Madlib & J Dilla in Brazil, 2005. Photo by B+
“The photos B+ captured of Dilla have become the some of the most definitive images of the producer. In another, he got Madlib & Dilla together on a short trip to Brazil in 2005. We planned to get pictures for Donuts, but Dilla’s unstable health during that time caused him to cut the trip short.” - Jeff Jank / Stones Throw
Paris by night
This is a piece I wrote a while back for the Huffington Post about my time at Zuccotti park and what I saw. I am going to do somewhat of a follow up article on the state of college graduates, the college experience for my generation, why it is becoming unnecessary in order to get a job and many other topics within that subject.
Float through the rest of your night, forget about tomorrow and start fresh right now.
This was my first interview of the season, and I was quite nervous but here it is anyways:
Pond interview with Nick Allbrook 04/02/2012
I was eating at “The Depot” bar and grill next to the 7th street entry, when the group “Pond” entered the place, then left to go out for a cigarette. I grabbed Nick Allbrook while he was walking out with Cam Avery, and asked a few questions about Tame Impala and his view on the influences of drugs on music:
Me: How have you guys been liking the wilderness?
NA: You call this wilderness?
Me: We are surrounded by it here in Minneapolis, so I guess a bit of it.
NA: I love the wilderness, but this isn’t it. (laughs)
Me: So, will Dave Fridmann be in Tame Impala’s or Ponds Future?
NA: Pond, I have no idea…
Me: What about Tame Impala?
Me: Will he be mixing again?
Cam Avery nods his head yes.
NA: Yes (quietly).
Me: Who are some influences of yours that people might not guess while listening to your music?
NA: Well, who can guess anything? I dunno. Ummm, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Edith Piaf.
Me: Ediath Piaf is a different choice. What about her influenced you?
NA: Her voice, her song structure. It’s also the emotion that goes into each song that she makes.
Me: What kinds of drugs, if any, influence the sound of your music?
NA: Any drug you take is influential to your music if you are making music in the time of the consumption of the drug, you know? You can’t but change. You drink a cup of coffee you’re gonna change the way you will play a song, or if you snort a giant line of Angle Dust you’re gonna fuckin’ … not be able to play anything. Any drugs we do, would change the way we play our music.
Me: Were any of you guys old friends in Perth? How did you guys meet?
NA: No, not at all. I’m not from their city, I.. me and Joe played in a band the longest. Me and Kevin played in a band for a long time. Cam wasn’t involved with the recording. Um, Jay joined later to the crew, but none of us were school friends. We all met through musical connections of friends and such.
The host came out and informed them their places at the bar were ready, so I left and headed off for the show. They opened for Oberhofer, and it was GREAT show.