Another weekend, another gift from the radio gods: an interview doubleheader, with some really great artists!
In the first hour, we met Justine Brown, of the band Easy Love. She spent a lot of years in the band Summer Twins, playing drums and touring throughout the western hemisphere, before deciding that it was time to front a band, featuring her own material. Kind of a big, life-changing move, but that gave birth to Easy Love a few years ago. Easy Love’s debut album was a bit of a rockin’ affair, Justin told me, and the forthcoming release, “Wander Feeler”, to my ears, is a bit folky, and a bit psyche, with a definitive alternative rock feel to it. My observations were rewarded–Justine told me that she definitely grew up listening to music and bands from the classic alt-rock era: Beck, Sublime, No Doubt, Radiohead, Weezer, Bjork, The Cardigans, and more.
Wander Feeler sounds great and has a good feel to it. Lots of life experiences wrapped into a sound and mood that would make this a good fit for walking, jogging, or driving along the California coast. Let me know when you take that coastal trip, and I’ll bring this album along. It comes out on July 10th, and you can find out more here: https://www.easylovemusic.com/.
A bit later in the show, I got to catch up with UK band Spygenius, who’ve been on my radio show before, a couple of years ago. We chatted with Peter Watts, Ruth Rogers, Matt Byrne, and Alan Cannings, all the way from Canterbury and South London. What a coup, to get the entire band on the show at once!
They’re about to release their much awaited album, “Man On The Sea”. This is a big record. A vinyl double album, with beautiful artwork by Champniss (look him up–you won’t be sorry). It took a while to get this record made, but they made it right. Some of the songs come from the time when they were working on their last album, “Pacéphale”. I’ve listened to this new one several times straight through, and I feel it more than I’m capable of putting into words. Many of the songs feature the groovy, psychedelic, rollicking sound that Spygenius are known for. The theme is loosely about getting older, wiser–or at least more aware of things than you might have at a younger age, and facing up to some deep truths. The pacing and song order are excellent, and were actually designed to feel and sound a certain way. Peter really wanted the audience to experience an honest-to-goodness Record with Man On The Sea. The kind you listen to, a side at a time, where each side is about 20 minutes long and sounds right together. Basically, they bucked today’s trends in music–where short attention spans, digital downloads, and streaming prevail.
Our chat was fun, lively, and um, perhaps a bit off-colour (“u” placement to honour my British/Welsh guests!). You can get your order in for this one at the Big Stir Records website: https://bigstirrecords.com/spygenius.
Enjoy the show; tons of great music for you to dig into!
Artist | Title | Album
Drunken Prayer | Into the Water | Cordelia Elsewhere
The JAC | Persistent Man | Faux Pas
Kama Linden | Everything In Good Time | Everything In Good Time
Led Zeppelin | Hots On For Nowhere | Presence
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | You Were All Light | Boxer At Rest
Nolan Voide and His Own Bad Self | Mid Life Crisis | Single release
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
Justine Brown of Easy Love interview
Easy Love | Alright | Wander Feeler
Easy Love | Cool Type | Wander Feeler
Easy Love | Wander Feeler | Wander Feeler
Anton Barbeau | Crystals | Oh The Joys We Live For comp
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going to Miss Her | I’m Going To Miss Her (Big Stir Digital Single No. 15)
Frank Black | If It Takes All Night | Dog In the Sand
Yung Wu | Shore Leave | Shore Leave
Jesus H Christ & The Four Hornsmen of The Apocalypse | Liz the Hot Receptionist | Happier Than You
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
Robyn Hitchock | Unsettled | Globe of Frogs
The Beat Farmers | Bigger Stones | Tales Of The New West
The Kariannes | This Song Is a Cure | This Song Is a Cure (Big Stir Digital Single No. 17)
Sparklejet | Prove Me Wrong | Soap
Sunshine Boys | Summertime Kids | Work and Love
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro
Krista D | Run Jane Run | Look at me… I’m Krista D
DC Cardwell | Just Try Me Out | Crystal Set
Lannie Flowers | TV Off | Home
Steely Dan | With A Gun | Pretzel Logic
Spygenius | Another True Story | Man On The Sea
Spygenius | CafeṀ Emery Hill | Man On The Sea
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Man On The Sea
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
The Taters | Goodbye Girl | Taters Party
Felsen | Greetings from the Ghost of Heavy Metal Rock and Roll | I Dont Know How to Talk Anymore
Felsen | Tierra Del Fuego | I Dont Know How to Talk Anymore
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lisa Mychols | The Man With The Golden Gun | Songs. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007
NRBQ | Over Your Head | You Gotta Be Loose
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
R. Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Out and Free And Faraway | The Underground Garden
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days of Summer
Chancellorpink | A Rainbow’s Knocking | All of Them Monsters
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 3