Mike Mills

Catching Up On The Week (Nov. 7 Edition)

Some #longreads for your weekend after watching a bunch of college football…

Stereogum has an interview with Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan as they release a reissue of their album Change.  It’s a wide-ranging interview, and if nothing else, it’s a great reminder that you should probably listen to more of the D-Plan.

With the highly-anticipated release of their new album Sonic Highways next week, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are in high demand.  Of all the possible pieces and interviews you could read this weekend, Alex Petridis’s piece in The Guardian is your best choice, providing the proper context of the man and his band.

The AV Club has a piece discussing the evolution of film soundtracks since the 70’s, and while touchstone 90’s soundtracks like the one from Singles get only a brief mention, it’s still an interesting dissection of film and music trends over the years, if nothing else.

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills is preparing for another live production of Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, and he talks to local Athens, Georgia magazine Flagpole about his love of Big Star, baseball, and dislike of streaming services, among other items.

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a project this weekend, might I suggest you take a dive into Captain Beefheart’s fascinating and bewildering discography, with the AV Club’s Primer on the enigmatic musician as your guide?  It may seem a daunting task at first, but this well-written blueprint does an acceptable job of describing the evolution of Van Vliet’s muse, even if I think they malign the “Tragic Band” era a bit too much.

Catching Up On The Week (Sept. 5 Edition)

A few #longreads as you prepare yourself for the fact that you’re going to have to watch Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday…

Speaking of The Replacements, here’s an interview that USA Today conducted with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills talking about one of their musical heroes, Big Star.  That band’s first two albums are getting reissues this week, so for those people that haven’t been able to find a used copy all of these years you are now in luck and now have no reason not to own and love #1 Record and Radio City.  Mills is an expert on the subject, considering he wrote the liner notes for the reissues and is touring as a part of the musical collaboration project that does a live cover of Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers album.  And if you’re still in need of some convincing about the significance of Big Star, check out this entry of the “Primer” feature of the AV Club covering the career of frontman Alex Chilton.

The Wall Street Journal has an inside look at the collaboration between director David Fincher and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, providing fascinating insights into the nuts-and-bolts of their unique method of scoring films.  Considering how great their previous collaborations have been (The Social Network and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are two of the only film scores I listen to with any regularity), you should be eager to hear their work on the upcoming Gone Girl.

The AV Club has a couple of extended features to check out, with the first being a dual interview with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan, and the second being a look at how those “rock and roll cruises” that have become popular in recent years are put together.

And finally, Pitchfork has an Op-Ed that pushes for a return to mono.