Exclusive Interview: Jeff McIlwain (Lusine), Co-Composer of ‘Joe’ Film Score

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Words by Sara Jayne Crow

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

 


As a music journalist of nearly 15 years, this quote oddly resonates with me: it’s absurd to want to use one creative form to interpret another. Prose is a nebulous conjecture as it relates to describing rhythm; nonfiction is spare fact, and poetry feebly swaps dressed-up, impotent rhyme for melody. The statement is especially appropriate when writing about the music of Jeff McIlwain (Lusine), a prolific Seattle-based musician whose output bears such depth and breadth that words can’t near approximation. Music theory can’t approximate. Smoke signals or cuneiform might serve better.

At club King King in Hollywood last March, Jeff effortlessly orchestrated a live set, laboring intently behind the subdued glow of his laptop screen. He made subtle adjustments, fingers deftly flitting among the buttons and knobs of his spare setup: a laptop running Ableton, a DSI Tetra, Evolution UC-33, and Novation MIDI controller. The speaker stacks radiated the warmth of his layered, painstaking sonic engineering. Jeff didn’t have an affect of ego or showmanship despite the worshipful crowd jostling for front-row stance. His unassuming nature, effortless control and modesty made live performance look easy.

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Video: Naughty By Nature’s “Perfect Party” feat. Joe

As we prepare for holiday festivities, hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature are showing us how to have a “Perfect Party.” The trio released the video to the new single from their 20th anniversary album, Anthem Inc., which drops December 13th via eOne. The video was shot in Las Vegas and includes footage of the 2011 global tour across 4 continents. You down with “O.P.P”?

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GPWW 3/2/11: Roots Reggae, Serge Gainsbourg & Joe’s Jazz Mix

This edition of GPWW continues its mission of “searching for the perfect beat, each and every week, whether it be new or old music” as Gilles Peterson states again. Inspired by the recent BBC documentary Reggae Britannia, he dedicates a segment to roots reggae music from the likes of Yellowman, Alton Lewis, and Delroy Wilson among others. Later in the show he also dedicates a mix segment to the memory of “the iconic Serge Gainsbourg“, as well as a Jazz mix provided by Joe the producer to cap it off.

 

 

 

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Gilles Peterson Worldwide: 7/19/10

This week, GPWW brings us back and forth through time with some throwbacks to Marvin Gaye and Neil Young, new artists approved by Gilles, as well as a few tracks off The Roots‘ new album, How I Got Over, a remixed song off of Big Boi’s Sir Luscious Left Foot, and his usual mix of music from all over the globe.

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