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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mark Ronson

Posted by Amoebite, July 22, 2015 11:11am | Post a Comment

Mark Ronson is a DJ and producer whose work nods to classic soul and funk style sounds. Born in London but educated in New York City, Ronson began his career by DJing high profile gigs like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 29th birthday party. In 2003, he found success in the UK with the release of his debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, which features guest appearances from the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Nikka Costa, Rivers Cuomo, Jack White, Mos Def, and Sean Paul. In 2007, he released a collection of cover songs called Version, which was followed by 2010's Record Collection.

In 2015, Ronson released Uptown Special. He dedicated the album to Amy Winehouse, whose Back to Black he had produced and for which he had received the 2008 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Uptown Special features "Uptown Funk," a collaboration with Bruno Mars which marked Ronson's first entry into Billboard's Hot 100. Interestingly, the album features lyrics written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Lightning Bolt

Posted by Amoebite, July 15, 2015 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Noise-rock powerhouse Lightning Bolt was founded by Rhode Island School of Design students Brian Lightning BoltChippendale and Brian Gibson in 1995. When the band first started, their shows were largely improvisational, until Load Records approached them with the idea of doing an album. In 1999, their self-titled debut appeared. In 2001, Load released Ride the Skies, the duo's second album. Two years later, the band's most accessible release, Wonderful Rainbow, came out. While touring intermittently, the band released Hypermagic Mountain (2005), Earthly Delights (2009), and Oblivion Hunter (2012). Their most recent release is 2015's Fantasy Empire, their first full-length for Thrill Jockey.

The dynamic duo dig deep and find some gems on our recent episode of What's In My Bag? The guys get started with Mystic Soundz From India, Lost Field Recordings (Lost In Space Records). Compiled from obscure and rare recordings from 1968-1979, this makes a great source for sampling or attempting to hypnotize yourself. Good stuff! Next, they pick up an awesome book of works by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Produced by the innnovative German publisher, TASCHEN, this is a beautifully curated book that deserves to be on every art fan's coffee table. The guys also grab a copy of the highly acclaimed album, You're Dead!, by LA's beloved beat maker Flying Lotus. From instructional records to experimental classical to world music, Lighning Bolt search far and wide and find influence everywhere. Watch the full episode below to see all their picks. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Mr. Scruff

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Mr. Scruff

Mr. Scruff, the musical project of Mancunian DJ/producer Andy Carthy, burst onto the scene in the mid-Mr Scruff'90s with the release of several 12" singles for Pleasure Music. His biggest hit-to-date came via the release of his 1999 debut full-length, Keep It Unreal, which features the single "Get a Move On," an upbeat swing-styled number based around "Bird's Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)" by Moondog and featuring a sample from Shifty Henry's "Hyping Woman Blues." His official followup, Trouser Jazz, appeared in 2002. Two years later Scruff released his first ever DJ mix album, Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1. He has released albums steadily over the past decade, with 2014's Friendly Bacteria showcasing the constant evolution of his sound. Scruff is also known for his marathon DJ sessions, hand-drawn live visuals and album art, and his tea company, Make Us a Brew. 

Mr. Scruff recently visited Amoeba Hollywood rocking a really dope J Dilla (RIP) t-shirt, a small indication that he goes deep in the crates when digging for vinyl. He definitely found some classic gems in this episode of What's In My Bag?. Scruff first finds the early '80s modern soul album One Way Love Affair by Sadane. He often collects these records and hands them out as gifts to friends. A longtime fan of the Celluloid label, Scruff picks their newly released compilation, Haiti Goes Latin, which is a great album for any lover of World/Latin music. Watch the full episode below to see all his picks:

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2015 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Mastodon

In 2000, bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor founded Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon. In 2001, they signed with Relapse Records, who released their Lifesblood EP. Their first full-length, Remission, followed a year later. Mastodon's third album, Blood Mountain, received a Grammy nod for the track "Colony of Birchmen." 2009 saw the release of their album Crack the Skye, as well as a tour with Metallica. The Hunter followed two years later, with their sixth studio album, Once More 'Round the Sun, hitting stores in June 2014. 

Drummer Brann and guitarist Bill recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to dig up some records for another fine episode of What's In My Bag?. Brann first finds a very cool compilation called Choubi Choubi: Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq. He mentions being a fan of Middle Eastern pop music, especially '90s Egyptian Top 40. Who would have guessed a metal drummer would be rocking out to that? Very cool. Bill follows with a re-issue of the Melvins' Ozma/Bullhead album, calling them "one of the greatest bands on earth." To bring it down a notch, Bill also picks up a copy of Drunken Hearted Man by legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Brann heads in the opposite direction and finds a copy of Merci by French prog-rockers Magma. This is definitely an interesting pick for several reasons... All of Magma's songs are sung in a made up laguage and are conceptualized from a science fiction mythology created by the band's leader and drummer, Christian Vander. Wow, who needs psychedelics when you can just listen to a Magma record? Bill and Brann find it all, including some really cool jazz and classic rock. Watch the full episode below to see what else they find! 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Amoebite, June 23, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest, the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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