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Phil Lipscomb of Taproot Interview!

18 April 2011 40 Comments

By: Andrew

Phil Lipscomb, bass player in the band Taproot

Phil Lipscomb of Taproot was a pretty “chill” guest. That word is not in my vocabulary, but since that is what so many listeners used to describe that broadcast, I’ll go with it. Phil was definitely of our ilk, though. Darius always comes up with pretty impressive words.

We talked a little about Plead The Fifth, their current tour and some past tours. We even talked about Pulse Ultra. And not only that, we talked about Pulse Ultra organically. I was waiting for the conversation to touch on Factory 81, but it didn’t quite go there.

Taproot are warriors and have arguably released their best album to date. They’re one of the best live bands on the touring circuit. Whereas most bands merely perform their songs in a live setting, Taproot brings their catalog to life.

We got started a little late due to a miscommunication on their end, and worked through some typical guest cell phone issues, but still it was an enjoyable show. The show was cut in various places, but the flow is still preserved.

Grab a friend or two. Or grab your girlfriend. Or heck, grab yourself and get out to a Taproot live show. They’re All Knowing Force approved.

Our thanks go out to Mr. Phil Lipscomb of Taproot, and one half of the two most handsome men on the internet, Darius, for getting this together. By the way, I’m the other handsome man.

Download (right click, save as) or stream the interview here.

Taproot Official Site

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for visiting All Knowing Force. If you have comments, please leave them below.


  • 5150 said:

    What song did you just play??

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  • bud bundy said:

    Snap! I was just about to write the same thing…

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Google some of the lyrics and that will give you a hint. 2011 fellas. 2011.

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  • Carla said:

    There weren’t any lyrics. I’m curious myself.

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  • yiggernes said:

    So those words that were being spoken were what?!

    Seriously dude. What was that song? It sounded like GNR.

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  • 1942 said:

    ME TOO!

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  • LOCH NESS said:


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  • Ace said:


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  • Julius said:


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  • Geggus said:

    I couldn’t access the live broadcast. It said the link was invalid and then it said the room was at “peak.”

    What does this mean and why wasn’t I able to listen?

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  • Nikki said:

    I couldn’t access the show tonight!

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  • Ned Car Racer said:

    Darius doesn’t sound like he’s from LA.

    Y’all. Sorry for bombarding you thru message during your broadcast but a southerner can pick one out in a heartbeat.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    ilk – noun 1. family, class, or kind: he and all his ilk

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  • StrmChsr said:

    I never liked Taproot but I’ll give this new one a shot. Phil seems likable. We’ll see what happens. Sings with that nasal whine never did it for me tho.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Thank you very much to all those who tuned in tonight for our live broadcast. I apologize to all those who were shut out from the stream. Along with the new site design, we’re also going to be upgrading and expanding our live streaming capabilities. No one will be getting shut out once all the methods are implemented.

    Phil Lipscomb was an awesome guest. We apologize for getting started late. It was out of our control.

    A write-up and the audio will be up tomorrow.

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  • Bobo Creek said:

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  • N. Minski said:

    I’m up in Albany and Andrew is right. They don’t play Taproot up here with the exception of Poem at 4am. It’s true about 103.9 playing Puddle Of Mud and then Nirvana and then Soundgarden and the cycle constantly repeating. Theres so much FRESH music out there to be played. If I knew how I’d remove my FM radio too dudes.

    I dig Fractured. I’m going to go back thru the catalog again, give them another shot.

    Can the new buffer for live shows be 15 minutes late at the worstt?

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  • Uri said:



    I thought Taproot disappeared. Great to see them still kicking!

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  • Less Paul said:

    I can **FINALLY** comment! \m/

    Plead The Fifth isn’t heavy for the sake of being heavy. The guys didn’t enter the studio with that mindset and when Phil said that I’m sure he was being truthful. At my age I know heavy for the sake of being heavy and the end result is never something as good as Plead The Fifth.

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  • 867-5309 said:

    The new site looks great. I look forward to when you guys return in May. Been waiting for this for a while.

    Decent show. Not a Taproot fan but this guy was likable.

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  • tomasz said:

    greets from poland, when do this be able listen?? tap root s my favrit band!

    does it become on the url tonitee?

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  • Dennis said:

    You never said what Darius was pissed off about. What happened man? lol

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  • Griffin said:

    He was saying something about Darius bitching because the show started a little late. I was confused because the show started on time for me. I don’t think the guest came on until later but the show started on time.

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  • KARNOV said:

    I’m clueless as to what happened with that too.

    That rant at the beginning was priceless. It was so misguided and misdirected and spoken by a true fan.

    Off to bed.

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  • Monster Ripper said:

    There is a reason we don’t hear Fractured on the radio. Because Nickelback’s version of it is on 24-7.

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  • Greg Castle said:

    PLEASE INCLUDE THAT KNICKS RANT. I got in the stream but missed it when I had to take a call. That was so on point. It didn’t make sense, but it was on point.

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  • Abby said:

    When is the contest for the Stone Sour tickets you mentioned?

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  • AYM said:

    They lost me after Blue Sky Research. I’ll check out Plead The Fifth on Rhapsody.

    I didn’t even know they were touring with Cold.

    How do these tours happen when no one knows about them? Or that the bands are still in existence?

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  • Vinny said:

    Chronicles of Israfel are alright.

    That is a stupid band name, right up there with IWRESTLEDABEARONCE.

    Why choose a name no one can spell? It’s not even a cool name. Why not just called your band Jerry or something like that?

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  • frogger19x said:

    No clue these cats were still doing their thing. I’m going to try to pick this up. Like none of you I hated the 1st one.

    Cold is done. Anyone who thinks those clowns (LITERALLY) are relevant needs a labatomy.

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  • chop-shop said:

    When is the contest going to go up for the Stone Sour tickets you mentioned last night?

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  • Midnite Cowboy said:



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  • Rory said:

    I’m really liking the new design. Been waitin’ a while on it. Like some of the others above I didn’t know they were still around. I guess there like one of those bands ignored by radio and can’t see the reason why. This Fracture song is super radio friendly.

    The QOTSA review was great. Can’t wait to see them soon hopefully!

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  • Henrietta from Oslo said:

    Taproot is the 1 and only band that I can think of that all of the words flow in one string of beautiful melody.

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  • awl said:

    I saw Taproot and Cold on that tour. I definitely enjoyed the show, although I am more than a little disappointed that Taproot didn’t close. Cold is a good rock band with a decent following (probably why they were headliners). Either way, Taproot brings more energy, better musicianship, and just a flat-out more entertaining show. Croc Rock is a cool, intimate venue, and I’ve enjoyed every show I’ve seen there. The only reason I didn’t rate 5 out of 5 is because Taproot > Cold =).

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  • LET'S GO KNICKS said:

    Hey Andrew. Long time listener. First time commenter.

    The curiosity bug got me and I just want to know what was going on at the beginning of the show with Darius.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    @ everyone who has asked (the Reply feature will be working again shortly, by the way) …

    There was a miscommunication on Taproot’s end which led to Phil joining the show late. Darius was trying to straighten that out while I was entertaining (used very loosely) you all.

    — The contest details will be revealed shortly.

    — The band so many of you asked about in the first few comments is Kill Cheerleader. The song is called “Lady Of The Night.” All Hail is an amazing album. It’s unfortunate that drug problems and incarceration led to their demise. Nikki Sixx and Lemmy were supporters, touting them in multiple publications.

    Thank you to all that listened.

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  • hypersleep said:

    didnt know they were still around, maybe they need new pr, victory aint doing much for them

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  • DarthPool said:

    Taproots first 3 albums were pretty phenomenal but when “Our Long Road Home” came out I wanted to scream. It sounded like something emo like “My chemical Romance” or something. I liked the first song on that album but the rest I didn’t care for too much. “Plead The Fifth” is a step in the right direction, but still I feel falls short of the greatness of their first few albums. I think maybe they have been caught up in the whole music biz bullshit and have lost sight of who they are.

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  • Nu Skool said:

    LOVE the shit you all did with Ratt. Don’t care about Taproot but just wanted to say the new site is lookin good. Awaiting the finished product!

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