That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

Interview: John French (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), 2003

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on July 19, 2015

[W]hen you’re involved in a cult situation like that …, you become so accustomed to your environment that when you’re out of the environment you feel foreign. I felt like I didn’t belong. I didn’t wanna be in the band, but I didn’t belong outside of it either. It was an odd place to be, psychologically.

This interview was originally conducted for a little blurb on the reunited Magic Band that was to appear in Alternative Press back in 2003. Alas, the piece got bumped (though in favor of what nonentity of a band, I’d rather not even know). In any case, it was pretty cool to be able to talk to the guy who played drums—and helped arrange much of the music—on the legendary Trout Mask Replica, among other LPs by the early incarnation(s) of Captain Beefheart’s band. Mr. French wrote extensively about his experiences in the Magic Band in the liner notes to the Grow Fins box set, which served as a jumping-off point for this interview.



Interview: Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls recording engineer), 2002

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on July 19, 2015

Sure they’re gonna do things that you don’t like as a fan—that you might not personally like—but you kinda stay with it because you’re watching artistic talent develop over a period of decades. You just stay with it, and kind of observe it, and enjoy it.

This interview (along with the Alan Bishop interview elsewhere on this blog) served as background for my 2002 SFBG article on the Sun City Girls. In fairness to Mr. Colburn, his resumé as a producer/engineer includes many other credits in addition to his work with SCG. He was also a longtime member of the Seattle-based Climax Golden Twins. His Web site,, is home to a variety articles on topics ranging from recording techniques to a list of albums that changed his life, including ones by Caroliner, Black Flag, Chrome, the Residents, and the Insane Clown Posse!


Sanity is underrated and/or overrated

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on May 10, 2015

Electric Eels, “Sewercide”
Danny Cohen, “Palm of My Hand”
Nondor Nevai, “Stalemate”
Culturcide, “Famous and Fucked Up”
The Three Doctors, “Phobia”
Pop-O-Pies, “I Am the Walrus”
The Frogs, “Für Z Musik Biz (10 Years to Waste)”
Flipper, “You Nought Me”
Alvarius B, “Cooking with Satan”
Fred Lane, “From the One That Cut You”
Danny Cohen, “New Mexico”
Minimal Man, “Loneliness”
Swamp Dogg, “Synthetic World”
Agents of Oblivion, “Endsmouth”
Ulver, “Nowhere/Catastrophe”
Morbus Chron, “Terminus”
Dissection, “The Somberlain”
Soilent Green, “Emptiness Found”
Gorguts, “Nostalgia”
Dødheimsgard, A Umbra Omega

R.I.P. Marco Eneidi (1956-2016)

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on February 25, 2015

Today I heard the sad news that Marco Eneidi has passed away. I had the chance to see Marco play a half dozen or so times when I lived in the Bay Area during the early 2000s, including a 2002 show in Oakland with Peter Brötzmann and a 2003 show at the Hemlock in San Francisco with his trio Sound on Survival. I also had the chance to meet and interview him in 2002 for an SF Bay Guardian article I wrote about him to coincide with a festival he organized in honor of his old friend and collaborator Glenn Spearman. I am posting the transcript of this interview here. I wish I could think of something profound to say, but in lieu of that, I just want to extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and musical collaborators. He will be missed. Goodbye, Marco, and thanks for the music.

Live review: 7000 Dying Rats, Covered Wagon Saloon, San Francisco (6/22/02)

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on February 22, 2015

Like the Nondor Nevai interview found elsewhere on this site, this review/interview was originally published in Night Moves, a music zine with high-class literary aspirations, which lasted for one issue. I believe it was stuff like this concert review that Agony Shorthand‘s Jay Hinman had in mind when he wrote in his review of the zine, “Some of the writing is that of the preposterously stupid rock and roll innocent, out on the town for a partytime night of heavy metal and extreme blood-curdling experimental noise.” Indeed.