Interviewing artists has its challenges. One of the biggest challenges involved is actually getting from place to place. Outside of the SXSW enclave of clubs and bars, it seems nobody goes anywhere on foot. I stopped at a juice bar to grab a snack before catching a bus to interview Jon Langford. While I was there, I spoke to the girl behind the counter. When I told her I was from NYC, she said, “I heard everyone walks there.” She also mentioned that she took the bus everywhere she went. Sometimes, I seemed like the only pedestrian for miles around… like when I was walking to Cafe Caffeine to watch Tommy Ramone perform with Uncle Monk. Happily, a very nice woman gave me a beer when she found out how far I’d come.
But hey, all that walking around was worth it. Here are the interviews.
How did SoCal kids weaned on arena rock come to embrace punk rock? Mike Watt explains and reflects on the late D. Boon and his new gig with the Stooges.
Veteran R&B funny man tells how he became Swamp Dogg and how he stays that way. He also weighs in on sharing a stage with Jane Fonda and using the “N” word.
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