Here's a grand interview with Exene Cervenka from the The Sunbreak in Seattle. She talks about working with Ray Manzarek of the Doors, how X would jam to Carl Perkins tunes early on, why record stores are important, what her favorite albums are and so much more. It's a great, informative read and, as we keep mentioning, that's getting rarer and rarer in the blogosphere. There's even this little snippet that made us blush (for the record, we did NOT pay her to say this, or threaten her in any way.)
"Tell me a little about your relationship with Bloodshot Records. They're very akin spiritually to the vibe you've always been on."
Exene: "That's the first time I've ever heard of a record label being accused of spirituality--they're usually considered heartless bastards that everyone hates [laughs]. But not in the case of Bloodshot. Spirituality, indeed. They asked me to do a record, and I was thrilled to death, because I love Bloodshot Records, and they've been nothing but good to me. They really have worked hard. Everyone who works there is smart, intuitive, caring. I've done a couple of South-by-Southwests since I've been on Bloodshot. They just work their asses off to get this music out. They really believe in what they're doing, and they're awesome. Best label I've ever been on."
This show is archived here.
The Blacks will appear TOMORROW (April 28th) on Chicago's local arts/news show 848. It will air at 9 am Central time. Listen to 91.5 WBEZ tomorrow in the Chicagoland (as you will likely be sitting in traffic somewhere....) or online HERE.
Maybe they will let the band takeover. Maybe the band will take it over anyway. Maybe they will be polite and answer the questions thoughtfully. Maybe they will grab the mic and scream out the studio window that they're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore a la Peter Finch in Network.
Who knows? That's what makes the Blacks so much fun
In what could be the most awesome thing sent to us all month, here's a video of a Janesville, WI show choir covering Firewater's "This Is My Life" off of their Bloodshot release, The Golden Hour. Says Firewater's ringleader Tod, "It's kind of impossible to describe the feeling I get from watching this."
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE TO APPEAR ON A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION AND HBO’S “TREME” THIS WEEKEND
Set your radios and DVRs for this weekend. Saturday, Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. A longtime public radio favorite, PHC live this weekend from NYC’s Town Hall. Justin appears along with Broadway actress Kate Beahen and folk singer Heather Masse. Check HERE for local listings and airtimes
Sunday, Justin appears – and performs – on HBO’s Treme.
We can't say a ton, but here's what we can tell you: Justin appears on the episode with his dad, Steve Earle. There's acting. There's performing. And it all starts Sunday night at 10pm EST/9pm CST on HBO.
Treme is the latest effort from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, collaborators on TV shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme looks at ordinary people as they try to rebuild their lives, homes, and culture in the aftermath of the hurricane. The series has boasted quite a few amazing musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
If that weren't enough, check out JTE talking clothes, picking out clothes and just being stylish in THIS Barking Irons video
Finally, in mid-May, Justin is heading into the studio to make the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 record Midnight at the Movies.