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Ep. #258: Shotgun Jimmie

Shotgun Jimmie is a prolific and talented singer, songwriter, and musician who currently lives in Brandon, Manitoba. Over the past 10 years, Shotgun Jimmie has emerged as one of the most beloved figures in indie-rock and has been touring a bunch in support of his latest record, Field of Trampolines, which is out now via You’ve Changed Records. He’s crossing Canada and Europe over the next few months, including a May 28 Toronto show at the Monarch Tavern and a June 3 Guelph show at the Ebar over the next while. Jimmie and I caught up on the last day of the Lawnya Vawnya festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland a few weeks ago (in a windy spot by the harbour) where we discussed taking photos of me in St. John’s, enjoying Lawnya Vawnya, loving the Ship and its smell, embarrassing stage banter, the one-man band version of Shotgun Jimmie, novelty act concerns, name changes, Steven Lambke, Michael Feuerstack, Bill Callahan, big pun, his unexpected relationship with stand-up comedy, Yuk Yuk’s, Shaun Majumder on the come-up, visible minorities in Newfoundland, some of this traffic-stopping for pedestrians might not be safe, growing up a creative prankster in Ajax, Oshawa and the Baird Brothers, living in Toronto and then Sackville and the band Drummer, Frederick Squire, Shotgun & Jaybird, calling Shotgun, Paul Henderson and Julie Doiron, Eric’s Trip and Moonsocket, Stephen Malkmus and boosting, socializing with heroes, camaraderie, the wind and Signal Hill, how we dress almost exactly the same right down to the brand name and specific clothing item, the end of Shotgun & Jaybird, two rounds of f&c at the Duke of Duckworth, when he became Shotgun Jimmie, the song “Bedhead,” celebrity impressions, Kermit and Yoda, sleeping bags and stagecraft, a beach ball globe, love songs about Eric’s Trip, Constantines, Attack in Black, and Project 9, dorky namechecks, “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence,” Malkmus and calling rock bands out by name, meta cultural commentary, Steve Earle, befriending Steven Lambke and Daniel Romano and repping You’ve Changed Records, YC Video and new releases, Nap Eyes and Partner, optimism and sincerity in the face of hipster indifference, no back-up, studying fine art, no one emails anymore because they text, an artist’s residency in Sackville via Sappyfest, playing Sled Island again, maybe playing Sappyfest, stand-up comedy confidence, prepared banter, the song “Field of Trampolines,” and then the wind picked up.

Related links: shotgunjimmie.net youvechangedrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #113: Julie Doiron

Julie Doiron is a talented and prolific singer, musician, and songwriter based in Sackville, New Brunswick. She first gained attention in the world-renowned band Eric’s Trip before going solo for a successful and busy trajectory of her own. Over the years she’s worked with many people and contributed to records by Daniel Romano, Mt. Eerie, Gord Downie, Shotgun & Jaybird, Herman Dune, Baby Eagle, and many more. Among her most notable collaborations was with the Wooden Stars; they released a self-titled record together in 1999, which was critically acclaimed and won a Juno Award, one of the first notable instances that Canada’s mainstream music industry acknowledged this country’s underground music community, which flourished in the 1990s. Many years later, Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars are playing a small run of shows together this summer at the Arboretum Festival in Ottawa on August 20, the Horseshoe in Toronto on August 21, La Sala Rosa in Montreal on August 22, and the Peterborough Folk Festival on August 23.  Here, Julie and I talk about my soggy bike ride home, bad weather and the wind currents thing, the 15th anniversary of Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars, the indefinite ‘indefinite hiatus’ that Wooden Stars have been on, just reboot it but don’t sit on the modem, Louis C.K.’s technology bit, the girls loved Michael Feuerstack, the Underdogs and skateboarding gangs, if it feels good do it, working with the Wooden Stars, Broken Girl, Sub Pop and Joyce Linehan, making the LP, three-os and G.E. Smith at CMJ, working with Eric’s Trip versus the Wooden Stars, fingerpicking, the Forest, receiving the reception for the album, the Juno Award, Josh Latour, running out of records, playing New Year’s Day at the Air Canada Centre, I pre-produce the next Julie and the Wooden Stars record, cover songs, almost retiring after the release of So Many Days, enjoying life, kids, and making music again, a new band Julie’s in called Weird Lines, making a duets record with Rick White, including questions in your answers, juliedoiron.ca not .com or .cl, Julie’s song “Life of Dreams” is in an iPhone commerical, the song “Gone Gone,” and then it’s goodnight nobody.

Related links: juliedoiron.ca vishkhanna.com

Julie-Doiron

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