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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Charles Bradley

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley

Many artists spend years paying their dues, honing their craft, grinding out tour after tour chasing the ultimate dream of being discovered and landing a record deal. For most, the dream never happens. That is, unless you are Charles Bradley. The ultimate "rags to riches" story, Bradley went from obscurity to international fame almost overnight, but that's not what's amazing about his story. The amazing part is Charles Bradley got his break at 62 years old and his newfound fame is relatively fresh.

Charles' life has been nothing short of burdensome. You can say he graduated top of his class from the school of hard knocks and was last in line when it came to catching a break in life. From growing up poor to contemplating suicide to the murder of his brother, his story is documented in the film Charles Bradley: Soul of AmericaBradley spent two decades criss-crossing the United States working odd jobs and singing in small dives. Struggling to keep his head above water, Bradley took to performing as a James Brown impersonator named "Black Velvet." His luck changed one night when he was discovered by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth.

Two full-length albums and a handful of singles later, Charles Bradley is a powerhouse in the current "retro soul" movement that has gained audiences all over the world. The James Brown influence in Bradley is clear and some critics have also compared him to the late great Otis Redding. Bradley is like a living time capsule. He's a window into an era that many generations of music lovers were not able to see. Charles Bradley is the modern day James Brown. Check out his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, and the newly released follow-up, Victim of Love, to hear for yourself.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Lou Barlow

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2013 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Lou Barlow

How many rockers do you know can say they started a band, signed a deal and became rockstars? Not too many right? Lou Barlow is on a very short list of rockers who can say they left a successful group to find more success with a new band. Reminds me of guy from a small Seattle band named Nirvana who went on to create another small band named the Foo Fighters. He's on the list too.

Often cited as a pioneer of the lo-fi sound, Lou Barlow is the founder of two of the most influential indie rock bands of the 1980s and ‘90s, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh. He has gone on to produce many side projects including the band Folk Implosion whose single, "Natural One,"  hit #4 on Bilboard's Modern Rock Charts in 1995.

Barlow stopped by the Amoeba Hollywood store for another awesome "What's In My Bag?" episode. It's always great to see your favorite rockers shop for vinyl! To Lou's delight, he digs up a 12 inch single of Blotto's "I Want To Be a Lifeguard." He also snags Ty Segall's Singles 2007-10 LP that comes with a free digital download. Barlow also finds a lost new wave gem from his teens, The Elevators' Frontline.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Video With Gary Numan + Amoeba Hollywood In-Store Oct. 16

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2013 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Gary Numan

'80s electro-pop synth pioneer Gary Numan is set to release his 20th album, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) (Machine Music Label) on Tuesday, October 15th. For over 35 years, Numan has been pushing the envelope with his innovative electronic music. Widely known for his mega hits, "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?," Numan has a deep catalog that runs the gamut of sonics and musical styles from pop radio hits to underground industrial goth not for the faint-hearted. Over a span of seven years and personal turmoil including depression, midlife crises, and adjusting to fatherhood, Numan fell in and out of the writing process and struggled to comeplete the new album. But in 2012 it all changed, with a permanent relocation to Los Angeles, a happy home life and a brand new studio; Numan was back at it, full on.

Gary Numan SplinterThe result is a whirlwind of emotional content set to the backdrop of plush synths and hard beats that make for a pretty epic production. In a recent interview Numan states, "the reason why the album is called Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is because of the depression. I felt broken. That’s where that subtitle comes from. It’s not a nice thing at all." Fans can now pre-order the album via amoeba.com.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Moby!

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2013 06:36pm | Post a Comment

From humble punk beginnings to global festival headliner, Moby is easily one of the most recognizable faces in electronic music. In addition to being a platinum selling artist/producer, Moby is also a seasoned photographer and a multi-instrumentalist. He's an advocate for animal rights and a devout vegan. The guy is one cool dude.  

Moby is back with his eleventh studio album, Innocents (Mute). Following a move from New York to LosMoby Angeles, he recorded most of the instrumentation himself. He also collaborated with a list of relatively known singers including Mark Lanegan, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Cold Specks, Skylar Grey, and Damien Jurado. The result is a multi-layered production of both deep emotion and huge sonics. 

The album will be promoted by a three date tour in Los Angeles. Yes, just 3 live shows will make up all the touring for Innocents. Oct 2, 3 and 4 will see Moby perfoming three hour sets at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Each show will be performed in two parts with the first half featuring songs from the new album and the second half being a "greatest hits" set.  

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New Cloud Control Green Room Session & Exclusive Free Download

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2013 03:38pm | Post a Comment

Cloud Control

Cloud Control exclusive download

Cloud Control just released their second album, Dream Cave (Votiv), last week. From track to track the album gently unfolds like a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. Well crafted songs at times layered with lush synths and polished vocal hamonies take you from dark and lonely to bright and fuzzy. The songs are big but not overly produced, which makes for easily listening. Cloud Control has a cinematic feel that will definitely find them on many soundtracks to come.  

To help celebrate their new album, the Australian quartet performed an exclusive set for the Amoeba Green Room Sessions series. The stripped down performance was nothing short of stellar and when a band rocks in the green room, you know they've got magic! As a special treat for the fans, Amoeba and Cloud Control are offering an exclusive free download of their song "Dojo Rising" recorded live in the Hollywood green room. Download now.

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