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The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2018 11:28am | Post a Comment

The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Season 11 of What's In My Bag? kicked into high gear with an episode featuring the lively sister trio HAIM and we kept right on going into this past week when we spoke with legendary record producer Tony Visconti and artist Daphne Guinness. We had so much fun this season and, as always, learned a ton from our guests.

Here are our 10 favorite episodes from season 11. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

 

Death From Above

Sebastien Grainger went on a whirlwind shopping trip through our Hollywood store taking pride in his Canadian countrymen, including the likes of Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould, and waxing poetic about the kinds of artists whose greatness elevates them to a plane of existence that can only be defined as alien.

 

Valerie June

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and native Tennessean Valerie June picked up some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star, Otis Clay, and Patsy Cline. Another important theme for Valerie was spiritual music and she talked about the power of listening to the Grateful Dead and Alice Coltrane. We couldn't help but be charmed by Ms. June and her eclectic, earnest picks.

 

Clint Mansell

English composer and musician Clint Mansell has a deep interest in film music and he picked up soundtracks to Good Time, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Atomic. But in addition to that, he had a sincere message to deliver with this episode. Mansell now resides in the U.S. and chose to highlight films by foreign directors who came to America and left a lasting impression on our culture, including The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin. "We've got to remember that we're all here, in it together, and we gotta share, and good stuff comes when we're kind to one another. And also, magic gets made."

 

Garbage

What's the secret to keeping a band alive and running for 20+ years? Being on the same wavelength helps, which could certainly be said of alternative rock legends Garbage. Shirley Manson and Butch Vig both picked up the self-titled Cigarettes After Sex album and found things related to cult / horror director Dario Argento. L.A. punk heroes X factored in twice as well, with Shirley and Steve Marker picking up Under The Big Black Sun, the book and LP. This was also one of the more wide-ranging episodes, with picks including new releases by young artists, classic records by soon-to-be members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, electronic progenitors, and two final albums by musical legends.

 

Finn Wolfhard

When Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard came shopping at Amoeba, we teased a little photo on Instagram and Twitter and nearly broke the internet. OK, not really. But it was our first taste of the power of the 15-year old actor and musician and his ardent fans, which helped propel this to become our most viewed episode of 2018. When Finn sat down with us at Amoeba Hollywood, his new band Calpurnia was at the forefront of his choices. "Most of this music is very influential to us," said of his selections, which included his current favorite band, The Lemon Twigs, who are only a few years older than Finn and his bandmates.

 

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

This was our second episode each with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, but this time the indie rock singer/songwriters and collaborators decided to pick out records for each other. Barnett figured since she and Vile made a duet record, Lotta Sea Lice, she should give him an album by her favorite duet team: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. It was about halfway through our interview when it became apparent that almost every record Vile selected for Barnett was sure to make her cry! Nevertheless, their choices were heartfelt, interesting, and very, very lovely.

 

Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero

Cult filmmakers, actors, and friends Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero raided Amoeba Hollywood's movie section and came away with a plethora of classic films about Los Angeles that somehow all connected back to Tommy. "I'm not Ed Wood, I'm Tommy Wiseau. Please don't compare to Ed Wood my personality..." It's a fascinating journey into Hollywood's depiction of itself through the eyes of Greg and Tommy. It's a little meta and wraps up talking about underwear. Seriously.

 

Flatbush Zombies

From Ludacris and the CB4 soundtrack to Gorillaz and Amy Winehouse, Meechy, Zombie, and Erick of Brooklyn hip hop group Flatbush Zombies presented one of the most insightful and eclectic journeys through their respective bags that we've seen in a while. They managed to shine a light on the funny, the poignant, and the strange in an episode that somehow bridges that gap between John Mayer and Charles Manson.

 

Jason Mantzoukas

Actor and comedian Jason Mantzoukas faced our seasoned WIMB production crew and threw down the gauntlet in this episode, sprinting through 25 picks with reckless abandon and wit to spare. With a breadth and depth of knowledge we don't frequently see on our show, he schooled us on African music, Tropicalia, French Cinema, vintage Blake Edwards, '90s shoegaze, and so much more. Touche Mr. Mantzoukas, touche.

 

Ethan Hawke

When you meet a great actor there are quite a few things you may expect, but for them to have a deep and passionate knowledge of country music is probably not one of them. Mr. Hawke blew all expectations out of the water with his warm and charismatic demeanor, his genuine excitement for the likes of John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, and his socio-political commentary on the situation surrounding Colin Kaepernick.

 

Check out more of our Best of 2018 lists here.

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