Phil Freeman

Phil Freeman


The first Fugazi EP came out when I was a junior in high school. I loved it. Bought Repeater on CD when that came out; loved it. Bought Steady Diet Of Nothing, didn't like it at all, and kinda gave up on Fugazi. In the last few years I've gone back and investigated their catalog, and what I've heard I've liked a lot. (Still don't like Steady Diet..., though.) That interview story is amazing. The nicest interaction I've ever had with an interview subject was with Tom Waits, who called me back the night after we spoke because he had more he wanted to tell me on the subject of how he collaborates with his wife when writing songs. (Like Tom, I was woefully unprepared for the conversation, even though I'd been interviewing artists for a half dozen years already at that point.)
You ain't kiddin'. There are at least two albums I wanted to cover that had to be held over till October's column.
This was recorded during the same run of dates as Live In Seattle (originally released in 1971, then reissued in the 90s as a 2CD set with almost 90 minutes of bonus material). If there are any photos, I'm sure they'll be included in the package; I know the producer, Zev Feldman, and he's super thorough about getting as much material as possible.
Diane Warren says "fuck" a lot more than I was expecting based on her catalog. (Also, how was Tom Breihan not the interviewer for this? He's written more words about Diane Warren than anybody else on this site.)
The first five Kansas albums (and the obligatory double live album — it was the '70s) are all-time.
A lot of David Bowie's lyrics are deliberate nonsense too. This is a very good song, and the non sequitur lyrics are actually crucial to that.
The Collier album is the only one that I wasn't sent by a publicist - it was a genuine discovery. I read about it on Twitter, listened to a track and bought it.
The rest of the album is...a typical latter-day Dr. Lonnie Smith album. Some nice organ, some good horn work (a lot of it was recorded live at the Jazz Standard, RIP), but nothing revolutionary.
Yeah, the Palladino/Mills record didn't sound anything like what I expected. I'm really into it. (Can't believe Frisell turned 70 yesterday. I recently heard his album Before We Were Born, from 1989, and was really impressed.)
Muggs kinda reminds me of DJ Krush, in that they both have a very identifiable style and they keep one foot in the underground. When Krush was making albums in the 90s and early 00s, he'd have American rappers of some prominence (El-P, Black Thought, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, members of Anticon) appear on tracks, but the Japanese rappers he used were all very underground figures at home, and obviously totally unknown outside Japan. I was amazed how good Elephants On Acid was, and will definitely be checking out this new disc.


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