Shopping >Amoeba Music
great prices, best amoeba, huge place, very knowledgeable staff, best cd store, really bad parking, great selection
It is rare to find an awesome independant music store around any more, but there still is Ameoba. They have a selection of music that could keep you occupied for days.
What an incredibly cool music gem of a store... you can find anything from old 8-tracks to popular new vinyls!
only place i'll buy music. love this store. love everything about it. i had been to the SF one before it opened, so i was really looking forward to it being here. i don't buy as much music as i used to, but when i do, i do it here. used selections is great, as are old records, rock posters, etc. staff knows their stuff. they do in-store live performances sometimes too. parking is a hassle. that lot is full a lot.
My go-to spot for Vinyl, Movies, and
most recently: Band T-shirts. Nothing beats Amoeba.
My suggestion would be to just go in and experience Amoeba for yourself, I highly doubt that with the extraordinary selection they have for just about every type of movie, music, or randomness you can think of, that you will leave without something in your hands.
My favorite spots are the gigantic (as everything is in this store) 7 inch section (located in the back of the info counter) and the AS-IS DVD section (cheap movies that are guaranteed to play, with minor minor defects), where I always always find something...
Prices are usually always good for USED merchandise, for which they have a copious amount of... newer stuff is pricey, but it's to be expected, and the amount of amazingly priced used stuff I have gotten from Amoeba makes up for any high priced recent titles I may have splurged on.
Also, since I am a struggling college student, I lack funds, and Amoeba usually always gives me a good store credit deal when trading in my unwanted vinyl and movies.. I have left disappointed in what they have given me in trade a few times... but I won't count it against them!
GO TO AMOEBA!
p.s. FREE parking right next to the store for up to 2 hours... unbeatable for a place in Hollywood.
Amoeba is my Church & savior; I go there weekly!!.
i love this place. everyone who works there are avid music buffs and never ever steer you in the wrong direction. They take the time to ask you a few questions about your personal likes and the staff genuinely care about you satisfaction of finding a great new album or artist. I go there all the time to compliment their last recommendations to me. They really know how to treat customers and make loyal circles.
PS - check out the world music section and ask for their help. my greatest finds have been from that section mostly.
fantastico. I can find scandanavian import black metal, and lost vinyl free jazz, in a matter of minutes, just a few feet away from each other. Upstairs, the movies are a little more chaotic, but, who cares with such a selection, and laser discs to boot, I mean, this place has everything. And then some
HUGE!!!. THEE best and biggest record store I've EVER been in. Helpful and cheerful staff, who KNOW THEIR STUFF might I add. This store has anything, ANYTHING, I say!!!! You name it and more than likely, they've got it: Music from Senegal: Fatou Guewel, Orchestra Baobab, Fatou Laobe, Youssou N'Dour, Vivian N'Dour, underground hip hop: Mos Def/K-os/Common/Dilla, mainstream hip hop: JayZ/Kanye/Busta. World music of any kind: Enya, Feist, Portishead, Buena Vista Social Club. The biggest reggae selection I've seen, it's almost intimidating. Comedy albums (bought my deluxe Richard Pryor comedy album set there for a brilliant price). I mean I could go on and on and on. I love it and I feel so fortunate to be living in one of only 3 cities where this store calls home (SanFran & Berkeley). Awesome used cd's as well for excellent prices (bought my Van Hunt cd there for a cool $6.99!!! NOW BEAT THAT!) I stay buying their used cd's and I buy w/out testing it out to see if they'll skip because THEY NEVER DO. They guarantee their merchandise. I SIMPLY LOVE IT! I will forever be a loyal customer!
best...music store... ever....
hurray for selling used CDs to buy more CDS!
hurray for dollar videos!
hurray for katrina auctions!
hurray for nice sales people!
hurray for parking!
the decor is great, too.
love/hate, mostly love though..
For first-timers who think they've seen it all as far as CD stores go, your jaw will drop when you first enter Amoeba. I've been going there for years and I still get a chill when I look down upon the expansive CD floor from the second floor DVD section.
Their awesome, although sometimes pricey used section is the best in L.A. for harder to find titles. Sure, there's Second Spin for more accessible titles, but where else can you pick up the entire collection of Professionals (Steve Jones' and Paul Cook's post-Sex Pistols band) re-issues...in used condition no less?
Sure, there seems to be a tattoo and piercing requirement for all staffers, but when you finally tackle them, they can be pretty friendly. Saturdays are a complete madhouse, too.
Despite those minor drawbacks, Amoeba is a place I continue to visit on a weekly basis.
Great music selection. I like Amoeba becuase they have a great selection of music (something for everyone) at a great price. It is also a funky and fun place that makes you feel like part of the LA in crowd. If you like music and haven't been here yet, you need to pay it a visit. (P.S. Sometimes bands come in and play in the store. Who knew shopping could become such a party?)
Wonderful!. There is no other place in LA with this sort of variety in music, dvds, everything! I love classical music and this is the only place I can find the specific kinds that I enjoy. Even retail music stores dont provide that. I think its because people from around the world that live in LA sell their collections to this place and it makes it so diverse. I'm glad you're here!!!
Dont sell anything to these creeps! Scam artists. What a joke!. Brought in 300+ Lps in VG condition alot of Blues, Jazz, Soul, 60's, 70's Rock. After trading my licence 4 a dolly, and lugging up 6 boxes full w/o any help. 2Some jackars thumbed through them picked out about a hundred of the ones that were worth the most to them. I watched as he took out each selected lp checked both sides and replaced. No problem. He then started into his scripted routine about how they really didn't want the lps and how they weren't even worth buying? While he was examining the lps he told me this was gonna take a while hitting he didn't want me watchin him, I should've stayed. I wonder know how many of my records accidentally found their way onto another shelf. So while I was browsing through the lps for sale in the back I saw at least 2 dozen of the same lps he picked out which were priced more than 8.99 each! Mostly the rarer blues, Elvis and 1940's albums. After he offered me what amounted to about 15 cents for each record he had choosen, I laughed in his face told him to put them all back in the boxes. He then tried to pretend he was ignorant of the prices those exact same lps were selling for in his store! This after telling me he had worked there since before thay had opened! You should've seen the look on his face when I told him to put them back in their boxes, like a deer caught in headlights! HAHAHA He was so sure I was gonna just be like OK, whats the best you can do? The website states that if they are going to sell an LP for $5.00 they will pay you half that in cash? My math isn't that great, but 15 sents for an album they are selling for 9 dollars is not half! Fuqing Scam Artists, Avoid! They are nothin but crooks makin all their monry on the assumed ignorance of their clientel. I spiit on em! Hock! Pttt! Since then i had my little cousin list them as lots on ebay. I have made over $325 and counting! Simply by paying an honest person to do the legwork. Lesson Learned.
best record store in LA. I can literally stay in here for hours, browsing through cd's, old records, and dvd's. There's so much variety in there that the place can appeal to the indie junkie to the hip hop listener... Also the store workers are extremely knowledgable about music- they really know their stuff! They also have some in-store performances that are pretty awesome... I remember seeing Jenny Lewis there a few years back~
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