Woody Radio DJ Mike Show #107, 4/25/2020: Jonny Campos and Lisa Said interviews!

Jonny Campos
This past Saturday’s show featured another pair of interviews! And why not–baseball season has been postponed, or cancelled, or something–so let’s just do our own doubleheader!

We started off by meeting Jonny Campos, steel guitarist of the highly-acclaimed Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers. I feel like I’m starting to collect the whole seat of Ramblers–I’ve had Louis Michot and Andre Michot on the show before. What’s really fascinating is that Jonny’s new side project, Weeks Island, is a complete 180-degree turn from what he’s known for. In fact, the style of music is not even anything that is particularly Louisianan. His new EP, Droste–contains five tracks of ambient music–yes, the kind you’d put on, and chill to, or hike to, or meditate to. It’s rather good–and it’s steel guitar-based. The songs were inspired by islands in South Louisiana that are no longer there, due to higher sea levels or erosion. Soundwise–imagine if Brian Eno landed in New Orleans, and started playing steel guitar with a cello bow. Remarkable. In the interview, I learned that Jonny is a big fan of, and interested in, playing all different styles of music–so this may not be as much of a departure as it seems. Pick up your copy at http://nouveauelectricrecords.limitedrun.com/products/665411-weeks-island-droste.

Lisa Said
A bit later on, Lisa Said returned to my show. She is another really musically-diverse artist. Her first album was sort of in the Americana vein. But even back then, it came out in conversation that she was a rocker at heart. And boy–has she ever proved it. First came an EP–Estranged–which sounded transitional. It contained a lot of Americana sounds, but led with a rocker called Some Dudes–which named checked more classic rock taglines that you can count on both hands and feet–and was a bit of a response to the Rolling Stones “Some Girls”. (Editor’s note: well-deserved!)

Lisa’s next move: to form a Washington, D.C.-based band called Piramid Scheme. The goal: to rock. I absolutely loved that move, and now, they’ve got two EPs in their catalog. Good timing on the most recent one, “Seen This Before”–right after it was completed, she moved to beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. We chatted about that a bit, but also went into depth with the new EP. It is seriously the most rocking recording of Lisa’s to date. It comes out of the gate, punching its way through some fiery songs, and smoldering its way through some cooler ones as well. It includes a very inspired Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers cover (which I didn’t know–thankfully, an astute listener hipped me to that before I embarrassed myself). Anyhow, it’s always fun chatting with Lisa, and you should get this one: https://piramidscheme.bandcamp.com/album/seen-this-before?fbclid=IwAR35bj2s_ygmDoxWQDMhETqrSPfg1bUVGfzIt9FQpq7esBOD_Yh_1TMr98U

Before, between, and after the interviews, we managed to play a whole lot of other great indie and not-so-indie tracks. I hope you’ll listen and find your new favorites here.

Artist | Title | Album
JonEmery and the Unconventionals | If You Think You’re Heartbroken Now | Wrecked
Nushu | Another Rainy Weekend | Nushu
Banjo Bones | I Know How it Ends | Faceless Man
Poplord | Death | Poplord vs The Universe
Robyn Hitchcock | Sally Was A Legend | Jewels For Sophia
Crowded House | It’s Only Natural | Woodface
Crooked Flower | Too Broke To Fix | Between Two Stars
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Blaine Campbell | Happy_Faces | Under the Tidal Wave
Yung Wu | Aspiration | Shore Leave
Fountains Of Wayne | Bright Future In Sales | Welcome Interstate Managers
Michal Towber | Old | No Resolution
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacephale
Willie Wisely Trio | Kiss Her And Make It Right | True
The Beatles | With a Little Help From My Friends [Take 1- False Start And Take 2- Ins | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [50th Anniversary Edition 2 CD] Disc 2
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Beat Farmers | California Kid | Tales Of The New West
Flowers Of America | Flowers Of America | Videorama
The Mighty Lemon Drops | Inside Out | Young, Gifted, And Black Country
The Clash | Up in Heaven (Not Only Here) | Sandinista! Disc 1
Trip Wire | Down | Once & Always
Krista D | Crazy Bitch | Single release
The Smithereens | Hand of Glory | Especially for You
Jonny Campos interview
Weeks Island | Fleur Pond | Droste
Weeks Island | Raccoon Island | Droste
Fun of the Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Sunshine Boys | The World Turning Round | Work And Love
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
The Taters | Thingamajig | Taters Party
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables
Lannie Flowers | TV Off | Home
Sounds Like Digging | Do Or Say | Indigo Gray
Rachel Taylor Brown | We’ll Have A | Falimy
The Armoires | The Twelve-Inch | Side Three
Galaxie 500 | Pictures | Today
Lisa Said interview
Piramid Scheme | Modern World | Seen This Before
Piramid Scheme | Funtime Friend | Seen This Before
Piramid Scheme | Seen This Before | Seen This Before
The Jayhawks | Waiting for the Sun | Hollywood Town Hall
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Gail George with Early Times | Mythomaniac | The Barrio Sessions
Frank Black | Jaina Blues | Show Me Your Tears
Kat Jones | Those Expensive Eyes | La Rosa, La Calavera
Buck Owens | Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass | The Very Best Of Buck Owens
The JAC | I Hate Your Job | “I Hate Your Job” single
In Deed | What Once Was | Everest (Extended CD Version)
Led Zeppelin | Hots On For Nowhere | Presence
Anton Barbeau | Beautiful Bacon Dream | Kenny Vs. Thrust
Maple Mars | The Excursion | Galaxyland
Tom Alford | Shiloh | Second Foundation
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Fucker | Falimy
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
Lou Reed | New Sensations | New Sensations


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