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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rock Supergroup Filthy Friends

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2018 11:52am | Post a Comment

Filthy Friends What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have indie-rock supergroup Filthy Friends visit Amoeba Hollywood and share a wide range of interesting records with us. It was especially fun to have What's In My Bag? alum Scott McCaughey back with us, who suffered a stroke in the months following the filming of this episode. Thankfully McCaughey is recovering, and even playing shows again. During our interview he was particularly excited to talk about The Randy Newman Songbook 4LP box set. "This is what I've been listening to just non-stop for the last year," he told us. "To hear the songs just stripped down like he wrote them, it's just phenomenal. I mean, I don't know if there's a greater songwriter who's ever lived."

filthy Friends InvitationFilthy Friends consists of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson), Linda Pitman (The Baseball Project), Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows), and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows). The group originally formed in 2012 to perform covers of David Bowie songs. The band's first release was the single “Despierta,” written for the anti-Trump compilation 30 Songs For 30 Days. They followed this with a 2017 Record Store Day exclusive 7" featuring original track “Any Kind of Crowd” and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.”

The band released their first full-length, Invitation, in summer 2017 through Kill Rock Stars. Filthy Friends plan on recording new material in 2018 with possible tour dates to come.

Kicking off this episode, Corin Tucker picked up 2016's A Seat At The Table and recalled seeing Solange open her tour in Portland, describing the show as "really interesting, really thought provoking, and really moving at the same time." Peter Buck grabbed Texas Oil: Federal Recordings 1960-1962, a collection of singles by blues guitar legend Freddy King. "(He) was a great guitar player," he told us. "I saw him play back in the '70s. He seemed to be about eight feet tall, but maybe that's 'cause his hair was kind of sticking (up)." Kurt Bloch couldn't go record shopping without picking up an LP by the insanely prolific Guided By Voices. "Probably not too many people have all the GBV records," he remarked. The band's eclecticism continued with selections ranging from The Last Poets to La Luz.

But what was the only current record that Peter Buck purchased? And which album does Corin Tucker need to have around the house for her kids to hear? And just what kind of trouble did Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch get into listening to the Melvins during a Young Fresh Fellows tour? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Filthy Friends - What's In My Bag?
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