Record Shopping With: Jawbreaker

Record Shopping With: Jawbreaker

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 Adam Pfahler and Black Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker are listening to and why you should, too.

(image via Amoeba Music)


Adam Pfahler

[Vinyl] Damn – Kendrick Lamar

[Book] A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe

[Vinyl] Sprained Ankle – Julien Baker

[Vinyl] Anthology – The Clean

Adam Pfahler could have been shopping at my apartment instead of Amoeba and his selection would have been nearly identical. From Kendrick Lamar’s Damn to Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle, this was a perfect reflection of my own taste in music. Add in the personal touch of picking up a few records for his daughters and there’s not a lot to dislike here. Let’s dive deeper.

While I’m not super familiar with The Clean, a quick listen before writing this article peaked my interest. Based out of New Zealand, this indie band is considered one of the forefathers of the “Dunedin Sound” movement. Don’t know that is? Well neither did I, but it’s basically just indie pop with an emphasis on light guitar with airy lyrics; very relaxing. Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle is one of my favorite start-to-finish albums in recent memory – still in heavy rotation – and I named Kendrick Lamar’s Damn the best album of 2017. The book Adam picked up, John Doe’s A Personal History of L.A. Punk was actually the second time we’ve seen this on “What’s In My Bag,” as Shirley Manson from Garbage grabbed it a couple weeks ago. I recently purchased it, as well, but haven’t gotten a chance to start it yet. I’ve heard great things though.


Blake Schwarzenbach

[CD] Caress – Marcel Khalife

[Vinyl] Hesitation Marks – Nine Inch Nails

[CD] Faith and Courage – Sinead O’Connor

[Vinyl] Operation: Doomsday – MF Doom

[Sold Out] No One Can Do It Better – The D.O.C.

[Vinyl] Blackstar – David Bowie

We saw an eclectic selection from lead singer Blake Schwarzenbach. From the variety of genres to the actual reasoning behind the choices, Blake showed off some serious range in this one. Some purchases were due to a drive for exploration, some were for memorializing an all-time favorite album and some were simply the result of a great sale that couldn’t be passed up. Regardless of why these items ended up in Blake’s bag, the outcome was one heck of an impressive shopping spree.

Starting with the hip hop selections, MF Doom’s Operation: Doomsday is not only a fantastic album; it’s a relatively deep cut. Your typical radio rap/pop fan is not going to be picking up the sophomore 1999 release of an experimental underground rapper. And he’s definitely not going to be caught saying, “I love Doom because he’s a maniac with language” if he’s not a true fan. Blake even tried to seek out No One Can Do It Better by The D.O.C., calling it his “all-time favorite hip hop record.” Nine Inch Nails, Sinead O’Connor and David Bowie are all icons in their respective fields and the Marcel Khalife pickup was a fun add-in, even if it was only due to the $3.95 price tag. Still, how many of us have a Lebanese oud player in their CD collection? Blake Schwarzenbach does.


My Favorites

  1. Sprained Ankle – Julien Baker

  2. Damn – Kendrick Lamar

  3. Operation: Doomsday – MF Doom


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