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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Billy Bragg & Wayne Kramer

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2014 04:32pm | Post a Comment

Billy Bragg

In the world of politically charged rock and roll, Billy Bragg and Wayne Kramer are iconic in their own right. The two musician/activists came together in 2009 to form Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit organization that provides musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners. Their name comes from a 1977 song by The Clash called "Jail Guitar Doors," which detailed the imprisonment of their hero, the MC5's Wayne Kramer.

Mr. Bragg and Mr. Kramer recently brought their Jail Guitar Doors show to Amoeba Hollywood. For their charity work, the two were presented with a certificate of recognition from the city of Los Angeles. Needless to say, they rocked the house. After their performance, the two sat down with our crew for another episode of What's In My Bag?.

Billy Bragg kicks off his "shit you can't find in England" list with Valerie June's Pushin' Against A Stone and Neko Case's The Worst Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Kramer picks up some Jazz with Grant Green's Grantstand record and drops a fun fact about Grant's love for the classic B3 organ. The two have some great picks from Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 10  to soulstress Merry Clayton's Best Of compilation to Cliff Martinez's Only God Forgives soundtrack. These are two cool guys, who on their own would have entertaining episodes, but we were lucky enough to get them together, making it a must see for any fan. Enjoy! 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Joe Boyd

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2014 04:19pm | Post a Comment

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is an icon when it comes to music producers. He was at the core of Britain's folk rock boom of the '60s and pioneered the World Music genre in the '80s and '90s. Mr. Boyd has been a part of some Joe Boydiconic moments in music history, including overseeing Bob Dylan's legendary first live electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Boyd also signed and produced a young 20-year-old Nick Drake who subsequently released the classic album, Five Leaves Left. Boyd also holds the distinction of producing Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne."  From founding his label, Hannibal Records, to working as a film executive for Warner Bros. to releasing his memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music In the 1960s, Joe Boyd has definitely made his mark.  

Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" crew had the pleasure of hanging out with Mr. Boyd during a recent visit to our San Francisco store. Needless to say, he has very eclectic taste in music. Mr. Boyd kicks off the episode with Dafnis Prieto's About The Monks and says Prieto is the "new genius of the drums." Boyd also digs up a copy of Mongo Santamaria's Our Man In Havana on vinyl. Although he points out he doesn't keep up with current bands too much, he made sure to pick up a copy of Phosphorescent's Here's To Taking It Easy. Mr. Boyd has many cool picks from all regions of the world to check out!

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Our Top 13 "What's In My Bag?" Episodes Of 2013

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

Best WIMBs of 2013We are wrapping up our 6th season of What's In My Bag? and we wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2013. It's been a fantastic year for us (we won a Webby Award!!) and this season featured a number of outstanding WIMB firsts.

Lots of love and countless hours of editing goes into making each video happen. They're a bit like our children, so picking our favorites is a daunting task. We tried to make a list of our Top 5 episodes, but that seemed impossible. Then we attempted a Top 10 list, but we couldn't narrow it down. So we settled on our 13 favorite episodes of 2013.

These are the episodes that surprised, excited and engaged us the most. These are the episodes that make us laugh upon repeat viewings. These are the episodes that we send to our friends to make them jealous about the work we do. These are the best “What’s in My Bag?” episodes of 2013. Enjoy!

 

#13. Clairy Browne

The Australian soul singer may not be super well-known in the States yet, but she thoroughly charmed and entertained us. She talks about albums by strong women including PJ Harvey and Queen Latifah, deconstructing Frank Ocean songs, and shares some of her famously misheard lyrics. And then there's her fashion...

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

Posted by Amoebite, December 26, 2013 04:33pm | Post a Comment

The Heavy

The Heavy broke out in 2009 with their smash hit, "How You Like Me Now?," from their album The House That Dirt Built (Counter). From movie trailers to video games to sports shows, the song and the band were everywhere! The British quartet flaunts retro-soul with funky horn stabs and '60s garage rock grit. They pack a punch a la The Black Keys and will slap you silly with soul like Sharon Jones. James Brown would be proud.

The Heavy - The Glorious DeadThe Heavy were in town recently promoting their latest full-length release, The Glorious Dead (Counter). Their third album is a step deeper into their gospel and blues influences, with the band utilizing an actual choir to help take us all to church. There's also a subtle nod to the late glorious Amy Winehouse on the song "Be Mine" and rightfully so, as the band worked with The Dap-Kings, who backed Winehouse.

While the band was at Amoeba Hollywood they shot two videos for us! Their rock and soul roots are definitely apparent in their What's In My Bag? episode, with picks by American soul singers Marvin Gaye and Syl Johnson, and British classic rock bands The Smiths and The Rolling Stones. They also filmed a Green Room Session for a handful of extremely lucky fans. Check out both videos below.

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

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2013 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Neighbourhood

California based alternative rock -pop band The Neighbourhood has hit the mainstream full steam ahead. Complete with a black and white marketing vision, in just two years The Neighbourhood has signed a major label deal, gone gold and headlined a summer tour across the U.S. NeighbourhoodTheir music video for the single "Sweater Weather" has amassed over 14 million views on YouTube. The band is now nominated for MTV Buzzworthy's Breakthrough Band of 2013. Their debut album, I Love You (Colombia), entered the Billboard Music Charts at #39 and their lead single, "Sweater Weather," has already been certified gold by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000.

The guys recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for another fun episode of What's In My Bag?. Check out who picks up seasons 1& 2 of Saved By The Bell on DVD and which Neighbourhood member gets introduced to Breaking Bad. They run the gammut of music from classic Phil Collins to Metallica's Whiplash on vinyl to Sade's Soldier of Love.

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