Hi I’m Shirley from Garbage. And I’m Steve. Hi I’m Duke Erikson. Hi I’m Butch Vig. And this is What’s in My Bag at Amoeba Records, Hollywood. Ok I’ll go first because you know what I’m like. Ok, so I picked Perfume Genius, his new record ‘No Shape’ which I’ve been listening to non-stop since it came out and I don’t have it on vinyl. So this was the first one that caught my eye and I was like, I need to have this. It’s an incredible record. He’s outdone himself and I recommend it to anybody actually. Back in th e late 1970s or early 80s, I was in Madison, Wisconsin. Went to the Majestic Theatre and saw one of the strangest movies I’d ever seen in my life. It was frightening and funny and amazing. As soon as I was done I went across the street, he was at a bar across the street of course. I grabbed him, I said ‘you have to see this.’ It was so fantastic and this is a blu-ray version with a bunch of extra films little shorts that that Lynch did. We had no idea exactly what happened in the film so we just sat with a couple friends and talked for like two hours trying to decipher the imagery and the plot and everything about it and I’m still not really sure exactly what happens. So then we have this record by Cigarettes After Sex who are a band that we took on tour last year and fell madly in love with and they’re just beginning to explode. I also got Cigarettes After Sex, their new album. They just have this incredible, stripped-down, melancholic sound that makes me, and I think the rest of my bandmates, feel really good. There’s something about… it’s like taking drugs listening to them, I swear to God This is a beautiful record. It’s great to have sex to, and it’s great to cry your eyes out to. If you want to get in a really happy, bummed out mood, this is the record to listen to. So I highly recommend it. ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ by Cigarettes After Sex. It’s easy to remember. Ok this is one of my favorite bands from the 60s, Zombies ‘Odessey in Oracle’ This is one of the most overlooked masterpieces from the era. It’s the 50th anniversary of its release. Is that possible? I think so. Anyway I love it so much. It’s one of the most beautiful records. It has ‘Time Of The Season’ on it. That was the big hit. And I actually got to go backstage and meet the band, my heroes. These guys, X, are like the Beatles to me. I worked at a club in the 80s, in Madison, Wisconsin. And they would come through in their van and it was always a big deal. Incredibly intense, dangerous, exciting shows. I got to help set up microphones when they would play there, and that sort of thing and now to be on tour with John Doe and Exene is just unbelievable. So I got this. I’m too scared to talk to them but I’m waiting for the right moment. ‘In The Heights,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda before he became a superstar. This made him a superstar. This is for my daughter who’s obsessed beyond belief, like I think millions of other people are around the country, with Hamilton. I’ve seen Hamilton, it’s one of the most incredible musicals I’ve ever seen just politically on, musically and everything about it is just incredible. My daughter said you have to get this for me or I’d be in deep trouble. So that’s for Bo. Ok I got two books, ’cause I’m really greedy. I got John Doe from X, harking back to what Steve said. But yes, I got ‘A Personal History of LA Punk’ by John Doe because everybody’s talking about this and saying it’s absolutely incredible. And then I got the Iggy biography which is supposed to be incredible. ‘American Valhalla’ is coming out, was it yesterday? Opening, his movie, that’s directed by Josh Homme? And so, I’m really looking forward to that. There you go. Two legends, John Doe and Iggy Pop. Ok, well, being a guitar player I had to get this. It’s a posthumous release of Chuck Berry’s. I’ve been told that it’s actually good, y’know, for a record made later in one’s long career. Ok, I got this next record which is Argento’s ‘Opera’ which is the soundtrack for his movie, I guess. And I just thought it looked interesting. There’s no other reason that I picked this, because I don’t know what it sounds like other than Dario Argento’s name was involved and there are super cool, weird horror artwork. And I’m just curious as to what this sounds like, because I’m always looking for good intro music. and this might be a hidden gem. So we shall see what we shall see. I think Shirley and I are on the same wavelength because I went to the DVDs and got ‘The Bird With The Crystal Plumage’ by Dario Argento. How do I open the door? I love his films. I love, in this particular film, Ennio Morricone did the soundtrack. One of the first creepy horror films I ever saw in Viroqua, Wisconsin, a small town was this film called ‘Four Flies on Grey Velvet’ and it really kind of f’d me up a little bit. I was probably maybe 12 years old. My parents maybe should not have let me see it. But it stuck with me for many years. Anyway I’m a huge fan, and this has just been released on DVD and blu-ray and I’m super psyched to see it. I’ve never seen it before. Oh it gives me the shivers. Ok I don’t even know what this is, really. It’s a fairly recent Kraftwerk double vinyl set but it does have ‘Autobahn’ on it so it’s got to be good. And ‘The Robots.’ Anyway these guys kind of invented electronic music. They sort of started what we consider to be electronic dance music now. So, definitely heroes that don’t get enough credit. Can’t wait to hear it. I also just bought the new Mac DeMarco record. I’ve only heard two tracks but I love them both. One of them, it’s really spare and I love his singing and it’s got this lovely keyboard line. But I love the production and just what I’ve heard on the first two tracks made me want to get this. I think it’s gonna be good. I just like his sensibility and production. It’s cool, so I’m totally psyched to hear it. I got Taj Mahal’s new record that he did with Keb Mo. I met Taj Mahal. He worked on this documentary that I was a part of, ‘American Epic.’ His knowledge of every kind of music is just breathtaking. He knows so much and he’s been around a long time and this is his new record. Taj I got your record. I got Leonard Cohen, ‘You Want It Darker’ because this is another incredible record that I fell in love with when we were touring late last year. And then of course he passed away, or he died, as we say in Scotland. but I just saw the record and thought, ooh, I’d like that on vinyl. My entire vinyl collection actually got destroyed about eight years ago. I had a terrible flood in my home in Scotland and it just destroyed all my vinyl. So I tend to go around record shops now and buy all of my old vinyl. But then I always see new stuff too, so I find that I’m overwhelmed going to record stores. Because you want everything. I want everything. I’m lusting after your stuff as well. You can’t have it. Also in my bag, it’s like m y favorite band of all time so I don’t know which one’s better, ‘Disintegration’ or ‘Head On The Door’ but this is one I didn’t have so I grabbed this. I can’t wait to… I have it on my computer, on my phone, on y’know iPad, whatever, all that but this is the real thing. Steve, I think you’re really good at this. What, buying stuff? Yeah you’re really good at buying stuff. I am. That’s all that’s in my bag. That’s not what’s all in my bag. You have more? I have more. This record, ‘American Epic’ I had to get because our guitarist and beloved friend, Duke Erikson produced this monumental piece of work. It involved a PBS documentary, I believe there’s a coffee book coming out and this is one of two records that’s coming out to support the project. This is the soundtrack. It’s been an incredible labor of love that Duke’s been involved in. It’s taken a decade to come together. And it’s sort of an exploration of the birth of American folk music/blues and into rock music. Duke, you’ve just missed me talking about your project. So I have not heard this yet on record, so I also chose that. I got a PJ Harvey t-shirt because, again, she is my beloved touchstone. And I also had to ask for an Amoeba Records, Hollywood Records t-shirt because This is my ‘hood, this is my record store and I need to have this t-shirt. And that brings us to the end of What’s in My Bag. Thank you so much.