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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with City and Colour

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2016 05:13pm | Post a Comment

City and Colour Dallas Green What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

You know those groups you listen to and you think to yourself, "I wish I was in that band." Well, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of those bands for City & Colour's Dallas Green. "It's so good," he says holding up their latest LP, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distresses, "and they're such a cool band." Green was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and took us with him as he shopped for records and books, including albums by some of his all-time favorites.

City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You - Amoeba MusicCity & Colour is the folk project of Canadian indie musician Dallas Green. After stints with the bands Alexisonfire and Helicon Blue, Green began releasing City & Colour tracks online in 2005. Those tracks would become his debut, Sometimes, which was reissued in physical format for the first time by Vagrant Records in 2009. His follow-up, 2008's Bring Me Your Love, found Green moving in a more folk-inflected direction than before, as well as opening for Tegan & Sara and Girl In A Coma. City & Colour's first US headlining tour came two years later, when Green hit the road once again to promote Bring Me Your Love. He also toured the UK, supporting Pink and Butch Walker.

In 2013, City & Colour released The Hurry and the Harm which debuted at #1 on the Canadian albums chart and #16 on the US Billboard Top 200 albums chart. The next year, Green and Pink announced they'd be collaborating as the duo You + Me, whose Rose Ave. album was released that fall. This was followed by his 2015 LP If I Should Go Before You. City & Colour are currently in the midst of a North American summer/fall tour. Catch him in Southern California August 19 at the Hollywood Bowl (opening for Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals), and August 28 at the Ohana festival in Dana Point. 

"I really like heavy music, but I also love melody and I think they combine both really well," says Green of stoner/doom band Floor, whose compilation Below & Beyond collects all of their recorded output. Another great find for Green was A Lifetime of Temporary Relief by Duluth, Minnesota's Low. "Low are my favorite band of all time," he tells us, "I could never find this." On the funkier side of things Green picks up Chicago soul legend Donny Hathaway's Extension of a Man, his last studio record, featuring his version of Blood, Sweat and Tears' "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know." 

But who is one of Dallas Green's favorite songwriters of all-time? And which book on punk history does he call amazing? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

City and Colour - What's In My Bag?
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