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

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Mitski - What's In My Bag?

Indie rock singer/songwriter Mitski did a little shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and gave us a peek into her musical and cinematic tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Fresh off a long tour, Mitski was longing to see two movies by acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Wind Rises. "I just grew up with his films. Princess Mononoke was the first film I remember seeing and being affected by," she recalled. "I feel like they just give me the answers on how to live. They're so kind and hopeful."

Mitski Miyawaki is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter who performs as Mitski. As a child, she Mitski - What's In My Bag? lived in over a dozen countries, including Turkey, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malaysia before settling in New York City. While studying at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, Mitski recorded and self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). By her third album, 2014's Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski had moved away from her earlier piano-based compositions towards a punkier guitar sound. 

In 2015, Mitski signed to Dead Oceans, releasing her fourth LP, Puberty 2, the following year. She joined tours with Pixies and Lorde in 2017. The next year, she teamed up with Xiu Xiu to record "Between the Breaths" for the soundtrack to the film How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Her fifth album, Be the Cowboy, was released to critical claim in spring 2018. She is currently on the Be The Cowboy Spring Tour and will be returning to Los Angeles for a show July 16th at the Hollywood Palladium.

While she was at Amoeba, Mitski scoured the classical section for a recording of Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night," but settled on a Bartók recording of Romanian folk dances, when the former wasn't to be found. "I feel like Bartók actually writes great melodies that we can learn from today," she told us, adding, "Bartók's very pop." She also grabbed a copy of Hypnic Jerks by her favorite band, Philadelphia's Spirit Of The Beehive. She particularly liked their "weird soundscapes" and their ability to "suddenly open up to a super pop melody that you can sing along to, and then go back to weird."

Watch the full video to see all of Mitski's picks.

Mitski - What's In My Bag?
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