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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile What's In My Bag?

What happens when indie rock singer/songwriters and collaborators Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile go record shopping for each other? Well, halfway through our What's In My Bag? interview it became apparent that almost every record Vile picked for Barnett was sure to make her cry. "This is the best record. You listen to this in the morning and you will cry," Vile said pulling out Days Have Gone By - Volume 6 by the revered fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey. Another sad classic for Vile was Townes Van Zandt's Flying Shoes. "This is my favorite record by this iconic, sad artist. The title track will kill you." When we noticed Vile's melancholy theme, Barnett replied, "Good, I love it. I love crying." 

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter known for her deadpan, slacker style. After playing with garage/grunge band Rapid Transit and psych/country band Immigrant Union, Barnett founded the Lotta Sea Licelabel 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 a several European dates, eventually releasing both EPs together as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. She released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Her second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel was released in May 2018.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rock Supergroup Filthy Friends

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2018 11:52am | Post a Comment

Filthy Friends What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have indie-rock supergroup Filthy Friends visit Amoeba Hollywood and share a wide range of interesting records with us. It was especially fun to have What's In My Bag? alum Scott McCaughey back with us, who suffered a stroke in the months following the filming of this episode. Thankfully McCaughey is recovering, and even playing shows again. During our interview he was particularly excited to talk about The Randy Newman Songbook 4LP box set. "This is what I've been listening to just non-stop for the last year," he told us. "To hear the songs just stripped down like he wrote them, it's just phenomenal. I mean, I don't know if there's a greater songwriter who's ever lived."

filthy Friends InvitationFilthy Friends consists of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson), Linda Pitman (The Baseball Project), Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows), and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows). The group originally formed in 2012 to perform covers of David Bowie songs. The band's first release was the single “Despierta,” written for the anti-Trump compilation 30 Songs For 30 Days. They followed this with a 2017 Record Store Day exclusive 7" featuring original track “Any Kind of Crowd” and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Steve Earle

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2018 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Steve Earle What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Outlaw country artist Steve Earle doesn't hide his influences. Before his recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood Earle did some record shopping and picked up a couple of Waylon Jennings albums, including 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes. "My new record, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, is sort of, shamelessly and unapologetically patterned after this Waylon Jennings record," he told us. "It was country acts figuring out that rock acts got to do things they didn't get to do," he explained. "They got to make records the way they wanted to." Earle also grabbed another Jennings record, Dreaming My Dreams. "I was actually kind of around, got to go to some of the sessions, and hang out a little bit," he recounted, talking of producer Jack Clement and his "little empire he'd built up" in Nashville. But it wasn't all country for Earle, who had a very diverse collection of LPs and shared some interesting anecdotes about his relationship with each one in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Steve Earle has made in his mark in the folk, country, and rock scenes over the past three decades as a songwriter and producer. He is the author of a memoir, a play, a novel, and a collection of short stories. Earle has also appeared as an actor on a long list of films and TV shows, including 30 Rock, Treme, and The Wire. He began his career as a staff songwriter in Nashville before going on to record his debut EP, Pink & Black, in 1982. Earle's debut full-length, Guitar Town, appeared in 1986 and was an instant success, with both the title track and single "Goodbye's All We've Got Left" reaching the Billboard Top 10.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Comedians Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

We were psyched to have comedians Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler host our charity auction for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Amoeba Hollywood back in December. Schaal and Braunohler saved some time to do a little shopping and picked up music, stand-up, movies, and baby clothes, including a prison-striped Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" onesie. "Then it looks like the baby's in prison," says Braunohler, "and that's always fun."

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the VirgilKurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are the hosts of Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen, a weekly variety show originally based in New York City and now taking place at The Virgil in Los Angeles. The duo also co-created the online series Penelope: Princess of Pets. In November, Kill Rock Stars released their comedy album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil, on double vinyl. 

Braunohler has performed at some of the most well-regarded comedy showcases and entertainment festivals in the world, including Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, the New York Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, SXSW, Bonnaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He has appeared on Bob's Burgers, Chelsea Lately, and John Oliver Presents. He currently hosts the podcast The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler for the Nerdist network and just launched a new audio series available on Audible with his wife, Lauren Cook, called Wedlock.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon

Who knew that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon were such enthusiasts of body horror? On the comedic couple's recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood the two found a wide array of movies, music, and pop culture Ephemera, including some killer horror tiles, vintage buttons, and a steamy Brad Pitt fan book.

Kumail Nanjiani is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Emily V. Gordon is a writer, producer, and podcast host. The pair married in 2007. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote and executive produced the forthcoming film, The Big Sick, which is based on their courtship. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and hits theaters everywhere in July 2017.

You probably know Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley. He also voices the character of Prismo on Adventure Time and he's appeared on Portlandia, Veep, Franklin & Bash, Broad City, Archer, and The X-Files. He hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files. Nanjiani co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which Gordon co-created and co-executive produced. A former therapist and freelance writer, Gordon has written two Disney.com teen webseries and worked on the second season of NBC's The Carmichael Show.

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