So, I've recently discovered the series What's In My Bag? on YouTube. It's a very simple premise: celebrity musician visits Amoeba Music in Hollywood ("The world's largest independent record store"), bags half a dozen or so vinyl LPs then presents them and why they've picked them. It's perfect capsule viewing, running anything from 2 to 20 minutes and it's utterly compelling.
The range is pleasingly eclectic: in the past month alone, the weekly series has featured Rick Astley, Jeff Parker, Fontaines D.C., Franz Ferdinand and Damien Jurado. This week's spotlight was Matt Berry and, as you might expect, it's a real treat.
Matt's selection encompasses artists I've heard of but not really heard much by (Frank Zappa, Beach House, Damien Jurado, Emma Noble, Cluster), one I'm very familiar with (Bryan Ferry) to several I've never heard before now (Tennis, Hailu Mergia & the Walias Band) but frankly, they're all great. And Matt himself is on top form, alternately self-deprecating and couldn't-give-a-shit about his musical choices.
Here's a selection from each of the featured albums, though not necessarily the same specific tracks featured in Matt's What's In My Bag? episode. Regardless, I feel another shopping spree coming on...