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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ZIGGY MARLEY/MORE FAMILY TIME

Like the Blues, Reggae is a musical genre that has been embraced by music lovers and critics alike. In fact, Reggae has been appropriated into nearly every other musical genre, introducing listeners of all ages to the mystical rhythms from Jamaica. The Police’s early career was bolstered by their blend of Reggae and Pop/New Wave. Even the Eagles added a splash of Reggae to their massive hit single “Hotel California”. However, we can’t forget the [...]

By | September 18th, 2020|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RANDY BRECKER & ERIC MARIENTHAL/DOUBLE DEALIN’

Randy Brecker is considered a Jazz icon, but throughout his career, he’s been so much more than that. The trumpeter began his recording career in 1967 as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. He left the band after their debut album, CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN, and joined Jazz legend Horace Silver’s Quintet. In 1969, he recorded his debut solo album SCORE, where he was joined by his brother Michael on tenor saxophone. [...]

By | September 11th, 2020|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JOSIAH JOHNSON/EVERY FEELING ON A LOOP

Josiah Johnson may be a new name to some music lovers, but he’s nearly an industry veteran, having been a professional musician for more than a decade. And these days, that can almost seem like a lifetime for today’s popstar. He began his career in the Indie Folk band The Head and the Heart, who formed in 2009. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2011 and went on to be certified Gold by [...]

By | September 4th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JOSIAH JOHNSON/EVERY FEELING ON A LOOP

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MOLLY TUTTLE/…but i’d rather be with you

Although she’s only 27, singer, songwriter, banjo-player, and guitarist Molly Tuttle has been a professional musician for over a dozen years and has accomplished more than most musicians twice her age. The Bay Area-raised Tuttle began playing guitar at the age of 8 and by the age of 11, she was playing onstage with her multi-instrumentalist father Jack Tuttle. She then recorded a 2007 duet album with him at the age of 13. She joined [...]

By | August 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MOLLY TUTTLE/…but i’d rather be with you

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIGHT EYES/DOWN IN THE WEEDS, WHERE THE WORLD ONCE WAS

It has been nearly 25 years since Conor Oberst began his musical journey under the name Bright Eyes. He was originally a member of Omaha, Nebraska Indie Rock band Commander Venus, who split in 1997. Then, operating under the name Bright Eyes, he compiled A COLLECTION OF SONGS WRITTEN AND RECORDED 1995-1997, which was released at the beginning of 1998. At the end of the same year, the second Bright Eyes album, LETTING OFF THE [...]

By | August 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIGHT EYES/DOWN IN THE WEEDS, WHERE THE WORLD ONCE WAS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TANYA DONELLY AND THE PARKINGTON SISTERS

For nearly 35 years, Tanya Donelly has been an important player in the Alternative Rock world. From her time with groundbreaking quartet Throwing Muses (which she co-founded in 1983 and left in 1991) to her stint with The Breeders (1989-1992) and her work with Belly (1991-96), Donelly’s musical journey has been unpredictable but most certainly influential and inspiring. While the first decade of her career was in the Alternative Rock spotlight, her solo career has [...]

By | August 14th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TANYA DONELLY AND THE PARKINGTON SISTERS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NORMAN BROWN/HEART TO HEART

Like all musical genres, Jazz has many subgenres. And those subgenres have subgenres. From Bebop to Fusion, Swing to Bossa Nova, there’s a subgenre of Jazz for every mood and every phase of your life. One subgenre that has become very popular since the late ‘70s and early ‘80s is Smooth Jazz. Often considered ‘mellow’, Smooth Jazz is generally downtempo, filled with mood, atmosphere, and emotion. Artists who are most associated with the Smooth Jazz [...]

By | August 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NORMAN BROWN/HEART TO HEART

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: OHMME/FANTASIZE YOUR GHOST

Formed in Chicago in 2014, Ohmme – originally known as Homme – was founded by Sima Cunningham (vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Macie Stewart (vocals, guitar, violin, bass, keyboards). The duo met in high school and played in separate musical projects: Stewart was a member of Kids These Days, Marrow, and Marker while Cunningham played in various bands and curated music festivals. In 2014, they joined forces as Ohmme. The duo was excited about the prospects of combining [...]

By | July 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: OHMME/FANTASIZE YOUR GHOST

AMPED Distribution continues to surge as it bolsters its label roster with key signings!

INKS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION DEALS WITH ANTI-, BETTER NOISE MUSIC, EARACHE, EPITAPH, NUCLEAR BLAST, ORACLE MUSIC, ORG MUSIC, [PIAS], POLYVINYL, SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS, AND TOMMY BOY MUSIC July 28, 2020 -- While the world was shutting down in response to the pandemic, the team at AMPED Distribution dug in, rolled up their sleeves, and improvised with their labels to seize all available opportunities to maintain product and revenue flow, while bringing a much-needed escape to music fans [...]

By | July 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED Distribution continues to surge as it bolsters its label roster with key signings!

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TED RUSSELL KAMP/DOWN IN THE DEN

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and musician Ted Russell Kamp’s 2020 album DOWN IN THE DEN is not his first rodeo – far from it. The album is Kamp’s 12th solo album in a career that spans 25+ years of hard work and great music. Born in New York, his musical career started once he relocated to Seattle, Washington. As leader of the trio Ponticello, he released four albums before stepping out on his own with [...]

By | July 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TED RUSSELL KAMP/DOWN IN THE DEN