Friday, July 30th, 2010
Doug and White Horses got plugged and interviewed the other day for a site called Thoughts in Progress. Read to exist. Also worth noting that White Horses is 15% off until August 13th if you enter the code: BEACHREAD305 at checkout. That is all. Here is the interview
“I think WHITE HORSES was my attempt to create something that might possibly make all these bad things better. Like I could weave a safety net out of words. Like I might be able to save what little I still had. I think all these desperate factors together created a sort of poetry.” -Doug
Monday, February 16th, 2009
The Mission of Burma Interview from last month is alive and kicking. Check out the Space Blog and read on young adventurer. Burma has long been of of my favorite bands. It was a pleasure to get to meet them.
AL: At what point did that terror fade where you were thought, “alright, maybe we have a chance at not sucking.”
CC: I guess after the first round of gigs. They went really well.
PP: And also after a year or two when we got a concentrated batch of shows, at the end of it, it was actually like a machine, and like you’re supposed to feel in a band.
Monday, January 26th, 2009
Had the pleasure of an interview with the band Mission of Burma last night before their show at Space Gallery. Look for the interview as well as some video in the next couple days landing on the Space Blog. It shames and amazes me that these 50 year old guys are producing more spirited punk than most of the youth today. Simultaneously encouraging and crushing.
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
And as an added bonus, here is thee unedited audio in full
It was an absolute pleasure to do this interview, my dream interview really, just sharing stories an insight. Not once did I have to resort to the droll tactics of hack music journalism.
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
Lots in motion at present. I’ll be finishing up the interview I recently had with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge for Thirsty Media. It was a fantastic opportunity, and I had a wonderful time listening to Genesis tell stories. I am also going to upload and archive some past interviews that I forgot to put up on my own site, Steven Stapleton for one.
There’s also an interview with Gerry Casale from DEVO I’m waiting to hear back from, so look to the future for that.
In more local and immediate news, I’m helping to put on Space Gallery in Portland’s New Years Party. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what date that is going down.
So if you’re a Portlander, or in the area around New Years, swing by that. There is also a lot of super secret projects in the works, but I am not currently at liberty to speak about them because then they would cease to be super secret, and would just have to be considered secret since no one reads this blog.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
My interview with Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound finally wnet up on Thirsty Media today. I had a great chat with Stapleton, and there’s some interesting bits of wisdom (or anti-wisdom) to be found in the exchange.
NWW recently put out a new album of almost jaunty lounge tunes. A weird experience as usual. Expect the unexpected. Elephants are contagious.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
It was pre-arranged, but we met over the phone a few weeks ago. Steven Stapleton, is of course the only thing even remotely consistent about the long running surrealist music menagerie Nurse With Wound. He was a very delightful chap to speak with, and has just released a new album, The Huffin’ Rag Blues, and is back on the road touring after a twenty year absence. Thirsty will be dropping in a full transcript and an edited version of the audio in a few days, but I figured I’d go ahead and post the full audio from the interview here for everybody who’s interested.
Sunday, August 17th, 2008
I recently had an interview with underground icon and Surrealist (non)musician Steven Stapleton. Along from the nearly 30 years as Nurse With Wound (NWW) Stapleton has collaborated frequently with David Tibet of Current 93, as well as with: Lemon Kittens, COIL, Volcano the Bear, the Legendary Pink Dots, and many others. Despite a career steeped in “the dark stuff” I found him to be a quite pleasant gentleman. We chatted about what it’s like to have such a long running project, what got him back out touring again (after a twenty year absence), art, inspiration, and the future of female rap music (seriously). It went exceptionally well. Look for the transcribed interview and the full audio right here, and over at Thirsty Media come September 1st. Until the future!
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
New Thirsty Media is up, and with it, my article and interview with now defunct industrial pioneers, Ministry. The interview is with Sin Quirin of Revolting Cocks and Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, both of whom have been recording and touring with Ministry for a while. If you’ve missed it, Ministry has put out some really great albums in the last couple years, and now they’ve called it quits.
The interesting thing is that, rather than fading out into irrelevance, Ministry have pumped out some of the best albums they’ve ever recorded in very short order. They sound as fierce as ever, the music can still knock a few teeth out, and to see them on stage for this final leg of their final tour, it’s clear they’re still having a great time doing what they’re doing. To talk to them you hear that they are, if anything, going to be even more active in the wake of Ministry. Most of the current members on the tour are active participants with active projects in Al Jourgenson’s new 13th Planet records. With a new Revolting Cocks album due out any day now, new stuff from Prong, Ascension, as well as some completely new bands, records, and collaborations in the works, it leads one to wonder if there will be much time to even miss Ministry.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
So I had my interview with Sin Quirin (formerly and presently of Revolting Cocks) and Burton C. Bell (formerly of Fear Factory) before the first big last (that makes sense) Ministry show last night. The interview went quite well. They were both very friendly gentlemen. Everything, aside from the jazz combo in the bar making recording difficult, went off without a hitch. I got the whole session recorded on my trusty Olympus MP3 recorder, played it back briefly to make sure it took, and headed across the street to the venue (House of Blues) to pay $10 for three chicken fingers and a coke. Anyway, everything was all good, but somewhere in the process of being scanned twice with a metal detector, my trusty Olympus recorder must’ve gotten wiped clean, for when I got on the bus to head home after a long night, and just because I am that paranoid of a guy, I decided to try and listen to a bit of the interview again to hear how good the audio came out, but to my shock and quickening horror, there was no interview to be found. No audio to be found. Nothing to be found. None of the 8 other tracks I had previously recorded on the device were around either. Panic set in “What the fucking hell!?”, then resignation, “Well I hate transcribing anyway.” I figured out later, and after a series of tests in which I left the device on for a long time, left it playing, left it recording, taking the battery out in the middle of it playing back, I deduced that it must have been that magnetic metal detector that was passed all over my bag. Luckily for everyone involved, I was able to find the file once I plugged my recorder into my computer, but I think the moral of the story is clear: don’t interview Ministry.