Archive for Layne Mitchell
Inspired by a Bob Dylan technique, Will Butler is writing a new song every day based on a news story. You knew he had to reach the topic eventually.
The band, Stars joins us for an exclusive interview and live-to-digital performance, plus highlights from the past week’s Layne Mitchell show heard 3:00 – 7:00 weekday afternoons on SONiC.
Spock is dead. Legendary Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy passed away at 83. I confess, I was never a fan of the show, mostly because I never gave it a chance – as a young boy in Lethbridge, Alberta, my family didn’t have cable. We had 3 channels; one was in French and showed a perverted amount of figure skating, one had the Transformers cartoon, the other channel had Star Trek. Star Trek was a visual cue that I was going to miss Transformers. Yeah, it was a hard life. Nimoy inspired millions, so I figured his life merited some research. Here’s what I learned:
1. His middle name was Simon.
2. He wrote poetry and was a half-assed decent singer.
3. Up until the time of his death he still had the last pair of Spock ears he wore on the show.
4. Nimoy was Jewish and Spock’s Vulcan greeting, the three-pointed hand gesture, was inspired by a Hebrew letter he saw men use as a blessing during a synagogue service he attended as a boy.
5. He starred in an EdTel pager commercial back in the 80′s.
6. He was a HUGE Vincent Van Gogh fan. He even wrote and performed a one act play about the artist.
7. Star Trek nearly wrote Spock out of the show for the second season when Nimoy’s agent demanded an 800% raise.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is writing a new song inspired by something he read in the news (an technique borrowed from Bob Dylan). Here’s a little number titled “Waving Flag”. Butler says it was inspired by both the South African anti-apartheid activist, Moses Kotane, and Ukrainian separatists.
A condensed versions of the radio-talkings of Layne Mitchell heard 3:00 – 7:00 weekday afternoons on SONiC. Download next week’s episode for a live-to-digital performance with indie darlings, Stars.
A condensed versions of the radio-talkings of Layne Mitchell heard 3:00 – 7:00 weekday afternoons on SONiC… that is, when he’s not too busy referring to himself in the third-person in web posts.