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Ep. #142: Ryan Hemsworth & BADBADNOTGOOD Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion

Ryan Hemsworth and BADBADNOTGOOD each appeared at the 2014 Halifax Pop Explosion last week and we took part in a live, panel interview together at the Museum of Natural History. Ryan’s a talented electronic artist who originally hails from Halifax and whose new record, Alone for the First Time, is out November 4 via Last Gang Records. Keyboardist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski are the brains behind BBNG, a popular instrumental hip-hop trio from Toronto whose latest album, III, is out now via Innovative Leisure and whose new collaborative album with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, is due out this February. Here, we discuss first encounters with the internet, dial-up and ICQ, Duke Nukem, Goldeneye and N64 and instructions, Napster, having a strong but casual social media presence, being online and sharing things all of the time, the importance of twitter, shy and quiet irl, virtual trolling and real-life confrontation, how BBNG posted a video of an Odd Future cover song online and it blew up, Alex is extroverted and smart, being angry at Lenny Kravitz, Ryan’s label Secret Songs and its connection to finding music on Soundcloud, crate digging and Muchmusic, Nelly and porn, ogg, why hip-hop, electronic and computer sounds perk Ryan’s ears up, soaking in music and putting it back out, BBNG drinking Ryan’s rider, how BBNG got together, great Indian food in Mississauga, MF Doom and Humber, Chester Hansen is pretty great, jazz time and hip-hop time, what’s the deal with rap shows, a surprise but delayed collaboration with Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, fusion ska, hardcore punk scenes within Toronto suburbs, loving the Backstreet Boys and Blink 182, Travis Barker, Matt loved Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Dinosaur Jr., Ryan’s life in Halifax, playing guitar and singing badly, the stifling creative environment in music institutions, rude messages from music teachers, BBNG got no kick against modern jazz, heroin or something crazy, Tom Grosset, Ryan’s journalism studies in Halifax, media manipulation, putting music out there, the rave cruise Holy Ship, not having an EDM moniker, freaking out about Ghost and Rae, the BBNG Slick Rick story, Ryan’s new album Alone for the First Time, looking up to Caribou and James Blake, the song “Surrounded,” the BBNG/Ghostface collab album Sour Soul, Ghost wants to play music like he’s flipping channels, Ryan’s song “Snow in Newark,” Flea and Kobe, BADBADNOTGOOD’s song “Velvet,” and that was it.

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Mac DeMarco on Tyler the Creator collab, coke mirrors

Mac DeMarco Cigarette Heaven

During an interview for an upcoming episode of Kreative Kontrol, Mac DeMarco discussed plans to make more records beyond his upcoming LP Salad Days (out April 1 via Captured Tracks), release a specialty line of mirrors, and what his recent photo with Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator was all about.

“This last year was crazy and I really wanted to get another album out sooner than this after 2,” DeMarco said, when asked about any special releases he might have up his sleeve for Record Store Day. “I think I’m going to do more EPs, do more recordings, hopefully make the tour schedule [less] crazy. As far as treats for Record Store Day, I’m not sure if we have anything in direct correlation for it but we do have all kinds of strange crap coming out with this album, so it should be kind of fun.”

When pressed to elaborate about this “strange crap,” DeMarco giddily revealed a possible idea.

“I’ll give you one treat. I’m not sure if this is going to happen—we’re trying pretty hard, me and the label—but you know those 70s style printed mirrors with the fancy frames? Like for the Grateful Dead—we’re trying to hook something like that up. Mac DeMarco coke mirrors; God bless it.”


DeMarco also explained what was up between him and Tyler, the Creator after a photo of the pair in front of a green screen circulated with minimal explanation.

“It was a very brief collaboration, not really anything that will show up on any kind of album or anything,” he said. “A little bit of movie shooting—the guy does have a TV show after all. It’s just going to be a short thing but probably extremely offensive so we’ll see how that turns out.”

Apparently DeMarco connected with the Odd Future figurehead when a mutual friend who goes by “Chas” and lives in Toronto asked Tyler to check out DeMarco’s music.

“He’s like my number one fan or whatever,” DeMarco explained. “Chas actually has a Mac tattoo now; I gave him a tattoo of my name. Any way, he showed Tyler my stuff at some point and then Tyler started tweeting at me. The people who do my press also do Odd Future’s press and when I was in L.A., they were like, ‘Tyler wants to meet up,’ and I was like, ‘Ok, sure.’ I’d already sent him pictures of my naked penis and stuff so I figured that meeting in the flesh was right around the corner.”

UPDATE: Here’s a photo of that “Mac” tattoo courtesy of Chas


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Salad Days 
April 1, 2014 
1.  Salad Days
2.  Blue Boy 
3.  Brother
4.  Let Her Go
5.  Goodbye Weekend
6.  Let My Baby Stay
7.  Passing Out Pieces
8.  Treat Her Better
9.  Chamber Of Reflection
10.  Go Easy 
11.  Jonny’s Odyssey
Tour Dates
03-14 Santiago, Chile – Ex OZ
03-15 Buenos Aires Argentina  – Vorterix
03-19 São Paulo, Brazil – TBA
03-20 São Paulo, Brazil – TBA
03-21 Porto Alegre, Brazil –  Beco 203
03-23 Santa Ana, CA- Burgerama at The Observatory
03-31 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom *
04-01 Oberlin, OH- Dionysus Club (the ‘Sco) at Oberlin #
04-02 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle + (early show)
04-02 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle # (late show)
04-03 Detroit, MI- Magic Stick *
04-04 Wakefield, QC-Blacksheep *
04-05 Sherbrooke, QC- Boquébierè *
04-06 Montreal, QC- Societe des Arts Technologiques *
04-07 Cambridge, MA- Middle East Downstairs *
04-09 New York, NY- Webster Hall !
04-10 Durham, NC- Duke University Coffeehouse +
04-11 Atlanta, GA- Goat Farm Arts Center +
04-12 Baton Rouge, LA- Mud and Water +
04-13 Austin, TX- Mohawk Outside +
04-14 Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s Saloon +
04-15 Oxford, MS- Proud Larry’s +^
04-16 Nashville, TN- Exit / In +
04-17 Asheville, NC- Grey Eagle Tavern +
04-18 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts +
04-25 New Orleans, LA- Tulane University
04-26 Bronxville, NY- Sarah Lawrence College (Solo Set)
05-15 Amsterdam, AN- Melkweg
05-16 Paris, FR- Trabendo
05-17 Nantes, FR- Stereolux
05-18 Brussels, BE- Nuits Botanique at Botanical Cultural Center
05-19 Brighton, UK- The Old Market
05-20 Glasgow, SCT- Mono
05-21 Manchester, UK- Sound Control
05-22 London, UK- Koko
05-23 Cologne, DK- Electronic Beats @ E Werks
05-24 Berlin, DK- Bi Nuu
06-20 Toronto, ON- NXNE Festival
06-21 Toronto, ON- NXNE Festival
* Amen Dunes & Juan Wauters
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# Amen Dunes
+ Juan Waters
^ Dent May