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ClifTones w/ JC Denison

Host JC Denison sits down with Louisville musicians for in-depth and candid conversations.

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Episode 40: Will Oldham/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Will Oldham has had a celebrated musical career performing as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Palace Music, and several other monikers. An adventurous collaborator, he's worked with legendary artists like Tortoise, The Cairo Gang, and Matt Sweeney. Will's creativity knows no bounds which is evident in his extensive catalogue and constant challenges he presents to himself and his audience. Oh yeah, and he's a damn fine actor! Will sat down with JC to talk about beer, recontexualizing music, the beauty of spontaneity, and more. This episode is sponsored by Guestroom Records, Cobra Verde, and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 41mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 58: David Pajo

David Pajo is a founding member of Slint, played on two Tortoise records, and has performed in a wide variety of bands, including Stereolab, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol,  and Royal Trux, to name a few. He also has a vast solo output under the monikers Aerial M, Papa M, and Pajo. He sat down with JC to talk about learning to listen, being a father, coping with depression, and more... This episode is sponsored by End of an Ear Recording and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 10mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 41: John King

John King is a musician and artist, but perhaps he's best known in the Louisville music scene for his curatorial skills. He created the Louisville is for Lovers compilation to highlight Louisville bands and explore the depths of love, and he co-founded the Louisville Zombie Attack. Never one to be content with his output, he's also started teaching about glass art and consulting about pop culture. He sat down with JC to talk about the history of local glass, haircuts, losing his vision, and more... This episode is sponsored by Heine Bros. Coffee and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 12mins

25 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Special Episode No. 13: William Benton

JC Denison of ClifTones gets on the phone daily to check in with various members of the musical community to see how they are dealing with the economic and isolating effects of COVID-19.

40mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 53: Tim Furnish

Tim Furnish is a seasoned veteran of the Louisville music scene. His band Crain made waves in the '90's when they released the seminal records 'Speed' & 'Heater'. He then created Parlour, which fuses indie rock, minimalism, and electronica into a wholly new kind of instrumental music. A tireless documentarian and graphic artist, he's spent over two decades creating and capturing some of the most important and visually striking images in the Louisville music scene. He sat down with JC to talk about maintaining a musical life, growing up in the Highlands, Tony Bailey, and more... This episode is sponsored by Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 6mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 3: Kevin Ratterman

Kevin Ratterman is a highly skilled producer and engineer known for working with artists as varied as My Morning Jacket, White Reaper, The Flaming Lips, Shannon Wright, and Andrew Bird.  He's also a powerful drummer and multi-instrumentalist, having performed in studio and on stage with Twin Limb, Jim James, Wax Fang, Elliott, and many others.  Somehow he finds the time to run a world-class recording studio in Louisville, KY.  He sat down with JC to talk music making, production, life on the road, his drumming origins, and more. This episode sponsored by Zanzabar and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 6mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 8: Bundy K. Brown (Part 1)

Bundy K. Brown was a seminal figure in the Chicago music scene in the '80's and 90's. As a member of bands like Tortoise, Bastro, & Gastr del Sol, he helped change the DIRECTIONS of many future musicians and musics. Though he considers himself a 'hack' musician, his sound is unmistakable and his musical footprint is wide and reaching. With origins as a DJ and producer, he possesses a unique and vast knowledge of hip-hop, jazz, and post punk. Now a resident of Louisville, he works through wine and food to influence and elevate culture. He sat down with JC to discuss growing up DJing on a military base, carving out a musical space for himself in Chicago, and how he came to define his own sound as a recording engineer and producer. This episode is sponsored by Karate Body Records and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 2mins

10 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Special Episode No. 10: Jason Rubino

JC Denison of ClifTones gets on the phone daily to check in with various members of the musical community to see how they are dealing with the economic and isolating effects of COVID-19.

34mins

28 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Special Episode No. 9: Meg Samples

JC Denison of ClifTones gets on the phone daily to check in with various members of the musical community to see how they are dealing with the economic and isolating effects of COVID-19.

31mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 9: Bundy K. Brown (Part 2)

Bundy K. Brown was a seminal figure in the Chicago music scene in the '80's and 90's. As a member of bands like Tortoise, Bastro, & Gastr del Sol, he helped change the DIRECTIONS of many future musicians and musics. Though he considers himself a 'hack' musician, his sound is unmistakable and his musical footprint is wide and reaching. With origins as a DJ and producer, he possesses a unique and vast knowledge of hip-hop, jazz, and post punk. Now a resident of Louisville, he works through wine and food to influence and elevate culture. He sat down with JC to discuss growing up DJing on a military base, carving out a musical space for himself in Chicago, and how he came to define his own sound as a recording engineer and producer. This episode is sponsored by Heine Bros. Coffee and Dauntless Distributing.

56mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Special Episode No. 12: Alex Rickel

JC Denison of ClifTones gets on the phone daily to check in with various members of the musical community to see how they are dealing with the economic and isolating effects of COVID-19.

32mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 6: Evan Patterson

Evan Patterson has carved a dedicated following shredding guitar and screaming in technically innovative bands like Young Widows and Breather Resist and, more recently, singing and writing conceptual mood music in Jaye Jayle.  He's toured the world and the U.S. extensively since his late teens, and has become an expert screen printer and uniquely-minded visual artist in his off time.  He sat down with JC to talk tour friends, growing up in rural Kentucky, recreating his creative self, and more... This episode brought to you by Heine Bros. Coffee, Monnik Beer Co., and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 6mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 51: Sean Cannon

Sean Cannon is a charismatic and skillful interviewer and podcaster.  A former seminary student, he segued into concert promotion and later hosted his own radio show on WFPK.  Sean has recently branched out from interview-style podcasts to host serialized podcasts which focus on specific musicians, such as Elliott Smith and The White Stripes.  He sat down with JC to talk about existential crises, learning how to say 'no', Christian indie music, and what he had for breakfast. This episode is sponsored by Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 50mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Episode 7: Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes is a fixture in Louisville's experimental music scene both as a performer and curator.  He's played on records by Jim O'Rourke and Silver Jews, performed with Faust and Lee Ranaldo, and even negotiated musical moments for MTV and Nike.  All this, and he's stayed level-headed and dedicated enough to help raise a family and tirelessly run one of Louisville's most important music venues, Dreamland.  He sat down with JC to talk fusing rock drumming with artistic music, pushing artistic boundaries at all times, running an avant garde non-profit, and more... This episode sponsored by Zanzabar and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 9mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 49: Kogan Dumb

Kogan Dumb is an MC, producer, visual artist, and electrician. Through his solo work, collaborations with local artists, and involvement in BirdZoo, he's had an enduring effect on Louisville hip-hop culture. While he may have been late to the game in regards to age, he's wasted no time breaking barriers and opening the doors to a prolific and exciting musical career. He sat down with JC to talk about bourbon, knuckleheads, East Coast production, Octopus Pirates, and more... This episode is sponsored by Heine Bros. Coffee and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 14mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 50: Cheyenne Mize

Cheyenne Mize is a highly talented violinist, vocalist, guitar player, songwriter, music therapist, community organizer, and so much more. As a solo artist, she fuses the gap between more traditional folk music and in your face rock & roll. A consummate collaborator, she's performed with the likes of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore, and many others. And she melts minds and hearts as one third of the vocal trio MaidenRadio. She sat down with JC to talk about the healing power of music, community engagement, discovering harmony, and more... This episode is sponsored by Heine Bros. Coffee and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 12mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Special Episode No. 8: Will Oldham

JC Denison of ClifTones gets on the phone daily to check in with various members of the musical community to see how they are dealing with the economic and isolating effects of COVID-19.

28mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 35: Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw, w/ Carrie Neumayer

Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw helped found the band Come in the early '90's in Boston. Before that Zedek had played in the bands Uzi and Live Skull, and Brokaw drummed for Codeine. Since Come disbanded in the early 2000's, both have gone on to maintain successful solo careers. They stopped by Louisville on a recent living room tour, and guest host Carrie Neumayer sat down to catch up with them. They talked about songwriting processes, the charm of intimate venues, politics in music, and more... This episode is sponsored by Guestroom Records, Heine Bros. Coffee, & Zanzabar.

1hr 28mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 57: Heather Fox

Heather Fox helped found the legendary Louisville band Juanita, helps run the Louisville Underground Music Archive, and cohosted the radio show 'Fuzzbox' for five years. She has a unique skill set that is no doubt informed by her family's background in radio. She sat down with JC to talk about garage rock, learning guitar from Wink O'Bannon, archiving music, and more... This episode is sponsored by End of an Ear Recording and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 10mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 10: Rachel Grimes

Rachel Grimes composes music for solo piano, large ensembles, and chamber groups.  A founding member of Rachel's, she was an integral part of a musical movement that helped marry the seemingly disparate worlds of neoclassical music and indie rock. She is a vital part of the Louisville arts scene and works tirelessly to preserve and present the rich culture and history of Louisville and Kentucky. Oh, and she knows her beer, too! She sat down with JC to talk about the evolution of her compositional processes, the challenging nature of collaboration, and how music can be used to teach historical lessons. This episode is brought to you by Heine Bros. Coffee and Dauntless Distributing.

1hr 29mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #20