As a devoted fan of Drag City (if you are reading this, guilty as charged!), familiarity with the many (and merry) works of Mayo Thompson is expected of you. Possesssed of such an enjoyable body of work over these past 50 years with and without The Red Kryaola, it’s easy not to imagine what goes on in that man's mind - just based on the records, we certainly can't. We're all in luck then; for the first time ever, Mayo Thompson will be participating in an AMA on r/indieheads on Reddit at 2PM EST!
In addition to his innovative/influential/inflammable output with The Red Krayola, a group whose history spans psychedelic, punk, post-punk, and post-rock eras and continues on through to the present day, Mayo is a visual artist and former professor at the Pasdena Art Center College of Design. As well as embodying the "International Artists" sound of Texas in the late-60s alongside label mates 13th Floor Elevators and playing with Cleveland's seminal Pere Ubu in the early 1980s, he played an essential part in creating the “Rough Trade sound” in collaboration wth Geoff Travis, producing records for The Raincoats, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, James 'Blood' Ulmer, and Stiff Little Fingers. He collaborated subsequently with Krautrock legends Moebius and Conny Plank. Additionally, he has produced albums by Felt, The Chills and Primal Scream. With an ever-expanding lineup of Krayolites and collaborators including Frederick Barthelme, John Fahey, Allen Ravenstine, Lora Logic, Epic Soundtracks, Albert Oehlen, Jim O'Rourke, George Hurley, and MANY others, PLUS a career spanning genres, mediums and the requisite highs and lows, it should be a right hoot to chew the fat with old Mayo on any number of topics.
Come July 28th, get your questions and your keyboard fingers prepped and get ready to elicit the parables (and real life incidents too) of Mayo Thompson.