New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Blonde Redhead

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2016 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Do you love Ennio Morricone? Well, so do the members of Blonde Redhead! On their last west coast tour, the New York trio stopped in at Amoeba San Francisco and picked up a couple of the legendary composer's film soundtracks. One, L'Istruttoria E Chiusa Dimentichi, they had never heard before, while all three now own a copy of the other, The Sicilian Clan. Of course, Morricone wasn't the only artist they found at Amoeba, and as you could expect from a band as eclectic as they are, their picks were pretty interesting.

Blonde Redhead BarraganFormed in 1993 after Italian undergraduate jazz students Amedeo and Simone Pace met Japanese art student Kazu Makino at an Italian restaurant in New York, Blonde Redhead fused noise-rock and shoegaze to create their own style of dream pop and rock. Their self-titled first record was produced by Steve Shelly and released in 1995, which has been followed by a steady stream of releases since. In 2004 Blonde Redhead released Misery Is a Butterfly, their first for the 4AD record label. 2014 saw the release of Barragan, their ninth, and most recent, studio album. The band will be on the road again this spring with a stop at San Francisco's The Independent on May 24 and two shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, May 26-27.

Makino is not only a fan of composer Philip Glass, but is also his neighbor, who she sees doing his everyday chores like taking out the trash. For the tour she picked up his memoir, Words Without Music. Also being taken on the tour van: Nicholas Winding Refn's ultra-violent, ultra-arty, heavy metal Viking epic, Valhalla Rising. The band also picked up Fugazi's First Demo, whose guitarist Guy Picciotto produced Blonde Redhead's In an Expression of the Inexpressible, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, and Misery Is a Butterfly. Nina Simone also proved to be popular with the band, whose albums Baltimore and It Is Finished were both picked, as did early electronic/experimental albums like Kraftwerk's Ralf & Florian and Jean Michel Jarre's Equinoxe.

Makino also picked up a compilation of a band whose hit song John Peel calls, "one of the best pop songs ever written." What song is it? Watch the video to find out:

Blonde Redhead - What's In My Bag?
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