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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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New Green Room Session Video with Algiers

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2017 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Algiers Amoeba Green Room Session

The Atlanta-based band Algiers has been in the midst of a massive world tour this summer, and we had the pleasure of filming the band in Amoeba Hollywood's green room before their show at Algiers The Underside Of Power AmoebaThe Echoplex last July. The band's multi-instrumentalist members filled the room with their own brand of apocalyptic R&B, starting off with "Cry Of The Martyrs" off their new LP, The Underside Of Power. The songs starts with an urgent, tense groove and makes way for some popping, dirty bass work and a dystopian, anthemic chorus. Next up is the album's title track, which starts with a Suicide-esque drum machine rhythm and features some outstanding, crisp lead vocals. Ending the set is "Death March," a hypnotic freak-out jam built on an undeniably catchy groove.

Algiers is currently touring the US with !!! (Chk CHk Chk), and will continue on throughout Europe later in the fall.

Watch Algiers' Green Room Session here:

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Watch Dungen Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2017 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Live at Amoeba Hollywood

A day after performing their own soundtrack to the 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at The Getty Center, Swedish psyche-rock band Dungen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play selected songs from their score, which was released in album form as Haxan. Though Dungen are no strangers instrumental freak-outs and jams, Haxan marks the release of their first all Dungen Haxan -instrumental record. The quartet were in top form on stage, creating a hypnotizing blend of atmospheric textures, musical grandeur, and funky grooves.

The video starts with "Haxan," a darkly triumphant march, led by front-man Gustav Ejstes' piano and accented by Reine Fiske's economic, but piercing, guitar lines. Next is "Aladdin och Lampan," a funky number with jazz chords, psychedelic jazz flute and a some killer bass riffs. The band closed their set with "En Gång Om Året," a song off their 2015 album Allas Sak, a piano driven psyche-ballad that lets Ejstes' vocals to shine through.

Check out the performance below:

Dungen - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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