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California-based indie band Local Natives recently smashed the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland with their final set of 2016. Their album, Sunlit Youth, is my favorite album of 2016. Check out these live videos I shot of “Airplanes,” “Wide Eyes” and one of my favorite songs of the year “Fountain of Youth.”
My interview with Kansas City-based comedian Chloe Pelletier. She discusses a favorite joke, the impact of Huntington’s disease and her decision to not let fear control her life.
Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
Jason: I come from a family of music lovers, but neither of my parents are musical. You should hear my dad sing along to Shaggy.
What was your earliest musical memory?
Jason: Recording mixtapes while I listened to the radio doing my homework so I could bring all the new songs to the carpool.
How did CHERUB first come together?
Jason: We all met freshman year of college.
What is your creative approach when crafting a song?
Jason: It’s really all about throwing spaghetti up against the wall and seeing what sticks.
Who are some of your favorite producers and why?
Jason: Butchvig- the way he layers guitars has always been really inspiring to me. Some of his records have been the most inspiring in my life. And Adam Baker from the Annuals because there aren’t any bands that mean enough to me to get a tattoo.
What inspires you lyrically?
Jordan: Life inspires me lyrically. That’s why there’s so many moods on our albums. You go through so many feels throughout a day. It would be hard for me to write an album that stuck with one emotional theme, to be honest.
How did “Doses & Mimosas” come together?
Jason: The funny thing about that song is we never picked it as a single when we were releasing the album, but it’s really grown legs and taken on a life of its own.
Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence is your new album. What was the first song written for Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence?
Jason: Technically it’s “Traveling Blues.” It was written about 3 years ago for another album, but instead spent some time in the vaults and is now getting to see the light of day.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
Jason: My fear of microphone grills. Especially the grill part of microphones. They’re very hard and they’ll knock a tooth out if you get too excited. I already knocked my tooth out with a microphone once while singing karaoke in Tokyo.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Jason: Be your own biggest fan. Because if you’re not, then who else would want to be?
Just a friendly reminder that funk isn’t just a genre of music, it is a lifestyle decision. Funk can be the way you carry yourself through life. Being square is for, well, squares. Dig within and tap into the trippy joy within you. Every day, it can be helpful to ask yourself, “What can I do to be funkier today?” Listen to that internal voice and let it guide you to a different view of yourself.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Shouldn’t every day be International Women’s Day? Women are at the top of the mountain of life. Shout out to all of the inspiring women that are beasting it hardcore everyday.
Hooping isn’t just limited to raves and jam band shows anymore. Many white people enjoy hooping in diverse scenarios During indie rock band Marian Hill‘s set in Kansas City on Friday, a fan tried to hoop to the sax-laced tunes. Some music is not easy for hooping. A+ for effort though. A nice change of pace from most fans at indie shows that just look at their feet and try to act unimpressed.