Here's your rush hour podcast listening. The low-end legend himself Mike Watt interviewed The Yawpers frontman Nate Cook, and it is WILDLY entertaining. Together they cover all sorts of territory (including how Green Day Dookie was punk rock training wheels and why poetry can influence music more than music) and provide a brilliant primer on the history of The Yawpers....Read more
For The Bluegrass Situation, Stephen Deusner tells the tale of The Mekons and Robbie Fulks's Jura, and the history and influence of the island that serves as the album's namesake. It's drunken, ill-advised, and one-of-a-kind, just how we like our Mekons. Read it here.
"Jura jolted these musicians into a different gear and made them adjust...Read more
Noisey / VICE caught up with Murder By Death ahead of their three-night stint this weekend at the Stanley Hotel (yes, The Shining hotel) to figure out how they come up with all these cool ideas, like playing in an underground cave in Kentucky and ringing in the New Year with fans in a saloon near Joshua Tree.
It's a splendid interview. MBD's inventive way...Read more
Robbie Fulks is the musical guest of honor on the new episode of Matt Besser's Improv4humans! Matt and distinguished comedian guests Horatio Sanz, Mary Holland, and John Gemberling create improv routines based on Robbie's songs, which he performs live on the show. Yes, we know, this is a match made in comedic heaven. It's everything...Read more
The Yawpers (those eloquent bastards) were guest editors for MAGNET Magazine for the last couple weeks and every piece is worth reading. From vinyl record collecting to sociopolitical issues in their hometown of Denver, to Bob Dylan's dark times in the '80s, they cover it all. No one ever accused The Yawpers of being narrowly focused. And yes, drummer Noah wrote...Read more
Released ahead of their annual 'Tonksgiving' shows, the EP was recorded during a 2014 show at Off Broadway in St. Louis. KDHX has the scoop along with a stream of the live version of "Caney Mountain" and an interview with frontman Brian...Read more
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages guitarist and Cincinnati/Boston punk scene stalwart Peter Greenberg chatted with Cincinnati Magazine for a fascinating (and hilarious) interview about all sorts of things from his stints in DMZ, The Lyres, and The Customs to his famous chili (which Barrence loves). There's also some insight on how Peter and Barrence linked up to create The Savages...Read more
We are thrilled and elated to announce that Chicago's own intrepid songwriter and lightning-fingered banjoist/guitarist Al Scorch has joined the Bloodshot ranks! We will release Al's (outstanding!) new album in early 2016. The Bluegrass Situation has the scoop here.
Scorch is a staple of the Chicago DIY music scene, and we've seen him entertain at all sorts of venues with all...Read more
The piece also includes an interview with lead Bottle Rocket Brian Henneman about the making of the song, and it sounds like ...Read more
"Barrence Whitfield lets loose some ungodly screams in the song “I’m a Full Grown Man,” a track on the new album by his band the Savages..."
The Wall Street Journal is streaming a howlin' new Barrence Whitfield & The Savages song on their Speakeasy blog! The song is from the band's upcoming Bloodshot album Under the Savage Sky,...Read more
Noisey / VICE published a fascinating long-read interview with Sally Timms of the Mekons, who are now on tour supporting the DVD and digital release of the film Revenge of the Mekons. Click here for dates.
Banditos' music video for "The Breeze" is posted for your viewing pleasure on Rolling Stone / Rolling Stone Country! Watch the video and then read the scoop on the making of it, as told by singer/guitarist Corey Parsons. (Take note that the performance shots are filmed at a riverside party thrown by a totally badass Alabama...Read more