Brian Blade and the Fellowship Landmark interview

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Brian Blade Landmark Interview

 Special Guest: (Audio)Brian Blade (Part 1 of 1): is easily one of the best drummers on the music scene today. Born and raised in Shreveport  Louisiana, Brian Blade’s style is smooth, fluid, and versatile. He has worked as a session drummer with the biggest names in the music industry – people like Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, and Daniel Lanois. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band came out with their first S/T album in 1998 and since then have brought out stellar album after stellar album! In fact, the Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band are set to release their fourth and newest album “Landmarks” put out on Mid-City Records in cooperation with Bluenote and I am truly excited to have Brian Blade on the show.

Brian Blade, At what stage do you see your career in?

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 Questions in the podcast:

GTV - Now if I am not mistaken the album is loosely based on people – places and events in and around Shreveport Louisiana. In fact seven of the ten songs on the album were recorded in Shreveport at your brother’s studio – can you tell me a little bit about Blade studios and why you chose to record there?

GTV - The title track “Landmarks” is one of my favorites on the album – it really has a potential to become a jazz standard in my opinion and was written by the co-producer and Piano player John Cowherd – can you talk about that song?

Brian Blade Landmark Interview 2014

 

GTV - Shreveport and it has been described as an inland port city with New Orleans as the main port I guess – Does Shreveport share any similarities or is there any cross pollination?

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GTV - I thought I might pick out some musical Landscapes and get your opinion on them.

I was reading that the notorious Fannin Street is in your home town! Fannin Street was a Red light district (at around the turn of the last century) where Blues legend Huddie William Ledbetter (lead belly), was said to have learned his trade? What is that area like today and are there any remnants of that place left?

ZamZam Records Alter Echo and E3 Release!

ZamZam Records Alter Echo

Vinyl Music Fans,

I recently came across a really cool underground privately owned independent vinyl record label, which came to me via Dub Gabriel, that I thought I would pass along to you. ZamZam Records is a husband and wife duo releasing wicked wicked Dub artists that they put out on limited number high quality vinyl pressings with their own hand screen printed covers.

To me, the handmade cover artwork alone are worth the price of admission, but you combine this with some of the best Dub being put out by any label today and you have a window into the new future of the vinyl record industry.

ZamZam Records latest release Nubian Dub b/w Warning Dub by Alter Echo and E3 starts side A with a dark brooding number that pounds, pulsates and floats all at the same time. Side B – Warning Dub, is a futuristic tribal driven tune that combines droning bass-lines and sounds like beats they robbed from alien space craft at gun point. This is head bopping music that, that is both where Dub is today as well where dub music is heading!

“This is ultra-heavyweight dubware” – Ezra from ZamZam Records

I reached out to Ezra and Tracy who were nice enough to write a little snippet  about their newest release:

ZamZam Records

Hi Jason – here’s the new release! tunes & info…

Greetings ZamZam Fam – We are very happy to announce the imminent release of Alter Echo & E3′s long-awaited return to ZamZam. This is ultra-heavyweight dubware, a more than worthy followup to the long-sold-out “Kufic Dub” 7″. We will ship in about three weeks.

 Respect, Ezra & Tracy

ZamZam #19 ALTER ECHO & E3 “NUBIAN DUB” B/W “WARNING DUB” 7” – HEAVIEST DUBWARE! Limited vinyl – 600 copies for the world – hand screen printed –

I know… I want, I want!

find out more about ZamZam here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZamZam-Sounds/341150589257161

http://www.zamzamrec.org/

The Handsome Family Interview


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Special Guest: (Written) Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family (Part 1 of 1): My next guest is one half of the Alternative Country and Americana husband-and-wife duo, The Handsome Family. Their music combines elements of traditional country, bluegrass, and murder ballads with lush instrumentation, a high fidelity, and full sound. Although you can hear homage to traditional American Folk music, I wouldn’t classify The Handsome Family as a retro or revivalist band. Their harmonies are haunting and their lyrics have depth. Recently, The Handsome Family’s track ”Far From Any Road” was handpicked by Oscar-winning music producer T Bone Burnett as the theme music for the hit HBO crime drama True Detectives. This is where I first heard The Handsome Family’s music. Since then, I have become a big fan of their work. I’m delighted to have an interview with Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family.

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“From the dusty mesa, her looming shadow grows Hidden in the branches of the poison creosote.

She twines her spines up slowly towards the boiling sun, And when I touched her skin, my fingers ran with blood.

In the hushing dusk, under a swollen silver moon, I came walking with the wind to watch the cactus bloom.”

The opening lyrics to “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome family

GTV – First off, I need to say that I love your lyrics. They are descriptive, intelligent, elegant, and you are really able to paint a picture with your words. I really appreciate it when an artist challenges me with new words that I’ve never heard before like “mesa” and “Creosote.” After looking those words up, I found that it only added to the song. How do “three-dollar-words” words come to you? (i.e. do you have a book of descriptive words or come across a good word and store it for later use)

Rennie Sparks - Well, living in New Mexico, we’re surrounded by ‘mesas’. It’s a unique landscape maybe like Alaska where Inuits supposedly have lots of words for snow. Here, we have words to describe different kinds of dirt. I’ve spent the last ten years trying to learn about the strange plants that are able to survive here. They all have their secret weapons. Creosote makes animals sick if they eat it.
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GTV – Are you a person who reads a lot?

Rennie Sparks - Yes, I love books. Even bad books. I just like stories.

 I’d have all the street lights in my neighborhood removed. I miss the total darkness of the world outside of town - Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family

 

GTV – What are some books or authors that you would say have influenced your lyrics?

Rennie Sparks -I love history and natural science. “Far From Any Road” was definitely inspired by the nature writing of Edward Abbey. He really ‘felt’ the beauty of the desert.

GTV – Do you think about how the lyrics are to be sung or accompanied when doing a rough draft?

Rennie Sparks - Yes. Lyrics I write are always meant to be sung. I sing them to myself a lot before I show them to Brett.

Mark E. Smith of The Fall Interview

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 ”I AM NOT A MUSICIAN, I AM A WRITER.” - Mark E. Smith

Special Guest: (Written) Mark E. Smith of the Fall (Part 1 of 1)is an irascible genius. It has been said that journalists might rather punch their way out of a brick wall than to interview the frontman of “The Fall”, one of the most notable bands to come from the post-punk era. Always one to speak boldly, and never shy about demeaning whomever he feels deserving, (sometimes with violence) we actually seem to have gotten him on a good day. Below, he touches upon the importance of music, and his love of record producers.

The Fall (The 2013 Mark E. Smith interview)

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GTV- The band’s name was taken from Albert Camus’ “The Fall” which is said by many to be Camus’ most advanced and least understood book. (Sartre amongst them) Why did you take the title? Does the work and it’s interpretation still influence the band after your more than 35 years in existence?

Mark E. Smith – WANTED TO CALL THE GROUP IN ITS NEMESIS “THE OUTSIDER”, BUT IN THOSE DAYS FINALLY DISCOVERED THAT A LOT OF GROUPS WERE CALLED THAT SO I DECIDED ON “THE FALL” INSTEAD.

GTV- Your “existence” as a band has come in constantly shifting forms,with no member ever remaining throughout except yourself, to which you have stated to the effect that you are The Fall; that you, and any other fashion even if it were something like a monkey beating on cans and yourself would be “The Fall.” We’re not criticizing that, but would you say this is what has led to the band’s high turnover rate, or is there another reason you could name as the primary issue?

Mark E. Smith – LIKE CAMUS, I WAS A VERY DISGRUNTLED GOALKEEPER.

GTV- Considering the heavy rotation of the band, aren’t you worried about having your wife play keys?

Mark E. Smith – THE FACT IS THAT ELENI IS A SUPERB KEYBOARD PLAYER, THE FACT THAT SHE’S MY WIFE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

GTV- You keep your artistic talents mostly to music, and rather prolifically. If not for music, what other form of art would you pursue?

Mark E. Smith – I AM NOT A MUSICIAN, I AM A WRITER.

GTV- Forming in 1976, and identified and shaped by the “Post-Punk” genre, you hammered out a style that is unique and immediately recognizable, your sound has, of course, taken different sounds and forms throughout the years, but always maintains a strong core, plus you maintain a consistent devoted following. What would you say that you provide to the music world that no one else can? Why does it still work when so many other Post-Punk bands can sound so dated?

Mark E. Smith – APPRECIATED THE QUESTION. THIS IS A QUESTION THAT I AM OFTEN ASKED, AS I DON’T LISTEN TO ANY OLD FALL MATERIAL I DON’T KNOW.

GTV- Being a more literate band than most, I assume you are familiar with Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” (also made into a movie) which, partly, deals with a group eschewing society’s constraints of a pacified and manipulated population, and acting on man’s more primal (truer) nature. I see The Fall’s music an artistic realization in this fashion, and thus it’s lasting appeal. Not to flatter your ego, for which you are known, but would you agree?

Mark E. Smith – NO FILM IS AS GOOD AS THE BOOK.

GTV- Also you complain a lot about other bands, or, rather, you get press attention when you state a negative remark about another band or on music in general, and more than likely we’d be in agreement, but there has got to be something good to speak of on music.

Mark E. Smith – MUSIC IS, I THINK, A MUCH ABUSED FORM. IT IS TOO EASY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHEN YOU THINK OF STOCKHAUSEN,THE MONKS, ETC. YOU REALIZE IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE.

GTV- Theoretically speaking, we have the potential to achieve immortality with the aid of nano-robots, would you go for injecting yourself with nano-robots for immortality? Assuming you would, what if the condition was that drinking alcohol would destroy the robots (and thus, your immortality?) What if the necessary condition was you had to be friends with Oasis (for eternity?)

Mark E. Smith – SINCE WHEN?

GTV- What is the title of The Fall’s new album. What’s the significance of the title?

Mark E. Smith – RE-MIT. WHICH MEANS I NEED A GLOVE WHEN I GO OUT.

GTV- Where did you look to for inspiration for this album?

Mark E. Smith – TRIED TO KEEP IT AS SHARP AND HARD AS POSSIBLE. YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH INDOLENT PRODUCERS.

GTV- What piece of work are you most proud of?

Mark E. Smith – RE-MIT, MAYBE HEX.

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Keith Levene ‘s COMMERCIAL ZONE 2014 crowdfunding campaign

Keith Levene's  ”COMMERCIAL ZONE 2014”I just got some surprising and wonderful news from Keith Levene ‘s publicist announcing a crowd-funding campaign which has just been launched for Keith Levene ‘s “Commercial Zone  2014″ album. As Keith Levene and PiL fans know, the original “Commercial Zone” album was intended to be PiL’s fourth album, but the album was “shelved” due to lack of support and creative differences between band members.  It was this album, in fact, that put the final nail in the coffin for the creative pairing between Johnny Lydon and Keith Levene, dissolving what was left of the original and best line up PiL ever had. Levene ended up coming to the US and releasing a limited number of copies of the album and Johnny Lydon ended up re-recording five songs and putting it out as “This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get” (1984).

 “I know there’s been a gap in time of thirty years.  However, it seems like it’s coming right on time for a myriad of reasons.” - Keith Levene

Keith Levene Three decades later, Keith Levene has decided to look back on this album with fresh eyes. As Levene states on his crowd funding site:

“With Commercial Zone 2014 you will get what the fourth album was supposed to be – and much more.  It will be much better because it’s current, it contains the best of the original tracks, plus remixes, plus original material, and has the benefit of 30 years of my work.  So it’s not another tired, old, re-release of stuff that’s been out since 1978 or 1981.  It’s fresh.  I’ve had time to reflect. So yeah, it’s better,” he states.

So here’s the press release and the website: http://igg.me/at/KeiThLeVeNeCZ2014/x/2194670

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KEITH LEVENE ANNOUNCES CROWD FUNDING FOR

”COMMERCIAL ZONE 2014” INITIATIVE

For immediate release – March 23, 2014: Clash/Public Image Ltd. founding member, Keith Levene will establish a crowd-funding project on Indiegogo to produce the “Commercial Zone 2014” initiative after three decades.

In 1982-1983, Levene composed what was intended to be PiL’s fourth album, the Commercial Zone.  However, lack of support and creative differences over that album led Levene to leave PiL and abandon the project in the Spring of 1983.

“Finally producing the Commercial Zone my way will allow me to finish important unfinished business,” explains Levene. “I know there’s been a gap in time of thirty years.  However, it seems like it’s coming right on time for a myriad of reasons. For instance PiL’s debut album First Issue from 1978 was released in America for the first time ever only last year by PiL Official.  And now, they have released another repackaged album called PiL Gold which contains something like 24 of 28 tunes from the first three albums – which I composed.”

“So now with Commercial Zone 2014 you will get what the fourth album was supposed to be – and much more.  It will be much better because it’s current, it contains the best of the original tracks, plus remixes, plus original material, and has the benefit of 30 years of my work.  So it’s not another tired, old, re-release of stuff that’s been out since 1978 or 1981.  It’s fresh.  I’ve had time to reflect. So yeah, it’s better,” he states.

“Many people have not heard about Commercial Zone. In 1984, PiL saw fit to release a diluted version of my work and saw fit to call it This is What You Want, This is What You Get.  I leave you to draw you own conclusions regarding that,” Levene says.

A 35 picture book preview of original artwork, photos, and words from Levene’s forthcoming book “Diary” will accompany Commercial Zone 2014.