December 1, 2005
3 Beads of Sweat is having a sale on everything in stock through the end of the year. CDs and albums are all $9, postage paid. If you have been waiting to pick up the recent Mountain Goats' reissues Zopilote Machine or Nothing For Juice, or the band's Ghana, Bitter Melon Farm, or Protein Source of the Future... Now! discs, now is your chance to do so and support a truly deserving independent label.
"You have to be a pretty determined pedophile to prove that being banned from Cambodia for giving it a bad name is not, in fact, hitting bottom."
The year 2005 marked a clear shift from the era of airwaves to the era of iPods. The digital landscape has been laid; the critical apparatus necessary to govern its borders is settling into place. It’s a hierarchy of Web zines, MP3 blogs, podcasts, and message boards with peculiar names like Music for Robots, Coolfer, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and Tracks Up the Tree.
PM: I thought, what an amazing quote. Is the hipster scene up there too much?
AK: That's what music is in New York. It was kind of good going to Europe and the last couple weeks playing shows that are maybe a little bit smaller but kind of on par with what we play in the States, but people were really excited to see us. It's like, we know we don't have a huge following, but we're an important band to a small group of people and it's cool to connect with people like that, and just because you're not the Arcade Fire at the Bowery -- like oh my God, what happened, I couldn't get into the show, it's a huge fiasco! What, you're not on the guest list? You know, it's not always like that. Sometimes we can be not cool and still appeal to people. I guess it's an important thing to remember that it's really hard living in New York. I'm sure you can appreciate this as well.