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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Drums

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2019 03:12pm | Post a Comment

The Drums - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Jonny Pierce of The Drums at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talk about some the records and movies that have shaped and inspired him, including a few albums from 1997, which he considered "an amazing year for music." Pierce described hearing Bjork's Homogenic album for the first time at a Sam Goody record store, having only been allowed to listen to Christian music at home. "I had never heard music like it before," he told us. "My life really did change at that moment. There's a real spirit of freedom and empowerment on this album." 

Founded in 2008 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Pierce and childhood friend Jacob Graham, The The Drums - Brutalism - Amoeba MusicDrums moved to Brooklyn in 2009, where they rounded out their lineup. In less than a week of moving to New York, the Drums played their first live gig as part of the NYC Pop Fest at Cake Shop NYC. That fall, the band released their first EP, Summertime!. The group began heating up in the music press, garnering nods from the BBC, NME, and Pitchfork prior to the release of their 2010 debut album, called simply, The Drums.

The Drums released a sophomore LP, Portamento, in 2011. A year later, the band made their US TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The third studio album by The Drums, Encyclopedia, came out in 2014. By 2016, Graham had parted ways with the band, choosing to focus on his work as a puppeteer and with his new project, Sound of Ceres. With his departure, The Drums effectively became the solo project of Pierce, who moved to Los Angeles. He wrote and performed all the instrumentation on the 2017 album Abysmal Thoughts. The Drums’ latest is 2019’s Brutalism. Once again performed entirely by Pierce, the album was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, Future Islands).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2018 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

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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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Bjork’s Ninth Album, "Utopia," Comes Out This Week

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2017 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Bjork, UtopiaBy doubleay

Bjork is gearing up for the release of her latest body of work, Utopia (out November 24). It is the ninth album in her prolific discography and she’s working with a stunning team of creatives from Arca and Jesse Kanda to Andrew Thomas Huang and James Merry, to aid in bringing her latest vision to life.

Bjork's last album, Vulnicura, was released two years back and was followed up with the subsequent rework Vulnicura Strings. The album secured her the award for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards and during her pre-recorded acceptance speech she cited that she could not be there in person as she was “recording.” Actively working on one album to the next, she hasn't let up on her music in the slightest but is projecting a vastly different state of being with this forthcoming project. In an interview with AnOther Magazine back in March, she speaks about Vulnicura as a sort of “Hell - like it was divorce” and goes on to describe Utopia as “Paradise.”

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