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Monday, Apr 14, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Book: Music for Torching by A.M. Homes because it’s so sad.
Movie: What About Bob because it’s so funny. Ratatouille because it’s so so sooooooo inspiring.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Midori in Haruki Murakami’s book Norwegian Wood. Although I haven’t read it in a while and maybe I’ve changed. I like to think of myself as Holden Caulfield, but that’s just because Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book. I’m prolly more of a Phoebe than a Holden anyway because I changed my name too. Or maybe I’m one of Kafka’s characters since I’m crazy bout coffee.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. I listened to it for a year non-stop. It’s like one long song or a long dream or a long trip on a train through Italy in the rain.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Not really, but if I had to pick one, it would be Star Wars because of lightsabers and Princess Leia’s hair.


Tagged as: 20 questions, jaymay
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Friday, Apr 4, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Jenny Owen Youngs loves the Beach Boys and Bach and can play flip cup like a pro.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Hmm… I definitely remember crying during the Simpsons movie. I am most likely to cry during any episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition... and that’s not a joke.


2. The fictional character most like you?
I don’t know how to answer, unless of course we are all not real, but rather characters in a novel that’s being written RIGHT NOW… in which case the answer would be me.


3. The greatest album, ever?
The Beatles: Revolver. Or, The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds. Or, Kate Bush: The Dreaming.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Firefly, thank you.


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Thursday, Apr 3, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel may be reserved, and his music may be filled with heartfelt sentiment leaning towards melancholy, but it's his smile that he wants you to remember -- if you can find it.

Reclusive, dour, spare, and possessed of a dry sense of humor he may be, but Mark Eitzel’s work with American Music Club is marked with beauty.  With complexly melodic ballads that range from the strikingly direct to airy dreaminess, Eitzel’s work is notable for its unreserved honesty and elevating sentimentality over the saccharine, all exemplified on American Music Club’s recent release, The Golden Age.  So it’s unsurprising that Eitzel would choose to say a lot in a few choice words. 


1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
J.M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Crusty the Clown.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek—of course!


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Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008
by PopMatters Staff
Kentastic and Rollin Hand's Torpedo Boyz released their latest Cum on Feel the Boyz on 12 February in the US. Specializing in funky party music with loads of beats, they are an in-demand live band as well as DJs.

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
An article about the Busby Babes, the legendary Manchester United Football Club soccer team that lost eight players in a plane crash in 1958.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Some people say Peter Pan because I refuse to grow up, but I totally disagree.


3. The greatest album, ever?
There are many great albums but if I have to pick just one it’ll be Odessey & Oracle by The Zombies from 1968.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
I know it’s one of these questions “AC/DC” or “Kiss”? But I have to say I like both. Though William Shatner is the coolest of all!


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