Amoeblog

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

Continue reading...

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Power Trip

Posted by Amoebite, September 13, 2017 02:53pm | Post a Comment

Power Trip What's In My Bag?

Texas crossover thrash metal band Power Trip stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently hunting for records. The five members had very eclectic picks, ranging from black metal to Britpop, post-punk to alt-country, and they had a lot to say about all of them, especially their home state heroes, ZZ Top. "This is one of the greatest American rock bands," proclaimed bassist Chris Whetzel as he held up the band's breakthrough record, Tres Hombres. "If you don't like this band then I have some words for you."

With roots in the genres of hardcore, metal, and punk, Dallas-based Power Trip has shared the stage with a remarkably diverse range of artists, including Merchandise, Big Freedia, Title Fight, Power Trip Nightmare LogicAnthrax, and Napalm Death. Founded in 2008, the current lineup consists of Riley Gale, Blake Ibanez, Chris Ulsh, Nick Stewart, and Chris Whetzel.

After self-releasing an early collection of demos, the group first began attracting notice with the release of their Armaggedon Blues EP. Power Trip toured relentlessly, putting out a self-titled three-song EP in 2011 and then signing on for an appearance at the 2012 Pitchfork Festival. The following year, the band signed to Southern Lord and released their first full-length, Manifest Decimation. Their sophomore LP, Nightmare Logic, followed in early 2017. Power Trip is touring North America this fall with Obituary, Exodus, and Dust Bolt.

Continue reading...

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tim Kasher

Posted by Amoebite, September 8, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Tim Kasher What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Omaha, Nebraska indie-rocker Tim Kasher stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently to grab some of the latest releases by a few of his current favorite bands. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, the Cursive and The Good Life frontman shares with us some newer bands he's discovered and talks about a few he's been a fan of for years, like Spoon. Having toured with the Austin-bred band in their early days, Kasher and Spoon's Britt Daniel have been friends "for a really long time," and Kasher notes he hasn't "missed an album ever since they've been releasing albums."

Tim Kasher began his musical career in 1993 with the formation of Slowdown Virginia, a hugely influential group in the Omaha scene that would later birth Saddle Creek Records and a host of related bands. In the spring of 1995, Kasher formed Cursive with his former Slowdown Virginia Tim Kasher No Resolution Amoeba Musicbandmates Matt Maginn and Steve Pedersen with Clint Schnase on drums. The band's debut LP, Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes, came in 1997. Cursive's reputation grew with the release of Domestica (2000) and The Ugly Organ (2003). Their latest release is 2012's I Am Gemini.

Continue reading...

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with K.Flay

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2017 01:05pm | Post a Comment

K.Flay What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Alt-pop/hip-hop artist K.Flay visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to perform songs from her new album, Every Where is Some Where. While she was here, she grabbed a few records by some of her favorite bands and chatted with us about getting over her fear of heavy metal. Pulling out Metallica, the self-titled, fifth, and best-selling album for the legendary heavy metal band, K.Flay attributed her recent interest in heavy music to playing on the Warp Tour. "I realized there's so much cool, complex stuff that's part of metal."

K.Flay is the stage name of genre-hopping American songwriter and vocalist Kristine Meredith Flaherty. She began writing music in 2003, when she enrolled at Stanford University. Her early work was a response to the "simplistic, misogynistic, and formulaic" rap songs played on the radio. She released a mixtape called Suburban Rap Queen in 2005 and then began performing live.

K.Flay Every Where Is Some WhereAfter a string of self-released EPs and mixtapes, K.Flay signed to RCA in 2012, releasing two EPs for the label: 2012's Eyes Shut (featuring production from The Prodigy's Liam Howlett) and 2013's What If It Is. After leaving RCA, she crowdfunded 2014's Life As a Dog, which reached number 14 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart and number 2 on the Heatseekers chart. In 2015, she collaborated with Louis the Child on their track "It's Strange," which peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and received extra attention after it was praised by Taylor Swift. In 2016, K.Flay signed to Interscope subsidiary Night Street Records for the release of her EP Crush Me. In spring 2017, she released her second full-length, Every Where Is Some Where.

Continue reading...

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2017 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Anthony Fantano What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does a YouTube-star and music critic buy when he visits Amoeba Hollywood? Just about everything! At least that was the case with Anthony Fantano, the host and creator of The Needle Drop, a vlog followed by over one million subscribers. From jazz to indie rock and from hip hip to new wave, Fantano found many a record to round out his collection, and he had plenty of insight to share about his choices.

Billing himself as "the internet's busiest music nerd," Anthony Fantano began his musical career while attending Southern Connecticut State University and working at his college radio station. He then began interning at Connecticut Public Radio, which lead to the creation of a podcast called The Needle Drop. In 2009, he began experimenting with video while reviewing a Jay Reatard album. Slowly, Fantano accumulated views and likes on his online channel, which eventually resulted in a partnership with YouTube. By the end of 2010, he had accrued 10,000 subscribers. By the end of 2011, he had 50,000.

Today, The Needle Drop counts over one million subscribers. At the time of writing, some of Fantano's most-viewed videos include his reviews of Kanye West's Life of PabloKendrick Lamar's DAMN., and To Pimp a Butterfly. His reviews sometimes feature fellow music critics, his wife, and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta. He has been profiled in The Guardian, spoken on a SXSW panel, and received the Beyond the Blog award at the MTV O Music Awards. LA fans can catch The Needle Drop's 10 Year Anniversary event with Anthony Fantano at the Echoplex on October 24th.

Continue reading...