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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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The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 29, 2016 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 soundtracks of 2016

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out fast. Soundtracks play an incredibly important role in films by directors Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and Nicolas Winding Refn, so it's no surprise that they each had two soundtracks appear on this list. Music from Star Wars films, new and old, made it on this list as well. Read on to see what made each soundtrack release so special.

Suicide Squad the Album

20. Various Artists - Suicide Squad: The Album

Although the movie was not incredibly well-received by critics, the soundtrack - which features Skrillex, Twenty One Pilots, G-Eazy, Panic! at the Disco, Eminem & more - landed it into our top sellers of the year.

Released on CD and LP.

Stranger Things Soundtrack Vinyl Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, September 9, 2016 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Stranger Things Soundtrack Vinyl and CD

One of the great pleasures of binging on Netflix's Stranger Things this past summer has been discovering the '80s inspired, synth-heavy soundtrack by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, one half of the Austin-based analog enthusiasts S U R V I V E. If you wrapped the series and are longing for the next season, there's some good news to tide you over: the soundtrack hits stores this fall. The original series soundtracks Stranger Things, Vol 1. and Vol. 2 are out on CD on October 21st and October 28th respectively.

Vinyl fans have a longer wait, but also have more exciting and eerie options. Vol. 1 will be available on 150-gram black vinyl, 150-gram limited edition clear vinyl, and 150-gram indie exclusive smoke colored vinyl, all due on October 28th -- just in time for those nostalgic synths to serve as the atmospheric party music for your Halloween gatherings. Fans should note the online pre-orders for the colored wax are sold out, but we'll have them in stores on the release date.

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5 New Disney Soundtrack Picture Disc LPs Just Released

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2016 07:23pm | Post a Comment

Disney Soundtrack Picture Discs

A wave of limited edition Disney picture discs just hit our shelves, all of which feature gorgeous artwork, resealable plastic display sleeves, and 180-gram vinyl. While the soundtracks to the earlier films were available on vinyl on their initial release, for many fans this will be the first chance to cop a crisp, new vinyl copy. This is especially great news for fans of the '90s films, which received European or Japanese vinyl pressings but weren't released on vinyl in the U.S. Until this recent reissue campaign, Disney connoisseurs had to choose between low-quality bootlegs or ultra rare, collector-priced LPs.

Here's what makes each release special:

Aladdin

Songs from Aladdin

Originally released in 1992, for many years the music from Aladdin was a rarity on vinyl. The picture disc features "A Whole New World," the only Disney song to win a GRAMMY for Song of the Year. The original soundtrack album was one of the best-selling animated film soundtracks of all time.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

What? Weird: Susan Vaslev's Music from Enchanted Forest

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 4, 2016 10:05pm | Post a Comment

Music from Enchanted Forest Salem Oregon roadside amusement attraction theme park vinyl soundtrack Susan Vaslev LP

Sounding something like the intro to an episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre combined with the sonic dapples of a babbling, sun-spangled data stream, Music from Enchanted Forest showcases more than just the superb scope of composer and pianist Susan Vaslev’s synth-scapabilities. It also presents, as the title suggests, a world of sound specifically created to emanate from unseen speakers tucked behind rocks and in the treetops of Enchanted Forest, one of the most beloved homespun roadside attractions the great state of Oregon can boast of. What's more, as the the record states, it is the only known amusement park in the United States that has never been required to pay royalties for their music.
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In more ways than one, or in my opinion anyway, Susan Vaslev is living a rare and magical version of the American dream. Since childhood, she, along with her siblings and mother, has lent immeasurable time and effort to helping her father, Roger Tofte, realize his visionary venture of handcrafting a storybook amusement park among the verdant hills just South of Oregon’s capital city of Salem. Meaning, she’s spent much her life devoted to building, playing in, working for, living by, and—perhaps most importantly—soundtracking a world-class roadside attraction. Let your inner child chew on that for a sec. enchanted forest

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