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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ethan Hawke

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of sitting down with actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke at Amoeba Hollywood recently to discuss some of the albums and movies that had a particular place in his heart, including the outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways. "I'm really grateful for this opportunity you've given me to talk about this movie," he told us. "It slices like a razor blade through your body and you open up, in a good way. There's something about it that really moves me." Hawke had much to say about all of his picks, both heartfelt and entertaining, making for a genuine and educational What's In My Bag? episode.

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Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one). 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mon Laferte

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Mon Laferte - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Before her recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we had a chance to sit down with Chilean singer-songwriter and actress Mon Laferte and learn what she had been listening to, such as Brazilian legend Astrud Gilberto. "I'm in love with her voice," she told us, describing it as "super elegant." She went on to talk about the appeal of Brazilian music, saying, "It's delicate, it's elegant, it has an interesting harmony, and (is) at times happy, but not the type of happiness that's coarse, rough. It puts you in a very lovely state." Mon Laferte had equally eloquent and thoughtful things to say about all her picks, making for a wonderful What's In My Bag?

Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, aka Mon Laferte, ranks as Chile's artist with the most nominations in one year for the Latin Grammys: five nominations in 2017. That year, her Mon Laferte - Normasong "Amárrame" from the album La Trenza took home the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song. Known for fusing rock, electronic, blues, pop and bolero styles, Laferte began her musical career at age nine, when she won a singing contest. She released her first studio album, La Chica de Rojo, in 2003. Nine years later, she released a followup, Desechable, and was invited to serve as a judge on the Chilean version of The X Factor in 2012.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Waxwork Records Co-Founder Kevin Bergeron

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2018 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Kevin Bergeron - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were pleased to sit down with Waxwork Records co-founder Kevin Bergeron at Amoeba Hollywood and check out his latest record finds. Since his label specializes in reissues of cult flicks, Bergeron couldn't help but recommend a couple of recent soundtracks, including the score to Good Time, by Oneohtrix Point Never. "I recently just found out about this composer," he told us. "I'm really impressed with people that can make an album like this...(and it's just one dude) because it's really, really good and really dynamic." It wasn't all soundtracks though for Bergeron, who had an eclectic collection of electronic, industrial, and punk records, making for a fun and educational What's In My Bag?

In 2013, Kevin Bergeron co-founded Waxwork Records with Suzy Soto. Fans of cult films and long-forgotten soundtracks, Bergeron and Soto launched the label to bring quality vinyl reissues of classic Waxwork Recordshorror scores as well as commercially unavailable, little-known finds to a loyal audience of collectors. The label's first release was the Re-Animator soundtrack; it set the template for the Waxwork Records approach, which involves giving each release the fancy reissue treatment, with recordings sourced from the original master tapes, liner notes from influential figures involved with the film, and new artwork from contemporary artists. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Country Singer/Songwriter Ashley Monroe

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2018 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Ashley Monroe What's In My Bag Amoeba Hollywood

Nashville singer/songwriter and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of her favorite songwriters and vocalists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. From a young age, Monroe paid special attention to voices, even telling her parents at age 3 that listening to Don Henley gave her a "lonely feeling." Having grown up listening to the Eagles, Monroe was thrilled to sing on Don Henley's 2015 album Cass County.

Ashley Monroe grew up in Knoxville, TN before moving to Nashville and signing a publishing deal as a songwriter, which, in turn led to a record contract. Her first LP, Satisfied, featured two tracks that fared well on the Billboard Hot Country charts, "Satisfied" and "I Don't Want To" (featuring Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn.) As a songwriter, she co-wrote "Flat on the Floor" (sung by Katrina Elam and by Carrie Underwood), Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine."

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

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2018 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Pond What's In My Bag at Amoeba

We had the pleasure of interviewing Australian psychedelic band Pond recently for a What's In My Bag? episode, in which the group collectively found a righteous collection of records, books, prayer candles, and underpants at Amoeba Hollywood. Guitarist Nick Allbrook was particularly excited about finding a record by Pakastani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he discovered from a cab driver in London. "As soon as this taxi driver put it on, it melted my brain," he told us. All in all, the band picked out an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, dub, world, and electronic records.

Pond formed in Perth, Australia amid the scene which also spawned Tame Impala. In fact, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker served as Pond's drummer for a bit and Pond guitarist Nick Allbrook and drummer Jay Watson were members of Tame Impala's touring band for years (Watson is still a dual member of both bands.) In addition to Allbrook and Watson, Pond consists of guitarist/bassist Joe Ryan and keyboardist Jamie Terry.

Pond The WeatherPond released their first two albums between 2009-2010 and attracted international attention with the release of their third and fourth albums, 2010's Frond and 2012's Beard, Wives and Denim. After a successful worldwide tour supporting Beard, Wives and Denim, Pond was named the “hottest band in the world right now” by NME. Their latest album is 2017's The Weather, which was produced by Kevin Parker and is the band's seventh full-length album overall. They are currently on a fall tour of North America.

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