UPCOMING EPISODES FEATURE PHOENIX, WAXAHATCHEE
The newest episode of Jesse Cohen’s No Effects podcast is live today and features an in-depth interview with Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold. Pecknold spoke with Cohen about about doing teenage open mics, starting Fleet Foxes, getting rejected by Matador Records, his decision to go to college at 26, the college essay he wrote to get in and his freshman year experience, and the long journey behind the band’s new album Crack-Up, which is out this Friday.
The second season of No Effects has already featured interviews with Weyes Blood, Perfume Genius, Sylvan Esso, Oddisee, and Tei Shi. Future episodes with Phoenix and Waxahatchee are still to come.
As a member of his band Tanlines, Jesse Cohen has spent a lot of time doing interviews. Some were good. Many were not. “Every band has heard the same questions over and over. When you are doing an interview and you hear ‘how did you get the name of your band?’ for the 1000th time, you sort of shut down and stop sharing. And, unless you are famous enough to be on Fresh Air, almost no one will sit down and actually just listen to you for an hour.” With this in mind, he created his podcast, No Effects, in February 2014.
Inspired by shows like WTF with Marc Maron, the Longform podcast, and Juan Epstein, each episode is an unscripted and spontaneous conversation that is free to go in any direction. Cohen explains, “My goal is for each episode to be a unique portrait of an artist. I believe that in a casual conversation, listeners will hear an authentic portrait of who the artist is.” It’s the kind of conversation that bands might have backstage at a festival.
Over the course of 70+ episodes, Jesse has sat down with members of acclaimed acts A Tribe Called Quest, Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend, the Strokes, Empress Of, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Julia Holter, Animal Collective, Kelela, Parquet Courts, BORNS, Yeasayer, and many many more. He recorded episodes live at Moogfest and has been featured in Paper Magazine.
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