I sat down with Lou Barlow in a makeshift arcade to discuss his relationship to his songs, his relationship to live music and his relationship to bad reviews. You know, lots of relationships.
Yoni Wolf of Why? is a homeowner…with a mortgage. And his place is beautiful. But we didn’t spend the entire interview talking about how he bought and renovated his home (although we do spend a little time on that). Instead, Yoni and I go through his musical history and discuss the ins and outs of how he plies his trade.
Sometimes it’s all about context, and that definitely seemed to be the case for Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He was in the midst of his first acoustic living room tour when I sat down with him, and it looked like that change of context completely reinvigorated him. Part of it was obviously the change in scenery (from a rock club to a small room with no stage). But it also seemed like part of it was being divorced from the narrative that had developed around the band years ago during the music blog boom. Either way, it was interesting to talk with him about the newfound energy and his take on songwriting.
Ryan Kattner doesn’t consider himself a songwriter or a frontman or even a musician. Never mind the fact that actually fronts Man Man and writes most of the music. But according to him, that approach is what makes it possible to do what he’s done with the band over the last decade.
Damien Jurado has been on the show more than anyone else at this point. Three times might not seem like a lot, but when you’ve covered as much ground as we have at this point…it feels like a lot. This time around, we focus on his new album (Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son) and the spiritual journey that led to it.
Wax Fang just released a 42-minute space rock concept album, and it is epic in every sense of the word. More importantly, though, it’s amazing, too! Frontman and guitarist Scott Carney sat down to discuss the record, as well as Wax Fang’s recent involvement with the show American Dad.