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Our First Ever LIVE "What's In My Bag?" Episode Features Juana Molina

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2019 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Juana Molina - What's In My Bag? Live

We were honored to have Argentinian electronic / experimental / folk artist Juana Molina play selections and share stories in our first ever LIVE What's In My Bag? interview. Filmed in front of an Ableton Loop audience at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood and moderated by Alejandro Cohen of LA's Dublab internet radio station, Molina gave us an intimate peek into some of the records that mean the most to her.

Juana Molina is a Buenos Aires-based singer, songwriter, and actress known for her experimental folktronica sound. Born to Argentine tango singer Horacio Molina and actress Chunchuna VillafaƱe, she began playing guitar at age five and recorded a Mother's Day song with her father, which was released as a single. Molina's television career began in 1988 when she landed a role on La noticia rebelde and then on El mundo de Antonio Gasalla. As her reputation as a skilled sketch comedy artist grew, she launched her own TV show, Juana y sus hermanas, in 1991. By this time she was one of Argentina's most famous comics but, feeling that she had strayed too far from her lifelong dream of being a musician, Molina canceled the show in 1994.

Juana Molina HaloIn 1996, she released her debut LP, Rara. The album was not well-received in her home country, where fans expected and wanted her comedy persona to perform instead. In 1998, Molina relocated to Los Angeles and began working on a sophomore LP, Segundo; she would return to Buenos Aires to produce the album, which was released via Domino. The LP raised her profile internationally. David Byrne bought the album, became a fan, and invited Molina to open for him on tour. Molina released albums consistently over the course of the next two decades, winning acclaim in Argentina and around the world. Her most recent release is 2017's Halo.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shooter Jennings

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2019 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Shooter Jennings - What's In My Bag?

In our 600th What's In My Bag? episode, countrysinger-songwriter Shooter Jennings explored the laserdisc section at Amoeba Hollywood and picked up LPs by David Bowie, Hank Williams Jr., and Jaime Wyatt. "I went right for David Bowie," he told us. "I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie lately. Me and a friend of mine been working on something (and) we've just been plowing through Bowie. He's one of my favorites of all time."

The son of country music royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings grew up on tour buses, sometimes playing drums in Waylon's band. He began playing drums at age five, studied Shooter Jennings - Shooter - Amoeba Musicpiano at age eight, and took up the guitar at age fourteen. Shooter moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and started the rock band Stargunn. He signed to the label Universal South Records in 2005 for the release of his solo debut Put the "O" Back in Country. Album single "Fourth of July" peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. That same year, Shooter took on the role of his father in the Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash biopic Walk the Line.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Empress Of

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Empress Of - What's In My Bag?

Electro-singer/songwriter Empress Of recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, shopping for records and films by artists that have inspired her. The first thing she showed us when we sat down to talk with her was the Kate Bush LP box set, Remastered In Vinyl I. "I really just wanted to find The Kick Inside, 'cause that's my gateway drug into Kate Bush," she told us, "but this is bomb." "I like how in control of her art she is," she told us when asked why she liked Kate Bush's work, "it's a singular vision; like videos, dancing, music. Everything is the world of Kate Bush."

Empress Of is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and producer Lorely Rodriguez. The name was inspired by the Empress card in the tarot deck. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Empress Of first began attracting attention in 2011, when she anonymously released a series of short YouTube demos called "Colorminutes." Her debut single, "Champagne," was released by No Recordings in 2012. Two years later, she released a bilingual four-song EP called Systems.

In 2015, Empress Of released her debut full-length, Me. Self-produced and recorded in Mexico, the album addresses what she felt to be the negative aspects of living in Brooklyn at the time. Me charted in the top ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and placed on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Her followup, Us, was released in fall 2018. She has worked with DJDS and Khalid on their Billboard-charting "Why Don't You Come On" and on the DJDS Lana Del Rey cover "Love." She collaborated with Khalid on his Suncity release. Empress Of's 2018 Spanish-language double single "Trust Me Baby / In Dreams" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.

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

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2019 12:21pm | Post a Comment

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.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ/Producer Jamie Jones

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2019 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Jaime Jones - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Welsh DJ, producer, and Hot Creations label co-founder Jamie Jones did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. One of his current favorites is Negro Swan, the latest album by Blood Orange. Not only is he a huge Blood Orange fan in general, but Jones was especially fond of Georgia Anne Muldrow's guest appearance on the album. "I've heard a few of her songs before and I love what she does," he proclaimed. "I was going to buy this today and there was a vinyl copy which is even better."

Jamie Jones is known for his unique brand of warmer, more melody-driven techno. Named Resident Advisor's Top DJ of 2011, Jones first became a force in the scene through his mid-'00s DJs Can Dance warehouse parties in East London and summer gigs on Ibiza, including the Circoloco day parties at DC10. Inspired by Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage, Jones launched the now legendary Paradise series of parties. Born in Ibiza, Paradise regularly travels the globe. taking place in cities like NYC, Miami, LA, Toronto, and Moscow. 

Hot Creations labelAs a member of the British-American electronic group Hot Natured, Jones found mainstream recognition in the UK, after the group's single "Benediction" landed at #31 on the singles chart. A frequent honorary at the DJ Awards, Jones has been nominated multiple times for Best Tech House DJ, Breakthrough DJ, and Best International DJ. He has been awarded the crown of Best Deep House DJ several times. In addition to his performance career, Jones also heads the prolific Hot Creations label and its subsidiary labels, Emerald City and Hottrax.

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