Interviews

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THE CUT RATE: I WANT TO GO BEYOND

June 25th, 2015

Oliver Jones of The Cut-Rate is quite the interesting fellow. He built insane imports. Then he bought a motorcycle, and never built a car again. His first motorcycle—he brought it home, rode it around for a few hours, then stripped it all the way down to the frame to build an incredible custom. He’s a Born Free invited builder with an incredible eye for detail and a style all his own. Saying he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty is an understatement. Let’s see what our friend has up his sleeve for this year! This interview by Frankie Alvaro.

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THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE

June 23rd, 2015

Until now, The Decline Of Western Civilization series was one the great lost artifacts of American music—three full-length documentaries covering the first wave of L.A. punk in the 70s, L.A. hair metal at its decadent height in the 80s and hardcore street kids at the end of the 90s. Now after too many years out of print, director Penelope Spheeris (who directed Wayne’s World and more between Declines) and daughter Anna Fox have cracked open the vaults for a comprehensive DVD and Blu-Ray issue of the entire series on Shout! Factory. Spheeris speaks now about how making Decline was the best time of her life and how putting together the re-release was the hardest job she ever had. She will appear at a screening of Decline Part 1 on Thursday, June 25, at the Arclight in Hollywood. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE: SHE WANTED TO LEAD THE WORLD

June 19th, 2015

No one did truth like Nina Simone, and truth was what she demanded in return—true ecstasy, true tears, true feeling from the audiences she set out every show to shake up so much that “when they leave a nightclub where I performed, I just want them to be to pieces.” Now, all at once, the film world can’t seem to get enough of Nina Simone, with two documentaries and a controversial biopic on deck. The Amazing Nina Simone is the independent work of the bunch, a years-in-the-making film that brought documentarian Jeff L. Lieberman into collaboration with Sam Waymon, Simone’s brother and bandmate. The two grew close as they worked together to tell the story of a great icon of Black power, Black self-love, and towering creativity. This interview by Rin Kelly.

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THE GASLAMP KILLER EXPERIENCE: THIS IS SO FREAKING MAGICAL

June 15th, 2015

The Gaslamp Killer is always an experience, hair thrashing and body writhing to weird, musical life. But this is different. Back in 2013, GLK assembled an L.A. all-star band (with Andres Renteria and Kamasi Washington among many others) and put on what amounted to an orchestral live show at the Mayan Theatre. That Gaslamp Killer Experience is what’s captured here, a fully-fledged vision of GLK’s worldly desert-baked psych with percussion, string and horn sections. He will lead the Gaslamp Killer Experience live as part of Grand Performances on Friday, June 19. This introduction by Miles Clements; this interview by Kristina Benson.

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LANEY JONES AND THE SPIRITS: I’M NOT THE PERSON I USED TO BE

June 13th, 2015

With their critically adored 2013 debut studio album Golden Road and a feature on PBS’s Great Performances under their belts, Laney Jones and the Spirits are certainly a band to watch. Alison Krauss certainly thinks so—the country superstar described their work as “beautiful and original." Miss Jones has a voice like honey and whiskey and can play a mean banjo, but this Berklee College of Music graduate and her band are still evolving their sound. They've been criss-crossing the country recently to advance their long-awaited follow-up album, expected later this year. Be sure to check out their Los Angeles debut tonight at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe. This interview by Emily Nimptsch.

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AHNNU: THE QUESTIONS ALWAYS CHANGE

June 10th, 2015

Your boy Leeland Jackson creates moving work, in both the figurative and the literal. As Ahnnu, he pushes electronic music toward its bare emotive essence, creating context in which listeners can immerse themselves. As Cakedog, however, he’s actually moving you. An avid admirer of the footwork movement from Chicago, Cakedog is Jackson’s contribution to the canon. During our conversation, there are moments when he reminds me of Joe Morton’s character from The Brother From Another Planet. He’s earnestly curious about the bizarre social fabric we live in while many of us still wonder what is water? His off-center perspective is the link between his emotive electronic work as Ahnnu, the irresistible grooves of Cakedog’s footwork, and Jackson’s strikingly visceral visual art. Cakedog's new O.T.K. EP releases June 16 on TAR. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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