Woody Radio DJ Mike Show #113, 5/16/2020: Corner Laughers interview!

The Corner Laughers (as it says above)

Today’s show was a blast. I got to sneak in and grab the Woody Radio airwaves nearly a half hour early, so I did a sort of “pre-game show”. It’s always a good idea to warm up before engaging in any kind of strenuous activity, like running, boxing, or doing radio. So after that, we got rolling, and a couple of hours later, my very special guests, The Corner Laughers arrived–digitally.

The Corner Laughers and I have had a long and special relationship. We go back about 10 years, to their second album. We met on a dark and stormy night in Sacramento, at an undisclosed, secret Starbucks location at the corner of 28th and N Streets in Midtown.

A decade, several albums, and numerous interviews and shows later, we arrive at 2020. The band is about to release one of the finest albums of the year, Temescal Telegraph, but we’re all staying quarantined at home, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But–this is the year of the Zoom conference, so drummer Charlie Crabtree set up the conference call, and voila! We were all together in one place, at least virtually.

It was a free-ranging interview. Singer-songwriter-ukulele player Karla Kane, bassist Khoi Huynh, and guitarist KC Bowman joined Charlie, and it was like old times. Lots of laughter and in-jokes to be sure, but some thoughtful conversation ensued as well. It was interesting learning how the production of Temescal Telegraph was quicker and looser than previous efforts. We also find out in the interview the meaning behind the album title, the theme of the album, how a couple of Karla’s solo songs transformed into full band songs, and the unseemly story behind their signing with Big Stir Records. (Ok, to be honest, it was completely above board, but stuff like that never grabs the headlines, does it?)

The album drops on June 5th. You can find out more at The Corner Laughers’ website (www.cornerlaughers.com) or at Big Stir Records (https://bigstirrecords.com/the-corner-laughers).

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Title | Album
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Disturbed Furniture | Hit or a Miss | Continuous Pleasures
Johnathan Pushkar | I’d Rather Be Late Than Never | Straighten Up
Michael Barry | I Feel Fine (featuring Syd Straw) | Party at the End of the World
Sue Leonard | Who Wrote This Book On Love | Leonardville
Lou Reed | Turn To Me | New Sensations
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde
Jefferson Airplane | Volunteers (Live Woodstock Version with additional stage dialogue) | Woodstock Music From The Original Soundtrack And More, Vol. 1
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going to Miss Her | I’m Going To Miss Her (Big Stir Digital Single No. 15)
Blame The Bishop | Get Up | Blame The Bishop
The Judybats | Perfumed Lies | Native Son
Nushu | Another Rainy Weekend | Hula
Heroes of Toolik | Perfect | Like Night
Poplord | Save the Monkey | Poplord vs The Universe
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
The Living Dolls | Everything That Happened | Everything That Happened (Big Stir Digital Single No. 18)
Migrant Pickers | The Fate Of The Trees | Beat This Town
The Darling Buds | Fall | Crawdaddy
Bill Lloyd | Satellite | Working The Long Game
The Scratch | Teen Idol | Mad Dogs and Englishness
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Dave Edmunds | Juju Man | Get It
Flowers Of America | Flowers Of America | Videorama
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Mod Hippie | Guatemala | Big Wow
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades

Corner Laughers interview
The Corner Laughers | Sisters of the Pollen | Temescal Telegraph
The Corner Laughers | Changeling | Temescal Telegraph
The Corner Laughers | Loma Alta | Temescal Telegraph

Electronic | Get the Message | Electronic
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Armoires | Fort Ashby | Incidental Light Show
Yung Wu | Aspiration | Shore Leave
The Clash | The Street Parade | Sandinista!
Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | New Songs Old Stories
Go National | Begin, Begin, Begin | Got My One Good Eye On You
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables
Sex 66 | I Dreamed I Was A Dragster | Grew Up Down
Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Los Lobos | Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes | By The Light Of The Moon
Sunshine Boys | A Ghost, at Best | Work and Love
Chuck Prophet | Willie Mays Is Up at Bat | Temple Beautiful
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacephale
Identical Suns | No Vacancy | Week Minded
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss
Dolph Chaney | It’s OK | Rebuilding Permit
Arlo Guthrie | Coming Into Los Angeles (Live Woodstock Version with additional stage dialogue) | Woodstock Music From The Original Soundtrack And More, Vol. 1
The Morning Line | Complicated | North
Phyllis Johnson | Looking Up (From Down Below) | Single release
Chris Church | Someday’s Coming Fast | Backwards Compatible
Trip Wire | Easy Exit | Once & Always
Girls on Grass | Return To Earth | Girls on Grass
Elvis Costello & The Attractions | Next Time Round | Blood & Chocolate
The Kariannes | This Song Is a Cure | This Song Is a Cure (Big Stir Digital Single No. 17)
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
John Entwistle | Heaven And Hell | Smash Your Head Against The Wall

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