Chrissie Hynde on Jimi Hendrix and being too famous to date

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Chrissie Hynde on Jimmi Hendrix
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Chrissie Hynde picks “Foxy Lady” by Jimmi Hendrix

My guest today is Chrissie Hynde. Chrissie Hynde is the lead singer of The Pretenders. You know The Pretenders: “Back in the Chain Gang,” “I’ll Stand By You,” “Brass in Pocket.” In 2005 Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chrissie Hynde is a bonafide legend. She has released an album called “Valve Bone Woe.” She told me, in all honesty, she’s just goofin’ off and having fun right now.

My guest today is Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of Pretenders. We’ve been playing your music since we became a radio station 10 years ago and we’ve been talking about you and your music, so I want to know what music you’re listening to. So Chrissie, what is the last-

Yeah I haven’t been listening to anything!

You haven’t been listening to anything?

The last thing I listened to?

Well mainly I paint a lot these days, and I like the silence so… You know I don’t really think about my new music but what was the last thing I listened to? Okay let me think about that… Probably a John Coltrane record. And I tried to listen to the first Jimi Hendrix record but I think I broke my turntable so that was the last thing I would have listened to if I could have gotten it to work.

Why Jimi Hendrix? What do you like about him?

He’s amazing! He’s one of my all time number ones. I remember I was standing when I saw the first Jimi Hendrix album. That was my teenage years so that left a huge impression. I grew up in the late ‘60s and I was a teenager so I know every single album that came out in that very versatile period from west coast (mainly the English bands), and Hendrix just sort of transcended everything. I guess the short version is that he was psychedelic and had a sort of cosmic consciousness. He obviously was one of the great guitar players, and his songs were largely philosophical. I like that.

What do you think his philosophy was?

I don’t know, I can’t speak on behalf of anyone on what their philosophy is, but he wasn’t just writing boy meets girl, or girl meets girl relationship songs. He was writing about sulfur mines on Jupiter and stuff. You know, he was in the cosmos, and that’s where we were in those days… Some of us, I was. And that’s when you’re really impressed by music, I think, when you’re a teenager.

I want to give you a little behind the scenes here… We always do a longer interview, and I edit it down to this so I can play the song, because usually I don’t know what they’re going to pick. And then usually we talk a bit after too, and Chrissie was just so fun that I want to include this bit. So here’s a little behind the scenes fun that was cut and left on the editing room floor before we go out here. This is it.

Really, the truth is I’m just goofin’ off. I’m just goofin off.


I’m livin’ the dream man. Ya know, I’m still in a rock band. So it’s all good.

Right on! I love that attitude!

Okay well that was fun!

Thank you for answering my questions!

Is this like speed dating? Would you take me out on another date now?

I would, yes! You’re so fast and unpredictable I don’t know what’s going on.

I can’t do that stuff! I became too famous to have fun like that. I can’t go into those things, so that’s a big sacrifice of being a famous millionaire; I can’t speed date.

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Whitney’s Julien Ehrlich talks about why he has been listening to Leonard Cohen

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Whitney’s Julien Ehrlich on Leonard Cohen
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Whitney’s Julien Ehrlich picks “So Long Marianne” by Leonard Cohen

My guest today is Julien Ehrlich of the band, Whitney. Whitney is made up of Max and Julien, they’re from Chicago, and in 2016 they released a fantastic album, “Light Upon the Lake.” Earlier this year, they released their sophomore album “Forever Turned Around.” Whitney is playing in Milwaukee tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. Julien plays drums and sings in the band. My guest today is Julien Ehrlich, of Whitney.

Julien, what’s the last song you couldn’t stop listening to?

I think I’d have to go with “So Long Marianne” by Leonard Cohen. Because I just watched that documentary “Leonard and Marianne: Words of Love.”

I saw that it’s out but it didn’t come to Milwaukee. How was the doc?

I was conflicted about it. I also got into Leonard Cohen kind of late, but I am a huge fan.

He’s a great guy, but there seemed to be a lot of womanizing going on. Their relationship was super intriguing and it also goes into how the original lyric was, “come on Marianne,” instead of “so long Marianne,” which is an interesting nugget into the songwriter’s head.

I would recommend the movie though, it’s definitely a tear jerker.

What’s the conflict? Tell me more about the conflict that you had.

The fact that he would start a bunch of relationships and never let anyone fully in. Basically he would just break a bunch of hearts. Which, due to the nature of his creative journey, I understand. But how much of it is self-centeredness, or being on a creative journey, or just wanting to feel loved by tons of different people?  Which is also just a part of being a musician, wanting to make a bunch of people happy and connect with them during shows. The more I think about it, that’s just who he was.

He came up in mid to late ’60s and living in that era, he talks about this in the movie too, where he was like “Basically my appetite suited the moment and time,” and it was ’69, so I guess he was right.

It was just a strange film. I liked it though. I think I like it more after talking about it.

Why “So Long Marianne” then?

It’s an incredible song. The backing vocals are A plus plus, and typically incredible lyrics. Just good vibes.

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Whitney’s Max Kakacek has been listening to the saddest Willie Nelson song, ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground’

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Whitney’s Max Kakacek on Willie Nelson
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Whitney’s Max Kakacek picks Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”

My guest today is the band Whitney. Whitney is a band from Chicago. They are made up of two members, Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek. In 2016 they released a classic, “Light Upon the Lake,” and this year they released their sophomore album “Forever Turned Around.” Whitney just makes the most pleasant sounding music of bands that are making music right now. On Friday night they will be in Milwaukee at Turner Hall Ballroom. My guest today is Max Kakacek, from the band Whitney.

Max, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to?

Weirdly enough, right now it’s a Willie Nelson song. It’s called “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” It’s a super sad song about being OK with letting someone go. About being close to someone for a very short but intense period of time, and being okay with their departure.

I think it’s written from a romantic standpoint, but it could also be taken from a death standpoint, which is something that we explored in our music. The bounds of losing someone whether it’s together in a relationship, or death, or a friendship that’s ending, that song really touches all of those bases.

I haven’t looked up all the credits, but I’m pretty sure there’s a minute long acoustic guitar solo that sounds like he just smoked the most weed a human has ever smoked. He just plays one note over and over again for a minute. It’s just so perfect.


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The soundtrack to Beabadoobee’s dreams

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Beabadoobee on Sonic Youth
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Beabadoobee picks “Sugar Kane” by Sonic Youth

My guest today is Beabadoobee. Beabadoobee is Bea Kristi, an 18-year-old guitarist who, I think, is poised to be a star. She’s got an obsession with ’90s music and she’s about to release a new EP called, “Space Cadet.” We’ve been playing her song “If You Want To.” Listen for yourself.

Bea, what is the last song you can’t stop listening to?

“Sugar Kane” by Sonic Youth.

What do you like about Sonic Youth?

Kim Gordon’s just bad ass. Everything about them is cool. Guitar sounds are cool.

I recently I fell asleep in a car ride and the song was just playing on repeat so it was just playing in my dream. I woke up and it was just constantly in my head. So it’s just been in my brain.

Do you remember what you dreamt of?

I have really normal boring dreams. Like I go out of my car and I go to my singing lesson. That was the dream. And then I woke up and I got out of the car and wen’t to the singing lesson. But in the dream, the music is playing in the background. It’s like in “Inception” where they keep the music on in that movie to let you know they are in a dream. It’s super trippy.

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Arabian Prince on the unlikely song that formed N.W.A.’s sound

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Arabian Prince on Kraftwerk
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Arabian Prince picks “It’s More Fun To Compute” by Kraftwerk

My guest today is Arabian Prince. Arabian Prince is a founding member of the group N.W.A. 

N.W.A., of course, is the rap group from Compton, Calif. You might know their songs “Straight Outta Compton,” “F**k Tha Police,” “Express Yourself,” and many others. Arabian Prince is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his work in that group. He has had a life-long interest in tech, which is why he’s in Milwaukee speaking at The Fall Experiment, at the Wisconsin Center. My guest today is founding member of N.W.A., Arabian Prince.

Arabian Prince, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to?

The one song I can’t stop listening to is a song that is part of what made my sound, and that’s Kraftwerk “It’s More Fun to Compute.”

How did you hear this song for the first time?

So, my uncle was in the military and he would come back from overseas with a bunch of vinyl. I’m this young kid that would be at his house on the weekends playing with all of this vinyl. I came across that record, and I’m like, “What the freak is this? Oh yeah, I like that.” Then when I got my hands onto a sample, or I start playing with it on the drum machine, I started making my own beats derived off of that sound from Kraftwerk.

How did it influence N.W.A. and your sound?

Most people just know about the gangster rap that came off the West coast. But all of us, you know, me, Dre, a buddy of mine Egyptian Lover, we all did what we call “electro-funk.” Which was break dancing and early pop-locking music, kind of like what they were doing on the East coast with Planet Rocks. Most rap and the history of rap was partly defined by Kraftwerk. All of the early rap was mostly dance music, electronic dance, and it came from Kraftwerk.


Yeah, people won’t admit to that sometimes, but if you go back and listen, you’ll hear Kraftwerk in a lot of early hip-hop.

Why do you like this song?

Man, that song has got the most bangin’ beat on planet Earth. When that thing dropped, I don’t care what kind of music you’re into. If you dropped this song in any type of club, people just look up and go “What the hell is that?” Even people that don’t like Kraftwerk, or don’t know what the hell Kraftwerk is. You drop this beat and you’ve got to look up and get with it.

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Denzel Curry shares his favorite anime soundtracks

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Denzel Curry on Nujabes
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Denzel Curry picks “624pt2” by Nujabes

My guest today is Denzel Curry. Denzel Curry is from Carol City, Florida- proudly from Carol City. In 2018, he released the album “TA13OO,” and he came back earlier this year with the album “ZUU,” which is fantastic. We’ve been playing the song “SPEEDBOAT.”

My guest today is Denzel Curry. This is what he said when we asked him what song is on pause on his phone right now.

“624pt2” by Nujabes.

What do you like about that band?

It’s just an instrumental, very soothing. I like to be in my little meditative mode, just relaxing. I don’t have to listen to hardcore shit, I don’t listen to rap or nothing like that. Just something that will keep me mellow and vibing.

How did you find it?

Watching “Samurai Champloo,” that’s how I found it. I was looking for one song and found another one.

“Samurai Champloo” and “Samurai Jack,” we were just watching these shows on the bus here, why do you like these shows?

Well, I relate to some of the characters. I like Mugen because his name means “limitless.” I got a tattoo which is “ULT,” utlizing limitless talent, so that’s what the abbreviation of it was. I just felt like, “I could relate to that, I could relate to Bruce Lee.” Anything that deals with using no limitations as your limitation is something that I could deal with.

And what about the soundtrack?

The soundtrack is amazing, all soundtracks. I like The Seatbelts, which was a band that was created just to do the music for “Cowboy BeBop.” I like Nujabes and the fact that they got Force Of Nature, and Fat Jon just to incorporate all of that together. It’s pretty dope because you’ve got one that’s set in the future, but they have this old-school jazz type of thing. The way they blend genres with it too, like noir, kung-fu action films and spaghetti westerns all mixed together. Then you’ve got “Samurai Champloo,” which is like the old school Japanese films with the samurai, and the ronin and the shoguns. But mixing it with hip-hop is just tight as hell.

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Devendra Banhart compares Caroline Polachek to Shania Twain

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Devendra Banhart picks “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” by Caroline Polachek

My guest today is Devendra Banhart. He just released this album called “Ma” where he realized that he might not have a child. So he wanted to embark all the wisdom that he has gained throughout the years. He puts it into this album “Ma,” and if you haven’t listened to it, it’s fantastic. We have been playing the song “Kantori Ongaku.” My guest today is Devendra Banhart.

Devendra, what is one song, recently, that you couldn’t stop listening to?

Does it have to be one song?

Well, I will only be able to play one song.

Okay, this is going to be tough, but exciting. I’m going to have to go with Caroline Polachek from Chairlift’s, “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings.”

That song is so good.

It’s a pop masterpiece. And to me, there’s such a nod to another pop genius, Shania Twain. It’s very Shania to me, and I love Shania. It’s just a f*****g subversive masterpiece.

What is subversive about it?

That she is so cool, and Caroline knows so much about music. She’s kind of infiltrating a very mainstream sound. This could be a pop global hit, but what’s subversive is that it’s coming from somebody that’s so well educated and knows so much about music. She’s got everything to be this pop idol, I think. Once she becomes this huge mainstream name, she’ll continue to make some really interesting, strange music that’ll really blow minds.

I love it. And I love the sentiment “so hot you’re hurting my feelings.” It’s just so full of joy.

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Angie McMahon on the unique joy of crying on a plane

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Angie McMahon picks ‘Transatlantic Flight’ by Leif Vollebekk

My guest today is Angie McMahon. She is from Melbourne, Australia, which is where she’s calling from. She released this album this year called “Salt” and we’ve been playing the song “Slow Mover” and it’s been one of my favorite songs of the year.

So, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to?

I think I would have to say it’s “Transatlantic Flight” by Leif Vollebekk. I don’t know if he wrote it on a plane, but I’ve been on planes a lot. I listen to it as the plane is landing and it’s this cathartic, almost sacred experience. But now I just listen to the song all of the time. It’s beautiful.

I love when songs have a very specific memory. Can you tell me about where you were the first time you listened as the plane was landing?

Okay, well, I’m someone who likes to cry. I love crying. I’m so about the release. I find that on planes, often that can be a really good place to cry even though it may freak out the people around you.

It’s something about being so high in the air and moving, but being in one spot for so long. So I was really looking forward to this flight cause I hadn’t had a chance to cry in weeks and I had this stuff going on in my relationship and I felt like I just needed to cry. It was like a 10 hour flight and I spend the whole flight wishing that I was in that space where I was processing things and my emotions were flowing, but it just wasn’t happening. So I kind of gave up on the idea and forgot about it, and then as the plane was landing that’s the song that I put on and that physical descent of that last few minutes of the plane landing from a really long flight with this incredible flow of an orchestra, and Leif has one of my favorite voices. that’s when it really shifted for me. And I was like, “Oh my god, I need this song and this moment.” Unforgettable. I’m glad you asked me cause that was a big moment and I really needed to cry.

I love that! I am a big crier too.

It’s the best thing ever! We love to cry.

We love to cry.

Okay, what is the song?

It’s called “Transatlantic Flight.” I’m not sure if he wrote it about what we’re talking about. It seems like a romance song. It may be about being on a plane. Actually the last few lyrics of the song he is just singing, “I am a prisoner.” But it’s so beautiful and with all these strings. It’s so gorgeous.

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Hozier can’t stop listening to the song ‘In Time’ by Sly and the Family Stone

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Hozier on Sly and the Family Stone
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Hozier picks “In Time” by Sly and the Family Stone

My guest today is Hozier. Hozier is the Irish musician who smashed into our hearts in 2013 with his song, “Take Me To Church.” Since then he released his self-titled album and earlier this year he released, “Wasteland, Baby!”

Whats the last song you couldn’t stop listening to?

Yeah, that is a tricky one. You’d be amazed how little time I have to listen to tunes on the road. We do, in the evening time, I have to say. What were we listening to quite a bit?

I was listening to Sly & the Family Stone’s “In Time.” The song “In Time.” That’s one I was listening to recently. Just enjoying the rhythm of that. How everything fits into place on that track. Rhythmically it’s nuts. It’s beautiful. I’m a big fan.

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Shakey Graves discovers Beck is behind the genius of ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ soundtrack

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Shakey Graves on Bob-Omb
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Shakey Graves picks “Summertime” by Sex Bob-Omb

My guest today is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves. Shakey Graves is Alejandro from Austin, Texas. He has released a handful of albums, which we absolutely love. In 2018, he released the album “Can’t Wake Up.” He dropped by to visit me in the studio.

What song is on pause on your phone right now?

[Laughs] The song that’s on pause on my phone right now is “Summertime” by Sex Bob-Omb, which is the fictional band from the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” soundtrack.

That’s great, let’s talk about that.

I’m looking up who Sex Bob-Omb is. I love that movie anyway, but I’ve always been blown away by the soundtrack and the original songs that are written for it. If you just play them alongside other songs, people will be like, “Cool garage band, who is this?” I’m like, “It’s the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.”

I’m looking up who did it, and they’re all made by some guy.

Oh, its not individual bands? It’s like one dude making up different styles?


[Checking his phone] …Is it Beck? No way.

That would be something. Do they have it listed as his birth name?

I’m pretty sure, because it sounds like my favorite Beck album, which is “One Foot in the Grave,” which is not related to my name being grave shake man, but that record has had a huge influence on me. And it’s really grungy and crazy — gosh, who did this? I’m looking it up.

Is it Beck?

Yeah, I mean, this is what Reddit is telling me, and Reddit knows everything, obviously.

An incredibly reliable source.

This is what username EricandtheLegion is telling me: “Beck wrote music for Sex Bob-Omb, but most of his other music doesn’t sound much like it. He based their sound on two Japanese bands, Guitar Wolf and Teengenerate…” Guitar Wolf is dope.

So, it’s Beck?!

I guess it’s Beck. I’m secretly listening to Beck via a fake band. The Scott Pilgrim soundtrack, I’m not gunna lie, is a good soundtrack. Sometimes, when a band is supposed to be a good band in a movie, their song is good enough, you know? But its actually pretty convincing in that where it’s like, “Wow, you’re in a cool band.” So his fake band in this is awesome.

What’s the name of the song?

The one that I was listening to is called [sings] “Summertime.” That’s how he sings it.

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