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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The xx

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2018 02:53pm | Post a Comment

The xx What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith of The xx stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, digging through the bins and finding some cool records, T-shirts, and posters. "A band that we all really love is Chromatics," Croft told us as she pulled the Portland synth-pop band's In The City II EP out of her shopping bag. "I just love the instrumentals and stuff on here," she continued. "They have always been a big influence to us and they do a great cover of 'I'm On Fire' by Bruce Springsteen." Croft and Smith found a diverse mix of albums for our latest What's In My Bag? episode, explaining the personal significance of each and chiming in on each other's choices. 

UK minimalist indie electro pop band The xx consists of vocalist/guitarist Croft, vocalist/bassist Oliver Sim, and producer Smith, aka Jamie xx. Influenced equally by post-punk and R&B, the band formed in 2005, when Croft and Sim attended school together. They posted their early work on their MySpace The xx - I see Youaccount, which attracted attention from the Young Turks label and led to the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP xx in 2009. Seemingly overnight, The xx seemed to be taking over the world, with career-defining appearances at All Tomorrow's Parties, Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits on the books. In 2010, they took home the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Their sophomore LP, Coexist, landed in 2012. That same year, The xx headed out on their first headlining North American tour, landed on the front cover of The Fader, and attracted the biggest crowd at the UK's annual Bestival festival. In the five years between Coexist and their next release, The xx contributed the song "Together" to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and held a festival-like series of concert events called Night + Day in London, Berlin, and Lisbon. They released their third album, I See You, in winter of 2017, which led to an appearance on Saturday Night Live. In summer 2018, The xx are slated for a handful of dates in select American cities.

Jamie Smith picked up the live Nina Simone LP, It Is Finished, which features the track "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter," a song first recorded by Ike and Tina Turner. "(It's) really good to play in the club," he told us. Another item indirectly related to Tina Turner was a Cher concert poster from 1989. Croft, who purchased the poster for their bandmate Oliver Sim, remembered watching a video of Cher and Tina Turner dancing and how much she and Oliver enjoyed it. Smith found a reissue 12" of one of his "favorite songs of all-time," Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together." He first heard the track in Amsterdam and, since then, the song kept popping up in his life. Croft also grabbed an LP copy of The Distillers' 2002 album Sing Sing Death House. "When I was a 14-year-old girl, I became obsessed with The Distillers and Brody Dalle," she said, sharing that the band's performance with Peaches and Eagles of Death Metal was her very first concert. "It was a great introduction to live music!" 

Watch the full episode below to see all of their picks:

The xx - What's In My Bag?
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