Episode 56: Mark Ibold (Pavement, Sonic Youth)

Mark Ibold has been a part of a few things in my life that I hold very dear. First, he was the bass player in Pavement. Easily one of the most unique bands of the last 25 years and one of my favorite bands ever. Secondly, he is a bartender at the Great Jones Cafe in NYC. Its a place that I go regularly and have had countless memorable days and nights in. There is something incredibly magical about the Great Jones and Marc and the rest of the staff play a big part of why that is.

I’ve wanted to get Mark on the podcast for a long time. I’ve seen him around for years but it was until a few months ago that I let him know that I was a huge fan and I really wanted to sit down and talk for this show. He agreed to do it and we had a fantastic conversation. I’m not really sure what I thought talking to him in this context would be like, but it greatly exceeded my expectations. This was a lot of fun and he is a great guy. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did.

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Minisode 1: The Falkner Creeper

Well, in an interesting turn of events, I’ve recently discovered some information that leads me to believe that my attempts at trying to interview Jason Falkner for the podcast are not going to work. In looking back on the message I sent him recently via Facebook about getting him on the show, I found this little diddy that I apparently wrote him a few years back. We did a bonus podcast of me reading it and adding some commentary, but I wanted you to see it exactly the way that is was written. The beginning of the audio is my friend Pat reading a message he wrote to JF that was only a little creepy.

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Dr. Falkner

 Hey. Been a big fan for a long time. I actually saw you when you played in NYC at Piano’s in what I think was 2002. Anywho, been a fan forever and I hadn’t thought much about it until the other day when I saw this lame facebook thing about 25 albums that changed your life and I realized that all of yours have ahad a profound impact on me. To make a redonkulous story short, PLEASE COME TO NY!!! You can stay in my apt. I have several extra beds. Kidding obviously, but we need you. Anytime I go through some crasy relationship bullshit (which seems to happen more often than not) I can always count on your records to make some sense of it to me.

I alsos play oin a band called Gilgongo (myspace.com/gilgongo). So many of our influences come from things I learned from listening to you (The kinks, XTC, Costello, Left Banke, etc). Lot of other wahack in there too like Ween, but give it a listen. We’re in desparate need of a producer for our new material. Help!

No need to respond if you’re not up to it. I really just want to say thank you for being you. You’re a good man Charlie Brown.

-Ryan Schimmenti

Word to the wise here people: If you are thinking of writing ANYONE while you are a little tipsy, spend some time doing anything else instead. Time better spent.

I want to interview Jason Falkner for our podcast. Please help.

I have had a hard love for Jason Falkner since his first solo record came out. I will never forget how it happened. I had been a fan of Jellyfish, one of the bands he was previously in, for quite a while. When I first heard his solo record, i didn’t love it because it didn’t sound enough like what I was used to hearing from Jellyfish. However, I was in Florida visiting a friend and he gave me a copy of “Presents Author Unknown” to listen to on the plane ride back to NYC. What follows I will never forget.

I had to transfer planes in Atlanta and that was when I put the record on. I listened to the first song and thought it was better than I remembered. Got to the second song and by the time that was over I had to start over again because I was thinking so much about the first song. Played it through to track three and then had to go back to the beginning again. I listened to that album countless times that day and I finally got it. This guy was a force. His level of musicianship is incredible. Great voice, outrageous piano and guitar player, bad ass drummer, and he is to this day one of my favorite bass players. Then there are the songs. His appreciation for all that has come before him is very apparent. I don’t mean that in the sense that he sounds like anyone, because he really doesn’t. You can hear his influences in his phrasings and what he chooses not to do, which I have always felt is one of the skills of a great songwriter.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every record he has ever made. I could never pick a favorite. I used to think I had a least favorite but then I got that one on vinyl (I’m not saying which one out of fear of criticism) and its fucking ridiculous. This is why I need your help. I’m heading to California the last week in May to visit some friends in LA for a few days and then head north to San Francisco to a wedding in which I am marrying the couple (which is hilarious for about 400 reasons). I really want to see if I can sit down with Jason Falkner and have an hour or so discussion about music. Not as some drooling fanboy, but as someone who has been turned on to so many things because of his influence. Because of him I got into XTC, The Stranglers, Brian Eno’s first few records, Air, and so many others. The whole point of What Brings us Together is to talk about things that unify us.  To talk about the fact that no matter who you are or what your back round is or where you come from, there are these things that we can all identify with and the feeling you get from them is nothing short of magical. I think that we would have a really incredible conversation.

If anyone could assist me in this, I would be eternally grateful. If not, just listen to his music.