New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

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Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

That same year, Japanese Breakfast signed with Dead Oceans. The label re-released Psychopomp and the album started picking up steam among a wider fan base. In 2017, Zauner headed back to the studio with producer Craig Hendrix, with whom she had worked on Little Big League's debut LP. Jorge Elbrecht provided additional assistance in the studio. This album would become the critically acclaimed Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Japanese Breakfast kicks off a lengthy US tour this fall.

Zauner opened this episode with the soundtrack to Barbra Streisand's Yentl, which she considers the greatest musical of all time. "I'm a big Barbra Streisand fan," she said, noting that she was never nominated for a best directing Oscar. Zauner is hugely inspired by Cat Power and recalled her teenage idolization of her, wanting "to get so close to an artist that you would watch and read every single interview that they've done." Zauner also grabbed a Nine Inch Nails LP, explaining that she's "been on a Pretty Hate Machine kick lately." She elaborated about how the music has been influencing her. "In my mind, the third Japanese Breakfast LP is gonna be like Nine Inch Nails meets (Bjork's) Homogenic."

But which collection of '70s Japanese funk and disco did Zauner pick up? And which Korean director's work is she revisiting? Check out the full video below:

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag?
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