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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Flea and Amy-Jo Albany

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2016 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Flea Amy-Jo Albany What's In My Bag?

You probably know Flea as the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. But you may not know him as an actor or jazz aficionado or the co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to music education for kids. In 2014, Flea executive-produced and co-starred in the film adaptation of Amy-Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood, about life with her father, jazz pianist Joe Albany. The biopic stars John Hawkes, Glenn Close, and Elle Fanning, and its soundtrack features jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Albany himself.

Flea and Amy-Jo recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a DJ set and soundtrack signing. They took time to talk with our "What's In My Bag?" cameras and to surprise each other with a few selections. In this episode they talk about falling in love with Bach, Bowie's ability to interpret songs, and the transcendent power of J Dilla.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Savages

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Savages What's In My Bag?

London-based post-punk group Savages were formed by guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth) in 2011. Bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton joined soon after. They played their first show in 2012, as support for British Sea Power. The band's first release came that June as a double A-sided single on Jehnny Beth's Pop Noire label, featuring the tracks "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands."

Savages Adore LifeSavages' debut full-length, Silence Yourself, was released in May 2013 via Matador. Their follow-up, Adore Life, is coming out this Friday, January 22. You can see them perform around Europe this winter or on their North American tour in spring 2016, including the Coachella and Sasquatch festivals.

The band did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Ayse kicks off this episode with Run the Jewels, whom she saw perform live at FYF Fest. The band goes on to share their incredibly eclectic taste, spanning electronic, avant garde, and classic independent cinema -- and that’s just the first four picks. Watch the full episode below to dig into their deep cuts of jazz, doom rock, books, and more. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with French-Cuban Duo Ibeyi

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 05:02pm | Post a Comment

Ibeyi at Amoeba Hollywood for What's In My Bag?

Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, the language spoken by the Nigerian ancestors of musical twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Born in Cuba but raised in Paris, the duo fuse elements of jazz, electronica, Afro-Cuban, and French music. Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajon and Bata drum while Lisa-Kainde plays piano and serves as the group's main vocalist, with lyrics in English and Yoruba.

IbeyiFollowing the death of their father, legendary Cuban percussionist Anga Di­az (Buena Vista Social ClubIrakere), the sisters began performing around Paris while still in their teens. In 2013, Ibeyi signed to XL Recordings for the release of their debut EP, Oya. Their self-titled full-length was released in February 2015. You can catch them performing at Coachella and the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring.

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2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kamasi Washington

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Kamasi Washington at Amoeba Hollywood

Kamasi Washington is a Los Angeles-born jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he played music with faculty members such as Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, and Gerald Wilson. Washington’s skill as a tenor soloist in the Miles Davis/Ornette Coleman tradition has landed him on albums like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and he’s played alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, and Raphael Saadiq.

Kamasi Washington The EpicIn 2015, Washington released his debut full-length, a 3-disc album aptly entitled The Epic, on Flying Lotus's label Brainfeeder. What is even more surprising is how accessible and listenable it is across its three discs without once aiming for a cheap crossover or diminishing Washington’s talents or sound. The Epic has been named one of the best of 2015 by The New York Times and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

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