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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ A-Trak

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2014 06:02pm | Post a Comment

A-Trak

From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.

Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Joe Begos Josh Ethier

Almost Human Blu-rayFilmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier are the definition of multi-hyphenates. Begos, a writer/director/producer/cinematographer/camera operator/actor teamed up with his longtime friend Ethier, an actor/producer/editor/sound designer/composer to film Almost Human. The sci-fi/slasher flick, set in the pair's native New England and inspired by classic 1980s horror films, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The pair stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of their top picks for movies and music. Begos starts things off with Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which he says is "De Palma's best movie since the '80s." Ethier shows off the beautifully-packaged Death Waltz reissue of John Carpenter's soundtrack to The Fog. Begos talks about the Blu-ray version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and Ethier discusses Ennio Morricone's score for Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With White Fence

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2014 12:43pm | Post a Comment

White Fence

Tim Presley (no relation to Elvis Presley) first hit the music scene as "Timmy Stardust," playing guitar for American hardcore band The Nerve Agents. Known for their chaotic and sometimes violent live performances, The Nerve Agents were a spectacle to behold. After four productive years together, the Agents disbanded. Subsequently, Tim Presley and Nerve Agents drummer Andy Granelli founded the psychedelic rock band Darker My Love. Several years into Darker My Love, Presley started recording songs in his White Fenceapartment using lo-fi audio gear to capture ideas that would eventually be released under the White Fence moniker. Presley has since managed to compile an impressive solo catalog including Hair (Drag City), the 2012 collaboration with the golden child of garage pop, Ty Segall. After years of recording his music on a 4-track home recorder, Presley made the jump to an actual studio housed in Ty Segall's garage. Despite utilizing a more modern setup, the White Fence aesthetic remains intact. His latest offering, For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City, 2014), is packed with gems and the White Fence pop style of songwriting is stronger than ever. Presely has a knack for crafting catchy songs that become the soundtrack to people's lives, and from what we've seen so far he has a lot more to share. Tim Presely has definitely become a mainstay in the Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock scene. 

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2014 12:45pm | Post a Comment

The Dismemberment Plan

Taking their name from a phrase in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, The Dismemberment Plan are one of indie rock's defining bands. The band hails from Washington D.C., a city rich in music history, including birthing punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flackand one of the most prominent jazz musicians to ever tickle the ivory, Duke Ellington. Needless to say, D-Plan have been influenced by an array of great artists and it definitely shows up in their songs. On stage they employ high energy performances with a little punk angst to get mosh pits swirling. The D-Plan also give way to synth-pop nuances that show their dance music influences. Who can blame them? Washington D.C. is where Go-Go music came from! A little bit of funk, a little bit of punk and a dash of soul lives in the DNA of The Dismemberment Plan.

After a decade of recording and touring, The Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003, but reunited for a few charity shows in 2007. They returned in 2013 to release a new album, Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records). The new record is packed with 10 cuts that give fans some of what they already love about The D-Plan and showcase the growth that has occured in the span of over a decade. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Mac DeMarco

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2014 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Mac Demarco

Known for his off kilter antics, Mac Demarco could easily be confused for a left field comedian. Often dubbed as "slacker" rock, Mac DeMarco is anything but. At just 23 years old he has released three full-length albums, with his most recent being the 11 track Salad Days (Captured Tracks). After a year and a half on tour promoting his first two releases, DeMarco set up shop in his apartment in Bed-Stuy, New York to record the new album. Salad Days highlights DeMarco's writing chops and proves he's a serious songwriter despite the humor and outrageous personality he exudes. Salad Days finds DeMarco taking a more personal approach to storytelling with several songs based on his relationship with long-term girlfriend, Kiera McNally. The album was shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Polaris Music Prize.   

Mac DeMarco spent some time shopping at Amoeba in San Francisco and our camera crew was in tow for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" Mac first digs up a clearance copy of the Doobie Brothers' Minute By Minute on vinyl and follows with the Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil LP. He also finds a copy of the 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic fantasy film, Wizards. The story is about two wizards who use magic and industrial technology to battle against each other on earth. It's like watching a movie on shrooms, but without the shrooms. Watch the full episode below to hear DeMarco tell the funny story of how his album cover for 2  shares an uncanny connection to Bruce Springsteen's album, River. 

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