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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2019 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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We had a fun time talking with London-based cross-cultural indie pop band Superorganism during a recent shopping trip to Amoeba Hollywood. Orono Noguchi, Soul, B, and Ruby picked out records by some of their favorite artists, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kanye West, and Carole King and introduced us to cat ASMR.

Superorganism is a band of non-conformists. Bump into any of the eight members (Orono, Emily, Harry, Ruby, B, Robert, Tucan and Soul) in the street -- a contrasting collection of disparate and idiosyncratic individuals -- and you might never know they’re in a band together, let alone all live in the same house. Superorganism’s difference comes from a kind of permanent outsider status. With members from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Australia, they bonded via the internet rather than one geographical location, finding each other on forums while nerding out about music. Their similarities eventually brought them all together IRL, culminating in a mass migration to an unassuming terraced house in East London that they soon turned into an energized creative hub.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment

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We were excited to have the eclectic Canadian jazz / hip hop / electronic group BadBadNotGood visit us recently at Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. They brought along soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, who collaborated with them on the track "In Your Eyes." Having joined the ranks of varied artists who have recorded a song entitled "In Your Eyes," Wilson and drummer Alexander Sowinski both grabbed different albums with that same title. "It's a pretty classic title," says Wilson, "which, I think, matches the tone of the song that we wrote." Of course not all the records they picked were of that same theme, and between the four of them they managed to hit up nearly every section of the store.

BadBadNotGood are a Canadian jazz quartet known for their interpretations of modern hip-hop tracks and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, and Tyler, The Creator. Originally a three-piece, Matthew Tavares (keyboards), Alexander Sowinski (drums), and Chester Hansen (bass) met and began working together through Humber BadBadNotGood IV College's jazz program in Toronto. After uploading video of the trio performing a piece based on an Odd Future track, they began attracting worldwide attention and caught the ear of Tyler, the Creator. In 2011, they released their debut LP, BBNG, recorded a live session with Tyler, opened for Roy Ayers, and performed for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

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The 10 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2015 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Now that the year is officially half over, we’re checking back over the albums that have been released thus far in 2015. Maybe all of this will change in six months, but for now, here are the albums I’ve been most excited about this year. We’d love to hear some more under-the-radar albums that came out this year that haven’t been as covered by the blogosphere, so please leave a comment and suggest some more picks.  

1. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear

The former Fleet Foxes drummer has put out the most emotionally manipulative album of 2015, and that’s a good thing. Songs like “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” are all sweeping melodrama on the surface, horns and strings and Southwest jangle decorating Joshua Tillman’s sonorous voice, but his words destroy the superficial veneer the handsome troubadour puts out on first blush, sneaking snarky lines into a love song to his new wife (“I wanna take you in the kitchen/Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in”). Songs like “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.” and “Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow” dismiss young would-be groupies with borderline arrogance (the oft-quoted “She says, like literally, music is the air she breathes/And the malaprops make me want to fucking scream”), Tillman’s use of detail flip your impression of him from douche to annoyingly charming dude who’s just telling it like it is. And as the album progresses, Tillman’s observations turn more self-effacing, and his pathos makes for some brutally candid moments—“Bored in the U.S.A.’s” white people problems are played for literal laughs, and the self-loathing present beneath the beard transcends its trappings and becomes entirely relatable. It’s also a great love album because it’s romantic but doesn’t sugarcoat shit, starting semi-sarcastically using the pet name “honeybear” and later featuring the line “Maybe love is just an economy based on resource scarcity/What I fail to see is what that’s gotta do with you and me.” There have easily been more sentimental singer/songwriter releases in 2015, but Tillman’s cynicism feels like the most honest thing I’ve heard this year.

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