Musician Interviews

Mod and pop

Agreed, Kung Fu Monkeys, punk and ska will never die

“Five years ago here in Tijuana and all of Mexico was in a cartel drug war. Order has been restored.”

Swami’s new trip

John Reis waxes surf rock

“I think people make up their mind whether they’re going to like something before they even hear it.”

Familiar but different

No degrees of separation between Sal and Archie and Sly

“Don’t ask me to work on your car. I don’t currently have the right tools.”

I am the Delta Lady

Joe Cocker lifted Rita Coolidge

“Joe was very private, almost shy. I think the reason why he drank and did the other stuff was to bring himself out.”

Blame it on college

Ed Ghost’s “long hair, don’t care” drummer lists his hits.

“I’m pretty dang happy right now...a steady paycheck would be groovy, though.”

The abundant life of Peter Kuhn

“As things started to really break for me, I was blowing relationships and embarrassing myself in a lot of ways.”

Hardcore roots

Itai Faierman on John Waters and his fifth-grade teacher

“John Waters asked for my number so we could talk about our mutual love of pre–World War II documentaries. He never called.”

More punch to the gut

Ben Johnson holds the unique position of watching rock shows for a living and occasionally gracing the same stage. He has walked through the door at the Casbah hundreds of times to clock in for ...

Sans anesthesia

“Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” wrecked Sam Lopez

“Piercing shards of explosive feedback. Dissonant swirls of mutilated musical notes. Guttural shrieks of broken guitar.”

Zeppelin on steroids

Seventrain’s roots in ’80s Van Halen.

“I had so much fun jumping around in the crowd, I nearly lost consciousness twice.”

Plays well with others

When J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr. frontman, was preparing to record his new solo album, Tied to a Star, released on August 26, he searched for musicians capable of not only singing backup vocals but people ...

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