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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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Fred Armisen Fans Rejoice - With a Bird on It, Of Course

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment
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If Fred Armisen becomes any busier, he's going to have to be cloned! The actor is widely known for his comedic roles on Saturday Night Live and, more recently, for co-creating the sketch comedy series, Portlandia, but did you know that Fred Armisen is a bonafide rocker? Yes, it's true! To solidify his rock and roll credibility, Fred Armisen has now added "bandleader" to his resume. Armisen has assembled The 8G Band as the house band for the new Late Night with Seth Meyers television show. This reunites Armisen and Meyers, who both recently left longtime roles as cast members on Saturday Night Live. Armisen admirers might be surprised to learn he dropped out of visual art school to pursue a career as a drummer. He played drums in the band Trenchmouth, which was signed to East West Records in the '90s. Late night TV has never been so punk!

Being named band leader of Late Night would be the highlight of any musician's year, but it doesn't stop there. Portlandia is back! Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein kick off Season 4 tonight airing on the IFC network. Armisen wears many hats, including starring and writing for Portlandia!

Portlandia Season 4

Last year, we caught up with Fred while he was shopping at Amoeba San Francisco. He gave our cameras a sneek peak into the musical tastes of a funny man. He's got some great punk and rock selections on vinyl and he tells a very cool story about using tour money to buy records at Amoeba in the '90s!  

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Fred Armisen

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

From music to acting, Fred Armisen does it all! Did you know Fred Armisen played drums for the '90s post-hardcore band Trenchmouth? Did you know he once played drums with the Blue Man Group? There is so much more to Fred Armisen than his SNL fame alludes to. He's a huge music buff and the Amoeba cameras caught up with Fred in our San Francisco store to take a look at what's in his bag. He's pretty eclectic in his musical taste and, of course, as a drummer he pays close attention to the beat. From world artist Joyce to oldies rockers The Turtles, Fred digs deep. Check it out!

Fred Armisen - What's In My Bag?
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Armisen is reportedly leaving Saturday Night Live, acording to the New York Post. But never fear - IFC just renewed Portlandia for two new seasons, so there will be plenty more sketch comedy to come from the actor. On May 18, Armisen's last night at SNL, he performed a musical number with his castmates Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam. They were joined midway through by Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), J. Mascis, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Watch this amazing send off below:

SF Sketchfest Returns! January 24th - February 10th.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment


San Francisco’s comedy festival SF Sketchfest runs January 24th - February 10th and features over 150 shows with some of the top comedians and best up-and-coming talent around.

SF SketchfestSF Sketchfest, the most prestigious comedy festival on the West Coast, celebrates their 12th year with a tribute to Portlandia with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, evenings with Bruce Campbell and Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey, Futurama Live, and so much more!

See the amazing line-up and get your tickets HERE!

Here are a couple of nights we here at Amoeba recommend!

Judge John Hodgman LIVE with John Hodgman & Jesse Thorn, musical guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats
Friday, January 25, 10:30pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
Join bestselling author and self-appointed judge John Hodgman as he listens to real- life disputes and weighs in on such pressing issues as “Is chili a soup or a stew?” This live version of the popular Maximum Fun-produced podcast features Bullseye host and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn and musical guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wild Flag

Posted by Rachael McGovern, March 28, 2012 01:07pm | Post a Comment

Wild Flag at AmoebaThe funny, talented women of Wild Flag sat down with us recently for a What's In My Bag? episode. Wild Flag is the first major musical post-Sleater-Kinney project for Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, and includes Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders) to boot. The four members of Wild Flag had interconnected musical histories during the last decade, playing in various bands that toured or collaborated with each other, but somehow the formation of the Wild Flag was the first time the four of them ever played together at the same time. Wild Flag released their self-titled debut full-length in November 2011 on Merge Records.

You may also know Carrie (and her humor and wit) from the TV show Portlandia which she co-created and stars in with Fred Armisan (SNL).

Unfortunately Janet couldn't make it on the day of the shoot, but Carrie, Mary, and Rebecca shared their picks which included Lionel Richie, Yes, George Jones, Iron Maiden, Destroy All Movies, and more. They also put a call out for a Vinyl Nanny to take with them on tour...

Wild Flag - What's In My Bag?
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