New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with AIR

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AIR Nicolas Godin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I've never wanted to buy any live albums before. For me live was live, records were records...This one makes me change my opinion," says Nicolas Godin, of the French electronic duo AIR. He is talking about Roseland NYC Live by Portishead, a band he explains is very influential to his own music. Godin had sincere and interesting insight into his shopping picks during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, and he also revealed which artist's music career he most wishes he had.

AIR Twentyears Amoeba MusicNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunkel formed AIR in 1995, at the peak of the French electronic scene's popularity. However, with influences ranging from '60s easy listening to Italian film soundtracks and the work of Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo didn't entirely fit in with the French Touch sound prominent at the time. Instead, with the release of AIR's Moon Safari in 1998, Godin and Dunkel ushered in a new downtempo sound that would be emulated by scores of artists. In 2000, the band teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, launching a collaboration that would extend through the band's contributions to the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.

Over the next two decades, AIR continued to release a series of critically-acclaimed albums. In 2006, the duo collaborated with Charlotte Gainsbourg for her 5:55 album. Their sixth studio album, Le Voyage dans la Lune, was inspired by the 1902 Georges Melies silent of the same name. In 2014, AIR recorded Music for Museum, a commissioned project for the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille. In honor of their two decades as a band, AIR released a compilation album, Twentyears, in 2016.

In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, Godin's first pick is a selection of Bach pieces performed by Glenn Gould. A particular favorite of his, Godin says, "he is a classical artist, but he has the charisma of a rock star." Another influential artist is White Noise, considered by many to be the first electronic pop outfit. He says of their self-titled record, "this album is so important." Holding up Frank Zappa's Apostrophe('), Godin talks of the problematic relationship between talent and quality. "I always thought that when you were good, too good, you cannot make a good record, 'cause you need to be bad... to use your imagination to find other solutions. He is one of the rare examples where he's so good technically, but he still makes good records."

But which artist reminds him of a time when music careers were only determined by the quality of the song? And just what would his dream career have been? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

AIR - What's In My Bag?
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