March 6, 2007
The National Post compares the music of Wagner, Meat Loaf, and the Arcade Fire.
Wagner wrote about the twilight of the gods; Meat Loaf sings about "killers on the bloodshot streets," and Win Butler sings about falling bombs --it's all very dire, but it works only if you can enjoy the music viscerally. Hence the exhilarating rhythms and sweeping arrangements that accompany both Meat Loaf's finding paradise by the dashboard light and Win Butler's ode to going where No Cars Go.
The A.V. Club lists songs about years.
Author Chuck Klosterman puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.
CK: Casual music fans assume anybody who does rock criticism would hate ABBA, but everybody who does music criticism loves ABBA. The very first time I ever heard about ABBA was actually in a Weekly Reader. Do you remember what Weekly Readers were, when you were in elementary school? It's a little newspaper they'd give you in third grade that would talk about current events. The first time I ever heard of ABBA was in a Weekly Reader, because for some reason there was a story about how disco sucked.
“I try to write about things that actually happened to me,” he says, “because for me, the musicians that have meant the most to me are the ones that write about things that happened.”
Cracked lists the five worst comedic films of all time.
Threadless is holding a "$10 Spring Broke Sale," with most t-shirts $10 until March 12th.
In the Student Printz, the University of Southern Mississippi's token emo kid speaks out.
We emo kids come in all shapes and sizes. We may wear weird clothes and have weird hair, but we really are pretty cool people. If we seem to be a little too obsessed with MySpace self-portraits or the colors black and dark black, just know behind all of the mascara and tears, we are no different than you.
You've been compared to legends such as Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. Do you think your music has any resemblance to theirs?
WEW: That's a great compliment. Those are two musical giants that I look up to a lot. I guess there are a few similarities. With Johnny Cash, just the similar upbringings like a blue collar, farm thing and growing up like that. I think the similarity with Tom Waits is probably the voice. He's a great songwriter.
The Grand Rapids Press examines cool children's music.
Time Out New York lists the top 50 New York musicians of all time.
Drowned in Sound profiles SXSW Music from a British perspective.
Mark Bowen, co-founder of the successful UK independent label Wichita, is markedly more cynical: “As the trend has become for bands to play multiple shows and parties, then more and more time these days is spent with your own bands at the expense of seeing other stuff. SXSW tells you pretty much nothing about what the American public will make of a British act, and little more of what the industry there will make of them.”
The Christian Science Monitor reviews the book.