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LAist Interview: Josh Radin

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Two phrases come to mind to describe Josh Radin (and opener Schuyler Fisk's) show. Smitten kitten and waxing nostalgic. The show started with his playing songs from his new album We Were Here but really Josh has not been here before. Selling out the Troubadour is quite a feat. His connections to fellow Northwestern alums Cary Brothers and Zach Braff have helped him along, but the Troubadour was all Josh Radin. And we were there to see it.

His soft musings kept the chatter in the house to a bare bones minimum, which is quite impressive considering that means silencing all the CAA, Columbia and other music executives that came out to see him perform. His classic boy singer/songwriter looks had the few of us girls not in tow with boyfriends dreaming of him. And as he reflected to the crowd on relationships that gone wrong and the girls that got away, or broke your heart or the one on the train in France that you never talked to and always wondered what would have been, we shot each other sideways glancing saying, "Oh we wouldn't do that to dear tender-hearted Josh." We felt for him, and then sigh, Schuyler came onstage to perform Paperweight and you have never seen two cuter musicians on stage, and completely smitten with each other. Even for the warped and cynical, they were sweet.

A special guest (and Friday night performer at the Troubadour) Brett Dennen came onstage for the last song where they performed Cecilia. Which we've now had in our head all day.

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LAist was lucky enough to catch up with Josh for a quick interview and we really just wanted to know what some of his favorite LA spots are and what he's been consuming in 2006.

What are your top 10 favorite CDs of 2006?

Bob Dylan - Modern Times
Paul Simon - Surprise
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
Badly Drawn Boy -Born In The UK
Alexi Murdoch -Time Without Consequence
Brett Dennen - So Much More
Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
Bright Eyes - Noise Floor
Ray LaMontagne - Till The Sun Turns Black
Kevin Devine - Put Your Ghost To Rest

Best book you read this year?

Balzac's "Eugenie Grandet"

Favorite movie you saw in the theatersin 2006? Best one you saw at home?

In theaters was "The Last Kiss" and at home was "Stardust Memories."

You wake up Monday morning and have to meet an old friend for breakfast, where do you go?


You wake up Saturday morning after a long Friday night, what place would be your pick for food?

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Same, Quality.

Your favorite first date spot?

Pace - in Laurel Canyon

Best small venue for music in LA?

The Hotel Cafe.

Best larger venue?

The Troubadour.

All good Angelinos have favorite shortcuts around town, what are yours?

Taking DeLongpre instead of Sunset. Most people take Fountain instead of Sunset.

Who should run for President in 2008?

Jon Stewart.