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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.’

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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.

DJ HARVEY’S WILDEST DREAMS: TOO HEAVY

August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

DJ Harvey is perhaps best-known for being a famous dance/electronic DJ who contributed cheerfully to many a person losing their mind in public, but his Wildest Dreams outfit is him and an as-of-press-time-nameless psychedelic rock ban. He joined us while recovering from the effects of a bad kale smoothie. He performs at FYF Fest this Saturday night. This interview by Kristina Benson.

LOW LEAF: LIGHT UP WITHIN YOURSELF

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Low Leaf is an alchemist. By synthesizing analog instruments and digital programming, Angelica Lopez has been creating powerful and ambitious music since 2011. Her latest album, AKASHAALAY, released on digital and tape through Fresh Selects, is a spiritual offering to the Philippines. She plays Sat., Aug. 16 at the Mayan. This interview by sweeney kovar.

THE MUFFS: STOLE IT OFF A DRUNK GIRL

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Music journalists and musicians have some big things in common: a dogged, financially ruinous love of music and a determination to bring it into the world. So I’m excited by the news that the Muffs have reemerged, complete with tour dates and an album … and maybe a little anger! They play this weekend at Burger-A-Go-Go. This interview by D.M. Collins.

BLU: FULL EATING BEATS

July 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

His Below the Heavens is the stuff of fables, and if you’re under 25 and from the left coast, you probably have some personal story about how Blu’s first album made you love hip-hop again. Hood in the way a Charles Burnett film is hood, Blzzo’s newest effort Good To Be Home sidesteps ghetto sensationalism for a sound that strikes a balance between the cerebral and the intuitive. He plays the Observatory and the Terrace this week. This interview by sweeney kovar.

JOYCE MANOR: LIFE JUST KEEPS GOING

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Joyce Manor’s newest album Never Hungover Again (also their first for L.A.’s Epitaph) has a cover design winking at Big Star’s Radio City and a quick 20 minutes of songs about those nowhere nights where it seems like you’re the last person awake (or alive?) on the surface streets. They play Friday, July 25, at the El Rey with Tony Molina. This interview by Chris Ziegler.