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Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009
Mysticism runs wild on the Josh Reichmann Oracle Band's debut LP, Crazy Power, out now on Paperbag Records. The former Tangiers frontman is currently creating a one-of-a-kind genre, mixing layers of bouncing jazzy instrumentals over tribal beats, and matching it with his distinctive glammy, ethereal vocals.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
I’ve Loved You So Long (film)


2. The fictional character most like you?
Carlos Castanada


3. The greatest album, ever?
Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wurst.


5. Your ideal brain food?
Sweet Breads.


6. You’re proud of this accomplishment, but why?
Sobriety - Because I have energy - Infinite fucking self love and energy, and I have passed through the ego fire ahhhh!


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
Blues singer Shemekia Copeland has opened for the Rolling Stones and played festivals around the world, including a headlining spot at the Chicago Blues Festival. Her new album Never Going Back released via Telarc Records on February 24th.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
A book called A New Awakening by Eckhart Tolle.


2. The fictional character most like you?
I’m a character myself.


3. The greatest album, ever?
There’s 50 great albums . I listen to something one day and it’s the greatest I ever heard. Then the next day I hear something different I love just as much.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
The Twilight Zone.


5. Your ideal brain food?
Emotionally touching events which these days could be just about everything.


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Monday, Mar 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
Tim McIlrath of Rise Against answers our 20 Questions before heading out on the road with Rancid later this year (tour dates below).

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Turtles Can Fly. That’s a sad fucking movie.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Tyler Durden from Fight Club.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Fugazi’s 13 Songs. Nobody has ever done anything like this record, or like this band.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars, I mean, have you seen Trekkies?


5. Your ideal brain food?
A good book in a small mom and pop cafe sipping on a hot chocolate…


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Thursday, Feb 19, 2009

2009 is shaping up to be busier than 2008 for Cyndi Lauper. Following her Grammy nomination for the acclaimed Bring Ya to the Brink (2008) album, the tireless LGBT activist has a book, movie, and concert tour in the works, in addition to establishing a foundation named after her chart-topping hit from 1986, “True Colors”. Amidst all her projects, she found a moment to answer PopMatters’ 20 Questions.


1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
It’s not a new movie – I think it came out in 1999 – but I just loved it. It was called Joe The King.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Huck Finn.


3. The greatest album, ever?
I can’t pick just one.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek.


5. Your ideal brain food?
Edamame.


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Friday, Feb 13, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
I don’t like the latest books and movies, but I always cry when I see Now Voyager and at leat 10 other black and white movies made before 1940.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Blanche Dubois from A Streetcar Named Desire because life drove her crazy, too.


3. The greatest album, ever?
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (1963) and Coltrane’s Lush Life, which is the last time that John Coltrane played and I could understand it.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek, because I remember the first episode and went through all of the others with them. Star Wars was made by children.


5. Your ideal brain food?
Champagne.


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