One Album Wonders: The Music Machine's (Turn On) The Music Machine

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 3, 2015 09:16pm | Post a Comment

The Music Machine

Los Angeles
's  The Music Machine are one of those bands which was not only a one album wonder but a one hit wonder as well (there are a few of them). The Music Machine’s big hit was “Talk Talk,” a stomping, grunted neolithic garage stomper from 1966 that quickly rose to #15 on the charts and remained in the Top 40 for twelve weeks. 

The Music Machine’s San Jose-born singer-songwriter Sean Bonniwell, Doug Rhodes (organ), Ron Edgar (drums), Keith Olsen (bass), and Mark Landon (guitar) first assembled in 1965 as The Ragamuffins. Rhodes and Edgar had previously played with Curt Boettcher in folk-pop act, The Goldebriars. The changed their name to The Music Machine in 1966 and seem to me to have been musically inspired by The Troggs — a British band capable of peppy pop (“With a girl like you”), sparkling psychedelia (“Purple Shades”), and caveman rock (“Wild thing”). Sartorially, they were inspired by bands who adopted a gimmicky uniform like The Count Five, The Monks, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. The Music Machine’s look consisted of head (including dyed hair) to toe black — topped off with a single, black glove. It’s a gimmick, to be sure, but one that nonetheless allowed for more individuality, creativity, and fun than a nation of indistinguishable crate-service-clothed beardos.

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King Tuff Rules the Next Red Bull Sound Select Show May 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 04:38pm | Post a Comment

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Glam-rockin’ garage dude King Tuff will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 28 at the Del Monte Speakeasy.

This 21+ show is just $3 with an RSVP and $12 at the door. (RSVP does not guarantee you entry, so plan to arrive early.) It’s curated by our friends at Flood Magazine.

L.A.’s King Tuff first hit big with his 2012 self-titled debut, a rollicking collection of lo-fi pop rock jams about how awesome it is to be “Alone & Stoned,” among other subjects. He followed with 2014’s heavier and headier Black Moon Spell, which looks to proto-metal titans like Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath for inspiration while still retaining his signature pop hooks and catchy riffs. Watch the video for “Black Moon Spell” below for a taste.

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Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar Talks 'Shine Your Light,' Shia LaBeouf

Posted by Billy Gil, December 26, 2013 05:13pm | Post a Comment

gap dream amoebaGap Dream emerged from the Burger Records pack with an excellent record this year called Shine Your Light. It's main man Gabe Fulvimar’s second record in two years, and Fulvimar, who lives at label-and-record-store Burger Records in Fullerton, Calif., has solidified a brilliant sound for his band across two records, full of vintage synthesizers, glam-style guitar glissandos and repurposed bargain-bin-record sounds. I sat down to speak with Fulvimar about the Shine Your Light, living in a record store and nightmare scenarios.




Hey man, how’s it going?

Fulvimar: Right now I’m sitting in my room, listening to the Halloween II soundtrack. Just another day at Burger!

This is actually my last interview of the year.

Fulvimar: Oh no shit! I hop it’s a good one.

Everyone always talks about how you live in Burger Records. What’s the story there, is it just cheaper, easier or do you really like living there?

gap dream shine your light amoebaFulvimar: I’ve been here for a year, so it was kind of an easy way to move to California and not encounter too many hardships that would come along with a move, being from Ohio. I was working as a busboy before I was doing this, so I don’t have a trust fund or anything. (Label co-founders) Sean [Bohrman] and Lee [Rickard] … just invited me to live here until I found a place to live. I moved in, and it’s been great. It’s pretty easy to deal with. We don’t have showers, which kind of sucks. I’m trying to find one today.

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Sonny Smith Discusses Excellent New Sonny & the Sunsets Record 'Antenna to the Afterworld'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2013 11:57am | Post a Comment

sonny sunsetsSonny & the Sunsets have been releasing awesome, diverse records for some time now. Though they often get lumped in with a generic “garage rock” tag that seems to envelop a number of disparate bands from SF or LA, each Sunsets record is quite a departure from the last, from the ramshackle rock of Tomorrow is Alright to the bubblegum-minded Hit After Hit to last year’s country-rockin’ Longtime Companion.

The latest album from Sonny Smith and his crew is his best yet. Antenna to the Afterworld finds Smith delivering surrealist lyrics about aliens and robots, yet they’re rooted in human emotion. “I come from the planet of dogs … And I walk on your streets ... And I can't wait to find/My little place in your weird world,” he sings in the brilliant opening track “Dark Corners,” over spage-age synths and a post-punky bassline. “Green Blood” finds Smith and bandmate Tahlia Harbour detailing Smith’s affair with an extra-terrestrial who is married to a vengeful cyborg. Even in our wildest imagination, reality creeps in.

sonny sunsets antenna afterworldThat combination of levity and realness is what makes Antenna to the Afterworld a remarkable record. Smith was inspired to ponder life and death after the murder of a close friend, and after a medium brought him into contact with another recently deceased friend (partially documented in the summer jam “Palmreader”). I recently discussed the record with Smith, and all its physical and metaphysical influences. And check out the band July 13 at the Echo!

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Burger Boogaloo Festival and Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Pre Festival Warm Up

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment

Just days left to go to the July 4th weekend and the anticipated two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival (Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7th) at Oakland's Mosswood Park, of which Amoeba Music is a sponsor  and will be hosting/producing the kickoff party the day before (Friday July 5th) with an Amoeba Berkeley free in-store, pre Burger Boogaloo warm-up concert with sets by both awesome, retro sounding Gravy's Drop (an Amoeba Music Home Grown act) and hot new LA pop punk outfit Pangea. Catching these two talented Burger Records acts at Amoeba Friday evening is the perfect way to get in the groove and get a taste of whats to come for the weekend long (noon to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday) rock oriented music festival that, as well as Pangea and Gravy's Drop, will feature anticipated sets from such others acts as Jonathan Richman, Red Kross, The Oblivions, and LA punk legends The Zeros.

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