Welcome! In eighteen days, “Matching Wits With Venus”, my sweet paranormal romance about Hollywood matchmaker Lia and Roman god Cupid, will be released by Astraea Press. In honor of “Matching Wits With Venus”, I am highlighting Lia’s Los Angeles. So whether you’re in L.A., coming to L.A., or just thinking about L.A., grab your sunglasses.
As a god, Cupid has known muses and musicians for many millennia. He’s a rabid music fan in search of a shop with an eclectic collection and the kind of informed sales staff that make every customer feel like a Roman god. Fortunately, he’s in luck, as Hollywood is home to the world’s largest independent music store. Amoeba Music (6400 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood) is just such an emporium. Cupid can even enjoy its impressive stock of music, film and merchandise when he’s far from Hollywood via online shopping (www.amoeba.com).
One and a half stories of jazz, classical, rock, hip hop, spoken word, R&B, opera, folk, reggae, rap, and an unparalleled selection of soundtracks sit in bins across the enormous first floor. New and used vinyl and CDs with sticker friendly pricing allow the music lover to sample previously unknown artists, and can reacquaint even the most discriminating shopper with old favorites. (Where else can you find the soundtrack to “So I Married An Axe Murderer?”) Upstairs on the mezzanine an eclectic film collection will impress even those used to the enormous film selection found in Hollywood – my last visit yielded a copy of that Michelle Pfeiffer-Matthew Modine flick, “Married to the Mob”.
Cupid loves supporting indie music. That’s why he adores Amoeba, which rolls old school: no cafe, and no public restrooms. It’s a feast for the eyes with colorful music posters adorning every surface, even the walk up from the free underground parking, and a treat for the ears. Whether you’re looking for the music that will inspire you to write that novel, paint that picture, woo that mortal, or just kick back and relax, you’re sure to find it at Amoeba.
Where do you like to shop for music?