Saturday, November 2, 2013

13 Questions Method: Mike Coykendall

This is my bye-O
…by Mike Coykendall

I am not important

I am as important 
I grew up in Kansas
…I spent the 90’s in San Francisco
……I now live in Portland, OR
I’m pretty good with chord changes
I’m so-so with leads
I don’t  believe in a jealous God
…I believe in the big picture God
I don’t have the answers
…I don’t think you do either
I’m bad with names and it hurts me deeply
…but, I can remember the words to your song
I want everyone to like me
… it’s a sickness
(there are worse things)
I try to find a corner seat, or at least one against wall
…I call this “sitting gunfighter"
I do not carry a gun
I fidget

I walk a lot
I dream a lot
I write music, play music, record music, and tour music
I stink at selling music
I can do bookkeeping
I am a thankful person

1. Which was the first record you bought with your own money?

#1 Hits of the ’60s — as advertised on TV by Micky Dolenz, 4-record set for a whopping 12 bucks or something.

2. Which was the last record you bought with your own money?

Elliot Smith —New Moon.

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3. What was the first solo you learned from a record — and can you still play it?“

Nowhere Man” I could still play it, but not without a quick run-through.

4. Which recording of your own (or as a sideman) are you most proud of, and why?

“Driver Carries No Cash” — from my own Hello Hello Hello — because it was written and recorded in 30 minutes and I've never had to play it again. And because it rocks.

5. What’s the difference between playing live and playing in a studio?

Playing live, you get to jump around more.

6. What’s the difference between a good gig and a bad gig?

The next day.

Proceeds from the sale of this CD go to "Teisha's Place," a temporary home for patients undergoing bone marrow transplant treatment and their families. Feel free to pay more!

7. What’s the difference between a good guitar and a bad guitar?

There are no bad guitars.

8. You play electric and acoustic. Do you approach the two differently?

Yes — more folky on the acoustic, more abstract on the electric.

9. Do you sound more like yourself on acoustic or electric?

I like to think that I sound like myself on both.

Right Away from Then Came the After by Shelley Short ƒ Mike Coykendall : Drums, Bass, Autoharp

10. Do you sound like yourself on other people’s guitars?


11. Which living artist (music, or other arts) would you like to collaborate with?

The Everly Brothers

12. What dead artist would you like to have collaborated with?

John Lennon

13. What’s your latest project about?

Friendship and truth.

Records: 1986 - 2012

1986 - Klyde Konnor - The Weaker the Stronger
1987 - Klyde Konnor - I Always Forget
1987 - The Tanglebrains - Wizard of Owlsley
1988 - Klyde Konnor - Wallpaper
1988 - The Tanglebrains - Concept from the Onset
1989 - The Tanglebrains - III-Dumb
1990 - Klyde Konnor - Hypnopatamus
1990 - Mike Coykendall - Sweet Times of a Flying Machine
1991 - The Tanglebrains - Cream of Conciencnous
1991 - Klyde Konnor - In Front of Some People (live)
1991 - Mike Coykendall - In the Wink of an Eye
1992 - Klyde Konnor - When Worlds Klyde
1993 - The Old Joe Clarks - Bobbing for Graverobbers
1994 - Klyde Konnor - Together Again / Yum Yums on the Bathroom Floor
1994 - The Old Joe Clarks - Voice of Rita Mae
1995 - The Old Joe Clarks - 'nother Round
1996 - The Old Joe Clarks - Town of Ten
1999 - The Old Joe Clarks - Metal Shed Blues
2002 - The Old Joe Clarks - November
2005 - Mike Coykendall - Hello Hello Hello
2010 - Mike Coykendall - The Unbearable Being of Likeness
2012 - Mike Coykendall - Chasing Away the Dots

Adam Levy