New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Liturgy

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2015 11:23am | Post a Comment


Liturgy are a black metal/experimental rock band from Brooklyn consisting of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (vocals, guitar), Bernard Gann (guitar), Greg Fox (drums) and Tyler Dusenbury (bass). Although originally Hunt-Hendrix’s solo project, the band expanded to become a four-piece in 2008. A year later, the band released their first album, Renihilation, on 20 Buck Spin. They signed to Thrill Jockey for their sophomore release, 2011’s Aesthetica.

Liturgy Ark WorkHunt-Hendrix and Gann toured as a duo after the release of their second album. The band’s frontman began considering a more experimental direction for Liturgy, and elements of electronic and experimental music can be heard on their 2015 Thrill Jockey release, The Ark Work. In fall 2015, Liturgy are heading out for a European tour that kicks off in Krakow, Poland.

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and Tyler Dusenbury stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with our What's In My Bag? crew to share their finds from our racks. Stationed mostly in the jazz and classical rooms, Hunt-Hendrix and Dusenbury chose a collection of traditional Bulgarian music, a classical biblical music drama, Ethiopian jazz, a cassette by Steven Halpern (described by Hunt-Hendrix as "sort of a New Age OG"), and more.

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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 Episode of "What's In My Bag?" With Wooden Shjips

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2013 11:57am | Post a Comment
Wooden Shjips

The Bay Area's own Wooden Shjips has been throwing down spacey psychedelic rock since 2006. The band has been on a steady rise to rock prominence and doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon. Some of their early self-released 7" vinyl, such as Shrinking Moon For Youare hot items and can go for $50 online. That's of course, if you can get your hands on a copy.

Wooden Shjips Back to LandFor those of you not lucky enough to snag the rare vinyl don't fret! You can pre-order Wooden Shjips' lateset release, Back To Land (Thrill Jockey), via The new album is a follow up to 2011's West and is the band's first album produced outside of the Bay Area. Staying true to the band's aesthic, Back to Land boasts eight tracks of colorful fuzzy psychedelia, giving the listener what they want without being boring. It's business as usual and business is good! Back to Land out 11/12/13.

Wooden Shjips' guitarist Ripley Johnson (also of the group Moon Duo) visited Amoeba Hollywood for a little record shopping. Of course, our awesome What's In My Bag? crew got it all on video!

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New What's in my bag? with Trans Am!

Posted by Amoebite, May 14, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment


Trans Am


Heavy electro rock pioneers Trans Am have been bringing the heat since the early 90s. Music fans and critics alike hail the group as the originators of  "post-rock."  Their sound lies comfortably between the synth driven sonics of Kraftwerk and the robotic vocal production of  Daft Punk. With 9 studio albums to date, Trans Am has enjoyed a lengthy career with all their albums being released by  Thrill Jockey Records.

trans am liveTrans Am continue to push the envelope both live and in the studio. Their live show consists of all three members taking on double duty alternating between synth, bass, guitar, vocals and drums. The group does a great job at replicating their electronic tsunami of sound on stage. Be sure and catch them live if you get the chance!

                                                               Trans Am came by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little digging. From the iconic hip hop record illmatic by Nas, to Wooden Shjips' psychedelic offshoot Moon Duo, Trans Am dig up some great pieces. 

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