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Interview with the Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey

Post by Ernest Jasmin on July 15, 2009 at 11:45 am with No Comments
July 15, 2009 11:45 am

Thanks to some technical difficulties, I talked to Northwest rock journeyman Scott McCaughey not once but twice in the last few days. That would be Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus 5, the Baseball Project and R.E.M. fame (and probably about 10 other bands I’m forgetting or don’t even know about.) And, OK, it was more like user error than “technical difficulties.” I yanked the phone jack out of my recorder and had to call the guy back for quotes. And I’m glad I did since I got these killer clips to share with you the second time around.

Clip 1: On why there’s so much pedal steel guitar on the Minus 5’s new "Killingsworth" album

Clip 2: For that matter, why there are so many Decemberists on the new album

And the occasion for this interview? McCaughey is bringing his latest Minus 5 lineup – which includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, ex-Decemberists drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist John Ramberg, Portland singer-songwriter Little Sue and pedal steel player Tucker Jackson – to Hell’s Kitchen Friday night. Should be a fun night.

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