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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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!