Tag: Interviews

Take Me Down To Anorak City: A Critical Conversation with Author Marc Spitz

A negative reaction to the recently-published book Twee led us to seek out its author, Marc Spitz, to get his side of the story. A gentle revolution, indeed.

Like A Jewel Curled Around Your Finger: The Story of The American Analog Set’s Know By Heart

  In 1996, I bought a record by an Austin band called The American Analog Set. I was intrigued by the album cover’s clean, clinical looking imagery, and once I got home I realized they were a keeper. With long, mellow passages and chilled-out groove, any time a record appeared with their name on it,… Read More ›

Swimming Pool Q’s: Working At The Nut Factory

Some bands are always going to reside on the peripheral of the greater scene. People know the big names–The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Nirvana–but not as many know Gerry and the Pacemakers, Buzzcocks, or Mudhoney–all bands of quality, but ones that have a smaller and just as great a following. Such is the case with Swimming… Read More ›

Happy April Fool’s Day: Our conversation with The World’s Funnyman, Neil Hamburger!

What can I say about Neil Hamburger that hasn’t been said about Mother Teresa? If you do not know who Neil Hamburger is, then I feel sorry for you, even though, you know, I wouldn’t really be surprised if you don’t. But it’s not his loss, it’s yours. You see, Neil Hamburger is perhaps the best comedian… Read More ›

Corduroy: The History of The Fabric Four!

One of the more fun—if not slightly more obscure—musical trends from the early 1990s was the amalgam of jazz, pop, and soundtrack music. Sure, bands like Stereolab and Combustible Edison made the papers, but there were plenty of other bands out there, making quality music. Few bands did so with aplomb than London-based Corduroy. Recording… Read More ›

The Bottle Rockets: This Is What It Sounds Like When You’re Listening to Lindsey Buckingham and Thinking of Your Friend’s Girlfriend at the Same Time

It’s extremely hard to not enjoy chatting with Bottle Rockets leader Brian Henneman. Unpretentious, straightforward, and always enjoying himself, he is the antithesis of a lot of people in the alt.country scene, as he’s the real deal–not some cheesy impersonation of a down-to-earth country boy who loves a little bit of rock and roll and… Read More ›

Girl Trouble: Still Hittin’ It, Not Quittin’ It!

Followers of the Seattle-area punk rock explosion of the late 1980s and early 1990s know and trust the name Girl Trouble. For the past thirty years, this foursome has held on to the same lineup, and their sound hasn’t changed; gritty blasts of punk rock and garage rock that places itself nicely in the history of that area’s… Read More ›