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Thursday, Sep 11, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf settle in to share some of their 'strange worlds' with PopMatters 20 Questions.

PopMatters gave The Old Believers’ Eight Golden Greats an “8”. “The Old Believers have built a cozy, comfortable world—strange but at the same time utterly familiar—and it’s one where you want to spend more time,” writes Maura Walz.


Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf settle in to share some of their strange worlds with PopMatters 20 Questions.


1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Keeley Boyle Dr. Zhivago.
Nelson Kempf I’ve never cried in my life. Horton Hears a Who put me damn close, though.


2. The fictional character most like you?
KB Wendy from Peter Pan.  I’ve always been terrified of growing up.  I started an anti-adolescence club in 4th grade, and swore I wouldn’t go through it.  I also promised myself I’d be playing with my dolls until I was 40. 
NK No way, dudes. Questions like that scare me.


3. The greatest album, ever?
KB Flying Cowboys by Rickie Lee Jones.
NK Ummmm. Trout Mask Replica! and Blood on the Tracks and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Kings of the Wild Frontier and Sexy Back? And Imperial Bedroom.  And also, The Fugs First Album.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
KB Both.
NK Star Trek is great and all, but definitely, definitely Star Wars


5. Your ideal brain food?
KB National Geographic.
NK French New Wave movies at night, Tape Op magazine in the car, weird cheeses at lunch.  But mainly, that peace of mind that comes once a whole moon when life actually seems to be moving at the proper pace and everything seems to fit just perfectly and you know you’re exactly where you should be.  I can write songs like a motherfucker when I tap that shit.


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Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Stanton Moore is a respected New Orleans drummer and a founding member of Galatic, a jazz/funk group that is a perennial PopMatters favorite. Moore digs into our 20 Questions to reveal his creative inspiration.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Actually it was a song. Abdullah Ibrahim’s “Water From an Ancient Well”. I heard it right after a storm. It moved me so much, I recorded it on my record III.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Han Solo


3. The greatest album, ever?
Jimi Hendrix’s Axis Bold As Love.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars... yeah definitely Star Wars... yeah… Star Wars... def, defin… definitely Star Wars


5. Your ideal brain food?
Going to see Shannon Powell, Herlin Riley or Russell Batiste play in New Orleans. I always come away with tons of ideas.


6. You’re proud of this accomplishment, but why?
My first instructional book and DVD project. It was a hell of a lot of work but it has been very well received. It’s my approach to New Orleans drumming and it features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville and George Porter Jr.


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Monday, Jun 2, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Aimee Mann's new record, @#%&! Smilers, releases tomorrow in the U.S. She takes a moment to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
A German movie called The Lives of Others.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Josephine in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Basil and Josephine Stories.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
The original Star Trek TV show.


5. Your ideal brain food?
Gefilte fish.


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Friday, May 9, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Multi-instrumentalist and respected bluesman, re-imagines the banjo on his latest work, Recapturing the Banjo, released in February on Telarc Records. Collaborating with the likes of Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’ and Don Vappie, Recapturing the Banjo got an 8 from PopMatters back in March. Our very own Lou Friedman said: "Otis Taylor is the only "modern day" bluesman who can make the blues sound primitive without being phony or contrived. And it really doesn’t matter what weapon he’s using to fire his musical provocations. In this case, he’s chosen a banjo as the primary cannon from his arsenal. Something way better than Recapturing the Banjo is going to have to come along to knock this off the pedestal as the best blues release of 2008.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
When I was six years old I cried at Old Yeller and then I never cried at another movie again. 


2. The fictional character most like you?
The black guy in Gladiator (I think his name was Juba), he was loyal and had a family, as well. He was always trying to get back home which I feel like I am doing every time I leave my family.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Take Five by Dave Brubeck.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek definitely, Spock is the man!


5. Your ideal brain food?
For me, waking up each day and really experiencing life, the colors, smells, sounds is what stimulates me. Each day is different.


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Monday, Apr 28, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
John Andrew Fredrick of the Black Watch owns Donny Osmond's guitar and he's really happy about it.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
I dropped an unabridged Random House dictionary on my foot while wearing flip-flops. Needless to say, the tears welled up big time.


2. The fictional character most like you?
I am Holden Caulfield.  My penchant for italics proves it.


3. The greatest album, ever?
The greatest album ever is Revolver, but if you quote me, The White Album and Rubber Soul are going to be seriously miffed.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Starsailor. (Just kidding: they’re the worst.)


5. Your ideal brain food?
I’ve never tried the sesos tacos at any truck in Los Angeles.


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