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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Xenia Rubinos

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2017 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Xenia Rubinos What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Xenia Rubinos, the Brooklyn-based songwriter/performer, went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and let us in on some of the records that inspired her latest album, Black Terry Cat. "The first track off my record...was totally inspired by this song, 'Love To Love You.'" She is, of course, speaking of Donna Summer's disco classic, which was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder. "I just like how unhinged she is, and unapologetically sexy and powerful and ethereal," Rubinos says of Summer. Another artist who inspired her was the prolific jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Speaking about Williams' solo piano recital at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Rubinos said, "Mary Lou really inspired me a lot...and she's, kind of, not as well known as she should be."

Xenia Rubinos Black Terry CatXenia Rubinos draws inspiration from social issues, civil rights struggles, and her Afro-Latina heritage. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in jazz composition, Rubinos began her career by performing DIY shows in her apartment. Her debut album, Magic Trix, was released via Ba Da Bing! in 2013.

Her critically-acclaimed follow-up, Black Terry Cat, landed in summer 2016. The album blends a diverse range of genres, including punk, soul, jazz, and noise. She's embarking on a North American tour this month to promote the album, out now on ANTI-. Los Angeles fans can see her at Resident on March 16 and Bay Area fans can check her out at the New Parish in Oakland on March 18.

Rubinos picked up a very diverse selection of records when she visited Amoeba, ranging from rock to opera and from soul to the Afro-Caribbean by way of New York stylings of Willie Colon. "It's just joy, every time I hear his records...put that on and try not to dance."

"This album was a big turning point for me," said Rubinos holding up the Pixies' Surfer Rosa. "I didn't know you could do that with songs, you know, I just didn't know that stuff like this existed," she said of the album, calling it "a forever record."

Rubinos also talked about seeing the Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote perform live and watching Carmen at the oldest, continuously running opera theater in the world. But which female artist did Xenia Rubinos listen to every day on tour and proclaim to be her "godmother" and "best friend" during those months on the road? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Xenia Rubinos - What's In My Bag?
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