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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dungen

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2016 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

Swedish psych rock band Dungen stopped in to Amoeba Music Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. Gearing up for a US tour this March, including a stop in Marfa, Texas for the Marfa Myths festival, the band's picks prove to be as eclectic as their own music.

Dungen Allas SakFormed by singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, who plays the majority of the instruments in the studio, Dungen draw much of their their influence from Scandinavian folk music, prog, and indie music. With guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard as Ejstes' live band and studio collaborators the band has been recording and touring since 2000. 2004's Ta Det Lugnt brought the band international acclaim and led to two US tours, an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and a performance at Bonnaroo. Last October Dungen released their eighth album, Allas Sak. Catch them May 5 at The Echo in Los Angeles and May 6 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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9 Awesome Albums That Came Out This Week

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

This week was a huge one for new releases. Instead of doing my usual handful of album picks, I’m picking out nine that stand out.

 

Chvrches - Every Open Eye

chvrches every open eye lpScottish trio Chvrches made electro-pop gems splattered with emotion on their beguiling debut. For album No. 2, they just get craftier, creating songs that sound like the soundtrack to your wildest dreams. “Never Ending Circles” opens the album on a note of big, open-armed camaraderie, the kind of drinking song or team anthem that’s nearly impossible to pull off. That sense of momentum carries through song after song. “Leave a Trace” finds frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s vocals at their strongest — hers is the kind of voice that makes it impossible to feel lonely or sad when you’re listening to it. “Keep You On My Side” is a hi-NRG-inspired jam that calls to mind the best of Erasure or early Depeche Mode with its fluttering synths, but its hard-hitting beat updates the sound for the EDM generation. Every Open Eye doesn’t quite have a song that lands with the same power as “The Mother We Share” or “Gun,” but The Bones of What You Believe was an album of peaks and valleys, whereas this one is a steadier ride, coasting on the band’s increased confidence. It’s life-embracing pop music of the highest order, something we all need from time to time.

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Best of a Rapid Decade: One per year plus a few too good to not mention...

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 6, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

In recently trying to fill in a friend on what I'd spent the last year or two listening to, I realized that my personal taste tends to gravitate towards some element of either Folk form (any hint of hill-folk finger-pickin' or Ozark/Appalachian melancholy and I'm in), Psychedelia or the tendency to extend a theme for a good long jam (a category in which I include a lot of the Jazz that I like), or just a great, funky groove.

With those qualifiers in place, the following is a year by year review of the last decade which somehow got past me with out noticing it. I mean, really?!! 2010?!!!  I didn't see it coming: 

2000: Album of the Year

Air's enjoyable and wacky Moon Safari had been on the decks for a couple years before they contracted for the soundtrack to Sofia Coppolla's Virgin Suicides. The resultant score is absolutely sublime and marked the French electronauts as contenders to watch.

For myself, it was the defining sound of the millennium's new year.
















Shelby Lynne released a killer country-soul gem, I Am Shelby Lynne, that echoed early material from the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Thinking that it was a brilliant debut from a talented 32yo unknown, I was eventually shocked to find that it was her 6th album. I listened to it for months.

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