An Interview with Danny Arakaki

(Poster art by D. Norsen) Danny Arakaki, of Garcia Peoples, recently released a total stunner of a solo album on Ryley Walker’s Husky Pants Records, and it goes by the name Tumble in Shade. The LP reveals just how wide of a range Arakaki possesses as a musician, songwriter and as a music lover. AcrossContinue reading “An Interview with Danny Arakaki”

Chatting Poolside with One Eleven Heavy

Shortly before we plunge into the cold of winter, One Eleven Heavy will be bringing the last of the summer sun with their unique brand of singed folk rock. On November 4th, the international group’s eagerly anticipated third studio effort, Poolside will be unleashed by Kith & Kin Records. I recently spoke with the band’sContinue reading “Chatting Poolside with One Eleven Heavy”

The Stoned Gypsy Wanderer – An Interview with A.J. Kaufmann

Adam Majdecki-Janicki, better known as A.J. Kaufmann is an underground Polish psychedelic musician and poet that can’t be pigeonholed. His music dips into folk, noise, hard punk and electronic zones, all with a hefty amount of German kosmische influence. With more than 100 recordings under his belt, including the great Stoned Gypsy Wanderer, of whichContinue reading “The Stoned Gypsy Wanderer – An Interview with A.J. Kaufmann”

The Ephemeral and Sincere Nature of Little Wings’ Zephyr: A Conversation with Kyle Field

Tomorrow, Sun Cru Music will be reissuing Little Wings’ Zephyr, a mysterious and charming cassette-only album, on vinyl for the first time ever. I chatted with Little Wings, real name Kyle Field, about the record, his songwriting process and Lil Wayne. Check it out: Record Crates United: So when you were growing up, what songsContinue reading “The Ephemeral and Sincere Nature of Little Wings’ Zephyr: A Conversation with Kyle Field”

What Does Optimism Look Like? — A Conversation with Jerry David DeCicca

Last fall, Jerry David DeCicca delivered a country-kissed jewel of a folk rock record that celebrated the melancholia and quiet joys in life. The Unlikely Optimist & His Domestic Adventures is colored by subtle emotions and the sharpness of unflinching reality, while sonically, it’s a melting pot of Texas’ diverse musical heritage. Throughout the album’sContinue reading “What Does Optimism Look Like? — A Conversation with Jerry David DeCicca”

Ringwear Rock: An Interview with Jeffrey Alexander of The Heavy Lidders

If you’ve been a fan of modern underground psychedelic music within the last 20 or so years, chances are you’ve come across at least one band or project Jeffrey Alexander had a hand in. Whether it be the kosmische jams of Dire Wolves Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band, or the elemental freak folk of BlackContinue reading “Ringwear Rock: An Interview with Jeffrey Alexander of The Heavy Lidders”

Gerycz/Powers/Rolin Interview

Jayson Gerycz, Jen Powers and Matthew J. Rolin’s debut album, Beacon, was originally released by Garden Portal last March as a cassette and was one of RCU’s favorite tapes of 2020. On March 12th, almost exactly a full year later, Centripetal Force Records will reissue the album on vinyl with a new mix and aContinue reading “Gerycz/Powers/Rolin Interview”

Interview with Tambourinen’s Grant Beyschau

Grant Beyschau of The Myrrors released a total kosmische monster of a solo album on cassette back in May under the name Tambourinen. Earlier this month, the great people at Centripetal Force and Cardinal Fuzz Records did the lord’s work by reissuing it onto vinyl. Wooden Flower is a riff-fueled interstellar trip of howling gutsyContinue reading “Interview with Tambourinen’s Grant Beyschau”

Interview with Matthew J. Rolin, Eli Winter and Joseph Allred

Next week, Worried Songs, a new UK-based record company, will be reissuing Joseph Allred’s The True Light and the debut LPs by both Matthew J. Rolin and Eli Winter on vinyl. To celebrate this special occasion, the four of us recently had a chat over Zoom, and they each got a chance to perform someContinue reading “Interview with Matthew J. Rolin, Eli Winter and Joseph Allred”

Elkhorn – The Acoustic Sessions Interview

Last winter, Elkhorn, which is comprised of childhood friends, Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner, were supposed to turn up for a gig with fellow guitarist, Turner Williams Jr. (Ramble Tamble, Guardian Alien). The night of, a blizzard struck and the concert was cancelled. So the group retreated to Gardner’s home studio, grabbed some acoustics andContinue reading “Elkhorn – The Acoustic Sessions Interview”