Interviews

Interview

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.

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CHARLES BRADLEY: IT’S NOT OVER

September 25th, 2017

[Reposting this 2013 interview in honor of Charles Bradley, who passed away this weekend and who will be greatly missed—ed.] Charles Bradley is special. It goes beyond his howling lovelorn voice and sparkly shirts and the way he does the robot. It’s deeper than the splits he performs on stage and the sunshine in his bright smile. Watching him, it wouldn’t be silly for you to assume he’s some sort of soul prophet … especially if you get to sit down at a music festival for fifteen minutes with a prophet who’s wearing a homemade jumpsuit with a bedazzled eagle stitched across his back, look him straight in his blurry eyes and let him hold your hand. Then you’ll believe everything he says—at least for a moment. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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DOWNTOWN BOYS: FIGHTING FOR POWER

September 21st, 2017

When I first saw Downtown Boys, I thought to myself, “Is this what it felt like to see X-Ray Spex?” They exude an commitment and ferocity that is absolutely intoxicating. Victoria Ruiz’s vocals hit hard and the band delivers a rare kind of energy thanks to driving guitars and an slashing horn section. Their newest Cost Of Living is out now on Sub Pop and we spoke only a few days after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—so it felt fitting to be talking about the state of our country with a band that fights for the rights of marginalized people every time they perform. They perform at Summer Happenings at the Broad: Jean-Michel Basquiat on Sat., Sept. 23. This interview by Emily Twombly.