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Ep. #176: Rob Lind of The Sonics

Rob Lind is a well-regarded saxophone player currently based in the state of North Carolina. In the 1960s, Lind co-founded the Tacoma, Washington-based band the Sonics, and rock ‘n’ roll was never the same again. Their first two albums, 1965’s Here are the Sonics and 1967’s Boom are considered classics that represent the birth of garage rock. While other groups of the time might have let a few grains of grit infiltrate their pop songs, the Sonics infused originals and covers with a particular kind of menace and charge that anticipated punk, metal, and any other kind of music with danger in it. 50 years since their first album, the Sonics are back with a fiery new record called This is the Sonics, which is out now via their own Revox Records, and they’ll be touring the U.S. in April and May with a Toronto stop at Lee’s Palace on April 26. Here, Rob and I discuss living in Charlotte North Carolina with its sweet air, serving as a Navy attack pilot during the Vietnam War, flying for commercial airlines and missing his time as a pilot, what might be happening with all of this mysterious and horrific airplane accidents of late, these planes aren’t coming down because of climate change, when and why the Sonics stopped playing together in late 1967, how the Sonics were a pretty popular band in the Pacific Northwest, when singles like “The Witch” and “Psycho” began to take off, opening for bigger bands at the local coliseum in Tacoma as teenagers, why younger bands really made records in the late 60s, the story of “The Witch,” officially not making it to number one on the charts but actually being number one, where the sound of the Sonics came from, getting people rockin’, the Kinks, the Wailers, having no idea that the Sonics might have been influential on louder bands or the garage rock scene, befriending Bob Seger, making Sonics music, the excellence and reverence of the Hives, why someone might pursue the saxophone in a rock band, jamming with Gerry Roslie at 15 years old and never looking back, Clarence Clemons, why the Sonics came back in 2007, working with Jim Diamond on This is the Sonics, making a record instead of going to bingo, riff-based rock ‘n’ roll with no messages, what’s up with Revox Records, you can’t mess with the Sonics, the song “I Got Your Number,” loving women, and then we end up leaving here.

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Ep. #148: Slim Twig

Slim Twig is the moniker for a young man from Toronto named Max Turnbull who is a noted actor and musician. Over the past 10 years, he has released a lot of challenging, artful pop music in projects like Tropics, Archaic Women, Plastic Factory, U.S. Girls, and of course, Slim Twig. In 2010 he made a record called A Hound at the Hem but it didn’t see the light of day until 2012 when he released it via Toronto’s Pleasence Records and the Calico. Corp label he operates with his wife, Meghan Remy of U.S. Girls. The record is now seeing wide release via DFA Records who also plan to put out the next Slim Twig album. Here, Turnbull and I talk about house sitting in New Mexico and recording Darlene Shrugg tracks, Independence Day and Valentine’s Day, living in Toronto, Albuquerque cashing in on Breaking Bad, seeing Bob Dylan in Fargo and talking to people at the Blockbuster there, Fargo myths and Breaking Bad meth, the delayed release of A Hound at the Hem, Paper Bag Records, why Sof’ Syke was a safer alternative, becoming a popsmith, incorrect Canadian media labels that have been thrust upon Slim Twig, people get stuck in the past, samples and instrumentation, trying to change, employing different voices within the same song, Tom Waits and Paul McCartney voices, paying tribute to Serge Gainsbourg via a conceptual, narrative-based album, wanting to make a grander statement, impenetrable lyrics and the role of a backstory for a record, employing Owen Pallett, opaqueness and David Lynch, getting into acting before playing in bands at 13, writing from an indirect perspective, growing up in an art house, the desire to perform, seeing the Hives, how DFA got in the Slim Twig biz, Eric Copeland and Black Dice, the joy and pain of Discogs.com, the next Slim Twig LP might be a stoned protest record, playing a few shows, @twigoftoronto, the song “Hover on a Sliver,” and then it’s over.

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