Jenny Eliscu

Interviews focus on key moments of discovery, and the songs/artists that have soundtracked the guest's life. Hosted by journalist and radio presenter Jenny Eliscu (@jennylsq), these are laid-back but in-depth discussions about the journey to find their creative voice and process, and how it has evolved over their career. Episodes also occasionally feature clips from Eliscu's extensive archive, which includes 25 years' worth of interview audio. read less

Our Editor's Take

Listeners who could always jump into a conversation about music are sure to love the LSQ Podcast. The LSQ Podcast tackles all things music-the industry, the artists, the inspiration-from every angle. This podcast focuses on the stories behind the artists and songs that shape society's music taste.

This show, hosted by Jenny Eliscu (pronounced L-S-Q), focuses on those special “aha!” moments that inspired incredible music. Eliscu brings a fresh perspective to every episode. From exclusive interviews to sneak-peeks of her own life, there's always something entertaining. With a comfortable and casual style, LSQ Podcast flows like a good conversation.

Listeners can consider this a discussion podcast where nothing is off limits. It feels like sitting down with a pal for an open-ended chat about music. What are the best songs out there? What inspired the lyrics behind the most popular songs? Eliscu is open and inviting, seamlessly creating an easy-listening vibe. Episodes don't only focus on artists; they also talk about the music and meetings that shaped and inspired them. Mostly, this podcast centers around pivotal moments in music history. The LSQ Podcast brings in illustrious guests like Belle and Sebastian, the Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Glasper, and Tame Impala. Each episode features an interview with a new guest or focuses on a different key moment in music. Listeners will get freeform chats with artists. But they'll also feel like they're getting a VIP experience.

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Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell
After years of admiring Jason Isbell's gifts as a songwriter and storyteller, I finally got to ask the alt-country artist about his earliest sparks of creativity, and it was fascinating to hear his memories of sitting on the front porch, singing with members of his extended family during weekly Sunday evening gatherings, and of listening to his Pentecostal preacher grandfather playing guitar, and introducing him to gospel and mountain songs and bluegrass and the blues. "Music was something that was presented to me as something that was directly tied with family," he says. "The way creative pursuits were presented to me, it was something people did because it made them feel better, and because they could control the machines. And they had grown up very poor and didn't have control over much else. I think that combination of lack of options and just a genuine love for the way the arts were presented to me from the beginning culminated in my identifying with it so closely. And then something sort of made me a fool. Something in there somewhere told me to actually pursue this to the ends of the earth if I had to. That's the part I don't exactly understand." Isbell also talks about his love for Hendrix and Pearl Jam, about the lessons he learned from teaching guitar in his early twenties, how his songwriting process has evolved, and more. Jason and his band the 400 Unit are playing shows at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium this week and have additional US dates early next year. Following the awesome new Isbell & The 400 Unit album Weathervanes earlier this year, he recently put out a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue of 2013's Southeastern. You can get a copy, and tickets for the upcoming date, here. Isbell can also be seen in the new Martin Scorsese film Killers of the Flower Moon.
The Strokes - Albert Hammond Jr
The Strokes - Albert Hammond Jr
"I always said, I felt like, when the five of us are together, the universe does something different," says Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist for The Strokes, of his band's cosmic connection. "From the moment I met them, even before we did anything, all of a sudden the world felt different. I can only explain it like in the Matrix when he sees the numbers, so then it didn't feel that weird when stuff would happen. I didn't know what was gonna happen, but it felt like something was gonna happen." I had a blast interviewing Albert for episode 92 of the LSQ podcast. I am a massive fan of The Strokes (like, Top 5 all-time favorite bands kind of thing), and feel lucky to have a long history with them. Albert and I have known each other since the band's early days, when I got to write about them a bunch for Rolling Stone, and it's been awesome to watch his solo career develop alongside his band's. His new solo LP, Melodies On Hiatus, is one of his best -- 19 tracks that explore new facets of his musical personality while still brandishing his signature sound. In this interview, we talk about his childhood influences, an era when he was a rollerskating champion, the beginning of The Strokes, his songwriting process, and hopes for the future such as this one: "I'd love to create with [The Strokes], as I'm older. Because I feel like we're so interesting at different times with each other. So even at 60, I wonder what we would create? What would the band sound like? What would we do? Would our strengths and weaknesses change and how would that make our sound change? It still feels so exciting."