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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Conor Oberst What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Say, who's that taking a snooze on the couch in th Amoeba Hollywood green room? Why it's none other than singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, who, after playing a spirited set on the Amoeba stage and going shopping for records, decided it was time for a little nap. Fortunately he was also game for a What's In My Bag? interview in which he shared some humorous, off the cuff insight into the records he chose, including Rage Against The Machine's The Battle Of Los Angeles. "I played a show one time with Rage...one of the scariest nights of my life," Oberst recalled. "I'm up there with, like, an acoustic guitar," he continued, "playing sad alt-country songs to Rage Against The Machine fans that all wanted me dead." Thankfully that experience didn't sour him on the band!

Conor Oberst Salutations A native of Nebraska, Conor Oberst has not only proven to be a prolific and driving force in Omaha's music scene, but also one of the most renowned singer/songwriters of his generation. Having joined his first band at the age of 13 he has been steadily releasing music since 1993. Over the following two plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums with his band Bright Eyes, as well as under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk super-group. His most recent album, Salutations, was released in March 2017 on Nonesuch and includes full band versions of the ten songs from his 2016 album Ruminations, plus seven additional songs.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, October 21

Posted by Amoebite, October 16, 2017 01:01pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, October 21st! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free (of equal or lesser value)
  • 45s: 2 for $1
  • Classical vinyl: 3 for $1
  • Cassettes: 2 for $1
  • $1 LPs
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts: $5 and under
  • Stickers: $0.75 each or 4 for $2
  • Patches: 2 for $1 (or priced as marked)
  • Buttons: $0.50 each or 4 for $1
  • Books, magazines & comics: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on toys & other merch

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eagles of Death Metal

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Eagles of Death Metal What's In My Bag?

"The character of Catwoman was a big influence on my developing sexuality," confides Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes during his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Hughes, also known as Boots Electric, starts our "What's In My Bag?" episode showing off a figurine of the aforementioned Catwoman from the classic '60s TV show and movie, Batman. "That's what I love about Amoeba," he continues. "You're able to really live within the eternal, time-frozen bubble of pop culture and experience it, if you wish to, in almost any generation." Hughes was full of humorous and insightful observations throughout our interview and proved to have quite the eclectic, and electric, tastes.

Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by longtime friends Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes. The band's debut came courtesy of Homme's The Desert Sessions Volume 3 & 4 later that year. With the increasing success of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal was sidelined for a time before the release of their 2004 debut Peace, Love, Death Metal. A number of songs from the album were used in commercial, video game, and film projects, causing the band's profile to grow rapidly. The band released a followup, Death by Sexy, in 2006. They embarked on a series of tours in support of the album, headlining their own tour and supporting The Strokes, Peaches, Joan Jett, and for one show, Guns 'N Roses.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Hurricane Relief with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Don Barris at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday at Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be! Our old friend and cohort, the incomparable Don Barris (Windy City Heat, Big 3 Podcast, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ding Dong Show, and a tireless supporter of Amoeba's auctions), did the honors at the podium and hosted our charity auction for hurricane relief! Don was entertaining and hilarious, as always, with the sharp zingers, as well as the deadpan wily way he has of wrangling extra cash our of unsuspecting Saturday shoppers.

The items on the auction block were amazing and Don did a great job. He really drummed up the energy and he had everyone giggling under their breath or rollicking in the aisles as they threw up their rainbow auction paddles (which conveniently double as fans on the 90 degree day). People really got the jump on their holiday shopping by scoring some unique items!

All proceeds from Saturday's auction went directly to support hurricane relief efforts and, as always, Amoeba matched ALL winning bid amounts, which means double the money going to where it is most needed.

Here are just a few of the cool items we auctioned off:

  • Tickets to see The Breeders (SOLD OUT) show at the El Rey November 13th - $60.00
  • Tickets to see The Drums at The Fonda Theatre November 2nd - $80.00
  • Tickets to see Dhani Harrison at the El Rey November 30th - $45.00
  • Signed & framed Glen Campbell poster - $95.00
  • Neon Demon movie poster signed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez - $20.00
  • David Lynch signed Twin Peaks soundtrack vinyl - $100.00
  • Pearl Jam collectible pack, including Third Man LP, patch and Vitalogy book - $120.00
  • New Orleans music pack, featuring a Tipitina's shirt, hand picked music from NOLA--commemorating our very first auction in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast $80.00
  • Portable turntable + handpicked vinyl - $130.00
  • Lana Del Rey poster from her appearance at Amoeba with CD and buttons - $40.00
  • Signed HAIM poster + CD $30.00
  • Baby Driver soundtrack LP signed by Edgar Wright - $40.00

All together, Don helped raise a total of $840.00! That means, with the Amoeba match, we going to send $1,680.00 to Direct Relief, which has been providing medical and other aid to hurricane ravaged areas like Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

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