Adam Green, son of a neurologist, brother of an astrophysicist, and former Moldy Peach with Kimya Dawson (their Anyone Else But You was featured in Juno), is wide open, funny in a dry way, super comfy and very friendly. He’s happy to sit and chat for a bit about two young female musicians he followed on a whim out here from NYC to the west coast, his time spent in Europe while on an English label, and the unusually homey, quaint clarity of being sober for the day’s recording session. Although he may be known for a fib here or there in the media, one thing that can most accurately be affirmed about Green is his undeniable, infectious charm. Adam Green’s just a terrifically talented, super nice guy. Green manages to reach down into some murky-dark lyrical themes while simultaneously endearing at times like a child or like the sweetest little fluffy-white, innocent pooch.
Hardly short on intellect, Green displays fearless wit, which, colored by ample experience with drug use, makes for genius writing. Couple that with his gift of a velvety-deep, clear singing voice, and you get a compelling musical flambé.
Stylistically, Adam Green jumps around the genre map authentically, always true in his own unique voice (he can’t help but be himself), always wry. Green sings with the dapper, confident charm of Sinatra’s Witchcraft on Drugs and evokes sketches of Leonard Cohen and outright frescoes of Lou Reed on What Makes Him Act So Bad and more. He can do Motown soul (Nat King Cole) and even surf punk (Broadcast Beach).
The day we recorded Adam and the band (LA’s killer The Dead Trees have been backing and touring with him), there was a ghost in the machine at Kingsize Soundlabs. Mysteriously, the Apogee converters were wildly misbehaving. Nonetheless, Adam and crew were lovely, patient guests and despite the tech difficulties, we managed to capture some amazing live recordings and video footage. 2 videos below and a jump down to mp3s.
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