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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Diane Warren at Amoeba Hollywood

"If you won't die if you don't do it, don't do it," Diane Warren, the GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominated songwriter told us on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. As a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Warren was determined to become as respected a name in songwriting as Carole King or Jimmy Webb. In 1983 she found that success when she penned Laura Branigan's "Solitaire" and has since become one of America's most prolific and esteemed songwriters.  

Over the course of her career Warren has worked with luminaries such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey. She has also worked with some of the biggest names in the modern pop music arena, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and thirteen GRAMMYs. Diane Warren and Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens To You" recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards on February 28.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Flea and Amy-Jo Albany

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2016 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Flea Amy-Jo Albany What's In My Bag?

You probably know Flea as the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. But you may not know him as an actor or jazz aficionado or the co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to music education for kids. In 2014, Flea executive-produced and co-starred in the film adaptation of Amy-Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood, about life with her father, jazz pianist Joe Albany. The biopic stars John Hawkes, Glenn Close, and Elle Fanning, and its soundtrack features jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Albany himself.

Flea and Amy-Jo recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a DJ set and soundtrack signing. They took time to talk with our "What's In My Bag?" cameras and to surprise each other with a few selections. In this episode they talk about falling in love with Bach, Bowie's ability to interpret songs, and the transcendent power of J Dilla.

Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their picks:

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

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Savages What's In My Bag?

London-based post-punk group Savages were formed by guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth) in 2011. Bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton joined soon after. They played their first show in 2012, as support for British Sea Power. The band's first release came that June as a double A-sided single on Jehnny Beth's Pop Noire label, featuring the tracks "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands."

Savages Adore LifeSavages' debut full-length, Silence Yourself, was released in May 2013 via Matador. Their follow-up, Adore Life, is coming out this Friday, January 22. You can see them perform around Europe this winter or on their North American tour in spring 2016, including the Coachella and Sasquatch festivals.

The band did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Ayse kicks off this episode with Run the Jewels, whom she saw perform live at FYF Fest. The band goes on to share their incredibly eclectic taste, spanning electronic, avant garde, and classic independent cinema -- and that’s just the first four picks. Watch the full episode below to dig into their deep cuts of jazz, doom rock, books, and more. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with French-Cuban Duo Ibeyi

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 05:02pm | Post a Comment

Ibeyi at Amoeba Hollywood for What's In My Bag?

Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, the language spoken by the Nigerian ancestors of musical twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Born in Cuba but raised in Paris, the duo fuse elements of jazz, electronica, Afro-Cuban, and French music. Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajon and Bata drum while Lisa-Kainde plays piano and serves as the group's main vocalist, with lyrics in English and Yoruba.

IbeyiFollowing the death of their father, legendary Cuban percussionist Anga Di­az (Buena Vista Social ClubIrakere), the sisters began performing around Paris while still in their teens. In 2013, Ibeyi signed to XL Recordings for the release of their debut EP, Oya. Their self-titled full-length was released in February 2015. You can catch them performing at Coachella and the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring.

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2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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