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INTERVIEW: Pitchfork

[ 0 ] April 11, 2012 |

Kurt Wagner: The Lambchop frontman on Yo La Tengo, the Monkees, JAMC, and more.

By Larry Fitzmaurice

Kurt Wagner, the 53-year-old frontman of the inscrutable, genre-bending alt-country outfitLambchop, has logged countless hours on the road with various shifting band lineups, all while putting out 11 albums over the last 18 years and collaborating with artists as sonically disparate as experimental country crooner Cortney Tidwell and downtempo electronica actMorcheeba. It’s quite an impressive CV for someone who didn’t decide to start making music until he was 30.

When we spoke last month, Wagner and his band were smack in the middle of a six-week European tour in support of their excellent new album, Mr. M. He’d just wrapped up an “awesome” show in Belgium 10 minutes beforehand. The art of the live performance is important to Wagner as a music fan, and some of the following musical highlights of his life include gigs like a near-riot-inducing performance by the Cramps and an exceptionally foggy Jesus and Mary Chain show. Listen along with Wagner’s picks with this Spotify playlist.

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