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Talk Music Talk is a music interview show hosted by author/musician boice-Terrel Allen featuring long-form conversations with musicians, authors and others connected to music.






TMT 146: Victor Vieira-Branco

Brazilian vibraphonist Victor Vieira-Branco wants to dirty up the percussion instrument. Perhaps an inspired connection from the São Paulo composer's love of punk music and its spirit. Earlier this year his group, Trio Repelente, released Ao Vivo Pra Ninguém, an intense study of jazz, post-rock and the kitchen sink all coalescing in shambolic harmony. Victor is also a member of the ensemble, Baoba Stereo Club. [This episode features "Shifty" and "Azul" from Ao Vivo Pra Ninguém in their...

Duration: 00:42:47

TMT 145: L'Rain

The cover of multi-instrumentalist and tape-manipulator L'Rain's debut album simultaneously represents the memory of her mother and the music partly inspired by her. Taja Cheek's solo project is a phonetic respelling of her mother's name. The album image bears an eponymous cursive tattoo on the Brooklyn songwriter's forearm. Taja's genre is noise enveloped with melody, or sometimes the other way around, but always warmed by her vocals. [This episode features "A Toes (Shelf Inside Your Head)...

Duration: 00:32:20

TMT 144: Katie Von Schleicher

It takes a confident artist to title their album Shitty Hits. Singer/songwriter Katie Von Schleicher couldn't care less if you're in on the joke or not because, quite simply, her second release contains eleven reasons to the contrary. Think '70s Laurel Canyon on a cloudy day. For this Brooklyn-based artist, it's classic heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting that's justifying raves from the likes of NPR and Interview magazine. [This episode features "The Image" and "Midsummer" from Shitty Hits in...

Duration: 00:57:19

TMT 143 Finnegan Shanahan/Rite of Summer Music Festival

Whether on record or in a live setting, composer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Finnegan Shanahan's The Two Halves is hauntingly ambitious. The album, based on a Hudson River Railroad map (circa 1852), was released last year and has been performed with Contemporaneous, an ensemble Finnegan helped establish when he attended Bard College. New York's Rite of Summer music festival will feature the latest performance of The Two Halves during its 2017 season on Governors Island. This episode also...

Duration: 01:27:37

TMT 142: Mars Dixon (Aye Nako)

The best creatives often design from a place of not seeing themselves represented in certain spaces. In the case of Mars Dixon, seven years ago he formed the band Aye Nako because he wanted to see a stage populated with people of color, queer people or even trans people like himself performing punk music that shouts from the margins. The Brooklyn-based group recently put out their third release, Silver Haze. It's a vital collection of spiky, melodic songs where Mars splits guitar and vocal...

Duration: 00:56:51

TMT 141: Akinyemi

It seems highly unlikely to stumble into excellence. There is a pathway to it regardless of an elusive success or ambitious destinations. The procedures to excellence are what yield artists like rapper Akinyemi. The Queens native is consistently honing his craft through a practice of reading, studying great hip-hop records and even sharpening his singing voice with vocal coaching. The 21-year-old is simultaneously wrapping up his final year of college as a computer science major while he...

Duration: 00:38:34

TMT 140: Jazzy Ash

While everyone is familiar with the term "indie", we just might need more performers like Jazzy Ash to make "kindie" a household word. Independent artists who make music for kids. Over the course of four albums, Ash has been building a thriving audience with originals and covers that appeal to both parents and their offspring. Swing Set is the latest release for the Southern California-native and her band the Leaping Lizards. The new album features Ash singing a selection of songs from the...

Duration: 00:38:22

TMT 139: Nick Pope

For singer-songwriter Nick Pope, musical inspiration is often found in memories. Revisiting those moments, those events with perhaps a little more clarity that is only accessible through distance. His perfect new album, Howl and Flood, is a study in sustaining a mood and arrives on the heels of last year's compilation of EP's, the genre-hopping Souvenirs and Astronauts. Howl & Flood's consistency in sound is no less exciting in its execution, it merely highlights Nick's restless...

Duration: 00:58:12

TMT 138: Beau Borek

There's this thing that singer-songwriter Beau Borek does whenever he reaches for his falsetto. His voice catches for a moment and it breaks your heart each and every time. Which is apropos since his debut release, Different Generations, is about familial loss and relationships and how the experiences can shape you. Although the lyrics are highly personal, Beau has discovered a way to translate an intimacy that affects us all. Listening to Different Generations feels more like a redemptive...

Duration: 00:40:36

TMT 137: Gabriel Delicious

You know you've entered Gabriel Delicious Country when you hear his irreverent lyrics that scream to be rewinded and eight songs with more hooks than a tackle box. The LA-based singer/multi-instrumentalist's new album, I'm Wigging Out But I Feel Patient, is nearly 25 minutes of punk-wave gilded with Gabriel's talk-singing. It makes one wish that he'll quit his "day job" as a sound engineer ASAP, so we won't have to wait for the follow-up. [This episode features "Glossing" and "Stranger...

Duration: 00:53:34

TMT 135: Mary Halvorson

Regarding that old adage about asking a busy person if you need something done: well, in the case of bandleader/composer Mary Halvorson it may get completed but you could be waiting a long time. Since 2005 the Brooklyn-based jazz guitarist has released nearly two dozen albums in various permutations including in a duo, trio, quartet and on last year's octet release, Away With You. The avant-garde jazz of Away With You appeared on numerous "best of 2016" lists including number one on Nate...

Duration: 00:49:30

TMT 134: Josiah Woodson

Multi-instrumentalist Josiah Woodson is an advocate of moment-to-moment thinking; it has served the Paris-based musician well. Instead of preoccupying his mind on matters of the future, he excels at whatever is currently in front of him. Whether it's winning a Grammy for his trumpet playing on Beyoncé's 4 album or as the bandleader on his debut, Suite Elemental, where he also handles the guitar, flute and flugelhorn. Additionally, Suite Elemental is a showcase for Josiah's classic jazz...

Duration: 00:48:56

TMT 133: Eartheater

Who needs the weight of categories when they're all sourced from a strain of creativity that's almost dangerous in its execution? Behind the moniker of Eartheater, Alexandra Drewchin is a musician, performance and visual artist. Whether it's with her pair of 2015 albums (Metalepsis and RIP Chrysalis) or her acrobatic live shows encompassing singing, spoken word and dance, Alexandra's art is always on the verge of the future. From growing up on a Pennsylvania farm to Central Park busking to...

Duration: 01:02:20

TMT 132: Charlie Ahearn

Since the 1970s, armed with a 16mm camera and his curiosity, filmmaker and artist Charlie Ahearn was a pioneer chronicler of the nascent days of hip-hop and street culture in New York City. He soon migrated to movies including the super 8 kung-fu film The Deadly Art of Survival (1978) and the seminal Wild Style (1983) which documented the excitement of graffiti art and rap music and is recognized as the first hip-hop movie. Not limited to film, Charlie has also published books and created...

Duration: 00:59:32

TMT 131: The City and Horses

New York singer-songwriter Marc Cantone ambitiously splits his time. By day he works as a children's TV producer and at nite he crafts perfect pop songs. The City and Horses is the name of Marc's band project and as the frontman he's been releasing impossibly catchy albums since 2009's official debut I Don't Want to Dream. The new release, Ruins, continues the tradition of urbane lyrics and earworms. Marc has struggled with OCD over the past eight years and on this fourth album the South...

Duration: 00:59:07

TMT 130: Vagabon

Under the Vagabon moniker, singer-songwriter Lætitia Tamko built her reputation show by show through New York's indie music scene. The DIY environment was a supportive incubator that nurtured Lætitia from her first performance in 2014 at Brooklyn's Silent Barn community art space to the release of this year's Infinite Worlds album. The critically-acclaimed, full-length debut has garnered praise from Pitchfork, NPR and W magazine. What once seemed like an impossible dream to pursue music has...

Duration: 00:47:01

TMT 129: Hisham Akira Bharoocha

Picking one art form to express himself has never been an issue for Hisham Akira Bharoocha. Equally adept as a drummer and a visual artist, he's simply followed his muse. Currently based in Brooklyn, Hisham was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Burmese father. Musically, he can easily shift from the pop-centric sounds of his Soft Circle solo project to the experimental trio Kill Alters' latest release, No Self Helps. As for his art, Hisham is skilled in various mediums including...

Duration: 01:14:40

TMT 128: Jordan Rothlein

Consider Brooklynite Jordan Rothlein one of the fortunate few. His life is a complete immersion into his passion for music. Since 2016 Jordan has worked on the production side of Red Bull Music Academy's radio team where he's involved with both the documentary-style and techno/dance music shows. Originally from Orlando, FL, Jordan also writes about music with his recent feature on Preserved Instincts (fka Dope Jams), the legendary New York record store, appearing on RBMA's daily...

Duration: 00:56:35

TMT 127: Jon Ehlers (Bangladeafy)

Bassist Jon Ehlers has always set music as his primary goal. As one-half of the New York duo Bangladeafy, with drummer Atif Haq, this attitude has produced one rich work after another. Included in the output is Bangladeafy's third release, Narcopaloma (2016), which only clocks in at 15 minutes, but whose seven tracks pack in more complexity and subtext than most double-albums. It's technique without sacrificing melody; agility with a clear plot. Plus, it bangs hard. Although the group name...

Duration: 01:09:49

TMT 126: Benny Oyama

We've all read the endless parade of "Ones to Watch" lists that music magazines trot out regularly. Then you never hear about the subjects again! For your consideration I suggest not another list, but one offering who is too good to be ignored. Benny Oyama. Benny is a singer-songwriter who's been successfully putting his spin on bossa nova music and often finds his inspiration through a long-held mediation practice. The son of a Jewish mother and Japanese- American father, the born-and-bred...

Duration: 00:55:07

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