this monday at the hideout

By Robbie on March 30, 2015

Whoa, where have I been? Tonight it's Elvis Costello's 1980 LP Get Happy!!, performed in a very recognizable manner.

Also, up on Talkhouse as of today, I dish on Ron Sexsmith's latest and greatest. Link:

http://thetalkhouse.com/music/talks/robbie-fulks-talks-ron-sexsmiths/

And my interview with Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters went up today as well:

http://chrisshiflettmusic.com/walkingthefloor/

Hear me stammer! Wheeze! Mumble! Steal a joke from Dino Stamatopoulous! Really, my interview style is pretty awful, and I will work on that. As it happens I just watched a recent Edward Albee interview. The old man's pugnacious intellect serves him well in a staged conversational volley. His eyes are wide and clear, he delivers unambiguous replies fleshed out with vivid anecdote, and he's never at a loss for words. The opposite of me in this podcast. Writing's more my thing. Anyway, if you listen more than 15 minutes in, you hear me starting to loosen, and talk a little more freely. I guess my surprise that someone from the Foo Fighters wanted to talk to me lasted most of the way through the exchange. Very nice fellow, though, and knows country music well.

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house concert, NC/VA?

By Robbie on March 25, 2015

Thursday might not be an ideal night for a party, but maybe an early-evening start time could make it fly. The date is Thursday May 14, and the area is north of Charlotte, south of DC, not closer than 60 or so miles to either. Raleigh, Richmond, or anywhere in between would be perfect. Acoustic trio: Robbie Gjersoe, Todd Phillips, and myself. Drop a line if interested.

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this monday at the hideout

By Robbie on March 19, 2015

Something's there, not me. Back next Monday.

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this monday, and a movie

By Robbie on March 12, 2015

Hideout this week is Nora O'Connor and me, back with our two-human quorum.

I've added several March/April dates to the tour page, the soonest of which appear to your right. I'll call particular attention to the premiere of Kannapolis next week at Duke. The film captures the daily lives, routines, rituals, occupations, peregrinations, and goofings-around of people in a little town in North Carolina in 1936. The shots are silent, in-motion, black-and-white, and 2 to 3 seconds long each. The filmmaker Finn Taylor stitched them into an hourlong piece, adding light Foley effects and a few title cards, and the edited whole yields a fractured and elliptical yet actual narrative. I would say it's about a world most of whose people and some of whose cultural specifics are altogether vanished, but even more a story about our surprisingly close kinship with the world of the film. The other half of the story of Kannapolis is the music, which was mostly composed by Jenny Scheinman (the soundtrack includes songs by Si Kahn, Joe Glazer, and me) and is performed in time with the film by Jenny, Robbie Gjersoe, and me. I don't know if any tickets are left,* but I recommend finding out! We'll be doing screenings now and again for the next who-knows-how-long, and I'll be sure to post when they happen.

*UPDATE: There aren't too many seats but there are some; here's the link: https://dukeperformances.duke.edu/calendar/

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this monday at the hideout

By Robbie on March 5, 2015

Western Swing night! Gonna be a ton of people onstage, to make it feel more like Tulsa in 1935. (In terms of the per-player payout, it'll feel amazingly like that.) Anna Jacobson, Alex Hall, Peter Seman, Beau Sample, Joel Paterson, K.C. McDonough, and I will throw some love to the late great Bob Wills and all who followed.

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