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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with New York Pop Duo MS MR

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment

MS MR is the New York based indie-pop duo who craft excellent produced electronic-coated candy for your ears. If you have yet to hear what the Internet hype is about, then you are definitely missing out. MS MR hit the scene last year with their debut single, "Hurricane," a dark love story with plush vocals backed by deep drums and dreamy synths. The Internet loved it. Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger often draws comparisons to Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine for her "raspy" vocals. Not a bad comparison at all! With Max Hershenow at the producer helm, MS MR are quickly gaining props in high places from the likes of Jay-Z and Usher. Looks like pop stardom is not too far away.

Early this year, MS MR dropped their major label debut with Secondhand Rapture (Colombia Records). The entire album was produced and written by the dynamic duo, including the handling of the album's art direction and design. The release is chock full of what is quickly becoming MS MR's signature dream pop arrangements: layered synths, big tight programmed drums and lavishly polished vocals. The twelve song release makes for a very ear pleasing experience. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Video With Aussie Singer Clairy Browne

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2013 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Clairy Browne just might be the new "thunder from down under." The feisty songstress fronts the 9-piece Melbourne, Australia based group, Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes. The band is known for their retro-soul sound similar to that of Fitz and the Tantrums while drawing some comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse. Backed by three female vocalists, the ladies pull off some tight harmonies a la The Supremes. The rhythm section is super tight and funky, most definitely worthy of a James Brown co-sign. And do not forget that signature baritone sax! The kid can blow! Fresh off the US release of their debut, Baby Caught The Bus (Vanguard), Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes are quickly becoming the next big thing. Be sure to catch them when their live show hits the States.

Clairy Browne stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little record shopping. This is one memorable episode with a great story of Clairy's "issue with misheard lyrics." Too funny! She picks out some really cool records like neo-soul pioneer Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part 1 and contemporary R&B crooner Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Clairy even declares that Outkast is "like my favorite band ever."  She's got great taste in hip hop! See which '90s female rappers Clairy loves to listen to. Not only does Clairy get down with the funk and soul, but she also rocks out to some heavy metal! She digs up
Black Sabbath's seminal record, Paranoid, which is highly regarded as the band's magnum opus. Clairy Browne knows good music!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Brazilian Electro-Rock Band CSS

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2013 09:13pm | Post a Comment

CSS

Sao Paulo, Brazil has always had a rich history in music. Some of Brazil's most engaging musicians were spawned in Sao Paulo during the 20th century, including Os Mutantes, who helped create the Tropicalia movement of the '60s, and Samba composers Paulo Vanzolini and Adoniran Barbosa, who wrote one of Brazil's most famous Sambas (see "Trem das Onze"). A late punk and garage scene grew in the '80s while the '90s gave way to a strong drum and bass movement. Fast forward to the 21st century and CSS carries the torch as Sao Paulo's leading purveyors of  electronic-dance-rock. CSS exploded onto Brazil's burgeoning "new rave" scene in the early 2000s. Originally a six piece (5 ladies, 1 dude), CSS was one of the early bands to turn Internet fame into a full-fledged career.

Nearly a decade after they famously took their name (Cansei de Ser Sexy) from R&B diva Beyonce, after she declared she was "tired of being sexy," the women of CSS are back with their fourth album, Planta.css TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek takes on producer duties and this time around CSS deliver a more polished production. Still full of electro-pop rock angst, CSS remain fun and loud despite losing main songwriter Adriano Cintra. The album's lead single, "Hangover," is a querky synth-pop jam that carries an upbeat feel. Lovefoxxx sings, "Living in Jupiter that spot is free / Martians??/ vampires and bees /
Everyone is floating together / Everyone is partying forever." Party on CSS!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Two DJ Legends, Jazzy Jeff & Z-Trip

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2013 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Jazzy Jeff and Z-Trip at Amoeba

Only at Amoeba Hollywood would you find two iconic turntablists digging for records. From producing platinum and gold selling albums to acting alongside music cohort Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to touring the world making people dance, DJ Jazzy Jeff has done it all! 

Z-Trip is easily the Jimi Hendrix of turntbles. Widely known as the "godfather of mashups," he practically invented the genre and brought it to the world. Z-Trip has remixed some of music's biggest stars including Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Daft Punk and the Beastie Boys, just to name a few. Not only has Z-Trip designed his own signature Rane mixer (Rane Sixty Two), but he was also voted "America's Best DJ" in 2009.  

What's In My Bag? caught up with Z-Trip and DJ Jazzy Jeff when they were in Los Angeles for the Red Bull Thre3Style national competition and dance party. The two, along with DJ A-Trak are judges for the competition. They took time to dig for records and tell us all about their findings. From Soul 45 box sets, to early '80s rap twelve singles, Z-Trip and Jeff find some really cool stuff. Take note of the disco break Z-Trip points out on 'the 70s blue eyed soul record.

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 18, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR

What's more punk rock than living by the mantra, "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk?" That's exactly what the acronym FIDLAR stands for. FIDLAR, a hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk band from Los Angeles, is made up of Zac Carper (vocals, guitar), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (vocals, guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums). Max and Elvis' father is Greg Kuehn, guitar player for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L.

FIDLAR CD

Earlier this year, FIDLAR played to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood in support of their full length, self titled debut. Watch their full performance. The band's message comes across very loud and very clear on songs like "Max Can't Surf" and "Cheap Beer." FIDLAR is packed with 16 tracks that stay true to the band's "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk" mantra. Our own reviewer called it a "Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude." 

We caught up with FIDLAR for another awesome What's In My Bag? episode. From classic Violent Femmes to '70s iconic soul man Curtis Mayfield to '80s film soundtrack Repo Man, these guys are strictly vinyl. Check out some of their other favorite punk and rock records they found while digging at Amoeba!

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