When it comes to Ska, more specifically, the second wave, The Toasters are one of the most important, if not the most important. More so, the third wave simply would not have taken shape in the way that it did if not for the influence of Robert “Bucket” Hingley and his band The Toasters.
For our special Christmas edition of Vinyl Writer Interviews, I’ve chosen to interview Katie Cole. I could have went a lot of ways with my pick for today, but I chose Katie for a few simple reasons. First, her music is awesome. Second, her interview was really good. Third, and most importantly, her gratitude for what she has shines through throughout the interview. Sure, she’s proud of her work, but throughout the interview, she consistently took the time to express gratitude for those that have helped her along the way and for all that she has. These days, that’s a pretty rare thing. More importantly, on Christmas morning, it’s nothing short of appropriate, if not essential.
There is a whole entire family tree of music from the late 80’s to the mid 90’s that I absolutely love. Without going into explicit detail of how they’re all connected, the tree includes the likes of Throwing Muses, Pixies, The Breeders, The Amps, Frank Black and most importantly (for the purposes of this interview), Belly.
Marquis is one of the leading Jazz musicians out there today. Like so many before him, he is carrying on the tradition of expanding boundaries, and pushing the heart and soul of Jazz as an artform and genre toward horizons unknown.
So, what are we to think about stealing music? Are the creators of Napster Robin Hood like anti-heroes, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor? Are they making the grave injustices of the Led Zeppelin’s and the Oasis’s of the world right?
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since that fateful evening, in front of the now famous Dakota building, in New York City. Often times I think about John Lennon; while he was never alive during my lifetime (I was born in 1988), I’ve learned a lot over the years about the person he was beyond his music.
I love Jazz. Over the last few years, I’ve really dug my heels into the genre. As I’ve dug in, I’ve climbed the proverbial “family tree” of the genre, and when I reached the Charles Mingus branch, I found Charles McPherson, one of the best Jazz sax players that you will ever have the pleasure of hearing.
It’s an age-old concept, but it’s one that is sadly denied by far too many within this hobby. There are a lot of supposed do’s and do not’s, but I am here to tell you that if you’re going to abide by one simple rule to start, then stop hating on Crosley.
For me, ACϟDC is comfort. It takes me back to a simpler time. A time when I was first starting my journey toward musical discovery. When it comes to ACϟDC, they’ve always been about good times and simple Rock ‘n Roll.
If you grew up in the 1980’s or 90’s, then you know the world back then was a very different place than it is now. The streets and parks were littered with latch key kids, who were allowed to roam freely for hours and even days without guidance or supervision. I know this because I was one of them.