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Sound On the Sound
It’s not often that music fans get the chance to learn about how an artist created the concept of an album or where he/she found inspiration for a song. Sound On the Sound seeks to shed light on this topic with a new video series called “Written Here,” where artists and bands will be interviewed in locations or spaces that inspired the creation of their music. The first subject of “Written Here” is singer/songwriter Bryan John Appleby, who recently released his debut album titled Fire On the Vine. Appleby was filmed in his then-living quarters (a “quirky basement apartment”) and discussed the unexpected muses that inspired the songs for Fire On the Vine.
Filed under: Music | Tags: chris cornell, Dave Grohl, interview, kim thayil, reunion, soundgarden, stereogum
Since playing a reunion show in April 2010 at the Showbox at the Market under they pseudonym “Nudedragons” (an anagram, of course), Soundgarden has kept the media abuzz with excitement about the band’s upcoming plans. Chris Cornell and company have several headlining performances at summer festivals in store and the promise of a new record, which will be Soundgarden’s first since 1996’s Down On the Upside. The music blog Sterogum caught up with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, who’s kept himself busy over the years playing in Sunn O))) and the heavy metal band Protobot with Dave Grohl. Thayil discusses the unexpected reunion of Soundgarden, what it’s like to play alongside his old bandmates, his work in other bands, and what the future holds for him.
Sound on the Sound:
SOTS: It seems like your attitude has changed a bit from the first record to the second record. The second record seems to be a bit more of a “Late Bush Years” type of record.
Scott: If you mean lyrically, that sort of thought drives what I do. It’s in all my writing song and otherwise. This unshakable feeling of impending doom. It’s a pretty apt sort of all encompassing theme for the band for me. You know, I don’t write very introspectively. I don’t write love songs. I don’t write about characters like Colin Meloy or Ben Gibbard.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Film, interview, the immaculate conception of little dizzle
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We Are Movie Geeks:
A great interview with some of the guys from Dizzle. Check it out!
In the epic battle between Man and Nature, Neko Case’s allegiance is clear. On her 2004 live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, she sings on the title track about a captured tiger: “They shot the tiger on his chain / in the field behind the cages / he walked in circles ’til he was crazy / and he lived that way forever.” On 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, Case tries to save a bird from certain death in “Maybe Sparrow.” The empathy continues on the new Middle Cyclone, both for man-eaters on “People Got A Lot Of Nerve”—“You know they call them ‘killer’ whales / but you seemed surprised when it pinned you down to the bottom of the tank”—and nature in general on “This Tornado Loves You.” It all goes to show that Case is fascinated by what can’t be tamed, which her own rootless life has undoubtedly influenced.
In this recently posted interview with the infamous Nardwuar the Human Serviette, the Fleet Foxes delve into their pasts in ways they weren’t expecting while playing along and having a little fun at their own expense. It’s too funny not to watch.
In 2006, Time Magazine named Pakistani activist Mukhtaran Mai one of the 100 most Influential People in the World. A few years earlier, Mukhtaran had been gang raped in her village. She later turned that experience into a catalyst for social justice and rose to international prominence as a human rights activist. But when Seattle-based filmmaker Sabina Ansari first met Mukhtaran Mai, Mukhtaran was still in shock and barely able to speak about her experience. Sabina was there as a filmmaker to help tell Mukhtaran’s story. This overwhelming task ended up transforming both women. For Sabina, it was the beginning of a long journey toward finding her own voice as a filmmaker and activist. Sabina Ansari speaks with KUOW’s Jeremy Richards on Sound Focus.