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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Drums

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2019 03:12pm | Post a Comment

The Drums - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Jonny Pierce of The Drums at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talk about some the records and movies that have shaped and inspired him, including a few albums from 1997, which he considered "an amazing year for music." Pierce described hearing Bjork's Homogenic album for the first time at a Sam Goody record store, having only been allowed to listen to Christian music at home. "I had never heard music like it before," he told us. "My life really did change at that moment. There's a real spirit of freedom and empowerment on this album." 

Founded in 2008 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Pierce and childhood friend Jacob Graham, The The Drums - Brutalism - Amoeba MusicDrums moved to Brooklyn in 2009, where they rounded out their lineup. In less than a week of moving to New York, the Drums played their first live gig as part of the NYC Pop Fest at Cake Shop NYC. That fall, the band released their first EP, Summertime!. The group began heating up in the music press, garnering nods from the BBC, NME, and Pitchfork prior to the release of their 2010 debut album, called simply, The Drums.

The Drums released a sophomore LP, Portamento, in 2011. A year later, the band made their US TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The third studio album by The Drums, Encyclopedia, came out in 2014. By 2016, Graham had parted ways with the band, choosing to focus on his work as a puppeteer and with his new project, Sound of Ceres. With his departure, The Drums effectively became the solo project of Pierce, who moved to Los Angeles. He wrote and performed all the instrumentation on the 2017 album Abysmal Thoughts. The Drums’ latest is 2019’s Brutalism. Once again performed entirely by Pierce, the album was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, Future Islands).

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2019 03:11pm | Post a Comment

EARTHGANG - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of talking to Atlanta based hip hop duo EARTHGANG at Amoeba Hollywood recently, having shopped the store for some of the records, books, comics and memorabilia that have inspired them. "This is one of the greatest albums ever created in hip hop," Olu (aka Johnny Venus) told us, holding up a copy of UGK's Super Tight. Calling it "the first album that made me wanna get into producing," he went on to say, "I really appreciate the way that these records painted life in the south...these cats are really intelligent."

EARTHGANG consists of Olu and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot). The group was founded in 2008 while both members were still in high school. They released their first EP, The Better Party, two years later. While EARTHGANG - Mirrorlandattending Hampton University, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot also founded the Spillage Village collective of rappers, producers, and singers; in addition to the duo behind EARTHGANG, members include J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, Mereba, 6LACK, and Lute. Spillage Village also serves as a record label and is the home to the collective's first three releases, the Bears Like This (2014) and Bears Like This Too (2015) EPs, and the Bears Like This Too Much LP (2016).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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

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

Superorganism - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

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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