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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Writer Jake Fogelnest

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2017 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Jake Fogelnest What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"This was a long time coming," proclaims writer/comedian/producer Jake Fogelnest about Criterion's newly restored Blu-ray of Multiple Maniacs. "John Waters is my favorite, he is my hero," Fogelnest says of the film's director, a pioneer of cult, transgressive movie-making. Pre-dating his breakthrough feature, Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs features many of Waters' usual actors, including Divine, who would become the persona most associated with Waters' films. "It is still psychotic and shocking, probably even more in this new cleaned up print by Criterion," says an exuberant Fogelnest, who had plenty of witty insight into all of the goodies in his bag.

Jake Fogelnest has written for several TV shows, including Wet Hot American Summer, Difficult People, Girlboss, and Billy on the Street. He has contributed to VH1's Best Week Ever and written jokes for Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segments. Fogelnest began his comedy career early, attracting attention for his cult public-access cable show Squirt TV, that he created when he was just fourteen years old. The program was eventually picked up by MTV, counting guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clan, Liz Phair, Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon, Adam Sandler, The Kids in the Hall, Kevin Smith, and Beck.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Stinson

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2017 01:41pm | Post a Comment

Tommy Stinson What's In My Bag Amoeba San Francisco

Alt-rock/punk icon Tommy Stinson visited Amoeba San Francisco recently to show us some of his favorite records and share memories of his experiences listening to them. Holding up Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 double LP, Stinson says, "Blonde on Blonde is my go to record when I'm trying to get lyrical things happening in my head." When he's looking for inspiration Stinson puts the record on and "just kinda let(s) it seep in," saying it reminds him "of all the different things that (Dylan) was able to put into a lyric to describe a moment, a sound, a day, and place." Stinson had many anecdotes about his picks, which makes for a very interesting and fun What's In My Bag? episode!  

Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Corey Taylor

Posted by Amoebite, October 31, 2017 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Corey Taylor What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I love aggressive shit. I love being able to feel a lot of attitude," says hard rock vocalist Corey Taylor about the Wu-Tang Clan during his recent What's In My Bag? interview. "You wanna talk about just getting a bunch of geniuses together and just letting them fucking unleash. It doesn't get much better than that first album." In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan, Taylor picks up albums by Electric Light Orchestra and The Clash, and recalls growing up with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, speaking eloquently and passionately about all of his picks.

Corey Taylor is an alternative metal singer, musician, and songwriter known for his work with Stone Sour and Slipknot. In 1992, he formed Stone Sour in his native Des Moines, Iowa. Several years later, he was invited to join Slipknot as a replacement for their original vocalist. Slipknot's 1999 self-titled debut LP peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, eventually going double platinum. The band's followup, 2001's Iowa, soared to number three on the Top 200 charts and became a number one album in the UK. With each album they made, Slipknot continued to climb the charts. Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) landed at number two while All Hope Is Gone (2008) was the band's first number one album in the US.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In

Posted by Amoebite, October 25, 2017 03:26pm | Post a Comment

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At the Drive-In) What's in My Bag?

"To me John Carpenter sounds like he should have been in a Krautrock band," says Cedric Bixler-Zavala, lead singer for At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, during his recent What's In My Bag? interview. Picking up a 12" record of Carpenter's theme to his film Assault On Precinct 13, Bixler-Zavala compares the moody, synth-based sound of his music to the experiential, avant-garde form of music that came out of Germany in the late '60s and '70s. He also found some genuine Krautrock, in the form of Cluster's debut record, an atmospheric, instrumental soundscape. "All roads lead to Germany, in regards to interesting out there music," he tells us, adding, "I love to draw to this kind of stuff because it just makes me feel like I'm there."

Grammy-winning musician Cedric Bixler-Zavala made his name as the frontman of At the Drive-In. He would later go on to earn further acclaim for his work with The Mars Volta. Throughout his varied career, he has performed with dozens of bands, sometimes playing drums, sometimes singing in English, Latin, and Spanish. He is renowned for his energetic, raucous on-stage performances.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Conor Oberst What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Say, who's that taking a snooze on the couch in th Amoeba Hollywood green room? Why it's none other than singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, who, after playing a spirited set on the Amoeba stage and going shopping for records, decided it was time for a little nap. Fortunately he was also game for a What's In My Bag? interview in which he shared some humorous, off the cuff insight into the records he chose, including Rage Against The Machine's The Battle Of Los Angeles. "I played a show one time with Rage...one of the scariest nights of my life," Oberst recalled. "I'm up there with, like, an acoustic guitar," he continued, "playing sad alt-country songs to Rage Against The Machine fans that all wanted me dead." Thankfully that experience didn't sour him on the band!

Conor Oberst Salutations A native of Nebraska, Conor Oberst has not only proven to be a prolific and driving force in Omaha's music scene, but also one of the most renowned singer/songwriters of his generation. Having joined his first band at the age of 13 he has been steadily releasing music since 1993. Over the following two plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums with his band Bright Eyes, as well as under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk super-group. His most recent album, Salutations, was released in March 2017 on Nonesuch and includes full band versions of the ten songs from his 2016 album Ruminations, plus seven additional songs.

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