Interviews

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VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: BIIANCO “13 DEAD END DRIVE”

January 20th, 2020

Beloved L.A. singer and multi-instrumentalist Biianco had a bad 2017. Brutalized by her own thoughts—and the discouraging words of piss ant jerks—she lost herself, her voice, her VOICE, and probably part of her mind. But lights this bright don’t stay obscured for long. We talked about art—duh. But we also talked about fear and the future and the fucked up past. Biianco is a friend and collaborator—you should be so lucky. This interview by Tolliver.

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VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: TALK2STRANGERS “TOUCH THE GROUND”

December 15th, 2019

Sharing is caring is creepy. The world is a wasteland, the Amazon is soot, and Selena Gomez is still singing about Justin Bieber. Let it go, girl! In a world where being guarded is the move, Talk2Strangers—a.k.a. Lori LeChien—dares you to bare it all. Or at least to like ... be open to the world around you. She’s one of L.A.’s—nay, the world’s—most gripping vocalists, and her songs are bristling with hooks and unimpeachably earnest. I mean, I’m biased cuz she’s a respected friend and colleague. But check for yourself, jerk! We talked about privilege, sex, guitars, chicken and connection. This interview by Tolliver.

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JENNIFER HERREMA OF ROYAL TRUX: LIFE FORMED MY BRAIN

November 15th, 2019

Royal Trux were and are a dimension to themselves—they had their own gravity, their own laws of physics and their own extra- terrestial kind of white light / white heat even on their rst self-titled album for Drag City in 1988. Their Quantum Entanglement is out on Record Store day on Fri., Nov. 29, via Fat Possum. Co-founder Neil Hagerty was unavailable for this interview but Zig Zags’ Jed Maheu got Trux co-founder and frequent L.A. RECORD alum Jennifer Herrema to dig up some good stuff.

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MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE: EVERYTHING IS A STORY

November 8th, 2019

Synth/piano/producer polymath Mark De Clive-Lowe is a crucial part of Los Angeles music, both personally and as a vital force behind local musical institutions like epochal club CHURCH, the storied Ethio-Cali ensemble and more. This spring he released the Heritage and Heritage II albums, recorded in part live at the Blue Whale and both out now on the Ropeadope label. They’re twinned releases with a day-night split—or maybe a sunrise/moonrise feel? As the title makes clear, both albums chronicle De Clive- Lowe’s exploration of his heritage and personal history, which spans at least three or four continents. His most recent release is CHURCH Sessions, chronicling the unique sound of the formative night. It's out now on World Galaxy / Alpha Pup. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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VOX: WHAT ARE MY TRUTHS?

October 11th, 2019

Vōx’s piety-purging new I Am Not a God EP feels like the Resurrection. It sounds like a death, production wise: ominous and low and lurching, like some fantastic creature in its final throes. Lyrically, though, it’s a testament to resilience. She’s replaced her lace-whites with curdling reds, her questions with declarations, her hymn with HIM. We talked about the EP, her recent extended stay in Europe, and her multidimensional approach. This interview by Tolliver.