of the night was the one and only Henry Rollins. There was a decent size crowd of Henry/Black Flag fans trying to grab a chance to talk to Henry or get something signed. Henry began with The Jerky Boy's "Pablo Honey" PABLO, PLEASE COME TO FLORIDA. . . followed shortly by the Louvin Brothers' warning to all sinners that "Satan Is Real." Later was Sun Ra's unique groove on "Interplanetary Music" and Off!'s "Darkness," followed by the Birthday Party's sexy, rockabilly jam "Release the Bats." Henry ended his set, appropriately enough, with Adolescents' "Amoeba."

Henry Rollins   Henry Rollins

It was an amazing day, much crazier & busier than the average Saturday. Everyone - from the KCRW crew to the employees to the customers - had nothing but good things to say about the day's events. Good vibes were experienced by all who participated in and experienced celebrating the first decade of Amoeba in Hollywood!

-- By Billy Calhoun

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