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.
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.
Over time, the bulk of Remind Me Tomorrow has been played on the show. That album happens to be Sharon’s newest and like her others, it’s emotionally deep and generally awesome. After I’d heard the album enough times on the show, I chose to go backwards and dig into the rest of the catalog, and I came to find that the rest is equally awesome and equally deep.