You know that guy who can offer a seemingly authoritative opinion on just about any topic extemporaneously and sound like an expert in the subject at hand? So do I. That guy is Billy Bragg. We covered so much ground during our 45 minute conversation, and it was amazing to sit across from him and soak it all up.
My conversation with comedian Andy Kindler may end up having a life-changing effect on me. It ultimately depends on what the doctor says, but you can figure out exactly what I'm talking about when you listen. Too many words to type on that front. Plus we covered a lot of other good stuff, like comic books, music, spirituality and The Best Show.
It's been an interesting year for Mike Bridavsky. He went from running a recording studio in Bloomington to traveling around the country so people can stare at his cat. And no, that's not a euphemism. He owns Lil Bub, one of the most popular cats on the internet. Mike and I talked a bit about balancing Lil Bub duties with recording work and what it's like when flying your famous cat around becomes a full-time job.
Girl Germs, Bratmobile, Lookout!, Indivision Management, Simple Social Graces, eMusic. Molly Neuman has been involved in just about every facet of the music business at a pretty high level. Like many industry veterans, however, she didn't set out to play the game. So it was nice to hear about her journey from enthusiastic zinester to digital music trailblazer.
I always suspected that Jake Fogelnest was something of a kindred spirit. Those suspicions were confirmed at SXSW, when I chatted with him about music, the '90s nostalgia onslaught, the importance of context and, last but certainly not least, The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling.
During SXSW 2012, one of my favorite conversations was with a gentleman that now goes by the name Jonny Fritz (who, we decided during our chat, is what you might call an inlaw goodass). When I found out that he would be back this year, I had to sit down with him again and talk about things that've changed in the intervening months.
During SXSW, I had the pleasure of screening a documentary near and dear to my heart: "A Band Called Death." It tells the story of the Detroit band Death, who arguably invented punk in the '70s, only to have their music sit on the shelf for almost 35 years. I also had a chance to chat with the band and the directors of the documentary.
In celebration of Dogfish Head Brewery's latest core beer, Sixty-One, founder Sam Calagione and Will Oldham planned a special event at Louisville's Holy Grale to feature the beer and the Bonnie "Prince" Billy song it inspired. I had a chance to sit down with Sam and Will beforehand to talk about the new beer and their longstanding friendship.
My conversation with Ian MacKaye covers a lot of ground, but one of the most inspiring threads therein is the idea of lifelong adherence to the punk ethos. Listening to MacKaye talk about his steadfast approach to the world around him serves as a palpable reminder that you can indeed navigate life without compromising who you are.