August 25, 2009
I am intrigued by your existence outside the pop limelight. You get lots of songs on films and TV shows, and you have a huge presence on the internet, but you’ve never had an old fashioned hit record.
It’s a fantastic place to be as an artist, as a musician, cause you don’t have to worry about having a radio hit. I haven’t had to worry about that since the success of ‘Let Go’ (by Frou Frou, a duo with producer Guy Sigsworth) in the film ‘Garden State’ (in 2004). That’s the thing that made the biggest impact ever. I love that song but it would never have been a hit single. The revelation that a song can have a life outside of the charts is creatively liberating.I can really enjoy exploring different areas musically, not having to worry if it is up-tempo enough, short enough, or catchy enough for radio. I don’t have to worry about radio programmers thinking ‘is this right for our audience?’. All I need to concern myself with is the song itself and making it as good as it can be.
In 2001, Dekker formed Great Lake Swimmers, filling out his folk songs with a complete band but retaining the music's rural, demure aesthetic. Great Lake Swimmers — which plays with Cracker and Will Hoge at this week's Waterfront Wednesday concert — draws inspiration from Dekker's earliest memories of music, growing up in Wainfleet, Ontario, a small farming town over the Canadian border from Buffalo, N.Y. Dekker's family received just a single AM radio station clearly, one that played old country and early rock music — Buddy Holly, Hank Williams.
Ars Technica lists ways to discover new and interesting music online.
NPR is streaming in its entirety first disc of the New Lost City Ramblers 3-CD compilation, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1958-1962 from Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go?.
Chicago Subtext lists three books that feature Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.
In 2007, Bill Callahan released his first record under his own name. Prior to that, he’d released 11 full-lengths under the title “Smog,” a moniker that suggests a dirty, hazy outlook on life. For years, he’s been a cult-followed singer-songwriter and admits that something as simple as changing his name might have wrinkled the noses of some of his clingier fans. “I have met people who have named their horses and dogs ‘Smog,’” Callahan says. “I wonder if they changed the animals’ names to Bill Callahan, too.”
Gadling lists 10 musical destinations that will "rock your world."
Paste lists ten songs inspired by books.
RockFREE is an online, free Guitar Hero-like game.
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