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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Necrobutcher of Mayhem

Posted by Amoebite, June 7, 2018 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Necrobutcher of Mayhem What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does black metal legend Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud go shopping for when he's at Amoeba San Francisco? The Mayhem bassist proved to have ecclectic tastes as he shopped before his in-store signing of his book, The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94, grabbing records like INXS' KickBringing up singer Michael Hutchence's unexpected death, Necrobutcher told us, "It's a different thing before and after the artist dies." 

Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive

Mayhem are no strangers to death, as not only did early singer Pelle “Dead” Ohlin take his own life in 1991, but Mayhem's bass player at the time, Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes aka Burzum, murdered founding member Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth in 1993.

Necrobutcher is now the only remaining original member of Mayhem. As one of the founders of the band, he served as Mayhem's bassist from 1984-1991 and contributed to the 1987 Deathcrush EP. After the tragedies that struck the band between '91-'93, Necrobutcher reformed Mayhem in 1995, with a new lineup. His next studio release with the band was 1998's Wolf's Lair Abyss EP. He has since appeared on Mayhem's Grand Declaration of War (2000), Chimera (2004), Ordo ad Chao (2007), Esoteric Warfare (2014) and A Season in Blasphemy (2016). Live recordings include Live in Leipzig (1993), Dawn of the Black Hearts (1995), Mediolanum Capta Est (1999), Live in Marseille (2001), Live in Zeitz (2016), and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (2016). Necrobutcher has also performed with L.E.G.O., Kvikksølvguttene, Bloodthorn, and Checker Patrol. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Britt

Posted by Amoebite, May 30, 2018 02:37pm | Post a Comment

King Britt Amoeba What's In My Bag?

Philadelphia DJ, composer, and producer King Britt went digging for records to sample at Amoeba Hollywood and shared his discoveries in our newest What's In My Bag? episode. Not only did he find some unusual records like the Dog Training In Your Home LP (above), but he picked up some of his favorite releases, including a book by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Talk Talk's fourth album Spirit of Eden. Britt had lots of great insight into his eclectic picks, which made for a fun, interesting, and educational video.

King Britt is an American DJ and producer whose work fuses elements of house, downtempo, and acid jazz. While attending Temple University in the early '90s, he began producing his own tracks and met Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly) of Digable Planets. King Britt would go on to join Digable Planets on tour. He and collaborator Josh Wink started the label Ovum Recordings in 1994. Their first release was the Supernatural LP, which featured the joint talents of King Britt and Ursula Rucker.

Fhloston Paradigm LiveIn '98, King Britt turned to neo-soul, releasing When The Funk Hits the Fan under the moniker Sylk130. He followed this LP with 2001's Sylk130 Re-Member's Only, with guest appearances from Alison Moyet, Martin Fry (ABC), Kathy Sledge, Grover Washington Jr, and De La Soul. A couple of years later, King Britt put out Adventures in Lo-Fi, which featured underground hip-hop heavy hitters like Madlib (as Quasimoto), and again, De La Soul. In 2005, he released King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan, a reworking of the Depression era outsider gospel artist's recordings. Ever prolific, King Britt released a series of works under the name Fhloston Paradigm for Hyperdub throughout the mid-2010s. He continued this project in 2017 with the release of After... and most recently with Live On Star's End in January 2018.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile What's In My Bag?

What happens when indie rock singer/songwriters and collaborators Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile go record shopping for each other? Well, halfway through our What's In My Bag? interview it became apparent that almost every record Vile picked for Barnett was sure to make her cry. "This is the best record. You listen to this in the morning and you will cry," Vile said pulling out Days Have Gone By - Volume 6 by the revered fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey. Another sad classic for Vile was Townes Van Zandt's Flying Shoes. "This is my favorite record by this iconic, sad artist. The title track will kill you." When we noticed Vile's melancholy theme, Barnett replied, "Good, I love it. I love crying." 

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter known for her deadpan, slacker style. After playing with garage/grunge band Rapid Transit and psych/country band Immigrant Union, Barnett founded the Lotta Sea Licelabel Milk! Records and released her first solo EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, in 2012. Her next EP, 2013's How to Carve a Rose into a Carrot, won praise around the world. That year she performed at CMJ and played a several European dates, eventually releasing both EPs together as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. She released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Her second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel was released in May 2018.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Clint Mansell

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2018 07:22pm | Post a Comment

Clint Mansell What's In My Bag?

Clint Mansell had a sincere message to give in our new What's In My Bag? episode. The composer and musician, who is originally from England but now resides in the U.S., selected a stack of films by foreign directors who came to America and left a lasting impression on our culture, including The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin. "We've got to remember that we're all here, in it together, and we gotta share, and good stuff comes when we're kind to one another. And also, magic gets made."

Clint Mansell is an English musician, composer, and former frontman of industrial/alternative rock group Pop Will Eat Itself. After the dissolution of the group, Mansell moved to the United States. He Loving Vincent OST - Clint Manselltransitioned into film scoring when Darren Aronofsky hired him to write a soundtrack for his 1998 debut Pi. The partnership was fruitful and Aronofsky brought Mansell on again for the score of his 2000 cult flick Requiem for a Dream. Since then the pair have partnered on each of the director's subsequent films, including The Wrestler and Black Swan. Mansell received a Grammy nomination for his contributions to the latter film.

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