John Roderick is the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Seattle-based band The Long Winters. Roderick’s lyrics are razor sharp, highly sing-alongable, and often detail the sweetness and the struggle of relationships. In short, the man can write a mean pop song. The Long Winters is recording the follow-up to 2006's Putting The Days To Bed, due out in late spring 2010. I spoke to Roderick about the new record and the band's new, loose approach to the singing-songwriting exercise. As for the new sound, it's familiar, but not too familiar. But not too not familiar.
Chris Bowman: One thing that comes up again and again when speaking to creative types is procrastination. It’s ever present when trying to get things done. You allude to it in 13 Songs, the series documenting the creative process behind The Long Winters new record. What does procrastination mean to you?
John Roderick: I often get down on myself for procrastinating, chiding myself for laziness, calling myself a do-nothing, but then I'll have an intense burst of creativity seemingly out of nowhere. Procrastinating is very hard to distinguish from ruminating. I'd like to just call them synonymous and be done with it, but unfortunately the world works on deadlines and people want their favorite artists to make new stuff NOW!
I'm slow, I think about stuff a long time before I lift a finger, and I rewrite stuff that other people might consider finished. It looks like I'm avoiding work, and I joke about it, but I'm working.
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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.
On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe describe a secret weapon.
Thanks to the brilliance of Lonely Sandwich, we've got a pilot for Put This On. Lots of MaxFun donors also donated to support this project, to thanks to all of those folks. Be sure to subscribe to the blog, and if you know anybody in the apparel industry (or related) who wants to sponsor further episodes, be sure to let me know :).
This week recorded live shows from the Monsters of Podcasting Tour in New York City & Philadelphia. With guest Jim Gaffigan.
Robert Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's a legendary collection of medical history, and more than a few medical oddities.
A few thoughts:
* Mos Def has the tools to be a superstar, purely on merit. He's charismatic, he has lyrics, he's not afraid of fun and he can flow his ass off. But he seems to have pretty much thrown that away in favor of being "experimental," which is to say half-assed. I notice that my favorite Mos Def songs are usually the party tracks - Sex Love & Money or the one with Luda.
* Black Thought is a great MC. I don't know what else he has to do at this point to prove that he's a great MC. He just is. Beautiful voice, effortlessly meticulous flow.
* I am not an Eminem fan, particularly, but it needs to be said: Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time. He stands in the absolute upper echelon - Rakim territory. It's now ten years later, and no one has come close to matching his skill. Sure, he doesn't have a great voice and his shtick is a little annoying, but his skills are unmatched. Unmatched. There are other rappers with amazing technique - Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch and Ludacris come to mind - but even they are a whole class below Eminem. And he's also the greatest battle rapper of all time and probably the greatest freestyler of all time (certainly the greatest freestyler of all time who's any good at anything else).
My favorite MCs are more like Biggie or Jay-Z, artists who've learned the lessons of Rakim and chosen to focus their technique on making those lessons seem effortless. But that doesn't mean that I can ignore talent and skill like Eminem's. The man has a special gift, and lord knows he put in his 10,000 hours.
Jordan destroyifies this segment with Meghan Fox. Oh man this is funny to me.
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