April 4, 2007
American Public Media's Marketplace examines the nerdcore music genre.
"There's nothing very deliberate about the way we make our music — we just play what we play," he revealed. "One of the things that makes us unique is that we are able to project our personalities into the music that we choose to play: the melodies, the actual aesthetic of the sound. We let the instruments sing instead of having a voice, and it always has sort of a melancholy undercurrent to it."
The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews artist/musician Mark Mothersbaugh.
Q: You started as a painter. Would you say your life as a visual artist grew and developed at the same rate as your musical life?
A: Devo was a clearinghouse for all our ideas of bringing technology and pop culture together. We really thought subversion from the inside was the best thing. The band thing just fit into the culture without a lot of work - a couple of amps, electronic noise makers. We did all our own album covers and ad campaigns. I remember when we were signed to Warners we told the label we'd take less money if we could control our own graphics. They probably kicked themselves under the table trying to keep a straight face, offering to do things for free other than charging them for marketing.
Tonight's PBS American Masters special, "Novel Reflections on the American Dream," succeeds in an area that seldom gets the TV treatment: the role of American novelists in exposing the warps and weaknesses in the fabric of the American dream. "Novel Reflections" aims to help the viewer hear the voice — through innovative production values, through expert commentary and through the personal stories of the authors, who all grappled with the American belief that self-reinvention is an enterprise with no limits.
You've been in bands starting with Uncle and Son. Will you start one for Grandpa?
Nope, but people often ask about an Uncle Tupelo reunion, and I think the Uncle Tupelo reunion that would really make sense to me would be if we do it when we're in our 70s. Uncle Tupelo can go out the way it came in, just playing for 10 people--at the nursing home barbecue.
UGO lists notable music comeback attempts.
Comic book creator Rick Veitch talks to the Washington Post about war comics.
"They've never really been developed like the superhero comics have," Veitch said of war and romance comics. "They still sort of exist back there in Roy Lichtenstein times. I just creatively saw the opening to take the old war comic and the old love comic and mash them together and see what grew out of it."
Wired's Table of Malcontents blog reminded me that Harvey Pekar's American Splendor comics are thirty years old this year.
The Telegraph examines cancer memoirs.
The funny thing about cancer is that it is not funny, although one might never guess this from the number of droll memoirs that chronicle living and dying with the disease as if it were all a bit of a giggle. Sometimes I worry about the current profusion of upbeat cancer journals that cluster on the shelves of bookshops, fearing that ultimately they might do more harm than good and take away the basic right of every cancer sufferer: to feel OK about crying, or being furious, or railing against the awful injustice of it all.
Drowned in Sound looks back on March's album releases.