L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

L.A. Salami performs 'Generation L(ost)' from his album, 'The City of Bootmakers,' releasing April 13, 2018. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • L.A. Salami - Generation L(ost) (Live on The Current) 04:02
  • L.A. Salami - Who's Cursing Us Now (Live on The Current) 03:34
  • L.A. Salami - The Talisman On The Age of Glass (Live on The Current) 05:07

When one first hears the name L.A. Salami, it may appear a psuedonym of sorts, but it's actually the pragmatically economized stage name of the artist whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami.

In town for a show at the 7th Street Entry, L.A. Salami and his band — guitarist Mark Thorne, bassist Frank Styles and drummer Danny Brooks — stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

"When I listen to your records, I love your words," Lucia says. "And I think, are you identifying as a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, or just a dude in a band?"

"I think, sometimes, when arrogance possesses me, I would like to think of myself as one of those," Salami replies. "But yeah, I don't know. I just play music and try to be a poet sometimes, try to philosophize, whatever. It's whatever people make of it."

L.A. Salami appears to be a bit of a chameleon when it comes to musical styles as well. Among the three songs he performed at The Current, the first featured an almost Strokes-like layering of electric guitars over driving rhythm; the second bore a distinct Americana twang; and the third was L.A. Salami performing a Dylanesque guitar, vocals and harmonica solo tune.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session.

Songs Performed


"Generation L(ost)"
"Who's Cursing Us Now"
"The Talisman On The Age of Glass"
All songs from L.A. Salami's album, The City of Bootmakers, releasing April 13, 2018, on Sunday Best Recordings.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources

L.A. Salami - official site

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  • L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio
    L.A. Salami -- whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami -- performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mark Thorne with L.A. Salami's band in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Bassist Frank Styles with L.A. Salami's band in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio
    L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio
    L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Drummer Danny Brooks of L.A. Salami's band in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami -- whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami -- has his portrait taken at The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portraits at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portraits at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    L.A. Salami portraits at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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