Interviews

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PYLON: BEER, SPRINKLERS AND HEAT

December 9th, 2016

Only one of the glories of Pylon is hearing how much like this current moment they were sounding back during Reagan’s first term. As for the rest of their 24-karat virtues, any even partial catalog would beggar both newsprint and patience, as well as necessity, as most are inferred below and the rest decisively demonstrated on the recent Pylon Live, a two-LP document of the band’s two farewell performances at Atlanta’s Mad Hatter Club in December, 1983 out on Henry Owing’s excellent Chunklet imprint. Other incarnations followed, with the most recent phase being the Pylon Reenactment Society, an all-star juggernaut headed by original singer Vanessa Briscoe-Hay set to level the Echo this Sunday, December 11. This interview by Ron Garmon.

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PERE UBU: TO HELL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES

December 7th, 2016

Pere Ubu—the noisy, contrary and confounding band founded in Cleveland in 1975—return to Los Angeles on an eight-date West Coast tour titled Coed Jail! 1975—1982, offering up the songs they played over three evenings at the Whisky A Go Go in 1979 and during the 1980 Urgh! A Music War summit at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Singer David Thomas spoke recently, refreshingly and vehemently from London. They perform on Fri., Dec. 9, at the Echo. This interview by David Cotner.

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THE MYSTERY LIGHTS x THE MOLOCHS: THE VIEW IS BEAUTIFUL

November 18th, 2016

New York City’s Mystery Lights have the honor of being the first band on storied soul label Daptone’s new rock ‘n’ roll imprint Wick, and if you know Daptone, you know they know how to pick ‘em. Mike Brandon of Mystery Lights joins Lucas Fitzsimons—founder of L.A.’s equally potent Molochs, who have an album coming next year—to talk about why he feels so at home in the Daptone family and the backwards message his band tried so hard to send. The Mystery Lights play Tuesday, Nov. 22, with the Molochs and more at the Bootleg.

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RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP: MORE ACTION THAN EVER

November 11th, 2016

Fifty years ago this week, the music scene on the Sunset Strip—home to the Byrds, Love, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield and an endless number of freaked-out L.A. garage bands—was snuffed out when L.A. police and L.A. politicians cranked up their curfew enforcement and sparked what the Standells sang about as the ‘riot on Sunset Strip.’ The anniversary show (inspired by Domenic Priore's book) at the Echo on Sat. Nov. 12 features 66 originators like Love (Revisited) and Randy Holden, 80s revival acts like the mighty Pandoras and new-generation L.A. bands like Creation Factory, Bombon, Frankie and the Witch Fingers and more. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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ANNA BILLER’S THE LOVE WITCH: YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S ABOUT

November 8th, 2016

In Anna Biller’s second feature film The Love Witch, we follow Elaine, a witch who is determined to use her powers to find love. She’s casting spells, making potions and seducing the men who fall victim to her witchy ways. It’s a visual feast, too: Biller’s fabulous production design, costumes and lighting create a world that pays homage to the thrillers and melodramas of the 60s, making for a fun ride while (hilariously) tackling gender issues from a female point of view. Warning—spoilers may follow! The Love Witch opens this Fri., Nov. 11, at the NuArt and Biller will conduct several Q&As this weekend. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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ERIC ANDRE: I SMELLED LIKE A PIGPEN

October 25th, 2016

Eric Andre is a comic, actor, prankster and (currently dormant) musician. Right now, he portrays an inept talk show host on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, where he regularly ends up smashing his desk, exposing his junk and sharing his bodily functions with his guests. The experience is closer to a GG Allin show than Late Night with Letterman. He was driving around Florida for a standup tour when we spoke over the phone about his upcoming season, wreaking havoc at the RNC, and the multiple levels of angst that came from growing up in Boca Raton, Florida. You can see his Eric Andre Live! at Festival Supreme this Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Shrine. This interview by Vanessa Gonzalez.