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

Posted by Amoebite, January 28, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

New Order

New Order is often hailed as one the most influential bands of the '80s. They took their developing post-punk sound and combined it with electronic dance music, making them one of the pioneers of the newly coined "synthpop" era. The English band was formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. Gillian Gilbert (Stephen Morris' wife) was recruited to round out the new group, playing keyboards, guitar and synthesisers. New Order's EP, 1981-1982, received a nice all white vinyl reissue for Record Store Day last year. The pressing was limited to 3,500 in the U.S., but will be given an unlimited run in black vinyl this year! New Order signed with Mute Records in September 2014 and are working on their tenth studio album.

Founding members Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris sat down with our cameras at Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable What's In My Bag? episode. Gillian picks up a T-shirt by '70s rock legends Television. To Stephen's surprise the two realize they both love the band's debut album, Marquee Moon (Elektra). Stephen follows up with Fiesta Songs, a covers album by German producer Senor Coconut. It's got a great merengue cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and The Doors' "Riders On The Storm."  Stephen also digs up a copy of Desmond Dekker's classic The King Of Ska on vinyl. Gillian also picks up some pop favorites with Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and Lady Gaga's The Remix, both on vinyl.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With London's Fat White Family

Posted by Amoebite, January 20, 2015 06:52pm | Post a Comment

Fat White Family

Some might say The Fat White Family is British rock & roll's final hurrah. On or off stage the South London rockers give it to you straight. No sugar coating, no beating around the bush, no gimmicks. Just Fat Whiteone hundred percent pure, unadulturated, in your face rock and roll. Their wild stage antics and blunt anti-elitist views excite fans and leave others confused. Unfazed by the lure of fame and the rock star status most indie bands dream of, The Fat White Family only care about staying true to their own beliefs, no matter how unconventional or far left they may come off. From squatting to couch surfing to befriending and shacking up with Sean Lennon, The Fat White Family have come a long way in a short amount of time.

After releasing their debut album, Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum, 2014) and touring relentlessly, the band was recently named one of NME's "50 New Bands to Watch in 2015" and appeared on the cover with the headline "The Most Dangerous Band in Britain." The group is currently working on their second album in New York, with a little help from co-producer Sean Lennon. How many new bands can say they used John Lennon's gear on their record? Pretty freaking awesome.   

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Marshall Crenshaw

Posted by Amoebite, January 13, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw is an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. He's co-written a ton of songs and has composed music for film and television, including the title track for the film Walk Hard, starring John C. Riley. Not to mention he's got a knack for acting too! Prior to becoming a recording artist, Crenshaw played the role of John Lennon in the Broadway musical Beatlemania. Crenshaw also played Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic, La Bamba

Marshall's break came after he and his brother Robert started a New York based trio. They recorded the single "Something's Gonna Happen," which led to a deal with Warner Brothers. Crenshaw's eponymous debut album was released in 1982 and included the song "Someday, Someway," which reached #36 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The '90s Pop rock band, Gin Blossoms' song, "Til I Hear It from You," was co-written by Crenshaw and it reached #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996. The dude knows a thing or two about writing hit songs. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With the Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2015 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Patrick Carney at Amoeba Hollywood

Blues-rock rivivalists The Black Keys have been on a steady climb to the top. In 2010, the band Turn Blue The Black Keyssaw mainstream success with their sixth studio album Brothers (Nonesuch). From Billboard Top 20 singles and commercial placement to constant radio play and GRAMMY wins, The Black Keys have been everywhere! On their eighth full-length release, Turn Blue (Nonesuch, 2014), the duo once again teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse. The album boasts 11 solid tracks of catchy blues infused rock that remind us how great Danger Mouse and the Keys work together. The band was just recently nominated for Best Rock Song ("Fever") and Best Rock Album (Turn Blue) at the upcoming 2015 GRAMMY Awards.

Patrick Carney recently spent time with two very lucky fans (pictured above) at Amoeba Hollywood, picking out some of his favorite records for them as part of a radio contest for Alt 98.7FMHe tells a hilarious story about hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time after buying a Vanilla Ice record, how trying to rip off a Can beat led to the band's first hit record, and so much more. Watch the full episode below for all of Patrick's picks. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Experimental Artist Mika Vainio

Posted by Amoebite, December 31, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Mika Vainio

Mika Vainio is a Finnish experimental musician based out of Berlin. During the 1980s, Vainio played Mika Vainio drums and electronics in the Finnish industrial/noise scene, eventually making a name for himself as one half of Pan Sonic, an electronic duo inspired by Throbbing Gristle and Suicide. Vainio is also an accomplished solo artist, releasing solo work both under his own name and under the O alias. He has collaborated with iDEAL Recordings label boss Joachim Nordwall, Sunn O))) leader Stephen O'Malley, Autechre's Sean Booth, Alan Vega of Suicide and Fennesz. Vanio's most recent solo releases are 2013's Kilo and 2014's O recording Konstellaatio. After a long hiatus, 2014 saw the release of Pan Sonic's album Oksastus

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