Joe talks with banjo iconoclast Danny Barnes ahead of his performance Saturday night 3-22-14 on the Lingua Musica Show at Moonlight Mile in Arden, NC. Danny’s latest record, Shri 108, is a further exploration of music he calls “barnyard electronics”, a solo album that blends acoustic and programmed music with lyrical themes of struggle and common dignity.
In this wide-ranging conversation, Danny touches on everything from the making of his new record to the innovations of musical pioneer Earl Scruggs to his love of vinyl and cassette formats and much more.
This was recorded 11-19-13 and features music from both current artists in the NC Musicians book as well as many rare and out-of-print selections from Charlotte and NC's musical past.
James Caldwell is conference manager of the Midatlantic Music Conference and Festival which runs November 7th through 10th in Charlotte, NC. Joe talked with James on the phone this week ahead of his appearance on the first panel of the conference Friday evening at the Chop Shop in the NoDa district of the Queen City.
This is the full version of the conversation that was edited for broadcast on WNCW 11-8-13.
We talk about how some things have changed over the years with touring and being in a band, how some of their audience has gotten stuck in the earlier sound of Superchunk, about cassette culture, payola involving bands like Franz Ferdinand (who also have a new record out after a long absence), Mac's half-joking advice not to start a band or record label and much more.
Superchunk's new record is called I Hate Music and is their 10th studio album.
Streamed live on iamavl.com on January 4, 2013, this is the second half of the conversation with Jessica Tomasin, Michael Selverne and Josh Blake.
Michael begins this part of the show with analysis of how the music industry failed to utilize digital technology and the turning point of when Wilco was dropped by their label even though they brought in many millions in sales.
Streamed live on iamavl.com on January 4, 2013, this conversation with Jessica Tomasin, Michael Selverne and Josh Blake explores where the music industry has gone wrong, how musicians and music professionals make ends meet on a full-time and part-time basis, and much more.
The last half of the show is in Episode 236
What It Is has a healthy debate on the merits of the songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien, with Carol Rifkin advocating his merits and Jeff Eason questioning his popularity. This aired 10-6-2008
What It Is Radio Episode 4: Hard Act to Follow
The fourth episode of What It Is Radio, Hard Act to Follow. The What It Is crew has fun talking about the instances they recall when an opening act blew away the headliner, or the headliner imploded.
What It Is Radio Episode 3: Trends In Music
The third episode of What It Is Radio, Trends In Music. Parrish Ellis, Roland Dierauf and Carol Rifkin join Joe Kendrick in a conversation about musical trends that we would like to see go away and traditions that stand the test of time.
What It Is Radio Episode 2: Visual Elements In Live Music
The second episode of What It Is Radio, Visual Elements in Live Music. Carol Rifkin, Parrish Ellis and Roland Dierauf join host Joe Kendrick in a topic suggested by Roland: why do you say that you're going to "see" live music rather than "hear" live music? What It Is takes a turn at conversing about the emphasis (or lack thereof) on showmanship, lasers and other elements of spectacle in live musical performance.
What It Is Podcast Episode 1: Where Are They Now
The first episode of What It Is Radio. Do you ever wonder what happened to artists no longer active in music? Jeff Eason, Fred Mills and Joe Kendrick talk about icons like Don Was, Captain Beefheart, Todd Rundgren and Andy Partridge. Originally broadcast 11-7-07