Spoon’s Mashup Songwriting Process

Spoon’s Britt Daniels had a recent interview about his new album, love of Kroll show and the promo for the new album—Vinyl Gratification—which encourages people to shop in indie record stores.

He also talks about the songwriting process, which involves playing songs in the style of other artists during practice to get a feel for where they should go:

We got together maybe five or six times for maybe three or four or five days apiece before we started recording and there were a lot of times where nothing came of it. Or we would play these games to sort of spur us to come up with music, and they were fun games but maybe they didn’t necessarily work. And then sometimes we knew we had a song, like “Rainy Taxi” was a song we had from pretty early on. I knew the words were good and the melody was good but we didn’t know how we would play it.

So we played it first, we called it minor-Kinks; it was sort of like a minor-chord Kinks song, and then we did Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man,” and then we did sort of like a death metal sort of version which was really cool, and so we recorded that version, and we thought this is all really good except the drums and bass are too of that genre, so lets erase those, re-record those and keep everything else, and then that’s how we kinda got the song, as it stands.

From Britt Daniel: “Buying records in record stores is cool!” {salon}

Flipping Stress Around

Some seriously interesting research on the mindfulness = results front:

The first is you see you don’t have it all the time, so it’s not quite as bad as you thought. You know, people are depressed, they think they’re depressed all the time. No one is anything all the time. People who are dyslexic, it turns out that most words, over 90 percent of the words, they’re reading they tend to read correctly, yet they define themselves by their illness.

Listen to the interview {talk of the nation}.

Get the book, “counter clockwise” {npr}.

Introspective to a Fault

Heard a really really good conversation about the “hidden value” of introverts on WHYY’s Radio Times. The guest was Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

It made me feel a little less crazy and a lot more organized. Check out the conversation here. Seriously an amazing piece of public radio. Good host, good guest, and great callers.

I Think I Have the Right to Grow

Author Eric Klinenberg has a new book about the rise of living alone in the U.S. and elsewhere. In an interview with the Smithsonian, he highlights some of the research (in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago 35-45% of people live alone), and suggests that technology makes it possible, desirable even, to be connected while alone:

The next thing, I would say, is that we live today in a culture of hyperconnection, or overconnection. If we once worried about isolation, today, more and more critics are concerned that we’re overconnected. So in a moment like this, living alone is one way to get a kind of restorative solitude, a solitude that can be productive, because your home can be an oasis from the constant chatter and overwhelming stimulation of the digital urban existence.

I’m wary of suggesting that something like Facebook enables genuine human connection, but I’ll grant that we’re better off with it than without it.

Get the book: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone {amazon}.

{via andrew sullivan}