The Everymen are a New Jersey-based band who make straightforward punk rock jams in the vein of Jay Reatard and Rocket from the Crypt. Founded in 2009, the band has released two studio albums: 2012's New Jersey Hardcore and 2014's Givin' Up on Free Jazz. After a series of shows at SXSW, the band went back to the studio in spring 2015 to record with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes for a planned 2016 release. In summer 2015, The War on Drugs invited the The Everymen to open for them on their North American tour dates.
While on tour, Mike V and Catherine Herrick from The Everymen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and shared their finds with our What's In My Bag? crew. Mike V picked up Hate Your Friends by The Lemonheads, citing it as the record that inspired him to write songs and start a band when he was a teenager. Catherine chose Duran Duran's self-titled album, revealing that she "went through a huge, obsessive Duran Duran period" when she was in high school and that one time she accidentally followed John Taylor down the street. Check out the rest of Mike V and Catherine's picks in the full episode below:
San Pedro, CA native Miguel is a Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and producer. Active in the music community since he was a teenager, Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. Four years later he signed with Black Ice and began work on his debut album, which was eventually shelved. In 2007, he signed with Jive and recorded All I Want Is You. The album's release was delayed till 2010 due to contract disputes with Black Ice. During this time, Miguel contributed vocals to Blu and Exile's debut collaboration, Below the Heavens, and co-wrote tracks for artists like Jaheim and Usher. Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel's second album, was released on RCA in 2012. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 within its first week of release, its lead single "Adorn" garnering Miguel's first Grammy award for "Best R&B Song." Watch a killer version of "Adorn" (see below) performed live at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2012.
Miguel released his third studio LP, Wildheart, in June 2015 and he stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a special CD signing. Fans lined up outside the store with Wildheart and entry tickets in hand. While he was here, Miguel took a moment to sit down with our "What's in My Bag?" crew to share his finds from our racks. He began with two films, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, by Chilean cult cinema hero Alejandro Jodorowsky, explaining that he enjoys watching movies on silent while he creates. Miguel also picked up Run the Jewels' second album lauding its savageness as an aspect of hip-hop that he misses. Finally, he chose the deluxe edition of Jamie xx's newest album, In Colour, sharing a story about that one time he danced with the xx.
During the first UK punk movement of the late '70s, John Cooper Clarke emerged as a political poet. He won renown in the Manchester scene as a "punk poet" and his first recordings, including 1977's Innocents EP, were for producer (and Factory Records co-director) Martin Hannett's independent label Rabid. In 1979, he scored his only UK Top 40 hit with "Gimmix! (Play Loud)." His recorded works often include backing music from The Invisible Girls, which featured punk and post-punk luminaries Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Steve Hopkins, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.
John Cooper Clarke's 1980 album Snap, Crackle & Bop reached number 26 on the UK album charts and was followed by 1982's Zip Style Method. Over the course of his career, he has shared stages with The Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, and New Order. Cooper Clarke was the subject of the 2012 BBC documentary Evidently... John Cooper Clarke. He continues to perform regularly, and is spending summer 2015 touring the UK, with a fall tour planned with alternative rock band Squeeze. A 3-CD/DVD collection of his work, Anthologia, is out October 2015.
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson is a roots rocker with a fresh take on early American rock 'n' roll and R&B. As a teenager, he played in a series of punk rock bands before moving toward a more roots-influenced sound with projects like The Poison Okies and The Starkweather Boys. McPherson took a chance and sent a demo recording to Jimmy Sutton, a heavy hitter in Chicago's roots and R&B scene. Sutton then agreed to produce McPherson's 2010 debut album, Signs and Signifiers, which was re-released in 2012 by Rounder Records and reached #47 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart.
In February 2015, McPherson released his followup, Let the Good Times Roll. Produced by Mark Neill (Los Straitjackets, The Black Keys), the album also features "Bridgebuilder," a track co-written with the Keys' Dan Auerbach. In summer 2015, McPherson performed at the UK's legendary Glastonbury Festival before heading out on a lengthy North American tour.
Originally a solo project of guitarist/pianist/vocalist Ben Gibbard, indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie formed in Bellingham, WA in 1997. The band's debut, Something About Airplanes, followed in 1998, with their sophomore release, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, appearing two years later. 2003's Transatlanticism saw the band achieving further success, with singles from the album receiving screen time on The O.C., Six Feet Under, Californication and CSI: Miami, as well as films Easy A and Wedding Crashers. In 2005, Death Cab made their major label debut with the Atlantic Records release Plans. Three years later, the band released Narrow Stairs, which would see them receive a Grammy nomination for the track "I Will Possess Your Heart." Codes and Keys hit stores in 2011, and in 2014 the band became a three-piece, consisting of Gibbard plus bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr. Death Cab released their eighth studio album, Kintsugi, in spring 2015.