Interviews

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VUM: EVERYTHING IS IN FLUX

April 28th, 2016

At 9:30 in the morning the hills around Topanga Canyon sparkle, and on the crest of one of those hills sits the cozy little house where Jennifer Pearl and Christopher Badger live and create their music. This is where Pearl and Badger wrote and recorded VUM’s latest Cryptocrystalline, a minimal yet lush set of electronic rock that’s a breakthrough in terms of both sound and vision. Together with drummer Scott Spaulding, they work to combine slinky metallic guitar riffs, vintage electronic sounds and slowly unfolding melodies—sometimes wistful, often menacing. We talked about the band’s grown-up sounds and grown-up priorities in their living room while a Pharaoh Sanders album played on the turntable. Cryptocrystalline is out now digitally and comes out on vinyl on May 3. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Malala Fund. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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COURTNEY BARNETT: WE’RE IN IT TOGETHER

April 14th, 2016

Courtney Barnett has been called the voice of her generation and Australia’s answer to Bob Dylan—and she was nominated for a Grammy, too—but there’s just no possible way to imagine any of that going to her head. Her debut studio album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is out now on Milk Records and she performs at the Glass House tonight, April 14, and at Coachella this weekend. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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ANTWON: 100% HUMAN FEELING

April 8th, 2016

He blew out Union (formerly Jewel’s Catch One) in the name of his Nature World clothing-slash-culture org in February and now his long-awaited Double Ecstasy EP is out on Anticon—this is shaping up to be a good year for Antwon, who’s got as many connections with New York rap as he does with California hardcore or artists and designers the world over. (If he gets his own TV show, which he should, he’ll officially be a renaissance man.) Double Ecstasy is a record with everything happening at once: it’s hilarious, existential and fearlessly personal, all thanks to Antwon’s trademark total commitment. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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GENEVA JACUZZI: BECAUSE IT’S ME

April 1st, 2016

Geneva Jacuzzi has long been an enigma, a musician and performance artist who delights in the unexpected. Literally every single performance she has ever done has been different. Whether she’s using a fax machine as an instrument or blow-up dolls as a backing band, on stage she embodies an alien, or a puppet that comes to life when you leave the room, or a monster that lurks in the TV, a ghost in the machine, an unflinching piece of live art. With Technophelia—her first album in five years, available now from Medical Records—coming on the heels of getting sober, Geneva Jacuzzi fought her way out of a dark place and, through music, found the best part of herself worth saving. She performs tonight, April 1, at Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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PLAGUE VENDOR: THERE’S A GHOST HERE

March 24th, 2016

Plague Vendor’s debut Free To Eat was a time capsule: recorded in 2008, it became their Epitaph debut in 2014, thanks probably to its undiminished intensity. But now they’re about to release Bloodsweat, the clearest documentation yet of the wonderful and frightening things that Plague Vendor can do. It’s outlaw punk recklessness (Cramps, Nick Cave, Iggy when he’s especially theatrical and of course Australia’s X) and the merciless instrumentation that comes from studying Black Flag as much as studying Can. And live, it’s just shy of what you might call an exorcism, with singer Brandon Blaine committed to go where the spirit moves him. Blaine and drummer Luke Perine meet in their hometown Whittier, where they can’t walk ten feet without someone running up to give them a handshake or a hug. They perform today, Mar. 24, at Amoeba and Bloodsweat is available tomorrow. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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DVA DAMAS: SUBMIT YOURSELF TO THE SITUATION

March 21st, 2016

DVA DAMAS, a two piece from Los Angeles, talk with me about Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay masks, their philosophies on intuition and fear, and why no one dances in L.A. They perform this Wednesday, Mar. 23, with Faust and Dahga Bloom at Unionwin tickets here! This interview by Jacquelinne Cingolani.