The above video features a burgeoning music journalist named Marcel interviewing local guitar virtuoso William Tyler before Tyler's Aug. 1 show with Ty Segall at Santa Cruz's The Catalyst. In the clip, Marcel demonstrates his knowledge of Tyler's former outfit, Lifeboy, as well as other Nashville-rooted rock acts including Lambchop, Silver Jews and The Pink Spiders — the former two of course being bands of which Tyler was once a member. The two also discuss Tyler's recent Merge Records debut, Impossible Truth, the placement of Lifeboy's "Number One" on the Drop Dead Gorgeous soundtrack, where Tyler finds inspiration and more.
"You know more about Nashville rock clubs than, like, most people 20 years older than you," Tyler tells the whippersnapper. I'll say. Also, Marcel does his research, and if his Tumblr is any indication, he turns in cleaner copy than about half the freelancers who write for me. Well done, Marcel. Stay at it, and you'll have us all out of jobs soon. You know what they say: Kids these days! They're ... eerily intelligent and competent, apparently.