In this episode, Mark “Biche” Schwarz talks about how pop-music criticism isn’t really about music, and how that does a disservice to the art form and creates a lack of historical knowledge; his love of Larry Graham’s bass playing; the ephemeral nature of the self; and more.
This episode is a bit more of a chat than an interview, in part because of the subject matter and the setting, but also because it was a now-rare opportunity to spend time talking with my beloved best-friend-since-childhood Biche, so it was easy to get excited and fall into “conversational” mode rather than “interview” mode.
Recorded live outdoors in Uptown, Chicago, in the summertime.
In this episode you'll hear from BA Rosenblum. He talks about listening to music from an early age, quitting high school, serving in the Army, re-learning a musical instrument, and the album that saved his life.
In this episode, Mark “Biche” Schwarz talks about going to law school in his 40s, talking a classmate into quitting law school, maintaining focus on work, running a recording studio, and the inaccessibility of past versions of ourselves.
He also muses about music he likes/liked, including The Who, Van Morrison, and The Police—and the unique sonic character of Ghost in the Machine. And he talks about having/developing a musical ear.
In this episode, you’ll hear a little more chatter from me than I’d like, in part because of the setting, but also because it was a now-rare opportunity to spend time talking with Biche, and we’ve been close since we were little kids, so it’s easy to get excited and fall into “conversational” mode rather than “interview” mode.
There’s a second part of this conversation that will be released later.
Recorded outdoors in scenic Uptown, Chicago.
Thanks to the Chicago Podcast Cooperative for hooking up our sponsorships (you can learn more about them at ChicagoPodcastCoop.com), and to this episode's sponsor, the lovely Cards Against Humanity.
In the debut episode, we talk with Michael Simons: traveler, founder of the nonprofit Intonation Music Workshop, musician, and all-around wonderful guy. He talks about living in Sweden, his distaste for Steppenwolf, running a travel-tour business, and following his intuition in life decisions.