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Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
anicaasharp

Posts: 34
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:47 PM Quote
Robert Levon Been

Top Ten Albums of 2005
1. Sister: Sister
2. Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
3. Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine
4. Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth
5. The Raveonettes: Pretty In Black
6. The Warlocks: Surgery
7. Sigur Rós: Takk
8. Dead Combo : Dead Combo
9. Devendra Banhart: Nino Rojo
10. The Morning After Girls: Prelude EP 1 & 2

What was the highlight of 2005 for either you personally or for the band?
Working on the Howl record was the most fun in the studio we've ever had by far, looking forward to making more records right now.

What was the low point of 2005 for you?
I guess around the end of 2004 our drummer Nick had left the band and we didn't have a record deal or any money for that matter, I guess that weighed pretty heavy going into 2005. But we managed through that time.

What are your hopes and plans for 2006?
We want to tour Australia, Japan, and the States again with Howl, get this music to as many people as we can. As soon as we feel we've done our job there, then we'll stard recording #4.

If you could drop a copy of one album in the mailbox of every American citizen, what album would it be?
Wow, I don't know. For American citizens though, I might say The Band: Music From Big Pink. But I don't know how many people would tune into that these days.

Will the iPod, and its ability to combine all genres and its emphasis on individuals songs, render the album format irrelevant?
People are just worried about that because pop music is king again right now, and it feels like all we get is another one off hit single, because all we're getting is one off hit singles. But that's a fad, and a cheap high for boring people living boring lives. Music easily can and will stand for more again some day, I thinks it's impossible for people to forget about classic records like London Calling, Sgt. Pepper's, Nevermind, and on and on. I do believe the road has already been paved though and the art form will last beyond just the last generation.

With the mainstream success of artists like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, The White Stripes, and Franz Ferdinand, has the meaning of "indie rock" shifted? Has the term lost all meaning?
The term never mean anything in the first place. If the cool kids just wan something to call their own and not be associated with mainstream rock bullshit then they're gonna have to make up their own minds and not put all their trust in a brand nam. There's always only one or two good bands in a whole scene anyway - the other 10 or 20 bands could come and go, and you'd never even notice.

If you couldn't be a musician, what other profession do you think you'd enjoy and why?
A pirate of course! Wouldn't everybody?

Do you feel more or less optimistic (about music, about your personal life, about the world in general) than you did a year ago?
The work breaks everyone, and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break, it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are not any of these, it will kill you too. Just with no particular urgency.

If you had/got to switch careers with another artist or band, who would it be and why?
I've though about that actually, because when I was younger I'd daydream a lot about being in any one of my favorite bands. But honestly, now that I know how all of the bands I love truly operate internally, they're total fuckin' nightmares. I wouldn't trade being in this band.

What, in your opinion, is the most pressing problem that is affecting the work right now and if you had the power, what would you do to address that problem?
The hopeless and disheartened but truly caring people who feel powerless to change anything.

Do you have any other thoughts about the current state of the world or the state of the music industry?
Money wasn't always king. Don't ever forget that.

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
Ebbhead

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:54 PM Quote
Thanks for the article...

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
porcupiny

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:09 PM Quote
Thanks for posting that, I thought I had that issue too.

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
mich

Posts: 1007
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:18 PM Quote
Wow that's a great interview! I'll make sure to put it on my site later tonight!

Thanks! :)

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
Blues

Posts: 494
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:34 PM Quote
Ha ... The Band ... of course...... most amazing album ever....

Australia .. japan... maybe will even take longer to get back to europe... weep weeep.. awe..

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
DrZappaman

Posts: 119
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:51 PM Quote
Very interesting -- thanks!

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
fu-na

Posts: 325
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:23 PM Quote
Thanks for posting it! Glad to hear that they still have a plan to tour Australia and Japan...hope it comes true soon! :) *fingers crossed*

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
TinyDancer

Posts: 455
Posted Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:56 PM Quote
A pirate? huh, interesting....

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
stargirl

Posts: 545
Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:20 AM Quote
Does anyone have scans? What's on the cover?

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
anicaasharp

Posts: 34
Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:01 AM Quote
Not near a scanner at the moment, but Belle & Sebastian is on the cover.

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
David

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Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:34 AM Quote
http://www.undertheradarmag.com/urad_12_%20Cover_low.jpg

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
peetr

Posts: 37
Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:23 AM Quote
NICE INTERVIEW, HAS MEANING AND OPNINION. LIKE THAT :)


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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
Deelila

Posts: 2053
Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:32 AM Quote
Blues wrote:
Ha ... The Band ... of course...... most amazing album ever....

Australia .. japan... maybe will even take longer to get back to europe... weep weeep.. awe..



The Band certainly was an interesting and unusual choice. Good for Rob.

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
Deelila

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Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:33 AM Quote
TinyDancer wrote:
A pirate? huh, interesting....



It's farkin' hilarious! But him having swarthy dark looks I can imagine it. LOL.

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Re: Under the Radar, Winter 2006 Issue
porcupiny

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Posted Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:58 AM Quote
Deelila wrote:
TinyDancer wrote:
A pirate? huh, interesting....


It's farkin' hilarious! But him having swarthy dark looks I can imagine it. LOL.


Hee hee, don't get Mich and Tash started on that one!

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