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Psych-Soul Trio KING Chat Before Amoeba Performance Jan. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, January 27, 2016 10:39am | Post a Comment

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L.A.-based KING bring their uniquely stirring brand of swirling psychedelic soul to the Amoeba Hollywood stage for a free show Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. They'll also have their debut LP, We Are KING, on sale that day at Amoeba prior to the album's official release on Feb. 5.

KING consist of Anita Bias and sisters Paris Strother and Amber Strother. Paris is the primary producer and instrumentalist of the band, while Amber and Anita's breahty vocals hopscotch over Paris' jazzy concoctions. Together they produce a sound that doesn't skimp on complexity but also exudes warmth, using horns and unabashedly synthy keys for a sound that weaves together classic soul, synth-funk, dream pop and certain something undefinable that gives KING its own essence.

The group has drummed up a vocal fanbase on Twitter even before dropping its first album, one that includes none other than Prince, who asked the group to open for him one night during his 21-night residency at the Forum in Inglewood in 2011. Unfortunately it's also part of their story that as a trio of women writing and producing their own soul music, A&R folks have suggested the group alter their image and essentially dumb down the sound, as they told LA Weekly. I asked them about all of that and more when I caught up with them before their Amoeba show.

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Brightwell's Top 10: 1972

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 19, 2015 10:50pm | Post a Comment
In 1857, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his invention for recording sound, the phonautograph. Twenty years later, in 1877, someone first realized that his phonautograms could also play back recorded music. It was the same year, coincidentally, that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and thus the age of recorded music began. In 2015, former Amoebite Matthew Messbarger posted an NME "Best of 1990" on my Facebook timeline and I decided to began reviewing the best songs of each year, from 1877 to the present, in random order.

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Mitty Collier - Unheralded Soul #3

Posted by Joe Goldmark, July 22, 2015 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

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Mitty Collier came from the church, had a soul career for 10 years, and went back to the church to stay in 1972. She had the deepest, sexiest voice in soul music, but she still flew under the radar. Although she had many R&B hits, she was just too gritty for Top 40 radio. Mitty’s early career was with Chess Records in Chicago, but her best work was produced by Stax soul legend William Bell for the Peachtree label in Atlanta.  

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Latest Rare Soul 7" Top 10 c/o Dedicated Crate Digger Mr Fine Wine Who Even Went Record Shopping On His Recent Honeymoon

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2015 10:45am | Post a Comment

Detroit-born/Brooklyn-based DJ Mr. Fine Wine epitomizes that term crate digger. The longtime radio and club DJ - renowned for his vast seven inch record collection of lost soul, funk, gospel, RnB, and doo-wop 45's from the fifties, sixties, and seventies - owns a most unique and enviable record collection. This unparalleled American music record collection of over 15,000 45 records, which has resulted in being invited to curate numerous retro soul label compilations, did not appear overnight for Mr Fine Wine. Rather the DJ has invested near all his spare cash over the past two and a half decades, plus endless hours of tireless crate digging at record stores big and small (and yard sales) all over the country, including Amoeba Berkeley when he visited California a few years back. In fact, even very recently when on his honeymoon to Tampa and St. Petersburg, he couldn't resist doing a lil bit of record shopping. Luckily, his new wife Rebecca is a fellow retro soul music DJ and avid record collector who DJs under the name One Mint Julep. Hence she, unlike most new brides, was more than understanding.

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Dumpstaphunk Play Grand Performances on July 11

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor New Orleans band Dumstaphunk at for Grand Performances on July 11.

The free, all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth to spin our Prize Wheel.

Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk incorporates jazz, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll into their eclectic sound. They're also rock royalty, with Ivan Neville on vocals and his cousin, Ian Neville, on guitar — Ivan is the son of R&B singer Aaron Neville, and Ian is the son of Art Neville, who was in The Neville Brothers with Aaron. Together with bass players Nick Daniels and Tony Hall and drummer Nikki Glaspie, the younger Nevilles have evolved from what was once Ivan's side project to being called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by The New York Times.

Hear a taste of the band's music with the tune "Dancin' to the Truth" from the album Dirty Word below:

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