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Rick Froberg Remembered

Following the devastating news of his shocking death on June 30, 2023, I remember Rick Froberg, who is someone I’ve admired most of my life and became friends with over the past 20 years. Featuring my recollections about his artwork, songwriting, and bands like Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, and Obits, and archival interviews I conducted with Rick about such things in 2005, 2009, and twice in 2011. Rick was truly unique, warm, and supportive, and I love him. Thank you, Rick. Photo by: O.

Related listening:

Ep. #383: Hot Snakes’ Rick Froberg (March 12, 2018)

Ep. #217: Do You Compute – The Story of Drive Like Jehu (October 8, 2015)

Ep. #125: John Reis of Drive Like Jehu (August 22, 2014)

Ep. #177: Sohrab Habibion on Obits calling it quits (April 2, 2015)

Ep. #29: Sohrab Habibion of Obits (September 3, 2013)

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Ep. #677: Pavement

Bob Nastanovich and Steve West of Pavement, and reissue overseer Jesper Eklow (also of Endless Boogie) discuss the revelatory new expanded edition of Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal, its original NYC/London sessions with producer Nigel Godrich and special guests, the potential treasure trove of Stephen Malkmus demos for every Pavement record, Malkmus’ work with David Berman in Silver Jews, tackling Jim Brown, Pavement’s 2022 reunion tour dates, future plans, and 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.

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Ep. #156: Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer who currently lives in Montreal. Pallett was initially acclaimed for his string arrangements for artists like Jim Guthrie, Arcade Fire, Fucked Up, and many others and, particularly when he lived there, he was viewed as a true leader and champion of Toronto’s underground arts community. Since releasing his own music, Pallett’s profile has risen considerably. He won the inaugural Polaris Music Prize and has been nominated for each of his subsequent solo records; he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work scoring the film Her; and his fourth and latest album, In Conflict, has appeared on many best of 2014 critics’ lists. He is a sharp, clever, outspoken young man and he’s playing the Hillside Inside festival on Saturday Feb. 7 at 3 PM with Jennifer Castle. Here, Owen and I discuss living in Montreal, the year that was, musicians managing this particular age of media consumption, seeing the content of private Facebook posts go viral, playing with Arcade Fire during the backlash about their latest record, maybe people don’t like aging rock and pop bands, provocative extracurricular activities don’t necessarily lead to bigger box office sales, turning down a CBC Radio hosting gig, having sex with men, Pitchfork, Slim Twig is a wise person, Win knows best, some people should quit, why we make things, the trajectory of creative lives, people keep talking to me about Blink 182, why Michael Gira might have reformed Swans or Kathleen Edwards might have opened up a coffee shop, playing Hillside during a torrential rain storm that shortened the set, befriending Buffy Sainte-Marie, fortunate Owen, the plan to make a new, dense acoustic record that sounds electronic, Jennifer Castle’s “Sparta,” and that was it.   

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