Monday, September 19, 2016

RIML: Peter Bjorn and John

We met with Peter Bjorn and John just after their soundcheck at Venue, Vancouver last month on the first leg of their N American tour for Breaking Point.  The three men were funny, charming and well informed about all sorts of music, from Van Halen, thru Bob Dylan back to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane with a few Swedish albums thrown in the mix from early childhood memories.  Good chaps, very fun to hang with, and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

RIML: Zakk Wylde

I was pleasantly surprised meeting guitar hero Zakk Wylde.  He is a well travelled man who sees the world in balanced terms, but is still comfortable with his opinion.   He gave us a ten minute dialog about the upcoming US election but was mainly excited by the potential dirt digging and slinging theatrical value of the debates!  Then we talked music and I think all three of us were surprised by his first influential artist.  Then, of course Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are mentioned, and he recited the story he told as he inducted them into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.  Benn McGuire also caught some great camera work at the show which we feature in between records, including a solo from within the audience, all while still connected to the stage with a 100' long guitar cable!

(apologies for the audio on this episode, a technical glitch.  However, Zakk Wylde is an interesting guy, with a load of hilarious stories that were too good not to share).

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Andrew W.K. on #RIML

Andrew W.K. joined us for a very entertaining and informative Records In My Life last week while he was in Vancouver as a part of Mural Fest.   We managed to film an interview before his sold out show at the Cobalt, wherein Andrew gave us some insight into what motivates and inspires him.  Though he was a little tight lipped about actually naming albums that influenced, he offered up his unwavering love of music from classical masters that he''d studied on piano from the age of four!  One of the funniest interviews we've ever filmed, with a very singular artist who in his own words says "It is my destiny to party."  And we all hope Andrew W.K. can continue to party and entertain for many decades to come!  This is a very good episode, hope you enjoy it!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Broods on Records In My Life

We had a really fun interview with Georgia and Caleb Nott from the New Zealand band Broods.   They are on a world tour in support of their second album "Conscious" and we managed to chat with them before their soundcheck at the Vogue Theater here in Vancouver, Canada.  The siblings had an obvious dynamic about them, and both were very familiar with each other's favorites and influences.  Really great interview from a talented young band who gave a slick performance later that evening.  One of our best shows yet!

Broods on RIML is hosted and produced by Charles Brownstein
Direction and editing by Mark Henning
Videography by Benn McGuire and Mark Henning
Animations and logo by Susana Ramirez

This episode features the Broods song "Free" from their Conscious album
Theme song is "Best Tonight" by Combine the Victorious from their "Autonomous" album.

Monday, August 22, 2016

ACTORS on Records In My LIfe

We had the chance to interview Jason Corbett of the Vancouver band ACTORS and asked him to reveal some of his favorite local Vancouver band albums.  We filmed this on a cloud-free day down by the water at Science World here in Vancouver, something very different for the usually studio bound Corbett!  Among his list were albums from War Baby, Red Vienna, the still to be released new album from Sex With Strangers, as well as Combine the Victorious' "Autonomous" album (the source of the the theme music for the RIML series!) After giving us details on the local albums he then revealed a top three from his personal collection, including a detailed story of buying The Clash's London Calling. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

RIML with July Talk

We had an interesting time filming this interview.  July Talk were opening for Red Hot Chili Pepppers at the Festival d'ete de Quebed this past July.  Because of a media blackout backstage, wherein no one was allowed within 100 meters of the RCHP we were carefully escorted around the backstage environment, and told to wait at the side of the stage until our interview time was at hand.  Then, mistakenly, our festival co-ordinator accidently led us through the Chili's change room in search of July' Talk's change room, wherein we were confronted by an angry road manager and told in no uncertain terms to leave, immediately.  Fortunately we then found the proper change rooms and met the highly excited Peter and Leah of July Talk who were happy to chat with us about the music that set them on their course as musicians. 

A crowd of 90 000 people gathered that evening for the show, and we could hear the building crowd gaining size and excitement in the background during our interview.  Still an hour and half away from the opening act's showtime, there were football chants and general crowd shouting happening so loudly that they cut into our lavalier mics, which you can hear during the interview.

Leah and Peter were visibly excited, as this was the biggest date July Talk had ever played but they still were grounded enough to give us some cool albums to listen to and went into detail about what turned them on. 

Thanks so much to July Talk, the wonderful people of Festival d'ete de Quebec, and the great people of Quebec City for such a fantastic time there.  Have a look!

Monday, August 1, 2016

RIML with Neil Finn!

We proudly present our interview with the one and only Neil Finn.  Such a charming man, with wonderful musical knowledge and gracious enough to give his insights on a few of his favorite albums.

Filmed backstage at the Bell Stage during the Festival d'ete de Quebec, on a rainy afternoon, while Duran Duran soundchecked in the background, this is was a great experience and a very good interview!

Can't thank Mr. Finn or the excellent staff of the FEQ for this opportunity.  Please have a look, it's a great episode.  Cheers!