New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

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DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

He teamed up with Dan the Automator, along with Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles, for their band Lovage's sole release, 2001's Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By. Ever busy, Kid Koala also made an appearance on the 2001 self-titled debut LP from Gorillaz. He released a second full-length album, Some of My Best Friends Are DJs, in 2003, and a third album, Your Mom's Favorite DJ, in 2006. Six year later, Kid Koala released 12 Bit Blues. Followups Music to Draw To: Satellite came in 2017 and Music to Draw To: Io in 2019. He has done remix work for the likes of Amon Tobin, Yusef Lateef, Coldcut, and The Free Design. He has collaborated with Handsome Boy Modeling School, Mike Patton's Peeping Tom, and Josh Haden. Kid Koala has also contributed to the film scores for Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper, and The Great Gatsby.

Kid Koala kicked off the episode with a seminal record in his life: the Henhouse Five Plus Two's In The Mood/Classical Cluck. He recounted how his mother's coworker introduced him to the 7", which features harmonized chicken clucks performing classical music and a cover of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood." Not only was it the first record he ever got to drop the needle on, it also "shattered my whole idea of what a record could be," he explained.

Another nostalgic selection was a Kojak audio book and comic set. "My mom would let me buy these records because she thought it would help inspire a love of reading," he told us. Beyond nostalgia, Kid Koala considered LP audio books a great resource for the sound effects, background music, theme songs, and voice acting.

Kid Koala also dug through our cassette section, looking to fill his Wurlitzer cassette jukebox with classic hip hop tapes from Public Enemy, The Pharcyde, and Rodney O & Joe Cooley, who he described as "one of the best scratch DJs ever."

But which California artist does Kid Koala call one of his favorite producers on the planet? And which two films does he say are unlike anything he saw before or since? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag?
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