New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Been recording a lot of flutes in the studio lately? Well Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has just the right record for you: The Best of Herbie Mann. "When I'm in the studio, producing people, recording people, and I say, 'I would like you to be very free on this part,' this is a good example," says Newcombe of the LP. "He's just soloing, endlessly, in a very, like, hippie way." Newcombe's wry exuberance and seeming irreverence were on full display on his recent trip to Amoeba San Francisco, where he was looking for records to listen to around his studio in Berlin. Needless to say, his visit made for an entertaining "What's In My Bag?" episode.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre Third World PyramidThe Brian Jonestown Massacre was founded in San Francisco by American multi-instrumentalist Newcombe, and although their early sound was rooted in shoegaze, the band quickly became known for their hybrid of psych and garage rock. Their first release was 1993's limited run LP Spacegirl and Other Favorites; its follow-up, Methodrone, received a wider release courtesy of Bomp! Records. In 1996, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released a slew of well-received albums, including Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, Take It from the Man!, and Thank God for Mental Illness. A year later the band put out a sixth studio LP, Give It Back!Footage from the album's recording sessions was included in the 2004 documentary Dig!.

The band continued their prolific release schedule over the next two decades, crafting ten more studio albums between 1998 and 2016. Their latest, Third World Pyramid, was released in October 2016. The Brian Jonestown Massacre have a brief North American tour planned for March 2017, with stops announced in California and Texas.

Newcombe starts the interview pretty heavy on the jazz records, pulling out John Coltrane's seminal A Love Supreme, which he calls "the ultimate coffee shop record," going on to say "this stuff transcends, like, on so many levels." Newcombe also talks about several Roland Kirk performances he's seen on YouTube, including his Montreaux show where he handed out little spoonfuls of cocaine to a "line of white people."

Newcombe veers into the rock and psych side of things with picks like Sweden's Dungen ("I love these guys because they sing in Swedish. They're really great people and they're just amazing to behold"). He then goes on to explain the reissue licensing history of singer/songwriter/producer/cult hero Lee Hazlewood ("thank goodness, because it led to a resurgence"), and even gives us a helpful DJ tip that involves a recording of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ("If you take Kid A,  and you start screwing with the tempo and start running a record like this guy talking, you can get really weird").

But what serendipitous record did Anton Newcombe come across at the end of his shopping trip? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - What's In My Bag?
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