The Way Sound Leaves a Room was just released this month. An EP of covers and demos, it showcases Jaffe on numerous instruments she hadn’t tackled before, sounding beautiful as ever.
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Damien Jurado has been one of the most influential and interesting songwriters in the Pacific Northwest for a decade.
John Vanderslice has been releasing solo albums for the past decade, as well as producing albums for such bands as Spoon and the Mountain Goats. He writes clean, clever music that often tackles the dark and the political while still offering sweet melodies and a warm analog sound.
“I find the most visceral and stimulating form of music to be classical. It comes to you from a different angle.”
“I don’t know if music itself changes the way people live their lives, I think it’s the other way around.”
“Music has the ability to inspire and elevate our moods. It also has the ability to make us feel "cool" or understood. That’s why a person’s taste in music so quickly defines them.”
“I’m increasingly intolerant of religious fundamentalism of any variety. Irrationality gets under my skin.”
“I don’t have much of an opinion on the music I make. I am more of a catch-and-release type creator. I guess I like the ones best that I’m hands off of.”
“There are certain records that your first encounter with them have a huge impact, and you can look back and see them as huge turning points. When you make music, I think you’re always subconsciously striving to pay that debt back to the world.”
“I’m trying to get back to a carefree creative mindset. It’s hard when the realities of adulthood rear their ugly heads.”
“It’s the closest thing to a religion for many people I know. With music you get less guilt and violence.”
“Music justifies things very gently, and it combines well with other things to make up one’s public identity.”
“If you can be so passionate about something that you’re a nerd, then that is infectious. But if you like something just to the point of excluding others, then you suck.”
“When I am not musically productive, I get depressed. When you are really focused while creating it feels as though you have caught something that is floating by and are riding it. It is not coming from you but through you.”
“I do think the band name has worked, because I don’t completely understand it and that is how I feel about our music.”
“The fact is, I don’t listen to recorded music every day. I rather think we hear too much music nowadays, and it ceases to be special.”
“People can affect a powerful force in their lives through music, as much or more than any art. But change is a person’s responsibility and privilege.”
“A tired mind won’t change, so maybe some music can awaken aspects of the mind that allows for a rebirth.”
“I think music is very powerful at setting the mood. If you want to feel happy or sad or empowered or hopeless, particular songs can help you accomplish that.”
“I’m named after my dad’s best friend who died in Vietnam. Appropriate or not, that’s what I got to work with.”
“I think that some of my music can make people feel a wide range of human emotions in a short period of time.”
“There’s something so spiritual and necessary about music that I’m sure people’s lives would be different without it.”
1. What’s the first piece of music you listened to today? Something by Bukka White 2. What are your vices? I am not very proud of my vices, but I made the experience that people without vices usually don’t have virtues either. 3. What is one of your prejudices? Animal Collective ruined a whole generation [...]