I love Sound Opinions and its NPR cousin podcast All Songs Considered, but I'm tired on having my new music curated by middle aged NPR dudes. Any recommendations of podcasts showcasing good new indie rock and hip-hop that include both music and discussion?Anonymous dude, this may well be the podcast you want. While any given KEXP DJ may or may not currently reside in middle age — and, be prepared, some do — they certainly don't put out the "NPR guy" vibe. Track selections do come mainly from the sprawling realms of rock and hip-hop — and all over the place within them — but they often get deep, specific and rare in the ways that the Sound Opinions of the world don't. You tune into those shows to hear a levelheaded evaluation of a song you've heard or at least about; you tune into Music That Matters to hear something you might not have ever heard otherwise, especially since the playlists lean toward Pacific Northwest artists.
Today, Jordan and I had an Important Business Lunch, where we decided that we want to do more road shows. So, with that in mind, please use this Eventful widget to tell us where you live, presuming you want us to come there. If you hate us, that's cool, just don't rub it in.
Andy Daly - Nine Sweaters
Paul F. Tompkins - Freak Wharf
Louis CK - Chewed Up
Dana Gould - Let Me Put My Thoughts In You
Maria Bamford - How To Win
Eugene Mirman - God Is A 12-Year-Old Boy With Asperger's
Brian Posehn Live In: Nerd Rage
Greg Proops - Elsewhere
Kevin Nealon - Now Hear Me Out
Doug Benson - Professional Humoredian
The Lonely Island - Incredibad
Bill Cosby - The Best Of Bill Cosby
Johnny Carson on Comedy
HAVING SOME FUN YOU GUYS.
Matt Belknap joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about battling homophobia through lies, about dark sides and much more.
Nation of Thizzlam makes a convincing argument that Princeton the Great is the worst rapper in the Bay Area... but I think they're not going far enough. Hey may be the worst rapper of all time. Worse than Jim McMahon on "Superbowl Shuffle." Holy moley.
A few years ago, I interviewed Betty Davis. In the 1970s, Davis was the wife of Miles Davis and a talented and accomplished musician in her own right. Her funk records were a bit short on vocal melody, but jam-packed with amazing grooves and raw themes. Her band featured the best funk players in the world. She was also spectacularly good looking and prone to wearing wild stage outfits.
In the late 70s, she disappeared from the music scene, and was very nearly never heard from again. At one point, a fan tracked her down so she could get the tens of thousands of dollars in royalties that she was owed by ASCAP/BMI, but she hadn't spoken publicly, much less recorded, in 20 years.
Her discography was re-released by Light in the Attic Records in 2007. She did an interview with our friend Oliver Wang for the liner notes, but that was about it. I'm a huge fan, and the people at Light in the Attic love public radio, so after weeks of concerted effort, we got her to agree to an interview with The Sound. The conditions: she wouldn't go to a studio and I wouldn't call her directly.
Our interview with Ms. Davis is one of our most popular - I think because Ms. Davis has so many fans desperate for a scrap of information about her life and career.The final interview, I think, came out pretty well. It has lots of her great music livening things up, and lots and lots of interview editing.
Since folks always ask me about this interview, I thought I'd share with you the raw audio of our conversation. Understand that the amount of editing that went into this show is very atypical - all TSOYA interviews don't sound like this in raw form. Just this one. Undoubtedly the most difficult interview of my life.
This raw interview runs 38 minutes. I won't even begin to estimate what portion of that is awkward silence.