For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by indie singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and all around jack of all music trades, Fred Thomas, band leader of Saturday Looks Good To Me as we talk about their 2003 album All Your Summer Songs. Coming from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, Fred Thomas’ contributions to the Michigan music scene are just as prevalent in Detroit. With a couple local releases for Saturday Looks Good To Me in 2000, All Your Summer Songs was the first real album for this project of Thomas’ – released via Polyvinyl Record Company in 2003.
The guest for this episode is Tokyo-born/NYC-based artist, Juri Jinnai, the woman behind the art pop/doo wop experiment Emergency Tiara, who released her album Unsophisticated Circus last Fall. We talked about the new album, Japanese culture, gender identity, her artistic upbringing, the visuals of her projects, touring with The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle, reading books, and so much more. Since doing this interview, we have become good friends and continue to keep in touch. She is such a joy to have as a friend.