Bonus: James Spooner on Afro Punk, The High Desert, and Black Punk Now!
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by Markly Morrison
23h ago
James Spooner is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist from Southern California. He grew up as one of two black punk rockers in the small town of Apple Valley, and he wrote a critically acclaimed graphic novel about his experience called “The High Desert,” released in 2022, twenty years after the release of his groundbreaking documentary “Afro Punk.” When I read the book, I found it so moving that I immediately reached out to him and invited him to be a guest on this Afro Punk, The High Desert, Black Punk Now!program. James joined me for a live interview in Olympia at the Capitol Theater after ..read more
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79. Death (the band from Detroit)
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by Markly Morrison
2w ago
About fifty years ago, three brothers started a garage band in Detroit. Their sound was forward-thinking and ferocious, and their band name – Death – played no small part in killing their music career. That didn’t stop them from doing what they loved, in private, where they amassed dozens of songs that have yet to see the light of day. Their debut album For the Whole World To See was recorded in 1973, but was never released until 2008 when one of the singer’s sons discovered the group’s lone single. Since then, a documentary has been made about the group, and several more albums have been rele ..read more
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BONUS: Brooke Wentz on "Transfigured New York: Oral Histories From Experimental Artists and Musicians, 1980-1990"
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
Who smoked more: academics like John Cage, La Monte Young and Vladamir Ussachevsky- or the underground scenesters, like Glenn Branca, Arthur Russel and Laurie Anderson? Why is turntablist Christian Marclay on the cover of "Transfigured New York," but not in the book, even though she interviewed him multiple times? Could AI design be to blame? How did the old guard of "New Music" feel about the commodification of computer-based music production four decades ago? In the 1980s, Brooke Wentz hosted a radio show in the middle of the night that focused on experimental music, which was developing all ..read more
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78. Vashti Bunyan
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
When I started this show five years ago, I made a short list of artists I wanted to feature.  Near the top of that list was the British musician Vashti Bunyan. Vashti Bunyan released her beautiful album “Just Another Diamond Day” in 1970, and it was almost immediately buried in time.  She’d had her fair share of disappointment in the music business and walked away from it altogether, until some three decades later when people like me discovered her music for the first time.  Suddenly, Vashti was in demand, and her music career was back on track.  In her recent memoir, “Wayw ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 8: Dev Ray, Dylan Shearer, Ali Baker
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
 Dev Ray, Dylan Shearer and Ali Baker (with Summer Schief) make an appearance at the final Sherler Sundays concert of 2022. Ali and Summer reveal their new band name, discuss singing harmony with the Mona Reels, and share about their recent opportunity to share the stage with hip-hop royalty. Dylan performs in Olympia for the first time in 20 years and talks about his formative years in the Mojave desert, and the chapter of his life in the Bay Area leading to working with members of the Osees and Comets on Fire. Dev visits Olympia for the first time ever, sharing songs from his upcoming r ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 7: The Mona Reels, Olivia Rose, Lee Baggett, Austin Leonard Jones
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
The penultimate live episode for this series of highlights from the Scherler Sundays concert series features three Olympia acts and one out-of-towner, Austin Leonard Jones.  The Mona Reels has been the ongoing  project of singer-songwriter Peter David Connelly for over 20 years, today we hear his current and self-proclaimed favorite line-up of the band, a six-piece ensemble.  Included is a suite of songs from their latest record, "Without Love."  The Mona Reels will also be kicking off the seventh season of Low Profile later this month.  Olivia Rose is the namesake of ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 6: Hot Pursuit of Happiness, LAKE, Kelsey Magnuson
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
This is the sixth installment of highlights from the Scherler Sunday’s concert series earlier this summer. We’ll be hearing interviews and three songs each from Hot Pursuit of Happiness, my old friends LAKE, and Kelsey Magnuson.  The first two sets were recorded on July 24th, and Kelsey’s set is from July 31st of this year, all recorded in front of an audience behind the Historic Carnegie Library in Olympia.  If you want to hear the complete sets and unedited versions of the interviews, it will be available via Patreon.com/lowprofileHot Pursuit of Happiness is the current songwriting ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 5: Lavender Country returns!
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
Patrick Haggerty brings his six-piece Lavender Country band to the grassy knoll.  After a candid interview in front of the Scherler Sundays audience, the band's lively honky-tonk set serves as a framework for Haggerty to tell his life story using his songs as the soundtrack, making for a very special show celebrating almost 50 years since their release of the first openly queer-themed country album.  Engineered by Robin Carmosino, behind the historic Carnegie Library in Olympia, WA.Scherler Sundays is a collaborative effort from Low Profile and Three Magnets Brewing Company.This edit ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 4: Zachary Cale, Jack Habegger's Celebrity Telethon, The Pine Hearts, Generifus
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
Today’s live highlights reel features interviews and performances from July 10th and 17th, 2022.  First up it's NYC-based Zachary Cale, who shares about his musical journey and finding his rock chops in Olympia at the turn of the century.  Next, Portland’s Jack Habegger returns after guest-hosting last week for his first time as the interviewee before performing with his band Celebrity Telethon.  Then, we jump ahead a week to meet Olympia neo-bluegrass artists the Pine Hearts, and Oly’s indie rock favorites Generifus.  All of this was recorded in front of an audience behind ..read more
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Scherler Sundays Highlights 3: Michael Hurley, James Maeda
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by Markly Morrison
1M ago
Musical storyteller Michael Hurley made his debut on Folkways records way back in 1964 and shows no signs of slowing down because there’s always another story to tell. His songs have been covered by The Violent Femmes, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo and previous Low Profile guests Eugene Chadbourne and the Holy Modal Rounders. Michael’s performances are few and far between these days, and interviews with him are even more rare. Without him American music would not be the same, and it was an honor to welcome this living legend to the stage.James Maeda is a mutual friend of mine and Michael’s, and the t ..read more
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