Brooklyn based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Alex Wong AKA A City On A Lake sits down to chat on today’s episode of Shortwave. Alex talks about his progression from producer to singer, his first bands, and how the legend of Mexico City inspired his debut album. He also tells us about working in the woods with the band Delta Rae, his thoughts on today’s musical landscape, and how he started working with Ximena Sariñana. Plus, Ximena Sariñana joins Alex to play some live songs from his debut album, “A City On A Lake.”
The prolific, poetic, and profoundly original Gayle Skidmore stops by to chat on this week’s Shortwave. Gayle talks about driving to Brooklyn from San Diego for her fans, catching up to releasing the almost 1700 songs she has written, and her dulcimer accident. Gayle also shares how a label stole her piano, what inspired her to create her very own coloring book, and what’s on the horizon for her in the upcoming year. Plus, we are treated to a couple of live songs including “Zombie Heart” from her “Zombie Heart E.P.”
The swinging and swaggering five-piece ensemble Magnolia Memoir sits down to chat with Grant-Lee Phillips on today’s episode of Shortwave. Mela Lee, Alexander Burke, and Aron Forbes talk about their first concert, approaching songs from any given character, and how the members of the band found each other. They also talk about Mela’s past day job working at a bank, being able to be a badass voice actress, and the inspiration behind the song “Broken Cup.” Plus, we’re treated to some live songs from their latest album “The Perfect Crime.”
The jubilant and charming Section Quartet sit down with Grant-Lee Phillips and talk about how they transitioned from classic orchestra to alternative rock on this weeks Shortwave. They discuss challenging the musical establishment, who gets the title of first violin, and what it’s like to work with everyone from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre. Richard on the cello talks about buying plane tickets for his cello and what he names it and the band talks about what it was like to score Drew Barrymore’s first film. We also get treated to some live songs performed in studio including covers of Radiohead and The Postal Service. Their sound is incredible. Don’t miss it!
Northampton’s Winterpills sit down to catch up with Grant-Lee Phillips on today’s episode of Shortwave. Winterpills’ Philip Price & Flora Reed talk about turning Grant-Lee onto Kombucha, how Philip & Flora met, and the process of self-producing their own record. They also discuss Philip’s art background, how placeholder lyrics can be an amazing thing, and what’s on the horizon for them. Plus, we’re treated to some live songs from their latest album “All My Lovely Goners.”
Nashville based artist and producer Charlie Peacock sits down to chat about his musical influences on this week’s Shortwave. Charlie talks about living in a former church, how he started working with The Civil Wars, and drops some knowledge about peaches. Also, Charlie tells us about working with Marc Ribot & Ravi Coltrane, describes the pain that comes with producing a record for himself, and explains how technology has drastically changed the process of recording music. Plus, Sam Ashworth and Ruby Amanfu join Charlie to play some live songs from his latest album, “No Man’s Land.”
Tucson Troubadour Howe Gelb & Giant Giant Sand set their sights on the Shortwave studios. Howe describes how the band formed by the wrath of coincidence, performing 3 hour long improvisational sets, and the story behind Erosion Rock. Howe also talks about the inspiration behind “Tucson: A Country Rock Opera,” thinking about winding down on recording, and how the recent events in Arizona have affected him as a local. Plus, we’re treated to some live songs from their latest album “Tucson: A Country Rock Opera.”
21st century balladeer Jill Sobule stops by to recall the many cover band names of her past on this week’s Shortwave. Jill talks about taking her mother to see Dancing With the Stars, working on a couple of musicals, and describes how street performing one night in Spain ultimately lead her to pursue music professionally after getting a 6 month gig. Jill also shares her excitement of opening for Donovan on tour, being a pioneer of the Kickstarter model, and explains how her song “I Kissed A Girl” helped & hurt her career. Plus, we are treated a couple of live songs from her extensive catalogue including a specially written song about the history of immigration in the United States called “They Say They Want Our America Back.”
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