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Episode 211: Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

Episode 211: Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

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Lori McKenna is one of the most respected songwriters working "in" Nashville today. On her tenth album , The Bird & The Rifle she's stepping out once again and proving that whether it's behind the scenes or on the big stage, she's one of the best around.

On their latest album, Ambulance, Sweden's The Amazing have embarked on yet another sonic sojourn through the cosmos, and we've got a taste of the title track for you to hitch a ride on.

Best Of 2012: Andre's Picks


Hundred Visions – Permanent Basement

Good morning class, my name is Dr. Jim Sullivan and I’ll be your instructor for this semester’s class; Introduction on How to Rock Face 101. Here is your first assignment. I want you to go home, put on Hundred Visions Permanent Basement and loosen up your rock maneuvers along with some serious rock face. Although, there is one condition, you cannot, and I repeat, do not, at any point in this exercise rock face to this album into or near a mirror or any other reflective surfaces.  I’ll see you all tomorrow for our discussion.

Welcome back class. Well, based upon the look on all of your melted faces, you probably think that I’m disappointed to see that you all have failed to follow the instructions. Billy, what was the last instruction I gave? Uhhhmmm, don’t look into a mirror or reflective surface while rocking face to Hundred Visions? Correct Billy, and based on your experience, why would I give you that instruction? Uhhhmmm, because even the reflection alone of how hard this album makes us rock face would cause us to melt our own faces off? Correct Billy, but sometimes the best education is experiencing the true power of rocking face first hand. You can thank Hundred Visions for that one. Good job class, now let me tell you about an album I like to call U.F.O.



Damien Jurado - Maraqopa

Similar to Jim Sullivan’s 1969 masterpiece U.F.O., Maraqopa is a lush, multi-layered and mysterious sounding folk album that may not get the credit it deserves in its day and age.  This album is also one of the few examples of how to tastefully use strings and choirs in modern music. But, like a fine wine, this one will definitely age well and stand the test of time so that it can be lauded when the Space Jesus returns (listen to podcast 17, time stamp 52 minutes for further explanation on that front.) I just hope Damien doesn’t mimic Sullivan and decide to walk into the desert and get summoned back to another planet where the general public appreciates his music in the time when it is actually happening.  So, as Carrie would say, sometimes you have to ask yourself What Would Alien Jesus Do? Well, apparently he would listen to Damien Jurado. 

INTERVIEW: Christoffer Gunrup from Sweden’sThe Amazing

In 2011, Swedish "supergroup" The Amazing released their latest effort Gentle Stream. A sprawling piece of pyschedlic folk that does Laurel Canyon proud, it made Andre's Top Ten of that year, and has been in constant rotation ever since. A few weeks ago the record was re-released in America by Partisan Records, and has finally been getting the attention and praise it deserves. Andre had a chance to chat with chief songwriter Christoffer Gunrup recently,  and this is what he had to say about supergroups, jamming and Red House Painters. 

CG: Some people refer to The Amazing as a supergroup, can you give us some background on how the collective came together?

Christoffer: I mean we started a few years back and it was just me needing to play with some people, so I contacted the former drummer of Dungen who is an old friend of mine and we needed a bass player so we contacted Reine Fiske and we just jammed and drank heavily and that is basically what we did for awhile.

CG: Did the idea of creating a band out of this really come as the byproduct of just getting together and jamming and saying “Hey this sounds really good, we should figure out songs and create a band out of this?”

Christoffer: Yes and no, I suppose because all three of us were in bands and we knew what playing was about, so we never really needed to talk about it, things just happened, and it just kept growing from there, and people came and went, but Reine was there from the beginning.

CG: Are any of you still playing in other groups?

Christoffer: Yes and no, its the main group for me and probably Alexis Benson, one of the bass players, but the other guys do a lot of stuff, the drummer Moussa Fadera is mainly a jazz drummer, so he is playing all the time with different jazz groups, and they also need him for all kinds of music, but he is primarily a jazz drummer. 

CG: What is the process like for developing new material like the tracks on your latest album Gentle Stream in this kind of group dynamic?

Christoffer: Usually, so far it has been quite easy, I usually come along with a simple, straightforward song and melody and I just play, I never talk to them about what I want or what I want them to do, what I need or what I feel.  I just play because it is awkward to talk about it, they just do it and usually it turns out the way I like it.



Episode 16: Rocktober And Everything After

In this, the headiest podcast yet, the gang tells all about the month that almost killed them, fogs up the van and travels back in time, because why the hell not? PLUS!!! New music from Australia's Tame Impala, Sweden's The Amazing, and finally (!!!) Florida's Roadkill Ghost Choir!!!

Episode 16: Rocktober And Everything After"

Best of 2011 Day 2: Andre's picks

Hope everyone enjoyed Ethan's picks yesterday. Today we move on to Andre's picks, which per his instructions are in no particular order. But, um, he may like Blitzen Trapper a little bit.


Fruit Bats - Tripper

I've never been addicted to crack, but there were times this year that I understood what it was like when you just needed that fix. Easily the album that got the most spins on the old player this year for me, or at least the album I would have gone on Maury Povich to tell the world that I've accepted that I have a problem.