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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wolf Parade

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2018 05:37pm | Post a Comment

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Dan Boeckner and Arlen Thompson of Wolf Parade were at Amoeba Hollywood recently schooling us on some of the records that influenced them in their formative years, new records they've been getting into, and Canadian heroes that have been overlooked by the "arbitrators of cultural taste" in their own country. Take, for example, the industrial group Skinny Puppy. "I would argue that this is the most influential Canadian band of the 1980s," Boeckner proclaimed, calling them, "a totally misunderstood and under-appreciated band in its own country...without this band you wouldn't have Nine Inch Nails (and) Ministry." Boeckner goes on to explain that Canadian taste-makers have "pretty much erased these guys from the history books." There was much more to be said about all of the records picked by the two band mates, making for an insightful and fun What's In My Bag? interview. 

Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade formed in 2003 when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug found himself with three weeks to get a group together. He teamed up with Dan Boeckner (ex-Atlas Wolf Parade Cry Cry CryStrategic) and the pair began writing songs in Krug's apartment, accompanied by a drum machine. Arlen Thompson eventually took over percussionist duties. A year later, the group traveled to Portland to work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on their self-titled Sub Pop debut EP. The current lineup solidified when Dante DeCaro (ex-Hot Hot Heat) signed on in 2005.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Act of Defiance

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2018 06:30pm | Post a Comment


Act of Defiance What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Henry Derek and Chris Broderick of metal band Act of Defiance were at Amoeba Hollywood recently for a cool What's In My Bag? interview. The band members' picks often went beyond the realm of metal and included artists like gospel-bluesman Washington Phillips, Beat writer William S. Burroughs, and performance artist Anna Homler, whose alter-ego Breadwoman Derek found particularly fascinating. "Apparently she was influenced by the population of homeless women in downtown Los Angeles," he told us, adding "she developed her own language that she sings in." Both members of the band had an eclectic mix of records, making for an interesting and entertaining video.

Act of Defiance Old Scars, New WoundsLos Angeles-based supergroup Act of Defiance fuses death metal, thrash, hardcore, and speed metal to create harsh, abrasive, extreme metal. Formed in 2014 after Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover both departed the group, Act of Defiance also features the talents of frontman Henry Derek (Scar the Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall). 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Reggie Watts and John Tejada aka Wajatta

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2018 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Wajatta (Reggie Watts & John Tejada) What's In My Bag?

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic artist and DJ John Tejada visited Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping and shared their deep knowledge and eclectic taste in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The duo, whose new collaborative project is called Wajatta, dug through the bins and found some classic, obscure, and personally sentimental records.

Watts and Tejada met at an after-hours gig Tejada was DJing, their creative partnership culminating in their debut album, Casual High Technology, a soulful blend of classic house, Chicago footwork, and Balearic beats. After Wajatta - Casual High Technology a formidable career releasing music via electronic stalwarts like Kompakt, Pokerflat, Cocoon, Plug Research, Seventh City, Playhouse, Defected, and his own Palette label, this is Tejada's first release on the normally laughs-driven label Comedy Dynamics.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kimbra

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2018 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Kimbra - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

New Zealander singer/songwriter and actress Kimbra stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of her favorite records, sharing her personal history with each one. "I was quite into punk rock around, you know, 15 and there was a band called The Mint Chicks that used to play in my hometown, Hamilton," she explained to us. "Ruban Nielson, who went on to create Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was the guitarist in that band." Holding up the band's 2016 album, Multi-Love, she went on to praise his songwriting ability and musicianship. "'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' is just such a funky song." Kimbra had lots of thoughtful insight into every record she picked, making for an interesting and personal What's In My Bag? episode. 

Kimbra began writing songs when she was ten years old. As a child, she sang at sporting events and released her first music video, for the song "Smile" on the children's TV show What Now. On the Kimbra - Primal Heart - Amoeba Musicstrength of her second single, "Simply On My Lips," she signed with independent label and management group Forum 5 and began a series of high-profile collaborations that would launch her to stardom. Kimbra appeared on a track by Miami Horror ("I Look to You") before collaborating with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which would eventually go multi-platinum and garner the duo awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

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