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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death from Above

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

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Death from Above's Sebastien Grainger couldn't help but show some Canadian pride on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, picking up records by two legendary fellow-countrymen, Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould. "You know, Glenn Gould is a Toronto guy, I'm a Toronto guy," Grainger wryly points out. Holding up a copy of the Goldberg Variations, Grainger notes that the eccentric concert pianist "totally shreds on this, like Satriani style shredding, but on piano." It wasn't all Canadian nationalism for Grainger, who had an eclectic stack of records, as well as a lot of great insight and personal anecdotes about each one for our What's In My Bag? episode.

Canadian duo Death from Above (formally known as Death from Above 1979) formed in 2001, setting themselves apart early on as one of the loudest and most aggressive acts in what was then termed Death from Above Outrage! Is Now"dancepunk." The band consists of drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler. Their first EP, Heads Up, landed in 2002, followed two years later by the Romantic Rights EP, which served as a teaser to their acclaimed debut LP You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Brian McKnight

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2018 12:41pm | Post a Comment

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R&B singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight performed at Amoeba Hollywood recently to promote his latest record, Genesis. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with McKnight and chat with him about his musical choices, which leaned heavily toward jazz. "To me, one of the greatest, iconic musical figures of the twentieth century is Miles Davis," McKnight said of the legendary trumpeter. He was particularly impressed with Davis' version of "My Funny Valentine," saying, "when you hear a recording of that, you realize what he has meant to the American musical landscape."

McKnight began his musical endeavors early, singing with his brothers in the church choir. In 1990, Warner Brothers signed his older brother, Claude McKnight III, and his band Take 6 to a record deal, inspiring the younger McKnight to shop his own demos around. He signed his first label deal when he Brian McKnight Genesis was nineteen, working with Mercury Records subsidiary Wing Records. His self-titled debut was released in 1992, topping out at #52 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and yielding the top twenty single, "One Last Cry." McKnight recorded two more albums for the label, I Remember You (1995) and Always (1997), garnering his first solo GRAMMY nomination for the latter LP.

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

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2018 11:32am | Post a Comment

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Chicana punk legend Alice Bag visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about the woman's narrative in rock and picked up albums by Javier Solis, Garbage, Chicano Batman, Shopping, and more in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. 

Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice Alice Bag Blueprintand Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Huckaby

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2018 12:19pm | Post a Comment

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Detroit DJ and producer Mike Huckaby went on an epic dig through the bins at Amoeba Hollywood, compiling a healthy stack of LPs and 12"s for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Another digger kept popping up in the interview. "Madlib is highly revered to me," Huckaby said of the prolific DJ / rapper / producer. He also grabbed a couple of Madvillain records and an LP by Madlib's early group Lootpack. "Dude says he makes an album a day," Huckaby marveled.

Mike Huckaby is a key figure in the Detroit electronic music scene who has earned international recognition for his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, his crowd-pleasing DJ sets, and his work with his Deep Transportation and S Y N T H labels. Huckaby has produced and remixed for heavyweights like Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, LoSoul, Deepchord, and Pacou. He gives back to the Detroit community by teaching music production to preteens and teens at YouthVille Detroit. His signature jazz-influenced deep house sound has made him a fixture of clubs in Berlin, Detroit, and everywhere in between.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Manchester Orchestra

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2018 05:56pm | Post a Comment

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Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records with us, including the deluxe OKNOTOK edition of Radiohead's 1997 masterpiece OK Computer. "I love kind of going deep into how bands make records," said lead singer/guitarist Andy Hull. "It's awesome that now it's been out long enough that they're starting to kinda share the secrets of where and how they made it."

Manchester Orchestra was founded by lead singer Andy Hull while he was still in high school in the Atlanta area. The band released their debut full-length, I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, in 2006, winning Manchester Orchestra a significant amount of acclaim. Two years later, they released the Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP, which featured a Daytrotter session recording of the track "Badges and Badges." The band's sophomore LP, Mean Everything to Nothing, landed at #37 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released. Manchester Orchestra continued accumulating fans and winning critical praise through the release of Simple Math (2011) and Cope (2014).

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