5 QUESTIONS FOR: Jim Warren of Sad Milk Collective

If you were to look up the word “prolific” in the dictionary, you would almost certainly find a picture of Jim Warren next to the definition. (If we were in charge of writing the dictionary, that is.) A fixture of the scene, Warren is known across a variety of projects including Inspector 34, Squash, Dad Doxxer, and Table Trash, and as a founder of the mill city’s own Sad Milk artist collective, but is perhaps best known for his award-winning(?) concert review series for the Spin: Jim’s Sh*tty Show Review.

We swear. This is what he’s most famous for.

Don’t look that up.

Anyway, here’s…


1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

If we’re talking new releases? P.A.I.N. in New England (Mutual Aid Records compilation). If it’s just what’s the last album I listened to? Blackboard Jungle Dub by Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters. It’s a GREAT album.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?

I’m lucky enough (or just have narrow enough tastes) that most of my favorite bands are my friends’ bands or bands I’ve played with. I was hoping we could get to open for Polaris on their Boston show coming up, because of the Pete and Pete connection, but it didn’t work out oh well maybe next time. Obviously there’s plenty of famous people it would be cool to do stuff with but who cares we’d all like that. I’d like myself, Robert Schneider, Brian Wilson, and Steve Albini to co-produce the next Inspector 34 album how about that.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

I spend most of my non-music time working on animation, which I just recently started doing full-time on a freelance basis and that feels great (big wink to anyone out there thinking about hiring an animator). Don’t have time for much else besides those two – playing DnD with a couple different groups on the occasions we’re all actually available to play is my main “leisure activity” these days. I used to love being a radio DJ at WUML and putting out our podcast but haven’t had time to do that in years.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

More/better. Probably the same as everyone else.

5. What Is Your Go-To Shower Song?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Between Dreams)

I don’t listen to music in the shower. Podcasts – usually The Teacher’s Lounge.

The Sad Milk Collective has a Patreon page which shares exclusive songs, demos, and recordings that can’t be found anywhere else by the various artists under their banner. This includes Jim’s bands such as Inspector 34, which released an LP edition of their latest record Love My Life earlier in the year, Squash, which is currently working on a new LP, and Dad Doxxer.

Jim also does animations on commission, which can be found on TikTok and Vimeo.