My guest this week is American musician Ezra Furman. Ezra has released 5 albums, and also wrote the original soundtrack for the Netflix series Sex Education. In 2018, they also wrote the 33⅓ book on Lou Reed's classic album Transformer. In our conversation we spoke about Jewish musicians and the impact they had on our own musical journeys, our own Jewish identities and how they play a part in our music, and the challenges Ezra has faced keeping Jewish practices on tour. You can follow Ezra on Twitter @EzraFurman, and you can follow me on Twitter @Jewish_Podcast. If you're enjoying the podcast, head over to our Patreon to find out how you can become an official patron.
There’s a great video from early last year. Taken onstage at the End of the Road Festival, Ezra Furman is tasked with interviewing John Cale. You get pretty much what you’d expect from the Velvet Underground founder — soft spoken, deliberately thoughtful answers. Furman, clearly a massive fan, is far more excitable. Above all, they’re searching for a connection with the legendary musician on topics of creativity and songwriting. It’s a both endearing and insightful view of a musician like Furman, who appears to prefer to retain some mystery around their own process. And certainly there’s a strong argument to be made for letting the music speak for itself. Recent releases like Twelve Nudes and Transangelic Exodus have become of some of the most celebrated indie rock releases of the past decade. On a recent trip to Boston, Furman joined us for a thoughtful discussion about the personal, the professional, gender, religion and the ups and downs of the creative process.
Ep. 93 – All things pink with Jet Atlas & music from Ezra Furman
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Jet Atlas is a Melbourne non-binary fashion icon going strong in pink for three years now, but here’s another throwback interview from December 2018. Find them on instagram at 6pink6goblin6. EZRA... LEARN MORE The post Ep. 93 – All things pink with Jet Atlas & music from Ezra Furman appeared first on The Gender Agenda.
Ezra Furman grew up in Chicago, loving the Jewish faith as much as punk, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. While driving with a friend through their suburban streets one evening, she stumbles on the voice of Lou Reed. The car stereo is playing "Rock n Roll" by the Velvet Underground. She is smitten with that voice. Still unsure about her sexuality at this stage, it's like a siren's call—she begins to see in Reed, a way for her to express her gender, identity and ambitions. Ezra was fortunate to meet her hero, at SXSW one year and Reed was nothing but kind to her. Read the 33 1/3 book she wrote on "Lou Reed's Transformer" for more.When I first encountered Ezra's music, she was still presenting as male. When I first interviewed her—she was in a car, driving herself out of LA to their next gig. We had a long chat. And I only referred to her with male pronouns. Before the pandemic hit, I met with her, at Gold-Digger Studios. When I started to ask about pronouns, and marvel at the strides we've made, a smile creeps across her face as she starts shaking her head. Gender is still a complicated, ever-evolving and sometimes still confusing thing for her. The fact that we even ask people for their preferred pronouns is amazing, as I say in the interview. But it is tricky. I had to re-write copy and re-record links for using the wrong pronoun. Queerness and gender fluidity have become more acceptable, celebrated even, I now have a handful of friends whose children are using different pronouns and sometimes I slip up. But I just do better, it’s the least one can do. Here are some notes from Ezra about Twelve Nudes in relation to Ann Carson's "nudes" and her song writing."Almost everything about the nudes in Carson's poem appealed to me when I first read it. The fact that they are naked, unadorned resonated with what I wanted to do on this record, musically and emotionally etc. The fact that they are bodies, usually in pain and/or intense transformation. The Nudes appearing as visions, uninvited and already complete, is a lot like how it felt to write these songs. Spontaneous paintings seemingly done, by someone else. Also this part:"I began telling Dr. Hawabout the Nudes. She said,When you see these horrible images why do you stay with them?Why keep watching? Why notgo away? I was amazed.Go away where? I said.This still seems to me a good question."This is a major aspect of how I feel about my mind and the things that show up in it. And the songs on Twelve Nudes are particularly like that: they kind of just showed up, already complete. I mean, I worked on them, but the essence of each song just appeared like a Nude. And I can't get away from them. There's nowhere else to look.I feel it goes deeper even than that somehow but I'll leave the other depths unplumbed."Many thanks for making this episode possible—Ezra, for being. For singing. For sharing. To [PIAS] America for use of music and Pitch Perfect PR for support. Massive thanks to Rachel Insel and Dave Neupert for providing us with a studio to record in at Gold-Diggers. And to the Boughton family and Oliver Blockey for additional audio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
One of today's bearers of the 'Punk' movement & publicly celebrated by none other than Iggy Pop, Ezra Furman joins Jaime in the latest episode of the jrodconcerts podcast. The fascinating conversation talks about everything from her career arc to Little Richard and what the future holds. More information: www.ezrafurman.com
American musical force Ezra Furman discusses life during a pandemic, privacy as a public person, their recent albums, Twelve Nudes and the soundtrack for Sex Education, and more! Supported by Live at Massey Hall, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts. Please take this listener survey. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/kreative-kontrol.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Ezra Furman has spent more than a decade making honest and intelligent punk rock music. On the heels of soundtracking two seasons of the popular Netflix series Sex Education, she's back with her eighth album entitled Twelve Nudes. We talk to Ezra about the new album's self-assured lyricism, how she recently came out as transgender, and the enormous impact of discovering Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground at 15.
Ezra Furman is an American musician and songwriter. In this episode, live from Deer Shed Festival, we talk about Doo-wop music, 60's girl groups, the power of John Lennon's voice, and much more. Track 1 – The Tammys - Egyptian Shumba Track 2 – John Lennon – Mother Track 3 – Howlin' Wolf – How Many More Years (All chosen songs can be found on the Three Track Podcast Playlist on Spotify, so listen along and follow for weekly updates)