Los Angeles is a popular music hub. There are plenty of music related things to do in LA. Visiting Amoeba Music is definitely one of them. If you’re the type of person who loves getting a physical copy of an album, then this place is for you.
Amoeba Music is one of the largest independent music stores in Hollywood. It is an iconic spot for music lovers. Amoeba Music began in 1990 to combat the rise of corporate music shops and bring back that intimate music shop experience. It has been around for about 27 years.
In Los Angeles, they’re located at the infamous Sunset Boulevard, but they also have stores in Berkeley and San Francisco.
Last year, Amoeba Music announced that they had sold the building they were in in LA, garnering concern from its customers. A few months ago, they clarified that they are to stay in Los Angeles, though the exact venue has to still be revealed.
Amoeba Music Hollywood is like one massive warehouse with an overflowing amount of CDs, vinyls, and merchandise…the list goes on. One of the best things about the store is that it offers a diverse selection of music. You can spend a whole day in there, maybe even more! It’s that big, so imagine the countless options for music and the amount of genres they stock up on.
The store’s facade hints at how big it is, but it’s only when entering through the glass doors and walking into the main hall with rows and rows of music can its enormity be felt. I definitely felt a thrill as I walked inside the main hall. It was like entering a maze filled with music–a maze I wouldn’t mind getting lost in for days. Oh, the excitement of hunting for new music. There’s just something about being able to leaf through stacks of CDs or vinyl records and finding an absolute gem or a rare edition of an album that’s electrifying.
Amoeba’s staff can definitely help you when you’re hunting for a specific record or have a query. At the time, I inquired if LANY had any CDs out for their EPs. Since LANY only had vinyl records available (I didn’t have a record player), I opted to inquire for a James Bay record. The staff assisted me and the version I found was a deluxe edition.
Aside from music, the store’s selection also includes books, cassettes, movies, stickers, t-shirts, posters, and video games. The items are either new or pre-loved as customers can trade in their pre-loved items and get a discount in return.
With the amount of space the store has, it’s no surprise that they also host free concerts inside the store. Years ago, the usual record store whether small or big held in-store gigs, but now with the dwindling number of record shops, so it’s lovely to see that Amoeba Music has kept this type of intimate performance alive.
For those who are not able to go to the physical store, Amoeba Music has a website. They ship music and movies for free to those who live in the United States. For those who live outside the US, Amoeba also offers international shipping, but for a certain fee.
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At a time where digital streaming of music is at a high, Amoeba Music is thriving. Despite its size, it evokes the nostalgia of feeling right at home in one’s favourite record shop.
Amoeba Music Hollywood is definitely a must visit if you go to Los Angeles. Have you visited Amoeba Music in Hollywood before? Do let me know in the comments below.