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Ep. #70: Joel RL Phelps

Joel RL Phelps is an American musician and songwriter who once played in the now-defunct band Silkworm. Upon leaving Silkworm, Phelps began collaborating with new musicians, most notably William Herzog and Robert Mercer, and formed a unique rock group called Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio. The band’s new album came out Oct. 8, 2013 via Triple Crown Audio Recordings in Canada; it’s called Gala and marks their first release in nine years. Here, Joel and I discuss living in Vancouver vs. Montana vs. Seattle, missing Steve Albini, seeing Shellac at the Starfish Room in Vancouver in 1999, the themes on Gala, as they relate to his recovery from alcoholism, some background into his condition and when and how it began to manifest itself, his experience with clinical depression and other mental health issues, the process of trying to get reacquainted with one’s self, how addicts tend to interact with and disconnect from the world, how all of these experiences might inform the music and lyrics on Gala, how he was barely able to walk before he entered recovery, his work with 12-step and secular recovery groups and how that leads him to discuss ideas and approaches regarding addiction, his role in the formation of Silkworm and the band’s earliest days, dropping out of school quite a bit, the circumstances that led to his leaving Silkworm, why he didn’t appear in the documentary Couldn’t You Wait? The Story of Silkworm and how it impacted the film, playing in the Downer Trio and his general temperament towards music these days, his touring/travelling difficulties, how Canadians are really into Canadian things, the song “So You’ve Decided,” and more.

Related links: joelrlphelps.net crowncrowncrown.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #52: Tim Midyett of Bottomless Pit

Tim Midyett is a man and musician currently based in Chicago, Illinois. For 18 years he played in a beloved and prolific rock band called Silkworm. He and Andy Cohen of Silkworm formed a new quartet called Bottomless Pit in 2005 and they have released cool records sporadically ever since, including a new one called Shade Perennial, which is available now courtesy of the Comedy Minus One imprint and prompts them to play Chicago’s Township on Nov. 16. During our conversation, Tim and I discussed websites, Metallica, Lou Reed, the origins of Bottomless Pit and the end of Silkworm, the death of Michael Dahlquist, Neil Young and New Order, former Silkworm member Joel RL Phelps and the documentary Couldn’t You Wait? The Story of Silkworm, fatherhood, making a living by contributing to underground culture, cooking and eating the food you cook, what Steve Albini is like, the future of Bottomless Pit, the song “Fleece” and more.

Related links: bottomlesspit.us comedyminusone.com vishkhanna.com

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