Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

On the roots music site No Depression, Kim Ruehl held an enlightening interview with Amy Ray and her newest music. Talking up country music, Ray describes her perspective and sensibilities to the genre that aren’t on par with the country music people are mostly hearing on the radio these days.

The interview mostly puts her newest release Goodnight Tender on display which she previewed with this single. But Ray says so much more that explains her writing on this album. From NoDepression.com.

No, no. I couldn’t do country-pop even if I wanted to. First of all, I’m too old and too gay, too political, too masculine. Some of those pop-country artists like Faith Hill, the really good ones, they have voices that are crazy good. I’m in the Americana category – more of a singer-songwriter, the gospel thing, the mountain thing… your voice is a different kind of instrument in that case.

Read the rest of the interview here.

In case you missed it, Vice did this impressive q & a with RZA founder and punk pioneer Lenny Zenith on Sunday. They catch up with Zenith to talk about being outed in school by a friend, the stresses of living as a boy in a time trans issues were so stealth, his work with current band The Tenterhooks and his activism for trans rights. From Vice.com:

Was your secret ever revealed?
It was during my senior year. A friend of mine kind of outed me. I confided in her and said, “I have something to tell you. I wasn’t really born a boy, and I go to school as a boy, but I was born a girl.” Well she told her dad…

Short and to the point but with lots of insight to a different time for trans peeps. And check out “Camp St.” performed by Zenith and RZA after the jump.

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Take fellow homo-hop artists Cazwell and Johnny Dangerous, add in some of that twisted EL-P flavor and you’ll get close — just close — to the sound of Big Dipper.  The Chicago-born Brooklyn-based rapper, who infamously now withholds his real name, has received critical acclaim for his playful tales of hot big boy sex over some big beats. Details Magazine dubbed BD as one of hip-hop’s queer pioneers in 2012. And he’s taking 2013 out with a bang.

In October, BD released his second mixtape, Thick Life, and the video for the track, “Dick Hang Low” which leaves very little to the imagination with a whole lot to look at. He’s also filled the latter half of the year with a slew of live shows in New York and San Francisco. He talks up his inspirations, bears and hip-hop and OMG! KELLY ROWLAND! in an exclusive Q&A with J.W. Richard of Groove Loves Melody for Flair Gun. Photos via Facebook.

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I interviewed the iconic Boy George prior to his appearance in Dallas where he will perform a DJ set at the It’ll Do Club with Mark Vedo. With lots of rules to abide by, I was pretty nervous, but he turned out to be surprisingly affable — and I believe it’s something he likes being.

I wrote the piece for Dallas Voice which appeared in Friday’s issue. Read it here.

We’re soooo jealous of Out in the City’s interview with John Grant because we’re convinced he has released THE. ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR. With at least one of the most telling albums of 2013 with Pale Green Ghosts, an interview with the musician may almost be unnecessary considering how open his lyrics are. But he, in fact, goes much further into his reasoning behind such great songs like “Vietnam” and “Black Belt” addressing issues with his ex and discovering his HIV status.

From Out in the City:

I ask him if he’d had any response from the ex boyfriend concerned. “Uh-uh,” he shakes his head. “I don’t expect to have any response. I mean… what’s-his-face that I keep writing about,” he chuckles, knowing how obsessive that may sound, “he doesn’t respond to anything, and that’s what hurt me so much. That’s what I wrote about in ‘Vietnam.’ But you know, I blame myself for everything. I may be lashing out at him, because that’s what a wounded animal does. I lash out at him on ‘Black Belt’ and list all of his flaws. But, you know, at the end of the day, late at night, I’m just wishing I would see his name in my Inbox, and then he’d say: ‘I was wrong. Come back to me’.”

Read the entire interview here.

As school zones obstruct our morning gym trips, that only means one thing — the kids are heading back to class. And we’re so jealous of Groove Loves Melody’s blog post from last week, that we may have to just steal it for next year. But in the meantime, we’ll refer you to the post where the indie music blog asks some musicians on their favorite past times over the summer and GLM includes a healthy dose of queer artists.

From GrooveLovesMelody:

Bringing back our 6-part series from last year, here are several independent artists sharing their favorite book or film from the summer of 2013.

Six-part series?? Clearly, creator JW Richard is not as lazy as we are as GLM already has two of the six up, but it’s an entertaining read that includes such LGBT artists as Nhojj, Jomama Jones, Juba Kulamka and Jody Quine (damn, that’s a lotta J’s). Be sure to check ’em out.

Also, check out GLM’s review of B. Slade’s (pictured) newest release My September Issue.

Dallas neo-pop singer Jurni Rayne spoke about her journey, her name and her music to Studology 101 in this video posted on Tuesday. You might recall, I spoke to her earlier this year, but you’ll see the great spirit she has in her approach to music and life.

Now watch.