6400 Sunset Boulevard is a very special address. The Los Angeles branch of Amoeba Music is one of Hollywood’s most hallowed spots, a beacon for music-loving locals and tourists alike. It was recently reported that the iconic record store was under threat from developers, who wanted to bulldoze the art deco building and build a luxury towerblock in its place. Ultimate sad face.
However, Amoeba responded kinda positively to the news, posting a letter which themselves have said that they have “several years” left on their lease and are “committed to staying in Hollywood”. That doesn’t quite mean things are safe and sound, but it does mean we still have many more months of Amoeba in our lives.
There are many, many reasons why Amoeba is so goddamn brilliant and why its loss will be deeply felt – both to LA residents and visiting tourists.
For starters, there are some ultimate legends have stopped by to do instore appearances.
Such as Lana Del Rey…
It’s bloody massive
Its lifts are like a NYC Subway carriage circa 1981
It looks hella sexy at night
You can sell stuff there too, meaning you can basically swap your rubbish old records for excellent new ones
Did we mention it’s MASSIVE
So very, very massive
They stock every genre you could ever want
And some you don’t
Took my Dad on a field trip to #amoebarecords today. He was so giddy with delight, strolling down the vinyl oldies section. I caught him in this moment of pure joy and asked, ‘Dad…who’s LuLu?!?!?’ And very defensively he replied… ‘She sang the theme song for #ToSirWithLove Then it all made sense. Have you ever seen that movie?! It’s a good one #sidneypoitier is the Man
And some you’re a bit like, WTF, about, but are essentially cool with
It’s appropriate for all ages
You get sick stickers with every purchase
Also, well decent tote bags are available. Especially good for showing off when you touch down back in the UK
They also sell books! Great bloody books!
It’s great for a selfie
WE LOVE YOU AMOEBA.