Wednesday, October 7, 2020

"I'll Be the Lakebed" - Dylan Gilbert

"I'll Be the Lakebed" is the 10-song album by Dylan Gilbert. He answered the following questions in October 2020...

(Album Cover by Amanda Johnson)

Hi Dylan. How did you make “I'll Be the Lakebed”

Fender Strat, Roland VT 2 & 3, Baby Grand Piano, Korg Volca Sample, Clarinet, GarageBand, and an iPhone7.
Justin Aswell helped with
additional production, mixing, and mastering with additional engineering by Greg Gilbert.

One Eyed Jacks or The Roadhouse?

The Roadhouse. The music is just too dreamy and Julee Cruise is a national treasure.


Was it easier to start “I'll Be the Lakebed” or complete it? 

It was much, much easier to start the album. For me that’s always the way, ideas can flow so naturally and effortlessly, but to get those ideas to a place where I feel comfortable sharing them is a challenge. It’s almost two different creative practices, one is about dreaming and one is organizational.

Slow Boat to China or Quick Bus to Chinatown?

I’ve taken a Quick Bus to Chinatown. In the middle of the first tour I did with Zach and John in 2010 we took a Chinatown Bus to and from NYC. I had two sprained ankles when we left NYC and the bus broke down somewhere in Maryland, so we partied all night with a camera crew from "TRL" until morning where we got a lift back to Norfolk and slept it off at this Army dude’s flooded apartment. 

What are you going to do next?

I’ve always been a planner, but 2020 has been a hard year to make plans in. Thankfully, a few exciting collaborations and projects are starting to find inspiration again, so I’ve got those to look forward to. I’d like to spend the better part of the next year answering that question for myself. I know I want to write, but I’m still dreaming right now.

(Photo by Jordan Parker Hoban)

"Blowin’ in the Wind" or "Idiot Wind"?

Idiot Wind”. It’s a mean song, but "Blood on the Tracks" is my favorite Dylan record. 

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore? Why did you stop using it?

I’m that person who still has access to every email account I’ve ever had. Except, I think I’m locked out of my Queens University email.

"Revolution 1" or "Revolution 9"?

I hear there’s a version of both mashed together. That would be my pick. “Revolution 9” is so underrated.

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Are you getting enough rest?

What's some stuff people should check out?

Green (album) by Hiroshi Yoshimura,
Through the Looking Glass (album) by Midori Takada, Steve Lacey (single/mini album) by DJHaych4Now, Fly (album) by Yoko Ono, Super Body Games RPG (video game album) by Body Games, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (album) by Thelonious Monk

Babbling Corpse
(book) by Grafton Tanner

Avatar: The Last Airbender (cartoon television show), Red Dwarf (bbc television show)

art | tea (podcast) by Sarah Ingel, Kicking it with Titus and Cooley (podcast)

Malcolm X (film) by Spike Lee, Ewoks 3: Endor’s Game (made for TV movie) by George Lucas, Let the Fire Burn (documentary) by Jason Osder, The unaired original pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

(Photo by Sarah Ingel)

Watch the FULL "I'll Be the Lakebed" Visual Album here

Buy the "I'll Be the Lakebed" CD

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Randall Grommesh Whistles

Randall Grommesh Whistles popular songs in the comfort of a dimly lit room with no musical accompaniment.

Randall Grommesh Whistles and livestreams his whistling to the world. He used to just post videos. Wonder why he livestreams now? Nobody knows. He never responds to comments. Try. Ask him.

Randall Grommesh Whistles in a slightly brighter room sometimes. With an air conditioner providing a soft hum in the background.

Randall Grommesh Whistles a lot.

Randall Grommesh Whistles without a shirt occasionally.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"Drinking My Way Up" - Wes & The Railroaders

"Drinking My Way Up" is the 5-song EP by Wes & The Railroaders. Wes Hamilton answered the following questions in September 2020...

Hi Wes. How did you make “Drinking My Way Up”?

We had our standard setup, so 2 guitars (me on acoustic and Steve Longo on electric), bass (Ethan Ricks), drums (Pat Bowden), and mandolin (Steve) on a couple. Guest musicians include Jean Prewitt from Carolina Gator Gumbo on accordion, Jason Atkins added keys, and Ian Pasquini played fiddle. I also put some pedal steel on a few tracks. I tracked the acoustic guitar the same day we tracked drums so I played for almost 8 hours that day. Listen closely - I'm pretty sure you can hear my fingers screaming in pain on a few songs. And Buzz Gibson did the cover art.

Waylon or Willie?

That's a really hard one to answer. It depends on the day really. I've been watching a lot of older episodes of "Austin City Limits" lately and I really think the first one with Willie and the '89 episode with Waylon are some of the best. In conclusion, I like them both equally.

Was it easier to start “Drinking My Way Up” or complete it?

It was easier to start I think. We tracked drums and acoustic guitar with Justin Faircloth and we did the rest at Ethan's house. It took us a while, but we weren't really rushing it either. Every time I was going to track vocals, my allergies were killing me and I couldn't sing. It was a lot of stress making sure I got everything ready to be released on time. I think I got everything in at the very last minute.

Gram Parsons or Alan Parsons?

Gram. But I have really only become a fan in the last few years. I wasn't a fan for a while, but something clicked one day and I really started to dig it. I can also understand why a lot of people aren't a fan. 

What are you doing to do next?

I'm stuck at home playing a lot of guitar and doing some writing. Hoping to have a fresh new batch of songs when shows are a thing again.

Roger Miller or Miller Lite?

Roger Miller, duh.

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore?

At one point in my late teens I was really into BMX.
I'm pretty sure the site doesn't exist anymore. It was basically like an Angelfire website in the late 90's/early 00's.

Showmars or Bojangles?

Bojangles, duh. Bojangles should do a gyro. 

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Hey man!

(Wes Play Pool - Photo by Ian Pasquini)

What's some stuff that people should check out?

Everyone should listen to ZZ Top every day. Lately,
I've been obsessed with Jim Ford. He doesn't have a big discography but he's got some killer Southern soul country stuff.

"Disgraceland", "Walking the Floor", "Dollar Country", and "Cocaine & Rhinestones" are all pretty solid music related podcasts. The "Disgraceland" episode about James Taylor is wild! I like a conspiracy theory podcast called "Conspiracy Theories". My favorite book lately has been the Winnie Winston pedal steel instructional book. I restarted it now that I kinda understand how pedal steel works.

Stop what you're doing and watch
"Born in East L.A.
" right now.

(At The Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC - Photo by Alex Lacey)

Listen to "Drinking My Way Up" by Wes & The Railroaders on Spotify here

Buy it on Bandcamp here

Wes & The Railroaders Instagram

Friday, September 11, 2020

Johnny Dark Sings

Johnny Dark Sings abbreviated versions of the greatest songs ever written and records videos of himself in a mirror.

Johnny Dark Sings with no musical accompaniment and very subdued lighting.

Johnny Dark Sings a lot.

Johnny Dark Sings and we listen.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Album Review: Thrift Store Shampoo

Artist: Tyler Baum
Title: Thrift Store Shampoo
Label: none
Year: 2020
Genre: Novelty Rock, Soundtrack, Alternative
Condition: sleeve worn, surface noise

7" EP found at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Riverside Drive in Danville, Virginia. It's the soundtrack to a short animated film that you can view here.

The songs range from emotionless mockeries of punk and jazz to spoken word ramblings over cheap drum machine beats and pseudo-psychedelic experimental surf soup. There was a large gash on side two that rendered most of the songs unlistenable. The record label is scratch and sniff. The scent is pleasant, but too powerful.

There was half of a folded up 1988 map of Manitoba included with the EP, but it could possibly have been put there by mistake.

Side One - Thrift Store Shampoo, Diatomaceous Earth, Getaway Gateway (Hobnail Boot), Free Jazz Tonite

Side Two - There's Something I've Been Thinking About, Psychic Surf Hotline, Black Licorice and Cilantro

All of the songs are very short. And there's a nude former U.S. President hidden on the back cover. It took a while to notice and cannot be unseen once seen.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sinbad's Sessions

Tube into Sinbad's Sessions the next time you're in the vicinity of YouTube. His last transmission included stuff by The Notations, Lou Donaldson, Pablo Color, Sue Barker, Cortex, and Hildegard Knef.

Listen to the music and watch the little record spin 'round and 'round...

Friday, July 12, 2019

Randy Parton Theatre

"I guess we just got throw'd out d'place..."

Did you work at the Randy Parton Theatre in Roanoke Rapids, NC in 2006 or 2007?

Did you attend one of Randy's "Little Bit of Life" or "Carolina Christmas" shows?

Were you a member of Randy's band, Moonlight Bandits?

Do you have any memorable stories about the Theatre or Randy Parton?

Are YOU Randy Parton?

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