New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Beth Ditto

Posted by Amoebite, January 24, 2018 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Beth Ditto What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

When the multi-talented singer Beth Ditto stopped in to Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping she was very upfront about her tastes. "I think I have really dollar bin taste," she told us looking at her stack of records, "which is both great and horrible." Sure, the dollar bins may not be alphabetized, but there's still plenty of overlooked gems in them, including Same by British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading. "She's a radical and an activist," Ditto told us, "(and) a beautiful songwriter too."

Beth Ditto first burst onto the scene in 1999 with her garage punk band The Gossip's (later simply Gossip) self-titled EP on K Records. The band's hybrid of gospel, punk, and soul styles combined with Ditto and co's feminist, body positive, and LGBTQ-friendly message created an intriguing hybrid that appealed to a wide range of fans. The band gained steady traction with the release of their debut full-length That's Not What I Heard (2001), their first collaboration with indie label Kill Rock Stars. Movement (2003) and Standing in the Way of Control (2006) soon followed with the latter album Beth Ditto Fake Sugar Amoeba Musiclanding in the #1 slot on the UK indie charts. The band signed to major label Columbia for their next album, 2009's Music for Men. Produced by Rick Rubin, the LP netted the band a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Gossip's final album, A Joyful Noise, was released in 2012, debuting at #100 on the Billboard top 200.

Ditto released her first solo EP in 2011. After Gossip split in 2016, Ditto turned focus toward her a solo career and her successful clothing line. She released her debut solo full-length, Fake Sugar, in spring 2017. She has walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier, who has also collaborated with her fashion line. She is the co-author of a memoir, Coal to Diamonds. This spring, Ditto takes her solo show on the road for a lengthy North American and European tour.

It wasn't all dollar bin records for Ditto in this What's In My Bag? episode, as she picked up the final album by A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service, along with Angel Olsen's My Woman, which was recommended to her by one of our fellow Amoebites. Ditto also grabbed a collection of lost Gram Parsons recordings, sharing how she relates to the legendary country rock singer.

But who does Beth Ditto consider the best songwriters of all-time? And which Laurel Canyon darling did she discover through Sonic Youth? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Beth Ditto - What's In My Bag?
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