Sunday, January 1 1995
'We don't need to have our art be ugly. But it is; a lot of it. And these people justify this crap by saying, 'Oh we're just representing what's out there, man'. Basically, you're making it worse and number one, the artist's job is to elevate people and to lift people up and to give them a place to go, something to hold on to.' Don McLean speaks to PopMatters about art, love, and Britney Spears.
PopMatters talks poetry, ornithology, and dead languages with the whipsmart post-folk rocker Erin McKeown, who might not have made her new album at all if she'd paid more attention in high school English.
Roger McGuinn's spent the last ten years uncovering and distributing folk gems, but it's not as if he just started doing that. 'What makes the Byrds stand up all these years is the basis in folk music,' he says, while explaining what's really gone on.
PopMatters talks to the mastermind behind the Byrds about his latest release, Limited Edition.
'I know I'm probably sounding like a real asshole,' Delbert McClinton says. 'But I'm really not.' No worries, sir. I, too, know the horrors of flight delays.
The bandleading bassist pulls together a cast of violins and trumpets and turntables for complex exploration, and he makes it sound fun.
Some paternal thoughts from John Mayall, who's still setting up the young guns.
'Maybe they thought Masta Killa couldn't even have what it takes to be a solo artist,' the rapper says of himself, but he didn't want to rush to prove anyone wrong.
Martsch recently sat down for a phone interview with PopMatters to discuss his solo album, good blues music, the state of Built to Spill, and his new cover band.
PopMatters' Will Wiess talks with Maroon 5 about how they managed to obtain something few contemporary bands ever get: a second chance at success.
Marillion are impossible to categorize musically and impossible to ignore once someone listens to the band just once.
Stephen Malkmus has little too say, but we interviewed him anyway.
What M83's Anthony Gonzalez will and won't reveal about his most recent album and his nude poetry recitals.
Shelby Lynne, the only person in rock and country music today who claims not to be influenced by the music of Johnny Cash and/or June Carter, plays Johnny Cash's mom in the new movie about the legendary couple.
Marty Donald's done cooking with his girlfriend, or at least done writing about it.
Low's bassist talks to PopMatters about the band's current sound and approach.
Low's new album shows a dramatic shift and sound, and Alan Sparhawk's here to explain.
As Alan Sparhawk himself points out, a lot of people listen to Low and hear pretty much one thing: 'depressing music'. Low is simply more subtle than most, favouring tone, delivery, texture, and the relationship between sounds and silence over bombastic angst or capitulations of volume or rhythm.
Like their namesake, Louis XIV likes control and digs the physical side of life.
PopMatters music critic Michael Christopher talks with Local H's Scott Lucas about the clouded history of Daniels' departure, why politics and rock never quite mix, and what George W. Bush has in common with Macaulay Culkin.