Celebrating 500 Episodes of 'What's In My Bag?'

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500 Episodes of What's In My Bag?

Our "What's In My Bag?" adventure began nine years ago when "Weird Al" Yankovic came shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and caused a flurry of excitement among our entire staff. He graciously agreed to talk with us on camera (in the elevator room!) on his way out of the store. We didn't quite know what we were doing with the show at that point - or even that it would be a show. But even in that scrappy pilot there was still a magic moment at the end when a member of Brian Wilson's band stopped Al to compliment him on "Pancreas" (his Beach Boys "God Only Knows" parody). Al was clearly touched and we felt lucky to be witness that exchange. Thus, "What's In My Bag?" was born.

By 2009, the series had grown into a weekly feature and we were evolving stylistically. The series really found its audience and we had our first runaway hit in June 2010 with Die Antwoord's episode. They were visiting Los Angeles for the first time and Ninja's deer-in-the-headlights reaction to Amoeba was something everyone could relate to. That episode remains our highest viewed video to this day.

In 2013, we were honored to win a Webby Award and just last year we hit another milestone when we crossed 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel. "What's In My Bag?" has become our most popular feature and we are fortunate to be able to talk with musicians from all genres and eras, as well as filmmakers, actors, writers, fine artists, athletes, comedians, and more. Our viewers regularly make suggestions about who we should feature in upcoming episodes and they give us feedback about what they like and what they don't. It's amazing to watch our subscribers comment and compare episodes and provide insight into the series. They love it as much as we do!

One of the best parts about "What's In My Bag?" is how much music discovery happens through it. Over and over people tell us that they have discovered so much awesome music through the series, and the folks who work on the show are no exception. We have all heard a guest talking about an artist or an album with such passion and enthusiasm that we immediately went to check out more. We love hearing about people's connections to music and movies: what drew them in, how they were introduced to it, what it meant to them during a certain period of time. Our favorite episodes are often the ones that inspired us, educated us, intrigued us, and made us laugh. And boy, have we laughed!

Here we are, 500 episodes later, and we are still laughing, still discovering new music, and still being moved by the power of music and film.

We have a fantastic team of people who currently work on the series and a huge list of talented people who have all played a part in making "What's In My Bag?" what it is today. To all of them, and to Jim, Karen, Marc, and Dave, we say a heartfelt thank you. To all of you who subscribe and share and comment and suggest guests and keep us in check when we get something wrong, we love you and thank you for watching.

Here's to another 500 episodes!



Kyle Blair-Henderson Kara Lane Rachael McGovern Gabriel Wheeler


Pia Alvendia Robbie Ikegami Evan Romoff
Patrick Emswiler Joey Izzo Rob Sibley
Jacob Frye Eric Kench Kenneth Thomas
Lindsey Green Travis King Fernando Vidal
Arshia Haq Craig Miller  


Aaron Araki Joe Fontes Brett Stillo
Jimmy Barron Len Haynes Ben Tuttle
 Ian Burris Neil Mclean Piotr Wojnarski
James Clark Kaitlin Pierce  


Mike Battaglia Matthew McDermott Morgan Young
Oliver Bristow Bob Nozawa Heidi Weaver
Robert Haines Lance Rock Marc Weinstein
Brently Heilbron Ray Rivera  
Trae Martin Daniel Tures  


Chelsea Nenni Alison Stolpa


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