5049 Records Podcast Episode 215 – Aaron Novik 

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For episode 215 clarinetist Aaron Novik swings by for a go-round on the mics. Raised in Connecticut, he lived in San Francisco for several years, where nurtured several longstanding musical relationships. Aaron moved to New York in 2015 and starting tomorrow night , July 16th, he’s kicking off a weeklong residency at the Stone. In an unprecedented move, for each performance Aaron is releasing an EP of new music. Aaron is a sweetheart and I’m glad we finally found the time to talk on the mics. Sorry for the salt levels.

Ches Smith Interview

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop.

To call drummer Ches Smith merely versatile would be selling him way short. He’s played the most advanced jazz with artists such as Tim Berne and massively heavy rock with bands like Theory of Ruin, and covered just about every point in between with projects like Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant. In this conversation, he discusses his early years playing Poison covers, how he absorbed the the language of bebop drumming, his time on the road with Mr. Bungle, the inner-workings of Trio-Convulsant and Theory of Ruin (a band that featured former Fudge Tunnel and Nailbomb guitarist-vocalist Alex Newport), what he learned from touring alongside Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and the Melvins’ Dale Crover, the metal metamorphosis of Good for Cows (his duo with bassist Devin Hoff), how he was eventually able to bring his full range of jazz and rock know-how to the table in a single setting, and much more. To learn more about Ches, go to chessmith.com

5049 Records Podcast Episode 214 – Jeff Tobias 

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Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Tobias was raised on Long Island, spent many years in Athens GA and has been living in New York City for the past seven years. He was a member of bands Dark Meat, We Versus the Shark and Nymph. He currently plays in Sunwatchers and Reps and last year he released his first recording of solo saxophone music. Jeff is a good cat and this conversation is one of my favorites of recent memory.

Whit Dickey Interview

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Drummer Whit Dickey is a well-known figure on the New York free jazz scene; he came to prominence as a member of the Matthew Shipp Trio and the David S. Ware Quartet in the 1990s, but has made multiple albums as a leader and collaborated with a lot of other musicians, including Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman, and Mat Maneri. His latest releases are a double CD, Tao Quartets, on AUM Fidelity — each CD features a different band — and a duo CD with cornet player Kirk Knuffke, Drone Dream, on NoBusiness.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 212 – Joe Tomino

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Before moving back to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 2014 drummer Joe Tomino was a crucial force in the world of New York underground music. He is one third of the long-running group Dub Trio, with whom he has performed in the bands of Mike Patton, Matisyahu, Fugees and many more. Dub Trio seamlessly blends aggressive rock, reggae, metal and dub studio logic into am utterly unique and thrilling musical aggregate. They’ve just released their fifth album and ahead of embarking on a tour opening for Incubus, Joe stopped by to talk shop. Joe is one of the best guys around and it was a joy to be able to spend some time with him.

BBC Episode on New Weird Britain Soon to Air

Source: BBC Radio 4.

Music journalist John Doran travels the country in search of the musicians of New Weird Britain, an underground movement which is blossoming in the margins of Britain.

Artists of all stripes have been driven out of the city centres by soaring rent prices and hit hard by the dwindling revenues of the digital economy. A new wave of musicians are splintering away from convention to stage bizarre one-off performances that fly in the face of austerity. They live off-grid, building their own instruments out of electronic junk, staging strange rituals with priests smeared in clay or performing with a team of dancers dressed as anatomically correct vaginas which squirt cream over the audience.

In this episode, John Doran heads to the ultimate edgelands of Britain, to hear from the musicians who have sought out refuge in the broad horizons of the coast. In Kings Lynn we hear from the transgressive performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti, one of the founding members of the radical group Throbbing Gristle from the late 1970s, to understand how New Weird Britain can also be seen as a response to the current political turmoil. We also interrogate what the idea of Britain means to this community of artists in 2019.

Other contributors include Rhodri Davies, Kemper Norton, Jennifer Lucy Allen, Hannah Catherine Jones, Jennifer Walshe and Lee Patterson.