New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment

Rob Garza is producer and co-founder of the electronic group Thievery Corporation. Known for utilizing various styles from Dub to Trip-Hop to Bossa Nova, Thievery Corporation are hailed as pioneers of the global electronic music scene. With a cult following intact, Garza travels the world playing DJ sets, Rob Garza Palace of Mirrorsproducing music, and sourcing sounds he brings back to his studio in San Francisco. With over a dozen releases for Thievery Corporation, countless singles and production work for other artists, Garza has finally released Palace Of Mirrors, an EP that serves as the debut for his own Magnetic Moon label. A well-respected tastemaker, Garza has his hands in several ventures, including owning restaurants and clubs located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He also owns a top shelf hand-crafted Mezcal made in Oaxaca. How cool is that? If you are in the Bay Area on May 9, make sure to catch Thievery Corporation at the San Francisco Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. Garza will also be playing DJ sets on off days and you can catch him May 16 at Club Cielo in New York City.

Rob Garza's musical tastes run deep and he found some great records on a recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. He kicks off this What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Darkside's self-titled release on vinyl. Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington -- great stuff for all you atmospheric EDM lovers. A fan of 45s, Garza digs up Kenny Dope's limited edition Classic Breakbeats 45 box set, a must-have if you can find a copy! Garza shows his support for Bay Area funksters Afrolicious and picks up their California Dreaming album on CD. If you're ever in San Francisco, visit the Elbo Room and party with the Afro guys. So much fun! As you can see from the full episode, Garza loves Dub, funk, electronica and more! Watch below for all his amazing picks.

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2013 Mixtape: 21 Songs for the Time Capsule

Posted by Billy Gil, December 5, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Just about everyone could agree on “Get Lucky” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but there were lots of other great singles and album cuts released this year. Here are 21 you can download from right now. Pretty sure these could just top out a 120-minute cassette tape, if my high school calculations are correct. Check out my top 50 albums list, too!


kurt vile wakin on a pretty daze amoebaKurt Vile – “KV Crimes”



Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a great, melodically hazy stoner-rock record, but "KV Crimes" hits hard, like a song Tom Petty would kick out in five minutes and decide he was too stoned when he wrote it and leave it on the cutting-room floor for some bullshit like "Free Fallin'." Kurt Vile is like our more enlightened Petty, one who knows that off-the-cuff tracks can be the best.


From the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze



savages silence yourself lp amoebaSavages – “I Am Here”

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Album Picks: Danny Brown, Jesu, Glasser, Lee Ranaldo, Darkside, Parquet Courts

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2013 09:49am | Post a Comment

Danny BrownOld (CD)

danny brown old cdSince Danny Brown launched from relative obscurity to stardom with his excellent mixtape XXX, it follows that his sophomore release should see the rapper sand the edges of his sound from his Internet-rap roots. Not so fast. Danny Brown’s Old doesn’t curb the weirdness that made XXX such a delight; it doubles down on it. The same highwire delivery and tight jeans that made 50 Cent balk at signing the dude are still going strong, though the humor of his previous work is turned down in favor of more straightforward storytelling—and as if in a bit for seriousness, Brown even includes “Side A” and “B” interludes to signify the break between the more laid-back first half and molly-addled crazy second half. Of course, Brown has just learned how to incorporate his wit into the songs more—“Wonderbread” is only slightly more horrifying than funny, about the perils of even going out for bread in the Detroit ghetto where he grew up, whereas the mind-bending “Lonely,” which features a sample from obscure French artist Morice Benin, sees Brown claiming his identity brilliantly (“Hipster by heart but I can tell you how the streets feel” he says, subtly reffing his childhood, selling drugs and time in prison without boasting). Brown’s collaborators—from the indie-minded Purity Ring to fellow rapper Schoolboy Q and especially the grime-influenced wunderkind Scruffizer, on the awesome “Dubstep”—aid in making Old a multifaceted affair. Producer Oh No (of Stones Throw duo Gangrene) helps set the stage for some of Old’s most striking tracks, like the Radiohead-ish “Gremlins” and manic “Red 2 Go,” though Brown at least shares the producer’s chair on each song. He offers some turn of phrase or stellar bit of production on every song, keeping you hooked on Old and hitting the replay button even after 19 tracks.

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