NEW MUSIC: Little Wings "How Come"

Download: LITTLE WINGS – “How Come” (mp3)

Stream: [audio:http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/02-How-Come_.mp3%5D

Sweet new song off Kyle Fields’ new LITTLE WINGS album Black Grass, forthcoming from Marriage Records February 25.

Longtime Arthurians will recall the Little Wings profiled by Erik Bluhm in Arthur No. 13 (2004), and the song “Look at What the Light Did Now” included on Devendra Banhart’s 2004 Arthur compilation cd, Golden Apples of the Sun. Did you know? Both the magazine and the CD are available from the Arthur Store.

Arthur Radio Transmission #22: Sunburn!

Our collective lack of sun worship has brought its bright and might down upon us – here, again, to cook up any unbikini’d nether region left out too long. Awoken from its slumber, The Shiney One’s appetite is seemingly unquenchable and it will stop at nothing to make your flesh more palatable. Come, get dehydrated, and join Ivy Meadows and Hairy Painter as they go on a magical and woozy journey through your skin, with fire!

STREAM: [audio:http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ARTHUR-RADIO-6-20-2010.mp3%5D

DOWNLOAD: Arthur Radio Transmission #22: Sunburn!


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“Welcome to Energy": a visit with Little Wings

Welcome to Energy
Free-spirited Little Wings tunesmith Kaisle Feeled’s coastal introspection experience.
Text and photos by Erik R. Bluhm

Originally published in Arthur Magazine. No. 13, available from The Arthur Store

Malibu, California June 2004—I stumbled into their camp by following a small trail up from the beach. Rows of rocks were laid out in some places like arrows pointing the way. On top of a small bluff it sat, a geometrically-shaped brown paper structure about the size of a delivery van. As I walked up, the paper door was pushed aside and a deeply-tanned young man emerged. I immediately recognized him as Kaisle from the record jackets. He wore sandals, a fringed vest made of the same paper as the tent and no shirt.

“Grow,” he greeted. “Welcome to Energy.”

The two of us sat on a Navajo blanket that was set out on the grass to observe the ocean below. We were joined by two others who Kaisle introduced as Arrak, tall and bearded, and Nice Chichen, an attractive young woman in braids and a mini-poncho.

“I met these two at a folk club north of Morro Bay,” explained Kaisle, slowly tracing an arc in the air between Arrak sitting Indian-style at his side and Nice Chichen who was offering a platter of cold lentils and kelp salad. “They began an intricate interpretive dance as I was performing. Very expressive. We decided to move south together.”

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ALL-AGES DIALOGUES, Part V: Will Oldham—"I think the best thing we can probably do would be to make fake IDs more available"

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photo by Valgeir Sigurðsson

The ALL-AGES Dialogues: A conversation with Will Oldham
by Jay Babcock

This interview was conducted by phone in late summer 2006, as part of a series of conversations I was doing with various folks regarding the history of all-ages, philosophy/ethic of all-ages, the state of play of all-ages, yadda yadda. Shoulda been published long ago but stuff kept going awry and we didn’t get it in the mag. Still, almost four years later, it’s a good, pertinent read. Thanks to Will for his time and patience, and special thanks to a certain friend of Arthur who transcribed this conversation a long time ago.

Will Oldham, as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is traveling and playing shows right now with the Cairo Gang. More info: dragcity.com

Previously in this series:
Interview with John Sinclair (MC5 manager, activist, poet-historian)
Interview with Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, Chuck Dukowski Sextet)
Interview with Calvin Johnson (K Records, Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System)
Interview with Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)


Arthur: Do you prefer to play all-ages shows? Is it a priority for you, or does it even matter?

Will Oldham: It matters and it makes a difference, but it isn’t a ‘priority.’ Does that make sense? Every show is contextualized for what it is—in that way, it’s important. But I guess my skewed stance is that I’ve always approached this work of making music in terms of… I think my main drive is to write and record music, so playing live is always just a weird experiment. So to me, every aspect of playing live is part of that weird experiment, whereas a lot of bands and musicians seem to make records of the music that they make. [For me] it’s the reverse. I think that every time that you play live, it’s like, ‘Whoa! What was that all about?’ It’s great whoever the audience is. You try to find the most fun audience, I guess.

Arthur: I noticed that when you are touring shortly, you’re playing a bunch of record stores…

Yeah, an all record-store tour.

Arthur: One of the weird things, from what I can tell about the performance environment in America, is that one of the few places where people of all ages can see quality music in a live setting now is the record store.

Yeah. “Quality music.” One thing that I had started to think about before we started on this topic was… like, how old are you?

Arthur: 35.

I’m 36, and my sense is that, if you won’t take offense, is that we are out of touch. There are quality shows going on six out of seven nights a week that are all-ages shows, in people’s houses, in public places, and we just don’t know those bands. Because I’ve seen some this year—I’ve seen some every year. And it’s like, Whoa, where’d these kids come from? And these kids came from the same places we came from, and they’re making great music that we don’t have access to, because… It’s the same way that bands that I went to see play 20 years ago, people who were 22, to 36, to 50, they would be saying ‘There’s just no music going on these days. There’s no shows like I remember.’ And meanwhile, I was having the fucking time of my life! Continue reading

Beach party bonfire singalong: SONNY & THE SUNSETS "Too Young to Burn"

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Above: Sonny and a sunset

Stream: [audio:http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/01-Too-Young-To-Burn.mp3%5D

Download: “Too Young To Burn” — Sonny and the Sunsets (mp3)

Buy: Sonny & The Sunsets - Tomorrow Is Alright (Vinyl) - Too Young to Burn

Haven’t heard a California beach party bonfire singalong this ramshacklin’ good since Little Wings drifted out… On second thought: this song is plenty sturdy, isn’t it? From an album full of Velvets-on-the-beach singalongs called Tomorrow Is Alright, released late last year by San Francisco-based Sonny & the Sunsets. A run of 500 on vinyl is gone already but CDs are available for pre-order now from the good folks at Soft Abuse.

Sonny & the Sunsets: http://www.myspace.com/sonnythesunsets

Sonny Smith: sonnysmith.com

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Sunday morning summer music: LITTLE WINGS

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Stream: [audio:http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sandybabe.mp3%5D

Download: “Sandy Babe” — Little Wings

A new song from Little Wings, courtesy the wonderful folks at Marriage Records.

Little Wings is Kyle Field and whoever he’s collaborating with at the moment. He’s part of the West Coast’s New Energy movement, profiled by Erik R. Bluhm (of Great God Pan fame) way back in Arthur No. 13.

A song from Little Wings is also featured on Devendra Banhart’s 2004 Arthur compilation, Golden Apples of the Sun, which is still available for $12US from Ye Olde Arthur Store here.