Friday, April 16, 2010

Record Store Day: Is Amoeba Hollywood The Best Record Store in the Country?

With Record Store Day on tap for tomorrow, Paste magazine has put together its list of the 17 Coolest Record Stores in America.

Our own Amoeba, which is actually a relatively recent entry in the world of record stores -- having been imported to L.A. in 2001, from the Bay Area -- is named "The Best Store in the World. Not Just Music. But Store. Including Target."

Pretty nice, right? Here's the write-up:

Tour posters climb the 50-foot walls, surrounding you as you join the skinny-jeans-wearing bass players and bespectacled screenwriters who listen to an in-store performance from The Bird and the Bee. You can then wander off in search of a red-vinyl Vince Guaraldi album or Tom Jones’ Live at Caesar’s or the latest posthumous Tupac release. Looks like L.A. doesn’t suck after all.

Hold it. What? Who, exactly said L.A. sucked, Paste? Unnecessary L.A. dig alert.

Too bad that Record Store Day seems to land every year on the same weekend as the Coachella Festival -- but hey, that just means more room for me to shop tomorrow at Amoeba and Rockaway.

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