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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

Tell us their answers!

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

three years pass...

Marty Stuart... rules

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:02 (two years 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 (two years ago) link


Οὖτις, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:29 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

"the fucking Aussies, INXS!"

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

one year passes...

Good new location, IMO:

dad genes (morrisp), Thursday, 6 February 2020 02:13 (one year ago) link


Bee OK, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:28 (one year ago) link

try that again:

Bee OK, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:29 (one year ago) link

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

earlnash, Friday, 7 February 2020 01:50 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven months ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah I got that yesterday

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

seven months pass...

The iconic independent record store will open its doors on April 1st at the newest iteration of Amoeba Hollywood – now at 6200 Hollywood Blvd. Amoeba Music’s new home is a huge, light-filled, ground-level space in the center of Hollywood. It’s a diverse and vibrant neighborhood that boasts historic and iconic venues like The Fonda Theatre and Pantages Theatre, as well as excellent eateries, hotels, retail and nightlife spots. The new space features validated parking in the El Centro parking structure.

Opening day will include a special design created by L.A. artist Ivan Minsloff. Customers will get a limited edition poster as a gift with purchase and there will be live t-shirt silk-screening with our friends Family Industries in the courtyard of the El Centro complex from 11:30am until 4pm. T-shirts will be $10 and available while supplies last.

The building may be new but Amoeba’s personality shines through with visual flourishes like the color vinyl LP installation welcoming customers at the front door, the original Shepard Fairey mural created for the Amoeba stage, collage art in the book section and more.

Bee OK, Friday, 26 March 2021 21:51 (three weeks ago) link

Would love to check it out, but it’ll probably be a while before I make it down there.

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Friday, 26 March 2021 21:54 (three weeks ago) link

man i could totally conceivably go, but i haven't been vaccinated so i'm going to pass.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 27 March 2021 01:20 (three weeks ago) link

Lines around the block at Ameoba Music’s grand reopening in Hollywood

APRIL 1, 2021 7:38 PM PT

More than a year after the pandemic forced it to shutter, and just shy of its 20th anniversary as a Hollywood fixture, music retailer Amoeba Music reopened in its new location Thursday morning.

The moment, marked by the requisite jumbo-scissored ribbon cutting, occurred just before 11 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. A line of giddy, young, mostly masked shoppers, many of whom had been waiting since early morning to enter the music Valhalla, stretched south down Argyle and around the block. The queue remained that way for hours.

“The pandemic’s been hard on everyone, so I feel like this is going to boost morale, bring joy again,” said Alonzo Vasquez, who had driven in from the Central Valley with friends to go shopping. His mission: tracking down anything on LP by L.A.-based psych-punk band Osees.

“I feel like this will make times normal. We’re getting spots back,” he said, the lower half of his face obscured by his face mask.

“We’ve been waiting for a year,” said Silver Lake resident Kerri Barta, who was near the entrance on the cusp of access. Until COVID-19, a visit to Amoeba was part of the weekly ritual for her and companion Jason Yates. “It’s been a big hole in our life.”

As the line attested, the same was true of many Angelenos, especially the store’s staff. In mid-March, management called back many of the 200 Amoeba employees rendered jobless by the closure, and on Thursday dozens helped customers eager to explore the store’s 23,000 square feet of retail space.

If, from an outsider’s perspective, Amoeba’s reopening seems to have drawn outsize attention considering the California-based retailer has only two other stores — and you can buy anything you want online — its L.A. reopening marks a moment for one of the world’s most important music centers.

Dense with artists, music producers, music supervisors (Netflix headquarters is a block away), studio engineers and, most important, millions of taste-making fans with social media accounts whose movements will help define the sound of tomorrow’s music, Hollywood has had some sort of mega-retailer in the area since Wallich’s Music City opened at Sunset and Vine in the early 1940s. Amoeba assumed that role after Tower Records’ Sunset shop closed in the mid-00s, and the new location confirms its status.

On Thursday shoppers entered the store greeted by dozens of aisles filled with product: T-shirts, turntables, collectibles, books, posters, stickers, pins — and, of course, hundreds of thousands of albums, compact discs, cassettes, 7-inch singles and 78-rpm records. Rows of new and used vinyl and display racks showcase fresh releases. Midway into the store, a lower level about five steps down consumes the back half. It mostly contains compact discs.

One reflection of the music retail market in 2021 is the amount of space devoted to vinyl and merch at the expense of CDs. The long-dominant physical format was engineered to replace the less profitable, more finicky vinyl starting in the early 1980s and remained the top-selling physical format until last year, when vinyl sales surpassed CD sales for the first time in decades.

The store’s live stage is located in the southwest corner of the room, and is centered around the same Shepard Fairey-designed backdrop used on Sunset. Co-owner Jim Henderson, who helped cut the red ribbon on Thursday, said the timeline for in-store sets will be dictated by safety standards. He didn’t want to speculate on when the live sets might return.

The store’s legendary check-out line, which on busy days in the old spot could extend well into the store, runs down the middle of the room with social distance markers every six feet. The store was ready for the rush.

These should be prime times for music retail, especially those that deal in both new and used product. Not only is there an active market for used records, but the volume of new vinyl that’s entered the ecosystem in the past decade ensures fresh stock for years to come. Add in that cassettes and CDs continue to have allegiant devotees and the case can be made that the shops that have weathered the shutdown will come back strong.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, sales of new vinyl in 2020 shot up 29.2% to $619.6 million, according to the Recording Industry Association of America; in 2019 that number was $479.5 million. It’s still a fraction of the overall billions earned in the larger music business. In 2020 streaming rose 13.4% over the year prior and generated $10.1 billion, which the RIAA said accounted for 83% of total music industry revenue.

That streaming news struck a deaf ear among those waiting in line, who gathered in scrums of two and three and tried to master the art of being both socially excitable and distanced. Another line extended the other direction down Hollywood; in it were customers toting record crates, bags of CDs and stacks of books they were hoping to trade for new records — or sell to make April rent.

The move had been long planned. In 2020, the pandemic prompted the shop to skip any festivities that might have occurred when it departed its previous home on Sunset Boulevard and sprint toward the new address to be ready when the pandemic allowed. The goal was to open in November, but the fall surge in COVID-19 pushed the schedule to Thursday.

Amoeba opened its first two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area before unveiling its 42,000-square-foot Hollywood megastore in 2001. Housed in a building that Amoeba ownership bought at Sunset Boulevard and Cahuenga Avenue, Amoeba-Hollywood was a destination from day one — despite overall retail music sales plummeting at the time due to Napster. After Amoeba sold the building to developers in 2015, a relocation was inevitable.

The old spot was a magnet for record-loving celebrities and musicians, and the new spot is sure to be similar.

Located in the newly developed El Centro retail and residential complex across Hollywood Boulevard from the Pantages Theatre and the Frolic Room, the new Amoeba has a smaller footprint than the Sunset shop by about a quarter. Still, it’s a vast space with high ceilings and exposed ductwork and already has the feel of a lived-in store. Band and label stickers are collaged on doors, racks are filled, and plexiglass shields protect employees at the help station and check-out counters. The walls of the store are consumed by huge posters of David Bowie, Prince, Beyonce, Patti Smith, the Beatles and dozens more.

To absorb the footage loss, the vinyl and disc shelving units make use of secondary racks at floor level, which formerly held overstock. Stools dot the aisles to ease access to bottom bins; diggers crouched and flipped through jazz records in one corner and hip-hop vinyl a few rows away.

Elsewhere bargain hunters scoured bins for used CDs selling for the same ridiculously low prices that vinyl collectors marveled at in the mid ‘90s.

Vasquez wasn’t necessarily looking for bargains, he said as the line approached the door, but something more ephemeral and enduring. “The first time I was here it blew my mind. I still have flashbacks back to that day.”

Bee OK, Friday, 2 April 2021 22:30 (two weeks ago) link

L.A.-based psych-punk band Osees.

I thought this was a typo but looked it up... they changed the spelling of their name(?)

take it to the pre-chorus (morrisp), Friday, 2 April 2021 22:39 (two weeks ago) link

I'm about 25 miles away and I can't wait to visit.

Bee OK, Friday, 2 April 2021 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

Netflix headquarters is a block away

It’s actually a 15-minute walk away (though this phrase is stuck awkwardly in the middle of of a paragraph about Hollywood, it’s not clear what it’s referring to).

take it to the pre-chorus (morrisp), Friday, 2 April 2021 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

i'm gonna give it a few weeks to calm down, but i'm definitely going to be visiting soon.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:36 (two weeks ago) link

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