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For audiophiles, there’s nothing sweeter than an afternoon with friends flipping through rows of albums in a record store, which makes Amoeba Music something of a mecca. As the world’s largest independent record store, this Hollywood landmark draws music lovers of all stripes to buy and sell CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s of everything from rock and hip hop to electronica and soul. From chart toppers to the deepest cuts, they’ve got it all, so start your next outing with friends at this Sunset Boulevard superstore and bring some new sounds into your life. Make a game of it and have everybody name their favorite impossible-to-find classic, then race to track them down among the 250,000 titles on offer. Let the album covers decorating the walls remind you of a forgotten treasure to look up, or ask one of the staffers for a recommendation. Their musical knowledge is legendary, and you can check out your discovery before buying it at one of the many listening stations. Crave some live tunes? Show up during one of the free “Live at Amoeba” performances, DJ sets, and signing events and shake hands with the people who make the music. Given the massive size of this place, you could easily spend the better part of a day sampling mind-blowing tracks, and when you’re taking home gems that even the Internet doesn’t have, that’s a day well spent.

Amoeba Music

6400 West Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90028

(323) 245-6400

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