Amoeba - What's In Your Bag

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I just came across these. It looks like there are more than a couple hundred already. For those that haven't seen these yet, they are nice little 5-10 breaks at work,
and they get me to check out something I haven't heard of once in a while.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:32 (five years ago) link

could've sworn we have a thread for these?
the DJ Quik one is great

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:33 (five years ago) link

i like the marty willson-piper one
the one with jody stephens was charmingly lame

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:34 (five years ago) link

Yeah these are great - they echo whatever I ask any 'famous' musician when I meet 'em - 'so what are ya diggin' these days?'

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:40 (five years ago) link

Tell us their answers!

nostormo, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 22:28 (five years ago) link

I love the Robyn Hitchcock one, where he explains how he still buys new music but less has penetrated since he turned 40, ostensibly because he's still processing everything he heard before then.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 22:42 (five years ago) link

I could watch the one with John Taylor and Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran all day. John seems like the coolest guy and Simon is just incredibly awkward.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 6 November 2014 16:29 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

Marty Stuart... rules

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:02 (one year ago) link

Once I was selling some stuff at the Hollywood buy counter, and Jimmy Page and Joe Perry walked out together with a bunch of purchases. The entire front of the store was hushed; the guy assisting me gazed at them reverently. (I don't know what was in their bags, lol)

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:13 (one year ago) link


Οὖτις, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:29 (one year ago) link

I was quite surprised that Necrobutcher of Mayhem has everything the Beastie Boys have done.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:57 (one year ago) link

"the fucking Aussies, INXS!"

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 12 October 2018 14:21 (one year ago) link

There's a great one with Robyn Hitchcock where he talks about how new music stopped penetrating his brain around 40, and that he's still processing everything he's heard. Or something to that effect.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link

The Jason Mantzoukas one is a fun watch and he has (surprisingly?) great taste in music.

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 12 October 2018 18:55 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Good new location, IMO:

dad genes (morrisp), Thursday, 6 February 2020 02:13 (six months ago) link


Bee OK, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:28 (six months ago) link

try that again:

Bee OK, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:29 (six months ago) link

Jason Mantzoukas has a Khun Narin LP in his Amoeba bag. Cool.

earlnash, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:50 (six months ago) link

yeah he might win Whats In My Bag, extremely good overall bag

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 7 February 2020 02:03 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Long/interesting interview about the state of Amoeba prior to the crisis (half their sales come from vinyl), and its uncertain future:

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 04:01 (three months ago) link

^ because of your post i have been keeping an eye on this development.

Bee OK, Sunday, 26 April 2020 05:57 (three months ago) link

$209.122 of the 400K they need or want, so far

Bee OK, Sunday, 26 April 2020 05:59 (three months ago) link

APRIL 23, 2020
by Marc Weinstein, Organizer
To all of our fantastic supporters out there:

It is hard to express how moved we are by the outpouring of love and generosity we’ve seen since we launched our GoFundMe. We weren’t sure if anyone would respond to our campaign, and we are absolutely floored by all of you who have contributed. Thousands of you so far! In just a few days!

How could we ever articulate the impact of seeing this tremendous community of music fans from all over the world respond to our call for help? Your beautiful comments are proof of all the good, gracious, generous, and kind people in the world. We are incredibly touched by your generosity, especially at a time when there are so many people and organizations in need. Your donations are helping us bridge the gap while our stores are closed, helping us take care of our employees, and helping solidify our future in this uncertain time. Thank you for your support and your belief in us!

We love you all and cannot wait until we can all be together again.

Bee OK, Sunday, 26 April 2020 06:01 (three months ago) link

Sunset Blvd. location won't be reopening; they're focusing on transition to the new one:

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Monday, 27 April 2020 21:20 (three months ago) link

RIP to the only record store i've ever stood in and thought "this is just too much"

glad i got to spend some time there

alpine static, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 06:51 (three months ago) link

RIP, and hopefully the locations in the Bay stay open after this pandemic.

octobeard, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 20:10 (three months ago) link

they arent closing no need to RIP them lol they were planning to close and move before pandemic. READ THE ARTICLES JFC.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 20:34 (three months ago) link

kurt otm, I've been confused by all the RIP mentions going around. My understanding was that it was going to close and move anyway, the COVID-19 situation just meant they are closing much sooner than expected and without the big going away party.

The GoFundMe seems to be going well, so I hope they all kick around for many years more.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 20:59 (three months ago) link

i read the articles, i know the deal. i'm RIPing the current location, which was amazing, and look forward to going to the new location.

alpine static, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:23 (three months ago) link

I haven't heard how by how much, but the new one is supposed to be smaller than the current one.

nickn, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:54 (three months ago) link

Here's what the co-owner says in that Variety interview linked above:

With the renderings and photos of the new location, it looks like a great space. But obviously it’s less square footage, which may have hardcore collectors worried who are going to want that one weird rare thing you can only get with a huge store. You’ve devoted a few spots where there used to be racks to more T-shirts, but basically the Sunset store still seems jam-packed. Is a lot of that inventory going to have to go to a warehouse when you move?

No, we’re going to be very crafty in how we lay it out. Honestly, we’re using about 75% of our fixtures in the new space. So technically we’re planning on having three-quarters of the display space that we have in the new space. And we think that (amount of lessening) is appropriate, because the sales have so declined in DVDs and CDs. But we’re going to make use of all the bins, (placing them) above and below — it’s going to be crowded with product even more than our current store. We have figured out on paper how to basically fit at least three quarters of the inventory we have now into the new space.

(And) we’re going to feature vinyl more than ever. You know, that’s our main thing. Our sales are almost half LPs. And we’re going to make sure that we’re appropriately stocked and featuring vinyl more than anything. But we’re going to continue carrying all the formats that we’re known for.

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 23:35 (three months ago) link

Losing the instore stage space is likely to be RIP-worthy.

donald failson (sic), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:56 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

so, holy shit amoeba's had a terrible year. i knew their site was down, but i didn't understand why. i received this in my email the other day:

Dear Loyal Amoeba Customers,

On June 28, was the victim of a hacking attack. As a result, our website has been offline while we have been working hard to rebuild the site and take steps to ensure that this does not happen again. No credit card data was exposed or accessed in the attack. Additionally, all passwords were encrypted, but we still recommend changing your password as an extra precaution. However, some information, including shipping / billing addresses and email addresses, was compromised.

We understand not only the inconvenience that this attack has been for our customers, but also the importance of reestablishing your confidence. We have hired a third-party firm to investigate this hack, moved our servers to a new location, and increased our systems’ security to do our best to prevent a future attack.

We have relaunched with new product only and are working to add used inventory back to the site as soon as we can.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we navigate this incredibly challenging year.

Was my credit card data exposed?

No. Amoeba does not store any financial information on our servers and none was accessed or compromised. All credit card data is stored on the servers (the third-party payment gateway provider we use for purchases), not on Amoeba servers.

Was my personal data like my address and email accessed?

Yes, unfortunately email addresses and shipping / billing addresses were exposed. But again, no financial data.

Do I need to create a new username and reset my password?

Yes. Your account is no longer accessible and a new username and password are necessary. Please know that all passwords were encrypted, but we still recommend resetting your password for an extra layer of security. You may create a new account or checkout as a guest when making a purchase.

I have an online gift code or a balance remaining from an online gift code. Will it still work or do I need a new code?

If you have an online gift code or credit balance, please email buyst✧✧✧@amo✧✧✧.c✧✧ with the purchaser’s name, purchaser’s email, and credit amount and we can help restore your online credit.

I pre-ordered a new release before June 28, 2020. Will it still ship on time?

Yes. Shipping was not affected by the site’s temporary shutdown and we will continue to ship pre-ordered items as usual.

What steps are you taking to ensure this doesn't happen again?

We hired a third-party firm to investigate this hack, moved our servers to a new location and have invested in additional layers of systems security to help combat against a future attack.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 18:45 (one week ago) link

Yeah I got that yesterday

Your dream has symbolic content (morrisp), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 19:51 (one week ago) link

got another email this morning and heads up: they're running 15% off all orders today and tomorrow (30 + 31 july). you have to enter the code THANKS15 at check out.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 30 July 2020 14:59 (one week ago) link

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