Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cue & Ehh? With Kevin Blechdom

When I first heard Kevy B, I realized that I had discovered my generation’s Shirley Temple. Though this Shirley Temple was a Tom Boy or more suitably, a Tom-Tom Boy. She climbs trees, farts with pride in public and enjoys chasing boys with shit on the end of a stick. With not as much dimple factor but twice the freckles Kevin Blechdom makes IDM look DIM.

Kevy bears all for our enjoyment. She’s a tolerable Tracy Emin with a great backing soundtrack. She’s Laurie Anderson on a Kazoo. She’s Barbara Kruger made with Play Doh. She’s hard to explain, but there’s no hiding the messages, but with a little glitter glue and sprinkle stars Kevin has proven you can certainly jazz them up.

George Formby’s dead. Thank God. There’s a new reason to steal your Uncle’s old Banjo… look (and listen) no further…

My mate Johnny just went to Berlin there a few weeks back and said it was rubbish. There was a shop that had a butchers counter with an old PC lying in it and some knickers nailed to the wall. He had also said that the nightlife was rubbish because clubs didn’t open until around 4-6 in the morning. What drew you to it?

MONEY and HONEY... Its stays in my pocket when I'm there... And the sweet people that like music and are really focused on what they're doing there and at first it was the partying... but I've slowed down a bit on that lately... I'm all partied out... but it took like two years to get that way...

He had also mentioned some kind of naked club, were you leave your clothes at the door in a black bag. It has a pissing room? Are you aware of it? Have you ever been? What club would you rather visit?

I have never been, but I've heard a lot about it... the few times I wanted to go... the guys were kind of giving me the "guys only" vibe... so whatever... maybe someday... I've heard they hose the whole room down in the morning when they clean up ‘cuz its covered with so much cum.

How much does the holocaust?

Good question... I think it costs INFINITE...

If you had a fire in your home what would you grab, your laptop or your banjo?

Since I have my laptop backed up in more that one location... Redundancy is a beautiful thing... I would grab my new banjo... ‘cuz I’m in love with it at the moment, I haven’t assaulted it like my old ones... but I can't do Myspace interviews on my banjo... so maybe my computer but on a purely financial level computers cost more money... so then I would take my computer... If I were stranded on an island I would rather have my banjo FOR SURE.

If you were able to put that fire out with any band T-shirt, what would you choose?

Oh there's so many bands' t-shirts to choose from... I'd probably choose a Feist T-shirt... or what's that band uhm... Radiohead... or I dunno... but I wouldn’t have any of these t-shirts... Maybe my own, ‘cuz I have so many unsold sitting around...

You have been prone to mentioning a fetish toward a spot of bestiality. What animal’s penis would you love to get your lips around? For me, it’d be a toss up (snigger) between a pigs twister, a dog’s lipstick and a horse’s vacuum pipe. What would you favour?

Dog seems to be the most plausible... but I guess a Bonobo chimp or an orangutan, definitely some type of primate would be fun...

There has been a lot of controversy about you showing your boobs on the cover of ‘Eat My Heart Out’. Is there any chance of getting some minge on the new album?

Definitely, I'm trying to work full frontal into my new live show... I'm more into live exhibitionism at the moment...

IDM is dead. It’s got real old, real fast. Tigerbeat6 is a dirty word. Warp’s moved on to Folk and Indie pop. Aphex has become some awful parody of himself. What’s the best thing you’ve taken out of that scene/time?

Dat Politics... nothing ever goes away, it just depends how you focus on it... and it all comes back around, renew, refreshed, reinvented, re-twisted... nothing goes away... the going away part is all in your own head... and labels just want money... Commerce SHOULDN'T determine musical value - - - - I like Southern Gospel at the moment a LOT, too much... actually I heard this conservative Christian stand-up comedian last night making jokes about different versus in the bible, and it WAS the funniest thing I'd heard in years, and that doesn’t seem to EVER go out of style...

I milked around 400 songs out of my break up with my previous girlfriend. Do you think you’ll ever forget about Miguel?

WHO? …No, he's a good friend, but I haven’t written love songs for him in at least four years... there's many different situations and people to write about, to write for... I just don't use first names anymore...

What track would be playing at your funeral? Mine would probably be ‘If you don’t know me by now’ - Marvin Gaye, for the humorousness of it.

Maybe the Max Tundra version of that song from the Sound of Music... about saying good bye and going to bed "the sun has gone to bed and so must I... dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun..."

I absolutely loved Countdown To Nothing, your short musical film. My favourite musical is probably Bjork’s Dancer In The Dark. What’s yours?

Annie, oh yeah I loved the first half of the Jerry Springer opera... Nunsense is funny, I also like Tommy a bit, and Cannibal the Musical, Southpark, the Simpsons... theyre are so many... but I DON'T LIKE CATS, except for Memories and Mr. Mistofeles... and I HATE THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA movie that just came out, it is a TOTAL piece of shit... its a complete HORRIFIC SHITHOLE, I want to kill everyone involved in making that movie... I like some Jacques Demy stuff but he doesn’t deal with women’s roles very well at all... I don't think having sex with your father is something that should be in a children's fairytale... but I'm not one to encourage censorship either... There's a Steve Martin one that seemed pretty good, but I didn’t see the whole thing... oh yeah, Little Shop of Horrors is AWESOME and the Jesus Christ Superstar movie is coool... there's some more Surreal ones I've loved but I can't think of the names at the moment.... My brother has made some funny musicals too; WATER NO WATER is DOPE!

You’ve adapted a boys name as a pseudonym, if you were to advise a boy who was adapting a girl's name what would you suggest?

Banjo or Bucket... excellent girls' names

Weird & Freaky Question:

What would you rather drown in, a vat of semen and blood or bloody semen?

SEMEN and BLOOD, but I would like it to be VERY FRESH...

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Cue & Ehh? With Mecca Normal

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When I first listened to ‘Attraction Is Ephemeral’ it reminded me of the first time I had ever heard Smog. It holds that clever juxtaposition of being beautifully simple as well as narratively complex. What would you say was the first ‘narrative’ track to move you?

Leonard Cohen -- Suzanne "And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China" and Bread "I found your diary underneath a tree and started reading about me."

Jean, you seem to bear all when it comes to lyrical content. Where would you draw the line in sharing? (i.e. Would you write about a thrush infection or your toilet usage?)

I make music and I write and create art with very basic implements as original entry points. 1.) Voice and my thoughts. 2.) Words on a page and my emotions. 3.) Paint on paper and my imagination. The limitations of production I impose on myself in creative terms place more emphasis on content and quality than on form and function. Additionally, I have an internal undocumented private obligation that says I am creative all the time.

If you had to choice to remove one element of craftsmanship/skill from the planet, what medium/craft would it be and why?

I would remove the craft of drilling into the to extract what is below the surface and I may remove the craft of lumberjacking.

Jean, you not only write captivating lyrics, but you’re also an established novelist. If you had to give credit to one book for sparking your interest, what book would you award the title to?

Jayne Anne Phillips "Black Tickets" short stories, 1975

I am getting annoyed with language, the English language in particular. There’s simply too many useless letters in the alphabet. I was thinking of removing the useless letters such as X and C and also all the vowels. In fact I think we could make do with a ‘Decabet’: D Y THNK THS WLD WRK?

If you were to argue your case to keep a letter in the ‘Decabet’, which letter would it be and why?

It would be between 'f' and 'l' because these sound least like the sound they make.

Your new album is titled ‘The Observer’. In Britain, ‘The Observer’ is a Sunday newspaper released by the Guardian. Is this a cheap ploy to make money from subtle advertising/product placement? If not, where did the inspiration come for the album title and the similarly titled final track?

I am reclusive and I write about things I see. To some extent, in the online dating thing, I feel like I'm interacting with people who appear to be convinced that there is a structure at hand that everyone agrees on. That feels sort of limited and alienating to me. I feel like an outsider... I could have called the CD The Outsider, but I tend to take my position as perpetual interloper and write about what I see. When some other people here and there, beyond the physical scope of my neighbourhood, hear or read some of my observations they might feel more connected; less alienated.

Jean, if you happen to accidentally receive a blow to the head that impaired your sight to that of a single colour. Which colour would you hope that would be and why?

Green -- because either there are more greens than there are an other colour, or humans can see more greens. So at least with green there is more variety. I read that we are more sensitive to greens because we, at one time, had to select plants based on colour and other qualities; so humans developed a heightened sense of detecting subtleties in green. I don't know if that's true, but it makes me feel more human.

The next time anyone sees you at a gig or in the pub which drink would you like them to buy you?

As a non-drinker of almost seven years and somehow a consistent non-recipient of drinks purchased... let's see; ideally I would like to have something that reflected the person's knowledge or awareness of me. Somewhere once, I said my drink of choice was sparkly water with a slice of lime... and someone some place once delivered one of these to me... and I was... well... I liked that.

Having attended art school, I have witnessed many annoying works, works without skill or merit, without any other aim than to gain undeserved attention or to shock. I remember a guy running around wiping himself wearing nothing more than a black leather thong... I’ve recently heard that the Tate (London Modern Art Gallery) has a resident Raspberry Blower at the minute. He just stands around blowing raspberries all day. Have you ever been annoyed to the point of despair by any artworks?

Not that I can think of, but I grew up in the sixties and my parents were both abstract painters. I recall that Picasso sorta bugged me... in a general way. Actually, his work still sorta bugs me.

If you had your chest X-rayed, were shown the plate and you had noticed that your heart was the silhouette of a famous person. Who would it be and why?

If my heart, in silhouette, looked like…?

If you actually discovered that the silhouette was that of Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones from ‘Two & A Half Men’ would you still frame the picture within a back lit light box or burn the evidence and have a pace maker fitted to destroy their combined profiles?

Relegated to the bottom of the sock drawer, I'm afraid.

Rain is God’s Tears, Snow is his dandruff, and the waning moon is God’s Fingernail… What’s Moss?

Moss is flora produced in elimination of negative thought, fueled by God's tears, it lays low on its shallow root system, dries out while dormant, ready to respond to God's new sobbings -- moss requires little attention other than disallowing it from taking over what are thought of as more desirable plant-forms -- greener grasses on other sides of fences etc -- some effort is required to keep it under control. It can be comfortable place to wander barefoot over but nowhere that you need to stay for long.

What would rather have; a life of torment and dull pain with an amazing, uplifting and exhilarating death or a life of numb happiness with the most god awful, painful death you could ever imagine?

Sorry, neither is a possibility.

Weird and Freaky Question:

Referring back to toilet usage (my favourite subject), when you visit a stranger’s house what method do you use to cover up your toilet undertakings? Do you put lots of toilet roll down the bowl first to dampen the noise, or do you turn on the sink tap to drown out the noises?