Ep. #303: David Pajo

David Pajo is an esteemed musician who lives in Los Angeles, California. A truly great and distinctive guitarist, Pajo originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky where he played in Slint and with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy among others. He went on to join bands or collaborate with the likes of Royal Trux, Tortoise, Stereolab, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and Zwan among others. He has also created a remarkable body of work on his own, under monikers like Papa M, Aerial M, Evila, and Pajo. In 2016, Drag City Records released Highway Songs, the first Papa M record since 2004, and David and I recently talked about it and a wide variety of past and going concerns. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Related links: davidpajo.com  vishkhanna.com

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Stuart McLean did me a favour in July 2008

Upon the passing of broadcasting legend Stuart McLean, I remember the following story about an interaction I had with him:

In my first few months working on-air at CBC Radio 3 in 2008, I came up with a bit wherein I did an impression of Stuart McLean’s popular program, Vinyl Cafe, but all the stories would be boring, vaguely dysfunctional ones about my own family.

When I casually mentioned to colleagues that I’d invited Stuart to be on the episode, they all told me I was nuts. He was the biggest star in CBC Radio and I barely even worked there. Well, I asked him to do a thing and he did it. I wanted him to really lay into me for making fun of him and he was amazing. He went after me and my family with such funny ferocity that I was overwhelmed. He really enjoyed playing ‘Angry Stuart McLean’ and it was amazing.

Afterwards, he told me it was great and he loved it. Total pro and forthcoming with his time. I’d see him at the Hillside Festival from time to time after that and he was always cool. I’m so sad he’s gone. By all accounts, he was good and generous man. That was certainly my experience with him.

Here’s what the exchange between Stuart and I sounded like:

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Ep. #302: Tim Kingsbury of Sam Patch

Tim Kingsbury is a musician based in Montreal, Quebec. His new band Sam Patch is about to release their debut record, a cool one called Yeah You, and I. It’s out February 17 via Tim’s own imprint, Dep Records, and the band will be touring in select cities throughout March. I’ve known Tim a while now and you might know him from his work in his other band, Arcade Fire. Here, Tim and I discuss hemp farming, Sam Patch, Arcade Fire, communication breakdowns, politics, starting from scratch, comedy, banter, working with Mavis Staples, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Related links: sampatchmusic.com vishkhanna.com

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