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DR. JOHN: ON AND ON THE LIGHT GOES

December 5th, 2014 · No Comments

If there is a person who embodies New Orleans, it’s Dr. John, a guitarist-turned-gunshot-victim-turned pianist who supercharged jazz and funk with his own special blend of voodoo mysticism, R&B, and rock’n’roll. He performs Sat., Dec. 6, at UCLA Royce Hall and speaks now about livers, kitchen knives and arguing with that Spiritualized guy. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH + SUPERMARKETS

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Pulp began in post-industrial Sheffield—Jarvis Cocker’s steel city of cooling towers, deserted factories, “pudgy 15-year-olds addicted to coffee whitener, courting couples naked on Northern Upholstery, and pensioners gathering dust like bowls of plastic tulips.” Filmmaker Florian Habicht speaks now about knife-making, nut allergies, and Jarvis Cocker’s favorite bus stop. This interview by Rin Kelly.

VASHTI BUNYAN: A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

In 1970, Vashti Bunyan recorded Just Another Diamond Day, which chronicles her search for pastoral life beyond the cities, traffic, and the material world. Bunyan didn’t just write about being connected to nature—she threw away her shoes and lived the dream. This has culminated in her new album, Heartleap, which instantly transports the listener to the most tranquil part of their imagination. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

LA HELL GANG: BLOOD, SCREAMS AND LOUD MUSIC

November 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Chile’s La Hell Gang let it bleed on their very first release—on their 2009 debut Just What Is Real, some lucky someone carved HELL GANG into his chest and took a photo for the cover. Turns out that it was an exact fit for the music. They play Permanent Records, Los Globos and Long Beach’s 4th Street Vine soon. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

SLOWDIVE: STILL SURFING NOW

November 4th, 2014 · No Comments

As the story goes, Slowdive was built up by the British music press and then torn down just as quickly. But twenty years later, they’ve spawned a wave of fans and bands influenced by sublime albums like Souvlaki. Slowdive’s Neil Halstead joins us to talk about his favorite one-handed pianist and the joys of surfing in Southern California. They perform at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel this weekend. This interview by Kristina Benson.

MARIA BAMFORD: PROVIDE THE JOKES

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Maria Bamford has the unique gift of being able to make you laugh, cringe, and cry all at the same time. In her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God, she is a snotty waitress, Paula Deen, her sister Sarah, a candidate for neighborhood council and more. She performs at Festival Supreme on Saturday, Oct. 25, and she joined L.A. RECORD to talk about gas station cuisine and a shadowy man known only as ‘The Wolf.’

DR. DEMENTO: THE CRAZIEST SONG I EVER HEARD

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Dr. Demento is the king of novelty and comedy records, and after a generation on the air, listeners from all over the world can now tune into his famous show on his website drdemento.com. He joined us over the phone to talk about changes in the radio business, the golden era of funny records, and why you should always listen to your audience. This interview by Kristina Benson.

OPEN MIKE EAGLE: ATTEMPT TO AMUSE MYSELF

October 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Open Mike Eagle may be an unapologetic nerd, but his self-coined “Art Rap” ain’t for sissies: he’s a rapper’s rapper, who can segue from socio-political advice pieces to confessional laments to witty pop-cultural comparisons with the same kind of bottomless-buffet delight that Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer only hoped to find at the Dream Café. This interview by D.M. Collins.

CRAIG LEON: FLYING THROUGH SPACE

September 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Producer and arranger Craig Leon created two LPs worth of gorgeously warped, drastically advanced, generically unclassifiable music based on the idea of interplanetary Top 40 radio. As multilayered in concept as some deep-dish SF classic yet as eerily cozy as your last late-night bout with Can or Ash Ra Tempel, his Nommos and Visiting are now re-released. This interview by Ron Garmon.

DAM FUNK INTERVIEWS GEORGE CLINTON: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STINK!

August 31st, 2014 · 13 Comments

Call it destiny, fate or simply the way things should be, but the Long Beach Funk Fest’s pairing this Labor Day of George Clinton and Dam-Funk made it seem obvious—why not ask Dam to interview George Clinton? 4,000 words later, this is the result: a true meeting of the minds between two generations of funksters. As Dam says below, get ready to go deep.