The BLT Q&A with Amazing Jellies by Kaitlin Fontana

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in BLT Musician Q&A

The BLT Q&A with Amazing Jellies by Kaitlin Fontana Boy + girl = music. Like 2 + 2 = 4, it’s an equation that has been potently true since the dawn of time. Boy/girl harmonies are scientifically proven to be the sweetest, and the love of two people (or the loss of love, see: Fleetwood Mac) can make the saddest music beautiful, and the most beautiful music the saddest. In the grand tradition of boys and girls who love one another and make music together comes Amazing Jellies. Made up of husband-and-wife team Eli Bolin (music director for the Story Pirates, bandleader for the new WNYC variety show King’s County hosted by Kurt Andersen, composer for TV shows like Sesame Street and Comedy Central Presents: Kristen Schaal, and who you might recognize as a member of the Woggels on last season’s 30 Rock) and Allison Posner (an actress with a dynamic, music-peppered resume long enough to unfurl like a red carpet, including Into the Woods, Equus and Factory Girls), Amazing Jellies’ songs are raucous, upbeat and melody-driven odes to two people finding each other and fighting to make it work. And hey, isn’t that what two-part harmony is all about? BLT sat Allison and Eli down for a Q&A before their special guest appearance as the live musical act for Beauty Love Truth on June 28. Tell us something you think is beautiful. The love between a dog and a really fat baby. What do you love most about making music? Creating new stuff is fun, but we also enjoy the simple pleasures of harmonizing together. Tell us a truth from your lyrics. “I take direction awfully well.” What’s your first memory of something beautiful? Allison: Being on the beach as a child in Melbourne, Florida. How did you become a musician? Why do you keep doing it? Eli: We had instruments in our house all the time, and my dad sang in barbershop quartets and played a lot of folk guitar. I got hooked on the Beatles at three (the only rock in my dad’s collection) and couldn’t keep my hands off any instruments I could find. Tell us something true. Allison was the Blockbuster Video Genesis/SNES Video Game Champion of Ocala, FL, and went to Orlando for the state championship. Who do you love? Each other, our families, friends, and Allison’s late dog Kipper. Also, fat babies. What’s something/someone you love that it would surprise people? Allison: Cownose stingrays. Have you known other people who have done Beauty Love Truth? What are you expecting? What are you looking forward to? We know a bunch of the comedians, not the musicians. We know how talented our funny friends...

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The BLT Q&A with Warren Malone by Kaitlin Fontana

Posted on May 28, 2012 in BLT Musician Q&A

Manchester-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Warren Malone’s bio is something else. Not only does he source his musical beginnings at four years old to hearing a Hank Williams record, he also drops—buried there in middle—that his parents met while his father was in prison. It’s a fact of his past that, he says, “is a whole other story. It would be a great movie, actually.” Unique beginnings make for unique doings, and so it’s no surprise that Malone strays from a common path in his life and work. While the town of his extraction more readily brings to mind the sounds of the almighty Factory Records (Joy Division, et al), Malone’s music—like its maker—flies far from that scene. Malone makes lovely, immediate, folk music; his latest record, And the Ants Ate the Bee, came out last October. BLT sat him down for a Q&A before his appearance in Beauty Love Truth at the PIT on May 31 at 8pm. Even after answering all our favorite questions, he’s still a mystery. We like that about him. Tell us something you think is beautiful. The sound of guitar and mandolin together. What’s something/someone you love that would surprise people? Dolly Parton Tell us something true. I own 57 copies of Grapes of Wrath. One day I will have a party for the book, and I will use them as invitations. And everyone will come in work clothes. The band at the party will be called The Angry Raisins String Band. What do you love most about making music? It makes me feel like I have something to offer, and it makes me feel good. When did the truth get you in trouble? Today, yesterday and probably tomorrow. Have you known other people who have done Beauty Love Truth? What are you expecting? What are you looking forward to? I know a couple of people who have done it. They speak highly of it. I only expect to have fun playing to new people in a different setting. Tell us a truth told in your lyrics. “Daddy was a singer, Daddy was a drunk/ Just a drunken singer, he was murdered in a flophouse/ Broke and drunk, now he’s broke and drunk forever.” Do you still think of yourself as English? What part of you? No, I never did. I saw Elvis on a beach in the movie Blue Hawaii when I was four years old, in Manchester, with the rain falling hard and thought to myself, “This is not right.” Finally: The aliens have landed and one asks you to explain beauty, love, and truth. How do you explain? I’d say: “A whop Bop a Loobop A Whop bam Boom,” and they will know instantly...

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