Interviews

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NIGHTMARE AIR: THE SCAR IS INTENSE

October 5th, 2018

After two long years of recording, mixing, and mastering, modern shoegaze band Nightmare Air has released their sophomore album Fade Out. But guitarist and singer Dave Dupuis has barely had time to celebrate his band’s latest achievement: not only has been he has been traveling the world as Gary Numan’s tour manager and front of house sound guy, he’s preparing to have the rest of the band join him as the opening act on Numan’s fall tour. They perform Sat., Oct. 6, at the Fonda with Gary Numan. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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THE SCIENTISTS: WE WOULDA KILLED IT!

October 1st, 2018

Australia’s Scientists are as deliberate as murder itself. One of the first groups to inject the dark undercurrent of 60s pop into what was then becoming to be known as post-punk, founder Kim Salmon and company were like a lost soundtrack to a Hell’s Angels exploitation flick at their most calculated (“Swampland”) or a willful bad-trip at their most shambolic (“Solid Gold Hell”) ... The Scientists play Zebulon on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. This interview by Gabriel Hart.

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ALONG FOR THE RIDE: DENNIS HOPPER AND SATYA DE LA MANITOU

September 25th, 2018

Along For The Ride is a documentary about Dennis Hopper, but it's just as much about someone else: the engimatic Satya De La Manitou, who met Hopper on the commune from Easy Rider—he was part of the commune—and who spent the next forty years of his life as Hopper's right-hand man. Think of him as not just a witness to but a part of film history, or think of him—as director Nick Ebeling does—as a psychedelic Sancho Panza. It's an intimate and charismatic documentary, dedicated fully—like Satya—to the integrity and vision of its subject. Along For The Ride screens on Wed., Sept. 26, at the Regent Theater with an extensive Q&A including Ebeling, Satya De La Manitou, Linda Manz and more—get tickets here! Hat And Beard Press will be releasing the film with a companion book shortly—more info on that here. This interview by Tom Child.

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FAT TONY: THERE’S NO END TO THIS

September 21st, 2018

The ubiquitous rapper slash musician slash game show host Fat Tony is a staple of L.A.’s eastside live music scene—think Zebulon or the Satellite—but I would stop short of calling him ‘underground.’ He’s endlessly active and has a breadth of talent that’s rare for anyone, musician or otherwise. His newest album 10,000 Hours (out Sept. 28 on Don Giovanni) is part victory lap and part celebration of an artist who’s mastered at least a few of the five elements. He'll be performing at a voter registration benefit at the Teragram Ballroom this Sunday. This interview by Tolliver.

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THE INTERPRETER: MONALISA

August 31st, 2018

Monalisa still relishes the feel and experience of vinyl—her apartment is filled with stacks and stacks of records—and still goes to record stores to dig for music. She is a successful and celebrated selector with a regular “Paths of Rhythm” show on Dublab, and is a member of Umoja HiFi Soundsystem, KPL All-Stars and Spinderella’s Backspin DJ Crew, and she’ll be DJing Wonder-full L.A., a Stevie Wonder tribute at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park on Sat., Sept. 1, at 4 PM opening for DJ Spinna. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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NUMB.ER: WHATEVER “IT” IS

August 13th, 2018

Numb.er’s 2018 release Goodbye was to me a farewell to the musical trends that make a local scene feel uninspiring: led by Jeff Fribourg, a founding member of popular psych-‘gaze’ band Froth [and sometime L.A. RECORD contributor—ed.], Numb.er’s blend of punk, darkwave, and goth felt like it was written specifically for me. Numb.er performs with Palm and Harmony Tividad on Thurs., Aug. 16, at the Roxy. This interview by Bennett Kogon.