Sunday, January 1 1995
Ambulance LTD's Darren Beckett just wants a free hat and a new album.
We gave our correspondent Eddie Ciminelli a tough job for the Siren Music Festival on July 16 in Coney Island. We asked him spend a day in the sun listening to music and drinking free beer. And, oh yeah, if you come across any bands, say hi to them for us. Amid the festivities, Eddie managed to sit down with three of the festival's more engaging acts -- pop duo Mates of State, dance-rockers VHS or Beta, and Brooklyn's own Ambulance LTD -- as they take a deep breath (and some swag) from the festival.
Here's a shocker -- Ashlee Simpson is lovely. She spoke to PopMatters recently about critics, Chrissie Hynde, and finding solace in the arms of friends.
The Silver Jews' David Berman on secret tapes and a mission from God.
Shout Out Louds singer Adam Olenius uses his inside voice.
Michelle Shocked does it her way, and if she wants a threesome, you won't stop her.
Throughout my conversation with John Paul Jones, one word kept popping up again and again: 'freedom'.
'I think I'd have to be a pretty fucked-up guy if my lyrics were completely autobiographical'.
Billie Joe Shaver: ''Good Ol' USA' is not a fight song, and I want things to get back like they were when little kids over in other countries, that's what they dream about is coming to the United States. And I want people to know that this is still a beautiful place full of beautiful, kind people.'
The former Sex Pistol still shoots from lip, even if he likes Journey now.
John Scofield Talks John Scofield took time out of his hectic tour schedule to talk with PopMatters about taking chances, democracy, and the love of
The Schoolyard Heroes are like a serial killer party thrown at an evil Rushmore. And, apparently, they're tight. Like a tiger.
America has been an intimidating and exhilarating place for the Emerald Isle's kings of anthem rock.
For years, has been entertaining crowds on the indie circuit.
Sapoznik is a Grammy-nominated producer-performer of historical and new recordings of Yiddish instrumental and vocal music, and a consultant on numerous documentary films.
Toronto's Sadies have backed up rock and alt.country's best-known acts -- everyone from Neko Case to Jon Langford to Jon Spencer -- but for two nights in February 2006, this lanky, hyper-skilled musical outfit took center stage at Lee's Palace, recruited 27 friends and admirers, and recorded the live album of the decade.
Todd Rundgren reflects on a new tour and the same old industry.
Impish Norwegian duo Röyksopp explains the burgeoning scene in Bergen, how to recruit guest vocalists (naked in a sauna) and how to pick up information with your mustache.
PopMatters talks rock 'n' roll with the Romantics.
Cynics fret not: Henry Rollins hasn't lost his edge. At least as best I could tell. I had about 20 minutes to try to cover film, music, TV, war, death, travel, personal growth, and Sean Hannity.