WPKN Archives: Connections with Eric Cocks: Sam Phillips Interview plus new and vintage music

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Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
4:05PM to 6:55PM

2 hours, 50 minutes

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 4:00PM

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Episode: Connections with Eric Cocks: Sam Phillips Interview plus new and vintage music

Dec 2, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. Starts with an interview with singer and songwriter Sam Phillips and continues with new and vintage music. 

Sam has a terrific new ep, Human Contact Is Never Easy, and has recently completed her score for the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls. In a very informal conversation, we talk about writing, recording and producing the album (which includes contributions from multi-talented and multi-instrumentalist Eric Gorfain, drummer Jay Bellerose, bass player Jennifer Condos and The Section Quartet). 

Sam goes into details on the writing and recording process for the new ep and the Gilmore Girls score. Also thoughts on art, independently releasing music on her own label, why she writes music, producing her own records and playing drums. Plus conversations about drummer Jim Keltner, Bob Dylan and musician/producer Steve Addabbo.

We also talk about a new upcoming album by Sam for 2017. Plus two live recordings on the ep, Reflecting Light and If I Could Write, the first live recordings Sam has ever released. Both are from a planned live film and record of intimate performances at Largo at the Coronet in LA. 

There's plenty of music from the new ep throughout the interview, along with earlier work from Push Any Button, Martinis and Bikinins, Fan Dance, Don't Do Anything and the rare Omnipop, along with great stories and terrific humor. 

The new album and further info is available on Sam's website: 

There's a direct link to the interview with Sam at: 

After the interview, the show continues with new, vintage and newly released music by The Shacks, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, a rare Alan Menken demo from his new hit Broadway musical, A Bronx Tale and whatever happened in the moment, including very spontaneous comedy. 
It's also a fundraiser for the station. You can still donate by calling 203-331-9756 during business hours or donate online anytime at wpkn.org
Great thanks to Catherine and Justin for joining in! 

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Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion. 
Here are some direct links: 

Connections: Sam Phillips, Bob Dylan Live 1966, New and Vintage Music (Nov 18, 2016)

Connections: Rolling Stones in mono, Lennon, Bowie, new and vintage music (Oct 7, 2016): 

Connections with Special Guests Richard Barone and Steve Addabbo on Dylan, Dion, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Recording, Producing and more with Live Performances (Nov 4, 2016): 

Includes live performances from Richard's Sorrow & Promises: The Village in the 1960s and Steve Addabbo's new solo album

Connections: Dylan, Beatles, new and vintage music (Sep 23, 2016) 

The Beatles Revolver at 50 plus new and vintage music (Aug 5, 2016): 
(Includes world premieres of music by Alan Menken for A Bronx Tale. Bowie, Stockhausen, Jenny O, Ian Hunter, Annette Peacock and more.)

The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl, Dylan, The Kinks plus new and vintage music (Aug 19, 2016): 

Connections: Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music (May 20, 2016): 

Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 


Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015) 

Tony Visconti Interview
(Direct link to Dec 18, 2015 conversation about record production, David Bowie, Marc Bolan of T Rex, exploring music and much more):

Connections: Beatles movie premiere, Dylan, new and vintage music (Sep 16, 2016)  

Connections: Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Special with Eric Cocks and Chris Frantz (May 24, 2016):

Connections (Feb 19, 2016): New music from Lucinda Williams, Wild Nothing, Dion, Anna Rose, Hillary Bratton, The Mynabirds, Mavis Staples, Ty Segall, Miike Snow, One Prayer One Sin, Leon Bridges and more. World premiere of music from A Bronx Tale, The Musical by Alan Menken. Plus Beatles, Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, Larry Williams and other vintage music: 

Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015): 

Connections: Stretching Out (Oct 7, 2016) 
        Stretching out with electronic music by Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. Plus Beethoven, Sonny Rollins and  John Coltrane. Along with Rolling Stones, Beatles, David Lindley, The Blue Nile and much more!



For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check the FaceBook page: Connections on WPKN 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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