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

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2018 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Mogwai - Stuart Braithwaite

Stuart Braithwaite of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai paid Amoeba Hollywood a visit during the band's North American tour for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "This is probably the thing I'm most excited about," said Braithwaite while holding up the massive vinyl box set Root Hog Or Die: An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute. The massive 6-LP box set of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's field recordings was sure to have something worth delving into. "I love these compilations 'cause you'll just hear something on them and then you can go and find out more about it," Braithwaite explained. He then shared how he discovered American sacred harp singing through another Lomax compilation. "I'd never heard anything like it...I tracked down a lot of that." 

Mogwai was formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch. They took their name from the creatures in the movie Gremlins. The group released their debut LP, Mogwai Young Team, in 1997. Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed was released the following year, featuring remixes from the likes of Kevin Shields, Arab Strap, and Alec Empire. The band's current Mogwai - Every Country's Sunlineup solidified with the addition of Barry Burns prior to recording their sophomore LP, 1999's Come On Die Young. By their third album, Rock Action, Mogwai was moving away from guitars and incorporating more electronic instruments. Rock Action was their biggest commercial success to date, peaking at #23 on the UK album charts. 

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One Album Wonders: The Zodiac

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 17, 2015 11:07am | Post a Comment
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds

Zodiac
 were a studio group who released one album, Cosmic Sounds - Celestial Counterpoint with Words and Music, in May 1967. The members of Zodiac were respected session musicians Bud Shank, Carol Kaye, Cyrus Faryar, Emil RichardsHal Blaine, and Paul Beaver. Each song is devoted to the signs of Chaldean astronomical zodiac. The music was written by Canadian synthesizer pioneer Mort Garson
The spoken word narration was penned by Jacques Wilson and are narrated by Faryar in a voice reminiscent of Jim Morrison's who as part of The Doors, had recorded their debut in 1966 and released it in January 1967 to great acclaim.

The success of The Doors was a primary inspiration for the project. Elektra head Jac Holzman came up with the concept and hired Alex Hassilev, a member of The Limeliters, to produce. Hassilev brought Mort Garson to the project -- the two had just formed a production company together.

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out today 1/8/08...the riches...zodiac...sunshine...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2008 11:39pm | Post a Comment
I would like to start off by welcoming everybody to 2008. Congratulations to all of us for making it through another year. 2007 was really a great year full of amazing new releases. We are just about through the really slow period at the end of the year and getting ready for some great new releases again. There were some great DVD's out at the end of last year. The Deluxe brief case version of Blade Runner sort of made up for the lack of any decent music new releases. I really can't stop looking at it. I have opened the brief case more times than necessary but I just can't get enough of it. It was my big Christmas present to myself and I really dolove it. The Final Cut version of the film looks fantastic. I have only watched the Final Cut version and about half of the main documentary so far. But what I have watched already of this documentary is really amazing. But I am sure that I will be talking all about my love of Blade Runner very soon.

Last week only had one new release. The new Radiohead album "In Rainbows" finally got its real release on CD and vinyl. The music new releases don't really start up again until next week. We have the new Magnetic Fields album out next week and then the amazing new Cat Power out the following week. New albums by The Mars Volta, The Mountain Goats, Vampire Weekend, and Dolly Parton are also right around the corner. I still have not seen the movie Juno yet, but hopefully I will get to see it this week. I have heard great fantastic things about it. The soundtrack, featuring the songs of Kimya Dawson from The Moldy Peaches, comes out today. I am still not sure why these labels are putting out the soundtracks weeks after the movies have been out. But that is the way it is. The Golden Compass soundtrack featuring Kate Bush will finally see a street date in another 2 weeks. But as always, we can count on the DVD's to keep us excited about new release Tuesday.

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