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Friday, Mar 4, 2011
People should realize that nobody in the music business actually knows what they're doing. A conversation with Moby.
New Music Seminar, 16 February 2011, Los Angeles





Moby is the kind of artist whom, after hearing just one song, you remember from then on.  I heard “Go” back in the ‘90s when it became a club hit while riding in the back seat of a car heading out of New York City late at night.  Watching the lights of the skyline flash by perfectly matched the full throttle energy of the music and I became an instant fan.  After the horrors of 9/11 (which happens to also be the date of Moby’s birthday), I walked into the local record store called Johnny’s in Darien, Connecticut to purchase his CD, 18.  Moby used to work there, passing the time by drawing cartoon-like creations on shopping bags, and now this collection of music would help restore hope in the everyday.  He is a master of soaring melodies that pierce the heart and feed the soul.


During the New Music Seminar, Moby appeared on two panels after playing on stage at the opening night party.  He has recently relocated to the West Coast, so it was easy to drive his Prius from a new home in the Hollywood Hills to this even.  Using self-deprecating wit to get his viewpoint across, Moby clearly stated that success should only be a byproduct from the love of making music. He may say his “Little Idiot” alter-ego drawings are named because he is small and an idiot, but Moby serves as a thoughtful sage in the business. The day after releasing three new songs for free download on Moby.com, he sat down with PopMatters to give an update.


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Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010
Music fan fantasies are complex. They can help us cope with life, or they can keep us from facing reality. But what happens when we do get the chance to live out our rock star dreams?

Music fan fantasies are complex. They can help us cope with life, or they can keep us from facing reality. But what happens when we do get the chance to live out our rock star dreams?


With a mixture of curiosity and skepticism, I’ve enjoyed watching VH1 Classic’s reality show Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp that debuted earlier this Fall.


The show captures what Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp has been doing since 1997, which is give music fans the chance to learn how to sing, write songs and play live like a real rock star.


So, on Sunday, November 21st, I decided to put my curiosity and skepticism to the test and head down to the three-day “Weekend Warrior” camp in Chicago to see how the rock icons featured in VH1’s show including rockers Kip Winger, Dickey Bettes, Mark Fuller and others, were helping fans live out their rock n roll dreams.


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Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
A short interview speaks volumes about the artist’s life and approach to music

Jónsi Birgisson needs no introduction to the fans of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós – he has served as the frontman of the band since 1994. His floating falsetto is simply unmistakable and unique in today’s music scene. On tour with his own songs from his new solo release Go, he fit in a stop at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, over the Halloween weekend. His ipod was playing jazz from Woody Allen movie soundtracks as he stretched out in the dressing room backstage at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The tour manager then allowed a ten minute sit down with PopMatters before announcing it was time to “unleash the Jónsi”.
 
What do you think of Moogfest and why did you choose to be a part of the festival?
I think it’s a really cool festival and I am honored to be a part of it. They called and I was touring anyway so it all worked out. And I’m looking forward to seeing Matmos although I’m playing around the same time so I don’t think I will be able to see them.


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Friday, Sep 3, 2010
St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has always been an artist who marches to her own beat.

St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has always been an artist who marches to her own beat. From her early beginnings in the beguiling Polyphonic Spree, Clark has emerged as a strong, empowering figure in a masculine-dominated indie rock arena. Her sharp, literate lyrics, unconventional beauty and guitar skills make her every guy’s dream girl and every girl’s hero. Actor, her critically acclaimed sophomore release, is densely textured and very busy arrangement-wise, but with an arsenal of backing musicians (woodwinds, violin and clarinets) Clack is able to bring her music to life nicely in a live setting.



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Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010
Showalter is always pushing the envelope: trying the patience of many and constantly questioning "What is funny?"

Actor and comedian Michael Showalter got his start on MTV’s cult favorite sketch show The State in the early ‘90s. A gifted writer, Showalter’s bizarre brand of humor and characters may seem like improv, but as I learned, almost everything he does is rigidly scripted. From the lovably off-the-wall skewering of 80s sex comedies in Wet Hot American Summer to the short-lived Comedy Central oddities Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues, Showalter is always pushing the envelope: trying the patience of many and constantly questioning “What is funny?” His set at the Pitchfork Comedy Stage proved once again that Showalter might be the new incarnation of Andy Kaufman.



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