Nick Thorburn discusses his band Islands and their new, sunny/dark album, And That’s Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs, making a musical trilogy, creative people striking and speaking out about cultural exploitation, pivoting in the modern age, John Lennon and Robert Smith, how to remain optimistic, always living near large bodies of water, making beats for people like Fat Tony, touring again, other future plans, and much more.
Allison Russell discusses her celebratory, thoughtful new album The Returner, the heady success of her 2021 debut, Outside Child, an update about her forthcoming memoir and its structure, Back to the Future and other trilogies, the power of the Rainbow Coalition, the right-ward shift of politics and fighting fascism with facts, loving The Sound of Music, inspiring work by Roberta Flack, Mavis Staples, Minnie Riperton, and Prince, her friendship with Brandi Carlile and their recent collabs with Joni Mitchell, reading us a poem she wrote about Joni, upcoming tour dates, other future plans, and much more. Supported by you on Patreon, Blackbyrd Myoozik, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG. Follow vish online.
Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes talk about their beautiful band Quasi and their excellent, 10th album, Breaking the Balls of History, Janet’s long, hard recovery from a debilitating 2019 car accident and how much more joy she’s gotten from drumming ever since, Sam’s intuitive songwriting and zen outlook on what it all means, how people are good and people are bad, whether Janet had any doubts about leaving Sleater-Kinney, the medical toll of being a musician, how reality is real, touring, other future plans and much more. Supported by you on Patreon, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG. Follow vish online.