Written by Andy Harris for MusicBham.com. Photos courtesy of Analog on Third.
Brad White has come a long way from making primitive sounding cassette tapes of his high school band. One of his early recording techniques included placing a GE tape recorder on the other side of his bedroom door. “The sound of our band would go through the door, and the door would be just enough of a buffer to get a decent sounding recording. I have tapes upon tapes of us recording those practices,” explained Brad. White and his wife Lea have come a long way, and together they now own and operate the Oneonta recording studio, Analog On Third. The couple had an opportunity to record Billy Corgan in mid-January for his Thirty Days project, a venture that will take him across country to record new pieces at lesser-known studios, selecting destinations by word of mouth and sharing videos of his experiences along the way.
Brad and Lea, lifelong fans of The Smashing Pumpkins, met for the first time at Billy Corgan’s tea house, Madam Zuzu’s, in Highland Park, Illinois, the night before Corgan’s renowned solo…
… and Doug ‘Doug-gle Duty’ Gillard Will Tell You Why
Part Two of our Doug ‘Bulldog Skin’ Gillard interview. For part one, click here.
By Andy Harris
AH: Me and a few friends caught GBV (Guided By Voices) in Nashville back in April, before you re-joined the lineup. I think the hardcore fans are happy to see you back in the band.
AH: People drop in and out of the lineup on a pretty routine basis. How did you find yourself back in the fold this time?
DG: There was a vacancy that had just happened. It was unexpected. They needed someone to fill in for a show in Cincinnati and I had actually just seen them a couple days before that in Connecticut. I’ve been friends with everyone in the band for the whole time and I catch them when I can. So they asked me and I said “Sure.” I wasn’t doing anything that Friday night in Cincinnati and I could fill in. It was actually the night before the show that they found out. I didn’t have much time to get ready but I said, “Sure, I’ll do the…
You might know him as the Jesus of Cool. The Basher. Punkier and Prouder Than Previous, he’s the Patriarchal Proto Papa Prince of Pure Pink Pub Pop. He married June Carter Cash’s daughter, Carlene, and went on to write songs that Johnny Cash recorded. He gave the world its first Rick Roll in 1990 with the song and video for “All Men Are Liars.” He produced or co-produced Elvis Costello’s first seven albums. He’s been making Americans squirm for over forty years. It’s slimy and slippery, but it feels so right! He’s The Abominable Showman. He’s Nick Lowe and he’s the best classic songwriter on the planet. As the world’s greatest, Lowe has decided to leave the band at home for the winter and bring his Party of One to the BJCC Forum Theater on October 21st. An evening of the old magic is guaranteed.
I caught up with Nick Lowe via Skype phone call. He was just chilling at home in London, spending the evening talking to a lot of press bozos.
“I was just talking to a lady who’s writing a book,” says Lowe,…
Doug Gillard, modern guitar legend, to play Saturn twice this fall.
By Andy Harris
lsjiduYou don’t have to look or listen too hard to find the sound of this man’s guitar. Perhaps you’ve heard it on an episode of Scrubs. Or maybe you’ve heard it on video games such as NCAA Football 06. Certainly you’ve heard it on quite a few recordings from Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, numerous Robert Pollard side projects, and even on his solo albums where he plays under the name Doug Gillard. That’s right. His name is Doug Gillard and he is a modern guitar legend.
Gillard currently plays lead in two bands, Nada Surf and Guided By Voices (GBV from now on), that will be appearing at Saturn in October and November. New releases are out by both bands, with more on the way soon. We skyped in with Doug on a beautiful Monday afternoon. Here’s part one of our interview. Part two will come out leading up to the GBV show:
Amigo is the best band in Charlotte. In fact, they are probably the best band in North Carolina. They might even be the best band in America and, while I’m hyperbolizing (which is evil), I have to say that Amigo is the World’s Greatest Band.
It’s a reasonable statement. The songs are great. The vocals, which come in waves of solo, two-part, and three-part harmony, are as real as it gets. Unless you’ve had an easy life, you’ll identify with the lyrics. You’ll find a new favorite song. And, oh yes, the live performance. Amigo is a hard-rocking power trio that brings to mind the slogan from my high school wrestling T-shirt: “Brute force with finesse.”
Time To Make The Donuts
It’s all true. Amigo consists of band members Slade Baird (guitar,vocals), Adam Phillips (drums, vocals) and Thomas Alverson (bass guitar, vocals). The band plays a masterful blend of Americana, honky-tonk and rock and roll. 2014’s critically acclaimed album (American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine) Might Could is great from start to finish….
The Old Paints rock hard, they jam a little country, they ebb toward the psychedelic sea. It all works, together, as a self-professed pure-pop, rock n’ roll, country-folk-jangle trio from right here in Birmingham, Alabama. Andy Harris, resident twang master on guitar and vocals, also crafts posters and zines for the band and other outlets, such as Birmingham Zine Fest. Drummer Breely Flower’s voice sounds like an angel who just discovered cigarettes, her percussion skills lifting her up and out of innocence. Breely recently won Girls Rock Birmingham‘s songwriting contest, earning studio time at Communicating Vessels and airtime on Birmingham Mountain Radio. Bassist Joel Nelson keeps it calm, cool and collected, playing on and off again with the band but hopefully settling in as a more permanent member.
The Old Paints get their title from what cowboys sometimes named their horse (“Old Paint”) in Country Western songs and movies of days past. Dialing into this persona, The Old Paints take you for a ride, carrying you into lonesome sunsets via gallop-worthy riffs and grooves.
Catch a cool breeze between your fingers and the reigns with the endlessly catchy “What Did Rock & Roll Ever Do…