Interviews

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HER AIM IS TRUE: LET’S BORROW THE DOG

August 20th, 2015

Before Jini Dellaccio, rock stood still. There would be four young men, sometimes five, staring into the camera, posed just so. But Dellaccio never paid attention to the way things were supposed to be. A musician herself, she shot the first U.S. tours of the Who and the Rolling Stones, captured the Yardbirds, the Mamas and the Papas, Patti LaBelle, the Beach Boys, Neil Young in Laurel Canyon in his buckskin fringe. Karen Whitehead’s Her Aim is True isn’t the usual film about an undersung artist who helped invent a genre without becoming a name: it’s a portrait of a scene, a love letter to living, and the story of a phenomenal spirit sparkling with curiosity and creativity and real-deal joy. Jini Dellaccio, quite simply, can change your life. Her Aim Is True screens tonight at Cinefamily for Don't Knock The Rock. This interview by Rin Kelly.

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN: LET’S STOP MOANING ABOUT IT

August 13th, 2015

In the fall of 1985, “We Are The World” and Whitney Houston were dominating the charts, and then out of nowhere came the Jesus and Mary Chain on a mission to destroy rock ‘n’ roll in order to save it. Their debut Psychocandy started riots—or at least really enthusiastic fights—when it came out thirty years ago, and now they’re touring an anniversary set to celebrate the power of negative thinking. Co-founder Jim Reid reveals the worst decision the band ever made, and explains how to disgust a record company exec without even trying. They'll be playing the Glass House, the Fonda and FYF Fest. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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TAMARA YAJIA: LIFE IS WONDERFUL

July 31st, 2015

Tamara Yajia was some kind of a child star in Argentina. She'd dance and sing in those weird TV shows kids loved where some overtly sexy older woman is parading around a stage trailed by children. Fast forward a few decades and Yajia finds herself in Los Angeles, working for The Bangles, fronting a band called Ellipses, and suddenly touted as "one of the funniest women on Twitter." Today she has 12,600 followers and constantly gets featured in those "tweets of the week" lists. This inspired her and best friend Lauren Brown (the tap-dancing drummer of He's My Brother She's My Sister) to put together a one-woman stage comedy this summer called Cumming Of Age, featuring Yajia as four different female characters, telling their hilarious awkward stories about sexual encounters, being young, being old, and embracing the absurdities at every stage in between.

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KAMASI WASHINGTON: I’M REACHING FOR SOMETHING

July 21st, 2015

Raised in a pocket of Black L.A. that carved out a place for forefathers and history, Kamasi Washington was able to channel his universal teenage restlessness into laser-like focus on his instrument. He honed his craft with childhood friends like the Bruner brothers and Terrance Martin and while studying in UCLA was already touring, using his powerful horn to back up Snoop Dogg on his way to performing with Chaka Khan. He has various projects and innumerable live shows to his credit already, but for many his most recent release—the 3-LP The Epic—is an introduction. When I spoke with Washington about the vibrancy in Black L.A. jazz, his own journey in music and the impetus behind his Brainfeeder debut, I’m reminded that masters transcend their instrument. We’re living a moment of transcendence in American music and that gift is irreplaceable. Kamasi Washington performs Saturday at California Plaza. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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COZZ: I’M A MYSTERY TO MYSELF

July 16th, 2015

It was never truly dead, but hip-hop from the West Coast has recently risen to a stature it hasn’t enjoyed in years. One of the young artists looking to make a mark is South Central’s Cozz. Since last summer Cozz has been a Dreamville artist. But what does it mean for a young man from South Central to go from trying out his first bars at 16 to signing a deal at 20? I got the “Dreams” rapper on the phone to talk about what he learned from attending high school a few miles south and a world away in Manhattan Beach, the impact he’s looking to make and how it feels to be finding yourself while knee-deep in the rap game. Cozz performs Sun., July 19, with J. Cole and more at Staples Center. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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DRUG CABIN: PUMP THE CHLORINE

July 13th, 2015

Drug Cabin have their own special California sound, matching the clean and pristine guitar—and pedal steel, too!—of the “Wasn’t Born To Follow” Byrds to the subtle wit and less-is-more rhythm of someone like Ned Doheny. Founder Nathan Thelen met Marcus Congleton after an informal invite to play a little guitar together and discovered him to be just the partner he needed; as Drug Cabin, they would be explosively prolific enough to put out two full albums earlier this year, with another taking form right now. They are in residency every Tuesday in July at Three Clubs. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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