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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tama Sumo & Lakuti

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2018 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Tama Sumo & Lakuti - What's In My Bag?

We were delighted to have German DJ/producer Tama Sumo and London-based South African DJ and booking agent Lakuti in the Amoeba Hollywood green room recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Digging into the bins at the shop, the partners in life and music found some killer 12" singles, eclectic LPs, and sentimental favorites, including Brenda & The Big Dudes' "Weekend Special." "This one is really close to my heart," Lakuti told us. "I'm South African, so when I saw this on the shelves I literally jumped." Calling her the "Madonna of the townships of Africa," Lakuti went on to explain how important Brenda was to her generation, "particularly if you were gay or queer; she really made it possible for a lot of black kids, that would not have come out at that time, to come out and be proud." It was apparent that both of the artists were very passionate and knowledgeable about their choices, which made for a fun and interesting interview. 

Tama Sumo and Lakuti are a married couple who also frequently spend time together behind the decks and serve as advocates for women and queer folx in the electronic music scene. Tama Sumo (aka Kerstin Egert) specializes in house and techno. She began her career DJing at Kreuzberg (Berlin) club Drama, before becoming a mainstay at Globus/Tresor and OstGut's gay/lesbian Dance with the Aliens parties. She is currently a resident at Berghain/Panorama Bar.

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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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