Amoeba LA to close?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by zakyfarms, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    I also encountered those violent crazies out on the street in Berkeley. There are ones pretending to deal drugs but really out to snatch the money and run. I told them I was not into drugs, and they still chased me down the street asking me what else I needed.
  2. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    You can slip into the Arclight as if going to get a movie ticket and use theirs. Have done so (out of necessity) many times.
  3. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Remind us...whose lyrics are these? Sounds familiar but I can't place it.
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  4. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    That doesn't seem right at all. I go to Los Angeles several times a year, and I see probably more "scuzzy" areas than beautiful ones. It's just that this particular spot is going through that cycle right now. Prices aren't too bad in Inglewood . . .
  5. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    East of the Hudson
    I don't know, the classical floor was pretty empty when I was there last year :).
  6. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    Sorry to hear you're leaving L.A. I too am out of here come December -- after 30 years . Just can't deal with the cost of housing -- or at least what you get for the money.

    I'll always love L.A., though.
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  7. I333I

    I333I Forum Resident

    Haha. Once the football stadium is built...
  8. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA

    Amoeba was HIDEOUS for everyone in the biz except Amoeba. It put a dagger in the heart of almost all the smaller stores in the area.
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  9. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    'Big City' written in Los Angeles by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway on Merle's tour bus parked at Britania Studios, which was owned by Tom Jones.
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  10. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    There are several places around LA that have homeless camped out at night in tents, on the streets and in alleys behind businesses. Across the street from my apt is an ally that turns into a campsite after 9pm. However there is a high-end condo with retail gong up soon there on that corner. This new building will blow those homeless right out of there before they even strike the first foot of dirt. Oh well.
  11. Pavol Stromcek

    Pavol Stromcek Forum Resident

    SF Bay Area
    That is weird!!! With the exception of the 3+ years when my wife and I were living in Europe (2011-2014), I've been going to Telegraph Ave just about every week since 1987, and I've never had encounters with "drugged out," "violent" "crazies." I've seen my share of crazy and/or weird and/or homeless people there doing strange things (usually just yelling at the voices in their heads; alarming, but harmless), and I've had plenty of people ask me if I want to buy some weed (and these guys are very easy to ignore), and one time I saw this guy beating the crap out of a newspaper vending machine (I just gave him a wide berth as I passed by), but I've never had any actual encounters or confrontations with anyone in all these years. I've never felt in any kind of danger there. Of course, I'm *not* sitting around in People's Park, and I'm *not* going there late at night after the shops have all closed, but who would do that anyhow? And, like, why would you even acknowledge the guys selling drugs?
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  12. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Why would I? The only thing I did wrong was carrying large shopping bags loaded with clothes and records. I just nodded and kept walking. But I know I looked like a slow moving target loaded with cash. It was late when everything was closing.

    Look, this reputation has been around and growing for at least 15 years. Get that fact even if you've not seen it.
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  13. ranasakawa

    ranasakawa Forum Resident

    Yep, probably the same guys
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  14. BlueSpeedway

    BlueSpeedway Forum Resident

    Oh gosh, Urban Outfitters... I hate this place in London too :(
  15. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    The redevelopment of Hollywood is long overdue. Hollywood Blvd. is a global tourist attraction with a lot of history, but for decades it's been a dump that people visit for an hour or so, take a few pictures, then leave. Done right, it could be a location that could restore economic vitality to the area. I'm sure many on this Forum remember Times Square back in the early 80's. I'm not saying that Hollywood Blvd could be anything like that, but it might be a place where tourists could feel comfortable hanging out and dropping a few bucks.

    I wouldn't worry about the bums or Amoeba. LA is vast - they will find a new home.
  16. Olompali

    Olompali Forum Resident

    I'm betting Haggard collected his Social Security.
    This thread is becoming too political.

    "The more things change
    The more they stay the same"
  17. mikee

    mikee Forum Resident

    ? ? Amoeba has a restroom available. It's locked but you ask an employee and they quickly and courteously open it for you. It's been reasonably clean every time I've had occasion to use it.

    I think they were going out anyway. Aaron's suffered far more from having to move of Melrose to a location that did not really work well for them. imo. A smaller shop could survive with a good forward thinking business plan as Rockaway did. By the way Amoeba publishes a list of ALL the other record stores in the LA area and encourages you to support them too. The lists are available on the counters in the store.

    Great song! Great album!
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  18. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Forum Resident

    Heading to LA next week and Amoeba is my second stop after Mels Diner for some turkey melts :)

    I'm sure Amoeba will survive even if it's shunted off to another location!
  19. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    I don't want to be one of those 'I knew that' people after the answer's already been given out but 'I knew that', actually one of my fave Hag albums.
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  20. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    Is it like one of these?

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  21. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium
    I don't get to Amoeba in Hollywood very often, but I have always parked in the paid garage attached to the mall on Ivar. It's safe.
  22. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Sad day for music fans.
    How does Amoeba compare with L.A.s Tower Records in the seventies ?
  23. Bigger better
  24. The only record store I ever knew with a customer bathroom was Virgin. But probably only because they had a cafe. So that's. Law
  25. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Speaking of "Urban Outfitters", just what the hell happened to them? My wife and I were in one of their stores a month or so ago and it is now virtually a different store altogether and we didn't like it anymore.

    As for Amoeba L.A., I never visit that area and not go to their store, same for when I'm in San Francisco. Clearly two of the greatest music stores that I'v ever had the pleasure of visiting. Now, I'd be a liar to not admit that the last few times in either Amoeba, the deals and more importantly, the product, was severely hampered to what I was used to finding. I'm sure that the locals, who visit on a more frequent basis, still find the worth there. I can only hope that if (and when) Amoeba has to move, that it will not relocate to a far off location, like "Rockaway Records" did. I was hugely disappointed in where Rockaway ended up and even more frustrated with their selection and space. Their old location was an oasis of selections, as where many of the other great record stores that I used to frequent out there in the mid '80's. I wish that I could remember some of the other places, but their names now escape me. I remember one being two floors and really deep. Cheap LP's upstairs and everything else, including stereo equipment on the main floor. It was almost like a warehouse. Oh well, I might as well face the truth, as I have with almost all of my beloved local music stores and that it is sadly true, what George Harrison said, as "All Things Will Pass"!

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