Jeremiah Bertin (The Stone Eye)


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In this offering, we get up close and personal with Jeremiah Bertin, drummer in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based fuzz fueled prog-sludge band The Stone Eye.

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I started collecting about 7 years ago and this is one of my favorite records, so I thought why not make it my first purchase!

The record that made me want to make music was…

Lateralus by Tool. Tool is probably my favorite band of all time and Danny Carey’s drumming has had a major influence on my playing.

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

Fragile by Yes. This is another record that I got early in my collection, and I absolutely love it. It’s an original pressing but it still sounds great.

The record that always make me feel good is…

Live by Jean-Luc Ponty. This is a jazz fusion record that I picked up for $1 at a record shop in Raleigh, NC. I’d never heard the record before I bought it but when I got home and listened I was absolutely blown away by it. It has some super tight grooves and insane violin solos. I always enjoy listening to this record.

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine. If I’m sad, I usually try to listen to something that makes me feel energetic and angry to get all the bad juices out, and this is the perfect record for that.

The record with my favorite cover art is…

Dopesmoker by Sleep. PROCEEDS THE WEEDIAN…NAZARETH.

The strangest LP I own is…

Mansa Bendung by Foday Musa Suso. He is a Gambian musician who plays the kora, which is a string instrument kind of like a cross between a lute and a harp. The music on the record is pretty bizarre, but it’s a really cool and unique part of my collection.

The rarest LP I own is…

Ambient Vol. 2: The Plateaux of Mirror by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. This is my favorite ambient album, and my girlfriend knows how much I love it and so she got an original pressing for me for Valentine’s Day last year. I’ve never seen it in any record shops, and on Discogs, it certainly seems like it’s worth a pretty penny.

The last LP I bought was…

The record shop I last went to was Main Street Music in Manayunk, PA, and I bought three records – Entertainment! by Gang of Four; Hot Rats by Frank Zappa (on pink vinyl); and Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age. I love all three of these and when I saw them in the shop I couldn’t resist.

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The Stone Eye - Moths split

The Stone Eye’s latest release, a split with San Juan, Puerto Rico based band Moths, was released on August 21,2020. Digital download is available from Electric Talon Records.

Links
https://thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/
https://twitter.com/TheStoneEye
https://www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye

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Ken Kopija
I'm a very tired, black coffee drinking curmudgeon. Over the last 45+ years, I've amassed a pretty substantial collection of records, cassettes and compact discs.

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