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6 January 2006

Friday 6 January 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present the second part of their feature on alternative music in Los Angeles. They meet film composer Jon Brion, hip hop producer Madlib, guitarist Nels Cline, sound artist Akira Rabelais, and Captain Beefheart drummer John French.


1 hour 15 minutes



Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 4378
e-mail mixing.it@bbc.co.uk

Friday 6 January 2006, 10:15pm

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Link: Robert and Mark on Sunset Boulevard

Interview: Jon Brion (9.50)
Jon Brion is a film composer (Magnolia/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Punch-Drunk Love/I Heart Huckabees), producer (Aimee Mann/Fiona Apple/Rufus Wainwright) song-writer and multi-instrumentalist one-man-band live performer.
As well as a multitude of soundtrack albums and collaborations, Jon Brion has released the solo song album Meaningless (self-released)

Jon Brion: Hands & Feet
Punch-Drunk Love is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson: Jon Brion also wrote the score for his film Magnolia.
album: Punch-Drunk Love - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Composed by Jon Brion
Nonesuch 79813-2

Brad Mehldau: Dropjes (1.36)
Brad Mehldau (piano); Darek 'Oles' Oleszkiewicz, Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bass); Victor Indrizzo, Matt Chamberlain (drums/percussion); Jon Brion (everything else)
This is taken from Brad Mehldau's Jon Brion-produced album, named after the LA club/restaurant where Jon Brion performs solo every Friday night.
album: Largo
Warner Bros 48114-2
Click here to read a review of this album

Interview: Nels Cline (9.45)
Guitarist Nels Cline has played with too many people to list, but he recently became a full-time member of Wilco. This interview was recorded at his house in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, on one of the rare occasions he was at home.

The Nels Cline Singers: Suspended Head
Nels Cline (guitar); Devin Hoff (bass); Scott Amendola (drums/percussion/loops/processing)
album: Instrumentals
Cryptogramophone cg113

The Nels Cline Singers: Slipped Away (1.43)
Nels Cline (guitar); Devin Hoff (bass); Scott Amendola (drums/percussion/loops/processing)
album: Instrumentals
Cryptogramophone cg113
Click here to read a review of this album

Interview: John French (11.35)
Also known as 'Drumbo', John French was the drummer, on and off, in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band between 1967 and 1978, and now sings and drums with the Magic Band sans the Captain. Drumbo still lives in Lancaster, which is the town a few miles north of Los Angeles on the borders of the Mojave desert. It's where Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa both grew up.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Safe as Milk
Don Van Vliet (lead vocal and mouth harp); Alex St Claire, Jeff Cotton (guitars); Jerry Handley (bass); John French (drums)
album: Strictly Personal (1968)
EMI 8 29654 2

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Pachuco Cadaver
Captain Beefheart (vocals/sax); Bill 'Zoot Horn Rollo' Harkleroad, Antennae Jimmy Semens (guitars); Mark 'Rockette Morton' Boston (bass); John 'Drumbo' French (drums)
album: Trout Mask Replica
Reprise 927 196-2

John French: Boogeyman (2.08)
John French is currently recording an album with Bill Harkleroad and Mark Boston from the Trout Mask Replica Magic Band line-up. Here is an exclusive preview.

Link: Robert and Mark on Sunset Boulevard

Akira Rabelais: Et dans tout ce qu'il boit et dans tout qu'il mange
Guitars played and treated through Argeïphontes Lyre software by Akira Rabelais at Oryctolagus cuniculus studio, Hollywood.
album: …benediction, draw.
Orthlorng Musork ORTH16

Interview: Akira Rabelais (9.05)
Vincent Carté, aka Akira Rabelais is an electronic musician and software designer working in North Hollywood. He has collaborated with Harold Budd and Björk, and his sound processing software known as Argeïphontes Lyre has been championed by the likes of Terre Thaemitz and Scanner.

Akira Rabelais: 1440 Promp. Parv. 518/20 (2.24)
This comes from Akira Rabelais' latest album, which consists of compositions based around forgotten reel-to-reel tape recordings of traditional Icelandic sung laments from the late 60s and early 70s.
album: spellewauerynsherde
Samadhi Sound sound cd ss003

Daedelus: Just Briefly
album: Exquisite Corpse
Ninja Tune ZEN102
Click here to read a review of this album

Interview: Daedelus (2.15)
Alfred Weissberg-Roberts works under the name Daedelus. He creates his music by cutting up samples which are largely recordings of himself playing a variety of instruments.

Daedelus: The Trains Are Now So Clean; The Crippled Hand
album: Exquisite Corpse
Ninja Tune ZEN102
More details above

Interview: Madlib (5.45)
Madlib, real name Otis Jackson Jr, is a producer working mainly in the hip hop and jazz areas, although his influences encompass a much wider range of genres. He works under a number of different aliases, including DJ Rels, Lootpack, Yesterday's New Quintet, Madvillian (with MF Doom) and Jaylib (with J Dilla). He is also involved in some way with Quasimoto.

Donald Byrd remixed by Madlib: Distant Land
Donald Byrd (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocal); Fonce Mizell (trumpet/vocal); Roger Glenn (flute/saxes); Joe Sample (piano/electric piano); Fred Perren (electric piano/synthesiser/vocal); Dean Parks (guitar); Wilton Felder (bass); Harvey Mason (drums); Bobbye Porter Hall (percussion); Larry Mizell (vocal/arrangement)
This is taken from an album of re-workings of classic Blue Note recordings by Madlib
album: Shades of Blue - Madlib Invades Blue Note
Blue Note 5 36447 2

Quasimoto/Madlib: Low Class Conspiracy
This track is from Quasimoto's first album.
album: The Unseen
Stones Throw 499.2025.023

Quasimoto: Maingirl
This comes from Quasimoto's most recent album.
album: The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Stones Throw 940.0055.020
Click here to read a review of this album

DJ Rels: Diggin in Brownswood (1.15)
DJ Rels is another of Madlib's aliases, influenced by the 1990s West London sound of the likes of 4 Hero.
album: Theme for a Broken Soul
Stones Throw 499.2087.020

Interview: Brian Woodbury (7.15)
Brian Woodbury is a songwriter and TV composer who moved to Los Angeles a few years ago from New York.

Brian Woodbury: Mom
Bill Ruyle (tabla); Jonathan Feinberg (drums/shaker); Nick Ariondo (accordion); Sarah Parkins (violins); Aaron Heick (clarinet/alto saxes); Steve Elson (baritone sax); Jim O'Connor (trumpet); Dan Levine (trombone/bass trombone); Brian Woodbury (electronics)
album: Variety Orchestra
Some Phil 7

Brian Woodbury: Have You Seen My Serene? (2.15)
Chris Rael (vocals); Jon Feinberg (drums/percussion/guitar); Marc Muller (guitars); Oren Bloedow (bass); Chris Wood (upright bass); Guy Klucevsek (accordion); Ethan Iversen (Rhodes electric piano); Brian Woodbury (keyboards/programming/dulcimer); Matt Darriau (Indian flute); Mark Feldman (violin); Sarah Hewitt (cello); Elizabeth Shaler (backing vocals)
album: The Brian Woodbury Songbook
Some Phil 5

Link: Robert and Mark on Sunset Boulevard

Busdriver: Befriend the Friendless Friendster (3.38)
Produced by Daedelus; Busdriver is another name from LA's underground hip hop scene.
album: Fear of a Black Tangent
Mush Records MH-235

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