Q + A: JEF BARBARA

Our friends at Sick Of The Radio recently caught up with Jef Barbara right before kicking off his European tour, to talk to him about his newest release Cocaine Love w/DannielRadall, and also his plans post-tour.

s.o.t.r.-You just released the EP Cocaine Love with producer DannielRadall. The song “Cocaine Love” originally appeared on your debut Contamination. How did this new EP with Radall come about?

Jef-I became aware of DannielRadall because we’ve both released on AMDISCS. I remember him being quite excited about Larmes de crocodile, off my Contamination tape. A few weeks after the record came out, Rado (label head) asked if I could send Danniel the stems for Cocaine Love and I said yes. I was told that it was going to be a Tears For Fears-type remix but that didn’t pan out.
Still I wanted to push Cocaine Love with a video, which I had already shot scenes for. And because I felt Contamination had run its course, I needed to find a way to get the song the attention it deserved. So I asked Radall if he was down with making more than one remix and the rest is history.

s.o.t.r.-Your music, especially with “Cocaine Love”, seems to have a heavy 80’s feel. what about the 80’s culture attracts you the most and what artists would you say influence your work the most?

Jef-I was born in the 80’s. The 80’s have impacted my musical identity like no other decade, although at times, I’m more of a 70’s guy. I’ve always loved how 80’s pop stars projected larger-than-life personalities, in line with that decade’s glitzy excess, which can be assessed when watching MTV staples like Beat It and Express Yourself. With time though, I’ve ventured beyond the obvious, and started listening to things that weren’t as easily accessible when I was younger. Namely Francophone New Wave like Elli & Jacno and West Coast P-Funk like Cameo. But these are just examples of how varied my tastes are. Furthermore, the 80’s seemed to be infused with that sort of fantasy that died as we entered the 90’s. Even masculine androgyny was seen as cutting-edge because homosexuals had not yet fully impregnated collective consciousness, via reference points like Will & Grace. Hence why such looks were perceived as daring and artistic, rather than just gay. Gender-bending singers now tend to be constantly affected by acceptable ideas of how to look gay. It’s just not as freeform as it used to be.

 

s.o.t.r.-What are some current artists that you find favorable and that our readers should check out?

Jef-There are so many. I could tell you about labelmates like Pears, whose next album I’m really looking forward to. And then there’s Montreal acts that I dig, mostly friends. Bernardino Femminielli, who co-wrote both Cocaine Love and Wild Boys, has got a few recordings under his belt. He put out his last tape on his own record label, called Los Discos Enfantasmes, which has some releases worth checking out. Most of the other acts on the label venture into noisier pastures though. I also dig the shoegazey noise of the Rape Faction. One of my favourite songs from the past year is called Où sont les fleurs? by a talented young woman named Xarah, who plays in a band called Léopard et Moi. It’s got the the weirdest Oriental-type time signature that I can’t follow when I hear it yet it’s so damn dancey!

s.o.t.r.-The release party for Cocaine Love is on July 27th in Lodz, Poland. How was that location chosen and what are the plans for the event?

Jef-I picked Lodz out of all the other dates on the tour because the organizers have been staunch supporters thus far. They hosted a one-hour radio special on Radio Zak a few weeks ago and they turned out being total nerds, referencing things I did years ago, which I don’t really want people to know about. Hence why I decided to have the release party there. I don’t know what I’m gonna do, in addition to introducing the DannielRadall remix. I’d rather be spontaneous.

s.o.t.r.-You are undergoing a European tour right now, what are some of your favorite places to play in Europe? How would you say European audiences differ from Americans? Often times Europe is seen as more welcoming to innovative and new artists, would you agree?

Jef-Europeans are known to be more open to eccentricity, whether it’s in music, film, or even politics. I must say people’s reaction to me has been more intense in Europe than in America thus far. But I guess it’s something I will have to confirm once I’m done touring both continents. In answer to your other question, I can’t say what my favorite places are, as this is my first time playing Europe and I have yet to play my first gig, which is tonight. I’m kinda bummed out because I missed my flight to Prague. So I’m at the Paris airport, making the most of my time by writing well thought out answers.

s.o.t.r.-What are you plans post-tour? Are there hopes for a full-length release with Radall?

Jef-I would be open to collaborating with Radall in the future. I believe he’s very talented, like all the wonderful people I surround myself with. However for now, my main priority is a follow-up to Contamination, which I’m planning to wrap by this fall. So studio time is definitely in the cards and I can’t fucking wait!

Get Jef Barbara‘s Cocaine Love split EP that you via Amdiscs HERE.

Buy Contamination HERE.


Trinh Huynh’s Photography By Cover Of Night


Strange things happen in the dark and photographer and Cargo Collective artist, Trinh Huynh has a new photo essay that chronicles her night time adventures. “There is something so intriguing about non-descript night time shots of people, places and things during an adventure outing. Maybe it’s because it stirs up raw, almost adolescent emotions that make you want to recapture your youth; or perhaps it makes you pause and think of your own foolishly awesome adventures. Either way, Trinh Huynh’s series of photographs seem like quiet reflections of amazing escapades.” Sick Of The Radio

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MGMT COVERS R. STEVIE MOORE, 25 COVERS FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

Our friends at www.Sickoftheradio.com have just released Volume 8 of the R. Stevie Moore Tribute box set entitled “ATE TO THE BARRE, NUN!” And  starting today, the entire album is exclusively available for FREE DOWNLOAD at www.sickoftheradio.com. This volume includes tracks from James Richardson (MGMT), TV Coahran, Hoochie Mama, Molly Andrews, Riot Control, Mark Gendel, Tony Ezzy, Michael Townsend Wright and more.

For those who are not familiar with this on-going project, Sick Of The Radio and R. Stevie Moore have teamed up together, calling all bands to submit a cover of their favorite R. Stevie Moore Song. R. Stevie Moore hand selects each song per tribute album.

DOWNLOAD ALL 25 TRACKS HERE:
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/11/08/stevie-moore-tribute-volume-8/

VOLUME EIGHT – “ATE TO THE BARRE, NUN!” (78:22)
1. When You Gonna Find Me A Wife – Hoochie Mama (2:46)
2. No Know – Michael Townsend Wright (4:47)
3. No Know – Molly Andrews (3:47)
4. Going Down The Way – Nick Booke (2:27)
5. The Winner (version 2) – James Richardson (MGMT) (3:46)
6. Baby On Board – Jonathan Michael Caldwell (3:33)
7. I Wish I Could Sing – Nick Prol (0:52)
8. Goodbye Piano rmx – DJ Sonic (2:48)
9. I Need Your Love – Astrid Quay Arts & Entertainment (4:36)
10. Traded My Heart For Your Parts – Mark Gendel (4:41)
11. A Song for You to Listen To – RPM (3:37)
12. Keeping You – Candace Mills (3:28)
13. Wix La Chelme – Musical feedback (2:56)
14. I Want You In My Life – Fagan Arouh (2:48)
15. W.O.M.A.N. – Riot Control (2:29)
16. Steve – Nudge Squidfish (3:06)
17. The Meeting That Couldn’t Be – T V Coahran
18. Wayne Wayne (Go Away) – Higgins & Bridget Lanigan (4:12)
19. Jesus Christ – Peruse/Marie Köhn & the Iscariotes (1:55)
20. There Is No God In America – Penn Jillette (1:03)
21. No Body – looo (2:01)
22. Back In Time – Tony Ezzy (5:11)
23. Time Stands Still – Velaug W (0:57)
24. One Moore Time – Bob Marie (1:58)
25. Play Myself Some Music – The Breetles (4:05)
You can DOWNLOAD the past 7 volumes of the RSM Tribute below:

VOLUME 1 “COPY ME TREAT ME” FEATURING: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, Dave
Gregory (from XTC),Dino Felipe, Mimi et les pop people, Skitanja…
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VOLUME 2 “NEW WAVE MOONS” FEATURING: Jason Falkner, The Branflakes,
HIFIKLUB, Todd Dillingham, Yukio Yung, More & Gendel, Martin Newell, Victor
Lovera, Amy Annelle, Ergo Phizmiz, pHoaming Edison…
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VOLUME 3 “HEY, PRETTY WORLD” FEATURING: Wonderwheel, Sean Moore, The
Creepy Shits, The Winter Lights, Jad Fair, Jessica Kane, Ray Brazen…
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VOLUME 4 “HUMAN PEOPLE WAY” FEATURING: Dino Felipe, Ariel Pink, The
Smoots, Gary Schulz, Amsterdam Aunts, Roger Ferguson and Ethos…
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VOLUME 5 “NOT QUITE THERE YET” FEATURING: Jad Fair, Earwak, Skizz
Cyzykand, Augustita Lloret, Sleeping Bag, Bars And Tone, Astrid Quay Arts &
Entertainment…
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VOLUME 6 “UNTITLED BIBLE” FEATURING: James Richardson of MGMT, Elijah
Moore and Andrew Dorsett of LAKE, FlatRich LaBonte, Beth Sorrentino, David
Shrigley…
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VOLUME 7 “What? Me Sigh?” FEATURING: Rancho Solar, Mark Stanley, Rachel
and the Ratnerds, Tony Ezzy, Doublehorse, Throwing Moses, and much more.
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/10/11/mp3s-stevie-moore-tribute-vol-7/

FREE MP3: R. STEVIE MOORE TRIBUTE VOL. 5: NOT QUITE YET

Our friends at www.Sickoftheradio.com has just released Volume 5 of the R. Stevie Moore Tribute box set entitled “Not Quite Yet”. The entire album is exclusively available for FREE DOWNLOAD on their site: http://sickoftheradio.com/?p=15820&preview=true

Volume 5 includes tracks from Jad Fair, Earwak, Skizz Cyzykand, Augustita Lloret, Sleeping Bag, Bars And Tone, Astrid Quay Arts & Entertainment, and a bunch of other cool groups all taking a shot at various RSM songs. All songs compiled and arranged by R. Stevie Moore, the man himself.

For those who are not familiar with this on-going project, Sick Of The Radio and R. Stevie Moore have teamed up together, calling all bands to submit a cover of their favorite R. Stevie Moore Song. R. Stevie Moore hand selects each song per tribute album. All tribute albums are available for FREE DOWNLOAD exclusively from www.sickoftheradio.com

You can DOWNLOAD the past 4 volumes of the RSM Tribute below:

VOLUME 1 “COPY ME TREAT ME”
FEATURING: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, Dave Gregory (from XTC),Dino Felipe, Mimi et les pop people, Skitanja…
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/07/download-free-exclusive-stevie-moore-tribute-album/

VOLUME 2 “NEW WAVE MOONS” FEATURING: Jason Falkner, The Branflakes, HIFIKLUB, Todd Dillingham, Yukio Yung, More & Gendel, Martin Newell, Victor Lovera, Amy Annelle, Ergo Phizmiz, pHoaming Edison…
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/07/rsm-tribute-album-vol2-wave-moons/

VOLUME 3 “HEY, PRETTY WORLD” FEATURING: Wonderwheel, Sean Moore, The Creepy Shits, The Winter Lights, Jad Fair, Jessica Kane, Ray Brazen…
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/08/stevie-moore-tribute-vol-3-hey-pretty-world/

VOLUME 4 “HUMAN PEOPLE WAY”
FEATURING: Dino Felipe, Ariel Pink, The Smoots, Gary Schulz, Amsterdam Aunts, Roger Ferguson and Ethos…
http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/08/stevie-moore-tribute-volume-4/

VOLUME FIVE – “NOT QUITE YET (WIVES ALIVE @5)” (78:46)
1. Wayne Wayne Go Away – Astrid Quay Arts & Entertainment (4:43)
2. Horizontal Hideaway – Earwak (2:18)
3. Alecia – Joe Vocino with Tom Priester (4:09)
4. Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning To Work – Skizz Cyzyk (3:49)
5. Under The Light – Jad Fair (5:31)
6. In My Own Quiet Way – Taratortuga (3:24)
7. You And Me – The Faubert Gold (rsmasteremiss) (2:14)
8. I Love All The Girls – Hard Sharks (3:03)
9. Opt Out – Ozzy Skateboard (1:28)
10. Irony – Augustita Lloret (3:08)
11. Habitat – Sleeping Bag (4:28)
12. Puttin’ Up The Groceries – The Will Keller Generation (2:27)
13. Doesn’t One – Krystyna Olsiewicz And Repertoire (3:02)
14. The Holocaust Parade – Brian Weinstein a’Go Go (1:34)
15. You Always Want What You Don’t Have – Noel Coward’s Ghost (4:14)
16. Dewey Decimal System – Little David Burd (1:02)
17. (I’m Your) Latest Guest – The Oshun Oxtra (3:10)
18. Midsummer Reflection – Dr. Michael K. Burroughs (3:05)
19. I Just Want To Feel You – Les Danuta Blicharz (2:24)
20. Mine Ear’s Plaza – autosam (3:32)
21. I’ve Begun To Fall In Love – David Fenech (3:02)
22. Geiger Counter – Christopher Zane Gordon (4:07)
23. I Go Into Your Mind – Dan Behrman The Immigrant (1:46)
24. You Can’t Write A Song – the ggnzlaman (3:26)
25. I Like To Stay Home – Bars And Tone (3:39)

FREE MP3: GIVEMELOVE: S.O.T.R. MIXTAPE #2

Our friends over at Sickoftheradio.com are proud to present and release their 2nd mixtape entitled “Givmelove” out today 8/24, featuring Sleep Over, COOLRUNNINGS, Kiss Kiss Fantastic, Wonderwheel, Hard Mix, The Enchantments, and a bunch of other obscured yet notable bands from the up and coming label/brotherhood Mindless Vinyls.
Check it out right here: http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/08/sotr-mixtape-download

Download full album zip HERE

“Givemelove” Tracklisting: 13 songs (41:31)

1. Wonderwheel-Crimes

2. COOLRUNNINGS-I am you

3. Arc Light-Smoke rings

4.Sleep Over- Your world is night

5. The Enchantments-Forever juice

6.  Dan Plaza- A liter of life

7. DiscJockey JoeBloggs- Dance to the DJ

8.  Easy Tom-Youth of our love

9. Hard Mix-Memories

10. Horrigin Shows-Paleobscene I

11. Kiss Kiss Fantastic-Oh Carolina!

12. Paleodd-I’m broken

13. Wonderwheel-Body language