Entries Tagged as 'interview'

Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

October 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

This interview with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields is worth a read even without the conspiracy theory that Britpop was pushed by the Labour Government in the mid-90’s (ha!). ‘But when it is jokingly suggested that, had Shields released m b v in 1994, as initially planned, he could have kiboshed Britpop, his mood changes. […]

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STREAM: Ryan Adams’ “Ashes & Fire”

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on STREAM: Ryan Adams’ “Ashes & Fire”

In an uncharacteristic act of act of restraint, Ryan Adams has been relatively quiet on the new album front the past few years. He did put out that weird proto-metal record last year (Orion), but that somehow doesn’t count as a “Ryan Adams” album. The media is assuming the man has developed some kind of […]

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FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

It’s often hard for me to believe it when bands say they have no direct influences on their sound. And when I recently spoke with The Joy Formidable’s bassist, Rhydian Daffyd, I heard a familiar refrain: “Sometimes we feel like we live in a bubble.” Yeah, yeah. Bands always hem and haw when asked to […]

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Proto-Fascist Peer Pressure – James Murphy in 2006

April 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Proto-Fascist Peer Pressure – James Murphy in 2006

m ss ng Murphy from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo. “Murphy shares his thoughts on musical discovery, the future of taste, artistic value in the face of technology and what he did with our plot device, something.”

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You Won’t Ever See Steve Albini at Fashion Week

October 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on You Won’t Ever See Steve Albini at Fashion Week

Steve Albini says seemingly outrageous things in interviews, but he never comes across as glib or unprepared. The guy means what he says, and he’s actually thought about his opinions before giving them. He’s one of the most uncompromising musicians I’ve ever admired. Sure, he can sound like an asshole, but he makes sense. Most […]

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eMusic interview with Teenbeat’s Mark Robinson

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on eMusic interview with Teenbeat’s Mark Robinson

Former Idolator honcho Maura Johnston interviews one of my heroes, Mark Robinson (of Teenbeat, Unrest, and Cotton Candy fame), in a cool, informative, and laid back Q&A session over at eMusic. In it Robinson discusses the nostalgic personal touch of home-dubbing cassettes, Unrest’s reunion tour, his proclivity for patterns in numbering, and his favorite designers. […]

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Sting is an insufferable twat

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on Sting is an insufferable twat

I doubt it’s news to anyone that Sting is an insufferable twat, but Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times had the point hammered home in a recent interview that The Guardian has snarkily whittled down to its most abhorrently pretentious bits, which I am more than happy to share with you now: “Ask Sting […]

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De-evolution is real

July 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on De-evolution is real

Vice has a really good interview with Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, wherein he talks about de-evolution (naturally), technology, and the future of our planet. He’s a smart, witty, and insightful guy. My favorite bit: “I think the internet is the most positive thing that’s happened in your lifetime. It’s the closest thing to democracy that’s ever […]

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Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén on reunions

June 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén on reunions

Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come sounds as unbelievably raucous and intense as it did 12 years ago. This climactic swansong obviously aped all of Refused’s hardcore and punk idols with practically every idea showcased, but the execution was perfect, which makes it all completely justified and, well, a moot point. The fact that […]

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Jawbreaker’s Unfun reissue out this week, reunion rumors + stream “Gutless” Mp3

April 9th, 2010 · Comments Off on Jawbreaker’s Unfun reissue out this week, reunion rumors + stream “Gutless” Mp3

I’ve been on a Jawbreaker kick for the past week or so and just last night I stumbled on the notes to “Outpatient” (off 1994’s 24-Hour Revenge Therapy) while messing around on the bass. So, I was pretty excited to come across this current interview at Rolling Stone with Blake Schwarzenbach (guitars/vocals) and Adam Pfahler […]

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George Michael: candidly crazy

December 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Reading this interview between The Guardian and George Michael, one comes away with the impression that Michael is kind of a paranoid loon. And not just your typically famous, crazy-person-musician-type loon, either. This goes beyond most self-absorbed celebrities and their notoriously dysfunctional behavior. I mean, I knew Michael was a bit off, having repeatedly seen […]

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Tyondai Braxton discusses making Central Market

November 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Tyondai Braxton discusses making Central Market

In an interview set in Warp Records’ New York City offices, Battles multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton discusses his debut solo record, Central Market, in depth with a track by track analysis. Reference points veer from Brian Eno to Ghostbusters. [via Spinner]

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Nirvana bassist interviews Bleach players in wake of reissue

November 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Nirvana bassist interviews Bleach players in wake of reissue

To celebrate Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary re-issue of Nirvana’s Bleach, bassist Krist Novaselic has interviewed two key players in that album’s creation, drummers Dale Crover and Chad Channing. Crover is, perhaps, better known as the drummer for the Melvins, one of the bands that inspired Kurt Cobain to start Nirvana. Chad Channing’s tenure ended with […]

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Jawbox reunion will literally consist of one song

November 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Turns out the buzz about a Jawbox reunion begins and ends with the bands appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on November 23rd. The seminal DC post-hardcore quartet will celebrate the re-release of its major label debut, For Your Own Special Sweetheart, with a one-off appearance on Fallon’s chat show, bizarrely enough. But there […]

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Graham Coxon interview with NME: Blur’s on the backburner. Again.

September 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Graham Coxon interview with NME: Blur’s on the backburner. Again.

In this interview with NME, Graham Coxon discusses his newest record, The Spinning Top, in his typically unsure and self-deprecating way. He also admits that Blur has no plans beyond this past summer’s run of celebratory shows, which means absolutely zilch, especially considering the way these guys danced around the whole idea of reforming FOR […]

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Thom Yorke assembles bizarre backing band

September 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Thom Yorke assembles bizarre backing band

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is putting together an odd assortment of musicians to help bring his solo album, The Eraser, to life. The band consists of a few recognizable names, including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, and Beck sidekick Joey Waronker. To say that many Radiohead fans will be […]

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Archival Duran Duran interview footage from 1981

August 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Pretty amazing early days interview with Duran Duran. A film crew just randomly spotted the then unknown band in the midst of a photo shoot promoting its debut LP and stopped for a quick interview. The band sounds very earnest about its quest for mainstream dominance. Andy Taylor even goes so far as to proclaim […]

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Cursive’s Tim Kasher fights Peter Pan

April 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Cursive’s Tim Kasher fights Peter Pan

Good interview with Cursive’s Tim Kasher over at the A.V. Club. He talks about his band’s sporadic output, living in a constant state of suspended adolescence, and not being able to listen to some of his own songs. I’ve always found Kasher an enigmatic songwriter. My first impression of him was as sort of a […]

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Graham Coxon interview with The Guardian reveals Blur reunion awkwardness

April 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Guardian chats with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon about his forthcoming solo record, The Spinning Top. He also acknowledges some of the awkwardness Blur is having at rehearsals, as the guys have trouble “looking each other in the eye” as they run through 80 old songs. Graham can be difficult in an interview setting, but […]

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Peter Hook discusses Joy Division’s enduring legacy

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Peter Hook discusses Joy Division’s enduring legacy

Part 3 of Filter’s interview with Peter Hook focuses on Joy Division’s enduring legacy. Hook seems remarkably grounded, especially considering his former band’s utter ubiquity as of late. I suppose he’s had 30 years to reconcile that whole experience, which must seem surreal now that’s it’s been immortalized on film. Hook on how Ian Curtis’ […]

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