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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With STRFKR

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

STRFKR

STRFKR (pronounced and formerly known as Starfucker) is an electronica quartet from Portland, Oregon. Vocalist Joshua Hodges initially started Starfucker as a solo project in 2007 and since then it has blossomed into a bonafide band. With a handful of releases, several song placements, including a Target commercial, and performances at this year's Coachella festival, STRFKR are quickly on their way to invading the minds of pop culture devouts. Be sure to check out their recent LP, Miracle Mile (Polyvinyl Records) and get a taste of the Pac North! Who knew Oregon exported beards, craft beer and electronica?

Our What's In My Bag? crew caught up with STRFKR on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. It's always great when a band comes in and only shops for vinyl. These guys found some diverse records. From Fugazi to Bill Evans and from Chilly Gonzales to Falco, STRFKR find their way to just about every section of the store. Check out their full episode below.

STRFKR - What's In My Bag?
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W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

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Mashup Of The Week: "Wugazi: 13 Chambers" Cleverly Pairs Fugazi with Wu Tang Clan

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2011 04:04pm | Post a Comment
Some things are great only in concept while others work perfectly both in concept and in practice. Such is the case with the Wugazi mashup project which melds the music of legendary DC post-hardcore band Fugazi with the music of iconic Staten Island hip-hop crew The Wu Tang Clan. The inspired rock/rap mash-up project which is titled Wugazi: 13 Chambers is described by its two producers, Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy, as "a labor of love" and involved the pair spending a full year hard at work "cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella" that they could get their hands on.  

The project's title is a combo of Fugazi's 1990 album 13 Songs (the cover art resembles it too) and the Wu's 36 Chambers. It includes such Wu Tang acapellas as "C.R.E.A.M." (aka "Cash Rules Everything Around Me") from their aforementioned landmark 1993 debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) which becomes "S.C.R.E.A.M." as in "Sleep Rules Everything Around Me." And it also includes solo Wu member acapellas too such as Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" which becomes "Forensic Shimmy." Both songs, as well as "Suicide Surprise," are below to play back. For more info and to download Wugazi: 13 Chambers visit the Wugazi website.

                             
Wugazi - "Suicide Surprise" (2011)


Wugazi "S.C.R.E.A.M." (2011)

Synthsual Seduction: Getting Intimate with Blonde Redhead's Penny Sparkle

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 14, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
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A while ago, right here in this blogosphere, I shared a memorable, if somewhat goofy, moment I experienced in conversation with Blonde Redhead where it was determined that their signature sound is, seasonally speaking, " cold, like winter," punctuated by drummer Simone Pace's joking that they've been trying to score a "summer hit" all these years. True, there's nothing very ruddy or relaxing about the raw, malodorous roots they laid down in their hard-rocking early days, prompting fans to coin the multilingual heart-breakers as "art rock" darlings while some persnickety critics underrated them as Sonic Youth wannabes. Alas, that "certain damaged" sound that Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi and Rites of Spring fame) coaxed into the production Blonde Redhead's middle children albums (In An Expression of the Inexpressible, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly) is as gone as the no wave, DNA inspired D.I.Y. joie de vivre captured on the band's Steve Shelly (of, duh, Sonic Youth fame) produced self-titled debut as well as that of their self-produced, non-slump of a blonde redhead penny sparkle cover art record review album 4ad goth alan mouldersophomore effort La Mia Vita Violenta and it's bewitching follow-up Fake Can Be Just As Good (sigh). However, I believe congratulations are in order as it seems that Blonde Redhead have, with Penny Sparkle --- their eighth full-length album in fifteen years, their third record for the 4AD label --- created the most lusciously polished, goth jewel of a make-out record since the Cure's Disintegration dropped in 1989.

Tigerskin - What's In My Bag?

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 28, 2010 11:43am | Post a Comment
Our friend Alex Krueger, aka Tigerskin, aka Dub Taylor, was here in LA for a recent gig and stopped by Amoeba; here's what he picked up...

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