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

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Download: Roky Erickson Wish List Set List

(from Roky Erickson Wish List Set List)

My actual real-live interview with Roky Erickson up at L.A. RECORD. He sounded better on the phone and ever. (And did a pretty great show last night, even without “Starry Eyes” or “The Interpreter.”) I talked to him last year for this S.F. WEEKLY piece and although he was very enthusiastic, he was also very succinct—a lot of “I lahk it!” answers. This time he was happy and chatty—the Q&A is pretty much how it went. Nice to find out about new album, new songs and his early visits to musicals like South Pacific. All roads lead to Roky. Full interview here. Also note Roky’s democratic voting record. There is no endorsement that speaks more to me. Obama/Bleib ’08—apparently it’s alright to do it!

Do you still play piano?
I do! I played the other day over at these peoples’ house—they had me over for dinner—fish and chicken-fried steak and everything—and we sat there at the table, like the knights of the round table, and he asked me if I’d play one of those loony tunes, and I said sure. Boy, that was just a gas, you know what I mean? An after-dinner thing.
Who are you gonna vote for this time?
Well, I don’t know. I voted two times previously and both times I voted for the Democratic Party. And then people helped me do it.
What’s the nicest present one of your fans ever gave you?
They give me bats and no tellin’ what! Little tapes and things. Napkins that said ‘Suzy Creamcheese’ on it. I try to keep ‘em—we have a storage house we keep ‘em all in. I don’t know how we get ‘em in there but we do!
What’s in there?
Just all sorts of stuff, man. Cages and everything. Couches. Apparently it’s alright to do it!

Complete new L.A. RECORD Roky here. Excerpt of S.F. WEEKLY Roky below. Oh and re: the fan bats… I did get a present of a rubber snake while leaving the show yesterday. So don’t doubt.

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Posted in events, la record with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by chrisziegler

For all those who are wanna get into the show for free and have the true rok love that will make it possible—or for those who wanna get the 13th Floor Elevators book or a Roky 2XLP, both of which I have inches away from me right now (not the contest copies, don’t worry) and both of which I can assure you are deeply and righteously ripping… anyway—for those who want a chance to ace the only GRE (Glorify Roky Erickson) that matters, L.A. RECORD presents… the ROKY ERICKSON TRIVIA CHALLENGE! Direct link here and rules and questions inside.

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Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by chrisziegler

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Download: Roky Erickson Wish List Set List

I think we all know the kind of place Roky occupies in my life. Since he’s doing new songs for the first time in decades at the show Friday, I made a wishlist setlist of rarely heard Roky classics for L.A. RECORD. Complete info over there.

“Mine Mine Mind” from The Evil One
“Don’t Slander Me” from Don’t Slander Me
“For You” (live) from Casting The Runes
“The Damn Thing” from Don’t Slander Me
“Sweet Honey Pie” (live) from Gremlins Have Pictures
“Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play” from Gremlins Have Pictures
“Haunt” from Don’t Slander Me
“Can’t Be Brought Down” from Don’t Slander Me
“Wake Up To Rock ‘n’ Roll” (live) from Halloween: Live ’79-’81
“Right Track Now” from Epitaph For A Legend


Posted in events, interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: The Black Angels “Doves”

(from Directions To See A Ghost on Light In The Attic/Suretone)

Pre-party at Spaceland for this weekend’s Clean Air Clear Stars fest, which dumps a bunch of L.A. RECORD-friendly cow-psych into a desert not so dissimilar from the one I happened to grow up in. (True test: how many broken cars are in any given front yard? Smashed ’83 Hondas are practically a native succulent where I come from.) Tonight is Portland fuzzgaze band Swoon 23‘s first L.A. show in about a decade plus headliners the Black Angels, who sophomore album was a great leap forward and who will be coming back in a few weeks as Roky Erickson‘s backing band. Plus DJ Short Shorts, who is the voice of L.A. RECORD radio. I’ve talked to Black Angels a few times—this one from L.A. RECORD in the infamous Mika Miko issue.

What’s the difference between an ‘evil’ sound and a ‘hostile’ sound?
An evil sound is more of a kind of feel—a dirge-y kind of hypnotic drone-y thing.
Who made the best evil music?
The original bluesmen probably did it the best. John Lee Hooker—they used to call his stuff ‘hypno-drone.’ I read about it in an old blues book. It gets in your head. I don’t think there’s any better kind of music for that kind of driving repetitive hypnotic thing. And of course the old country music. Hank Williams. And early rock ‘n’ roll—Bo Diddley is another.
What do you listen to when you’re going to sleep?
The Louvin Brothers. It makes my soul feel at rest.

The rest of L.A. RECORD and Black Angels here. More and more below.

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