That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

James Goode: Mouthfeel (album review plus EXCLUSIVE bonus interview!)

Posted in Interviews, San Francisco by wwyork on October 9, 2017

Musical sandwich
Go ahead, take a bite
It was made with your tongue, teeth, and taste buds in mind

So go the opening lines of “Mouthfeel,” the title track of James Goode’s first solo album, which, perhaps not coincidentally, is also entitled Mouthfeel. I had previously known James Goode for his (rumored but unconfirmed) role as Faxed Head member Fifth Head and for his ambitious but seldom-heard electroacoustic music (more on this below). I didn’t realize that he also wrote and sang songs with actual lyrics and melodies, so when I first came across “Mouthfeel” in my Soundcloud feed, it was both a surprise and a revelation. After all, who else sings lyrics like this…

The eggs come from a factory, where they’re grown from seed
Formed in molds extra-utero – pale albumin, bright yolk
The fat, protein, and cholesterol have all been removed
All that’s left is a thick starch – layers of gray and orange

…let alone makes them work, musically speaking? (That was a rhetorical question, but if you know of anyone, please answer in the comments section below.)

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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.

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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, gravelvoice.com, 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!

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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.
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