NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

John founded the Brooklyn space-rock cooperative Oneida in the mid 90s and has put out 13 albums with them plus four as his solo project Man Forever and several others as collaborations or as Kid Millions, often as long-form, drum-centric instrumentals. He's also played with Spiritualized, Ex Models, Laurie Anderson, and many other groups.

We discuss two tracks by Man Forever from Play What They Want (2017): "You Were Never Here" (featuring Yo La Tengo) and "Twin Torches" (featuring Laurie Anderson). We then look at Oneida's "All in Due Time" from Romance (2018) and end by listening to "Nine Years of Facing a Wall" by Fox Millions Duo from Biting Through (2019). Intro: "Sheets of Easter" by Oneida from Each One Teach One (2002). For more, see johnwilliamcolpitts.com.

Here's Oneida live in 2017 doing a long jam. Here's John playing live as Man Forever with Tigue, the percussion group featured on the two Play What They Want songs we discuss, and here's an earlier (2014) live version of Man Forever playing one of John's lengthy drums-and-singing pieces. Here he is (briefly) backing Laurie Anderson. Here's an interview with John about his early career and why he goes by "Kid Millions." Here he is interviewed at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Image by Lisa Corson.

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