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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matthew Dear

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2019 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Matthew Dear - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were happy to have DJ, producer, and electronic artist Matthew Dear visit Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. The father of three children, Matthew was primarily shopping for albums to play at home. "I try to show [my kids] a lot of stuff that my dad showed me," he said, picking up LPs by Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, and the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills.

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear became inspired by the sounds of Detroit techno after moving to Michigan as a teen. He met Ghostly International founder Sam Valenti IV while attending a party at the University Matthew Dear - Bunny - Amoeba Musicof Michigan. Dear's first single for the label was "Hands Up For Detroit" (1999). His next releases, "Stealing Moves" and "Mouth to Mouth," were released via Ghostly's dancefloor-friendly subsidiary Spectral Sound. Around this time, he began performing and releasing records under aliases, including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mark Duplass

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2019 12:21pm | Post a Comment

Mark Duplass - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure to have Mark Duplass visit Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? interview. The director, producer, actor, writer, and musician went shopping for some of his favorite records and recent musical interests, and filled some holes in his library. "This is my favorite part about why records are important," he said, going on to share how our cameraman turned him onto German electronic music legends Tangerine Dream. "This is what happens when you come to Amoeba and walk around and shop for records, and you don't stay at home and listen on Spotify." Duplass' eloquence, passion, and easy-going attitude made for an engaging and entertaining episode.

Together with his brother, director Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass co-founded Duplass Brothers Productions. The company has produced films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Safety Not Guaranteed, The One I Love, and The Skeleton Twins, as well as the television series Togetherness and Room 104. The brothers also wrote and directed the 2010 comedy drama Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener. Mark co-wrote, produced, and starred in the horror film Creep; he co-wrote and starred in its sequel, Creep 2.

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

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2018 01:40pm | Post a Comment

HAIM What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

HAIM recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special album release event and made time for some record shopping while they were here. In this What's In My Bag? episode, the bandmates and sisters give us a peek into some of the music and movies from their childhood, including Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby, which guitarist/keyboardist Alana explains was often played when they were washing dishes. "I have great memories of drying," she said, adding that she was never a washer. "It's a great drying tempo."

Los Angeles pop rock band HAIM features Este Haim (bass), Alana Haim (guitars/keyboards), and Danielle Haim (lead vocals/guitar). The sisters began their musical careers early, backing their HAIM Something To Tell Youparents Moti and Donna in a family cover band called Rockinhaim. Este and Danielle performed together in pop band Valli Girls in the mid-'00s, releasing tracks on soundtrack and comp albums before Danielle departed to tour as a guitarist with Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas. In 2012, the women formed HAIM, releasing the Forever EP and attracting attention through a series of buzzed about appearances at SXSW which led to a deal with Polydor and a management contract with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

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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 Courtney Barnett

Posted by Amoebite, September 8, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style. After playing with garage/grunge band Rapid Transit and psych/country band Immigrant Union, Barnett founded the label Milk! Records and released her first solo EP, I've Got a Friend called Emily Ferris, in 2012. Her next EP, 2013's How to Carve a Rose into a Carrot, won praise around the world. That year she performed at CMJ and played several European dates, eventually releasing both EPs together as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

Courtney BarnettIn March 2015, Barnett released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. To promote the album, she performed at SXSW before heading out on a lengthy, globe-spanning tour. Universally critically-acclaimed, the album reached the #4 position on the Australian Albums chart and #20 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Just this month, Barnett was nominated for four Australian Independent Music Awards, including Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album.

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