Big Interview: Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara (This Is Nottingham)
MS: "We are so not a party band. People often want us to do an after-show party. Which we don't do. They're like 'I promise this one will be perfect, really quiet, there's a pool, it'll be super chilled.' We show up and there's a whole bunch of marketing executives, there's a pool that fits four people... and we think 'let's never do this again'".
If It’s Retail, Is It Still Rock? (NY Times)
MS: “New artists coming up really understand business. They’re inquisitive, they read things, and they ask questions,” says David H. Chidekel, a principal at the law firm Fish & Richardson in New York. “Back in the hairband days, the bands didn’t really care. They just wanted to get a record deal, get on the road and get going. Now, these kids are looking at everything. They read voraciously, they’re all over the Internet, and they don’t get fooled very easily.”
Johnny Cash Beats Eminem To Best Biopic (Gigwise)
MS: The Johnny Cash film, ‘Walk The Line,’ has been voted the best music biopic of all time. ‘Walk The Line’ held off competition from Eminem’s, ‘8 Mile,’ which came in at number two in the poll ahead of ‘Amadeus’ – which recalls the life of Mozart.
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin (Wired)
MS: "For many of us, and certainly for many of our artists, the vinyl is the true version of the release," said Matador's Patrick Amory. "The size and presence of the artwork, the division into sides, the better sound quality, above all the involvement and work the listener has to put in, all make it the format of choice for people who really care about music."