The Upful LIFE Podcast

040: JONNY G. — lespecial (guitar/vocals/keyboards/samples — Jon Grusauskas)

January 5, 2021

JONNY G of lespecial hollers from the Music Cellar to discuss his influences, career, the band, and their fantastic 3rd LP ‘Ancient Homies’, released Dec. 2020 on Ropeadope. Episode 040 of *The Upful LIFE Podcast*!

  • Rest in Power MF DOOM @ 9:00 
  • Who/Why: Jonny G of lespecial @ 12:00
  • 70min interview starts @ 20:00

lespecial, the Nor’easter trio who blur lines and blast genres beyond recognition, are riding a huge wave of momentum after a wildly-successful NYE livestream. and the fans’ jubilant reception of Ancient Homies. Their latest LP is a sonorous slab of sound-art, if I do say so myself. I’m new to this band, but their music and mystique is in my blood. Jonny G feels like my ancient homie already! We hop in the wayback machine for a properly-blazed, bi-coastal joyride thru the annals of lespecial, then burrow a bit deeper.

Jonny G (gov’t name Jon Grusauskas) reveals himself wise beyond his years; his inspirations run the gamut. As such, this conversation takes a number of twists and turns, historical and philosophical alike. In addition to mining the embryonic inclinations and aspirations of lespecial, and rinsing the processes and concepts behind the masterful new album, Jonny G rabbit holes include the timeless classical opus “Hall of the Mountain King”, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Lettuce/Break Science, White Zombie, Jackson Whalen, plus assorted homies, ancient or otherwise.

 

Vibe Junkie JAMS

“Tonberry” - lespecial 

(off latest LP ‘Ancient Homies)

“Accordian” > “Meat Grinder”

MF DOOM/Madlib -  Madvillainy 

 

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