This is a conversation with Jules Desmond. It’s the first of two conversations I’ve had with him for the podcast – this one was recorded over a year ago. We sat down, had a good chat – my aim was to talk to him about Letterbox Lambs and I knew he had a killer Henry Rollins story to share. Jules is a friend, I have followed plenty of his music – particularly love his stuff as part of 1/3 Octave Band and all sorts of other found-sound/free-improv things – Bachelor of Architecture is his solo-artist performing name too. Jules and I both wrote for the same magazine way back and had a similar reviewing/music-store job. But my main aim when first talking to him was to get the story of Letterbox Lambs – that band meant a lot to me and a group of my friends in our first year of university. We had a tape recorded off the radio from when Active played a messy live recording of a show at Bodega. It was the soundtrack to our many car-trips to Hawke’s Bay and back.
Jules talked through the band’s story – and his childhood growing up as the son of a musician; a born music fan.
So after the conversation he messaged me – suggested there was more to tell. So we rescheduled and talked again.
I had some ideas around splicing the two together, releasing them back-to-back, or editing the best bits of each take. But that all felt like too much work for me and too much listening for you.
And I liked our first conversation – even if we didn’t get all of the story.
So here it is. The first take. And you’ll get to hear the second full conversation somewhere down the track.
I loved geeking out here – talking music fandom/music-nerd stuff…and I hope you enjoy hearing this all too.
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Please enjoy episode 90 of Sweetman Podcast, my (first) conversation with Jules Desmond. (Take 2 will be a future episode…)