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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2014 01:16pm | Post a Comment

Unknown Mortal Orchestra What's in My Bag

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the brainchild of New Zealander Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks). After relocating to Portland, Oregon, Nielson met future bandmates Jacob Portrait (bass) and Riley Geare (drums). In 2010, Nielson released a self-produced home recording of the track "Ffunny Ffriends" on the music site Bandcamp. With virtually no info on the band or music, bloggers and digital music diggers started sharing the song and word of the band started to spread. In the summer of 2011, the band released a self-titled album on Fat Possum Records. Check out what Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) had to say about UMO's debut album in his "What's In My Bag?" episode here. In 2013, Unknown Mortal Orchestra signed with the Jagjaguwar label and released the album II . 

The guys from UMO recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a little record digging and another cool "What's In My Bag?" episode. Some of you might be surprised to learn that all three members are fans of the underground rapper MF Doom! Both Ruban and Jacob grab copies of Mm..Food? while Riley picks up the classic collaboration with producer Madlib, Madvillainy, on vinyl. Deep diggers of Jazz music, they snatch up a copy of Dorothy Ashby's The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Asby and a copy of Milestones by the legendary Miles Davis. UMO dug up gems from all areas of the store, including great finds in the World vinyl section. Ruban tells a story of being turned on to cumbia music while partying with some French people on a boat and he picks out the Cumbia Cumbia Vol. 1 & 2 compilation to satisfy his new curiosity. The guys have very eclectic taste, with selections ranging from soul and hip hop to rock and jazz and just about everything in between.

Watch the full episode below to see all of their picks:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - What's In My Bag? 
Watch and comment on YouTube. 

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