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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Andrew Bird

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Andrew Bird What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I always make a B-line for the Y section in the Jazz department," explains singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. "It's a ritual for me to get started when I go record shopping; just go find Lester Young." On his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Bird expressed his love of the tenor saxophonist's recordings. Having found an album Young recorded with Teddy Wilson, Pres and Teddy, he explains his preference for his smaller group albums. "The small group stuff is incredibly inventive and lyrical."

Andrew Bird Are You Serious Amoeba MusicBest known for his solo work, Andrew Bird first came to prominence through his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers before founding Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. After Bowl of Fire disbanded in 2003, Bird's solo career began to take off with the release of Weather Systems and Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs on Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records. These records marked an evolution in Bird's sound, as he began incorporating glockenspiel and whistling into his eclectic indie rock compositions. He signed to Fat Possum in 2006 and released Armchair Apocrypha. Bird went on to perform tracks from the album on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"It's really hard to have a focused thought nowadays, right? There's a lot of stuff going on," says LA-based producer Daedelus, sitting on the Amoeba Hollywood couch with friend and fellow DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer. Daedelus is praising electronic legend Aphex Twin on his new EP, Cheetah, which he describes as a "very focused thought." Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer both grabbed healthy stacks of records on their recent visit to the shop, but they employed two very different strategies: digging for unknown treasure and upgrading known favorites to vinyl.

The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are driving forces in the LA alternative hip-hop and electronica scenes. The two first collaborated on a 2010 7" by The Gaslamp Killer which featured the Daedelus-starrer "Impulse."

The Gaslamp KillerOriginally hailing from San Diego, The Gaslamp Killer was born William Benjamin Bensussen. After cutting his teeth in the bars of the city's Gaslamp District, he relocated to LA and co-founded the legendary Low End Theory club night. His profile as a producer grew with the release of a handful of EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. His 2012 debut full-length, Breakthrough, featured appearances from GonjaSufi, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shigeto, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. His studio follow-up, Instrumentalepathy, was released in November 2016.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lars Ulrich of Metallica

Posted by Amoebite, February 3, 2017 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Lars Ulrich of Metallica What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Jazz is a big thing in my life, and a big thing in my kids' life, and also in my dad's life," says Lars Ulrich, drummer for the legendary metal band Metallica. Holding a copy of The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography, he brings up his father's days growing up in Copenhagen, Denmark, and being around the European Jazz scene. "Some really cool, atmospheric portraits," he comments, "lots of people smoking. Don't smoke at home, kids, it's bad for you." Ulrich had lots to say about his varied, interesting, and sometimes unexpected picks on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood.

Metallica formed in 1981 when Lars Ulrich posted a "musicians wanted" ad in a Los Angeles area newspaper and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded. The group's first LP, 1983's Kill 'Em All, brought them underground attention but it wasn't till their third LP, Master of Puppets (1986), that Metallica won commercial success. The band's first major label release, Puppets charted at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the first thrash album to be certified platinum. Metallica received their first Grammy nomination in 1989, for their fourth studio album, ...And Justice for All.

Metallica Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Two years later, Metallica released their highest-selling album, a self-titled LP often referred to as "The Black Album." On their next release, 1996's Load, Metallica moved away from their thrash roots and towards a hard rock aesthetic; the album immediately landed at number 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for four weeks. Their follow-up LP, Reload, also debuted at position number 1 on the Top 200. The band continued to tour and record regularly. In 2011, Metallica teamed up with Lou Reed for Lulu. After a lengthy break between Metallica studio albums, the band released Hardwired...to Self-Destruct in 2016.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Young The Giant

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2017 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Young The Giant What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were stoked to have Orange County indie rockers Young The Giant perform a special live set at Amoeba Hollywood recently in celebration of their new album, Home of the Strange. The quintet went record shopping before the show and we got a chance to check out their cool picks which included some of their old favorites, as well as some new ones. "This is something that I recently stumbled upon, even though it's from, like, the late '80s," says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, referring to Talk Talk. Gadhia picked up two reissue LPs from the band - Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden - whose similar tones and characteristics he compares to Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

Young The Giant Home Of The Strange Originally known as The Jakes, Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, CA by a group of longtime friends. The current lineup of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois crystallized in 2010; the band spent that year finishing up their self-titled debut with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Frank Zappa) at Sunset Sound Studios in LA. The album's first single, "My Body," peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nergal of Behemoth

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

Nergal of Behemoth What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."

Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.

A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.

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