August 1, 2012 |
The band called thenewno2 sounds good -- whether in the deep abyss of headphones or in the open space of the Amoeba Music store in Hollywood, where the group was celebrating the release of its second album, "The Fear of Missing Out" -- as well as band member Dhani Harrison's 34th birthday. The rock, dub, electro, indie and psychedelic sounds coming from the back of the store, behind the rows of CDs, was thick and full from that compact stage. “Thanks for that,” Harrison (of the George Harrison Harrisons)
December 20, 2011 |
Last week, Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals issued a warning to residents: Don't use tap water to rinse your nasal passages. The warning came after a 51-year-old woman in the state died after she was infected with the "brain-eating" amoeba Naegleria fowleri , which enters the body through the nose and sometimes causes devastating meningitis. Apparently, the amoeba lurked in tap water the woman used in her neti pot, a pitcher-like device...
August 18, 2011 |
The recent brain-eating amoeba deaths in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia may have some people wondering something they haven't given a thought to since the last basic bio class: What is an amoeba anyway? Well, it just so happens that in cleaning out my garage the other day I unearthed my 1978 college notes from a class called “Fundamentals of Biological Organization,” and as luck would have it, they contained a rendition of an amoeba, below. OK, so it's not very good.
August 17, 2011 |
The death of Courtney Nash -- the 16-year-old who succumbed to a deadly brain infection last week after going for a dip in a Floridariver -- marks the third case this summer of death after exposure to the waterborne amoeba Naegleria fowleri. Earlier in the season, according to news reports, one person in Louisianaand another in Virginia also died from the "brain-eating" malady amoebic meningoencephalitis, which causes headache, stiffness, fever and...
January 2, 2011
UNDERRATED 'Winnebago Man' (2009) : If you've enjoyed the Internet's many viral videos, you might recognize Jack Rebney, a profanity-spewing man melting down in spectacular fashion through an '80s video shoot for an RV company. Exploring the realities of Internet fame and just what makes us laugh at strangers, this surprisingly sweet documentary about Ben Steinbauer's search for Rebney reveals the flesh-and-blood person behind your coffee break comedy. The clearance bins at Amoeba: They've long been a sort of last refuge for forgotten next-big-things and never-weres, but something seems to have changed among the bargain-priced treats to be had among the stacks in the back of the rock section and on the floor of the jazz room.
October 3, 2010 |
The gig: Co-founder of Amoeba Music, the world's largest independent record retailer, with close to 1 million albums in three California locations ? Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco. Rolling Stone magazine in September named it among the nation's 25 best record stores, calling it "simply the most thorough and welcoming place a record lover could hope to shop. " Personal: Met his wife, Valenta, 17 years ago at the first Amoeba Music store in Berkeley. Likes to listen to Jaga Jazzist, Scorch Trio, Miles Davis, John Coltrane.