Amoeba Records in San Francisco is one of the premier record shops in the country, for casual fans and musicians alike. Besides stocking a huge amount of new and old vinyl, Amoeba also has a sporadic web series called “What’s In My Bag?” where an employee peers over the shoulder of a musician as they shop around. Past episodes have included Foster The People, EMA, and Grimes among others, and this week they followed around Sharon Van Etten and her band as they perused the aisles.
For a rapidly-evolving folk artist like Van Etten, her picks are pretty revelatory: some Nightlands, Tindersticks, and Lower Dens, all artists that seem to be informing Van Etten’s personal style recently. Her band is excitingly all over the map as well, picking up selections by folkies like Bill Callahan and John Fahey as well as New Order and Sade’s “Soldier of Love” (on CD, no less). Find the full haul in the video below.