New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When you have all seven members of the Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shopping Amoeba Hollywood, you can be sure that there will be some interesting finds. "I know all the cool-kid hipsters are into their African music at the moment, but...I assure you I was there before," Joey Walker dryly quips as he pulls out an LP by Ethiopian musician, Hailu Mergia, whose record Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument features the artist "mucking around with some Moogs and some synths." "Ethiopian kind of scales are something that I find really bizarre," continues Walker. "There's some kind of x-factor in it that is very, very good." From world to exotica to jazz to oldies, the guys in the band compiled a healthy collection of records, some of which were classics, while others were more off the beaten path.

Heavy psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard formed in Melbourne in 2010. Longtime friends, the band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vox/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vox/synths/harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (percussion), and Michael Cavanagh (percussion). The bandmates settled on their name as a compromise; one member wanted to call the group Gizzard Gizzard, whereas another was in favor of naming the band Lizard King, after Jim Morrison. The newly-christened King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut EP, Anglesea, in 2011.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The UniverseLater that year, for their followup, the band released the Willoughby's Beach EP through Shock Records. Increasingly prolific, the band put out their first concept album in 2013; Eyes Like the Sky is set in the Wild West and its cast of characters includes outlaws, Native Americans, and child soldiers. The group hit a high point in 2015, when their sixth studio album, Quarters! peaked at #99 on the ARIA charts. A year later, Nonagon Infinity would take home the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album award at the ARIA Music Awards. By summer 2017 the band has released three LPs -- Flying Microtonal BananaMurder of the Universe and Sketches of Brunswick East -- and has plans for the release of two further albums later this year.

Lucas Skinner starts off the video with the classic Guided By Voices record, Alien Lanes, which he describes as "snippets of pop genius." Cook Craig also grabbed a beloved rock classic, The Kinks' Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire). "Really kooky kind of stuff," he calls it, "I guess I take a lot of influence from that." Ambrose Kenny Smith found a reissue of Ultimate Spinach's Behold & See, who he first heard in a skateboarding video. Some of the picks were more pragmatic, like Stu Mackenzie buying a Yes T-shirt, because he stinks "like shit," and Michael Cavanaugh picking up Motorhead's Overkill, to practice his double kick drumming to, which drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor pioneered on the album's title track.

But which album does Eric Moore consider "the perfect album to put on in the morning when you wake up"? And whose records does Joey Walker describe as "dramatic and romantic"? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - What's In My Bag?
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