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New In-Depth Interviews with Melissa Auf der Maur. Because I adore her.

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Auf der Maur in Nylon. Beautiful Interview.

Melissa in Venus. Win.

part 2

part 3.

So I made it easy for you. You can just go ahead and click on each photo to read the most recent reviews with Melissa Auf der Maur here. Nylon give you a peek at MAdM’s lovely home in upstate new york, while Venus sits down with her and digs a little deeper.

Interesting side note: Courtney has been hyping up Melissa at a few of her last shows, from several different reports (like this one here). I hope Courtney lets go of whatever beef she has with Eric (boy thats a long story), and just… do the old line up. I’d pay quality, QUALITY money for that one. lol.

Enjoy.

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August 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

People want to know what I'm Listening to.

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Alejandra in Mexico made this for me. Since I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I'm in love. And I feel special.

Not that I’d want to distract you from the glory that is my last.fm (CLICK HEEEERRRRRREEEEEEE), but I’ve gotten a ton of requests asking me to blog up what I’ve been listening to lately. Everyone also wants me to start listing my top albums of 2010. Welp, that’s what I keep a last.fm for. Lord knows I don’t remember. So here you go.

Stats for the past 12 Months:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1     The Roots 618

2         Kaki King 601

3      Erykah Badu 379

4     Auf der Maur 325

5      Nas & Damian Marley 299

6       Cage the Elephant 249

7     Lupe Fiasco 222

8    Freeway & Jake One 216

9      Shy Guy 196

10    Fleet Foxes 163

Weekly Stats:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1    Nas & Damian Marley 267

2   Incubus 89

3      Kaki King 84

4   The Roots 81

5    José James 60

6      Big Boi 43

7   Company of Thieves 19

8      Alan Menken 14

9    Von Pea 12

10   Andre 3000 10

So there it is.  For now. Maybe I’ll Make list at the end of the year, but who knows.
If you want more, this link right here will take you to the Top Artist page with everything you wanna know on it.

Have fun.

People want to know what I’m Listening to.

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Alejandra in Mexico made this for me. Since I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I'm in love. And I feel special.

Not that I’d want to distract you from the glory that is my last.fm (CLICK HEEEERRRRRREEEEEEE), but I’ve gotten a ton of requests asking me to blog up what I’ve been listening to lately. Everyone also wants me to start listing my top albums of 2010. Welp, that’s what I keep a last.fm for. Lord knows I don’t remember. So here you go.

Stats for the past 12 Months:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1     The Roots 618

2         Kaki King 601

3      Erykah Badu 379

4     Auf der Maur 325

5      Nas & Damian Marley 299

6       Cage the Elephant 249

7     Lupe Fiasco 222

8    Freeway & Jake One 216

9      Shy Guy 196

10    Fleet Foxes 163

Weekly Stats:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1    Nas & Damian Marley 267

2   Incubus 89

3      Kaki King 84

4   The Roots 81

5    José James 60

6      Big Boi 43

7   Company of Thieves 19

8      Alan Menken 14

9    Von Pea 12

10   Andre 3000 10

So there it is.  For now. Maybe I’ll Make list at the end of the year, but who knows.
If you want more, this link right here will take you to the Top Artist page with everything you wanna know on it.

Have fun.

Melissa Auf Der Maur Continues her epic streak of Amazing; Shows you how an Interview (addressing the "Hole" situation) should be done.

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If you want Hole... HER album is as close as you're going to get to it.

Oh Melissa, how do you maintain your awesome so flawlessly?

Not only has MAdM released her highly anticipated new multimedia album, Out Of Our Minds, and given you several amazing options for purchasing her album (man, check out this womans store… how can you NOT cop SOMETHING), she also gave us a glimpse into her long-awaited OOOM project a few days ago at the legendary Silent Movie Theatre in the Fairfax District.
A cozy and intimate venue set inside a restored Movie House from the 1920s, Melissa and the director of the Out Of Our Mind Movie, Tony Stone, held Q&A and an after movie chill out session with all the free Beer and Coconut Juice and popcorn you could eat. Delightful, attentive, appreciative and somewhat shy about sharing her project with us for the first time…  MAdM had a chance to tell us a bit about OOOM…. how the title track came to her before she had even thought about doing the movie or the project as a whole; and how it inspired her…. her love of mythology, irish history, the occult, and its direct influence on both the movie and the album… the musical influences for the album which came from the Smiths, Fugazi, Morrissey, and others…  the artwork behind the graphic novel for OOOM, her plans for the future and her tour (she just wants to get through this and see where the rest takes her)…. and so much more that I’m forgetting right now, I’m sure. It was, however, a wonderful night.

Meanwhile, while unleashing all this awesome upon us, Melissa gave a stunning and wonderful interview to the Guardian (UK) where she gives you even more insight into her album, her plans for her music, and the whole situation behind the Hole Situation. Swipe Below:

Your new album, Out Of Our Minds, is also a comic book, a film, a live performance and a gallery. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
M: It started as a song but expanded into something I always wanted to do – unite visual and conceptual art with music. Something about the climate changing, the magic of the 21st century and the technology – it just felt like this was the time when I could start pushing out of the traditional box.

There’s so much nostalgia around music at the moment that you don’t often hear people talking about the present time as “magic”.
M: I think there are magic opportunities to do things new. I’ve always had a romantic idea about old and new clashing. I couldn’t have made this album 10 years ago. Artists produce great work when technology improves and I realised that I’m living in one of those times. I’m living in this magic moment where you can change everything. And as much as I consider myself an artist in thrall to the Victorian, pre-Raphaelite and renaissance periods, I’m actually a modernist at heart.

Why couldn’t you have done it until now?
M: I am a late bloomer. I was the last girl at school to get breasts and her period, so I’ve always been patient with my development. I’m also a big believer in getting an education to get somewhere. I loved school and have always referred to the Pumpkins and Hole as my university experience. And I think it’s important to represent mature women, not just 21-year-olds. I feel proud to be a 37-year-old veteran who continues to grow.

Let’s talk about Hole. How did it shape you?
M: It was a definite lesson in being human, co-existing with different people, and watching healing and destruction happen at the same time.

You hadn’t done much before you joined the band.
M: No, I was in school and had only played seven shows – all in my hometown. Reading festival was my first proper gig. Luckily I’ve aways been at ease with the unknown, whether it’s aliens, a through-the-looking-glass mentality, or loving hallucinogenics and David Lynch. It didn’t freak me out, entering a new planet called Hole. It was just another day, another trip.

How do you feel about this new guise?
M: I know nothing about the new guise. It’s complicated, but basically Courtney is an incredibly strong and intelligent woman with a lot of stuff to offer, and she should be releasing records and performing because she is magical at that. But I’m slightly confused. I believe it started as a solo record and ended up being a Hole record. Ultimately, she’s someone who’s going to do what she wants to do, so it’s not worth debating. I want her to be happy and, despite this turn of events, that’s still the way I feel. I hope she finds happiness and creative fulfilment.

Has it closed the door on you ever going back?
M: I told her I was concerned it would close the door. Not that any of us were ready to jump into a reunion. I mean I was not going to put the release of my record aside for that at all, but I wasn’t closing the door. But it confuses the legacy of Hole. Courtney’s the leader, but she and Eric co-founded the band, and they should discuss it more in terms of what it means to the whole … of Hole.

What’s your take on the commercial side of music right now?
M: Well, the best thing that happened to me was Capital Records imploding so I could begin to learn about the music business and take responsibility for all of the mistakes that have been made for all musicians. And if I’m really lucky I’ll be able to use all of this learning to help other artists and be able to release other people’s projects through my label.

What do you think about artists signing to major labels?
M: Something like 5% of new acts make money. So that seems like a really bad business plan. It’s not a system that’s going to survive unless you are Beyoncé. In the US, it’s going to come down to a bunch of millionaire CEOs and Beyoncés and Jay-Zs. That’s fine, but people like us won’t be able to exist. I found partners in Canada to help support the release of my album. They are women that love film, art and music and decided to start this company.

Where does the money come from?
M: It’s like personal, artistic philanthropy. I think there are plenty of big business people who may choose to do that, and it could be a really great way to save the arts. Anybody out there with some extra money, find an artist as a pet.

We have a handful of high-profile female pop stars here at the moment …
M: There definitely is a rise of cool women.

But at the same time, the press tends to lump them all together.
M: Unfortunately it just says that women are still far behind in terms of equal representation. I think we’ve made leaps and bounds since my mother’s generation. I have high hopes for the feminine era of 2010. I think the 21st century is going to be incredible. Even as we destroy mother nature, even men’s hearts are weeping for the feminine side and the giving of life. A lot of beautiful men are going to step up and represent their feminine side and the world’s feminine side.

Is what you do feminine?
M: Definitely. Am I feminine? Yes, although I did look like a boy until I was 25. I was pretty androgynous for as long as a woman can be. Have I become more feminine? Yes. But do I prefer frontmen like Danzig and Morrissey over any woman? Yes. So I think I like androgynous, feminine forces. Ozzy Osbourne and Jimmy Page – they’re witchy, feminine men.

Do you think so? A lot of people would say they’re sexual, macho men.
M: To me it seems more like magic than sex. Maybe I have an idealistic perspective because I don’t see the world through sex glasses, I see them through sensual glasses. So somebody might be incredibly sexual but I see it as this amazing sensual thing!

You sound like a real optimist.
M: It’s mainly because I’m really up for the challenge. I really, really am. I won’t stop working and most of it is in hope of things like beauty, love and sharing. In the 90s, everyone used to say, ‘Melissa’s a hippy’. And I feel like in the 21st century I’m a realist. I’m not a hippy. I’m just trying to enter the future with utopia in mind, you know?

Damn. Thats handling yourself with class. Seriously. Hats off to you Melissa.
Anyway, pick up her amazing new album. Frankly and personally, it’s better than whatever Courtney is up to. LoL
(not nice, I know.)

Melissa Auf Der Maur Continues her epic streak of Amazing; Shows you how an Interview (addressing the “Hole” situation) should be done.

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If you want Hole... HER album is as close as you're going to get to it.

Oh Melissa, how do you maintain your awesome so flawlessly?

Not only has MAdM released her highly anticipated new multimedia album, Out Of Our Minds, and given you several amazing options for purchasing her album (man, check out this womans store… how can you NOT cop SOMETHING), she also gave us a glimpse into her long-awaited OOOM project a few days ago at the legendary Silent Movie Theatre in the Fairfax District.
A cozy and intimate venue set inside a restored Movie House from the 1920s, Melissa and the director of the Out Of Our Mind Movie, Tony Stone, held Q&A and an after movie chill out session with all the free Beer and Coconut Juice and popcorn you could eat. Delightful, attentive, appreciative and somewhat shy about sharing her project with us for the first time…  MAdM had a chance to tell us a bit about OOOM…. how the title track came to her before she had even thought about doing the movie or the project as a whole; and how it inspired her…. her love of mythology, irish history, the occult, and its direct influence on both the movie and the album… the musical influences for the album which came from the Smiths, Fugazi, Morrissey, and others…  the artwork behind the graphic novel for OOOM, her plans for the future and her tour (she just wants to get through this and see where the rest takes her)…. and so much more that I’m forgetting right now, I’m sure. It was, however, a wonderful night.

Meanwhile, while unleashing all this awesome upon us, Melissa gave a stunning and wonderful interview to the Guardian (UK) where she gives you even more insight into her album, her plans for her music, and the whole situation behind the Hole Situation. Swipe Below:

Your new album, Out Of Our Minds, is also a comic book, a film, a live performance and a gallery. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
M: It started as a song but expanded into something I always wanted to do – unite visual and conceptual art with music. Something about the climate changing, the magic of the 21st century and the technology – it just felt like this was the time when I could start pushing out of the traditional box.

There’s so much nostalgia around music at the moment that you don’t often hear people talking about the present time as “magic”.
M: I think there are magic opportunities to do things new. I’ve always had a romantic idea about old and new clashing. I couldn’t have made this album 10 years ago. Artists produce great work when technology improves and I realised that I’m living in one of those times. I’m living in this magic moment where you can change everything. And as much as I consider myself an artist in thrall to the Victorian, pre-Raphaelite and renaissance periods, I’m actually a modernist at heart.

Why couldn’t you have done it until now?
M: I am a late bloomer. I was the last girl at school to get breasts and her period, so I’ve always been patient with my development. I’m also a big believer in getting an education to get somewhere. I loved school and have always referred to the Pumpkins and Hole as my university experience. And I think it’s important to represent mature women, not just 21-year-olds. I feel proud to be a 37-year-old veteran who continues to grow.

Let’s talk about Hole. How did it shape you?
M: It was a definite lesson in being human, co-existing with different people, and watching healing and destruction happen at the same time.

You hadn’t done much before you joined the band.
M: No, I was in school and had only played seven shows – all in my hometown. Reading festival was my first proper gig. Luckily I’ve aways been at ease with the unknown, whether it’s aliens, a through-the-looking-glass mentality, or loving hallucinogenics and David Lynch. It didn’t freak me out, entering a new planet called Hole. It was just another day, another trip.

How do you feel about this new guise?
M: I know nothing about the new guise. It’s complicated, but basically Courtney is an incredibly strong and intelligent woman with a lot of stuff to offer, and she should be releasing records and performing because she is magical at that. But I’m slightly confused. I believe it started as a solo record and ended up being a Hole record. Ultimately, she’s someone who’s going to do what she wants to do, so it’s not worth debating. I want her to be happy and, despite this turn of events, that’s still the way I feel. I hope she finds happiness and creative fulfilment.

Has it closed the door on you ever going back?
M: I told her I was concerned it would close the door. Not that any of us were ready to jump into a reunion. I mean I was not going to put the release of my record aside for that at all, but I wasn’t closing the door. But it confuses the legacy of Hole. Courtney’s the leader, but she and Eric co-founded the band, and they should discuss it more in terms of what it means to the whole … of Hole.

What’s your take on the commercial side of music right now?
M: Well, the best thing that happened to me was Capital Records imploding so I could begin to learn about the music business and take responsibility for all of the mistakes that have been made for all musicians. And if I’m really lucky I’ll be able to use all of this learning to help other artists and be able to release other people’s projects through my label.

What do you think about artists signing to major labels?
M: Something like 5% of new acts make money. So that seems like a really bad business plan. It’s not a system that’s going to survive unless you are Beyoncé. In the US, it’s going to come down to a bunch of millionaire CEOs and Beyoncés and Jay-Zs. That’s fine, but people like us won’t be able to exist. I found partners in Canada to help support the release of my album. They are women that love film, art and music and decided to start this company.

Where does the money come from?
M: It’s like personal, artistic philanthropy. I think there are plenty of big business people who may choose to do that, and it could be a really great way to save the arts. Anybody out there with some extra money, find an artist as a pet.

We have a handful of high-profile female pop stars here at the moment …
M: There definitely is a rise of cool women.

But at the same time, the press tends to lump them all together.
M: Unfortunately it just says that women are still far behind in terms of equal representation. I think we’ve made leaps and bounds since my mother’s generation. I have high hopes for the feminine era of 2010. I think the 21st century is going to be incredible. Even as we destroy mother nature, even men’s hearts are weeping for the feminine side and the giving of life. A lot of beautiful men are going to step up and represent their feminine side and the world’s feminine side.

Is what you do feminine?
M: Definitely. Am I feminine? Yes, although I did look like a boy until I was 25. I was pretty androgynous for as long as a woman can be. Have I become more feminine? Yes. But do I prefer frontmen like Danzig and Morrissey over any woman? Yes. So I think I like androgynous, feminine forces. Ozzy Osbourne and Jimmy Page – they’re witchy, feminine men.

Do you think so? A lot of people would say they’re sexual, macho men.
M: To me it seems more like magic than sex. Maybe I have an idealistic perspective because I don’t see the world through sex glasses, I see them through sensual glasses. So somebody might be incredibly sexual but I see it as this amazing sensual thing!

You sound like a real optimist.
M: It’s mainly because I’m really up for the challenge. I really, really am. I won’t stop working and most of it is in hope of things like beauty, love and sharing. In the 90s, everyone used to say, ‘Melissa’s a hippy’. And I feel like in the 21st century I’m a realist. I’m not a hippy. I’m just trying to enter the future with utopia in mind, you know?

Damn. Thats handling yourself with class. Seriously. Hats off to you Melissa.
Anyway, pick up her amazing new album. Frankly and personally, it’s better than whatever Courtney is up to. LoL
(not nice, I know.)

Janelle Monae wants to teach you how to Tightrope | B-Side: I'm going to be busy for a minute.

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Janelle Monae is back. And bringing dancing with her.
“Tightrope,” the new single and video off her new album “The Archandroid” is filled with some of the funkiest rhythms and horns that I’ve heard since early Outkast albums. No wonder… Big Boi also pops up with an appearance on this track, in which Janelle addresses hatin ass haters, excelling and succeeding regardless, and also puts us on to a cute, fun new dance that I don’t see myself having the coordination to execute anytime soon.

Watch this here:

And tell me that isn’t a nice cut right there.
I gotta hand it to Janelle. Shes got the talent and the sound… and a certain uniqueness that works for her. Hope she can get it to work in her favor.

As for the B-Side…. If you know me, you know I’m kinda busy right now. Theres a lot to do and a lot to get ready for.  And there’s also a lot to write about. There’s the epic win of putting Kaki and Melissa together, Melissa’s awesome movie and an amazing interview on her that I have to link up for you to read, there’s Kaki and Questlove interaction coming up soon; something I’ve been praying for going on 5 years now, Blood Red Shoes and their AMAZING release, Jose James and his awesome Soul/Jazz Release,  Soul Train Line Obsession I have to get out of me, Rachelle Ferrell Live Show Review and News on a new album from her (PRAISE JEBUS), progress (or lack there of) of the VH1Soul/Comcast/NoCal situation,  the format change of MTVJams moving its Jam of the Week start day to Sundays (I’m secretly mad as shit son. How you gonna vote out something that’s been law since MTVJams came into existence?  I should flat-out call Seniority and Nerdery status on you and deny this as a whole) and whatever the hell else comes up. I promise to do all of this while all you awesome, wonderful people who actually read this shit actually still care.

Love to all; God (or whatever you believe in) Is Good.
Pray for Mojo,

-E

Janelle Monae wants to teach you how to Tightrope | B-Side: I’m going to be busy for a minute.

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Janelle Monae is back. And bringing dancing with her.
“Tightrope,” the new single and video off her new album “The Archandroid” is filled with some of the funkiest rhythms and horns that I’ve heard since early Outkast albums. No wonder… Big Boi also pops up with an appearance on this track, in which Janelle addresses hatin ass haters, excelling and succeeding regardless, and also puts us on to a cute, fun new dance that I don’t see myself having the coordination to execute anytime soon.

Watch this here:

And tell me that isn’t a nice cut right there.
I gotta hand it to Janelle. Shes got the talent and the sound… and a certain uniqueness that works for her. Hope she can get it to work in her favor.

As for the B-Side…. If you know me, you know I’m kinda busy right now. Theres a lot to do and a lot to get ready for.  And there’s also a lot to write about. There’s the epic win of putting Kaki and Melissa together, Melissa’s awesome movie and an amazing interview on her that I have to link up for you to read, there’s Kaki and Questlove interaction coming up soon; something I’ve been praying for going on 5 years now, Blood Red Shoes and their AMAZING release, Jose James and his awesome Soul/Jazz Release,  Soul Train Line Obsession I have to get out of me, Rachelle Ferrell Live Show Review and News on a new album from her (PRAISE JEBUS), progress (or lack there of) of the VH1Soul/Comcast/NoCal situation,  the format change of MTVJams moving its Jam of the Week start day to Sundays (I’m secretly mad as shit son. How you gonna vote out something that’s been law since MTVJams came into existence?  I should flat-out call Seniority and Nerdery status on you and deny this as a whole) and whatever the hell else comes up. I promise to do all of this while all you awesome, wonderful people who actually read this shit actually still care.

Love to all; God (or whatever you believe in) Is Good.
Pray for Mojo,

-E