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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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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
Hot Panda, a new Canadian pop band, released their debut yesterday on Mint Records. Entitled Volcano… Bloody Volcano, it’s a dose of off-kilter, spastic pop.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Venus on the Half Shell by Kilgore Trout. “The Earthmen didn’t mind this because Arcturans looked so laughable when they sneered, twirling their long genitals as if they were keychains.” Tears of laughter, but still tears.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Jesus. For obvious/controversial reasons.


3. The greatest album, ever?
How do you choose the greatest album ever? All four of us would have different answers. The greatest album would have to be original, seminal, creative yet accessible, depending on how you listen to it, it should seem very complicated and deep, or alternatively simple and beautiful. Finally you should be able to listen to it while having sex, and not laugh… But I can’t think of anything that fits that criteria. Therefore, the greatest album has not yet been made! Challenge!


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek. Star Wars is for geeks!


5. Your ideal brain food?
Bathtubs, vinyl, house plants, Apples to Apples (the game), crossword puzzles, beer, being in other countries (the further outside your comfort zone the better), extra terrestrials, Naomi Klein, fresh food, fresh air, and French kisses.


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Thursday, Jan 8, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
Gregg Gillis (Girl Talk) sure loves Indiana Jones...

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I cried because I was hoping so bad that they would show a real alien, and then they did. I couldn’t believe they went there. God bless.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Mutt Williams from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I thought I hated Shia LeBeouf going into this movie, but I changed my mind real quick. When he was swinging from the vines with the monkeys, that was right up my alley.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull soundtrack. I was so pumped that they got John Williams back to do the compositions for this soundtrack, just like with the first three movies. There’s some amazing and pioneering usage of a continuum on this album. “Ants!” is the type of tune I could never sick of, it makes feel good when things aren’t going so well. “Secret Doors and Scorpions” is another banger, such a a summer jam.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
I haven’t seen any Star Trek, plus Star Wars has Harrison Ford in it and was created by George Lucas. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had Harrison Ford in it and was created by George Lucas.


5. Your ideal brain food?
I’ve never had it but monkey brains.


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