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The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2018 11:28am | Post a Comment

The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Season 11 of What's In My Bag? kicked into high gear with an episode featuring the lively sister trio HAIM and we kept right on going into this past week when we spoke with legendary record producer Tony Visconti and artist Daphne Guinness. We had so much fun this season and, as always, learned a ton from our guests.

Here are our 10 favorite episodes from season 11. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

 

Death From Above

Sebastien Grainger went on a whirlwind shopping trip through our Hollywood store taking pride in his Canadian countrymen, including the likes of Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould, and waxing poetic about the kinds of artists whose greatness elevates them to a plane of existence that can only be defined as alien.

 

Valerie June

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and native Tennessean Valerie June picked up some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star, Otis Clay, and Patsy Cline. Another important theme for Valerie was spiritual music and she talked about the power of listening to the Grateful Dead and Alice Coltrane. We couldn't help but be charmed by Ms. June and her eclectic, earnest picks.

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

Posted by Amoebite, February 14, 2018 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Garbage What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

What's the secret to keeping a band alive and running for 20+ years? Being on the same wavelength helps, which could certainly be said of alternative rock legends Garbage. The band visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to sign their new book, This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, and did some record shopping while they were here. Lead singer Shirley Manson and drummer Butch Vig both found things related to cult / horror director Dario Argento. Manson grabbed a vinyl copy of the original soundtrack to Argento's Opera. Having never seen the film, Dario Argento's involvement was reason enough to grab it. "I'm always looking for good intro music," Manson explained, "and this might be a hidden gem." Vig picked up a DVD copy of Argento's The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, which features a soundtrack by the legendary composer Ennio Morricone. "I love his films," he told us, before going on to recount the time he saw his first Argento film, Four Flies on Grey Velvet. All four members shared old stories and found a wide-range of albums, books, t-shirts, and movies in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Garbage first rose to prominence in the mid-'90s by fusing underground genres like trip-hop, grunge, and industrial with radio-friendly pop sensibilities. The band was founded in 1993 by Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig, who had achieved considerable celebrity as a result of his production work on Nirvana's 1991 LP Nevermind. The group hired Shirley Manson a year later, after seeing her band Angelfish on MTV. With their lineup in place, Garbage recorded their debut album in late 1994. Their self-titled LP was released in 1995 and debuted at #193 on the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of singles "Queer," "Only Happy When It Rains," and "Stupid Girl." The album went platinum in 1996.

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12 Vinyl Releases to Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Billy Gil, November 9, 2015 09:45am | Post a Comment

Black Friday is coming up on Nov. 27, that big shopping day right after Thanksgiving. The folks at Record Store Day will be releasing more than 140 releases that day, not to mention it’s new release day, with new stuff out from Bjork, Parquet Courts and others. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/27, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll be adding Record Store Day Black Friday releases to Amoeba.com throughout the day.

See a list (.pdf) of everything we’ll have for sale here, and check out our 12 picks for releases to look for on Black Friday below.

Ariel Pink – Heaven Knows What [OST]
[Pink Ninja Star Shaped 7”]

Ariel Pink wrote the song “I Need a Minute” for the indie film Heaven Knows What, which stars Arielle Holmes and is based on her memoir about heroin addiction. You can watch the video for the warped dream-pop track below. The B-side may be even more notable—it’s a collaboration between Pink and Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) called “Heaven Can’t Wait.”

Deconstructing the Perfect Mashup with Adrian (A Plus D, Bootie SF) and Remixer/Producer Shahar Varshal

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment

"Timber Party" Pitbull ft Kesha vs Rihanna vs RedNex vs Garbage (Shahar Varshal Mashup) (2014)

Last weekend at the weekly Bootie SF party in San Francisco when DJ Mysterious D dropped the above mashup track into her mix the already packed and energized DNA Lounge dancefloor revved into full-on party mode dancing with wild abandon to the mashup that pitch-perfectly blends elements of '90's hits by both Garbage and RedNex with the current era hits by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha ("Timber") and Rihanna  ("What Now"). It was no wonder the Saturday night club goers responded so well to the Shahar Varshal produced "Timber Party" since the remix qualifies as the perfect mashup - one that expertly builds upon each of its elements so that the whole is even greater than the sum of its already spectacular parts.

In the case of the "Timber Party" mashup, producer Varshal takes two already great contemporary pop songs ("Timber" released late last year as a single off Pitbull's 2013 release Global Warming: Meltdown and Rihanna's hugely popular 2013 single "What Now") but elevates both to new heights by melding the best of the two together (the Rihanna vocal only here) and adding in perfectly chosen parts of both RedNex (usually fun but kinda cheesy, guilty pleasure) 1994 hit single "Cotton Eye Joe," and the vocals from 90's alt rock, female fronted band Garbage's breakout 1995 hit single "I'm Only Happy When It Rains"  - making Shirley Manson's sultry vocals sound even better than on the original by giving her a whole new instrumental backdrop thanks to the Pitbull track and matching her up with Rihanna - the most unlikely yet perfect pairing of voices - and all the while anchoring the song with the Ke$ha "I'm yelling timber" chorus vocal as the song's main hook.

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Freedy Johnston's 'Perfect' Pop Gem: I'll Buy THAT for a dollar!

Posted by Mark Beaver, July 20, 2009 09:25pm | Post a Comment

Freedy Johnston
came out of Kansas and played around New York until he got signed by Bar/None Records, who released his debut, Trouble Tree in 1990. Trouble Tree was well received, but it was 1992's Can You Fly that got Johnston's name and songs bouncing all around college radio.

I've always thought of Freedy Johnston as the lost member of the Db's. He has a pristine pop quality to his voice and the stories he writes have the same almost-too-clever and slightly melancholic take on relationships that made the Db's' Amplifier the deservedly huge college rock classic that it became.

In 1994 I was working at SF's Reckless Records of London, an arguably cool and decidedly tiny record store on upper Haight St. As always, I was listening to anything I could get my hands on. Johnston's This Perfect World happened across the counter and stopped me in my tracks just by the power of its sheer completeness.

Produced by Butch Vig (Garbage) and featuring contributions from Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band), Kevin Salem (Dumptruck), Marshall Crenshaw, Marc Ribot, Mark Spencer (Blood Oranges) and David Schramm, who worked repeatedly with the Db's' Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, This Perfect World is a perfect pop record. Most of it is deeply written, deeply produced and played rock-pop, though in places ("Gone Like the Water") it reveals Johnston's beloved folk-country roots. I've heard the criticism that Butch Vig sucked the edge out of it in the production, but I wasn't noticing that in 1994 and don't really notice it today, 15 years later, listening to it (still) from beginning to end.

Freedy Johnston's name is not one heard around these parts much anymore and, clacking my way through the Clearance Rock bins, I came across a mint CD priced at the lowliest price of $1.00. I'm tempted to just buy them and put them in people's hands. Here...make your life a little happier...and just a little sadder, too.

Oh yeah...I guess the title track was a highlight of the Kingpin soundtrack.