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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matthew Dear

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2019 06:59pm | Post a Comment

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We were happy to have DJ, producer, and electronic artist Matthew Dear visit Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. The father of three children, Matthew was primarily shopping for albums to play at home. "I try to show [my kids] a lot of stuff that my dad showed me," he said, picking up LPs by Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, and the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills.

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear became inspired by the sounds of Detroit techno after moving to Michigan as a teen. He met Ghostly International founder Sam Valenti IV while attending a party at the University Matthew Dear - Bunny - Amoeba Musicof Michigan. Dear's first single for the label was "Hands Up For Detroit" (1999). His next releases, "Stealing Moves" and "Mouth to Mouth," were released via Ghostly's dancefloor-friendly subsidiary Spectral Sound. Around this time, he began performing and releasing records under aliases, including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion.

Dear's debut full-length, Leave Luck to Heaven, was released in 2003. His followup album, Backstroke, hit stores the following year. His third LP, Asa Breed, came out in 2007 and he and his band, Matthew Dear's Big Hands, hit the road as support for Hot Chip. Black City landed in 2010 and Dear embarked on a tour with Interpol. Beams followed in 2012 and in 2013, after a dormant period as Audion, he released the Audion X compilation. In 2018, Dear released the Bunny LP. In addition to releasing his own original music, Dear has also remixed a wide variety of artists, including The xx, The Chemical Brothers, Charlotte Gainsbourg, MGMT, and Kylie Minogue.

One of the albums Dear wanted to introduce to his kids was Townes Van Zandt's 1977 LP Live At The Old Quarter, which he especially liked because of the comments Van Zandt made to the audience in between songs. Dear also picked up a copy of Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon because his daughters regularly request hearing "Big Yellow Taxi" on the way to school. 

It wasn't all selections for his family, though. Dear shared that he buys CDs for sampling purposes, in part because it's an easier medium to work with. One such choice was an unknown pick: Ray Lema's Gaia, which Dear said was a "random grab based on location of product, where the product's from, when the product was made, and what label it was on, and artwork, of course." Dear also spoke very highly of fellow Detroit artist Marcellus Pittman. "Everything I hear by this guy is just so good," Dear proclaimed. "There's a sound with house music and dance music that no matter how fundamental and locked into a protocol a lot of the stuff is, there's still a way to play witihin that format, and just make magic. And when you hear the magic, you just know immediately. That's the vibe!"

Watch the video below to see all of Matthew Dear's picks.

Matthew Dear - What's In My Bag?
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