The Best 'What's In My Bag?' Episodes of 2015

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2015 01:56pm | Post a Comment

Best What's In My Bag Episodes of 2015

Season 8 has been a pretty big year for our little "What's In My Bag?" series. We kicked off this season with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and yesterday we posted a new episode with GRAMMY royalty, legendary vocalist Johnny Mathis. In between we spoke to a Mexican superstar, a punk poet, an organ virtuoso, Juggalo godfathers, and many, many more artists.

Here is our list of the Top 10 episodes from 2015, but since we couldn't leave it at just 10 check out the honorable mentions as well. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

10) Michael Shannon

Sometimes you must ask, “What would the man who brings to life some of our most heinous villains listen to when he’s not being creepy as hell?” Actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) proved to be intriguingly deadpan as he opened up his bag, revealing an enduring connection to Chicago and a deep knowledge of music. 

Michael Shannon - What's In My Bag?
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9) Ghost

We've featured a number of metal guests over the years, but this was the first time we spoke to A Nameless Ghoul and it was definitely one of the most surreal interviews we've ever done. The Swedish heavy metal rocker discussed his discovery of Candlemass, the rise of black metal, and the impact his departed older brother had on his life and tastes. He’s also had an incredibly strange relationship with the 1974 film, Zardoz

Ghost - What's In My Bag?
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8) Lightning Bolt

Enigmatic noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt scoured our aisles seeking out obscure and varied inspiration. The journey led them from electronic and international to experimental and jazz, from art and architecture out to the furthest reaches of space. Buckle up. 

Lightning Bolt - What's In My Bag?
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7) SoKo

The French-born, LA-based actress and singer-songwriter SoKo was incredibly enthuasiastic talking about music. She shared her "#1 favorite record of all time" before diving into essential punk, post-punk, shoegaze, and more. Her contagious passion for music often bubbled through as she sang and hummed her favorite parts of her selections.

SoKo - What's In My Bag?
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6) Tweedy

Family often plays a big role in how we discover music growing up and even more so when your dad is Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Jeff, along with his sons Spencer and Sam, shared their diverse musical tastes, including Numero Group releases, Charlotte GainsbourgAkron/Family, and fellow WIMB artists Lightning Bolt. 

Tweedy - What's In My Bag?
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5) Bootsy Collins

The legendary Bootsy Collins (Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band) came shopping with his TV son, Yo Gabba Gabba's DJ Lance Rock. What makes this video so much fun is not only Bootsy's picks - which ran the gamut from soul to blues to rock - but the dynamic between these two friends and music lovers. Bootsy also gave us a window into his development as a young artist by sharing some of his biggest musical inspirations and recounting stories about meeting his idols.

Bootsy Collins - What's In My Bag?
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4) My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket's love for all types of music is on full display in this episode. The quintet - Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Bo Koster, and Carl Broemel - picked up an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, reggae, folk, blues, and even more hip hop. They also talked about the new Alabama Shakes album and how rare and exciting it is to have peers making great music today.

My Morning Jacket - What's In My Bag?
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3) The Decemberists

Portland's indie folk band The Decemberists covered a lot of musical ground in this episode, sharing picks from the worlds of '80s college rock, psych, jazz, classical, and French pop. They were also big advocates of grabbing unknown "Johnny's Chancers" and had a few solid bits of advice to help improve the odds of your gamble. 

The Decemberists - What's In My Bag?
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2) Dan Deacon

Baltimore-based composer, electronic musician, and loveable oddball Dan Deacon took us on a humorous journey through electronic, new age, and left field releases. He recalled hearing Stockhausen for the first time, describing how it changed his perception of what music could or could not be. Similar to The Decemberists, Deacon had a philosophy about buying at least one record you don't know anything about.

Dan Deacon - What's In My Bag?
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1) Kamasi Washington

Our favorite episode of the year belongs to Kamasi Washington. Like many of the episodes we return to again and again, the Los Angeles-based saxophonist shared a diverse range of interests, including Japanese anime and Indonesian gamelan music. And how many people do you know who promise to bump Alice Coltrane in the car? But what captivated us the most was his authenticity and the sheer joy he experiences playing, listening to, and shopping for music. 

Kamasi Washington - What's In My Bag?
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Honorable Mentions: 


Sylvan Esso

Courtney Barnett

Fat White Family

Insane Clown Posse


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