In advance of Poster's Skype sesh, I got the opportunity to speak with the man himself about Hank Williams, Skrillex, Harmony Korine, Wes Anderson, Eric Church, The Creation and more. A trimmed and pristine version of the Q&A will run in tomorrow's dead-tree edition of the Scene, and I'll likely post the full, uncut version right here on the Cream. However! Mr. Poster happened to drop in a couple of interesting, local-centric morsels that I thought I'd go ahead and share with you. From our interview:
Nashville Scene: Are you working with [Martin Scorsese] a lot with Boardwalk Empire?
Randall Poster: Yeah. We’re in the third season of Boardwalk Empire. And that’s been a real treat. In local news, we just recorded a track with Karen Elson, and you know this guy, Pokey LaFarge? Have you heard of him?
NS: Yeah, totally, kind of old-time string band stuff.
RP: Yeah, we had Pokey LaFarge come in and sing with us, and that’s been really fun. And the other thing, just to say, to give it a plug, I’ve got this Fleetwood Mac tribute record that’s coming out in August. You can check that out online ...
Hey, there's a little scoop. And that Fleetwood Mac tribute Poster plugs, by the way, is called Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (out Aug. 14 via Hear Music/Concord). It will feature Mac covers as performed by the aforementioned Ms. Elson as well as The Kills, Lee Ranaldo Band feat. J. Mascis, Marianne Faithfull, MGMT, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren with St. Vincent and more. You can stream the whole thing via NPR right now.
I'd also like to mention that Boardwalk Empire is the best thing to happen to television since The Wire — Mad Men and Breaking Bad be damned. Yeah, I said it.