Record Shopping With: Flatbush Zombies
(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 Flatbush Zombies are listening to and why you should, too.
[Vinyl] CB4 (Original Soundtrack) – Various Artists
[Vinyl] Friday (Original Soundtrack) – Various Artists
[CD] Gelato – Young Dolph
[DVD] Dancehall Queen – Rick Elgood & Don Letts
[Vinyl] Gorillaz – Gorillaz
[Vinyl] The Future Is Now – Non Phixion
[Vinyl] Axis: Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
[Vinyl] Frank – Amy Winehouse
[Vinyl] Back For The First Time – Ludacris
[CD] LIE: The Love And Terror Cult – Charles Manson
[Vinyl] Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
[Vinyl] Box of Souls: A Nightmare On Elm Street Collection – Various Artists
[Vinyl] Continuum – John Mayer
Now I’ve always been partial to hip hop. As a writer, I tend to connect with lyrics over melody and rap is the rawest form of that, aside from maybe folk music. It’s a genre where the instrumentals are often simple and repetitive, providing the perfect backdrop for vivid imagery and engrossing stories.
So when the Flatbush Zombies take a trip to the record store, I’m probably going to connect with their picks more than, say, Myrkur or Death From Above. Mixing in a few incredible movie soundtracks and a bunch of hip hop influencers, this week’s WiMB was one of my favorites yet.
Great music is often influenced by what came before. In the case of the Flatbush Zombies, it’s incredibly obvious that they’re a student of the classic sound, while keeping their eye on modern trends. Between Jimi Hendricks and Miles Davis, you can almost hear the threads of the Flatbush Zombies origin story coming together.
More contemporary connoisseurs of these genres were represented as well. Amy Winehouse has that timeless sound, combining jazz and soul beautifully. John Mayer is another incredibly talented guitarist who carries the Blues torch proudly. Often ridiculed for making songs like “Daughters” and “Your Body Is A Wonderland,” I dare you to go to a John Mayer concert and leave unimpressed. He knows how to play.
We took a brief detour down horror lane with the Nightmare On Elm Street soundtrack (love it) and a Charles Manson CD (don’t love it), but the Gorillaz and Ludacris selections brought us back to normalcy. Nothing like Luda banging a girl on the 50 yard line of the Georgia Dome during the kickoff of a Falcons game to snap you out of a state of fear.
Gorillaz – Gorillaz
Frank – Amy Winehouse
Continuum – John Mayer