Monday, October 24, 2016

RIML: Glass Animals

Really enjoyed meeting Joe and Dave from Glass Animals.  They were both droll and informative with us and offered some good stories along with the records they discussed.  I've become fond of the new How to be a Human being album as well.  Check it out.  One of our best interviews we shot this year!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What inspires Sex With Strangers? #RIML

Records In My Life had the pleasure of interviewing Hatch Benedict and Cory Price of the band Sex With Strangers just before soundcheck at the Fox Cabaret this October.  Sex With Strangers
is celebrating their sixth studio album, "Discourse," produced by Jason Corbett (Northern Light Records). 
Sex With Strangers have a new video out for the first single Gift of Fear and are already in production with the follow up. 

The band goes back a long ways with me, and a big part of my love for them has always been their humour.  I think the interview shows a glimpse into the world of Sex With Strangers, though it would take more than six minutes to capture the energy of friends making music together for 20 years!

In case you've missed SWS's immense repertoire over the past decade, here's a fun place to start.  New City Anthem from their Tokyo Steel album.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Phantogram on Records In My Life

Records In My Life met with Josh Carter (Sarah Barthel was feeling ill and opted to ave herself for the show) of PHANTOGRAM and had a very musically interesting and fun interview with the guitarist.  Later that evening I was granted a photo-pass so managed to capture some live footage of the band during the sold out show at the Commodore Ballroom.  A great night!

Monday, October 3, 2016

RIML: Youngblood

Alexis and Malcolm from the band Youngblood filmed an interview with us before their Feel Alright EP release show here at the Fox Cabaret last week, here in Vancouver.  The two showed their great chemistry in this laughter filled interview, each sharing with us their early music loves, as well as the albums they listened to in the early days of Youngblood when searching to define the band's sound.  Youngblood is on quite a nice rise these days, with recognition from Juno Awards Canada, very favorable ep reviews, and rapidly expanding Spotify fanbase!  We wish the band all the best and hope you enjoy this clip as much as we all did filming it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIML: Bob Moses

We were in Los Angeles earlier this year when I we first heard Bob Moses:  a friend had placed their song in the soundtrack of his documentary.  The song, Tearing Me Apart, was stunning: a fresh re-combination of down tempo with house but still containing enough vocals and hooks to make it translate well.  Days Gone By became a well listened to album.  Therefore it was exciting news when we booked them on Records In My Life.  However, because my band Combine the Victorious was playing a show in Harrison Hot Springs that same afternoon, I couldn't make the shoot.  Benn McGuire and Jeffrey Powell stepped in to film the interview with Charles, using a conference room in the band's hotel for a setting.  Happily, Isabelle and I did manage to see them perform later that evening.  It was a night of massive bass tones!  I was really taken with them, and they were blatantly grateful to the Vancouver homecoming crowd.  At one point mid set Jimmy Vallance elatedly crossed the stage to bro-hug Tom Howie in celebration of selling out the Commodore Ballroom; something they admitted to being a dream of theirs when they were growing up here.

In the interview they tell us about the first albums they'd ever purchased, their mutual love of James Blake as well as a fresh album recommendation.  Check it out, they're good young men.

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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