The first Amoeba Records opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley back in the 1990s. Another store across the Bay on Haight Street soon followed and then in 2001 the independent record store chain expanded southwards, opening their massive Hollywood store. Stepping into Amoeba Hollywood is like entering a temple for music fans. The store is the size of a small airplane hangar and is covered from floor to ceiling in rock posters and other paraphernalia.
With record store chains like Tower and Virgin all falling by the wayside, Amoeba is like a last bastion of hope for devotees of the record store. At Amoeba Hollywood you’ll find a massive selection of new and used CDs in genres across the spectrum including rock, hip-hop, reggae, indie, electronic, jazz, soul and much more. The store also boasts an impressive collection of vinyl, which makes it a favorite haunt for DJs looking to find a little something extra to stuff in their bag on the way to their next gig. Amoeba has great acoustics and regularly features live in-store performances from local up and comers like Ariel Pink as well as from past greats like Ian Hunter, Os Mutantes and even a certain Sir Paul McCartney.