Interviews

Episode 281: Jason A. Mullinax

Episode 281: Jason A. Mullinax

Jason A. Mullinax is a father, multi-instrumentalist, music nerd, educator, creative lifer, and, most importantly, the author of his remarkable new album, Time Being.

Come hang with us in the basement for a while as we talk to Jason about a lifetime in music, the intersections between outer-space and modern pop, and pretty much everything in-between.

Let's get cosmic, kidz...


Episode 269: Jamal Gray

Episode 269: Jamal Gray

Musical shaman Jamal Gray (Nag Champa, CMPVTR CLVB) is a creator, an educator, a motivator, a instigator, a father, a son, a being of the universe, and, most importantly, one of the the most vibrant and important voices in #newDC's burgeoning creative scene.

For the next hour and change he's here in the basement preaching the new gospel for the most powerful city in the world. Hang out for a while. Get illuminated. 

PLUS! Jules Hale's tape project Den Mate found a home last year on DC's Babe City Records, and her atmospheric self-titled debut LP was the result. Get a taste of one of DC's best with the track "Insomniac", then get obsessed. 


Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

After years of laying down the blues as a solo act and sideman extraordinaire, Washington, DC based guitarist Bobby Thompson and some of his closest brothers in arms have joined forces in their new band, Revelator Hill.

It's a conversation you don't want to miss when Bobby drops by the basement to chat about the new album, growing up on a steady diet of rock n' roll, over-the-top guitar nerdery, and more!


Episode 235: Naseem Khuri of Kingsley Flood

Episode 235: Naseem Khuri of Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood frontman Naseem Khuri has built his career writing songs about social injustice and the importance of sticking up for the "little guy"

On their latest album, Another Other, he's turning his observational acumen inwards to explore not just how we relate to others, but, more importantly, why.

Khuri joined us in the basement a week before America's historic election to talk about the new album, writing introspectively versus observationally, the band's upcoming LP release show in Washington, DC on 11/19, and much, much more. 


Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.

Predictably, it TOO, slayed.

Before a recent tour stop in the nation's capital, Wasner joined us to talk about how Flock Of Dimes came about, creating versus destroying, relocation, and the power of small actions on the world around you. 

Did we mention how much Jenn Wasner slays?


Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

Singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz's debut LP, Oleander, is a sublime exploration of modern romance that wears its influences on its sleeve and is bursting at the seams with humor, heart, and class. It's also one of the best albums of 2016.

When she's not busy making great albums, Gudasz can be found palling around on stage with members of Big Star, Wilco, R.E.M., and more.

She's KINDA a big deal.

Lucky for you, Skylar had time to hang out with us in the basement to talk about her unique approach to songwriting, the making of Oleander, performing with music legends and much more.

Guys...we're gonna need you to get hip to this, OK?


Episode 231: Death

Episode 231: Death

In 1971, history was made when brothers Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney got together to jam, and inadvertently "created" punk music in the process. That history wouldn't be discovered until almost 40 years later, and having their story told in the documentary A Band Called Death in 2013the group is touring again, making new music, and finding new fans everywhere they turn.

More importantly, their story has now been recognized by the recently opened National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC, where a piece of their legend is now a permanent exhibit in the latest addition to the Smithsonian.

We caught up with the band the weekend of the museum's opening to talk about their history, their legacy, and so much more. 


Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Over the course of her career, Sara Watkins (I'm With Her, Nickel Creek) has stretched the boundaries of bluegrass, toured the world, and collaborated with legends of the music industry, all the while continuing to shape her own formidable legacy.

Right now, she's sitting down to chat with us about her new album Young In All The Wrong Ways, how she got hooked on music and more. 

For realz.


Episode 223: Aaron "Ab" Abernathy

Episode 223: Aaron "Ab" Abernathy

Aaron "Ab" Abernathy has built his career on helping artists like Black Milk and Slum Village elevate their art, but now he's breaking out on his own with his new album, Monologue.

A potent combination of autobiography and R&B retrospect, Monologue is a capital "S" SOUL record, that recounts Abernathy's formative years growing up outside Cleveland, Ohio. We sit down with Aaron to discuss the origins of the album, why his high school experience had such an important impact on his life even today, and the power of art and truth in times when we need help the most.

PLUS! Hailing from the Bay Area, R&B outfit The Seshen's second LP Flames and Figures is out on 10/14 and we've got a taste of the first single for you to get on down to. 


Episode 205: Franz Nicolay and The Humorless Ladies of Border Control

Episode 205: Franz Nicolay and The Humorless Ladies of Border Control

Franz Nicolay is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, true punk philosopher, and now…an author.

The Humorless  Ladies of Border Patrol chronicles Nicolay and his wife Maria’s tour through the underground punk/DIY scene of Russia and the Ukraine and is unlike any travelogue that has come before it. Immersive, poignant, and a treat for the senses , Ladies is the next step in an already vital career for Nicolay that is required reading for fans of music, punk, or just gaining a new perspective on the world we all share.

But enough of us gabbing. How about we let Franz tell you all about it…


Episode 201: The Mystery Lights

Episode 201: The Mystery Lights

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That's kinda what it's like listening to The Mystery Lights.

This is what it's like talking with them.


Episode 200: Bob Boilen

Episode 200: Bob Boilen

Sixteen years ago, All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen didn’t just change the game with his podcast about the music he loved and nothing but, he pretty much INVENTED the game.

Now Bob has set his sights on the literary world with his new book Your Song Changed My Life. A collection of conversations that is “…less like a record and more like a stack of 45’s,” Your Song Changed My Life checks in with some of rock and roll’s biggest names, as well as a few up -and -coming greats to explore not just what makes these artists tick, but why music is so important to us all.

For our 200th episode we’re sitting down with Bob to talk about his book, his life as a journalist (and other things), what drives his love of music, and much, much more.

Whether you’re a fan of All Songs Considered, a creative looking for inspiration or just a lover of music, this podcast might change your life.


Episode 193: Robert Ellis

Episode 193: Robert Ellis

With 2011's Photograph and 2014's The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis established himself as one best singer-songwriters working today. 

Robert Ellis, his third major release (and one of the best albums of 2016) builds on that foundation, but refuses to be constrained to any genre, country or otherwise. 

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, Robert stopped by the basement to talk about his new album, life on the road and how great songwriting beats all. 

You deserve this podcast. You earned it. 


Episode 189: Laura Gibson

Episode 189: Laura Gibson

In March of this year, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson released Empire Builder. Not only was it her strongest record to date, but it is undeniably one of 2016's finest releases.

Around that time, we invited Laura (and her band) over the morning after an exhilarating performance at Iota Club and Café to talk about the new album, her transition to becoming a (mostly) full-time New Yorker, higher learning, and much much more. 

PLUS: Our friend Jonny Grave drops by to talk about his new album and the release show on June 7th for said album where he aims to prove its mettle to ya.

This is podcasting at it's fullest potential. 


Episode 187: RIP Above The Bayou

Episode 187: RIP Above The Bayou

 

A few years ago in the small town of Washington, DC, Maddy Wolpow-Gindi and Quinn Meyers (along with the steady hand of friend Jordan Grobe on sound) set out to host a few rock shows at their shared space above a Cajun restaurant known as The Bayou.

Over the course of two years that space which started out just hoping to turn out "a few rock shows" turned into one of the most vibrant and vital music venues the nation's capital has ever seen.

But all good (great) things come to an end, and so it was that the last bittersweet notes rang loud from Above the Bayou's withered bay windows out into the streets of DC in May of this year. 

Dead is dead, and the past is the past, but there are always stories to be received from those who were there.

This is theirs. 


Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Since 2001, Fruit Bats' Eric Johnson has proven time and time again why he has become one of the 21st Century's most revered songwriters. After a brief "retirement" where he released music under his own name - 2014's excellent EDJ - Johnson has revived the Fruit Bats name and delivered Absolute Loser, one of the strongest and most personal albums of his career.

Before his recent show here in Washington, DC, Johnson stopped by the basement to talk about his new record, the worth of a name, almost two decades in the constantly shifting music industry, and much, much more.

Dig it. Dig it the most.


Episode 175: Lucy Dacus

Episode 175: Lucy Dacus

Way back in February, Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.

No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.

This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.*

*we included a sweet track from one of Lucy's fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan too because AWESOME, that's why.