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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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dr. Dog

Posted by Amoebite, October 30, 2018 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Dog - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "I done good," he told us, having dug for some records by his recent musical interests, including the odd-ball, experimental rockers Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Their album Swamp Tech/Electric Swamp was "something that was on the top of my list to suss out when I got here." He continued, "I've gotten really into the whole world of Quintron and Miss Pussycatm, which goes so far, even beyond music."

American rock band Dr. Dog fuses elements of iconic '60s pop acts like The Beatles and The Beach Boys with contemporary indie rock. Founded in Philadelphia in 1999, the band consists of childhood Dr. Dog - Critical Equationfriends Toby Leaman (bass guitar/vocals) and Scott McMicken (lead guitar/vocal), plus Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), and Eric Slick (drums). The band coalesced while several of the members were attending West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Their first album, 2001's The Psychedelic Swamp, was self-recorded and self-released.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2018 12:44pm | Post a Comment

Jerry Cantrell - What's in My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Alice In Chains songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player Jerry Cantrell went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of the records that shaped his musical tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Cantrell found a healthy stack of vinyl reissues of some of his favorite records and illuminated what made each one special in his life. "I love everything that Elton John does," he told us, "but Madman Across The Water, there's something really magical about this record to me." Cantrell went on to say the British legend was "the artist that kinda made me want to be a musician."

Jerry Cantrell is best known for his work with Alice In Chains. Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney founded the grunge/heavy metal band in 1987, taking the Alice In Chains - Rainier Fogname from lead vocalist Layne Staley's previous project, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains. Cantrell has been designated a "Riff Lord" by the UK's Metal Hammer magazine and ranked #38 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time" list. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2018 03:12pm | Post a Comment

Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero - What's In My Bag?

Cult movie icons Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for an in-store signing of The Disaster Artist, the biopic about the making of their now infamous film, The Room. Before the event the two went looking for some of their favorite films. Wiseau gravitated toward movies featuring his favorite actors, while Sestero was inspired by his favorite LA-based flicks, like Drive, his "favorite, modern, LA noir film." Wiseau was also a fan, commenting, ""If they don't make Drive 2, I will make my own Drive." Fingers crossed that actually happens!

Actor/writer/director Tommy Wiseau and actor/author Greg Sestero are instantly recognizable as the forces behind the 2003 cult film The Room. The pair met in acting class in 1998, with Sestero The Disaster Artist Blu-rayoriginally agreeing to help with casting and other behind-the-scenes duties in the six-million-dollar film before eventually taking on the role of Mark, the best friend of Wiseau's character Tommy. The Room still screens regularly worldwide and has attracted an eager fandom that dresses like the film's characters and throws plastic cutlery and footballs at the screen at key points in the narration. The process of making the film is detailed in Sestero's 2013 memoir The Disaster Artist, the inspiration behind the Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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