I’m on this podcast talking about comedy and acid. And my awesome friends from Ava Luna are on it tooo!
It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s episode, I talk to Becca Kaufman, Julian Fader and Ethan Bassford of the Brooklyn-based band Ava Luna. While a lot of the music press has lazily compared Ava Luna to the Dirty Projectors due to some superficial similarities, Ava Luna is very much their own band. Combining R&B, no wave, funk and more, they’ve released a number of EPs as well as two albums: Ice Level in 2012 and their latest Electric Balloon, which was just released in early March.
Back in mid-February, Becca (guitar/vocals), Julian (drums) and Ethan (bass) came over to my Harlem studio for a charming conversation about childhood dread, death, dad bands, lesbian moms, worshipping Jah, dressing up as Harriet the Spy, feces, and Friday Night Coprolites. Also, in the second half of the show, I talk to my pal, comedian Kat Toledo about performance art and how it connects in with the comedy scene in New York. What’s the difference between the two? What’s it like to drop acid and watch Event Horizon? Why does Miami tickle our lizard brains? Answers to all these questions and more on today’s episode!
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