Current News

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE – IDIOT PRAYER: NICK CAVE ALONE AT ALEXANDRA PALACE

Nick Cave has been on one hell of a musical journey over the years. From his early 1970s beginnings in Australia to his more recent recordings, he went from being a post-punk outsider to a critically adored elder statesman of Alternative Rock. Although he’s worked with a few different bands over the years – The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Grinderman, and, of course, The Bad Seeds – the music that he creates is [...]

By | November 20th, 2020|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LAMBCHOP/TRIP

While Pop, Soul, and Dance music usually celebrates the lighter, happier side of life and love, Country, Folk, and Americana are genres that embrace the more realistic – and often heartbreaking – darker side of things. Yes, there are plenty of powerfully positive Country/Folk songs that are out there, those genres are also prone to tackling less popular subjects like drinking, divorce, abandonment, death, infidelity, and struggle. To be honest, it is hard to convey [...]

By | November 13th, 2020|News|0 Comments

RECORD STORE DAY: Black Friday 2020 titles from the folks at AMPED

THE BEAT FARMERS/The Beat Farmers Live At The Spring Valley Inn, 1983  (850947008634) Blixa Sounds/Vinyl LP(x2) 21 song, 2LP set of The Beat Farmers Live in San Diego in 1983, just prior to recording their debut album Tales Of The New West. ACE FREHLEY/Space Truckin'  (634164639815) Eone/12" Picture Disc 12” Pic Disc EP including 'Space Truckin'', 'Space Invader (Radio Edit)', 'Mission to Mars', 'Space Truckin', and 'Return Of The Space Bear' (Bonus Track). GRAND PUBA/Reel [...]

By | November 10th, 2020|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JUNIOR WELLS/BLUES BROTHERS

Born in Memphis, Tennesse in 1934, Amos Wells Blackmore, Jr. was better known as Blues vocalist and harmonica player Junior Wells. Acknowledged as one of the amplified blues-harp pioneers, Wells is best known for a string of albums he recorded with fellow Blues legend Buddy Guy as well as his own solo releases. While Wells’ signature song, “Messin’ with the Kid”, was released in 1960, his most celebrated album is his 1965 full-length debut HOODOO [...]

By | November 6th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JUNIOR WELLS/BLUES BROTHERS

AMPED Signs Entertainment One for North American Physical Distribution

AMPED Distribution will begin working with Entertainment One (“eOne”) for its diverse labels beginning November 1, 2020. AMPED will take over physical distribution for the majority of eOne music labels’ titles in the US, Mexico, and Canada. eOne’s label family includes landmark labels like Death Row Records, Dualtone Records, Artemis Records, and Steamhammer, as well as a roster of 150 artists on the company’s flagship music label. The new deal demonstrates the ongoing need for logistically [...]

By | October 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED Signs Entertainment One for North American Physical Distribution

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WYNONNA/RECOLLECTIONS

Believe it or not, it has been 37 years since Country Music duo The Judds first entered the charts with their debut single “Had A Dream (For The Heart)” (a cover of a 1976 track by Elvis Presley). However, it was 1984’s #1 single “Mama He’s Crazy” that sent their career into the stratosphere. Up through 1991, every single by The Judds reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, 14 of them [...]

By | October 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WYNONNA/RECOLLECTIONS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SHEMEKIA COPELAND/UNCIVIL WAR

The daughter of legendary guitarist Johnny Copeland, Shemekia Copeland was born to sing the Blues. Her first public performance was at the Cotton Club at the age of 10 but she didn’t fully commit to a singing career until the age of 16. Johnny took Shemekia on the road with him and she became his opening act. Thanks to her electrifying live shows, she became one of the most talked about artists on the Blues [...]

By | October 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SHEMEKIA COPELAND/UNCIVIL WAR

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TOMMY LEE/ANDRO

When a major Rock band splits up, most people expect the lead singer/frontman to be the breakout star while all of his former bandmates struggle to keep themselves in the public eye. However, this is Mötley Crüe that we are talking about… and Mötley Crüe is no ordinary Rock band. Known for their hard rocking hits in the ‘80s and their offstage debauchery, the Crüe became one of the most popular bands in the Hard [...]

By | October 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TOMMY LEE/ANDRO

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KRONOS QUARTET & FRIENDS/LONG TIME COMING

Folk and protest music, for the most part, are timeless. There are certain songs that may focus on a particular incident in history, but most Folk-oriented ‘protest’ songs address universal issues that are still sadly relevant. When you sit down today to listen to a classic by Pete Seeger, you suddenly realize that the more things have changed, the more they’ve remained the same. Seeger is associated with his social activism and his amazing cache [...]

By | October 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KRONOS QUARTET & FRIENDS/LONG TIME COMING

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HERB ALPERT/HERB ALPERT IS… (SOUNDTRACK)

Let’s get the obvious out of the way – Herb Alpert is a national treasure. The legendary trumpeter and music mogul has not only created an enormously satisfying back catalog of his own – solo and with The Tijuana Brass – he also co-founded A&M Records, a label responsible for a plethora of hits since the early ‘60s. If you love The Carpenters, The Police, Rita Coolidge, Supertramp, Cat Stevens, Amy Grant, Quincy Jones, Janet [...]

By | October 2nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HERB ALPERT/HERB ALPERT IS… (SOUNDTRACK)