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Baker's Dozen

A World Where Everything Is Cool: Joel Gion's Baker’s Dozen
Harry Sword , February 7th, 2024 10:41

From carrying a Marvin Gaye cassette in his pocket to reciting the entirety of Easy Rider, and the glory of Psychedelic Brazil to the real Beatles, Joel Gion of the Brian Jonestown Massacre talks to Harry Sword about the 13 records that mean the most to him.


Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun

I came across the neo soul thing a little late, but I immediately recognised a whole different thing. It was taking a whole load of different influences and putting it all together, it was about 50 blends coming together.

When I was a kid driving around, the contemporary soul station was always on, so I have what I call ‘car seat bands’ – bands that bring you back. A lot of it was 70s bands like Earth, Wind & Fire or Roberta Flack – a lot of those temperatures involved. So this takes Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly And The Family Stone and on and on and on. And it’s hearing all of that cool shit that she makes entirely her own thing. I spent a lot of time in the Bay and in Oakland, immersed in those kind of sounds.