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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2017 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Anthony Fantano What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does a YouTube-star and music critic buy when he visits Amoeba Hollywood? Just about everything! At least that was the case with Anthony Fantano, the host and creator of The Needle Drop, a vlog followed by over one million subscribers. From jazz to indie rock and from hip hip to new wave, Fantano found many a record to round out his collection, and he had plenty of insight to share about his choices.

Billing himself as "the internet's busiest music nerd," Anthony Fantano began his musical career while attending Southern Connecticut State University and working at his college radio station. He then began interning at Connecticut Public Radio, which lead to the creation of a podcast called The Needle Drop. In 2009, he began experimenting with video while reviewing a Jay Reatard album. Slowly, Fantano accumulated views and likes on his online channel, which eventually resulted in a partnership with YouTube. By the end of 2010, he had accrued 10,000 subscribers. By the end of 2011, he had 50,000.

Today, The Needle Drop counts over one million subscribers. At the time of writing, some of Fantano's most-viewed videos include his reviews of Kanye West's Life of PabloKendrick Lamar's DAMN., and To Pimp a Butterfly. His reviews sometimes feature fellow music critics, his wife, and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta. He has been profiled in The Guardian, spoken on a SXSW panel, and received the Beyond the Blog award at the MTV O Music Awards. LA fans can catch The Needle Drop's 10 Year Anniversary event with Anthony Fantano at the Echoplex on October 24th.

Fantano starts his "What's In My Bag?" episode with Milt Jackson and John Coltrane's Bags & Trane, which he says is "one of my favorite jazz collaborations." "Milt Jackson is, I think, pretty underrated," he says of the vibraphone player. Also underrated in his opinion: They Might Be Giants. "They don't get enough credit...I think they're one of the most significant groups in pop in the '80s," Fantano says of the Brooklyn-based indie/alt-rock band. "I love pop music that's so deeply joyous and almost innocent...to me that's what pop music should really be about," he tells us. Nostalgia also played a part in his shopping. "This is just a mark of my childhood right here," Fantano says about Fugees' 1996 album The Score. Fantano was also excited to see a repressing of Nina Simone's Wild Is The Wind, whose title track he considers "one of her most chilling songs." 

But which early synth-pop duo "doesn't get enough credit"? And which '70s art/glam rockers did he discover through his neighbor? You'll have to watch the video below to find out!

Anthony Fantano - What's In My Bag?
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