February 15, 2006
"Some of the people who are members of CARAS are only finding out about Arcade Fire now, and the only reason is because they were on the cover of Time Magazine," LeBlanc says. "You can't ignore a band like that now. . . . But how many of them know about Death From Above 1979? The chance of (that band) being on the show? Very little."
"I don't like to be clever for its own sake," he said. "Sometimes these days, I'm getting more and more and more, trying to get rid of frills and redundancies and writing with as much economy as possible. It's good, I think, for people not to have too many mysteries in the music sometimes."
What’s on Robert Forster’s iPod right now?
RF: I don’t own an iPod, but I’m listening to a lot of stuff. The new Beth Orton—have you heard it? It’s really, really really good. So is the Neil Diamond album—great stuff. The new Franz Ferdinand is pretty good; I prefer the first one. The Arctic Monkeys have a real good singer, writes interesting lyrics. You’re from Florida, right? Here’s one you might know: Jimmy Buffett.
Philadelphia Weekly managing editor Liz Spikol has a blog about mental health, The Trouble With Spikol.
Reggie was originally a concept band based on "lost tapes" from the '80s.
There used to be those gimmicks and gags, but we stopped that. I still can't help but incorporate humor into everything I do, but I won't put out CDs where you can't find the CD or that look like promotional copies anymore. Kids seem to get pissed when they don't get a record cover—have a sense of humor. There's a whole network dedicated to comedy but maybe their parents don't get cable, because they're like, "Promotional Copy, that's not funny!" "Under the Tray, yeah, I looked for it, I took it back!"
What bands around at the moment are you into?
A lot of the bands that are around at the moment I don’t really feel much connection with, because I think they all have different ideas to what we do. I think we still have a much more of an indie mentality towards music then most bands. I like Nine Black Alps, they’re good, and Black Wire who are supporting us at the moment, we really like them and always take them on tour with us. We get on really well with a lot of bands, so it’s awkward to say who you do and don’t like musically.
Ironically, travel literature doesn't cross borders easily. Moore's titles have received scant praise in America. "They don't understand why suffering is funny," he says. And Brokken's Jungle Rudy is only the second of his books to be translated into English.
Mascis says Witch's hazy sound, which has earned comparisons to Black Sabbath, was mainly inspired by Los Angeles Eighties metal band Saint Vitus. Their lyrics, penned by Thomas, are packed with mystical references. Mascis, now an elder statesman of indie rock, says, "It seems like a lot of the kids in that scene know a lot of really obscure stuff."