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: 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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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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Interview: Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), 2003

Posted in Interviews, Metal by wwyork on February 22, 2015

In everything I do, music is there as a dialogue to my existence. And most of the people I work with, it’s the most fundamental thing in their lives. Without making it, they ain’t breathin’ anymore.

This telephone interview with the Godflesh/Jesu founder Justin Broadrick was done as background for a blink-and-you’ll-miss it spot in the dreadful Alternative Press back in 2003. At the time, Broadrick was in between Godflesh (which had broken up) and Jesu (whose first releases were still in the works). Meanwhile, Godflesh’s Messiah (recorded nearly a decade earlier) had just been re-released by Relapse, while Curse of the Golden Vampire’s second album, Mass Destruction, was on the way.

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Interview: Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls/Rangda), 2010

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on February 22, 2015

August 2010 interview with longtime Sun City Girls guitarist (Sir) Richard Bishop, focusing on Rangda, his group with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano. 

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