Tag Archives: California

Blogaroo: Day 1: ALO

5 Jun

Now I wouldn’t be a very good vegan if I didn’t dedicate a blogaroo post to the Animal Liberation Orchestra.

ALO is a California rock band composed of Zach Gill (keys and vocals), Steve Adams (bass and vocals), Dan Lebowitz (guitar and vocals) and Dave Brogan (drums and vocals).

The group got their start in 1989, when Lebowitz, Adams, Gill and former drummer Matt West formed a band in junior high school. Calling themselves Django, the group recorded their first album, Contact, the summer before their senior year. The band continued through college, when the boys moved to Santa Barbara. West returned home after a couple of years, making room for Brogan.

The group is currently signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. They have released three full-length albums for Brushfire, along with a number of independent releases.

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Blogaroo: Day 2: Flying Lotus

4 Jun

Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, is an experimental multi-genre music producer from Winnetka, California whose debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006.

While he’s uncredited, Ellison has produced bumper music for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. He’s also remixed songs for fellow Plug Research artists, including Mia Doi Todd.

In January 2011 FlyLo won the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the short-form video category for MmmHmm. He will be collaborating with R&B singer Erykah Badu on new material for her next album and he is working on a  multimedia project with filmmaker Miwa Matreyek,  titled The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come. It is also rumored that Flying Lotus will remix one of Radiohead’s songs from The King of Limbs.

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Blogaroo: Day 14: Charles Bradley

23 May

Charles Bradley, or “the Screaming Eagle of Soul,”  was born in 1948 in Gainesville, Florida, where he lived with his grandmother until he was 8 years old. It was then that Bradley moved to Brooklyn, New York to live with his mother, where his sister took him to see James Brown perform at the Apollo Theater in 1962. And the rest, as they say, is history.

After running away from home — living in the streets and on subway cars — Bradley joined the Job Corps and worked as a chef in Maine for 10 years. While he performed with a band about five or six times, he went solo after his fellow bandmates were drafted into the Vietnam War.

Following the break up of his band, Bradley moved west — hitchhiking across the country and moving to upstate New York, Seattle, Canada and Alaska before settling in California, where he worked odd jobs and played small shows for 20 years.

While he was known to work as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley eventually signed with Daptone Records, where he became known for his funky yet soulful R&B style.

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