“I took Robbie’s class on a whim,” Fey said. “I’m not musical. I was onstage at The Second City, and I thought it would be helpful if I could play the ukulele or the guitar in one of the sketches, the one called ‘Grandma’s Records.’"
Storied Chicago country music artist Robbie Fulks chatting with California punk bassist Mike Watt! What could go wrong? Well...nothing! These two get along great on this episode of the Watt From Pedro Show podcast and go real in-depth (seriously...they talk about Robbie singing Oscar the Grouch's "I Love Trash" as a kid and how Robbie wrote "Cigarette State" while...Read more
"Stay away from any "tacqueria" with reclaimed wood counters, Ball jar light fixtures, and single word names." —Al Scorch on finding good tacos on the road
The Bluegrass Situation asked Sir Scorch for all of his on-the-road favorites across America, from snacks to truck stops, and car games to driving music (Joni Mitchell AND Wu-Tang Clan). It could be...Read more
Robbie Fulks met up with Wall Street Journal writer John Jurgensen at a Chicago cafe (we heard it was the Map Room in Bucktown - so was it coffee or high-octane craft beers?) and laid down some truth in an interview about his latest album Upland Stories.
"You get to that point in life where there’s more behind you...Read more
As we're mourning the loss of The Purple One, Lydia Loveless chatted with Rolling Stone about Prince's impact on her, as well as what it was like recording "I Would Die 4 U" for last year's Record Store Day single with Cory Branan.
Two years ago we made a lot of you angry by way of an April Fool's...Read more
Legendary punk bassist and musical brainiac Mike Watt talked the nitty gritty with Banditos guitarists Corey and Jeff on the Watt From Pedro Show podcast. They cover everything from busking in Birmingham to their early thrash metal bands to how well the motorcycle gangs have taken to Banditos' music (the name is purely coincidental). Plus Watt tells Watt stories....Read more
If you have yet to dive into Upland Stories or Robbie Fulks in general...this is your primer. The Guardian paints the essential picture of an artist who "has been releasing his own brand of country music that is rooted in tradition, but is too adventuresome to stay there." Read it here.
The legend Mike Watt interviewed the legend Barrence Whitfield on The Watt from Pedro Show podcast! Hear Watt & Whitfield chat early influences, the links between soul and punk, the newest Barrence Whitfield & The Savages album Under the Savage Sky, and much more! Two rock titans talkin' shop! Don't miss it! LISTEN HERE.
(If ya ain't heard Mike Watt...Read more
"It wasn't called the Waco Brothers yet -- it was called Jonboy & Deano's Church of Country and Western Music. And it was at the Rainbo Club in Chicago. It was just me and Dean doing maudlin country covers. And Tracey [Dear] turned up with a mandolin and got on stage. They paid us some money and gave us free beer,...Read more
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