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

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

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We had the pleasure of talking to Emily Haines of Metric at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. She shared some of the artists she's been digging lately, including Sharon Van Etten. "I'm kind of embarrased that I'm really late to the game here with her," Haines said of the New York singer/songwriter. After being introduced to Sharon Van Etten's music over the holidays, Emily described feeling a kinship with her and her writing. "She sounds like someone who's actually experiencing things and then actually writing about them without the comfort of seperation or intellectualism. I just kind of felt like I had a sister out there." 

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter, known for her work with Metric, Broken Social Scene, and as a solo artist. She was born in New Delhi, India, moving to Ontario with her parents as a young child. While attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a teenager, Haines met her future Broken Social Scene bandmates Amy Millan and Kevin Drew. After college, Haines moved to Toronto, where she met James Shaw. In 1997, they began recording together under the moniker Mainstream before renaming their project Metric. In 2001, Haines and Shaw were joined by Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key. Two years later, Metric released their first full-length, the acclaimed Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

Metric Art of DoubtTheir follow-ups have received high honors. Live It Out was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for Canadian Album of the Year and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. Fantasies was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for Canadian Album of the Year and garnered the Alternative Album of the Year award at the 2010 Juno ceremony, where the band was named Group of the Year. At the 2013 Juno Awards, Synthetica won Alternative Album of the Year and Shaw received a Producer of the Year award. The band's most recent release is 2018's Art of Doubt. Haines has released two LPs with her Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton project, 2006's Knives Don't Have Your Back and 2017's Choir of the Mind. She can be heard on the Broken Social Scene recordings You Forgot It in PeopleBee Hives, Broken Social SceneForgiveness Rock Record, and Hug of Thunder.

Emily Haines began this episode with an unusual pick: the bin card for Oakland hip hop group The Coup. Although we were sold out, she wanted to give them props and acknowledge the excellent new movie Sorry To Bother You, which was written and directed by The Coup's frontman Boots Riley. Haines's next choice was also inspired by film: Carole King's iconic record Tapestry. Haines had just watched a documentary about the 1970s and King's music played a huge role in that time period. "What's interesting about Carole King is that she wrote for all these people and then finally took the stage herself," she said.

Haines also grabbed the latest album by New York indie band Parquet Courts. "I really like these guys. It's kind of picking up from The Modern Lovers," she said, adding, "I'm really glad they exist. It gives me hope for rock 'n roll." 

But which artist's electronic music does she describe as being "very connected to the natural world?" And what similarities does she point out between Jorge Ben and Rod Stewart? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

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