February 23, 2006
"I don't believe genre-hopping is in any way a musical development," says Coxon. "When Blur wanted to move on, I wasn't finished with where we were. I'm still not bored with what I think is my heritage. I don't feel the need to hunt down inspiration from anywhere else. It's all right there in the ground under my feet."
You guys opened for Wilco not too long ago. What was that experience like?
That was a new thing for us. We played in venues much bigger and fancier than anything we ever played in before. For us, it was a challenge to try to communicate our music in that sort of environment. Have you ever seen that Led Zeppelin DVD that came out a couple of years ago? It's quite incredible -- here was a band coming of age playing in stadiums. It wasn't an accident that they sounded that good. Just through trial and error, they learned how to have their music come across in that kind of environment, which is kind of a rarity and difficult to pull off.
So there it is: a muscular distillation of indie id and punk minimalism, a good record that rode some magic confluence into world-beater status. History shows that Nirvana’s legacy was largely financial.
Do you see anyone out there as your contemporaries?
PdJ: "That's more for journalists like yourself to decide than for us. I guess lately we've been listening to a lot of Captain Beefheart. We both found it so inspiring... the absurdism. Absurdism is important. Humour is the perfect back door to the profound. It's a great way to bring listeners to a point of arrival that they never expected to reach."
MP3.com: And will mobile music eat into or complement the existing digital music market? Why?
TC: A popular question many people ask me is “Do I still need my iPod?” I believe that over time you will see more and more customers asking themselves that question and embracing the benefits of mobile music over what we’ve known as “portable music” in the past few years.
Jenny Lewis talked to NPR's All Things Considered yesterday about her album with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat.
T-shirt(s) of the day: theremins.