Friday, 12 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #3

Here's the third installment of 'Music Lives On The Internet'.

This is a regular slot where I interview fellow music bloggers/lovers to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business (and sometimes you even get to see what they look like!)

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):










Gregory

Blog Name:

The Middle Distance Runner (www.themiddledistancerunner.wordpress.com)

What is your blog is about?
It is mostly about music, but sometimes there are things that I just need to say that have nothing to do with music. But 95% of the time it’s about music.

What started you blogging?
Well it was during the summer and I was trying to think of something fun to do. So I started a blog. It turned out to be a good idea that cured me of lots of boredom. I also like the fact that I can spread the word about music that I love to people who actually want to know (unlike my idiotic friends).

First record you bought?
This is a little embarrassing but all I can remember is buying this Madonna record when I was really young. After doing some research I have found that it was called Bedtime Stories and it was in 1994, which means I was 9. It turned out to be a piece of shit, so I didn’t really listen to it. I swear I didn’t!

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
This is a tough question! Oh I know. Hexes & Ohs. The song is called 'Wildfire'. It is on their new album which was just released a couple of days ago called 'Bedroom Madness'. This song really gets me pumped. Here is a link to the song:
http://www.noisefactoryrecords.com/bedroom_player/mp3/03%20Wildfire!.mp3

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Man Man at Le National in Montreal a few months ago. I don’t know if every show they play is this amazing, but seriously…WOW! These guys are absolutely ridiculous live. Probably one of the best shows I have ever seen. Two words…giant xylophone!
Where do you find out about new music?
Well my ears are always open, so even if I’m on the street or at a restaurant or something, if I hear something I like I will always ask what is playing. When I’m online I often check Pitchfork and Stereogum. I use Last.fm to find out about new music, and a new site that I just found is thesixtyone.com, which is also a site for discovering new music. I also listen to online radio stations like WOXY, KEXP and KCRW. They all play some pretty nice music most of the time. And finally, three more sites I visit regularly are La Blogotheque, Daytrotter and Black Cab Sessions. All three are great sites to find new music.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
I would like to see more challenges to what you hear every day. I like music that keeps me on my toes. I like stuff that makes me say “wow I haven’t really heard anything like that before”. So basically just more innovation in music. Something that irks me that I would like to see less of is choruses in which the singer repeats the same sentence over and over again throughout. That drives me nuts most of the time.

Favourite music venue?
I don’t really have a favourite. I guess I have seen some good shows at La Sala Rossa in Montreal. Let’s call that my favourite in the city. Outside of Montreal, I loved Le Maroquinerie in Paris.

Favourite music store?
Cheap Thrills. It’s this indie record shop in downtown Montreal where not only do they sell great music by indie bands, but they also sell used books and movies as well. And the best part, they sell concert tickets to pretty much every good show in the city.

What blogs do you read?
I’m still pretty new to the blogging world, but along with yours there are a few blogs that I like to explore. They are:

http://extremelisteningmode.com/ (good music blog)

http://lightsareflashing.wordpress.com (nice blog for electro music)

http://habile-b.blogspot.com/ (Really great artistic blog)

http://www.yellowbirdproject.com/news/ (a blog that I sometimes write for, but also has 2 other writers who talk about good music)

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
This is the toughest question of them all. I managed to come up with a small list of the songs that would be in the soundtrack of my life. I actually went back to different periods of my life and tried to remember what I listened to the. This is my soundtrack:

1. Of Montreal – Lysergic Bliss
2. Laura Veirs – Magnitized
3. Stars – What the Snowman Learned About Love
4. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
5. Band of Horses – Islands on the Coast
6. Elliott Smith – I Didn’t Understand
7. Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
8. The Lovers - Perpetual Motion, Perpetual Sound
9. The Stills – Retour a Vega
10. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York City
11. The Softies – You and Only You


In 10 years time music will be....
Hopefully amazing. I would like to think that it will only get better but if we look back this isn’t always the case. The 90’s were an obvious step back for music. I think the 00’s have been absolutely incredible. I have to think that the 10’s will be equally as amazing if not more. I can’t imagine what the future musical trends will be. All I can say is that I can’t wait to find out.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
What a question…I’ll assume you mean three living musicians because dead or alive would be too hard! Well I guess I would have to say firstly Devendra Banhart because I know hanging out with Devendra would be a weird and enlightening experience. Secondly, I guess Sufjan Stevens because I admire him so much and think he would be a great guest. Lastly, I would have to say Rose Melberg of the Softies, just so I could tell her how much her music has meant to me.


A massive thank you to Greg!
Check out his music blog and leave him some love, TLS thinks he's a top bloke! www.themiddledistancerunner.wordpress.com


Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

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