An interview series hosted by Jeremy J. Fisette, talking music, film, writing, and more. Causal chats with the people who make the things we listen to, the things we watch, the things we read - the makers of the things that matter to us.
36. Madi Diaz - One Big Release
In this episode, we get to meet Madi Diaz. Madi is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, who has just released her deeply personal and honest new solo record, History of a Feeling. Out on Anti-, the record details, with autopsy-like precision, the aftermath of a relationship gone awry. In this chat, Madi and I discuss at length this new album, and the comfort level it took for her to release such personal work. We also somehow get on the topic of Disney Movies and Brave Little Toaster, so there's also that. Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy this humorous and slightly circuitous conversation.
35. Indigo Sparke - It Can Only Be Beautiful
In this episode, we get to meet Indigo Sparke. Indigo is a singer-songwriter who just put out her debut record, Echo, back in February. In this chat, she and I talk about the process of making her first album, including coproducing with Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. We talk about some of the symbiosis between her record and Lenker's recent solo album, as well as the artistic sojourn she took in Italy with Damien Rice, Feist, and others. We talk about her recent relocation from her native Australia to New York, spaciousness in music, and lots more. Thank you for listening, and please enjoy.
34. Spencer Krug - A Tinkerer at Heart
In this episode, we get to meet Spencer Krug. Spencer is best known as one of the lead singers and songwriter of indie rock veterans Wolf Parade, but he has a long history of solo work and other bands, such as Sunset Rubdown, Moonface, and more. In this chat, Spencer and I discuss his latest solo record, Fading Graffiti, which is his first to come out under his given name. We talk about transforming the songs from ornate piano ballads to more upfront rock songs. We also talk about Wolf Parade, starting his own label, and being a new dad amidst the global pandemic. Thank you for listening, and please enjoy.
33. SPELLLING - Vessel for the Sound
In this episode, we get to meet SPELLLING, which is the pseudonym of singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Chrystia Cabral. In this chat, Chrystia talk quite a bit about her brand new album, The Turning Wheel, which is out now on Sacred Bones. We discuss some of what went into the process of making it, some of the inspirations behind it like childhood, storytelling, myticism, and tarot cards. We talk about what led her and Scared Bones together in the first place, as well as what the centerpiece of the new record, "Boys at School", is about and where it came from. Thank you for listening, and please enjoy.
32. Juana Molina - How to Make an Omelette
In this episode, we get to meet singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Juana Molina. Speaking to me from her home in Argentina, Juana and I discuss the brand new, 21st century reissue of her 2nd album, Segundo. We talk about the origin of that album, her process then vs. now, as well as the journey of going back at it for the reissue. We also discuss her long-lost first album, her start in - and eventual departure from - TV comedy, her profound love of what she does, as well as her surprise punk-inspired EP, Forfun, from 2019. Thank you for listening, and please enjoy.
31. Japanese Breakfast - Year of Release
In this episode, we get to meet Japanese Breakfast, aka Michelle Zauner. Under the Japanese Breakfast name, Zauner has just put out her third record, Jubilee. She also recently released her debut memoir, Crying in H Mart, which landed on the NYT Bestsellers List. In this chat, she and I discuss the album -- sonic and lyrical inspirations, the concept of exploring joy, and more -- as well as the memoir, which deals heavily with her complex relationship with her late mother. We talk about fictional vs. personal in songwriting, the sort of complicated backstory of her single "Posing in Bondage", and much more. Thank you for listening, and please enjoy.