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Video: Between the Buried and Me’s Dan Briggs Goes Record Shopping


Amoeba Music in Hollywood is one of the last great record stores in the U.S. Walking into its doors is like walking into a giant music supermarket, not the simulacra of music stores that’ve developed in which “record shopping” entails thumbing through a couple of record bins and calling it a day. They’ve been producing videos in which they ask famous musicians to pick out a few selections of their own and then talk about them, and, well, you can see where this is going: their latest guest is Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me.

It’s not too surprising to learn that most of the albums Briggs picks out aren’t metal; like most metal touring musicians I’ve encountered, he lives metal 24/7 and probably listens to other genres as an escape. Plus we already know that Briggs’ influences are incredibly varied — have you listened to his side project Trioscapes? But he does make some great picks — True Widow, John Zorn, Robert Fripp — and on the heavier side he plugs UK progressive metal band Haken and under-appreciated alt-metal darlings Failure, both great choices.

I’d love to smoke a doob and sit in front of a hi-fi stereo with Dan Briggs and a stack of records and just go at it; more for the non-metal stuff than the metal, because dude just knows SO much about weird experimental stuff from the past several decades. Respect.

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