Roger Moutenot hasmade records withso many of our favorite artists—from legends like Lou Reed and Elvis Costello,to indie stalwarts like Yo La Tengo, to newer favorites like Black Lips, Tennis, andJEFF the Brotherhood. He even recordedthe Gipsy Kings' cover of "Hotel California" used in that iconic scene inThe Big Lebowski. He has too many credits like this to count. We were lucky enough to sit down with him at his studio in Nashville and talk about recording, the magic of analog tape, and seeing Talking Heads and Television at CBGB.
Grady Weinrich is a songwriter that got his start in college with Nashville band The Lonely Biscuits. While that band quickly found some success and started touring non-stop, they began to feel like the "sound" that launched them no longer represented who they'd become. They were backed into a corner by their own success.We talk to him about breaking through this to stay inspired and happy to make new things, his plans for a Western filmed on surfboards, and the greatest garage sale treasure we've ever heard of—$15 for Hilly Kristal's tape machine. That's a vintage Tascam the former owner of CBGB kept in his office to record soundchecks for the bands that were coming through. You know, bands like the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, etc.Grady's got some new solo tunes recorded on that epic tape machine and he just released a video for his song, "Lemon Sun." The best place to keep up with his various projects is by following him at instagram.com/gradyontheweb.Happy listening!This episode is brought to you by our new dog collars. Check 'em out at https://originalfuzz.com/dog if you've got a stylish pup that's a little bit cooler and different than all of the other dog park buddies.
Leesta Vall Sound Recordings
This episode is for the true-vinyl heads, audiofiles, and analog recording nerds. We talk to Aaron Zimmer of Leesta Vall Sound Recordings about recording music directly to vinyl with a vintage lathe.This completely analog way of making a record was pioneered by Alan Lomax, the original ethnomusicologist who brought us the foundational blues and folk recordings in the American music canon.Now Aaron and Leesta Vall are the only people left making records in this way with a vintage 50s cutting lathe and a tiny studio in Brooklyn.Each record they cut is completely one-of-a-kind, just an artist's performance directly to vinyl and nothing else. Aaron walks us through how this unique recording process works and explains why he will never allow anyone to make digital copies of his records.
In the spirit of the upcoming November 6th election day, we talked to Nashville songwriter, band leader, entrepreneur, and activistTristen Gaspadarek.Tristen a leader in the indie rock scene here in Nashville, she’s also one of the co-founders ofPlease Vote Nashville, whose mission is to incentivize voting in our local culture by making it easy, creating ballot literacy, and creating social rewards for voting.Not only has she been busy touring behind her latest album,Sneaker Waves, she’s also toured as a member of Jenny Lewis’ band, and she’s helping co-write the next Vanessa Carlton record, and working on a new album of her own, not to mention preparing to be a new mom.We talk to her about how she manages to juggle so many creative projects and why being engaged in the political process is so crucial. Your vote does make a difference, and not voting is a political act. Make sure you are counted on November 6th. Please vote!
We sat down for a quick conversation with LA songwriter Pearl Charles before her soundcheck at the Basement in Nashville. She fills us in on where to find Mexican food in LA, growing up in California as the child of artists, and the cultural moment the city is currently experiencing.If you’re a fan of Fleetwood Mac, Jenny Lewis, and Gram Parsons, you’ll like Pearl’s approach to songwriting and recording, which she’s aptly described as a mix of country and disco.
Chef Sean Brock
Sean Brock, Reed Turchi and Camille Cogswell sit down with us at Sean's restaurant, Husk Nashville, to talk about the similarities between cooking and making music, their shared love of North Mississippi hill country blues, and how happiness (or misery) influences the creative process.Sean is an award-winning chef, known for helping reinvigorate southern cooking and restoring southern foodways. Husk was recently named one of the most important 40 restaurants of the last 40 years by Food and Wine. Camille was recently was given the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Reed is an accomplished slide guitarist who recently celebrated the release of his new album "Just a Little More Faith" with a special dinner collaboration with Sean and Camille.
T. Hardy Morris
We've always enjoyed howT. Hardy Morris'svoice breaks through any recording or band he gets involved with. His gift for melody has stood out on each his solo records, his time fronting the dark, sludgy psych ofDead Confederate, or as a member of garage-rock's version of the Traveling Wilburys,Diamond Rugs.Not only did we invite him to headline the first edition of very ownFuzz Festlast year, we sat down with him recently to talk about his new album. The album is calledDude, The Obscure, a playful homage to the Thomas Hardy NovelJude, The Obscure.Listen on to hear about his approach to making this record, how being a dad influences his songwriting, and, of course, the music legacy of his hometown of Athens, GA.Subscribe to our podcast with your favorite podcast app atoriginalfuzz.com/podcast.Cover photo byAlex Justice.