Record Shopping With: Garbage
(image via Amoeba Music)
In honor of one of our favorite features from the iconic record destination Amoeba Music, we're paying homage by taking a dive into the shopping habits of our favorite artists. Here's what Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig are listening to and why you should, too.
[Vinyl] No Shape – Perfume Genius
[Vinyl] Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
[Book] A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe
[Book] Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka
[Vinyl] Dario Argento’s Opera (Movie Soundtrack)
[Vinyl] You Want It Darker – Leonardo Cohen
[Vinyl] American Epic (Movie Soundtrack)
[Shirt] P.J. Harvey
[Shirt] Amoeba Records
The first selection that jumped out at me was the self-titled Cigarettes After Sex. One of the more-mellow selections on today’s list, this is the perfect background music to a melancholy session of self-reflection. It makes me want to lay back and think about the girl I’m crushing on – not in a teenage angst sort of way, but in a mature, ‘I want to put a ring on it’ way. You know, like an adult and stuff. Bands like this make me happy Vinyl is still a relevant medium. There’s something about a sad song on a record player that hits you in the feels.
Vibe out to some Leonardo Cohen while trying to disassociate him with that shitty True Detective follow-up. Throw in a flair of Seattle Indie with Perfume Genius’ newest offering (can’t wait to see them at Boston Calling this year). Have yourself a delightfully depressing day, there are some real winners in Sherley’s bag. I haven’t read either of the books, but I’ve heard amazing things about John Doe’s A Personal History of L.A. Punk. Pretty safe purchase if you’re in the market.
[Vinyl] Odessey & Oracle – Zombies
[Vinyl] Chuck – Chuck Berry
[Vinyl] Tajmo – Taj Mahal
Our first movie purchase of the trip! Amoeba is understandably famous for their music collection, but the upstairs area contains a vast selection of deep cut films and memorabilia. Everything from the old UFC VHS's to obscure thrillers like Eraserhead can be found hidden in these cluttered aisles. The latter apparently caught the eye of Duke Erikson. He sold me on his recommendation (along with Butch Vig), and I’ll be adding this to the ol’ queue, for sure.
The music was of the classic variety as well. The great Odessey & Oracle found its way into the bag. I’ve been bumping “Time of the Season” pretty consistently since I first heard it on I Dig Pig, a random ass 60s compilation CD associated with some industrial cleaning supplier that my dad used to buy stuff from. Don’t ask. Chuck sounds like a new release and a timeless throwback all at once. Taj Mahal is one of the best Blues artists to ever do it. Duke’s bag is like a crash course in the forefathers of modern music. I dig it.
[Vinyl] Under The Big Black Sun – X
[Vinyl] 3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk
[Vinyl] Disintegration – The Cure
Steve Marker’s picks were a little lost on me but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect them. As Steve said, himself, Kraftwerk was one of the very first Electronic bands, helping to shape an entire generation of techno-esque groups. The album, 3-D The Catalogue, was simply the newest from the iconic Kraftwerk, so it seems like Marker was just completing his collection, but the choice of artist was a deliberate shout-out to the roots of the style.
The same can be said about X, one of the early stand-outs from the LA punk scene. The singer of said band – for those who didn’t make the connection – is John Doe, the author of Shirley Manson’s A Personal History of L.A. Punk. Might as well familiarize yourself with the band if you’re going to read the book. I’ve never been big into Punk either, so this wasn’t my favorite choice, but again, I respect it. And of course I love The Cure’s Disintegration, I’m not a psycho. A must have for any respectable Vinyl collection. Step your game up.
[CD] Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
[CD] In The Heights – Lin-Manual Miranda
[DVD] The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
[CD] This Old Dog – Mac DeMarco
There’s something endearing about the fact that Butch went for all CDs and DVDs rather than Vinyl and Blu-rays like the others. Reminded me of Will Ferrell’s Chewbacca mask in Step Brothers. “It’s okay that mine’s not movie quality.” But onto the selections. Please refer to the Shirley Manson section for all things Cigarettes After Sex. In short, I love that album and you should too. Now, I can’t stand Lin-Manual Miranda. Rap that’s too polished fails to land with me. I even struggle with the super technical lyricism of Logic, give me the rawness of Joey Bada$$ all day over that garbage. So yeah… Broadway rap that sounds more like a history teacher trying way too hard to connect with his students isn’t really my speed. But whatever, it’s for Butch’s daughter, so there’s no need to continue my rant.
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage marked yet another Dario Argento reference from Garbage. I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never seen any of his work, but it looks incredible. Throw it on the watch list for next Halloween. And finally, This Old Dog stands as my second favorite album pickup of the day. Mac DeMarco is one of the most underrated talents in indie music and this 2017 release again proves that fact. Haunting lyricism is the cornerstone of any worthwhile indie artist and Mac’s got it in droves.
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
This Old Dog – Mac DeMarco
Disintegration – The Cure