When I hosted a radio show on CiTR 101.9 FM, UBC’s college radio station, it was Nardwuar who taught me how to use the reel-to-reel machine. I was starstruck by him then, 1994. He recorded some gobbledeygook on to the reel — in a kind of Nardwuar version of speaking-in-tongues. Actually he was doing a classic music trope — backmasking. He showed us how to reverse the playback on the reel-to-reel so that his voice was revealed to be saying quite clearly, “My cat Cleo is the best cat ever.”
It’s Friday afternoon and right now Nardwuar is on the radio. But here’s his beautiful interview with Lil’ Wayne’s favorite Canadian, Drake.