Winnie Cooper Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:36:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 the interview show: Prairie Cat Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:36:12 +0000

Cary Pratt is Prairie Cat. He’s also a mainstay of the Vancouver music scene. He’s worked with many musicians over the years, most notably as the percussionist in the indie rock “supergroup” called Mounties (the band formed by indie rock legends Steve Bays, Ryan Dahle and Hawksley Workman). He’s just released his latest Prairie Cat record, called …Is Cary Pratt.

Cary and I chilled with some beers on the busy patio of the east Vancouver’s R&B Ale & Pizza House for a nice summertime hang session. How did an encounter with death change this new record? How did Cary and buddy Ryan Dahle split co-producing the new record? Does Cary worry getting a call about about any surprise children from his misspent youth? How did he escape the “drum guy stuff” on his earlier records? What does Cary do when he gets unwarranted advice? How did working as the general manger of Vancouver’s legendary Vogue Theatre change his perception of the music industry? What is Cary‘s favorite type of beer? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Tracks played on the podcast edition of the show…

1) Prairie Cat, …Is Cary Pratt (2017) “Leave a Note”
2) Ryan Dahle, Irrational Anthems (2009) “Chop Chop” (partial/background)
3) Prairie Cat, …Is Cary Pratt (2017) “Crib Talk”
4) Prairie Cat, It Began/Ended With Sparks (2009) “Meanest Genius”
5) Prairie Cat, …Is Cary Pratt (2017) “Leaving Today”
6) Prairie Cat, Who Knows Where to Begin? (2014) “Got Nothin'”
7) Prairie Cat, …Is Cary Pratt (2017) “Wrong”
8) Prairie Cat, …Is Cary Pratt (2017) “I’m Neither Here nor There”


There’s also a radio edit of our chat.

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the interview show: Prozzäk Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:03:48 +0000

Prozzäk is a late 90s pop band that tells the tales of two animated characters, Simon and Milo, who are also best friends. Most of the music revolves around Simon‘s attempts to find true love. This band is the first record that most of my friends–who are now in their late 20s and early 30s–bought as a kid.

The idea of Prozzäk was born while creators Jay Levine (Simon) and James Bryan McCollum (Milo) were touring in their other band–jazzy poppy soul act The Philosopher Kings–and feeling creatively unsatisfied. Prozzäk enjoyed success with catchy singles like “Sucks to Be You” and “Strange Disease” but eventually Jay and James went their separate ways and became music producers working behind the scenes with other musicians.

In 2015 Prozzäk was brought back together to play a reunion concert at Toronto’s Atomic Lollipop Festival, a cosplay event. Witnessing fan reaction to the show, Jay and James realized the time was right to revive Prozzäk!

I hung out with Jay and James before their sold out Vancouver show at the Commodore Ballroom. What was the first record that Jay and James bought as a kid? Did Prozzäk really start with a fist fight? Which Prozzäk song was originally pitched to (and rejected by) Swedish pop group Ace of Base? What real life situation inspired the song “Sucks to Be You”? Will Jay and James take my amazing suggestion for the next Prozzäk song? Why don’t Jay and James play the characters in interviews? Which esteemed actors would Jay and James cast to play Simon and Milo? Can I get Jay and James to do the voices? What surprising places will you see Prozzäk next? You’ll have to listen for all the answers.

Tracks played on the podcast edition of the show…

1) Prozzäk, Forever 1999 (2016) “Love Me Tinder”
2) The Philosopher Kings, Famous, Rich and Beautiful (1997) “You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To Do)” (partial/background)
3) Prozzäk, Hot Show (1998) “Europa” (mp3)
4) Prozzäk, Hot Show (1998) “Sucks to Be You”
5) Prozzäk, Hot Show (1998) “Strange Disease”
6) Prozzäk, Cruel Cruel World (2005) “Starting Over”
7) Prozzäk, Forever 1999 (2016) “Love Fools Anonymous”


There is also a radio edit for the people that need hang sessions to be under 30 minutes.


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the interview show: The Districts Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:27:28 +0000

The Fat Possum Record label indie rock whiz kids called The Districts announced that their next record, Popular Manipulations, will come out August 11th, 2017. For some reason, music journalists like to focus on two things when talking about the band: 1 they are “young” (the band was formed in 2009 by four high schoolers) and 2 they come from a “small town” (Lititz, Pennsylvania, the self-titled “Coolest Small Town in America”). The band of course would rather be known for their music.

I hung out with band members Rob Grote and Connor Jacobus in the tour van when The Districts were touring their 2015 record A Flourish and a Spoil. We had a few beers while parked in the alley behind Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre. I was hoping a few beers would get these small town shy guys to loosen up, but I couldn’t have predicted how the location of the interview would effect the band.

Do I get Connor and Rob to come out of their shell? What is a “bro rub”? How can the band avoid talking about being “young” and being from a “small town”? What is a Lil’ Chub and why is it in the tour van? What was the first record the guys listened to as a band? Why did the band decide to work with producer John Congleton? What is the band’s favorite cover to play live? How many penises do we see while doing the interview? (It’s a surprising amount.) Listen!

Tracks played on the show…

1) The Districts, A Flourish and a Spoil (2015) “4th And Roebling”
2) The Districts, A Flourish and a Spoil (2015) “Peaches”
3) The Districts, Telephone (2012) “Layla”
4) The Districts, A Flourish and a Spoil (2015) “Suburban Smell”


The Districts are back in Vancouver this week @The Cobalt, Saturday, July 8, 2017. See you there!

There’s also a radio edit of our hang sesh. Enjoy!

Wattpad Presents: Calling Local Filmmakers Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:10:55 +0000 The Coup Company (formerly CineCoup, the producers of the popular WolfCop movies series) and Wattpad (an online storytelling community) have a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers. It’s called Wattpad Presents, and applications are currently open until July 9th, 2017.

Through Coup’s film accelerator technology, we are offering six talented filmmakers $6000 CDN dollars each to create a 6-minute horror film adapted from one of writer Josh Saltzman’s “Strange Yarns,” an award winning horror anthology series presented by Wattpad.

Filmmakers apply with a 60-second pitch video based on one of Saltzman’s stories, then promote their pitch over social media and build an audience from Wattpad’s 55 million users. This audience then votes for their favorite projects and helps influence who will be the Final 6.

Please visit for more details.

the interview show: Making A Murderer Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:35:50 +0000

Making a Murderer is the surprise hit Netflix original documentary television series, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The show follows the story of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for rape and was freed after DNA linked another man to the crime. After being fully exonerated in 2003, Avery filed a suit against the county on this case. In 2005, Avery was arrested on charges of murdering Teresa Halbach, a local photographer, and was convicted in 2007. The series was filmed over the course of ten years, with the filmmakers Ricciardi and Demos moving back and forth from New York City to Wisconsin during filming.

I got a chance to have some tea with Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos at the Banff World Media Festival.

How did New Yorkers Ricciardi and Demos find the Wisconsin Steven Avery case? What made them decide that the Steven Avery story was worth 10 years of their lives? Did they ever consider pitching the show as a movie? How did they find the incredible characters in this docu-series? Do they agree with how TV news can influence the American Justice System? Was it difficult to craft a compelling ending to the series? Listen!

Tracks played on the show…

1) Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla, Making A Murderer Soundtrack (unreleased) “Main Title”
2) Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla, Hell On Wheels Soundtrack (2012) “Bridge of Bodies”
3) Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla, Making A Murderer Soundtrack (unreleased) “End Credits”


the interview show: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:30:44 +0000

This summer I took The Interview Show on the road to the Banff World Media Festival at the staggeringly beautiful Banff Fairmont Springs Luxury Hotel and Resort. I got to hang out a bit with Oscar winning screenwriter and showrunner John Ridley. In fact we sat down for some tea right after he walked off the stage.

John Ridley has had a very interesting and varied career. Most people know him as the 2014 Oscar winner for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave or as the show runner of the recently concluded ABC anthology series, American Crime. But did you know that John wrote the screenplay for Undercover Brother? And Three Kings? He started his career doing stand up and has written sci-fi novels and a graphic novel about his own superhero universe.

We chatted about writing Emmy-winning material for actor Regina King, his new superhero graphic novel from DC Comics, the most challenging time in his career, and the work that still needs to be done to increase the participation of under-represented people in mainstream media. Listen!

Tracks played on the show…

1) Mark Isham, American Crime Season One OST (2015) “Previously On” (background)
2) Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave OST (2013) “Solomon” (background)
3) Alabama Shakes, 12 Years a Slave OST (2013) “Driva Man”


the interview show: Whitney Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:23:56 +0000

When I met Chicago indie band Whitney (Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich) at Vancouver’s Biltmore, they were in the middle of practicing a cool, weird, new handshake. Max and Julien met in their previous glam-rock band the Smith Westerns and quickly became close friends. When the Smith Westerns imploded, they started to work together on what would eventually become Whitney. The result ended up being the amazing debut record, Light Upon the Lake.

How did Max and Julien get over the Smith Westerns imploding? Which song was influenced by an acid trip? What’s been the weirdest moment in these two guy’s intense friendship? Which song was inspired by a drug dealing neighbor? What was it like when Max and Julien showed their ex-girlfriends the song they wrote about the breakup? Which album track do we compare to the demo version? What was the “secret” handshake all about? You’ll have to listen to find out.

There’s also a radio edit, if you need your hang session to end in under 30 minutes.

Tracks played on the radio edit of the show…

1) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “No Woman”
2) Smith Westerns, Smith Westerns (June 2009) “The Glam Goddess” (background)
3) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “Dave’s Song”
4) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “No Matter Where We Go”
5) Whitney “No Woman” (unreleased demo) (background)
6) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “Polly” (background/partial)
7) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “Golden Days”
8) Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (June 2016) “Polly”


the interview show: Oneohtrix Point Never Mon, 29 May 2017 20:06:19 +0000

I hung out with Warp Records electronic, experimental, ambient, drone producer Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never (or sometimes OPN) in an unusually busy alleyway behind Vancouver’s Venue nightclub. He sipped tea the whole time to massage his vocal chords for that night’s show.

His latest record, Garden of Delete, started when Daniel got really obsessed with top 40 music and wondered what it would be like to create an entire album from the discarded song ideas of top 40 pop songwriters. The record ended up being about an adolescent alien meeting a made-up hyper-grunge band called Chaos Edge and their musical collaboration.

Which song on his record is about how absurd it is to ejaculate for the first time? How did top 40 song writers react when Daniel approached them for their discarded song ideas? Which is his favorite track on Garden of Delete? Which top 40 song is Daniel’s current guilty obsession? Which Garden of Delete track does Daniel call his “psychotic clown” song? In how many different ways can our interview get interrupted by this abnormally busy alleyway? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Tracks played on the the show…

1) Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (2015) “Sticky Drama”
2) Rae Sremmurd, SremmLife (2015) “No Type”
3) Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (2015) “Mutant Standard”
4) Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (2015) “Animals” (mp3)
5) Oneohtrix Point Never, Replica (2011) “Replica”
6) Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (2015) “I Bite Through It”


There’s also a radio edit if you need your hang sesh to be under 30 minutes.

the interview show: PWR BTTM Thu, 25 May 2017 19:47:34 +0000

May 2017 was supposed to be the start of the next stage in the career of queercore band PWR BTTM. They were set to release their next record Pageant–the follow up to the well-received 2015 full length debut Ugly Cherries. But then posted accusations of sexual assault against PWR BTTM member Ben Hopkins by an anonymous accuser. Before the end of May 2017, the band found themselves dropped by their label and management team and a touring member of the band quit. The band have issued a statement on their Facebook page denying the accusations, but all this has left many PWR BTTM fans not knowing what to think.

I first saw PWR BTTM a few years ago when they opened at the Biltmore for Ra Ra Riot. While I interviewed Wes from Ra Ra Riot, he proudly wore a neon-pink PWR BTTM sweat shirt. Next time I saw the band, they were headlining at 333 on a bill with Bellows and Lisa Prank. It was a great night, a fun crowd. (Each act on the bill stayed to watch the others perform at the back of the room–which is a rare thing.) My leather jacket wearing straight dude music snob friends (there to see Bellows) could mix with tank top, glitter and cotton candy colored hair queer folk there to see PWR BTTM. Two very different crowds (who don’t mingle enough) got to enjoy a great show together and everyone felt safe.

While at the PWR BTTM show, I met Maguire (who goes by the pronouns them/they), a young PWR BTTM super fan–such a fan they had come to Vancouver from a remote community just to see the band. I wanted to get their take on this horrible situation.

“The space that PWR BTTM created was like no other. I’ve been to punk shows, rap shows, and rock shows of all sorts, but PWR BTTM stood out because of the way they didn’t just use the space, but transformed it. For a few short hours, I felt safer at a show than I’d ever felt previously. Both band members constantly stressed the importance of their “No Mosh” policy and what consent means to them between quips about appetizer bread from the nearby Ethiopian restaurant and being berated by hot Canadian border guards. They spoke and the people listened, danced, and respected their wishes and the people around them. As someone who has woken up with bruises from errant moshers the day after a show the feeling of being able to really let go and not worry about what other people are doing in the space surrounding me, allowed me to enjoy the music more than you ever could at a regular show where people are pushing you mercilessly, unconcerned with any other person’s idea of enjoying a concert. The idea that each person entered into this space purely to enjoy the music without impeding others elevated the experience.

This band has meant more to me than any other ever has. Hands down. And it still does, I can’t change the way this band changed me and the effect their music has had on me. I am who I am today because of things I have learned from their records. I am sincerely devastated more than anything by the accusations laid against them.”

This is my chat with Ben and Liv from PWR BTTM as we hung out in the band’s tour van parked outside 333 while it rained outside on a Friday night in November 2016.

Tracks played on the show…

1) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “I Wanna Boi”
2) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “Ugly Cherries”
3) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “Dairy Queen”
4) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Carbs” mp3
5) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Gendr”
6) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Trade”


There is also a radio edit of the show for when you need your hang sesh under 30 minutes.

Exclusive premier: Within Rust “What You’re After” Tue, 16 May 2017 21:05:30 +0000 Local “genre-averse” band Within Rust sent Winnie their new track, “What You’re After.” Band frontman Nolen Scott tells us, “We made a point of writing a type of song that we haven’t written before to jump-start our creative juices.” This song finds the band at an exciting place as they grow in a new direction after their 2016 LP Light and Shadow.

Nolen also says, “Everyone loves a good Rhodes piano sound”–so you’ll have to listen to the band’s fancy new track. 
Within Rust‘s next show in Vancouver is Sunday, June 18th at the Biltmore with Vaultry, Coastline Pilot and Nebrie. See you there!

the interview show: Baio (Vampire Weekend) Tue, 16 May 2017 02:12:02 +0000

Christopher Baio is best known for being the bassist for the New York City-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend. But a few years ago, he started a solo project under the stage name Baio. I met Chris backstage at the Biltmore while his mouth was full of delicious humus. The Biltmore was too loud and outside was too rainy, so we ended up standing in the doorway at the top of a long set of stairs that ended at rush hour Kingsway–this is why you can hear both traffic and the echoes from the long hallway while we chat.

What is Chris’ favorite Vampire Weekend song? Who is his favorite hockey player? What was it like going from bassist to producer? Which one of his songs does he describe as a “blackout bender?” How does he decide when a song is done? Which song is inspired by Don Delillo, the author of the 1985 American classic novel White Noise? How did a visit to London’s Tate Modern Museum and a Robert Delaunay painting inspire a song? Which rookie mistake will Chris never make again? Which side project by another established musician does Chris especially admire? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Tracks played on the podcast edition of the show…

BAIO, The Names (2015) “Sister of Pearl”
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (2013) “Ya Hey”
BAIO, Sunburn EP (2012), “Modern Sunburn” (mp3)
BAIO, The Names (2015) “The Names”
BAIO, The Names (2015) “Endless Rhythm”
BAIO, The Names (2015) “Scarlett”


There’s also a radio edit of the show for people who want their dose of The Interview Show to last under 30 minutes.

the interview show: Preoccupations Tue, 09 May 2017 04:22:29 +0000
You might know post-punk band Preoccupations under the band’s old band name Viet Cong. After the original name proved problematic, the band wisely changed the name and returned with a new self-titled debut. I hung out with Matt Flegel and Scott “Monty” Munro as they downed some beers in the back of their tour van.

Why did the band need to change its name? How did they find the new band name? Which song on the new record was inspired by a lot of boxes of white wine? What happens when Monty actually listens to Matt‘s lyrics? Why did the band record this debut record in a few different cities? How did Matt get trapped in a room infested by ladybugs? Which song on the record is really three songs in one? How did the band get Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, Divine Fits and Operators to guest on “Memory”? Who are they most excited to visit when the go on tour? Has the band secretly formed a Black Sabbath cover band? What are Matt and Monty‘s favorite Black Sabbath deep cuts? Which song on the Preoccupations record has Monty not had enough time to grow to hate yet? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Tracks played on the podcast edition…

1) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Anxiety”
2) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Degraded”
3) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Memory”
4) Viet Cong, Viet Cong (2015) “Continental Shelf”
5) Viet Cong, Viet Cong (2015) “Newspaper Spoons” (mp3)
6) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Fever”


There’s also a radio edit of our hang session.

ACDATYOUNGNIGGA – SheDoneWitYoHoeA$$ Fri, 05 May 2017 23:09:21 +0000  photo acdat2_zpsl8kp4dg3.png
Rapper ACDATYOUNGNIGGA is shaking up the Vancouver rap scene  which was proven on his last project ihatepeople© consisting of 4 hard hitting Trap tracks that’ll surely be testing your sub. His latest “SheDoneWitYoHoA$$” produced by Olde and featuring illyminiachi has the young rapper flexing at his finest and it’s got us excited to hear more. Stream some of his latest below.

the interview show: P.O.S Thu, 04 May 2017 16:03:37 +0000

When I hung out with Minneapolis rapper and Doomtree Collective kingpin P.O.S outside Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Lounge, he had just wolfed down a pork bun that he had bought in nearby Chinatown. The pork bun didn’t quite agree with him and, if you listen closely, you can hear the legendary rapper’s digestive system rebel against his snack as we chat.

How is P.O.S‘ latest record, Chill dummy, his version of Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic? What was it like to put out his 2012 record, We Don’t Even Live Here, and not be able to tour due to heath issues? How is his heath these days? Which song from his 2004 first record, Ipecac Neat, is the only one he will perform anymore? How does he know Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon? What was it like to work in a strip club? You’ll have to listen to find out.

The podcast version of the show is the explicit version–it has the swear words for those who don’t mind strong language.

The radio version contains music edited for radioplay.

Tracks played on the show…

1) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Lanes”
2) P.O.S, We Don’t Even Live Here (2012) “Get Down” (featuring Mike Mictlan) (mp3)
3) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Faded” (featuring Justin Vernon & Lady Midnight)
4) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Gravedigger” (featuring Angelenah)
5) P.O.S, Ipecac Neat (2004) “Duct Tape”
6) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Born a Snake”

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Ninetyfour x Devon Tracy – Plottin (Music Video) Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:14:50 +0000  photo 18119897_10158517034850612_1071954190_o_zpsvdhrk5dq.jpg
Yours Truly’s Ninetyfour brings more visuals to the table with Mississauga based rapper Devon Tracy for their collaboration “Plottin” with Ninety adding “This song recognizes that I have a lot of work left and that no goals get reached without proper planning. It’s about plotting on how we are going to break into the music scene”. Shot in the streets of Vancouver, the video perfectly captures the menacing production of the song -leaving listeners with the feeling that there is much more to come from the two young artists. Check out the video below.