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Posted in interviews, la record, mp3, oc weekly, other clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by chrisziegler

Stream: Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues”

(from Recovery on Yep Roc)

Stream: Big Star “Motel Blues”

(from The Ardent Sessions)

My first talk with Loudon Wainwright over at O.C. WEEKLY. I did this originally for the S.F. WEEKLY Hardly Strictly Bluegrass piece but didn’t end up using it. But I’d never leave Loudon out in the cold. I just interviewed him again yesterday and he was in fine form, talking about caves and hobos and putting razorblades in Halloween apples. I always feel pretty happy with an interview when the subject asks, “Wait—is my wife going to read this?” Loudon one here and excerpted below and Loudon two coming soon. Also as a nice little ego bump, the OCW contents page actually quoted me and Loudon joking around as a teaser. What can I say? There’s a certain type I can really work with.

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Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: Greater California “It’s Great” (shea M gauer remix)

(from Trust Us on Fidotrust)

Download: Devon Williams “A Truce”

(from “Elevator” 45 on L.A. RECORD)

Download: Thee Makeout Party “Slack”

(from the Audacity split on Trabajo—one of the best 45s of the year!)

UPDATE: Topped for tonight!

L.A. RECORD, Article 1 and ZCONTROLS present the first of hopefully many shows I’ll be setting up at Prospector. This falls right after the Last Saturday event at {open} around the corner so come to that then walk on over to this! If you don’t know the bands, Greater California are Zombies/Pet Sounds pop done by quality rock scholars—actually, every band playing tonight has record collections that warrant formal acknowledgement by the Secretary of the Interior, which is why every band will get to do a DJ ste, too—and Devon is my personal pick for California’s Alex Chilton, though many others hear a lot of Go-Betweens, and thee Makeout Party is real-deal ’76 style suburban rock ‘n’ roll something between the Real Kids and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. I personally witnessed them coax an Elks Lodge full of feisty buffet-sated grandmothers up to very vigorously dance. I believe the Velvet Underground started almost the same way. 9 PM and $5 for 21+ gets you control. Tentative next event is a last-minute Monday night show with Detroit’s brain-bursting Human Eye, who are like Hawkwind closely advised by Roky, Iggy and Helios Creed. Stay tuned for confirms on that.


Posted in events, interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by chrisziegler

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Download: Sian Alice Group “Motionless”

(from 59:59 out now on Social Registry)

This interview with Sian Alice Group at L.A. RECORD cost me like $30 in Skype credits but switched to conversation in the middle and friendly goofin’ off by the end so you bet it was worth it. Great folks—once we uncovered shared reverence for Roky and Chilton, who I should tell you now serve as two of the greatest social accelerants extant, we were fast phone friends. Got to meet them at Pretty Sh!t the other night as they deployed a staggering DJ set (Link Wray from the self-titled Polydor LP? Real!) and politely presided over our top Cha Cha night so far. A lot of L.A. RECORD alumni at the bar: the Black Lips, for whom I bought beers right out the gate just because they looked so thirsty, and RTX and Blank Blue and Gangi and Pizza! and now Sian Alice, who also sport honorary accreditation from the Pierce Academy of Music. Fun more than I could have ever expected. Full fun with Sian Alice—who play tonight at Troubadour, and who may well be hanging out with Mike Bones at Family at 2 today—at this link right here that is waiting for you.

Rupert, do you still live in the studio?
RC: Kind of but right now—
BC: —we’re all in a riverside mansion.
RC: I haven’t lived anywhere for so long. I develop great habits like not cleaning my teeth! General lack of hygiene—stuff like that! But if you have a studio, you spend most of your time in it anyway…
SA: Rupert always lands on his feet—he’s the world’s most glamorous hobo!
RC: Thanks, Sian—that’s great! But right now we’re in a house you wouldn’t believe.
BC: A Jacobean mansion on the Thames.
There’s not like a dead man in a tuxedo cooling on the driveway, is there?
BC: A dead butler just inches away.