Over at the main site, we interviewed Mike McGonigal of Yeti Magazine. Mike is something of a 21st Century Harry Smith or Alan Lomax style documenter of all things cool and weird. We highly suggest reading this interview, and also seeking out everything Mike has ever been a part of.
Leigh Stein talks to Largehearted Boy about music she listened to when she moved from Chicago to New Mexico, a review of The Third Reich, geeking out over SST Records, and much more in today’s Morning Bites.
“Where we were with music history seven years ago, you’d already had half a century of re-appraisals, repackagings, and box sets,” said Yeti editor Mike McGonigal, who has produced two multidisc gospel compilations for Tompkins Square and is working on a third—a four-disc overview of the Nashboro label—with gospel collector Kevin Nutt. “You had canonical reissues like the killer job that Smithsonian did in the 1990s with their reissue of the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music, as well as contemporary compilations like Revenant’s American Primitive collections and Shanachie’s Secret Museum of Mankind series. Those compilations are a road map for how to be both informative and ass-kickingly beautiful. They’re arranged with a symmetry and a purpose and make connections that you might not get until dozens of listens. It was clear that [Rosenthal] was interested in records like this because he released them.”
“Ilike vocal effects most when they are radical and transformative and make me give more as a singer. If they are too subtle then they starts to feel like cheese sauce and it’s usually better raw. Those decisions come very early in the writing process because I commit to the effects while I’m recording them (rather than applying them post). That way I can be sure they’ll translate live.” (via Q&A: Former Books Member Nick Zammuto on the Very Busy Start to His 2012 | The Measure)
I was actually in the same room as Steve Martin when I went to the Grammys. He was nominated in a different category and attended the pre-telecast… Neither of us won the Grammy we were nominated for and I kinda wanted to get ‘small’ with him but I didn’t end up meeting him.
“Does it sound like 1980s Leonard Cohen on some combination of Prozac and Ambien? Yes, it does! Does he make “Every Breath You Take” upbeat and cheery? Yes, he does! Do you vaguely feel like an anime has just ended? Yes, you do! If you think of the album Swearengen would make, you probably think of something very much like Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads, or maybe Sunn O))). Having the seductive Michael McDonaldisms of From Both Sides Now wash over you instead is an experience not unlike discovering Duke Silver and his extensive following of saucy moms.” At The Awl, Mike Barthel tracks down Ian McShane’s 1992 pop album. (via Ian McShane Made An Album In 1992: Would You Want To Listen To It? | The Awl)