Vincent Nifigance Session for Manchester Scenewipe


Manchester Scenewipe is the passion project of Toby & Sam who harrangue established acts passing through our city to do acoustic sessions which are then wedged between videos of other, lesser-known local acts.

In November I filmed a song for them in one of the classrooms of the Photography Department of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sam & Toby have claimed many an illustrious scalp, but 'the one that got away' is Jeffrey Lewis!

Interesting Story: Any missed opportunities? Anything you regret? Read more »

Major Matt asks Jeffrey Lewis 5 questions (#10)


1. How did we meet?
I don't remember officially meeting you, Matt... I remember that I was playing the open mic at Sidewalk every single Monday night for a couple years when I started out, like 1998 and 99, and one time you showed up to play and Lach whispered to me "do you know Major Matt's stuff? He's one of the all-time greatest." So you were like a serious elder statesman whom I was scared to approach. I guess by 2001 we were definitely hanging out a bit and I was doing some recordings with you but I don't remember how that started.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
1) When people like me
2) Creativity, in myself and others
3) When I find a great obscure psychedelic record for cheap - like, I just got two original beat up vinyls by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band for 7.99 each, unbelievable!

3. 3 things that make you sad?
1) Right wing politics
2) Low self-esteem, in myself and others
3) The unfairness of life - big surprise.

4. What is your favorite color? Read more »

Tax compromise-markets: indeed, Democrats: no, GOP: perhaps


The Obama administration is prepared to trade extending the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes for a federal unemployment extension in a tax compromise announced Tuesday. Investors flocked back to shares on the news, pushing the markets to highs not seen since Lehman Brothers collapsed to trigger the monetary meltdown. If the tax compromise is up to Congress to become a reality, however, partisans are telling America not to get its expectations up. Source for this article - Tax compromise boosts markets, along with partisan bickering by Money Blog Newz.

Exactly what the tax compromise is all about Read more »

**FREE** Digital Download Holiday EP "Merry Christmas From Planting Seeds Records"


It has been an adventurous year! I had a great time with my solo tour of the east coast over the summer & fall. I got to know the Greyhound Bus line VERY well, Kerouac would have been proud.

My new band "Linda Draper & the Studs" (with Eric Puente on drums & Scott Fragala on bass) enjoyed our debut performance at Webster Hall in July and rocked out in the CMJ music marathon at Knitting Factory back in Oct. where I got to hear some of my new favorite bands Quilty and Battlehooch, among others. Also, it was cool to finally see old time faves, Dean & Britta's musical performance to Andy Warhol's "13 Most Beautiful People".

And now, in celebration of the holiday spirit, my label Planting Seeds Records, is giving away a FREE online EP from now until New Year's Day, Called "Merry Christmas From Planting Seeds Records". This free online EP includes my track "Merry Christmas (hint: my song is not very merry, nor does it have much to do with Christmas). Other gems on it include tracks from THE LOVETONES (who also rocked CMJ earlier this year) MARK CROZER, THE YOUNG SINCLAIRS, PINKIE, PAULA KELLEY and THE BEDROOM SET w/ANGELIQUE EVERETT. Read more »

Goodbye Blue Monday December 10, 2010


Last night's Purple Organ curated event at Goodbye Blue Monday featured a nice line up of the usual suspects. GBM's recent facelift (word has it they're gonna start serving brunch soon) and a new interested in photography created an excitement for me, personally, to check out this bill of old friends. I forgot to get shots of the opening mini open mic which featured a few acoustic numbers by Purple Organ, Neil Kelly of Huggabroomstik, Toby Goodshank, and Joe Crow Ryan.

The first act of the night was The Fools. I feel like this pic kind of captured how I see The Fools. They are 2 individuals seamlessly in sync, both understated and complimentary, but shining in their own way.

The second act of the evening was Cornhole Connection: An on going experimental improv group centered around the whims of Julie LaMendola (Ching Chong Song) and Nan Turner (Schwervon!) Read more »

OJ welcomes Kung Fu Crimewave to the distro family


Olive Juice Music is happy to include our old friends Kung Fu Crimewave into the OJ distro family with their debut full length CD "Capitol Punishment." I've been enjoying the live sounds and nice vibes of this band for a couple of years now and I'm happy to see that they've finally got some of that yumminess down on a digitally listenable format. Congratulations guys on a sweet album that makes you feel like we're right there with you just hanging out in the basement! Cool cover too. Read more »

HOW TO ACT BAD, a film starring ADAM GREEN


For the past year filmmaker Dima Dubson has been following musician and friend Adam Green around New York, Los Angeles and Europe documenting the life of this cult music troubadour. HOW TO ACT BAD will bring you up close, and offer an intimate portrait of the singer/songwriter, artist, rock star and human being Adam Green, from Dima Dubson's unobstructed perspective.

The film will reflect the excitement and artistry in the creative life Adam is living - from his music to his paintings and sculptures to his current filmmaking project (known as “The Lake Room Movie” starring Macaulay Culkin, Devendra Banhart, Jack Dishel and Dev Hynes among others). HOW TO ACT BAD will also offer a candid peek into Adam's personal life and show him both alone (as alone as he can be in the presence of Dima and his camera) and with his friends.

New Paleface video "You Will Get What You Want"


Just in time for the holiday season PF and Mo have just released a new video for their song "You Will Get What You Want" (Scott Mckibben). Coupled with some compelling live show footage (Is that a Summer Antifolk Fest T-shirt I see in some of the shots?) the video portrays a number of Paleface fans with some thoughtful wishes. Check out their website for info about their latest release and up and coming shows. Here's to getting what you want this year!

Major Matt asks Josepha Conrad (Susie Asado, Crazy For Jane) 5 questions (#9)


1. How did we meet?
We met at the "We Are Fucking Independent Festival" in Cologne in 2005. You and Nan (Schwervon) played and Kimya Dawson and Matty Popchart and I was there with my brother Philipp. We had just started performing as Crazy for Jane and we were so excited to meet you guys.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
1. Singing songs with friends, family and or strangers
2. Taking walks in the park
3. Drinking Green Tea

3. 3 things that make you sad?
1. The poverty that I encounter everywhere
2. The state of the environment
3. War

4. What is your favorite color?
Green - moss green - the luminous kind

5. 3 people who inspire you?
1. Gertrude Stein - the way she lived her life and work so fully, with conviction and humor. Her ability to keep writing her strange world of writings without getting distracted by others not acknowledging her world, even ridiculing her.
2. My brother Philipp - his ability to summon helicopters and go on grand adventures that I would never dream possible. Read more »

Betsy's Place: Episode 6


Betsy Cohen is not just just the super sweet ukulele strumming front woman for the uber catchy songwriting project: The Best. She's also the host of her own NYC cable access show featuring a variety of fun guests and entertaining segments. A recent episode of Betsy's Place (Episode #6) features Fran (JoFranna) in "Crafty Corner" making a homemade hair broach, Elizabeth Devlin playing "Music On The Bed", friend Zach making carmel corn as well as lots of other fun stuff including a dance video featuring the Schwervon! song "Dog Walkers Of the World Unite." Check it out!

Major Matt asks Dibson T. Hoffweiler (Dibs, Urban Barnyard, Old Hat) 5 questions (#8)


1. How did we meet?
In 2002, I went to the Sidewalk Cafe to see The Babyskins and Barry Bliss, whom I had seen open for the Moldy Peaches at the Bowery Ballroom. I thought I needed to be there for the whole night, so I showed up at 7:30 and saw some guy play some songs. Over the weeks, I came to learn he's the one who runs Olive Juice Music.

Being the young, motivated self I wasn't, I talked to Matt about interning in his studio. At the time I wanted to learn more about recording, and I thought that doing some work with Matt would be a good way to do that. Matt had me over for a recording session with Karen Hancock/Knot Pinebox. I realized that I wanted to learn about recording, but I had few projects to apply those learnings to. I never followed up. Read more »

The Rise and Fall of The Christian Pirate Puppets


It saddens me to report that everyone's fourth favorite Toby Goodshank side-project, The Christian Pirate Puppets, is going on an hiatus of undetermined length. Yes, my friends, Camelot is no more. Read more »

4 Days with The Vaselines


Just a little blog recap of my recent experience with Schwervon! opening up for The Vaselines on the last 4 dates of their recent North American Tour from October 28th to the 31st.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 Read more »

Playing in NY for the first time (on tour from Canada)


Hey everyone,
My name is Chloe and I am on tour of the North East with my bassist. We are from Canada and this will be our first time playing in NY, thus we do not know many people and are trying to find some people who might be interested in what we do. Since we are playing at the Sidewalk I thought you may be interested.

Our shows are:
Nov 3rd, Banjo Jims, 11pm, Manhattan, NY
Nov 4th, Hello Goodbye Blue Monday, 9:30pm, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 7th, Sidewalk Cafe, 9pm, Manhattan, NY

Would love to meet some NY people.
Hope to see someone there!

Major Matt asks Angela Carlucci (Baby Skins, Double Deuce, Little Cobweb) 5 questions (#7)


1. How did we meet?
We met at the Sidewalk Cafe, of course! I think it was in 2001. I had been listening to "Me Me Me" way before I even met you. Toby (my brother) gave it to me because he thought I would like it. And I did! I didn't really know anyone when I first moved to New York, and being very shy, it took me a long time to make friends that I felt like I could hang out with. So everyday after work at The Museum of Natural History, I used to just walk around the city until I either started to get hungry, or until I tired myself out. I remember listening to that album on a lot on my epic three-hour walks! Now when I revisit that album, it brings back lots of good memories! Walking and observing is still one of my favorite things to do here

2. 3 things that make you happy?
a.) To give love and to be loved in return. So, sharing love!
b.) Making the people that I care about laugh.
c.) Either dancing so hard that I sweat, or slow dancing in my apartment.

3. 3 things that make you sad? Read more »

John Peel (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004)


PeelSessions_90x90.jpg My first exposure to John Peel were those odd looking records, usually in the bargan bin, with all the writing on them, at my local independent record store back in a suburb of Kansas City, KS in the late 80's. They confused me as a kid and, to be honest, I typically steered clear of them. It wasn't until many years later that I understood the significance of these records and the man behind them. In all the interviews I've seen or read of John Peel he was a man that oozed genuineness. His love and respect for not just the music but the cultural importance of the music for my generation and beyond is unparalleled. And I'm a bit embarrassed to say, even years after his death, I'm still discovering the immense influence his work has had on me. Better late than never I guess. Read more »

Nov. 2nd is Election Day!


It's mid term election time. The AARP has an excellent online tool to find out about elections that relate to you most directly and the great thing is you don't have to be retired to use it.: I found this to be a really great resource for getting a bit of info about the candidates. You can even build your own ballot, print it out, or have it sent to you by email, and take it with you to the voting booth.

Here's a couple of other links that can be really helpful in finding more info about the elections like polling hours and the closest polling center near you:

Edinburgh Man Podcast Double Bill


I was a bit lax last week so this is a double bill of podcast goodness with recent (and not so recent) releases from the world of indie music.

Last week's show included ruminations about suicide (of all things), a new single from Deerhoof, an instrumental track by OJ artist Vincent Nifigance, and a great collaboration from Animal Magic Tricks, King Creosote and Meursault on Edinburgh's Song By Toad records.
Listen to Episode 30

This week's show is an indie-pop special. Gordon McIntyre from Edinburgh based Ballboy is organising a Popfest in the city this weekend, so all the tracks on the show are from bands who will be performing over the three days. Darren Hayman, Bearsuit, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and The Second Hand Marching Band to name just a few. I have a co-host on this show too. Another Gordon... this one is Canadian. So there's a lot of shambling chat to match the shambling pop.
Listen to Episode 31 - Edinburgh Popfest Special

Major Matt asks Barry Bliss 5 questions (#6)


1. How did we meet?
Actually shaking hands and saying hello? I do not recall. First memory of you is you on stage with Lach signing a contract.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
Telling the truth, helping others, and getting rid of something I have that I don't need.

3. 3 things that make you sad?
If I am greedy I am sad. If I am selfish I am sad. If I hide I am sad.

4. What is your favorite color?
To quote an old zen patriarch "Preferences are a sickness of the mind."

5. 3 people who inspire you?
People alive and growing/thriving right now? Heyzeus909 aka Mountain Man. Anton Krupicka. Journalist and Former War Correspondent Chris Hedges.

Linda Draper To Perform @ CMJ Tue. Oct. 19 @ Knitting Factory, 6 PM! Free Special CD's for the first 20 People!



I am so incredibly stoked to be sharing this news with you: I will be performing in CMJ on Tue. Oct. 19 at 6 PM!!!

This will be part of the SINISTER FOXY Showcase at KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211)

And...I'll be joined by Scott Fragala on Bass and Eric Puente on Drums!

Here's a sneak peek of a couple songs we will be performing:

SLEEPWALKERS - Performed at WEBSTER HALL in July 2010 (Eric Puente on drums, Scott Fragala on Bass) Read more »

Major Matt asks Soléna Toussaint‎ (OJ Summer Intern) 5 questions (#5)


1. How did we meet?
We met at one of your shows in Nantes (France), I think in 2008. But I was too shy to talk to you so we really met the next time you came to Nantes to tour with Schwervon!. Rahim introduced us and I offered to host the two of you at my place. And then I became your intern and that's how we got to know each other really.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
My cat, chilling with my boyfriend and friends, going to amazing music shows.

3. 3 things that make you sad?
When my loved ones are hurting mostly. Sometimes I also hate that the world is so big and people so far from me. Injustices make me sad when I'm not as optimistic as I can be and when I think there's nothing to do about them.

4. What is your favorite color?
Red, definitely. But every once in a while I can have a new fleeting favourite color.

5. 3 people who inspire you? Read more »

Edinburgh Man Podcast #29


Another podcast ramble through the worlds of indie-pop and unsigned / self-released music.

Matt posted a link to the podcast last week, so I thought I'd post an entry for the latest episode. Initially when I started recording this podcast it was just a chance to play music that I was enjoying listening to at the time, and ramble a bit of nonsense. The rationale has become a bit (although not much) more focused over the last 8 months. I try and pick my favorites tracks from recent indie label releases, but I also try and find some interesting self-released and unsigned music too. In general much of the music is new to me, although I do throw in some more well known artists and tracks sometimes.

If there is any method to the madness it's that I play some obvious music to hook people in, and then play some tracks from artists that I don't think they'll have heard before. Read more »

Are there any songs that make you cry?


About a week ago, The Onion's AV Club website syndicated an article about the top 10 songs a survey of men said made them cry:

For those of you too lazy to click, here is the list:

1. R.E.M,"Everybody Hurts"
2. Eric Clapton, "Tears In Heaven"
3. Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah"
4. Sinead O’Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U"
5. U2, "With Or Without You"
6. The Verve, "The Drugs Don’t Work"
7. Elton John, "Candle In The Wind"
8. Bruce Springsteen, "Streets Of Philadelphia"
9. Todd Duncan, "Unchained Melody"
10. Robbie Williams, "Angels"

When I saw this list, I had two thoughts -- which are echoed by many folks in the AV Club comments sections: 1) these songs don't make me cry, 2) who cries at songs?

Well, yesterday, I listened to the 2008 album by country singer Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song, for the first time, and when it came to a song called, "In Color," I got chills. It's a little obvious and sentimental, but it's not extraordinarily cheesy and expresses something that moved me deeply in what I feel was an evocative way. Read more »

Chris Hedges--One of the best out there right now.


Chris is consistently writing really good articles.
I don't see things exactly as he does 100% of the time, but I find him important.

excerpt----The role of knowledge and art, as the ancient Greeks understood, is to create ekstasis, which means standing outside one’s self to give our individual life and struggle meaning and perspective. The role of art and scholarship is to transform us as individuals, not entertain us as a group. It is to nurture this capacity for understanding and empathy. Art and scholarship allow us to see the underlying structures and assumptions used to manipulate and control us. And this is why art, like intellectual endeavor, is feared by the corporate elite as subversive. This is why corporations have used their money to deform universities into vocational schools that spit out blinkered and illiterate systems managers. This is why the humanities are withering away. Read more »

Distro Gem #2: Double Deuce - Camp Candy


I've taken it upon myself to now and again write little reviews of various awesome items in the OJ distro that might get lost in the immensity of it all. My first entry can be viewed here:

In a just world, there would be no fame and every piece of art would be appreciated purely on its inherent merits. But, even in this unjust world that we live in, it seems particularly egregious that brother-sister duo Double Deuce have not reached even the moderate fame of other sibling musicians like The Fiery Furnaces or ... I don't know... The Osmonds.

Double Deuce is a supergroup consisting of the mind-bogglingly prolific Toby Goodshank and his sister Angela Carlucci (aka Little Cobweb). They have put out only two CDs, one home-recorded and one in the studio. The latter, Camp Candy, ranks as one of the best albums I have ever heard. Focused largely around Goodshank's guitar and the pair's vocals, although augmented occasionally by a full band (including cello parts by Carlucci's bandmate in The Babyskins, Crystal Madrilejos), Camp Candy is full of memorable songs that catch in your brain even if it's hard to decode their literal meaning. Read more »

Helsinki and Train to Russia (Tour Daily 4)


For the next tour entry, go to my other blog.
I inserted a bunch of photos, so it'll be a little difficult to cut and paste all of them.

Stockholm Something (Tour Daily 3)


Long drive to Stockholm from Copenhagen, listening to the Moth, This American Life and finally as we arrive the amazing “Private Press” band The Dandelines. “We’re the children of Sunshine, we come from god the father, we come on down from heaven, to seek our looooove”
Sung by a group of what sound like three 10 year old girls.
(“Private Press” is the newest “inside-tour-joke.”)
During the drive I spot a moose in a field. “Moose! Moose!” I yell. Waking up Jeff in the back who gets to see it as does Dave, who pops his moose-seeing-cherry (he’d never seen one before)

Stockholm is beautiful, but of course we have no time to see any of it. There’s a marathon happening. We’re playing another Debasser club, like we did in Malmo but this one is very stinky. But the food they serve is a lot better. Back in Debasser in Malmo we were served a classic Swedish dish, “The Sandwitch cake” Look it up online. Smörgåstårta. “Like a very big multi-layer sandwich. Comes with many different fillings and toppings” it was not for us. Read more »

Malmo-Copenhagen (Tour Daily2)


Malmo-Copenhagen (Tour Daily2)


Woke up this morning in a hostel and looked out the window to see a goat sticking its head out of it’s little house. Taking its time, not wanting to come outside.
It looks like a little farm just over the fence next to the hostel. Once one goat left his shack anothers head appeared in the doorway, eventually there were multiple goats walking around. Read more »

RIP Martin Büsser


German author Martin Büsser died on September 23rd, after a short illness, at the age of 42. Büsser was a founding member of the Ventil Verlag publishing house and an editor of the critical pop culture magazine testcard for 15 years. He continuously championed strange, weird and uncomfortable musics and artists, and was one of the very few voices in the German music media who introduced identity politics into the political left and music scenes. His 2005 book on Antifolk was the first work that historicized and theorized the NYC community's output. He was a big fan of Huggabroomstik and Dufus, regularly attending their shows at Darmstadt's Oetinger Villa, and featured many Olive Juice Music artists on his Trikont compilation "Side Walk Songs. New Urban Folk". His intelligence, sympathy, and enthusiasm will be missed.

Obituary from Ventil Verlag

Goteberg, Malmo, Oslo (Tour Daily 2010)


Goteberg, Malmo, Oslo (Tour Daily 2010)

9 September 2010 by lvov4bloogs | Edit

I took 2 Tylenol PM before boarding our flight to Oslo., which allowed me to sleep for most of the 7 hour flight. We landed in Oslo.
At the passport control we were a little nervous about saying we were playing shows even though we felt it is usually not a problem in Scandinavia. We went through separately. My customs officer asked if I was playing shows. I nervously said yes, in Sweden and then in Russia. “Oh” she said “that’s a big trip” “yeah I said and France and Italy” “That’s a lot of travel” she said
“Yes it is I said”
She smiled and stamped my passport.
The same happened with Jeff.
We rented a car. I felt pretty rested. We got a stick shift and tried practicing in the parking lot. I was having some trouble finding the sweet spot and the engine started smoking. Jeff drove it a round a little bit and it seemed okay, but then we had to go up a hill to exit and he kept stalling out. Quite stressful as we inched up the hill one stall out at a time. Read more »

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