New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mark Duplass

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Mark Duplass - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure to have Mark Duplass visit Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? interview. The director, producer, actor, writer, and musician went shopping for some of his favorite records and recent musical interests, and filled some holes in his library. "This is my favorite part about why records are important," he said, going on to share how our cameraman turned him onto German electronic music legends Tangerine Dream. "This is what happens when you come to Amoeba and walk around and shop for records, and you don't stay at home and listen on Spotify." Duplass' eloquence, passion, and easy-going attitude made for an engaging and entertaining episode.

Together with his brother, director Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass co-founded Duplass Brothers Productions. The company has produced films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Safety Not Guaranteed, The One I Love, and The Skeleton Twins, as well as the television series Togetherness and Room 104. The brothers also wrote and directed the 2010 comedy drama Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener. Mark co-wrote, produced, and starred in the horror film Creep; he co-wrote and starred in its sequel, Creep 2.

He has appeared in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Tully, and Paddleton and TV series such as The Mindy Project and Goliath. He starred in FX's The League for seven seasons. As a musician, Mark toured in the late '90s with his solo debut LP, Small Hands, before signing to Mercury Records. In 2002, he formed the band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, a Polyvinyl Records signee influenced by WilcoElvis Costello, Guided By Voices, Death Cab For Cutie, and Beulah

REM DocumentMark's first pick was R.E.M.'s Document, which was released when he was ten or eleven years old. "Document kind of hit me at the perfect time," he said. "I think it was the first thing that I purchased and understood that you wouldn't just skip through to get to the songs you heard on the radio, that all the songs were worth something." Duplass also grabbed Patti Smith's seminal record, Horses, another "gap" in his collection. Having recently finished Just Kids, Patti Smith's book about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Duplass explained that he "got really into her as an artist, and her process, and her sweetness, and her soulfulness. I was thinking, 'why have I not listened to her music?'" 
Duplass also picked up Wild Things Run Fast and Chalk Mark In a Rain Storm, two '80s records by Joni Mitchell, which he called "an oft maligned period in the Joni Mitchell canon." He recalled how his good friend and collaborator Julian Wass challenged him to appreciate her work from this period and was looking forward to digging into the albums.
But which current artist does Mark Duplass describe as a combination of Dumb and Dumber and John Coltrane? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Mark Duplass - What's In My Bag?
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