Last month, I shared a few photos from the Hank & Cupcakes show at Sol Bar New Mountain, here in Asheville. Before that show, I got to sit down with Sagit Shir and Ariel Scherbacovsky and interview them for Songfacts.com. Their stage presence is massive and electrified, almost over the top but not quite, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I finally got to talk to them. You never know with people, right? And I tend to be on the oh god don’t talk to me, I can’t make words come out of my face end of the social spectrum, so I was half-convinced that what was meant to be an interview would wind up instead being a case of me frozen in my chair, saying a lot of things that sounded like “um” and “fuck” and “goddammit what was I going to say?” And while there might have been a bit of that, there was a lot more laughing and good conversation, with two people who are genuinely kind and incredibly friendly, and shared with me some fantastic stories about their songs, their life together, and how they got started making music. Here’s that interview, in case you want to read it.
A few weeks ago, I packed up my husbands mobile recording apparatus and headed over to Claude Coleman, Jr.’s place to catch up with him about all the things going on in his musical world these days. Since the tragic demise of Ween in 2012, Claude has stayed busy, moving to Asheville from his home state of New Jersey, making albums with his band Amandla, and recording drums for more bands than I can even try to remember.
In the interview, Claude shares funny stories about some of Ween’s songs, including one that involves Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) being locked in a trunk while his vocals were being recorded. He talks about his new life in North Carolina and the music he’s making here, and takes us on a trip from the very beginning of his time in Ween to his future with his latest project, Amandla.
It was a fun interview, often meandering all over the place before circling back around to the near-forgotten questions. Claude Coleman is clearly a man who appreciates his success, and holds his fans and fellow musicians in high regard. Underneath the humor and the occasional glimpses of melancholy, there’s a constant thread of gratitude for the life he’s been able to live, and that made the interview that much more impressive to me.
We’re full of all kinds of ambition over here in my little world. Not only did I publish a new book that you’re dying to read, but beloved’s band just released a new album. You can hear a preview of Silver Machine’s latest masterpiece, Symmetry, here. The title track is free to download, and you can download the entire album now or wait on the CDs to be ready, which should happen in the next week and a half or so. If you follow me on facebook you can head over to my page and see how you can win a free copy of the entire album. Go listen, even if you don’t download or buy anything. You’ll dig it, it’s trippy as hell.
Over the weekend, somebody broke into the rented practice space of a musician in town. The idiot-or idiots-stole an estimated $5000 worth of equipment from Dup Crosson, including his cherished custom guitar. (You can read the full story and see a photo of the guitar here. There’s also a photo of the guitar at the end of this blog.)
You have to be a real dick to break into someplace like that and steal from another human being. I’m hardly the captain of the moral police; I’d love to see the mega-corporate pricks and bank heads lose their shirts, along with their billion-dollar homes and high-priced hookers. Some people deserve to lose their stuff-not that I’m advocating crime, of course. But this guy didn’t. He’s a normal guy, who works hard and makes music that makes people happy. He earned every bit of the gear these pathetic pricks stole from him. And even if he didn’t earn it, did you morons skip kindergarten the day they talked about not taking stuff that isn’t yours?
Somebody out there knows who has Dup’s gear. And if you took it, or you know who did, and you don’t see that he gets it back, I hope you use that guitar to pick up a girl who gives you crabs and the clap and a bad case of face herpes.
If you know anything about Dup’s stolen musical gear, please call 828-225-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past several months, I’ve been a rock star widow. My beau has spent countless hours in the studio, recording and re-recording tracks for his new album with his band, Silver Machine, and it’s finally finished. It isn’t news that I’m kind of picky about my music. I couldn’t be with a guy in a shitty band, and this isn’t groupie-fan-wife love here. I met the guy after I was already a huge fan of Silver Machine; I liked them before he was in it, actually. So trust me when I say that the new album, Symmetry, will absolutely melt your face. They’re a psychedelic trip that brings to mind early Pink Floyd, but with a distinct 22nd century vibe. I wrote up their story for the Ask Asheville blog-to read it, watch their brilliant and hilarious video, and find out more about these crazy cosmonauts, click here. Silver Machine-Anthony Dorion, Chris Tanfield and Matthew Westerman-are going to blow the roof off the atmosphere [it does too make sense] with this one. History is about to change, folks. Be there.