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

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2015 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Mastodon

In 2000, bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor founded Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon. In 2001, they signed with Relapse Records, who released their Lifesblood EP. Their first full-length, Remission, followed a year later. Mastodon's third album, Blood Mountain, received a Grammy nod for the track "Colony of Birchmen." 2009 saw the release of their album Crack the Skye, as well as a tour with Metallica. The Hunter followed two years later, with their sixth studio album, Once More 'Round the Sun, hitting stores in June 2014. 

Drummer Brann and guitarist Bill recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to dig up some records for another fine episode of What's In My Bag?. Brann first finds a very cool compilation called Choubi Choubi: Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq. He mentions being a fan of Middle Eastern pop music, especially '90s Egyptian Top 40. Who would have guessed a metal drummer would be rocking out to that? Very cool. Bill follows with a re-issue of the Melvins' Ozma/Bullhead album, calling them "one of the greatest bands on earth." To bring it down a notch, Bill also picks up a copy of Drunken Hearted Man by legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Brann heads in the opposite direction and finds a copy of Merci by French prog-rockers Magma. This is definitely an interesting pick for several reasons... All of Magma's songs are sung in a made up laguage and are conceptualized from a science fiction mythology created by the band's leader and drummer, Christian Vander. Wow, who needs psychedelics when you can just listen to a Magma record? Bill and Brann find it all, including some really cool jazz and classic rock. Watch the full episode below to see what else they find! 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Amoebite, June 23, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest, the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco)

Posted by Amoebite, June 16, 2015 08:25pm | Post a Comment

Tweedy at Amoeba Hollywood

A family band if there ever was one, Tweedy consists of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. Originally Tweedyconceived of as a solo project for the senior Tweedy who was demoing and rehearsing songs at home with Spencer on drums, Tweedy soon came to include Spencer as he became more involved. The pair had previously worked together on Mavis Staples' 2013 album, One True Vine. In 2014, Wilco's dBpm label released Tweedy's debut, Sukierae (now available on CD and LP), which is named after Jeff's wife and Spencer's mother, Susie, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. When performing live, the duo are joined by guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham

Jeff and his sons Spencer and Sam joined us at Amoeba Hollywood where the three dug for choice vinyl and found some great titles. Jeff shows off a copy of Chastity Belt's Time To Go Home and points out the band's name, promo photo, and the song title "Why Try" were all factors in his decision to get the album. Already a fan of Captain Beefheart, Sam opts for a vinyl copy of Safe As Milk. Spencer picks up the stellar compilation Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City (Numero Group). The Numero Group label do an amazing job with their compilations. A must have in any soul aficionado's collection!

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2015 11:04am | Post a Comment

Odesza

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are the duo behind indie electronica project ODESZA. Founded in 2012 prior to graduating Western Washington University, the pair released their debut LP, Summer's Gone, only a short time later to great acclaim. In 2013, ODESZA released their My Friends Never Die EP and opened for Pretty Lights on his Analog Future Tour. A year later, Mills and Knight were back in the studio finishing up their sophomore LP, In Return (Counter Records), before heading out on a U.S. tour that would culminate in a live performance at Coachella. That summer they toured Australia, and returned to the U.S. for a string of dates prior to their second album's release in September 2014. This summer, ODEZSA is set to tour North America and Europe.

ODESZA recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to shop around and hang out with our What's In My Bag? crew. Harrison gets things started with a copy of Ain't It Funky by legendary soul man James Brown on vinyl. We at Amoeba are happy to have supplied Harrison with his very first James Brown LP! For Clayton's first pick, he opts for a copy of Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by psychedelic folk musician Grouper. If you're ever in the mood for some ambient-dream pop jams to remind you of Portland, this is the album for you! Harrison also picks up a sweet re-issue of renowned Brazilian singer-songwriter Marcos Valle's self-titled release. If you dig Brazilian artists like Sergio Mendes and Os Mutantes, Marcos Valle needs to be in your record collection. Clayton manages to dig up a vinyl copy of Sam Cooke's Ain't That Good News, which contains his favorite song to listen to, "A Change Is Gonna Come." The guys of ODESZA dig for an array of great music, including electronica classics Daft Punk and French band AIR.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 4, 2015 03:58pm | Post a Comment

Soko at Amoeba Hollywood

SoKo is the stage name of French-born singer-songwriter and actress Stephanie Sokolinski. She has appeared in over a dozen French films and TV shows, including the 2009 movie A l'origine, for which she was nominated for a Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress. She has toured with MIA, collaborated with Cornershop and The Go! Team and been sampled by Cee-Lo Green. In 2007, SoKo self-released her EP Not Sokute. Five years later, her debut full-length, I Thought I Was an Alien, was released through her own Babycat Records in the US and via Because Music in France. Now based out of LA, SoLo's 2015 follow-up, My Dreams Dictate My Reality, features contributions from pals Ariel Pink and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa.

In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, SoKo explores the roots of her inspiration to play bass, shares the song that helps her overcome cowardice, and is ultimately just thankful for her fingers. She starts things off with her "number one favorite record of all time," The Cure's Three Imaginary Boys on vinyl. Following that is her "second favorite record of all time," The Smiths' Louder Than BombsFrom Broadcast to Television to Paul Simon, SoKo takes us on a journey through the soundtrack to her life as a musician.

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