Eric Idle and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes

22nd October 2018

First up this week, a conversation with comedy pioneer and Monty Python founding member Eric Idle! Eric’s entered a reflective moment in his career now that Monty Python turned 50 and so, he’s written a memoir about his life. It’s called “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography.”
Then, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. The singer and multi-instrumentalist is also a producer who has worked for artists like Solange Knowles, Kylie Minogue, and Carly Rae Jepson to name a few. His latest album is “Negro Swan.”
Finally: Janet Delaney’s photo collection of people in San Francisco playing out their roles in the everyday drama of public life.

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Eric Idle on His Memoir and Monty Python’s 50th Anniversary

Eric Idle is a comedy pioneer and a real-life Monty Python! He co-created and starred in the TV show, along with hit movies like “The Meaning of Life,” “The Holy Grail,” and “Life of Brian.” He also co-founded The Rutles, the Beatles parody band, and wrote the smash hit Broadway musical “Spamalot.”

Eric’s entered a reflective moment in his career and so, he’s written a memoir. It’s called “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography” and it’s in bookstores now, go check it out!

In our conversation, Eric shares some hilarious anecdotes about the comics and rock stars he worked with, insight into the Python creative process, and how he looks back on Monty Python’s legacy today.

Click here to listen to Eric Idle’s interview on YouTube.

Photo:Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes on Producing for Hit Makers and His Teenage Years as a Metal Head

Easily one of the most interesting musicians around today, Devonté “Dev” Hynes is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He’s worked on hits for folks like Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Kylie Minogue, and the Chemical Brothers just to name a handful. He also produced the breakout Solange Knowles hit “True.”

Dev’s also been making music of his own for over ten years now. First under the name Lightspeed Champion and then, starting in 2011 as Blood Orange. His sound isn’t easy to define. It changes from album to album, even from song to song. You’ll hear a little bit of Prince, maybe Sade every now and then. It’s music made to evoke feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, love.

Blood Orange’s new album Negro Swan is out now.

Also, ever wonder what’s it like when Diddy has your number and returns your calls? Dev has the answer and he tells Jesse!

Click here to listen to Blood Orange’s interview on YouTube.

Photo: Courtesy of MACK Books

The Outshot: Janet Delaney’s Public Matters

In search of good weather and cheap rent, photographer Janet Delaney moved to the Mission District in San Francisco in the ’80s. It’s the stage where she shot the images in her new book “Public Matters.” To Delaney, to live comfortably in a city is to feel at home with strangers and you can feel that in her pictures.

Click here to listen to this week’s The Outshot on YouTube.

In this episode...

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  • Eric Idle
  • Dev Hynes

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