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

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

KAYTRANADA - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

KAYTRANADA visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and sit down with us for an interesting and eclectic What's In My Bag? interview. The Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer extraordinaire talked about hometown hero A-Trak, the early '80s R&B and disco scene in Africa, the debut album from French electronic duo Justice, and much, much more.

KAYTRANADA is the musical project of Louis Kevin Celestin. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Celestin's KAYTRANADA - Nothin Like Ufamily moved to Montreal, Canada, where he grew up. He began DJing at fourteen. He started learning production a year later after being introduced to FL Studio by his brother. In 2010, he began performing under the alias Kaytradamus, switching to his current incarnation as KAYTRANADA in 2012. In 2016, he released his debut LP 99.9% via XL Recordings. He would go on to win the Polaris Music Prize for the album, which features contributions from the likes of GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, and Vic Mensa.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Adrian Younge

Posted by Amoebite, July 30, 2019 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Adrian Younge - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sharp-dressed man Adrian Younge visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about his introduction to jazz, the influence of David Axelrod's compositions on hip-hop, and the band that inspired him to learn how to play instruments in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Often fusing the genres of soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz, Adrian Younge first attracted critical acclaim for his score to the Adrian Younge Produced By2009 blaxploitation flick Black Dynamite. In addition to his roles as producer and composer, Younge was responsible for the majority of the music on the score, performing over a dozen instruments himself with support from a handful of vocalists and instrumentalists. Wax Poetics released Younge's score later that year. The success of Black Dynamite led Younge to relaunch his earlier Venice Dawn project; as a result, Wax Poetics released his atmospheric Something About April LP in 2011.

In 2013, Younge teamed up with The Delfonics, a major influence on Adrian, for the LP Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics. Shortly afterward, Younge joined forces with Ghostface Killah for Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die. His next high-profile collaboration was 2014's Adrian Younge Presents There Is Only Now with Souls of Mischief. Working tirelessly, Younge followed this up with work on Bilal's In Another Life and Ghostface's Twelve Reasons to Die II. In 2016, Something About April II came out, with contributions from Raphael Saadiq and Laetitia Sadier. That same year, Younge released The Electronique Void, a synth-heavy concept LP featuring narration from Jack Waterson, and joined forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the Luke Cage soundtrack. Younge has also worked with or been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Jay-Z. In 2019, he released Produced By Adrian Younge, which features vocals by Black Thought, Estelle, Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2019 12:22pm | Post a Comment

Jungle - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of interviewing Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson from British modern soul duo Jungle during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. In our latest What's In My Bag? episode, the bandmates and longtime friends talked with us about some nostalgic favorites by Buena Vista Social Club, Jackson Browne, and Harry Nilsson, and discussed their love of edits and samples.

Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson grew up next to each other, attended the same school, and performed together in a handful of musical projects prior to starting Jungle in 2013. Choosing to focus on the music rather than on themselves, Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson assumed the monikers T and J, respectively. They enlisted several other band members for their live show, performing with artists across genres and art forms.

Jungle - For Ever - Amoeba Music

With the release of their 2013 debut single "The Heat," the band's career really got rolling. Jungle was nominated for BBC's Sound of 2014 prize. That same year, the group went on to perform at South By Southwest, play Reading and Leeds, take the stage at Glastonbury, and appear on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Later... with Jools Holland. Their self-titled debut was released in summer 2014. Since that time, Jungle has been busy performing at top festivals worldwide, appearing on late night TV, and licensing tracks to programs like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Queen Sugar, and Superstore. Jungle's sophomore LP, For Ever, was released in fall 2018, peaking at #10 on the UK album charts and #56 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart in the US.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Touché Amoré

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2019 04:09pm | Post a Comment

Touche Amore - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had a fun time talking to Jeremy Bolm, vocalist of the post-hardcore band Touché Amoré, for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. A longtime Amoeba Hollywood customer and avid vinyl collector, Bolm picked up albums by Shudder To Think, Thom Yorke, and Townes Van Zandt, and talked about how there's no wrong time to start listening to a new genre of music.

"Full disclosure: I am a 100-percent jazz poser," he confessed to us. "I'm in my mid-30s, and it was last year when I had the moment where I was like, 'I think I have the attention span for jazz now.'" Bolm recounted the amusing and somewhat frustrating moment when jazz finally clicked for him and the resulting decision to buy one new jazz album each month and give it his singular attention. 

LA post-hardcore band Touché Amoré consists of Jeremy Bolm (vocals), Tyler Kirby (bass), Elliot Babin (percussion), Clayton Stevens (guitar), and Nick Steinhardt (guitar). The band formed in 2007 and recorded their debut full-length album, ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse, in 2009. Two years later, the group journeyed to Eudora, KS to record their sophomore album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, with engineer/producer Ed Rose (The Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast, Motion City Soundtrack). The band embarked on a European tour with La Dispute in support of the LP in 2011. They spent 2012 on the road, touring with both Circa Survive and Converge.

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