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RIP Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend this weekend, the great Charles Bradley. He died on September 23rd, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He had been touring up until recently, and was even scheduled to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival this coming weekend in Long Beach.

We were honored to host an in-store performance with Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2013. Daptone Records had just released the Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD, which documented the months leading up to his 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming -  released when he was 62-years old!! - and his sophomore album was only a few month's old at that time. Everyone at Amoeba was blown away by his talent, charisma, and shining heart, which was evident to anyone who was lucky enough to witness a live performance by the "screaming eagle of soul."

You can get a glimpse of his incredible passion and soul in this video of "You Put The Flame On It" from Victim of Love performed live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It (Live at Amoeba)
 

We also had a chance to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with him while he was at the store. In the video, there's a beautiful moment where he talks about relating to and being inspired by James Brown, saying, "It gives me hope that it's not too late for me to come out of the darkness and come into the light and show the world who I am. I'm a person of character and dignity and respect of all humanity. That's me."

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

See Performances and 'What's In My Bag?' Videos From FYF Fest Artists

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2016 02:40pm | Post a Comment

fyf fest lineup tickets

FYF Fest tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood! As of the time of this posting, we still have some weekend passes left, so act now if you want to get your passes for $212 with fees included — details here.

We've had a ton of FYF Fest artists grace us with their presence over the years, some playing live and some contributing to our "What's In My Bag?" series. Watch the videos below and get ready for the show this August!

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Amoeba Green Room Sessions)

 

Grimes – What’s In My Bag?

 

Blood Orange – What’s In My Bag?

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Album Picks: Charles Bradley, Explosions in the Sky, Bleached, Andrew Bird, Frankie Cosmos

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2016 11:49am | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley - Changes

charles bradley changes lpSoul master Charles Bradley’s third album for Daptone is a knockout. Beginning with a genuine interlude of “God Bless America,” the album positions Bradley as someone who has gone though career and personal difficulty and come out on top, sounding upbeat and grateful to be alive and working. On “Good to Be Back Home,” Bradley flips things to explore the dual nature of home and what that means, singing of being back in the land where he was born, “sometimes it hurt so bad, sometimes, so good,” before unleashing a howl that better expresses the notion than any words could. That passion runs through the heartfelt and extremely affecting love songs like “Nobody But You.” Throughout, the Menahan Street Band’s expertly played and recorded horns and jazz grooves deliver the ideal backdrop, while there’s some experimentation beyond classic soul on tracks like “Ain’t Gonna Give It Up,” its moog and bass-drum-heavy groove reminiscent of krautrockers like Can. And if you don’t get goosebumps during Bradley’s cover of Black Sabbath ballad “Changes,” check your pulse. A playful flexibility within the carefully cultivated classic soul sound Bradley and many Daptone artists work within proves to be incredibly fruitful here. It’s Bradley’s best release yet from his second wind, as Bradley remains an expert at getting to the heart of soul music.

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FYF Fest Tickets On Sale at Amoeba Hollywood April 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

FYF Fest Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood April 1

The lineup for this year's FYF Fest was just announced today and it features a diverse and amazing roster including headliners Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, and Grace Jones. Not to mention Air, Grimes, Charles Bradley, Father John Misty, Todd Terje, and Vince Staples...

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 at 12pm. You can buy 2-day general admission weekend passes in-store at Amoeba Hollywood starting Friday at noon for $212 total. Limit of 4 tickets per person, cash or credit cards accepted (except for American Express). Store credit cannot be applied to ticket sales. (Single day and VIP tickets will also go on sale at the same time, but you'll have to buy those online.)

See the full lineup below:

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup

 

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