New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mexican Singer/Songwriter Natalia Lafourcade

Posted by Amoebite, November 16, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Natalia Lafourcade at Amoeba

Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop/rock singer and songwriter from Coatepec. While growing up, she performed in a mariachi band and in an all-girl trio called Twist before going solo at age seventeen. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2002, garnering her a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Three years later, she released her followup, Casa, as Natalia y La Forquetina, which was the name of her band at the time. In 2006, she announced she would be leaving the band to perform as a solo artist once again.

Natalia LaFourcade Hasta la Raiz

Lafourcade continued to release solo albums, with her 2009 release, Hu Hu Hu, becoming a Top 10 album in Mexico and receiving nominations for Best Latin Pop Album at the GRAMMYs and Best Female Pop Vocal Album at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. Her 2015 release, Hasta La Rai­z, and its single of the same name have been nominated for five awards at this year's Latin GRAMMYs. Watch her perform live on the awards show, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Thursday, November 19th.

Get to know Lafourcade a little deeper as she shares many of the albums that influenced her during a recent chat with our "What's In My Bag?" crew at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts with Joni Mitchell's classic Blue, the biggest musical inspiration for her current album. She also talks about Erykah Badu's seminal Mama's Gun, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien, and delves into the catalog of Nick Drake.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Electronic Producer Recondite

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Recondite at Amoeba Hollywood

Recondite is the alias of Bavarian-born, Berlin-based electronic music producer and label owner Lorenz Brunner. In 2011, he founded Plangent Records and released his first EP as Recondite. That same year he played his first gig at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar/Berghain venue and began touring.

Recondite PlacidRecondite's first full-length, On Acid, was released in 2012 and garnered praise from critics around the world. Ghostly International released his follow-up, 2013's Hinterland. Soon after, Recondite became a fixture on the global DJ circuit, performing across Europe, Australia, North America, and Asia. In 2014, he released the Iffy LP on Innervisions and the Caldera EP on Hotflush Recordings. His newest full-length, Placid, was just released November 6, 2015 via Acid Test.

A longtime hip hop fan, Brunner kicks off his "What's in My Bag?" appearance with the 1992 self-titled debut from Body Count, the heavy metal band fronted by Ice-T. Next up is Nate Dogg's Music & Me and the Wu-Tang Clan's classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). He also shares the artist he considers to be the most influential techno and house producer in Germany today.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Title Fight

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2015 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Title Fight

Title Fight is a four-piece post-hardcore band from Pennsylvania consisting of Ned Russin (bass/vocals), Jamie Rhoden (guitar/vocals), Shane Moran (guitar), and Ben Russin (drums). Formed in Kingston, PA in 2003, the band released a series of demos, 7"s and EPs before signing to SideOneDummy for the release of their 2011 debut full-length ShedFloral Green followed in 2012. 

Title Fight HyperviewTwo years later the band announced that they had signed to ANTI-, who released their third LP, Hyperview, in early 2015. The band has toured South America and Europe, played the main stage at Warped Tour, and shared stages with New Found Glory, Rise Against, and Touche Amore.

While on a recent tour, vocalist/bassist Ned Russin stopped by Amoeba San Francisco and shared his finds with our What's in My Bag? crew. He expands his Randy Newman collection, picks up a long-awaited full-length LP from Washington, D.C. hardcore band Give, a reissue of No One Rules by Agnostic Front, and much more.

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

Posted by Amoebite, October 27, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Ghost What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

Swedish heavy metal band Ghost are known for their theatrical appearance onstage and their anonymity offstage. Fronted by Papa Emeritus, an "anti-Pope" figure in skull makeup and cardinal robes, and backed by masked members who call themselves Nameless Ghouls, the band formed in 2006. Their debut full-length came in 2010 with the release of Opus Eponymous.

Ghost MeloriaThe followup came in 2013 with Infestissumam, which generated controversy when it was recorded in Nashville, TN, due to the album's satanic lyrical content. Ghost's third album, Meliora, was released in August 2015 and debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. You can watch Ghost make their U.S. television debut this Friday, October 30 with a live performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

In support of Meliora, Ghost recently performed a special acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood. Over 700 fans showed up for the free show and a lucky 300 were also able to meet the band and get the new record signed. Check out the video below featuring some of the amazing, loyal fans who turned up early for the in-store performance. A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost took some time to talk with our What's in My Bag? crew about some of his favorite albums by KISS and Candlemass, and give us some insight into the black metal concepts in Ghost.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mexican Superstar Gloria Trevi

Posted by Amoebite, October 19, 2015 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Gloria Trevi

Often hailed as "the Mexican Madonna," pop star Gloria Trevi has sold over 20 million records and is known for her provocative, sometimes sociopolitical, chart toppers. Trevi's career began in 1985 when she was a member of the girl group Boquitas Pintadas. After the group disbanded a few years later, she teamed up with Sergio Andrade to produce her solo debut, 1989's ¿Que Hago Aqui­?. The album gave Trevi her first number one hit, "Dr. Psiquiatra."

Gloria Trevi El AmorHer followup, Tu Angel de la Guarda, was an even bigger success, charting at #4 on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart. 1992's Me Siento Tan Sola continued Trevi's reign on top of the charts. A prominent cultural voice in Spanish-language pop music, Trevi has steadily released albums for two and a half decades, with her most recent full-length, El Amor, out just this August .

In support of El Amor's release, Gloria Trevi stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing. Loyal fans dressed to the nines and lined up outside the store, thrilled to meet her. Trevi also sat down with our What's in My Bag? crew to share her love of horror films and psychological thrillers. She chose films like Pan's Labyrinth and Silence of the Lambs, as well as iconic albums by Michael Jackson and Adele.

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