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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 interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler

dan monick

Download: RTX “Cheap Wine Time”

(from JJ Got Live RATX on Drag City)

Tons of fun with RTX’s Jennifer and Kurt over at L.A. RECORD. I back this band hard (I even wrote their bio) and the new album is great. Hanoi Rocks plus Enigma-era Roky to me, though L.A. RECORD photographer Scott Schultz says the above is like a Stones song, and he’s not wrong there. This interview done at Prospector before—and prolonged into—our Cha Cha night. Good times:

Did you take a big hit when the stock market crashed?
J: That’s a joke in your life but motherfucker I had bank in the stock market four years ago! And I sold it all when I bought my place here. I had the Latin American Equity Fund. But I been putting my brain on hold. I will keep myself from any kind of stimulation.
Is this like how you take the snow chains off the car for the summer?
J: Yeah, but I’m going a couple seasons. I’m just eating the popcorn that didn’t pop off the floor, you know what I’m saying? I’m really in suspended animation—literally no information coming in. I’m saving it up until I can parse it and put it out on my own time.

The rest here. Album just came out. Grab it if you’ve never heard the band before—and be ready for shred—and grab it if you have heard them before, too.


Posted in events, interviews, la record, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2008 by chrisziegler

sean from new fidelity

Download: Blank Blue “All The Shallow Deep”

(from Western Water Music Vol. 2 on Ubiquity)

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

(from Trust Us on Fidotrust)

Download: Crystal Antlers “Parting Song For The Torn Sky”

(from the EP on Touch and Go)

Here is a little blurber on this weekend’s Schooled In Song, which is soon going to be the Eagle Rock Music Fest of the South Bay. (Same way Eagle Rock Music Fest will probably soon be the new Sunset Junction.) Got some interview outtakes for this one, too, but for now this will be the Sunday to flatten all previous Sundays. Full article here with bits on Blank Blue, Greater California, Jay Buchanan, Crystal Antlers and Dengue Fever. And I would also like to say how happy I am that Long Beach has a street fest this solid. With the last-min addition of Paperplanes, this becomes a very inclusive and impressive line-up.

Last year’s Schooled in Song festival at the Carpenter Center taught locals just how healthy homegrown music can be: “500 people walked away saying, ‘What amazing musicians in our midst!’” remembers organizer Justin Hectus, who had the Dibs, Deccatree, Chris Paul Overall and more raising money for Long Beach arts programs. But now class is really in session. A partnership with the University by the Sea arts-and-culture fest—named after an old-timers club at which boring lecturers were voted offstage—pairs more than 30 bands with off-the-wall classes in which Long Beach personalities (such as Mayor Bob Foster) wax academic on everything from Roman history to swashbuckling (“museum-quality” weapons provided). Other areas of study: “Laughter Yoga,” “How to Be a Drag Queen,” “The Rise and Fall of Fender’s International Ballroom,” plus composting workshops, crepe-making, and a whole bunch about alcohol and/or the consumption of.

Set times below. This is a free all-ages show at First and Linden in downtown Long Beach that starts at 10ish Sunday. And don’t skip Grobaty’s preview here, either.

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Posted in events, interviews, mp3, other clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2008 by chrisziegler

Stream: Guy Clark “L.A. Freeway”

Stream: Jerry Jeff Walker “Hairy Ass Hillbillies”

Stream: Iris DeMent “Let The Mystery Be”

Feature on the overflowing glories of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass free festival in Golden Gate Park this weekend. Besides the screwy combo of MC Hammer and Will Oldham—thanks to Elijah for crystalizing that for me—they’ve got all the live people who made some of my favorite sad songs except for Terry Allen. I actually interviewed Guy, Jerry Jeff and Loudon Wainwright for this, but the dictates of space meant they barely got to squeeze in. I may put up the raw interviews here later. Full article here.

Country? Hillbilly? Outlaw? “Real country,” as per writer Nicholas Dawidoff? Or maybe just music a little “further on the edge,” says Guy Clark from Kerrville, Texas, where he was recently holed up waiting for Hurricane Ike to piss itself out. Whatever you tag it, that roundtable really existed for a bit. It was in Clark’s Nashville kitchen on Christmas Eve, 1975. You can see it yourself in the landmark documentary Heartworn Highways: Clark and Earle and Rodney Crowell and Richard Dobson and Steve Young and Bill Callery, having an old-fashioned hootenanny around smashed packs of smokes and empty whiskey bottles.


Posted in events, interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , on September 21, 2008 by chrisziegler

lauren everett

Download: Jail Weddings ‘Somebody Lonely’

(from ‘Somebody Lonely’ 45 on Revenge/Red Wine)

Said me in simpler times:

Full disclosure is that I respect Gabe Hart (Starvations/Fortune’s Flesh) a lot and here is the band he was born for. Nine-piece revue with himself and two wild ladies up front—Katya the incandescent blonde and Tina the bombshell brunette—and a band that is Phil Spector’s Wrecking Crew from X’s Los Angeles. Their good songs are as good as any good band and their best songs are an honor and a privilege: Gabe in silver tie with basso boom like Roy Orbison (!) hauling a song across his shoulder with the opener, “Somebody’s lonely . . . !” and the band (with violin and sax and keys) and the girls pop in on the exact same sha-la-la behind him. No gimmick—instead the total real deal, with Katya and Tina and Gabe all splitting solos (just like my Wailers at the Castle LP) off their righteous heartbroke big-beat big-chorus California rock & roll.

They’ve done two knock-out interviews for L.A. RECORD and made one of the best mixes we ever got, not that anyone wasn’t thinking they wouldn’t. See those below and them at Alex’s.

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Posted in interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by chrisziegler


Download: GZA ‘Paper Plate’

(from Pro Tools out now on Baby Grande)

Long talk with GZA on L.A. RECORD today. Wasn’t quite as heavy as the talk with RZA, which is probably one of the realest interviews I have ever done—though rivaled by Moris Tepper, who was just a page away in the same issue—but it happened under certain circumstances. Liquid Swords 2 and natural disturbances below.

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Posted in interviews with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by chrisziegler

But he did sing me about six songs over the phone while I interviewed him this morning.

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