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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dr. Dog

Posted by Amoebite, October 30, 2018 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Dog - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "I done good," he told us, having dug for some records by his recent musical interests, including the odd-ball, experimental rockers Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Their album Swamp Tech/Electric Swamp was "something that was on the top of my list to suss out when I got here." He continued, "I've gotten really into the whole world of Quintron and Miss Pussycatm, which goes so far, even beyond music."

American rock band Dr. Dog fuses elements of iconic '60s pop acts like The Beatles and The Beach Boys with contemporary indie rock. Founded in Philadelphia in 1999, the band consists of childhood Dr. Dog - Critical Equationfriends Toby Leaman (bass guitar/vocals) and Scott McMicken (lead guitar/vocal), plus Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), and Eric Slick (drums). The band coalesced while several of the members were attending West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Their first album, 2001's The Psychedelic Swamp, was self-recorded and self-released.

Their sophomore LP, Toothbrush, came out in 2002. The album would secure Dr. Dog a slot touring alongside My Morning Jacket in 2004 after frontman Jim James received a copy after a show. Their followup, Easy Beat, attracted notice from outlets like The New York Times, winning the band further acclaim. After the release of We All Belong (2007), Dr. Dog appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In 2009, the band signed to ANTI- for the release of Shame, Shame. In 2012, Dr. Dog's Be The Void was streamed on Conan O'Brien's website a week prior to its official release. Their first live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, came out in January 2015. The band reworked and reissued their debut LP, The Psychedelic Swamp in 2016. Dr. Dog's most recent release is spring 2018's Critical Equation.

During this shopping trip, McMicken found himself gravitating toward music that represents an artist's singular disposition and shared some of his favorites who exemplify that, like the aforementioned Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Another artist he was excited about was Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor, saying, "I just can't get enough of it, it's got everything I love." McMicken also grabbed an album by Screamin' Jay Hawkins whose "spooky vibes have been making their way into my catalogue more. I love the kind of scary stuff." McMicken made his way into the reggae section and picked up Horace Andy's In The Light. He first discovered Horace Andy on a Studio One Records compilation, saying, "He's got the weirdest, coolest, tiny, little high voice."

But who does Scott McMicken consider to be one of the most beautiful contemporary singer/songwriters? And which album does he think is one of the most amazing rock & roll records ever made? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Dr. Dog - What's In My Bag?
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