There are way too many things I could say about Mac McCaughan and his various endeavors (whether it's Merge Records, Superchunk or his other bands from the past), because they helped shape who I am today. And if you're a fan of indie/alt/college rock, or whatever they've called it in the 24 years that Merge and Superchunk have been around, there's a pretty good chance the feeling is mutual. So I'll just let my conversation with Mac (which touches on the new 'Chunk record "I Hate Music," getting older, running a label and being intentional about listening to music) do the talking.
Kelly Hogan is such a charmer. If you don’t believe me, consider this: How many people could make you feel like being a centerfold in Sexy Santa Quarterly is a good thing? Yeah, see what I mean? In addition to her enchanting disposition, Kelly gets around a bit (musically speaking). So that comes up in our conversation, as does her love of Kiss.
For this episode, I was tempted to come up with an incredibly personal, possibly gross story that I'd never told before in honor of my interview with Kevin Allison. That's what he does, and what he encourages others to do, on his show Risk: tell bold stories, and tell them boldly. But instead, I decide to let our conversation about Cincinnati, coming out, Catholicism and 45s speak for itself.
I've never really believed that Wayne Coyne is the crazy musical Willy Wonka that some people make him out to be. Sure, he makes weird art and dances in the street at the intersection of music and commerce, but I've always felt like he was just a down-to-earth guy who also happened to have the balls to run his freak flag up the pole and salute it proudly. And after my conversation with him, I'm more convinced of that fact.
For fans of pocket squares, perfect timekeeping and weekly phone call-based comedy, Jon Wurster is about as high profile as it gets. It was a pleasure to sit down with him before Forecastle Fest and try to figure out exactly what makes him tick (here's a hint: it doesn't involve practice).
When Baroness played Bonnaroo during their first tour back after a near-fatal bus crash, I got to sit next to John Baizley and talk about what it was like to come back from that. Watching him talk about "getting on the fucking horse" after almost losing everything was a pretty intense and moving intense experience.