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The War On Drugs – What’s In My Bag?


We’re The War on Drugs and this is What’s In My Bag. Waterboys. I got four of the first five records. Self-titled and then ‘This Is The Sea’ and my favorite, ‘A Pagan Place.’ And then the one after that ‘Fisherman’s Blues.’ And yeah, they’re just one of my favorites. The first three records are like just really beautiful, huge sounding rock records and just over the next 30 years, they just kept changing. Irish folk music to y’know, stripped-down pop music. But yeah, they’re really beautiful records and I just feel like more people in America should know about them. I saw this record. I usually try to buy at least one record just purely on the cover art. and then it reminded me of one of my favorite movies ever, ‘Jeremiah Johnson.’ You got him, pilgrim. You nailed him clean. C’mon, we got us an elk to skin. I found the soundtrack hanging on the wall. If anybody hasn’t seen this movie, you should see it. Just about a guy who decides to spend the rest of his life alone in the mountains. And there’s these beautiful, sort of John Prine-esque songs throughout it. Which I don’t even know who did the songs. So this one’s called Mountain Man. Probably sucks but maybe it doesn’t. Yeah you don’t know. Maybe it’s amazing. Got this record by Liquid Liquid, awesome band. I think they were late 70s. Really unique. They just had a drummer, percussionist, bassist and a vocalist/percussionist with heavy, heavy grooves. No guitar? No guitar. What? They did the song that Grandmaster Flash sampled for ‘White Lines’ actually. Simon and Garfunkel. CD for the van. Triple CD. Got some of my favorite songs on it, ‘Blues Run The Game.’ It’s not their song, it’s Jackson C. Frank’s song but still love it. I mean, what else can you say about them? It’s really the best. ‘April Come She Will.’ Some of the best recordings ever. It’s really… I’ve been looking for this for a long time and finally found it. My mom has it. You should’ve told me. Who does? My mom. She could have lent it to you. Oh, I should’ve stolen it from her. I’ve never heard this record but I love The Beach Boys very deeply and I’ve never been able to find this. Carl Wilson’s solo record. Probably not very good but I’m a completist. Who cares? And the Dennis Wilson solo record is pretty great, ‘Pacific Ocean Blue.’ He was sort of the unsung genius of the band. My favorite Beach Boys period is the early 70s, when Brian was fully melting down and Carl kind of took the reins. And y’know, ‘Feel Flow’ is one of the best songs ever. This Harmonia record. We actually use this as our walk-on music. It’s kind of a krautrock supergroup of sorts. Neu/Cluster members. Bob Newhart. Record for a dollar. My dad used to listen to Bob Newhart tapes in the car. And he’s actually a lot more hilarious than he looks. But he’s a classic early comedian. I have no idea what any of this is, but I imagine, from titles like ‘Ledge Psychology’ ‘An Infinite Number of Monkeys,’ and ‘Bus Driver School’ You can’t really go wrong with Bob Newhart. They claim that if you take an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of typewriters and you sit them down and they just type away, that eventually, given enough time they would type all the great books. If they ever tried this, they would have to hire guys y’know to check the monkeys to see if they were turning out anything worthwhile. Hold on, post 15 here has something. ‘To be or not to be that is the gazorninplat.’ Robert Wyatt, a recommendation from my friend Jessica. I never really got into him but she sent me some of his tracks and they were just amazing and they were mostly from this record. So I’m gonna check this out. ‘Season of Glass,’ Yoko Ono. Wonderful collection of songs. ‘Silver Horse,’ ‘Nobody Sees Me Like You Do.’ I learned about it through the Ono box set. And then I found out that most of the songs I liked were on ‘Seasons of Glass.’ And it’s just an incredible collection of performances. It’s really beautiful and I’m happy I found it. This is Miles Davis’ record called ‘Get Up With It’ That’s my favorite Miles Davis album. It’s probably his most synthesizer-based record. And my favorite track on there is called ‘Rated X’ and this is a remix of it by a guy, Doc Scott, who I don’t know who that is. The track’s amazing. Actually Miles plays like the mixing board in this song. He’s like muting, randomly muting all these dudes who are just on this probably cocaine-fueled, y’know, freak out jam. So I’m interested to check out the remix. Hopefully they didn’t ruin it. But yeah, album’s called ‘Get Up With It.’ It’s really amazing. And then the last one is a record by Tomita. My friend Kurt played me this record a long time ago. It’s called ‘Snowflakes Are Dancing.’ It’s pretty much… Tomita’s like a synthesizer, electronic music, y’know, aficionado. Yeah I mean, he even shows on the back what he used. But yeah, it’s just a really beautiful record. I’m happy I found it.

61 Comments

  1. amphitheatre
    amphitheatre July 10, 2012

    HARMONIA!!! YES!
    for those interested, it's Rother from Neu! on guitar, as well as Moebius/Roedelius 🙂

  2. theledstone
    theledstone July 10, 2012

    Ewwww Yoko

  3. MaaaarrJ
    MaaaarrJ July 10, 2012

    Amoeba if you were male or female what would you be?

  4. Petrabi
    Petrabi July 10, 2012

    YES!

  5. VRtimemachine
    VRtimemachine July 10, 2012

    Man, these guys have great taste. Makes me want to check them out more.

  6. BLACKGURU635
    BLACKGURU635 July 11, 2012

    fukkk a guitar

  7. mtemps 79
    mtemps 79 July 12, 2012

    Don't know who Doc Scott is… pff.

  8. Awakened Anhedonic
    Awakened Anhedonic July 12, 2012

    Yeah, and didn't even talk about it! They probably cut some parts though.

  9. SupraWes
    SupraWes July 13, 2012

    Great choices, I am going to have to give this band another chance.

  10. Awakened Anhedonic
    Awakened Anhedonic July 13, 2012

    Ha! Same thing went through my mind.

  11. Vlad
    Vlad July 21, 2012

    Why not zoidberg?

  12. Themsbeatlesrock
    Themsbeatlesrock July 28, 2012

    I LOVE ROBERT WYATT

  13. Galen Huggins
    Galen Huggins September 30, 2012

    It's cool when you can hear their influences that you've never heard of.

  14. Galen Huggins
    Galen Huggins September 30, 2012

    "My friend Kurt" heh heh heh.

  15. JollyJack Splendid
    JollyJack Splendid October 29, 2012

    Bob Newhart is king!

  16. Rogueofmv
    Rogueofmv January 25, 2013

    Get Up With It is my favorite Miles album as well! I was so pleased when I managed to snag myself a copy on vinyl a while back.

  17. LordAlfreston
    LordAlfreston April 7, 2013

    Who's the cute chick at 7.09?

  18. Conor McDonald
    Conor McDonald May 21, 2013

    It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times!

  19. Owlute
    Owlute July 5, 2013

    Robert Wyatt/Soft Machine are incredible

  20. Angus Knight
    Angus Knight July 18, 2013

    Cutting Crew's The Scattering in the corner? Seriously?

  21. John Cram
    John Cram March 10, 2014

    That Waterboys record is fantastic! I was introduced to it by an actual Irish woman, back during the Summer of 94.

  22. Chris Stacey
    Chris Stacey April 18, 2014

    Amazing just got into this band recently after listening to the new album and what I like about them was some similarities with the Waterboys…..which is a good thing right. the boys buying Robert Wyatt, Season of Glass and Harmonia….can't go wrong guys!

  23. Marco Rolando
    Marco Rolando July 7, 2014

    I'm going to watch The War on Drugs and The Waterboys play at the same festival this summer. Apparently Adam will be as happy as me 🙂

  24. Amoeba
    Amoeba July 24, 2014

    #ThrowbackThursday: The War on Drugs went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood for this "What's In My Bag?" episode from 2012! 

  25. Caligula138
    Caligula138 August 24, 2014

    Liquid Liquid is the shit!

  26. shrubs0077
    shrubs0077 September 12, 2014

    He said his friend Kurt showed him snowflakes are dancing…funny Kurt Vile must of really loved that album cause he named a song that on Wakin On A Pretty Daze

  27. richard murphy
    richard murphy September 14, 2014

    Coolest Pix of All Ono and Wyatt 

  28. xmachodonkeywrestler
    xmachodonkeywrestler October 18, 2014

    The Simpsons ripped off Bob Newhart.

  29. Eli W.
    Eli W. January 17, 2015

    I have yet to see a video of Adam without a jean jacket. I'm okay with this.

  30. Avenarius
    Avenarius November 8, 2015

    I'm not surprised by his Waterboys picks; I can hear their influence in WOD. Listen to "Be my Enemy" by the Waterboys your hear Dylan in their too.

  31. John Ross
    John Ross November 15, 2015

    What's In My Bag shit

  32. Playedback
    Playedback December 20, 2015

    Does anyone know what album that is close to David at  6:22 ? The one with the big colored dots on it? It just caught my attention and now I'd really like to know what it is  🙂

  33. buttrock obama
    buttrock obama February 13, 2016

    love this show. really don't care for this band.

  34. Sonny Witton
    Sonny Witton April 5, 2016

    Props to the guy picking his nose at @3:27

  35. Andreas Astrinakis
    Andreas Astrinakis September 2, 2016

    All of their music picks were interesting.

  36. FantomL0rd
    FantomL0rd October 7, 2016

    I found Hill – Mountain Man on vinyl I bought just because i randomly saw on this episode.

  37. Risk Records
    Risk Records February 24, 2017

    This band is so lame. Horrible.

  38. Crazy prayingmantis
    Crazy prayingmantis February 27, 2017

    Fantastic band

  39. Alexander
    Alexander April 28, 2017

    I absolutely adore this band,especially their Lost in the dream album.

  40. Rodrigo Morell
    Rodrigo Morell May 7, 2017

    It would be AMAZING if Pj Harvey did one of these

  41. Axel Thoren
    Axel Thoren May 9, 2017

    You cant fit in

  42. Simon Robeyns
    Simon Robeyns June 4, 2017

    that mountain man cover art is fucking badass

  43. Simon Robeyns
    Simon Robeyns June 4, 2017

    kinda sick he knows about jackson c frank, didn't even know he was so popular these days

  44. Anthony Buro
    Anthony Buro July 26, 2017

    My favorite band currently

  45. squinkque
    squinkque July 31, 2017

    Sometimes friendly waves are better than handshakes or fist bumps.

  46. ROFFLESTOMP
    ROFFLESTOMP August 13, 2017

    Snowflakes are dancing! Excellent! That is a genius piece of work! If you like Debussy this is a treat! I really love Amoeba. Shows me cool shit about the taste of folks I think get it musically.

  47. Albin Lundholm
    Albin Lundholm October 16, 2017

    That Bob Newhart joke really cracked me up

  48. rabit818
    rabit818 December 23, 2017

    It's about time The Waterboys get recognition.

  49. Trent Rez
    Trent Rez January 22, 2018

    Waterboys, nice. While you are at it, get some World Party too

  50. JacksonPolyp
    JacksonPolyp May 2, 2018

    why did they get rid of that cute drummer?

  51. Javier Arias
    Javier Arias May 23, 2018

    No Bob Dylan …hilarious

  52. Joseph Patterson
    Joseph Patterson July 23, 2018

    Someone in the Simpsons (classic era) liked Bob Newhart 04:12
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no_elVGGgW8

  53. Michael Burke
    Michael Burke August 21, 2018

    You had me at Tomita…. Snowflakes are Dancing….

  54. ohsolocal
    ohsolocal August 31, 2018

    can you do another one?

  55. Chris Serpicø
    Chris Serpicø October 8, 2018

    That Miles album is great. Super moody. Definitely recommend it.

  56. Lulu Stylez
    Lulu Stylez November 23, 2018

    Such softies

  57. Billy Crosby
    Billy Crosby December 26, 2018

    What is the name of the WOD track that opens this video?

  58. Eric Wahl
    Eric Wahl April 11, 2019

    🤔 No Red House Painters? Odd.

  59. andan04
    andan04 August 10, 2019

    5:32 Hartley's not feeling the Ono pick

  60. Gooner29
    Gooner29 September 24, 2019

    as long as pretntious JAZZ is not mentioned on these – i'll watch

  61. Cameron Robb-MacKay
    Cameron Robb-MacKay October 3, 2019

    Just now realizing The Simpsons stole that Infinite Monkeys joke from from Newhart

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