Culture Shock 2012 Interview: Busman’s Holiday
By: Casey Zakin
In honour of Culture Shock 2012 this Saturday, I got to talk to Busman’s Holiday about their musical memories and inclinations. Bloomington natives Lewis and Addison Rogers, the duo behind the 2008 released, 7 track EP, Old Friends, are currently working on an album slated for release this year, either late summer or early fall. After Culture Shock the band will be heading down to Florida to tour with Paul Baribeau and Super Bobby – details found here. Catch them this Saturday at Dunn Meadow around 6pm.
What is on repeat on your playlist right now?
Lewis: Arthur Russell’s “Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart” from Love Is Overtaking Me.
Addison: My playlist? As far as my most recent playlist goes, I’ve been listening to “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan on repeat. I’ve also been listening to a lot my friend Super Bobby in preparation for our upcoming Florida tour with him and Paul Baribeau. Besides playing Busman’s Holiday stuff, Lewis and I will be rapping a bit with Super Bobby.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Addison: A very early memory of mine is receiving a cassette copy of the Married To The Mob soundtrack from my cousin Christy. In particular “Liar Liar” and “Devil Does Your Dog Bite” stuck with me. Lew & I were taught to play the spoons by our great uncle, Jap at a family reunion when we were quite young. That was probably the first instrument we learned.
Lewis: K-Ci & Jojo’s “All My Life” from Love Always.
What kind of music/which artists did you listen to as a child?
Addison: We listened to a lot of radio in our house growing up. That meant some pop and oldies and a lot of public radio. Classical seemed to always be around but not always intentionally. Our father is a big jazz fan so he’d have us listen to particular songs from time to time. It seems the first two cds I listened to repeatedly were Fine Young Cannibal’s The Raw & The Cooked and Bobby McFerrin’s Medicine Music.
Lewis: Will Smith’s “Just The Two Of Us” from Big Willie Style.
Did you think you would be making records when you were younger?
Addison: Lew did make records when he was younger. He was 14 when he recorded our first album, technically, in his room. I did not think I’d make records or be in a band when I was younger. I thought I’d be a comic, then actor, then improviser. Then Lewis started playing guitar.
Lewis: Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Skating” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Who have you been particularly influenced or inspired by in your own music making?
Addison: Randy Newman and Paul Simon have been very influential on us. We’ve found inspiration from They Might Be Giants and Beck.
Lewis: Maurice Ravel’s Habanera from Rapsodie espagnole.
Finally: favourite lunch-time food?