Interviews

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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.

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CUCO: I’M JUST SHOWING WHO I AM

August 9th, 2018

Omar Banos, the dream-pop sweetheart who performs under the name Cuco, never found his niche within our city’s ‘DIY’ music community. His parents weren’t Hollywood producers or famous musicians—instead, they’d immigrated from Mexico just prior to Omar’s birth in Hawthorne. And Cuco was born out of Banos’ sheer loneliness, his desire for earnest expression, and a dedication to stay true to himself. He performs with Portugal. The Man on Fri., Aug. 10, at the Shrine. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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MARY LATTIMORE: OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT

August 6th, 2018

Somewhere along a drive through rural Kentucky en route to Graceland, avant-garde harpist Mary Lattimore pulled into a funeral home parking lot and gave me 45 minutes of her time. Her album Hundreds of Days is out now on Ghostly International and her swimming habits, Southern upbringing and connection to Prague are just a few of the details she was kind enough to share while overlooking the flowers in the graveyard. She performs with Dylan Carlson of Earth on Tue., Aug. 7, at Resident. This interview by Christina Gubala.