New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with James Lavelle of UNKLE & Mo' Wax

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UNKLE - What's In My Bag?

We were very fortunate to have DJ, producer, musician, and record label executive James Lavelle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of the music and movies that have shaped his tastes, including a film by a director he says influenced how looks at Los Angeles. That director is Michael Mann and the film is his 1995 masterpiece, Heat. "(This is) a film that I love very much and I love the director," he told us. Lavelle also talked about The Watchmen, Neneh Cherry, and the impact of DJ Shadow's landmark debut album Endtroducing... making for a particularly eclectic and engaging What's In My Bag? episode.

English artist James Lavelle co-founded the Mo' Wax record label with Tim Goldsworthy in 1992, UNKLE - The Road Part I - Amoeba Musicreleasing now-classic records by Money Mark, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon, Luke Vibert, Blackalicious, and DJ Shadow. After the release of Endtroducing..... in 1996, Lavelle and DJ Shadow collaborated on the UNKLE project. The band's first LP, 1998's Psyence Fiction featured guest appearances from Thom YorkeRichard Ashcroft, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, and Badly Drawn Boy. Lavelle teamed up with Richard File for UNKLE's 2003 followup, Never, Never Land, with contributions from 3D (Massive Attack) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA).

As the band's only constant member over the course of the last two decades, Lavelle and UNKLE have released a series of mix albums, starting with 2005's Edit Music for a Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Reconstruction, and star-studded studio albums, with the most recent being 2017's The Road: Part 1 (featuring Mark Lanegan and Twiggy Ramirez, among others). The Road: Part II (Lost Highway), set to land in April 2019, consists of songs recorded prior to and concurrent with The Road sessions, and has been described by Lavelle as more of a mixtape than a studio LP. Lavelle has also remixed tracks by Garbage, The Verve, Beck and Massive Attack and worked on the soundtracks for Sexy Beast (2000) and Danny Boyle's upcoming Trust.

James Lavelle kicked off his episode with a few movie picks, including George Lucas' debut feature film THX 1138. "It's probably his best ever film, as far as being a director," Lavelle proclaimed, noting that Star Wars was conceptually amazing. "As a piece of cinema this film is incredibly important," he said, pointing out how THX 1138 is relevant to the world we live in now. "I was very inspired by George Lucas, and he had a massive influence on Mo' Wax."

Lavelle grabbed Tyler, The Creator's 2017 album Flower Boy and noted that the Odd Future hip hop collective that Tyler came out of "has been one of the most interesting groups of artists to come out in the last few years in America." Lavelle also picked up Neneh Cherry's latest album, Broken Politics, and revealed that she was one of the reasons he got into music. He also gave us a lesson in the origins of soundsystem DJ culture in the UK and touched on the Buffalo fashion scene.

Watch the full episode below.

James Lavelle - What's In My Bag?
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