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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kamasi Washington

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Kamasi Washington at Amoeba Hollywood

Kamasi Washington is a Los Angeles-born jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he played music with faculty members such as Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, and Gerald Wilson. Washington’s skill as a tenor soloist in the Miles Davis/Ornette Coleman tradition has landed him on albums like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and he’s played alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, and Raphael Saadiq.

Kamasi Washington The EpicIn 2015, Washington released his debut full-length, a 3-disc album aptly entitled The Epic, on Flying Lotus's label Brainfeeder. What is even more surprising is how accessible and listenable it is across its three discs without once aiming for a cheap crossover or diminishing Washington’s talents or sound. The Epic has been named one of the best of 2015 by The New York Times and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with EL VY

Posted by Amoebite, December 8, 2015 04:09pm | Post a Comment

EL VY What' s in My Bag?

Longtime friends and new collaborators Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls are EL VY. The pair met a decade ago when their respective bands played small club shows on the West Coast. They just released their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30, 2015.

During a stop in Los Angeles for two sold-out shows at the Troubadour, Matt and Brent stopped by Amoeba Hollywood do a little record shopping. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, the duo tells stories about their early musical influences, including dancing to Ministry on a riverboat in Cincinatti and a quest for the quintessential live version of a Talking Heads song.

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EL VY - What's In My Bag?
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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Toro y Moi

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2015 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Toro y Moi at Amoeba Berkeley

Toro y Moi is the electronic project of American producer and recording artist Chaz Bundick. In 2010, he released his first album, Causers of This, garnering comparisons to the newly-labeled chillwave genre. 2011's Underneath the Pine expanded on his sound, using all live instrumentation and no samples. The Freaking Out EP followed later that year. In December, Caribou invited Toro y Moi to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties.

Toro y Moi What ForIn 2013, Toro y Moi's third studio album, Anything in Return, was released via Carpark. The followup came in 2015, with the studio album What For? and a mixtape called Samantha. In early 2016, Toro y Moi is set to tour Australia and Japan.

Bundick visited Amoeba Berkeley recently to fill out his vinyl collection. He picked up LPs by Ravi Shankar, Elliott Smith, and Oscar Peterson. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below to see the rest of his picks and to find out when is his favorite time of day to listen to vinyl.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mexican Singer/Songwriter Natalia Lafourcade

Posted by Amoebite, November 16, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Natalia Lafourcade at Amoeba

Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop/rock singer and songwriter from Coatepec. While growing up, she performed in a mariachi band and in an all-girl trio called Twist before going solo at age seventeen. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2002, garnering her a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Three years later, she released her followup, Casa, as Natalia y La Forquetina, which was the name of her band at the time. In 2006, she announced she would be leaving the band to perform as a solo artist once again.

Natalia LaFourcade Hasta la Raiz

Lafourcade continued to release solo albums, with her 2009 release, Hu Hu Hu, becoming a Top 10 album in Mexico and receiving nominations for Best Latin Pop Album at the GRAMMYs and Best Female Pop Vocal Album at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. Her 2015 release, Hasta La Rai­z, and its single of the same name have been nominated for five awards at this year's Latin GRAMMYs. Watch her perform live on the awards show, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Thursday, November 19th.

Get to know Lafourcade a little deeper as she shares many of the albums that influenced her during a recent chat with our "What's In My Bag?" crew at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts with Joni Mitchell's classic Blue, the biggest musical inspiration for her current album. She also talks about Erykah Badu's seminal Mama's Gun, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien, and delves into the catalog of Nick Drake.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Electronic Producer Recondite

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Recondite at Amoeba Hollywood

Recondite is the alias of Bavarian-born, Berlin-based electronic music producer and label owner Lorenz Brunner. In 2011, he founded Plangent Records and released his first EP as Recondite. That same year he played his first gig at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar/Berghain venue and began touring.

Recondite PlacidRecondite's first full-length, On Acid, was released in 2012 and garnered praise from critics around the world. Ghostly International released his follow-up, 2013's Hinterland. Soon after, Recondite became a fixture on the global DJ circuit, performing across Europe, Australia, North America, and Asia. In 2014, he released the Iffy LP on Innervisions and the Caldera EP on Hotflush Recordings. His newest full-length, Placid, was just released November 6, 2015 via Acid Test.

A longtime hip hop fan, Brunner kicks off his "What's in My Bag?" appearance with the 1992 self-titled debut from Body Count, the heavy metal band fronted by Ice-T. Next up is Nate Dogg's Music & Me and the Wu-Tang Clan's classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). He also shares the artist he considers to be the most influential techno and house producer in Germany today.

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