New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with BadBadNotGood

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment

BadBadNot Good What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have the eclectic Canadian jazz / hip hop / electronic group BadBadNotGood visit us recently at Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. They brought along soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, who collaborated with them on the track "In Your Eyes." Having joined the ranks of varied artists who have recorded a song entitled "In Your Eyes," Wilson and drummer Alexander Sowinski both grabbed different albums with that same title. "It's a pretty classic title," says Wilson, "which, I think, matches the tone of the song that we wrote." Of course not all the records they picked were of that same theme, and between the four of them they managed to hit up nearly every section of the store.

BadBadNotGood are a Canadian jazz quartet known for their interpretations of modern hip-hop tracks and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, and Tyler, The Creator. Originally a three-piece, Matthew Tavares (keyboards), Alexander Sowinski (drums), and Chester Hansen (bass) met and began working together through Humber BadBadNotGood IV College's jazz program in Toronto. After uploading video of the trio performing a piece based on an Odd Future track, they began attracting worldwide attention and caught the ear of Tyler, the Creator. In 2011, they released their debut LP, BBNG, recorded a live session with Tyler, opened for Roy Ayers, and performed for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

A year later, the group released BBNG2, which featured covers of works by Kanye West, My Bloody Valentine, and James Blake. That same year, BadBadNotGood served as Frank Ocean's backing band at Coachella. In 2014, the band's first album of original material, III, hit stores. Their next album, Sour Soul -- a collaboration with Ghostface -- featured a heavier hip-hop sound with less of a jazz influence. In 2016, saxophonist Leland Whitty joined the band's lineup and appeared on their fifth album, titled IV. The LP featured contributions from KAYTRANADA, Sam Herring of Future Islands, and Colin Stetson. BadBadNotGood will be performing at select dates in the US, Canada, and Europe throughout 2017.

Bassist Chester Hansen kicks off this episode with a reissue of Talk Talk's now cult-favorite album Spirit Of Eden, saying, "this and Laughing Stock are so different than their music before. It sounds amazing. It's a great Sunday, rainy afternoon play." Leland Whitty found a couple of records featuring jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy; one being Dolphy's Copenhagen Concert, and the other being Charles Mingus' Town Hall Concert, which, Whitty points out, was Dolphy's last show with the group and many of the tracks were renamed in his honor. Adding to their eclectic selections, they picked up albums by fellow Canadian singer/songwriters Andy Shauf and Tobias Jesso Jr., Aretha Franklin, and Brazilian composer/performer Arthur Verocai, whose self-titled album Sowinski calls "one of the most beautiful records, front to back."

But what were those two albums called In Your Eyes that Wilson and Sowinski picked? And who is Chester Hansen's choice of desert island rapper? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

BadBadNotGood - What's In My Bag?
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