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International Tabletop Day Is Happening this Saturday!

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

International Tabletop Day

By Chris Curtis

Nice selection of used games hitting the floor on ITTD!

Here at Amoeba Music Hollywood, we just wrapped up another epic Record Store Day, a key annual event promoting the vitality and excitement of brick and mortar music shops. RSD (first held in 2008) actually took its inspiration from an earlier yearly event: Free Comic Book Day, which launched in 2002 as an effort to bring more potential readers into comic shops. Seeing the positive effect from such events, other retailers and media purveyors hoped to get in on the action, and subsequently we’ve seen Free Role Playing Game Day, Cassette Store Day, Independent Bookstore Day, and International Tabletop Day (ITTD). The latter two events are coming up this Saturday, April 28th, and we’ll celebrate both at Amoeba Hollywood!

So what’s ITTD all about? If you haven’t been following the board game renaissance you might be surprised to know that more new games are coming out than ever before, and sales in the industry have been steadily increasing for a decade. Beyond mere numbers, game design has evolved dramatically and many new play mechanisms have been introduced or refined. Modern games are generally less luck-based, play faster with less downtime, and involve more decision-making by the players. There is also a vast array of themes and concepts, from historical events to fantasy tropes to space exploration and dozens more. Board and card games have unquestionably gotten better since the 1990s, and it’s exciting to see the medium mature! It's also great to see people rediscovering the importance of social interaction in our increasingly impersonal digital world.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

As the line snaked around the corner and happy record shoppers scored some of the coolest picks from the menu of exclusive RSD titles, Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked into high gear. Outside the store, shoppers were treated to free beverages from Soylent and Hubert's Lemonade, temporary tattoos, dog and cat food samples from Weruva, pizza from Delicious Pizza, and ice cream from Ice Cream Ian and his truck, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Music fans took their chances with our fantastic prize wheel, with each $1 spin raising funds for the Downtown Women's Center while others sat for Draw the Line Entertainment's caricature artist. 

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba HollywoodInside the store, the festivities kept going. Family Industries live silk-screened up a storm of tote bags and t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Hundreds of lucky shoppers received Amoeba swag bags. As always, limited edition Record Store Day titles were the focus of the day, along with extra special savings on turntables, posters, used DVDs and Blu-rays, mugs, and books. Read Part One for a full recap of the morning.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day kicked off with a bang this year, with eager collectors and fans lining up outside the store many, many hours before Amoeba Hollywood officially opened our doors. Friends were made, dream wish lists compiled, and treats were served to early morning attendees by the good folks at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Watch the video below to see which RSD18 releases the vinyl enthusiasts in line were excited about today.

Here's our look back at some of the coolest things that happened this morning and a taste of the awesome events, sales, and exciting goings-on we had in store for visitors today.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Many shopping sprees were fueled by refreshments from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

 

Silk Screening 2

Family Industries was here silk screening four unique RSD18 designs onto t-shirts and tote bags.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Alice Bag

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2018 11:32am | Post a Comment

Alice Bag What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicana punk legend Alice Bag visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about the woman's narrative in rock and picked up albums by Javier Solis, Garbage, Chicano Batman, Shopping, and more in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. 

Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice Alice Bag Blueprintand Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.

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10 Essential Soundtracks to Add to Your Record Store Day Wishlist

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2018 03:33pm | Post a Comment

10 Soundtracks Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just around the bend, with all three of our stores ready to rock you with a stacked lineup of special appearances, performances, sales, and of course, exciting exclusive releases. This year, the good people behind RSD have outdone themselves in a lot of ways, in particular, with a truly impressive lineup of soundtrack LPs. From cult films to genre classics to the recently rediscovered, these reissues promise cool extras, sweet tunes, and plenty of good times. Some of these are available in ultra-limited runs, while others have been out-of-print for quite some time.

If you're a cinephile / soundtrackphile, read on for our picks for RSD 2018's most compelling soundtrack reissues available at Amoeba on Saturday, April 21st.

Krush Groove

Various Artists - Krush Groove [OST]

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