Woody Radio DJ Mike Show #121 6/13/2020: Interview with Chris Lacinak of Junko Beat!

Chris Lacinak of Junko Beat

On this Saturday’s show, I got to meet New Orleans-based drummer and bandleader Chris Lacinak. He fronts the band Junko Beat, which released its second album about a week ago, “Satirifunk”.

Chris is a well-traveled and seasoned drummer. A New Orleans native, he’s played and toured with some of the most well-known jazz and roots musicians, including Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Tab Benoit, and others. He spent a decade in New York City, working with, of all people, British rock musicians. One point that came out in our chat is that while musicians in other places, such as New York, tend to be specialists–they stay within one genre, New Orleans musicians tend to be more fluid–they genre hop. Anything is fair game.

I love that Junko Beat is described as a “funky dance jamkronic band”. I didn’t even know the word “jamkronic”, but I already knew that I’d like the music. The word itself just sounds fun! (And yes, Chris helped define it during the interview.) The Satirifunk album is pretty great too. Some of it does make you want to get up and move, while other tracks are really good for “zoning out”–walking, running, or even getting some work done. It’s an interesting listen, and well worth your time. www.junkobeat.com

In keeping with Chris’ New Orleans eclectism, he started his own record label, Drumparade Music. Drumparade’s releases are, well, eclectic and musically diverse. www.drumparaderecords.com

On this week’s show, we also played a mix of brand new songs, never before played on my show, and a mix of old stuff I dug out from my Recharged Radio days, over a decade ago. I hope you’ll enjoy the mix.

Artist | Title | Album
Mad Tea Party | Blues Slip In | Found A Reason
Little Guilt Shrine | One Two | Boy Girl Boy
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
The EP’s | Texas Girls | Chuck
The Well Wishers | April Is Only A Lie | A View From Above
Al Bloch | Alpha>Omega | It Was All Once Bright Jewels
Blame The Bishop | Get Up | Blame The Bishop
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be

Chris Lacinak interview
Junko Beat | March 1827 | Satirifunk
Junko Beat | Control | Satirifunk

The Spampinato Brothers | A Bear is a Bear is a Bear | Pie in the Sky
Anton Barbeau | Losing You Makes Crucifixion Easy | Empire of Potential
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Wade Johnson | When Will It End | When Will It End
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Zibaldone
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
Rachel Taylor Brown | Modesto Waltz | World So Sweet
Sunshine Boys | Every Step | Work and Love
Bellygunner | Heldtogetherbyasinglestitch | Machine Gun Built For Two
Frank Black | This Old Heartache | Show Me Your Tears
Spygenius | Salaud Days | Man On The Sea
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
The Judybats | Incredible Bittersweet | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss
Kevin Critchley | Sunshine | Scars
The Corner Laughers | Wren in the Rain | Temescal Telegraph
The Rubinoos | Do You Remember | From Home
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Colin Hay | Beautiful World | Going Somewhere
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Jesus H Christ & The Four Hornsmen of The Apocalypse | I’m Around | Happier Than You
DC Cardwell | Friendly Fire | Crystal Set
The Jayhawks | Settled Down Like Rain | Hollywood Town Hall
Molly Grue | Anyway | The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story
The Catbirds | I’m Only You | Catbirds Say Yeah
Iggy Pop | Home | Brick By Brick
Popdudes | Ridin’ In My Car | Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
Sparklejet | Northern Land | Phonovella
Bill Lloyd | Kake’N’8It | Don’t Kill The Messenger
Joe Normal & The Anytown’rs | Living With Me | Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave
Kevin Seconds | Masterpiece Unfinished | Don’t Let Me Lose Ya
Rob Martinez | If Love Could Lie | Maybe Miss America
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Flowers Of America | Where Eagles Dare | Videorama
Luscious Jackson | Naked Eye | Fever in Fever Out
Richard X. Heyman | Route 22 | Pop Circles
Chris Church | What R U | Backwards Compatible
Nolan Voide | World’s Greatest Lover | The Forever Endeavor
Steve Barton | When She’s Lost Your Mind | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 1
Lisa Mychols | I Go Wild | Single release
The Who | Dreaming From The Waist | The Who By Numbers
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step


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