Record Shopping With: The xx

Record Shopping With: The xx


(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 Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith of The xx are listening to and why you should, too.


The xx

Rhythm Stick 2-7 - Various Artists [12”]

What You Won’t Do For Love – Bobby Caldwell [LP]

The Astrud Gilberto Album – Astrud Gilberto [LP]

It Is Finished – Nina Simone [LP]

Baduizm – Erykah Badu [LP]

Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics – Various Artists [LP]

101 – Depeche Mode [LP]

Africano / Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas [12”]

Cowboys – Portishead [12”]

Portishead T-Shrt [Shirt]

Sing Sing Death House – The Distillers [LP]

Follow Me – Aly-Us [12”]

In The City II – Chromatics [12”]

The Best of the Alan Parsons Project – The Alan Parsons Project [Cassette]

Cher Concert Poster [Poster]


Miss me? Your favorite music blogger is back with another breakdown of the Amoeba series, “What’s In My Bag?” This week, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith from indie-pop band The xx dropped by the world-famous California record store to do a little music shopping. And while this wasn’t the most electric video in the series – a lot of “I got this because it’s nice” and “I got this because I like it” – I’ve got to re-start this blog somewhere, right?

Also I’m a fan of The xx and they actually made some pretty great picks, so let’s dive in.

I love all the R&B, jazz and soul influence here. Digging deep with Bobby Caldwell, Nina Simone and the more contemporary Erykah Badu, you can tell these two aren’t one dimensional fans. We even got a shout out to the Timmy Thomas record, “Why Can’t We Live Together,” which was later sampled for Drake’s meme-inspiring “Hotline Bling”.

Unsurprisingly, electric music was a heavily represented as well. You had classics like Portishead and Depeche Mode, as well as the fantastic Chromatics. In fact, if I could double down on one recommendation from this week’s episode, I’d push hard for The Chromatics. You’re going to want to dig deep into their stuff, they're great.  

It was funny hearing Romy talk about her love for The Distillers. Such an aggressive punk band influencing one of the more relaxing, ambient singers I’ve ever come across is a pretty funny bit of irony. A little alarming that she has fond memories of some dude strangling her in the crowd, but hey… that’s punk!!

My favorites are listed below, but you’d honestly be better off checking out some of The XX’s stuff. Throw them on shuffle and see how it hits you. I have a feeling you’ll like what you hear. Their guitar always reminded me of a sort of suspenseful James Bond film score. I don’t know why.

  1. In the City II – Chromatics

  2. Baduizm – Erykah Badu

  3. It Is Finished – Nina Simone


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