We're probably a couple of freaks who've created their own little universe, are living in our own little world and that's the only place where we can survive.— Stephen Malkmus
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Lou Reed is something like a personal favorite of mine, but you could always put me into that drawer of singers who can't really sing, who speak their songs.
If a voice is just too nice, without an edge, it kinda all flows by.
You forget it. You don't listen to the lyrics.
I'm not sure if you can blame everything on the American way of life, but the United States are big. So, if you have a lot of people there, the percentage of stupid people is bound to be higher.
Despite my own doubts of being marketable or crushworthy, my goal was to write a record of peppy pop songs, hopefully without annoying anybody.
I know the world doesn't need maybe another of [a particular type of song] - the same thing again - but you can't help yourself. And some people like it, but you kind of know in your heart that it's a lesser version of what you've done before. But maybe it has a good tempo, or it feels fresh, but it's still not.
We're not on a desperate mission to write chart compatible stuff.
A good voice isn't so important. It's more important to sound really unique.
The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics. His songs are very narrative.
I like a narrative, even if it's fractured, or kind of psychedelic.
But my favorite thing is if I hear words and I close my eyes and the connotations or the image I get in my head, combine with the sound of them - sometimes phonetics. I'm just stringing those together.
I like that band Get Hustle. They're cool live. I haven't heard their records, though.
I think the focus of the media changes.
At the moment the more electronic stuff like trip-hop was the flavor of the month, just a little while ago. It all depends on the angle, from which point of view you see it.
I guess the majority of people who want to ban certain musicians are the ones who are so proud of everything America stands for.
Almost every band has somebody who's the main songwriter and who has a vision, a very clear idea of how a song should be.
Something taken off the page can sound great, I guess.
Usually it doesn't. It seems like lately Pitchfork is trying to champion lyric writers more.
But, then again, I wouldn't call myself an indie-rock supporter even if there are some really good bands out there and there will always be some real good new bands.
[As a frontman ] I'm going to wear leather pants and get blowjobs in the studio.
That would be nice. They are definitely not cool, but I like them. I don't listen to them, but I like them when I hear them on the radio, normally.
There's no reason to stop. Who knows what's around the bend? To participate, meet new people. It's mostly other musicians and people like you, or anybody I meet who's in this, that keeps me going.
Berlin is just an affordable European city that's supposed to be cool.
There's nothing too deep about it.
What producers did was mostly recording in the studio, so it never changed our sound just that much.
Maybe I don't have the patience to make a virtue of necessity - the patience to carry something all the way through, and to actually say something. Lately, the songs are more jagged and they don't really lend themselves to that. I just take it one bit at a time.
Well, you know, it's a younger person, and it was maybe an effort to be a little more sincere and adult about the lyrics occasionally, which is a good thing. It's nice that it's not too self-conscious like some of our lyrics could be.
But we're still rehearsing and planning to make a new album next year.
We have some really good new songs that we've already been playing on that last tour that we just finished.
So much of rock lyrics is just a mirror of real feeling.
It doesn't feel dangerous to me. They just feel like "rock lyrics."
Every song has a different genesis, or feeling.
Usually the lyrics, I don't really know what it's all about, I just kinda do it. I mean, there's a combination of, like you're saying, that kind of lyrics about commitment or vaguely relationship lyrics mixed with jokey 90s Beck-style non-sequiturs and stuff.
Lyrics are back, maybe. It seems like there was a bit of an attitude that lyrics are not important.
I do play soccer, but it's exhausting in a way.
Things tends to often [consolidate] like Disney.
It's the same with music. There's Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young and Patti Smith. There's these three people that everyone seems to agree on. No matter what they like, they seem to like those three.
Well, yeah, I sang to some songs on the radio or in the shower.
I did some writing. I was just taking the kids to school. I did a couple things and we did some tours. It was a lot of downtime.
I'm sort of socially inept, so music is my way to connect to people.
It's a means of socializing and having a life. Otherwise I wouldn't bother. I would just make home recordings and play them for myself. And that's not really healthy.
I still hate [the Eagles]…. There’s levels of evil in it to me.
I'm not dying for everyone to hear everything we do. Forty minutes every two years is sensible.
Traditionally, when we lived here [in Portland], we have a record player in the living room, and there's lots of stuff playing, all different kinds of music. I don't listen to any of those Internet radio things. I have iTunes on my thing, but I've never bought a single thing on it. Except for "Call Me Maybe," for the kids or whatever. Carly Rae Jepsen.
When I was a kid I really liked the guitarist of The Doors [Robby Krieger].
He plays blues, but he plays a lot of melodic things. He plays scales that are kind of unusual, and some bent notes.
I'm not a go-to-the-gym type guy. I've tried before. And I'm not a jogger.
I really do think everybody can sing.
My wife is a big fan of George Oppen and I got into him.
I could have a career like his. It's not an alpha male situation, George Oppen. It's quiet. It's poetry.He just lived a life of an intellectual poet.
I like visual imagery in my head.
Some people, they've had a lot of fun, even if it was dumb fun and a shitty body of work.
I think it's just entertainment for people that are interested in the form.
To sing along to and be psyched by.
I don't know if you look back on your life and just see successes, but probably the first things that pop up are the regrets.
I never decided to start singing, to be a singer.
Most people want to be seen or heard. You want to shine. That's my way of shining.
When I was in high school, I was a late bloomer.
And just like all those supermodels who said they were gawky and no one liked them, that was me - metaphorically. And so I was ready to rise like a phoenix in later times.
There's probably a certain confidence in your voice, or something, that is validated. You know what I mean? I'm just imagining if people didn't already say that you were cool, that you'd [have] more doubt in what you're doing. That's not so conscious, but that's part of my cosmology now.
I thought The Doors were the greatest band for a while.
Family is the best. I can honestly say, it's a gift that is beyond making art. I didn't know that when I got into it.
If you have no shame, and it’s your goal to get people into bed, how much higher could your success rate possibly be?
I've wanted to not play as much. I would like to just sing now. Even though I don't think I'm a great singer, I wouldn't mind just - not being a frontman, per se, but singing and not playing.