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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matt Pinfield

Posted by Amoebite, March 8, 2017 01:36pm | Post a Comment

Matt Pinfield What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I have 20,000 records on a freighter waiting to come to my place in San Francisco," says TV host and video DJ Matt Pinfield. "I'm replacing stuff or getting stuff that I can listen to that I've just been dying to hear." Pinfield recently took a trip to Amoeba Hollywood, his "favorite record store in the country," and let us take a peek into his bag, which included records both classic and new.

Matt Pinfield All These Things That I've DoneAs the host of 120 Minutes, MTV/VH1 personality Matt Pinfield became a familiar face for music fans. During the mid-'90s he hosted a number of MTV shows, later parlaying his musical knowledge into a position as Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records in 2001. An experienced radio host, he began his career as a college radio DJ and Music Director at Rutgers University's WRSU-FM. He can now be heard in the mornings at San Francisco's KFOG, on weekends through Cumulus Media's Flashback show, and on SiriusXM's Lithium channel on weekday mornings.

Pinfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. He has played himself in an episode of Portlandia and made cameo appearances on albums by several artists. In 2016 he published a memoir, All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.

There certainly was a strong David Bowie presence in Matt Pinfield's picks, as he not only bought the Five Years 1969-1973 Bowie box set, but also the Bowie-produced All The Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, and the latest movie soundtrack by legendary singer/songwriter Scott Walker, who Pinfield first learned about from Bowie covering Scott Walker. Pinfield spoke about the importance of the legendary musician in his life, saying Bowie was his "gateway to looking further and seeing what else was out there. Which is really the m.o. and the template for what we were doing with 120."

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The '80s List: Part 8

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2011 02:32pm | Post a Comment
OnJoan Jette day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Kristen Frederick
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
The Clash London Calling (1980)
The SmithsThe Smiths (1983)
Roxy Music Avalon (1980)
Ultravox – Vienna (1980)
The WaterboysA Pagan Place (1984)
Echo & BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
The Psychedelic FursTalk Talk Talk (1981)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
OMD – Architecture & Morality (1981)

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out today 11/3 & 11/10...mary onettes...nirvana...morrissey...cold cave...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 13, 2009 04:45pm | Post a Comment

I recently discoved the fantastic Mary Onettes. I find it hard to believe that I had never heard of them until now. Their new album Islands is out November 3rd, but I was suprised to find out that this is their second full length album. I quickly fell in love with this new album before I even knew anything about them-- I only knew they were on Labrador Records and were probably from Sweden. So I decided to do some investigating and found out this was not their first album. I felt kind of embarrassed that I had never heard of them before. How could this band have passed me by? They are exactly the kind of band that I fall in love with. Their first self titled album came out 2 years ago on my birthday, May 1st, 2007. I guess I was too busy listening to the Magic Position by Patrick Wolf and the deluxe reissue of the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, which also came out on the same day. I am also a bit mad at my friends -- how could they have not told me about this band? Maybe they just assumed I knew all about them already. Or maybe they had not heard about them either! I typically love all things from Sweden. Especially if you are a band still musically living in the late 80's and early 90's. Espcially if you are influenced by The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, and Echo and the Bunnymen. This band was sort of made for me. I know I just recently discussed this, but I will discuss it again. I am, of course, in love with this new album, and it was the first time that I heard the Mary Onettes, so it will most likely remain the album with that special place in my heart. I went back last week and discovered their first album for the first time but I didn't like it as much as the new one. I did like it though, and am actually liking it more and more as I listen to it more and more. I know those Mary Onettes fans that have liked them since their first album will probably find this new one not as good but that is just becuase they are hearing this new album years after already falling in love with that first record. It all really depends on when you were introduced to the band.

I completely fell in love with all things Swedemary onettes islands cdn a couple of years ago. Seeing as Mary Onettes are also from Sweden I am even more surprised that I didn't discover them back then. Here is my I love Sweden blog from a couple of years ago. My other favorites from Sweden are Pelle Carlberg, Sally Shapiro, Jose Gonzalez, Jens Lekman, Studio, The Knife, The Shout Out Louds, The Legends and ABBA! It makes me happy when I find a new band. And it gives me hope that there are a bunch more bands out there just waiting for me to discover. I would never complain that there is not enough good music out there. You just have to look around a bit.

So, back to the Mary Onettes. Once again, the new album is called Islands. They named it because they think of each song as its own little different shaped island. It is really a great little pop album. The songs are all catchy and tragic. There is a definite sadness beneath the songs. They fall somewhere in between goth, shoegaze, indie, and twee. The name of the band is a bit cute and silly but I like it. I hope they make it out to Los Angeles so I can see them! I suppose I should start planning my trip to Sweden. It seems like I belong there I guess. Maybe I would just fall in love with everything there and want to move there. I definitely feel some sort of kinship with the music but I don't think I have any Swedish blood flowing through my veins. But maybe one of my German great grandparents had a bit of Swedish in them! I am off to go learn more about Swedish music. I am sure my next favorite band will come from Sweden as well.

Here is a video for "Pleasure Songs" from the first Mary Onettes album...


and here is the audio for "Symmetry" from the new album Islands (my favorite song off the new album)...



also out 11/3...






Introducing by Brilliant Colors











Phrazes for the Young by Julian Casablancas










Love Comes Close by Cold Cave











Freedom of Choice & Q: Are We Not Men? reissues by Devo











Fantastic Mr. Fox Soundtrack











Suckin' It For the Holidays by Kathy Griffin











Machine Dreams by Little Dragon











Swords by Morrissey











Bleach reissue by Nirvana











Live at Reading by Nirvana











Memoryhouse reissue by Max Richter










Exquisite Corpse by Warpaint











Raditude by Weezer







also out 11/10...








Backtracks by AC/DC













Midwinter Graces by Tori Amos










Rewolf by Asobi Seksu












Never Cry Another Tear by Bad Lieutenant











Ignore the Ignorant by Cribs











Fountain by Echo & the Bunnymen











Live from the Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD by The Killers











Live at the 02 London England DVD by Kings of Leon











Received Pronunciation by Pants Yell!











Xenophanes by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez











Up To Now by Snow Patrol











Last of the Rock Stars by Ronnie Spector