My Favorite Interviews of 2015

They let me talk with very interesting people.
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    Barbara Lynn
    Barbara Lynn is an R&B pioneer. We spoke about her career and modern pop. Guess what she thinks about Rihanna? Read:
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    "Anything can be a joke, as long as it's funny." Mirman would know, as he's very, very funny, and his art object "I'm Sorry (You're Welcome)" is an exercise in ridiculousness. Read:
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    Laraaji is as a kind, wise, and warmly funny modern composer as you'll find, and while I wasn't surprised our conversation turned toward the cosmos, I was a little unprepared for how deep I'd drift into his ideas. Read:
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    Neko Case
    Neko Case is a super hero. Talking to her about her career spanning box set was an honor. (An often hilarious honor!) Read:
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    Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Michael Rother
    Along with Dieter Moebius, Rother and Roedelius helped invent the most cosmic sounds of the Krautrock genre. Read:
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    Penelope Spheeris & Anna Spheeris Fox
    Life goal: tell Penelope Spheeris "Wayne's World" is the greatest Status: accomplished Read:
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    Dwight Yoakam
    Dwight walks me though the storied lore of West Coast country. Read:
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    Smokey may have been too unapologetically gay for major labels in the 1970s, but in 2015 their dance pop, proto-punk & hard rock sounds prophetic. Read:
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    Elyse Weinberg
    Cori "Elyse" Bishop's unreleased (until now, anyway) "Greasepaint Smile" is even better than her perfect self-titled LP. Read:
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    Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma
    Lowe and Kalma are separated by generations but united by approach and practice. It was a pleasure getting to experience their partnership in real time. Read:
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    Lonna Kelley
    Giant Sand's Kelley steps out with a beautiful solo EP. We talked about what she said when she met Patti Smith. Read:
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    A cutting room floor bit from my interview with soul jazz bassist Thundercat: His favorite anime is "Fist of the North Star." Read:
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    Yo La Tengo
    Hey, pretty cool to tell Ira Kaplan we played "You Can Have It All" at my wedding. Pretty really cool, actually. Read:
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    Jessica Hopper
    Jessica Hopper has been one of my favorite pop culture critics for a long time, and her book, "The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic" is required reading not only for her insight and sharpness, but for overriding passion. Read:
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    Nathan Salsburg & Bruce Jackson
    Bruce Jackson literally wrote the book on prison music ("Wake Up Dead Man") and Nathan Salsburg is one of the best music archivists in the field. Talking to these dudes about JB Smith's unaccompanied storytelling/singing was a thrill. Read:
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    Sir Richard Bishop
    I could listen to Sir Richard Bishop talk about anything --art, guitars, architecture, mountains -- forever. Bonus -- bought a book from him this year, too. Read:
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    Jim O'Rourke
    Q: "Is this Jim?" (You know, the guy who's worked with Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, John Fahey, did the "School of Rock" tunes and so much more). A: "That's what they tell me." Read:
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    Paul Scheer is a funny dude, duh, but he's also a really enthusiastic one, and it was a real treat to get to ask him for personal podcast recommendations. Read:
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    Nels Cline
    Nels is obviously a technically stunning player, but it's the heart and spirit he plays with that really gets me. We mostly talked here about his guitar duo with Julian Lage, but his work on Wilco's "Star Wars" this year is essential too. Read:
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    Mol Kagnol & John Pirozzi
    What happens when a country's pop culture is nearly wiped out? What happens when people try to piece its story back together? Read:
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    Destruction Unit
    Covered it all with Ryan Rousseau, from his punk youth in Yuma to time in Memphis with Jay Reatard to his current status as frontman of the loudest band in America (plus, interviews with Don Bolles, Sacred Bones, Adult Swim, et al). Read:
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    John Lurie
    "There Has To Be a God Or It Couldn’t Get This Weird" Read: