Interviews

Interview

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.

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LAFMS: HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: CHASING THE DRAGON

October 20th, 2016

For a band so connected to some of the 20th century’s best-loved visual artists, not much has been documented on film about the Los Angeles Free Music Society since they formed in 1974. Luckily, filmmakers Holly Thompson (also a member of the band PRESENT) and Mark McNeill (co-founder of dublab) know a thing or two about promoting older forms of music in order to reinvent the new, and their new short documentary LAFMS: How Low Can You Go? is not only a loving introduction to LAFMS, it’s also a brilliant film with moments of poetry as rich and strange and warm as the aging anarchic soundscapers who populate it. It will screen on Fri., Oct. 21, as part of an arts night including the LAFMS in Pasadena. This interview by D.M. Collins.

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MORGAN DELT: CREATING THIS ALTERNATE HISTORY

October 14th, 2016

Morgan Delt lives in Topanga—‘pretty far out of town,’ he says. Which is just as well, since the 39-year-old singer-songwriter doesn’t go out much. Instead, he spends most of his time in his home studio. That’s where he—and he alone—recorded his recent album Phase Zero, an immaculately crafted collection of fuzzy psych-pop and understated electronics, with a vintage aesthetic and daydream-y vibes. L.A. RECORD caught up with Delt by phone in his beloved studio. Morgan Delt performs Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Desert Daze fest. This interview by Ben Salmon.

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ITASCA: LITTLE SONGS TRYING TO BE MASTERPIECES

October 13th, 2016

There are certain records that feel good in certain seasons and certain times of the day. Every morning this past spring I’d wake up and put on Townes Van Zandt’s The Nashville Sessions, then sit in my favorite chair in my yard, sip my coffee, and let those songs color my day. Itasca’s impressive second full-length release Open To Chance has that same ability to color a moment. Reminiscent of folk artists such as Bridget St John and Tia Blake, singer/songwriter Kayla Cohen writes gentle yet complex country-folk songs that are easy to bask in and keep you engaged. Itasca peforms on Thurs., Oct. 13, at Resident, and on Fri., Oct. 14, at Rappcats. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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TERRY ALLEN: BREAK THINGS THAT ARE FIXED

October 12th, 2016

The first few questions in this interview are about Man Ray, Captain Beefheart and Nancy Reagan because that’s how it works with Terry Allen—that’s art, music and America at its most bizarre and true, and that’s what you’ll find in Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything), two of his best albums and actually two of the best albums ever, really. One day they’ll be considered literature, but for now, they’ve received welcome and lavish reissue on the Paradise of Bachelors label. This interview by Chris Ziegler.