New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Habibi

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Habibi - What's In My Bag?

Rahill Jamalifard and Leah Fishman from Brooklyn psych rock band Habibi went digging through the racks at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The bandmates and avid record collectors spotted The Paragons' rocksteady/reggae LP On The Beach at the same time, but Jamalifard grabbed it first. "I have been listening to 'When The Lights Are Low,' just over and over," she said. Noting that that the record was in the wrong section, Fishman joked, "I feel like you planted that." It was evident that the musicians and occasional DJs had very eclectic taste, including pysch, Persian pop, soul, garage, punk, and cumbia.

Taking their name from the Arabic word for "my love," Habibi fuses '60s girl Habibi - Amoeba Musicgroup sounds with psych rock. The band was formed in 2011 by Detroit natives Lenaya Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Rahill Jamalifard (vocals), who teamed up with New York musicians Erin Campbell (bass/guitar/vocals), Karen Isabel (drums), and Leah Beth Fishman (guitar/vocals). After touring with King Tuff and earning buzz at SXSW and CMJ, the band signed to Born Bad Records for the release of a self-titled 7".  In 2014, Burger Records put out the band's eponymous debut full-length. Habibi teamed up with La Luz for a split EP in 2015. The five-piece released the Cardamom Garden EP in 2018, featuring two songs sung largely in Farsi. 

Though she may have missed out on the Paragons record on this visit to Amoeba, Fishman found some killer garage rock 45s by John's Children, Mick Farren & The New Wave, and The Weirdos. Jamalifard grabbed several world music compilations, including The Roots of Chicha, a collection of psychedelic cumbia from Peru, and Pomegranates, which features Iranian pop, psych, and folk from the '60s and '70s.

"I'm a huge science fiction nerd," Fishman confided in us, as she pulled out a copy of Frank Herbert's classic Dune. "For some reason Dune is one of those classics that I have never yet cracked," she continued, "and that movie is one of my favorites." 

But which instruments are Rahill's favorites? And for which soul/R&B legend did Leah sing back up vocals? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Habibi - What's In My Bag?
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