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We talk to Rachel Flotard. She’s funny and has a friend named Whitey.
Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy talks to the Chicago A.V. Club about making “challenging” music, or not: People really think narrowly when it comes to those types of challenges, and the idea that something has to be aggressive or avant grade, or atonal, even, to be a challenge. I’ve found it to be the exact opposite. We … Continue reading The goal of Wilco
While promoting the release of his new solo album, former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown wanted to clarify a few misperceptions: Because of my cheekbones, people think I’m a crackhead. When the Roses first came out, the early reviews used to call me simian. I had to look that up at the time. Then they … Continue reading Ian Brown: Not a Crackhead
MP3: Monsters of Folk – “Say Please” from Monsters of Folk, out now on Shangri-La (courtesy of Magnet) Paste has a good interview with Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis, who together have released an album as Monsters of Folk. Yes, it’s a stupid name, and they acknowledge that. But I like … Continue reading Monsters of Folk: Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis
John Darnielle tells the story behind the Mountain Goats‘ Biblical new album to Pitchfork: If you’re into music, you’re into religion, somehow or another. Religion, that’s the bloodline of music. The whole reason, I’m pretty sure, we have music on notation is to preserve chant– to transcribe what was going on, which we’re singing in … Continue reading John Darnielle vs. Religion
Recently found this 1987 interview with George Martin by Allan Kozinn, wherein the Beatles producer tackles the mono vs. stereo debate and explains why he remixed Help! and Rubber Soul for CD. GEORGE MARTIN: Yes, we were still doing different things then, but I was still working towards the compatibility, and in fact my attempts … Continue reading 1987 Interview with George Martin
Kiss was my favorite band when I was eight years old. My cousin Mike and I would act out all the songs and recreate our favorite scenes from Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. The above photo is my Ace Frehley action figure on my desk. Mike and I saw them back in 1998 … Continue reading Ace Frehley vs. the Phantom
Daniel Edlen is carving out a niche for himself by using vinyl records as the medium for his drawings. The results are the perfect gifts for the vinyl fetishists among us. GLONO caught up with Daniel as he undertakes the dog days of summer art fair season.
Spin: Wilco, Frankly. “I always think of the song [“Wilco (the song)”] as meaning not just Wilco,” Tweedy tells me at the band’s rehearsal space, the Loft. “I always think that song is saying, ‘Your records will love you, baby.’ The overall message is to find consolation through music. I think it’s sincere, but at … Continue reading Jeff Tweedy talks to Spin