Kishi Bashi Guest DJ on The Morning Mix

K Ishibashi, or Kishibashi as he’s called when performing, joined Cindy for a guest dj set during the Morning Mix. We asked K to play some tunes that feature violins, and he came through with tracks by Camper Van Beethoven and Bjork.

The first song K picked was “Pictures of Matchstick Men” by Camper Van Beethoven. K said that he picked this song because he really liked alternative rock when he was a kid. “A band can have violin and not be dorky,” K said. “That was probably the first thing that I thought. I didn’t realize it was a cover until way later.” The original version of “Matchstick Men” was made by Status Quo in 1968.

The second song of K’s guest dj set was Bjork’s “Venus as a Boy”. K said this song was very inspirational for him, as it was for many musicians in the 90s. K studied South Indian violin improvisation, which has a real Bollywood feel to it. “It really blew my mind,” K said. “She was this cool, kind of hybrid…it was actually something I aspired to become, as someone who is respected who tries new things, and goes beyond the boundaries of just music.”

Kishi Bashi’s latest album is 151a, and he released a 7” Box Set earlier this year, which features Kishi Bashi covering several artists including Talking Heads, ELO, and Beirut. “It’s basically a way of saying “I really like…”, you know, it’s a tribute to that artist. I couldn’t cover something I didn’t really, really love.” Kishi Bashi will be performing in Pittsburgh this Sunday at the Altar Bar.

 

Kishi Bashi’s DJ set: 

Camper Van Beethoven - Matchstick Men

Bjork – Venus as a Boy

Additionally, Cindy played Kishi Bashi’s cover of  Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place”.