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Record Store Day with Turbo Fruits

Our friends Turbo Time Records released 250 limited edition Picture Disc Vinyl for record store day last weekend. We caught up with the Turbo Fruits to ask them about the release, the video and the vinyl lifestyle in general.

Interview by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photo and Video provided by Turbo Time Records

Why Can’t We Be Friends
Performed by Todd Snider & Turbo Fruits
Written by Papa Dee Allen, Harold Ray Brown, B. B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott
Directed by Stacie Huckeba
Purchase Limited 10″ Picture Disk Vinyl at www.turbotimerecords.com

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Citizen Brooklyn: Long time no see, how are things going for you guys?
Pretty good. We’re about a week away from getting our fourth full-length record mastered. We’ve been working on it off and on since October and we’re really proud of what we’ve got. Hopefully we’ll have it out this fall or first of next year at the latest.

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CBK: Tell us a little about this collaboration?
We hung out with Todd back when he was filming East Nashville Tonight. The scene we did in the movie was us jamming in the back of a van with Todd. We ended out at his house afterward smoking this massive bowl he has called “The Devil’s Dick” and he said it would be awesome to record a cover together. He suggested War’s ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ so we went for it.

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CBK: … And a little more on the choice to cover this song in particular?
I think we just wanted to do something that was a little different for the both of us. Turbo Fruits is a loud, rowdy rock band and Todd’s music is historically more folky Americana, although his new band Hard Working Americans is pretty rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ is basically a reggae jam, so I think it hit somewhere in the middle. We went into Battle Tapes Recordings in East Nashville, learned the song on the spot, took three passes and were done. It was one of the smoothest and most effortless recording sessions we’ve had. Something was in the air (beyond the obvious).

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CBK: What are your thoughts on Record Store Day and vinyl culture in general?
Record Store Day is celebration of tangible music. Since Napster, consumers have gotten more and more comfortable with lo quality digital music and have lost touch with the excitement of holding a record in their hands. Now that vinyl is popular again Record Store Day is like the 4/20 of vinyl. In a city like Nashville, it’s a great way to remind people that they are surrounded by awesome record stores like Fond Object, Grimey’s and The Groove. Everyone gets together, parties, listens to outdoor live music and goes home with some special limited Record Store Day releases and some classics. It’s one of those days you see friends you haven’t seen in years because everyone is out.

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CBK: How did you guys celebrate?
We went around town to Grimey’s, The Groove & Fond Object and saw our friends’ bands and some new bands, bought some vinyl, and then closed the night at Fond Object. We just started doing a Misfits cover band called Misfruits. That was a shit load of fun and everyone was moshing, fist pumping and singing along.

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CBK: Do you guys collect vinyls individually?
Yeah. I have a collection of classic records, local bands and bands we’ve toured with. Jonas collects a lot of disco, funk and soul stuff that he plays when he DJs. He DJs at a few bars in Nashville under the name Sparkle City.

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CBK: The video looks like quite the party, could you give us a little insight on what went on? What you wanted to say with it?
Todd basically just threw a kegger. We got together at his buddies house in East Nashville called Disgraceland and partied with everyone who showed up. There were kegs, handles of liquor and more joints than our buddies could smoke. Once Todd got everyone’s minds right we started filming. The song is about inclusiveness & acceptance, so Todd did a scene where he conducted a gay marriage. We performed the ceremony and then spent a while just partying and dancing together by the pool. Then the party moved down the street to another house and went on until three or four am.

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Get it at: http://www.turbotimerecords.com/todd-snider-turbo-fruits-10/

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