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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Touché Amoré

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2019 04:09pm | Post a Comment

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We had a fun time talking to Jeremy Bolm, vocalist of the post-hardcore band Touché Amoré, for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. A longtime Amoeba Hollywood customer and avid vinyl collector, Bolm picked up albums by Shudder To Think, Thom Yorke, and Townes Van Zandt, and talked about how there's no wrong time to start listening to a new genre of music.

"Full disclosure: I am a 100-percent jazz poser," he confessed to us. "I'm in my mid-30s, and it was last year when I had the moment where I was like, 'I think I have the attention span for jazz now.'" Bolm recounted the amusing and somewhat frustrating moment when jazz finally clicked for him and the resulting decision to buy one new jazz album each month and give it his singular attention. 

LA post-hardcore band Touché Amoré consists of Jeremy Bolm (vocals), Tyler Kirby (bass), Elliot Babin (percussion), Clayton Stevens (guitar), and Nick Steinhardt (guitar). The band formed in 2007 and recorded their debut full-length album, ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse, in 2009. Two years later, the group journeyed to Eudora, KS to record their sophomore album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, with engineer/producer Ed Rose (The Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast, Motion City Soundtrack). The band embarked on a European tour with La Dispute in support of the LP in 2011. They spent 2012 on the road, touring with both Circa Survive and Converge.

Touche Amore Beat of a Dead Horse 10th anniversary

The next year, Touché Amoré released Is Survived By and headed out on tour as support for AFI. Stage Four, the group's 4th LP, came out in 2016. In November 2018, the group released 10 Years/1000 Shows: Live at the Regent Theatre, a concert recording of their thousandth live date. Touché Amoré are set to play select US dates this summer, with a lengthy European tour planned for fall 2019. In August 2019, the band is self-releasing a limited edition deluxe vinyl pressing of their debut album to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Be sure to visit Touche Amore's site to pre-order Dead Horse X.

Jeremy Bolm's first pick was the latest vinyl release by Sun Kil Moon. "I'm a big Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon fan," he explained. "He'll put out a Sun Kil moon record, and then three months later put out a Mark Kozelek record, and then announce another Sun Kil Moon record. It's just nonstop," he said, admiring the prolific singer/songwriter's output. 

Bolm is a huge fan of the post-hardcore band Shudder To Think and all things Craig Wedren, so he was excited to find a vinyl copy of their 1990 album Ten-Spot. "I really like Shudder To Think and this is one of the early records that Dischord decided to just randomly reissue," he explained to us. "I have an original version of it, but it has different artwork and.. I'm a sucker," he said laughing. 

Bolm also picked up a Townes Van Zandt LP he had never seen before: Rear View Mirror. "I got into Townes Van Zandt a couple years ago, and I started with the Live In Houston Record, which is just a staple, you know, everyone kind of says it's a great place to start," he told us. Although he wasn't familiar with Rear View Mirror, he'd loved everything else he's heard by Townes and was eager to listen to it.

Watch the video below to see all of Jeremy Bolm's picks:

Touche Amore - What's In My Bag?
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