Tue, 23 February 2016
Today on the show we have Jeffery Theimer, the man behind our yearly New Noise music festival in Santa Barbara, and I want to point out, the man who helped bring Run the Jewels to town. If you were there, you know how epic that was, one of the best hip-hop acts right now playing the FunkZone.
Over the last few years he's brought to town Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Jack Johnson, Fitz & the Tantrums, Black Lips, Ariel Pink, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and a whole slew of others. If it weren't for him, a lot of us wouldn't have seen these acts.
Santa Barbara's music scene goes around in cycles and for a few years we'll have some really good promoters and bookers bringing amazing acts to town…then they kind of burn out. Or we have a plethora of bands and then suddenly we have none. Or we have a lot of places to go and see music, and then suddenly we don't.
But that's my view. What's Jeffrey's? That's what we get into in this interview, as well as tales of how we got to Santa Barbara from Oklahoma with a side trek to the UK. We also get to hear about the beginning of Pandora.com, the future of the Funk Zone, his first gig, Kids in the Hall, working at BBC Radio One and working for Steve Lamacq, the economics of the promotion business in Santa Barbara, and the effect of the West Beach Festival on events in Santa Barbara.
Wed, 17 February 2016
Lead singer from rock band Vajra
Today on the show we have Annamaria Pinna from the rock band Vajra, who were just in town in January playing a gig at Velvet Jones and so I was lucky to get a chance to talk to their lead singer before she and the band left for their gig. In fact, while we chatted, the band was in the room with us, because that's how bands travel. Here is photo proof!
If you follow Vajra's music you know it's hard to pigeonhole, and that's probably why you like them. There's a bit of hard rock, some metal, in there, some goth, but also a lot of Eastern spirituality as well as Eastern drone and Eastern scales.
And a big thanks to Catherine at Electric Sex Enterprises for bringing them to town and setting up this interview.
Wed, 10 February 2016
Star of theatre, television, and film for nearly seven decades!
Today on the show we have star of stage and screen big and small, Lynn Cohen, who is currently starring in a comedy film at this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Pickle Recipe. This is a charming little comedy about an uncle and his nephew trying to get the family recipe for some classic pickles from the one person who knows how they're made, that's right a feisty grandmother played by Lynn Cohen. You'll know her from playing Magda in Sex and the City, and maybe you've seen her in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, on on bit parts in Nurse Jackie, or as Mags in the Hunger Games, or as Golda Meir in Spielberg's Munich, or recently in an episode of Master of None. Go to the website for this show, look at her photo and you'll know who we're talking about.
But here's the thing too: she's been a fixture of the stage since she was a teenager and had played everything from Ibsen and Shakespeare to Neil Simon to everybody in between.
I apologize for this episode because it's so short and I was given such a small window with Lynn that I'm trying to cram everything in. We could have made this a three-hour episode, really, as she's crossed paths with damn near everybody.
In the meantime, go check out thepicklerecipe.com to see this film. It's directed by Michael Manasseri, written by Sheldon Cohn and Gary Wolfson, and also stars John Dore and David Paymer and Eric Edlestein and you will both get a chuckle out of it and want to head immediately afterwards to a deli to get a pastrami on rye, I'm not kidding you. Also, thanks to Carol Green and Kim Dixon for making this happen, and the guys at the Rondo for putting me up.
Wed, 3 February 2016
Amazing guitarist, singer-songwriter, and mouth-trumpeter!
Today on the show we have jazz guitarist, soul singer, soul songwriter, and mouth trumpeter extraordinare Raul Midon. Raul was in town recently for the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, brought here by UCSB’s Arts&Lectures, and so when I got a chance to sit down with the man and talk about his history and his music, I immediately said yes please. He’s played with Bill Withers, with India Arie, Lizz Right, Richard Bona, and many others. He also got a chance to be produced by the legendary Arif Mardin of Atlantic Records.
I first heard Midon on this viral video of him playing John Coltrane’s "Giant Steps" in all 12 keys on acoustic guitar and with that mouth trumpet accompaniment. It’s really an amazing thing. His most recent album is Don’t Hesitate, on the Artistry Music label.