A conversation with Big Thief’s Max Oleartchik about his personal music history, life on the road, and the creation of their newest album.
Un-becoming arrives on the heels of J. Robbins’ old band Jawbox’s reunion and was recorded in the cracks of work, family obligations, and between rounds of video game sessions with his son. Does this mean that Robbins, now straddling the line between musician, producer, and father, has strayed from punk and into the feared territory of “dad rock” on his new record? In a word, no.
Asked if he minded discussing some of the gory details of his career and his new autobiography, The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, such as a long and tumultuous struggle with addiction, snafus with the law, and the ups and downs (mostly ups) of getting sober, Wayne Kramer laughed off the question as if it was absurd.
Portland, OR based label See My Friends was started in 2016 by Stevie Pohlman and Vince Skelly, and quickly became one of the most exciting labels in the NW with full lengths by Mope Grooves and Honey Bucket, a series of short run compilation cassettes, and tapes by acts like Lithics and Conditioner.
A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Craig Wedren, sheds light on Craig’s multi-faceted music career - spanning across his solo career, television and film soundtrack work, and of course Shudder to Think. He is a true musician’s musician and one that everybody who loves music as a craft should know a lot more about.