Los Angeles

An Ode to Amoeba Music

Heaven is a place on Earth

Heaven is a place on Earth

The highlight of just about every trip I take down to Los Angeles is our visit to Amoeba Music.  Usually it is a struggle for my friends and I to agree on something to do, but whenever a stop to Amoeba is mentioned, a consensus is reached immediately.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Amoeba, it is one of the largest independent record stores in the world, with hundreds of thousands of titles available for perusal to the discriminating music junkie.  Not only will you able to find the latest album from even some of the most obscure artists working today, but there are aisles and aisles that are filled with rare EPs and singles that you did not even know existed.  With this information in hand, you now understand why it is a must-see destination for every trip we take down south.

Usually one trip is enough, but on our journey back home we stopped in San Francisco for the night and had some time to kill before dinner, so we dropped in to that location as well.  When all was said and done, the damage was twenty-one albums, EPs, and singles covering a wide variety of genres.  For this go-around, my biggest score was picking up a wide variety of early post-punk albums that I previously had trouble tracking down because of limited pressings, and it has been a blast listening to all these lost classics since we returned.

Los Angeles is a hellhole, but at least it is a home to this wonderful oasis.

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Rust Is Just Right In LA

Figure 8 mural, 4334 W. Sunset Blvd.

Figure 8 mural, 4334 W. Sunset Blvd.

We at Rust Is Just Right are making a brief trip to Los Angeles this week, and despite the fact that no one can question the impact that the city has had in the music industry over the last fifty or so years, we believe that this is the only landmark in the city that is worth a damn.  A few years ago we set out to find the wall that Elliott Smith used to shoot the cover of his album Figure 8, and to witness the site that has become a memorial to the brilliant musician.  It is smaller than you would expect and somewhat hidden away from view, but it is certainly worth the effort to seek out and witness for yourself.

A fond farewell.

A fond farewell.