Last year, SXSW, the Austin festival/music conference, hosted a meeting of musical minds, as Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan joined up during a panel to discuss songwriting. Each of music’s coolest dudes also performed during the hour-long event—as though simply hearing their thoughts on the creative process wasn’t enough. (Easter Egg for the super indie fans: Big Star’s Jody Stephens just “happens” to be in the audience, and joins in on the fun.) Check out footage from the full event below.
This week we talk to author Rachel Held Evans about her new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood. We also talk to legendary musician Britt Daniel (Spoon) about his new band, Divine Fits. And no podcast would be complete without breaking down the week's entertainment releases, recapping Cameron & Maya's first date, discovering what Sisqó is up to, and giving away some free vinyl. Read More
In college I had a friend whom I would only see once or twice every few months for the sole purpose of sharing new music with each other. Upon one of these visits, I think it was a Tuesday, among several other offerings he gave me an album named Kill the Moonlight by a band named Spoon. This CD sat for months on the floorboard of my car as I listened to more popular fair of the early 2000s. I delivered pizzas in those days and would often deplete and tire of my usual musical selections and would use these long nights alone on the road with pizza and a CD player to get to know newer artists. And one of these times I happened to pick up that oddly titled CD with the arms on it and put it in my CD player and listened to it. And I listened to it. And I listened to it some more. And I realized there was something about this band Spoon. They weren’t hard. They weren’t overly emotive. They weren’t weird just to be weird. They weren’t on the radio. They weren’t pretentious. They weren’t over produced. They were just good. Read More