Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple of the dBs are doing a rare radio taping together today on WFMU. They’ve got a new album coming on Bar None records, their first together since 1991’s Mavericks. The dBs, along with REM, the Feelies and others, more or less invented the jangly, guitar-driven college rock sound of the mid-1980s, and Holsapple, in particular, was great at elaborate, Beach Boy-esque harmonies.
I had one of the coldest, least rewarding interviews of my life with Chris Stamey four years ago, talking about the (really wonderful ) solo album A Question of Temperature, where he covered the Yardbirds, with Yo La Tengo as a backing band. Our conversation was full of long pauses…to put it kindly. Observe him freezing me out here.
And tune in to WFMU around 3 o’clock to hear the show.