New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Manchester Orchestra

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Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records with us, including the deluxe OKNOTOK edition of Radiohead's 1997 masterpiece OK Computer. "I love kind of going deep into how bands make records," said lead singer/guitarist Andy Hull. "It's awesome that now it's been out long enough that they're starting to kinda share the secrets of where and how they made it."

Manchester Orchestra was founded by lead singer Andy Hull while he was still in high school in the Atlanta area. The band released their debut full-length, I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, in 2006, winning Manchester Orchestra a significant amount of acclaim. Two years later, they released the Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP, which featured a Daytrotter session recording of the track "Badges and Badges." The band's sophomore LP, Mean Everything to Nothing, landed at #37 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released. Manchester Orchestra continued accumulating fans and winning critical praise through the release of Simple Math (2011) and Cope (2014).

Manchester Orchestra Black Mile to the SurfaceIn 2016, band members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell wrote and performed the soundtrack for the film Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. A year later, the band achieved their biggest commercial and critical success yet with the release of 2017's A Black Mile to the Surface, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top Albums Sales chart. The LP also soared to #2 on the Vinyl Albums chart, #6 on the Alternative Albums chart and #7 on the Rock Albums chart. The band is on tour throughout North America this spring.

Classic albums featured prominently in this What's In My Bag? episode, including the deluxe 4CD + LP + DVD expanded box set of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. "This is the soundtrack to my house," said lead guitarist Robert McDowell. "Pretty much anytime someone comes over we just put this on repeat and no one has ever complained." Drawing from their Atlanta roots, Andy Hull picked up Outkast's Aquemini. "It was sort of the beginning of when the Dungeon Family and everybody associated with Outkast were just doing kind of crazy, next level stuff." Hull also grabbed two Neil Young LPs, including On The Beach. "Every single moment of this album is incredible. The guitar solos are so raw and not played correctly but that's what makes them so incredible."

But what is one of Andy Hull's "favorite records of all time" and which punk band snuck into Robert McDowell's strict musical upbringing? Watch the full episode below to find out!

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