Interviews

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DIAMANDA GALAS: IT HAS TO GO TO MARS

April 3rd, 2017

Diamanda Galás saved me from grunge. Back in the 90s, when everyone was jumping up-and-down about guitar tone/flannel/ misery (circle one or more) and most of popular culture seemed violently dull and satanically boring, shining out of this morass was a brilliant light of limitless voice and singular vision. Her voice worked like a death ray, annihilating all that was inconsequential and tacky. She has two new albums out—All The Way, a collection of her interpretations of jazz and standards, and At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, a recording of her May 2016 live action at the shuttered St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem. “Death songs,” she calls them. So I called her. She performs tonight, Apr. 3, and Wed., Apr. 5, at Vibiana. This interview by David Cotner.

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THE BUTTERTONES: WE PLEAD THE FIFTH

March 23rd, 2017

The ever-so-stylish Buttertones recently signed with Innovative Leisure, and recorded their latest album, Gravedigging, with Jonny Bell at Jazzcats in Long Beach. The songs are full of romance, blood, guts, ghosts, surf, doom, and delight—it's like they crammed all their favorite movie plots into three minutes or less. Their record release show is Sat., Mar. 25, at the Bootleg. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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TASHAKI MIYAKI: SUCH A MOVING SOUND

March 20th, 2017

The world is just about to welcome Tashaki Miyaki’s long-long-long awaited full-length The Dream, produced by band frontwoman Paige Stark and due out April 7. It’s a powerfully dreamy album, drawn from the break-of-dawn dreamstate that Mazzy Star knew so well, with waves of sound bringing both treasure and wreckage as they break against the shore. They perform at the Echo every Monday in March. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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JAMES CHANCE AND THE CONTORTIONS: I WAS ALWAYS SERIOUS

March 19th, 2017

Contort yourself. Ostensibly, that’s the title of a song on the Buy LP by James Chance & The Contortions. Theoretically, it’s a chance craze that never was. Pragmatically, it’s less a lyric drenched in nihilism than it is an ideal for living. It’s not enough to push yourself. It’s not enough to test your limits. You need to move yourself in more ways than you ever thought you could possible move. Contort yourself. A shark keeps moving or it dies—and yet it never moves straight or in only one direction. James Chance understands this. He appears tonight via the good graces of the fine folk at Part Time Punks for the first time in Los Angeles since 1982. Here, Chance talks about motivation, sentimentality, and the single-minded pursuit of individuality above all else. This interview by David Cotner.

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GET YOUR BABY!: 10 MORE L.A. R&B 45s FROM SHAKIN’ ALL OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN!

February 24th, 2017

Now that his Soul Clap Dance Offs are practically L.A. tradition, New York DJ Jonathan Toubin is cracking open yet another choice import with this brand-new west coast installment of his legendary Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down night, making its local debut Saturday night at the Monty! This is the hottest of the hot stuff, presented without a second to catch your breath all nite long! To celebrate, Toubin has once again put together another list of L.A. 45s, both to honor our hometown heroes and give newcomers a little peek at what he's got in his record box. Listen now and then save up all the energy you got for tomorrow—you'll need it!

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FATAL JAMZ: WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

January 26th, 2017

Fatal Jamz is the passion(ate) project of Marion Belle, the black-lipsticked child of not just Bowie and Iggy, but Axl and Nikki Sixx and Debbie Harry and Jobriath and Tupac and Andre 3000 and … well, you know the type. Icons, immortals, invincibles—they changed his life, and now Fatal Jamz wants to change yours. Fatal Jamz performs with Gene Loves Jezebel this Sunday at the Echo, and will tour with Weyes Blood next month. This interview by Chris Ziegler.