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Ep. #282: The Rutabega

The Rutabega is a two-piece pop-infused rock band consisting of Joshua Wayne Hensley and Garth Mason. Based in South Bend, Indiana, the Rutabega began some 15 years ago, as a solo outlet for Hensley’s fragile yet strong songwriting. In 2011, he connected with Mason, a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer, who has bolstered the Rutabega to become this mighty, beloved musical force. In the summer of 2016, Comedy Minus One released the band’s excellent record Unreliable Narrator, and the Rutabega have been playing select shows ever since, including upcoming dates on October 15 in South Bend, Indiana, on October 20 in Chicago, Illinois, and October 21 in Mattawan, Michigan. Here, Josh and Garth and I discuss high rotation Rutabega, Jay Arner and Jay II and my family’s love affair with both, down in the Bad Breath Club, getting my head around South Bend, the Studebaker Car Company Factory there that shut down decades ago, South Bend on the mend, an openly gay Mayor in Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Governor Mike Pence, progressive bubbles, whether or not most Americans want to discuss the presidential election, good versus evil, living through history, music as a realm expressing one’s thoughts about the whole world, new songs, personal and political, creativity and hopefulness, the band Space and Noise Productions, Josh’s early solo recordings and the origins of the Rutabega, nicknames Josh’s dad gave him, questioning answers, a rutabaga, a Studebaker, how Garth encountered Josh and then joined him in a band, multi-instrumentalism, Jon Solomon should’ve better prepped me for this interview, all of the instruments that Garth can almost play, South Bend’s segregated music communities, the city’s dubious crime history, Indiana music pride, “my favourite music is made by my friends,” discovering other good bands when you’re in a band, Canadindiana, Sloan, the Weakerthans, Propagandhi, Neil Young, Weed, Eric’s Trip, thoughts on Canada, the Inbreds and Mike O’Neill’s bass playing, the evolution of the Rutabega, 2013’s Brother The Lights Don’t Work, the Rutabega’s future, the song “Problem Solving Skills,’ the finer distinctions between the American and Canadian versions of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ and that was it.

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Ep. #259: Savak’s Sohrab Habibion

Sohrab Habibion is a talented guitarist, singer, graphic designer, and engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has played in wonderful punk rock bands in the past, including Edsel and the Obits. His new band is called Savak and features members of Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, The Cops, and his fellow Obit, Greg Simpson. Savak’s excellent debut album is called Best of Luck in Future Endeavours, it’s out now via Comedy Minus One Records, and the band has started playing shows close to home. Here, Sohrab and I discuss the last time he was on the show discussing the end of Obits, the origin of Savak, the Obits overlap, two drummers, Savak’s social infrastructure, a band full of designers, Michael Jaworski, the last Obits material and the first Savak material, splitting singing with Michael, kissing someone off with ‘best of luck in future endeavours,’ hope and suspicion, melancholia, the relationship between under and overground culture, things might be bigger than they seem, precious time and urgency, DIY punk culture and DIV reality TV, time management and sleeping, making the most of things while you can, transitional decades and adapting to life, magical musicians, assertiveness within the work of Savak, the state of the union, the conversations that are taking place within the rise of Donald Trump (and Hillary Clinton) and what they might mean, musicians who feel sheepish talking about politics, how knowing things and feeling things are different, sound bytes and anti-intellectualism, President Barack Obama’s recent speech about how “it’s not cool to not know stuff,” pretending to be an everyman to screw over the everyman, news and informational satire, impactful songs, Brendan Canty’s new band Super!Silver!Haze, Jerry Busher’s new band Sun Wolf, Puff Pieces, tour plans, the song “Early Western Traders,” and then we each went on to our own respective future endeavours.

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