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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jessica Pratt

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2019 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Jessica Pratt - What's In My Bag?

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have singer/songwriter, and Amoeba alum, Jessica Pratt in the store recently for a cool and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Los Angeles based artist had lots of insightful things to say about all the records and books she found while digging through the bins, especially when it came to a perennial favorite, Marianne Faithfull's Rich Kid Blues. Explaining that the English singer was homeless and in the midst of a terrible heroin addiction when the album was recorded, Pratt told us, "you can tell listening to it that her voice is rather shaky, and she doesn't really have full control, but at the same time she's playing with these studio musicians and they're like really tight, so it's kind of a nice contrast." Pratt also appreciated some the song choices, which included a couple of Bob Dylan tunes. "Dylan songs are really hard to cover...I think there's a lot of pretty repulsive Dylan covers out there, but she really nails it." Pratt's cool picks and cool commentary made for a particularly cool video.

Pratt learned to play the guitar at age fifteen, teaching herself by playing along to T. Rex's Electric Jessica Pratt - Quiet SignsWarrior album. As a teen, she recorded her own music using her mother's Fender guitar amp and a microphone. After moving to San Francisco as an adult, Pratt befriended Tim Presley of White Fence who became a fan of her lo-fi psych/folk compositions and released her self-titled 2012 LP through his Birth Records label. The initial limited edition pressing (500 copies) sold out in two weeks and received glowing reviews from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shannon Shaw

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2019 03:22pm | Post a Comment

Shannon Shaw - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were delighted to have Bay Area indie/garage artist Shannon Shaw visit Amoeba Hollywood recently to talk about some of her current musical interests and a few of the records that shaped her tastes in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "I found a box of tapes that changed my life," she told us. Among those beloved tapes were an OMD album, '80s skate thrash, and the oldies compilations Cruisin' that feature old radio DJ interludes. Having found an LP of Cruisin' 1960 at Amoeba, she waxed nostalgic about obsessively listening to those tapes for two years. "I feel privy to a slice of life that I missed." 

Shannon Shaw is a founding member of the eponymous Shannon and the Clams. After bassist/vocalist Shaw met guitarist Cody Blanchard at California College of the Arts in the late '00s, the Shannon In Nashvilleduo began performing their signature hybrid of classic garage, doo-wop, and old school R&B. The band's current lineup solidified with the recruitment of keyboardist Will Sprott and drummer Nate Mahan. The group's debut album, I Wanna Go Home, was released in 2009. Sleep Talk followed in 2011. Next came Dreams in the Rat House (2013), Gone by the Dawn (2015), and Onion (2018), which was produced by Dan Auerbach for his Easy Eye Sound label.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ice Cube

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Ice Cube - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited when hip hop legend Ice Cube visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special meet-and-greet event to celebrate his latest album, Everythangs Corrupt. Before he met with fans, the LA rapper, actor, writer, and producer did a little shopping for his wife and sat down with us for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "Man, If you wanna stay married 26 years like your boy," he advised, "buy your wife some shit sometimes, alright? Not just you." 

Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube's music career began in 1984 with the hip-hop group C.I.A.; after the Ice Cube - Everythang's Corruptgroup disbanded, Cube formed N.W.A. with Dr. DreArabian Prince, and Eazy-E. The group would go on to become gangsta rap legends, dropping classic albums like Straight Outta Compton (1988). Ice Cube and N.W.A. parted ways in 1989 and Cube struck out on his own as a solo artist, making a mark with smart, sharp socio-political albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991). 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 21, 2019 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls - What's In My Bag?

Label and tourmates Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? interview, giving us some insight into their musical interests and esoteric finds, like avant-garde jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock's Monkey-Pockie-Boo. "I think that it should probably say Sonny and Linda, or Linda and Sonny," said U.S. Girls' Meg Remy about Sonny's wife and musical partner Linda Sharrock. "I love them both," she continued. "Black Woman was one of the first weird records I got into. I heard [Linda] before I heard Yoko Ono." This was our second time diving into Merrill Garbus' bag, as she did a very early What's In My Bag? episode back in 2012. During this recent shopping trip, it was evident the two 4AD artists share an eclectic taste in music, including Turkish rock, hip-hop, soul, Brazilian pop, and experimental electronic folk.

tune-yards - private life

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death Valley Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2019 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls - What's In My Bag?

LA psych/garage rockers Death Valley Girls sat down with us at Amoeba Hollywood to talk about some excellent music, movie, and book discoveries in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. It was a pleasure having the band here, especially guitarist Larry Schemel, who is a former Amoebite. Death Valley Girls fuse elements of garage, psych, and post-punk in their own music, and their picks definitely reflected that. Schemel, along with lead singer Bonnie Bloomgarden and drummer Laura Harris, explored punk, psych, and garage rock with assistance from Numero Group and Soul Jazz compilations, Wayne Kramer's memoir, and a groundbreaking documentary.

Founded in 2013, the current DVG lineup Death Valley Girls - Darkness Rainsconsists of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bloomgarden, guitarist Schemel, bassist Alana Amram, and drummer Laura Harris. Their first release, 2014's Street Venom was a cassette-only album put out via Burger Records. Their sophomore LP, Glow in the Dark (Burger Records), landed in 2016. In 2018, Death Valley Girls released their brooding third LP, Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze. The album features a rotating cast of guest artists, including Shannon Lay, Laura Kelsey plus members of The Make-Up, The Shivas, and Moaning. The video for single “Disaster (Is What We’re After)” featured the legendary Iggy Pop eating a hamburger. Death Valley Girls are set to embark on a lengthy UK and European tour starting in February 2019.

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