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Ep. #263: Jay Arner (& Jessica Delisle)

Jay Arner is a gifted rock and pop songwriter and musician based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past five years or so, Arner has garnered critical acclaim for his solo records, which tend to feature synthesized instruments and cloudy vocals but are ultimately infectious and thoroughly satisfying. His new album is an excellent, endlessly enjoyable one called Jay II, it’s out June 17 via Mint Records, and he’s playing a couple of shows in Calgary at Sled Island on June 24 and June 25 with more tour dates to follow to tell people about it. Here, Jay and I discuss Music Waste in Vancouver, Adrian Teacher and the Subs, Apollo Ghosts II, roman numerals, enrichment and remedial classes, a 3-D Parthenon, boredumb, belonging and being in your head all the time, Vancouver’s lack of support for underground music venues and its punk scene, venue closures, the Railway Club, Vancouver real estate and rich people, purposeful psychology, happenstance carpentry, mangling mansions, Vancouver’s punk and pop legacy, Burnaby born, adolescent anxiety, no direction, super cool parents into home recording and guitars, Pavement, the drumming in Led Zeppelin but also the singing in Led Zeppelin, tennis racquets, I invent the term post-prog, punk myths, late 70s/early 80s music and songwriting and melodies, synthesizers and drums, the golden age of studio recording and the advent of multi-tracking, it’s a brand new era it feels great, Neu! and Harry Nilsson, the song “Earth to Jay,” Jessica Delisle joins us, her popular podcast Retail Nightmares, their band Energy Slime and Mint Records, their working dynamic, practice makes better, how they met, being a creative couple, what Jessica thinks Jay is like, touring the U.S. during a Presidential election year, Jay’s sense of humour and sense of self, the joy of being self-absorbed, lyrical misinterpretations, not going to clubs on the Granville strip, the story about my son mishearing a curse on “Back to School,” clean versions, all all the rules, cussing on your hits, one percent punk, including legit digits in a song, screening his calls, giving everyone in the world your phone number versus your email, Shotgun Jimmie’s ‘kids only text’ story, more than the bio, playing Sled Island and touring with Supermoon, the video for “Crystal Ball,” my 18 month-old daughter is not a huge Jay II fan, Beastie Boys, the song “Earth to Jay,” and then it was time to drive away in our flat cars.

Related links: jayarner.bandcamp.com mintrecs.com vishkhanna.com

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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. #101: Steven Lambke

Steven Lambke is a very talented songwriter, singer, and guitar player who often performs under the name Baby Eagle. A founding member of Constantines, Lambke was raised in Cambridge, Ontario and currently lives in Toronto where he manages the You’ve Changed Records label, which has released music by the likes of Baby Eagle, Attack in Black, Daniel Romano, Daniel, Fred & Julie, Shotgun Jimmie, Marine Dreams, the Weather Station, Apollo Ghosts, and will be handling the reissue of Constantines’ Shine a Light in Canada this June 10. You’ve Changed celebrates its fifth anniversary with special roster-oriented shows at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on May 22 and Ottawa’s St. Alban’s Church on May 23. At Steve’s place with Shary Boyle in Toronto, he and I discussed things like what Shary is preparing for dinner, the fact that Steve is in Toronto not in Sackville, Venice to Detroit, border crossing when you’re a musician not crossing to play music, “pfft…co-operative,” is Fugazi some kind of heavy metal, hobbies and retirement, teachers and race car drivers, parental tolerance of super loud novice musicians, learning about Superchunk and Merge Records, Encore Records in Kitchener is the best, whether labels matter and how they curate experiences, Steve’s old job at Soundscapes, the influence of Three Gut Records, SappyFest, and Attack in Black on You’ve Changed, how ideas are executed by the people running the label, the mystery of YCR 004 and CST 100, Dan Romano steps back a bit, Colin Medley made a You’ve Changed Anniversary zine, Steve should write a book or two, oh wait, Steve is publishing a book of lyrics and poetry, how writing songs in Constantines compares to writing as Baby Eagle, song batches, Christine Fellows and John K. Samson are encouraging people, balancing things, quality control and propelling important cultural work, “a field left fallow by a pine stand will grow pine,” more You’ve Changed records are coming out many of which will likely be made by Marine Dreams, the Shine a Light reissue, why the Constantines’ ending and starting up again might’ve been Bry Webb’s call, why Constantines will not be touring, the surprise guest at the Toronto You’ve Changed show at the Horseshoe on May 22 is no longer a surprise to you because you just found out that it’s Daniel Romano and his band, the Marine Dreams song “Constant Love” and then we stopped without really talking about our younger selves learning to play music together and forming bands like Captain Co-Pilot. Next time.

Related links: youvechangedrecords.com baby-eagle.com vishkhanna.com

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