Over 4th of July Weekend, I took a break from the festivities to interview comedienne Tig Notaro, whom you might know from The Sarah Silverman Program, Community or This American Life. She is currently at work on a memoir discussing the hellish four-month period in which she broke up with her girlfriend, lost her mother and was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Considering this was all just last summer, Tig is doing amazingly well at the moment. In fact, aside her from her forthcoming memoir, she has two documentaries on the way, one revolving around her upcoming stand-up tour and the other touching on her battle with cancer. As a longtime fan, I am extremely happy to see other people finally appreciating Tig’s work. Her success is well-deserved.
For this week’s LA Weekly music feature, I wrote about Local Natives and their terrific new album Hummingbird, which is out next week. When I first heard the new songs at the Satellite last fall, I immediately noticed a difference in tone from their first album. So, as always, it was an interesting journey tracking where those changes originated from.
My first article of 2013 is up over at LA Weekly. I wrote about Kings of Leon for the ‘Fuck Guilty Pleasures’ column.
Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite articles that I wrote this year. Father John Misty tops them all by a long shot, but I can’t wait to get my Zomby interview for Passion of the Weiss out in January. My articles on Local Natives and inc. should be coming out around the same time, so there’s really no slowing down for the holidays this year.
- Father John Misty Just Quit Fleet Foxes: We Get High In His Van
- Heartbreak Supergroup: At Least The Members of Divine Fits Have Each Other
- Tame Impala On The Meaning of ‘Lonerism’
- Danny Brown: Hip-Hop’s Cormac McCarthy
- Radiohead Artist Stanley Donwood’s New Work Pictures LA In Flames
- Question In The Form of An Answer: Mount Kimbie
- Beachwood Sparks Are One Of LA’s Most Influential Bands You Don’t Know
- Kurt Vile Gets Folky, Plays Largo Tomorrow
- Why James Adomian’s Debut Is A Lock For Comedy Album Of The Year
- Comedian Moshe Kasher’s Memoir Kasher in the Rye: ‘I Was Violent. I Was Sexist. I Was a Pig.’
Here’s a clip from my interview with Danny Brown over at LA Weekly
There’s a lot of graphic detail in your lyrics on XXX. What was the most difficult thing for you to rap about?
The most difficult rhyme is me saying “Left behind a daughter that don’t even really know him,” and that just, that sucks because we’re with each other all the time, but it’s more so that the relationship has changed. Me and her mom aren’t together anymore, and when I was in situation where I could be around her all the time, I didn’t have money and I couldn’t really support her. Now that I do have money and I can support her a little better, I have no time to be with her.
Here’s a clip from my interview with Mikal Cronin up over at LAWeekly.com:
"A lot of the bands I really love right now and listen to a lot are friends of mine — broke San Francisco bands and musicians are really great right now. I think probably the best live band right now is Thee Oh Sees and there’s a band up here called Grass Widow that makes a lot of beautiful music, and my friend Ty Segall. A lot of inspiration just comes from the stuff my friends are doing. There’s a lot of talent going around right now. I meet a lot of great bands on tour that are really inspiring too, but there’s a lot to digest just in San Francisco."