The Sklar Brothers – What’s In My Bag?

The Sklar Brothers go shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Their latest podcasts ‘View From The Cheap Seats’ and ‘Dumb People Town’ are available now.

Check out their picks:
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride (LP)
Orville Peck – Pony (LP)
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (LP)
Bob Dylan – Street Legal (LP)
Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap (LP)
The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (LP)
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (LP)
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. [10th Anniversary Edition] (LP)

2003, Rumors of iTunes – slashdot comments on

This seems to be the business model /.ers have been yelling at the RIAA to adopt. Let’s see if it’s actually viable…

I sure hope so. I buy pretty much 1-2 CDs a year now — not because I pirate the songs, it’s because I don’t want to spend $15 on 2 songs. Being able to only buy the stuff I like could also allow independent labels to get some of the action. It would be great if an artist without a label could also hook into this service, so 5 million OS X users could have a shot at your song instead of the 30 people that go to the local bar.

While I agree that being able to pick song by song would be nice in the short term, I do think it would have some long term consequences that may not be so good.

Imagine some future world where everyone gets their music via these services… you could easily wind up with a situation where every new song is overproduced (and possibly run by one of those ‘AI’ music-hit detectors mentioned here previously) to try to ensure it is a hit, since any time spent writing/recording it will be ‘wasted’ if not enough people pay for the song by itself. Right now you have an environment where artists can put some experimental tunes in between the sure-fire hits. Maybe these tracks hit the mark and become huge, maybe they tank, but at least they are trying something different. If everything is per-song I think we’ll eventually see even less artist experimentation and artist growth than we do now, and that is scary.

99 cents a track.
~12 tracks on a disc.
~12 bucks for the music, and you have to provide the bandwith, physical media, and case. oh, and no liner notes.
Thanks, but I’ll go to my local indie store, where they have the media, case, and liner notes all for 12 bucks.

slashdot, March 4, 2003, Apple to Launch Music Service?

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

Was listening to Sound Opinions:
#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes
Outside of their natural habitats, you’ll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.

Sonny Rollins Interview – NY Times Magazine

Do you think music has an ethical component?
I can hear music that elevates me, but on the other hand there’s martial music that’s made to make people go to war. So music is neutral. It has nothing to do with ethics. Music is not on the same level as trying to understand life. We’re here for 80-something years. One lifetime is not enough to get it right. I’ll be back in another body. I’m not interested in trying to get that technical about that because I don’t need to know. What I need to know is that being a person who understands that giving is better than getting is the proper way to live. Live your life now in a positive way. Help people if you can. Don’t hurt people. That works perfectly for me, man.

The jazz icon Sonny Rollins knows life is a solo trip. By David Marchese. Feb. 21, 2020, NYTIMES 

Rollins doing the saxophone with the Stones:

Chuck D – What’s in My Bag?

Public Enemy’s Chuck D goes shopping at Amoeba Music in Hollywood.

Check out his picks:
100 Best Selling Albums Of The 90s (BOOK)
Angie Errigo – The Illustrated History of Rock Album Art (BOOK)
Public Enemy – Rebels Without A Pause: The Induction Celebration Of Public Enemy (DVD)
Various Artists – Midnight Special (DVD)
George Hickenlooper – Mayor Of The Sunset Strip (DVD)
Laura Archibald – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (DVD)
Peter Conners – JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene (BOOK)
Greg Kot – I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway (BOOK)

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Anthrax – What’s in My Bag

Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax goes shopping at Amoeba Music in San Francisco.

Check out their picks:
Sam Liu & Lauren Montgomery – Batman Year One (DVD)
Dean Martin – The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show (DVD)
Patton Oswalt – Finest Hour (CD)
Queen – Jazz (CD)
Queen – The Game (CD)
Queen – News of the World (LP)
Nirvana – Nevermind (LP)
Mary Tyler Moore – The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Seventh Season (DVD)
Dean Martin – The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show (DVD)
U2 – 360 At The Rose Bowl (BLU-RAY)
Joe Bonamassa – Had To Cry Today (CD)
Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom (CD)
Eric Johnson – Tones (CD)
Whitesnake – Live at Donington 1990 (DVD)
Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry (CD)
Pink Floyd – The Wall Live 1980-81 (CD)
John McLaughlin – My Goal’s Beyond (CD)
Peter Gabriel – New Blood (CD)
Rob Crow – He Thinks He’s People (CD)

Margaret Cho – What’s In My Bag?

Margaret Cho visits Amoeba to pick up some music DVDs.

Check out her picks:
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys and the Satan (DVD)
The Beach Boys – In London 1966 (DVD)
David Bowie – The Plastic Soul Review (DVD)
White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights (DVD)
Aimee Mann – Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse (DVD)
Steve Binder – The T.A.M.I. Show (DVD)
Various Artists – Urgh! A Music War (DVD)

Bonnie Raitt – You Got It

From the Soundtrack to the movie Boys on the Side.
Amazon has the cd

1. You Got It – Bonnie Raitt
2. I Take You With Me – Melissa Etheridge
3. Keep On Growing – Sheryl Crow
4. Power Of Two – Indigo Girls
5. Somebody Stand By Me – Stevie Nicks
6. Everyday Is Like Sunday – The Pretenders
7. Dreams – The Cranberries
8. Why – Annie Lennox
9. Ol’55 – Sarah McLachlan
10. Willow – Joan Armatrading
11. Crossroads – Jonell Mosser
12. You Got It – Whoopi Goldberg
13. You Got It – Bonnie Raitt

GWAR – What’s In My Bag?

Check out their picks:
Dicks – These People (LP)
The Spits – Kill the Kool (CD)
The Love Band – The Oneness Space (LP)
Sepultura – Arise [Expanded Edition] (LP)
The Toy Dolls – Episode XIII (CD)
Zeke – Dirty Sanchez [Orange Vinyl] (LP)
Zeke – Kicked In The Teeth (LP)
Neil Marshall – Hellboy (BLU-RAY)
Jim Jarmusch – The Dead Don’t Die (DVD)
Ghoul – Hang Ten [Red With Splatter Vinyl] (10″)
Motörhead – What’s Wordsworth? – Recorded Live 1978 (LP)
Various Artists – Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House (LP)
The Mentors – Kings Of Sleaze Rockumentary (DVD)
The Cure – 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary (BLU-RAY)
Killing Joke – Malicious Damage: Live At The Astoria 12.10.03 (DVD)
Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways To Die (LP)
Amon Amarth – Berserker (LP)

Huey Lewis – What’s In My Bag?

Huey Lewis goes shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Huey Lewis & the News are releasing ‘Weather,’ their first new album since 2001, on February 14, 2020 via BMG.

Check out his picks:
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars – Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute To The Immortal Fats Waller By Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars (CD)
Humphrey’s McGee – Anchor Drops Redux (CD)
Tower of Power – Back To Oakland (CD)
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra At The Sands (CD)
Johnnie Taylor – The Very Best Of Johnnie Taylor (CD)
The Mike Duke Project – …Took A While (CD)
Ray Charles – Ray Charles: The Ultimate Collection (LP)

Get Huey Lewis’ music:

JD McPherson – What’s In My Bag?

JD McPherson goes shopping at Amoeba Hollywood.

Check out his picks:
Allen Toussaint – The Wild Sound of New Orleans (LP)
David Byrne – How Music Works (BOOK)
Various Artists – The Excello Blues Story (CD)
Sonny Burgess – The Classic Recordings 1956 – 1959 (CD)
Irma Thomas – Time Is on My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas, Vol. 1 (CD)
Monks – Black Monk Time (CD)