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Ep. #287: Fake Limbs

Fake Limbs are a noisy rock band who hail from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. Known for creating a kind of “social justice street rock” that’s exhilarating and outspoken, the band formed in 2011 and have released three acclaimed full-length albums, including 2016’s Matronly, which is out now via Don Giovanni Records. Fake Limbs have been on the road a bunch of late and, before their recent show at the Silver Dollar in Toronto, lead singer Stephen Sowley and I ate some pizza at Fresca, just west of College and Spadina, and then we talked about his time in Toronto and tour managing, Jenny Hval, Screaming Females don’t really need roadies, driving and sleeping in cars and planes, Brendan Fraser and The Mummy, Danny Brown’s leather sleep mask, flight recliners, Ted, Colin Atrophy’s Slice Harvester, Fresca Pizza in Toronto, Chicago and Montreal, living in upstate New York, Second City and comedy, The Blues Brothers, not from Chicago, the Cubs’ World Series win, loser town, a goat and Steve Bartman, baseball points, a momentary Sowley curse, loving the Cubs and Wrigley Field and Toronto Blue Jays fans, so Grohl, working at Electrical Audio with Steve Albini, studio managing, encountering Iggy and the Stooges within weeks of taking a job at EA, the Breeders, working at Reckless Records, cashing Albini out on his first day at RR, lending Iggy $40, going to see Gimme Danger on election night, how Jim Jarmusch’s film basically overlooked the last Stooges record The Weirdness, which Albini engineered, election night predictions, phones on and off in the movie theatre, no surprise, voter participation, echo chambers, the shock, feeling ill- and misinformed about class-based anger, how Trump did everything he possibly could to willfully lose this election, people steeling themselves for the next four years, people who protest, The Dark Knight Rises, the left and exclusion and intersectionality, Michael Moore’s Facebook Live report during a recent protest in New York City, rationale, the ‘this will be good for comedy/punk rock’ stupidity, hoping for empathy, talking about Fake Limbs and their album Matronly, Black Lives Matter and “An Inconvenience,” Trump’s cabinet, what is punk, dinner with Grace Ambrose, Phleg Camp, the Jesus Lizard, Carla Bozulich, influence projection, idiots, Don Giovanni Records, Moor Mother’s Fetish Bones, more hugs, Bandcamp and Jes Skolnik, the Fugazi Live Archive, the song “Lil Bit,” and that was all from Fresca.

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Ep. #234: Michelle McAdorey

Michelle McAdorey is a gifted and iconic Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. Well known for her role as the lead vocalist of Crash Vegas, McAdorey has cultivated an intriguing solo discography. Her latest record is a lovely collection of folk-oriented rock called Into Her Future, it’s out now via the DWR label, and she’s been playing shows in support of it, including an appearance at Long Winter on Saturday January 16 at the Great Hall in Toronto. Here, Michelle and I discuss a CSI Holiday Pop-Up Market and Social, pop-up culture, our attention spans and substance hunger, the return of the horse, growing up in Toronto’s Beaches area, Lake Ontario, adoption, eating and interviewing, the adoption registry, bastards and Game of Thrones, meeting her birth mother, becoming a mother herself, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell, bias against working people who have children, artistic impulses are difficult to turn off, singing to your kids is good for your singing, the impact of motherhood on the songs for Into Her Future, a singular love, communication, a CSI sandwich, seeing Crash Vegas on TV, as a kid, the video for “Inside Out,” Another Roadside Attraction, Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, Phleg Camp, Eric Chenaux and Gavin Brown, post-punk, business time, major label musical chairs, money is a drag, inoffensive analysis within a small country, Rat-Drifting, full circle, payola, leaving Crash Vegas to experiment, working with Greg Keelor again, playing with James McKenty and Chris Altmann, hitting the road again, reservoir of songs, it’s exciting to always be writing, it gets sketchy, how music is and isn’t valued, doomed to do it, the song “Culvert Jack,” son of a stranger, and then we left the pop-up shop.

Related links: michellemcadorey.com vishkhanna.com

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