Interviews

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THE NOTE: UNCLE JAMM’S ARMY DOCUMENTARY

October 28th, 2017

The story of Uncle Jamm's Army is one that is uniquely L.A., and as such, the tale has largely escaped notoriety outside of southern California. Thirty-plus years later, it seems that the Army is finally set to receive their rightful recognition for their place in the history of hip hop, electro, and dance music. The City of Los Angeles formally recognized UJA, declaring October 28th Uncle Jamm's Army Day, just as Red Bull Music Academy released a documentary on the crew. It's safe to say, as an L.A. native—by way of Pasadena—that none of my records would exist in their current form without the sounds that Uncle Jamm's Army pushed. I sat down to talk with the Army's biggest star, the Egyptian Lover, as well as modern funk maven Dâm-Funk, who scored the documentary, and Will Abramson, the documentary's executive producer. Red Bull Music Academy presents Uncle Jamm's Army tonight, Oct. 28, at the Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood. The Note: Uncle Jamm's Army is streaming now on redbull.tv. These interviews by XL Middleton.

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THE INTERPRETER: JOSIAH STEINBRICK

October 24th, 2017

Josiah Steinbrick is a composer and versatile instrumentalist who’s produced for Devendra Banhart and Cate Le Bon and recorded with White Fence and Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as the director of his own transportive Banana collective, which put out its first release on Leaving in January. He’s also a deep collector of diverse (and sometimes mysterious) releases like these below, which together make their own unique map of the world. Steinbrick's new Meeting of Waters album is out Fri., Oct. 27, on Leaving. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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SUDAN ARCHIVES: IT’S ALL SO SIMPLE

October 19th, 2017

A chance encounter at a show with Stones Throw A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid eventually turned into a record deal. But if it weren’t for a singing and dancing fiddle group from Canada she saw perform in the 4th grade, Sudan Archives might have never become a singing and dancing violinist. She realized this while describing her self-titled debut EP on Stones Throw and divulging a short version of her life. Sudan Archives performs with Moses Sumney on Sat., Oct. 21, at the El Rey. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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HOPE SANDOVAL AND THE WARM INVENTIONS: THEN YOU WAKE UP

October 10th, 2017

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions make music that sounds like it comes from a better and even truer place, where the artificial pressures of the outside world dissolve into the mist and all that’s left is a long sweet dream. Colm and Hope joined us by phone­—she in California, he in Ireland—to talk cats, castles and the karate lessons that helped change the course of modern music. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions' new Son Of A Lady EP is out now and they perform on Sat., Oct. 14, at the Fonda and Sun., Oct. 15, at the Desert Daze festival. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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SWARVY: SCENES IN A COMIC BOOK

October 4th, 2017

L.A. is proving to be a comfortable home for Swarvy, a recently arrived beatsmith and musical polymath. The Philly-area native spent years traversing prog-metal, psychedelic rock, and jazz; most recently he’s made his name with the warm and funky style of hip-hop beats most closely associated with Dilla and Madlib. But even there, he makes the style his own. He's constantly putting out new music, but his most recent efforts include a Feeniks single on Akashik Records and Tapes, a single with Pink Siifu and his own Blends Vol. 3. He performs this Friday with L.A. RECORD cover featuree Jimetta Rose and Apollo Bebop at the Eagle Rock Music Festival Kick-Off Party at the Hi-Hat. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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RIDE: GET US OUT OF HERE

September 28th, 2017

The quintessential shoegaze band Ride has returned twenty years after their untimely break-up with their impressive new release Weather Diaries. For fans, this album is as if the band never stopped playing—it sounds solid and mature, yet steeped in all the best qualities of the band you remember so fondly. I talked with co-founder Mark Gardener about Ride’s return, Ride’s past and—something that no one expected to discuss in 2017—Ride’s future. Ride performs at Hollywood Forever on Fri., Sept. 29, and Sat., Sept. 30, at the Music Tastes Good festival. This interview by Tiffany Anders.