Interviews

Interview

DE LA SOUL: EVERY NEW DAY PRESENTS A FUTURE

September 23rd, 2016

De La Soul are firmly in the here-and-now with their brand new and the Anonymous Nobody..., their first studio album in more than a decade. It’s a crowd-funded extravaganza (with guest spots from 2 Chainz, Pete Rock, Damon Albarn, Snoop Dogg and many more) built from a custom collaboration with the Rhythm Roots All Stars, who provided untold hours of live recordings for De La Soul to sample and reassemble. They’ll perform at the Music Tastes Good festival in Long Beach on Sept. 25, and they speak now to Low End Theory’s DJ Nobody.

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XL MIDDLETON + EDDY FUNKSTER: GOING TO CUT LOOSE

September 22nd, 2016

Since 2013, XL Middleton and Eddy Funkster have been building a rock-solid foundation for the artists on their Mofunk label. But now they’ve emerged from the studio with the first album they’ve actually made together, and it’s everything you’d expect with extra chrome and neon on top, too. They met on L.A. RECORD editor Chris Ziegler’s “One Reporter’s Opinion” show on dublab to discuss the future, the past and the food at the county fair. Eddy Funkster DJs with the Funkmosphere crew at Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours on Fri., Sept. 23.

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TICKET TO WRITE: DO WHAT YOU’RE AFRAID OF

September 19th, 2016

It’s a murderer’s row of music writers—Richard Meltzer, Jaan Uhelszki, Adny Shernoff, Roberta “Robbie” Cruger—and filmmaker Raul Sandelin has assembled them all for Ticket to Write, a history of the world’s most underpaid profession going back to the early years of Crawdaddy, Mojo Navigator, Creem, and Rolling Stone. Uhelszki has some of the best stories in Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism, and Sandelin, the filmmaker behind the earlier A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs, tells the story up until the 80s and the advent of the “visual” music celebrity. Here they talk about predicting death, typewriters thrown through windows, and hitchhiking with Ted Nugent. Ticket To Write screens this Thursday at Cinefamily. This interview by Rin Kelly.

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EMMYLOU HARRIS: TRUTH IS STILL THERE

September 15th, 2016

With a soul-stirring voice and wise, heartfelt lyrics, the dog-loving songwriter Emmylou Harris continues writing, performing, and using music to help the world as best she can. Her classic collaboration Trio (with Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt) has just been re-released with unheard songs, and oh my goodness, it’s as amazing as you can imagine. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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JIMETTA ROSE: LET’S GROW

September 14th, 2016

South Central’s Jimetta Rose has been a glowing reflection of the L.A. music community for more than a decade now. A chance encounter twelve years ago outside of the sound mecca that was Sketchbook at the former Little Temple—now the Virgil—led to a flourishing friendship with Georgia Muldrow who produced the new The Light Bearer on Busdriver’s Temporary Whatever label. She performs Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 with the Great Unknown at the Del Monte Townhouse in Venice. This interview by Senay Kenfe.

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SEX STAINS: WE WERE ALL SEX STAINS

September 2nd, 2016

Sharif Dumani, Allison Wolfe, Mecca Vazie Andrews, David Orlando, and Pachy Garcia came together from disparate corners of the artistic world—as well as the actual world—and out of chaos, they make so much sense. Influenced by 1970s post-punk with a collage-art approach to lyricism, Sex Stains is a fun, animalistic force for good, full of attitude courtesy of its vivacious front-ladies, and musically as infectious as something you might find on one of those mattresses on the street … but not as itchy. Their self-titled album is out now on Don Giovanni and their record release show is Sun., Sept. 4, at the Echo. This interview by Daiana Feuer.