Episode 242: Jimmy LaValle

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Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf, Tristeza and The Locust came by Going Off Track to discuss his incredibly prolific and diverse musical career. We also talk about how he become the first band to sign to both Sub Pop and Relapse, the way he reconciles screaming with Crimson Curse to making ambient soundscapes in The Album Leaf and what it’s been like collaborating with everyone from Mark Kozelek to Sigur Ros. We also talk about his role as a reluctant frontman and how he eventually began to embrace it two decades into his career. “I feel a sense of responsibility as a musician who has a voice to be able to say [political] stuff but through twenty years that hasn’t really been what I’ve done, so it’s tough,” he admits at one point. We also discuss living in Los Angeles, feeling alienated from social media, his new record label and why the Album Leaf is huge is Asia… seriously. The band’s first album in six years Between Waves is out now so check that out and then dig into LaValle’s expansive back catalog.