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Ep. #81: Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley is a very gifted singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto and specializing in country and western tunes. His latest album is called Strong Feelings and beyond containing some lovely love songs, it features a glorious guest list, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Garth Hudson (The Band), Emmett Kelly, Colin Stetson, and members of Blue Rodeo, Zeus, Bahamas, the Weather Station, One Hundred Dollars, and many more. Strong Feelings is available now via No Quarter Records and Doug is playing select shows over the next few months. Here Doug and I discuss parental hair pressure, FaceTime and non-electronic electronic issues with technology, self-absorption, metrics, and social media, @RingoStarrMusic, why Doug won’t be listening to this interview, challenging people’s perceptions of him and his music, being self-aware but also insulating oneself from external considerations, the fine art of banter and avoiding self-effacement, stand-up comedy, home renovations, Gord and Dave Tough, Strong Feelings’ stacked guest list, Mary Margaret O’Hara and filmmaker Jem Cohen, working with visual artist Shary Boyle, the saga of recording music using Glenn Gould’s piano with the Band’s Garth Hudson, naming your kids, music that is timeless but of a time, being a teenaged reggae musician and country fan, Kenny Chesney in Jamaica, growing up in Toronto in a musical family, writing love songs in a world full of love songs, how Hamilton might be the new Toronto and the divisiveness of municipal politics, Stompin’ Tom Connors as a Canadian role model, working on new songs, an upcoming Record Store Day 7” with an outtake from Strong Feelings featuring the Weather Station called “Lies Lead to Lies,” the song “Old Times” and more.

Related links: dougpaisley.com noquarter.net vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #62: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra + Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Efrim Menuck is a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the esteemed Hotel2Tango recording studio in Montreal. Menuck has led a very prolific artistic life; this past fall GYBE won the Polaris Music Prize for their album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and on Jan. 21, a new SMZ LP greets the world. It’s called Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and is available via Constellation Records. In a candid conversation, Efrim and I discuss Capital Steez and musicians who die young, how parenthood makes you look at the world from a childlike perspective, the significance of clips featuring the voices of Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, Poly Styrene, and Efrim’s son on this new SMZ record, the MC5, why music is work, the humour and comedy within GYBE and SMZ, the rock band Shellac, the recording engineer Greg Norman, the way GYBE dealt with winning the Polaris Music Prize and why, future SMZ releases including a Record Store Day 12-inch and a long EP, the song “Austerity Blues,” and much more.

Related links: cstrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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