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Taking a strong cue from Jesse Brown and his CANADALAND podcast, I’m wading into crowdfunding to keep my own show sustainable. If  you enjoy the Kreative Kontrol podcast and want to support it with a monthly pledge, please visit patreon.com/kreativekontrol. You can pledge $1 a month, or $4, $8, $30, $50, $100 a month—whatever you like. There are gifts and incentives to pledge but more than anything you can keep this show going. There’s no other revenue stream for this podcast; I’ve been doing it for my own fulfillment and to contribute to culture but it’s time to see if I can generate some kind of salary from all of this work. So, if you appreciate Kreative Kontrol, again, please consider pledging a monthly amount. All of the info you need is at patreon.com/kreativekontrol.

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Ep. #139: Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound

Greg Cartwright is a prolific and influential musician who originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Over the past 20 years, Cartwright has established himself as a key and talented figure in the realms of garage rock, punk, and soul music. He has founded inspiring bands like the Compulsive Gamblers, the Oblivians, Greg Oblivian and the Tip Tops and worked with the Detroit Cobras, the Deadly Snakes, and Mary Weiss of the 60s chart-toppers, the Shangri-Las. Near the beginning of this century, Cartwright emerged with a new R&B-influenced band called the Reigning Sound and this past summer, they released their sixth proper studio album. It’s a love and heartbreak-soaked scorcher called Shattered, it’s out now via Merge Records, and has prompted the Reigning Sound to do some touring, including stops at Montreal’s Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. on October 24 and Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on October 25. Here, Greg and I discuss living in Asheville, North Carolina to appease one set of a couple’s parents, the long state of Tennessee, living in America, being a local and double perks, assembling the version of the Reigning Sound that made Shattered, it’s good to work with different musicians, what Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is like and whether he’s respectable, lo-fi and garage rock got all lumped together, turning garage or blues songs into Billboard hits, Auerbach’s solid work as a producer with people like Dr. John, writing new songs about things that happened a long time ago, tragedy + time = great songs, romanticizing rock ‘n’ roll love song structures, Memphis music, picking up on contemporary pop song structures, DJ nights, old records aren’t necessarily going to be good, what it’s like making a record at the otherwise closed-to-the-public Daptone Studios, a small room and smart engineers like Wayne Gordon, the joys of working with an eight-track tape machine, Greg’s grandmother and his family’s amazing record collection, putting his first band together at 12 or 13, trying to find a drummer, underground rock music in Memphis in the late 1980s, the Antenna, meeting the older guard of subversive musicians and being part of a small scene, no grunge in Tennessee, navigating the music business in the 1990s, appearing on Late Night on with Conan O’Brien with Mary Weiss, forgetting how to play a song on national television, the good fortune of finding one’s audience, Merge Records is great and smart and made some prescient moves to sustain itself, making a new Parting Gifts record, the Oblivians in Canada, working with Last Year’s Men, figuring out new material for the Reigning Sound, the song “Never Coming Home,” and then we gotta leave.   

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Ep. #138: Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces

Palaceer Lazaro is the founder and frontman of the excellent and inventive Seattle hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. Once known as Butterfly, one of three MCs in the pioneering group Digable Planets, Lazaro was born Ishmael Butler and his actions suggest that he was brought here to make a difference. The critically acclaimed new Shabazz Palaces album is called Lese Majeste, a wonderfully constructed seven-piece suite of 18 songs, which is out now via Sub Pop Records. Its creators have described Lese Majeste’s dizzying array of beats and rhymes as an attack and it’s true; there is revolution in the air whenever Shabazz Palaces touch down. They’re on tour throughout Europe now and have several upcoming North American dates, including stops at the Kool Haus in Toronto on November 21 and the Corona Theatre in Montreal on November 22. Here, Ish and I discuss what’s up in Seattle, attacking suckerism and materialism, aging out of hip-hop culture, acting young versus being youthful, actually contributing to the culture, necessary self-involvement and elevating your community and social media, when hip-hop became the powers that be, the song “Dawn in Luxor” and Egypt, a throughline between “lese majeste,” overtaking majesty, and Watch the Throne, calling people on shit but also not trusting everything we think we know about them, kids in Chicago and down south are the leaders of hip-hop, basketball and jazz, hearing “Rapper’s Delight” and Rakim’s “Eric B. is President/My Melody,” De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, Guelph and Portlandia and Seattle hippie mysticism and betterment, what’s next with the Black Constellation, the songs “Soundview,” “Ishmael,” “…down 155th in MCM Snorkel,” and then we out.

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