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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Finn Wolfhard

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2018 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Finn Wolfhard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some music picks and talked about his band Calpurnia, whose first single "City Boy" was just released last week. "Most of this music is very influential to us," Wolfhard said of his selections, which included his current favorite band, The Lemon Twigs. "They're only a couple years older than I am, which is crazy," the 15-year old actor and musician told us. "They put on an incredible live show," he said before plugging their live video shot during their in-store performance at Amoeba. "Check that out."

Stranger Things 2 posterCanadian actor Finn Wolfhard is best-known for playing Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things. Born in Vancouver, Wolfhard made his first TV appearance on The CW sci-fi drama The 100. This was followed by an episode of Supernatural, in which he played Jordie Pinsky, a kidnapped boy threatened by a soulless babysitter. He auditioned for Stranger Things after seeing an open casting call. He and the rest of the cast won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2017 SAG Awards.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2018 04:14pm | Post a Comment

What's In My Bag? Myrkur Amoeba Music

When Danish black metal musician Myrkur needs dark musical inspiration, she seeks out an unexpected source: ABBA. That's right Amalie Bruun, the alter-ego of Myrkur, considers the Swedish pop group to be "the inventors of Scandinavian horror pop." We discussed the dark side of ABBA, along with the rest of her eclectic choices, in this What's In My Bag? episode with Myrkur at Amoeba Hollywood

Amalie Bruun combines the harsh, raw energy of black metal with ethereal, otherworldly vocals via her Myrkur project. She provided guitars, bass, vocals, and production skills to her 2014 self-titled debut EP; Bruun's friend Rex Myrnur played drums. Her first full-length, M, was released a year later, winning Myrkur MareridtMyrkur more critical acclaim and an introduction to a wider audience. The following year, she released a live album fittingly called Mausoleum -- it was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.

2017's Mareridt was recorded in both Seattle and Copenhagen with the assistance of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))), Boris). The album drew inspiration from Nordic fairy tales, Bible verses, and classic mythology and showcases Bruun's newly acquired mastery of the ancient Swedish cow herding call known as kulning, as well as a collaboration with fellow traveler Chelsea Wolfe. Myrkur is on tour throughout North America and Europe this spring and summer.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2018 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Jawbreaker What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Legendary punk band Jawbreaker went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? interview. Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach and drummer Adam Pfahler were full of dry wit and insight as they gave us a peek into their musical tastes. "I was a little bit overwhelmed because when you come to Amoeba. It's like going to Costco," said Pfahler. "If you don't have a list you're fucked."

Jawbreaker Dear YouJawbreaker was formed in 1986 by New York University students Blake Schwarzenbach (guitar/vocals), Chris Bauermeister (bass), and Adam Pfahler (drums). Considered to be one of the progenitors of the emo scene, the band attracted a cult following thanks to their pop sensibilities and poetic, personal lyrics. The band released their debut LP, Unfun, after moving to Los Angeles in 1990.

Two years later, the trio was in San Francisco, where they released the Bivouac LP. In 1993, they toured with Nirvana and had a major commercial breakthrough with the release of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994. The band had attracted enough attention to sign to a major label for 1995's Dear You. The band broke up a year later, with members involved in new projects Jets to Brazil, J Church, and Whysall Lane.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2018 04:08pm | Post a Comment

Chris Robinson Brotherhood What's In My Bag?

Chris Robinson and Neal Casal took time to go shopping during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood to perform songs from the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood album Barefoot in the Head. It was immediately clear that the bandmates and avid record collectors share a deep love of blues and folk music. In this What's In My Bag? episode, the pair talked with us about unsung heroes of music, sitting in with blues legend Albert Collins, and aging in the music business.

American roots rock band Chris Robinson Brotherhood was founded by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson while his earlier project was on hiatus in 2011. Current members include guitarist Neal Casal, bassist Jeff Hill, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and drummer Tony Leone. Initially launched as a casual project, the Brotherhood's original lineup coalesced as the band toured California. They then embarked on 118 date North American tour. The band released their debut full-length, Big Moon Ritual, the following year.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Barefoot in the HeadJust three months later, the band released their sophomore LP, The Magic Door. Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One, a collection of CRB live tracks selected by the Grateful Dead's record producer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, was released as a vinyl-only LP in 2013. Phosphorescent Harvest, co-written by Chris Robinson and Neal Casal, arrived in 2014. The band's fourth studio LP, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel was followed by the release of the EP, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now. The acclaimed Barefoot in the Head was released shortly afterward, in July 2017.

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

Posted by Amoebite, February 14, 2018 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Garbage What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

What's the secret to keeping a band alive and running for 20+ years? Being on the same wavelength helps, which could certainly be said of alternative rock legends Garbage. The band visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to sign their new book, This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, and did some record shopping while they were here. Lead singer Shirley Manson and drummer Butch Vig both found things related to cult / horror director Dario Argento. Manson grabbed a vinyl copy of the original soundtrack to Argento's Opera. Having never seen the film, Dario Argento's involvement was reason enough to grab it. "I'm always looking for good intro music," Manson explained, "and this might be a hidden gem." Vig picked up a DVD copy of Argento's The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, which features a soundtrack by the legendary composer Ennio Morricone. "I love his films," he told us, before going on to recount the time he saw his first Argento film, Four Flies on Grey Velvet. All four members shared old stories and found a wide-range of albums, books, t-shirts, and movies in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Garbage first rose to prominence in the mid-'90s by fusing underground genres like trip-hop, grunge, and industrial with radio-friendly pop sensibilities. The band was founded in 1993 by Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig, who had achieved considerable celebrity as a result of his production work on Nirvana's 1991 LP Nevermind. The group hired Shirley Manson a year later, after seeing her band Angelfish on MTV. With their lineup in place, Garbage recorded their debut album in late 1994. Their self-titled LP was released in 1995 and debuted at #193 on the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of singles "Queer," "Only Happy When It Rains," and "Stupid Girl." The album went platinum in 1996.

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