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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Joe Begos Josh Ethier

Almost Human Blu-rayFilmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier are the definition of multi-hyphenates. Begos, a writer/director/producer/cinematographer/camera operator/actor teamed up with his longtime friend Ethier, an actor/producer/editor/sound designer/composer to film Almost Human. The sci-fi/slasher flick, set in the pair's native New England and inspired by classic 1980s horror films, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The pair stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of their top picks for movies and music. Begos starts things off with Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which he says is "De Palma's best movie since the '80s." Ethier shows off the beautifully-packaged Death Waltz reissue of John Carpenter's soundtrack to The Fog. Begos talks about the Blu-ray version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and Ethier discusses Ennio Morricone's score for Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With The Dismemberment Plan

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2014 12:45pm | Post a Comment

The Dismemberment Plan

Taking their name from a phrase in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, The Dismemberment Plan are one of indie rock's defining bands. The band hails from Washington D.C., a city rich in music history, including birthing punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flackand one of the most prominent jazz musicians to ever tickle the ivory, Duke Ellington. Needless to say, D-Plan have been influenced by an array of great artists and it definitely shows up in their songs. On stage they employ high energy performances with a little punk angst to get mosh pits swirling. The D-Plan also give way to synth-pop nuances that show their dance music influences. Who can blame them? Washington D.C. is where Go-Go music came from! A little bit of funk, a little bit of punk and a dash of soul lives in the DNA of The Dismemberment Plan.

After a decade of recording and touring, The Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003, but reunited for a few charity shows in 2007. They returned in 2013 to release a new album, Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records). The new record is packed with 10 cuts that give fans some of what they already love about The D-Plan and showcase the growth that has occured in the span of over a decade. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Mac DeMarco

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2014 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Mac Demarco

Known for his off kilter antics, Mac Demarco could easily be confused for a left field comedian. Often dubbed as "slacker" rock, Mac DeMarco is anything but. At just 23 years old he has released three full-length albums, with his most recent being the 11 track Salad Days (Captured Tracks). After a year and a half on tour promoting his first two releases, DeMarco set up shop in his apartment in Bed-Stuy, New York to record the new album. Salad Days highlights DeMarco's writing chops and proves he's a serious songwriter despite the humor and outrageous personality he exudes. Salad Days finds DeMarco taking a more personal approach to storytelling with several songs based on his relationship with long-term girlfriend, Kiera McNally. The album was shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Polaris Music Prize.   

Mac DeMarco spent some time shopping at Amoeba in San Francisco and our camera crew was in tow for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" Mac first digs up a clearance copy of the Doobie Brothers' Minute By Minute on vinyl and follows with the Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil LP. He also finds a copy of the 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic fantasy film, Wizards. The story is about two wizards who use magic and industrial technology to battle against each other on earth. It's like watching a movie on shrooms, but without the shrooms. Watch the full episode below to hear DeMarco tell the funny story of how his album cover for 2  shares an uncanny connection to Bruce Springsteen's album, River. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dimitri & Mario of OFF!

Posted by Amoebite, September 3, 2014 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Off!

What do punk rockers do when their band goes on hiatus after decades of touring and OFF!recording? They start another band, duh. OFF! is a supergroup of punkers who are well known for their roles in some of the most legendary punk and hardcore bands around. Former Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris enlisted long time buddies Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt, Earthless) to form OFF! back in 2009. After releasing a self-titled debut in 2012, OFF! is back with their second proper album, Wasted Years (Vice Records), 16 tracks of hard, fast, in-your-face grown man angst. It's the very stuff that punk rock is made of. The entire album is 23 minutes long, reminding us that Keith Morris is still very much a punk rocker with no signs of softening up. You can catch OFF! live with the Descendents at the FOX Theatre in Pomona, CA Sept 28th.    

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Hip Hop Icon Chuck D.

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2014 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Chuck D.

Before Tupac, before Notorious B.I.G., before Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, there was Chuck D! In the mid '80s, Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, signed with the rap label Def Jam. You know, that bedroom record label that discovered little groups like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and some thrash metal band Public Enemy It Takes a Millionsnamed Slayer. Ring a bell? With Def Jam's support and Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy championed socially conscious rap music in America. With politically charged albums like It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet  (the latter selling 1 million copies week of release), Public Enemy remains one of the most important rap groups in history. 

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