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« on: December 09, 2008, 02:36:07 PM »

Anyone else dig Doug? I love the solo stuff and the BTS stuff.
One of the best singer/songwriters of our generation

The Weather


Something (Beatles cover)


Built To Spill "Stop The Show"
BTS with Jim Roth and Brett Nelson on the other guitars.


Built To Spill Live  "Stop The Show"


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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 02:42:39 PM »

I like BTS. I can't say I back all their songs but they have some good shit, for sure. I saw them live and it was a good show. plus, I've read interviews with doug - he seems pretty down to earth and doesn't seem to be driven by the almighty dollar, major label record deals, or the billboard charts, which is always a good thing.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 02:53:40 PM »

He's a good shit, very easy going cat.  BTS played a show for about 20 of us one night in Mankato. They opened up for the House Of Large Sizes and there was nobody there yet. Fuck did it rule. Small club, so it was very in your face.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 03:02:18 PM »

noice. that's kind of like the time I saw them. my ex and I were eating dinner and just happened to see an ad that said they were playing that same night in a fairly small bar. it wasn't even advertised much. needless to say we promptly bolted over to the show. always so much better to see a band you like in a small venue like that.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 03:16:33 PM »

That kicks ass. I saw a J Mascis show by luck a few years back. It was MSU homecoming and I new the local bars were gonna suck, so I called the Uptown bar in Minneapolis to see who was playing. I couldn't believe my ears when they said J Masics solo acoustic. Road trip!
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2008, 03:34:46 PM »

I had a really cool interview with him and J Mascis on the old site, Ill see if I can dig it up...
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2008, 03:43:52 PM »

I had a really cool interview with him and J Mascis on the old site, Ill see if I can dig it up...

Yes yes yes!

Two of my faves and two of the greatest players of the last 25-30 years. So much more soul than all the mainstream "professional" guitar (wankers)players.
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2008, 04:02:24 PM »

It was pretty cool, I had each one talk about each other, it might be gone though... SADLY
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2008, 04:15:32 PM »

It was pretty cool, I had each one talk about each other, it might be gone though... SADLY

Fuck.

I talked with Doug when he was in town and he raved on about J and how all of his early bands wanted to sound like Dinosaur Jr.

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2008, 04:18:37 PM »

I found the J Masics part.
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2008, 04:21:52 PM »

where did you find it?
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2008, 04:24:21 PM »

I also interviewed Doug for a Built To Spill interview in Slap:

Where are you from? Couple of us live over here in Idaho and a couple of us live in Seattle.

Are all the people in the band orignal members? No, Im the only original member...That was kind of the idea of the band in the first place. The first couple of records we made, we were gonna change the line up all the time , but this line up has been together  for about four years or something and there has been about three lineups before that.

How would you categorize your style of music? I dont think I would...maybe I'd call it rock music or indi rock- I wouldn't care, I dont really care about that kind of thing.

Have you always known this is what you wanted to do? No, I didnt start playing guitar till high school.

How do you like touring?  It's ok...I dont like to be gone, but I love to play every night, that's really fun.

Do you have any crazy tour story you'd like to share? No, we're pretty mellow. Weve been doing it for a long time. We're all 30 years old and wore...get to the shows on time, do our sound check, play and go to our hotels and sleep basically.

At your recent show in SF, I noticed you didn't have any roadies, is this normal?  Yeah, I never thought about using a roadie...we can move our gear, it's easy to do. Van Halen has roadies, bands on our level dont.

Do you play the same set every night or do you mix it up? In the past we have, we live in different towns, so we just rehearsed a certain amount of songs...This time we decided to learn a ton of songs, so we could play slightly different sets each night.

Do you get a feel for what the crowd likes after playing night to night and change your line up to what you think is received the best? Yeahhhh, we dont really care too much because the people that are most vocal are not always the best indication of what everyone wants to hear...Youll hear people shout out "The Car", they want to hear "Car" but I think if we  play something like  "When Not being Stupid is Not enough"; which is a song that noone has ever yelled out.. I think there is gonna be a few people in the audience,quiet observers, that are gonna appreciate a wierd song like that, something more obscure. At the same time, I know that everyone likes the  car song-its one of our best songs. I want to play stuff that people want to hear. A lot of it too is what we want to do...I dont mind car... there was a period where I just didnt like the song, it bummed me out so we didnt play it and now I like it and I dont mind playing it at all.

What were your early musical Influences when BTS started? A bunch of SST bands from the mid to late 80's...the replacements, the Butthole Surfers, the Smiths...kind of early alternative rock I guess.

What  inspires you today?Lately Ive been listening to a lot of Reggae- soul music and  stuff. Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions...I mostly listen to compilations...my friend just made me three really great 70 minute regae compilations and I dont really pay much attention to whos on them.

How do you come up with the lyrics to your songs-I read somewhere that your girlfriend writes some of them for you? First I write the music, then I try to find some lyrics that will go to the music that Ive written. Ill take random words out of a book and put them together in a way that makes sence and all fit the meter of what Im working on...my girlfriend , is more of...its not like she sits down and writes things for me...shell tell me an idea and Ill use it sometimes... its really informal though...its not a set things we do things ...I steal things from other peoples songs or whatever...


Do you think about  your audience and how they will react and feel? Yeah..I mean sort of...its a really vague thing...I think my audience has really been internalized over the years...there used to be certain individuals that I would sort of write for that I would think of when I would write songs and see what they  might think of it. But its become  pretty internalized...I guess I think of the audience less then I used to.

Do you have an album that you're most proud of? Id have to say Perfect from Now on

Why's that? I dont know..I think its kind of the best record...I dont know..it was a lot of work,  and it was really hard...and I hated it at the time and it kind of symbolizes to me that if I work hard on something I ll eventually be able to perservere..it kind of has that meaning to me.

Do you have a favorite song that you like to play live? I dont know...I cant think of one off the top of my head...we played a cover of a George Harrison song on that tour that I liked to play a lot.

How many guitars do you have? Not very many, Im not a gear guy... I mean I have quite a bit of gear cause I have a lil studio...but as far as collecting things or knowing much about things Im not...actually right now I have a lot of guitars... I kind of got a few in the last couple of years for different wierd reasons-like a couple of them were gifts from my wife over the  years... I think I have five or six guitars. Not very many for someone who has been playing music for as long as I have.

What is your favorite one? Oh, I just have my one that I always play... I guess that would be my favorite -the stratocaster that Ive played since really since I played in bands.

Are you an internet surfer? Not at all...we dont even have internet access..we had it for a while and we just werent too interested in it and we were terrible with our email...we would never check it.

What are you doing besides music? Im not doing much of anything...Ive been sitting around. I bought a video game system

Which system?I bought a Dreamcast.
What games do you play? Basketball, Im really into basketball, Ive been playing a lot of basketball,Id watch everything that was on TNT,TBS anything that was available with regular cable.

NBA 2K1? Yep, Im playing that right now...I hope you dont mind

I got a Dreamcast too? Nice, I was gonna get the PlayStation2, but this thing was 100 bucks cause they stopped making em or whatever, but they still have tons of games and theres still 100 more to come out or something. But this game and Soul Calliber, Do you have Soul Calliber

No? That game is realy cool, its just one of those fighting games...its so beautiful and such a great game. Straight forward fighting game.

How has father hood changed your life? Makes a huge difference in my life of course, but Im not sure if it makes any difference in my music. My music is really only influenced by other music.

Harder to go out on tours? Exactly, of course...thats definitely the main difference.

How old is your son? Seven

Do your kids have skateboards? No, but he wants one. I think we are gonna get him one pretty soon here. He talks about it a lot...grinding and olliing and stuff.

Did you ever own a skateboard-have any skateboard related stories? No , I never skated at all. I have a couple of freinds though that are my age like 30ish, they just started skating again...I think its strange...I just started playing basketball and thats why I think its strange that their skating, cause Im always hurting myself, so they got to be hurting themselves - its hard to do when your that old.

Your music is in skate videos, are you aware of this? Yeah, I did know that...I thought that was really cool. I havent watched any of the videos, but I have  copies of a couple of em. Im totally psyched about that. I like the idea of skating, I just for some reason was never  interested in it, I always had tons of freinds that skated.

Do you know who Cairo Foster is? I dont. Is he a famous pro skater?

yeah, He's a pro skater, I dont know how famous he is, but he's into you guys. Awesome.

How has success and being on a major lable changed your life besides of course an increase in cash? I dont know, I dont really think it has changed...I think that if we were on UP we would still be as famous as we are . We sold nearly as many records on UP and weve been just touring... I dont think weve gotten very much exposure through Warner Bros. There hasnt been anything that theyve done that UP couldnt do, they dont have greater distribution then UP really...and they dont promote us any more...we do about the same amount of interviews and touring, so I dont think Warner has gotten us much more famous...but I think over the years  weve gotten more well known cause weve been around for that many more years. Thats fine...I like the level were at...thats exactly what I wanted when we signed with Warner bros. was to get enough money to make really good records, you know, spend some money in the studio and be able to quit my job and still have a pretty small following and make the records that I wanted to make...Its all really worked out pretty well and people at WB have been really cool and let us do things the way we want to..

Future plans? Were gonna go to the east coast and tour in september and come back through Californina in November...thats a tentative plan and thats it...and then I  dont know what the bands gonna do.
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2008, 04:26:06 PM »

and here's the J. Mascis:

The theme of the new album obviously seems to be freedom, what inspired this? Oh, you know, I guess just kind of feeling kind  of closterphobic after September 11th, I was in New York then and it seemed like the government is taking it as an excuse to take away a lot of freedoms we have.
 Did you decide to make the last record with the freedom theme before you started to record?  No, in the songs freedom just kept popping up in all the lyrics and I decided just not to edit it out and went with it.

What are the pros and cons about touring solo compared to touring with the band? Well touring solo, you know, everything about it is easier, you dont have to deal with any other people, I can buzz around on my own and  I dont have to worry about having days off or not because  I dont have to pay a bunch of people if we have a day off...the down side is it's harder to play alone, harder to fill up all the space and keep things going. With a band you have a lot more, theres other people playing and it's louder, an electric guitar is easier to play then an acoustic.
Is it funner recording by yourself  or with a band? It depends, it's funner to record with people I guess. A lot of times its easier to record alone. I dont like practicing and teaching people songs and stuff.
I read that dinosaur jr. began with you on drums, what's your relationship to the drums nowadays? Yeah, I play drums on the last few albums. A lot of times I'll play bass too. On this last record I didnt play any  keyboards I dont think, electric piano some people played on the last album I tried to play keyboards too, but it's kind of hard for me, Im not that good at it.
Do you still like playing the drums a lot? Yeah, the drums are cool...its you know more primal thing, definitely the funnest instrument to play.
Do you get asked to play guitar on other peoples projects? is it something your opposed to? I dont get asked too much to play on other peoples stuff, but Im usually into it.
 What are a few of  your most influential albums? Ummm, I dont know, I got tons of records and stuff...maybe like the first stooges album, this album Eater the album 77 English pumk band I was really into that, Minor Threat their first two 45's, Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, Birthday Party, Bad Seeds EP, I dont know, there's a lot of records.
Are you working on a Stooges cover band? I've been doing some shows with Ron Ashton and Scott Ashton from the Stooges and Mike Watt doing Stooges songs, we've done a few shows here and there.
Hows that, is it a fun one to do? Yeah, it's great you know, playing with one of my idols Ron Ashton...I dont have to sing so it's easier, kick back and play guitar...I guess Iggy heard about the shows and asked Ron and Scott to play on his new album, so that's pretty cool.

Gear Questions:
Fender or Gibson? Fender
Vintage or NEW(if new are you down with reissue).  Vintage
Favorite pedal(cant live without)? Over the years I've played a Big Muff a lot, it's the main pedal I've used.
What's the one you play chorus's and it loops? That's called the lo-fi loop junky, its made by Zbex. Its made playing solo more fun for me, so I can play solos and stuff.
What do you think of analog recordings as opposed to digital recordings? I think it still sounds better at this point, digital still hasnt really caught up sound wise. It's a lot more forgiving. I was recording the other day and things coming back after I recorded onto the tape, it sounded better. That never happens on digital, it never sounds better when you play it back, it doesnt help you out at all.
WHen writing songs do you usually write the chorus first or the verse? I dont know, Im not sure. What ever riffs come out.
Would you say you are chorus heavy or verse heavy songwriter? I have no idea.
How do you go about picking your song set? I just try and make it flow, the set. Im not sure exactly how to do it.
do you feed off the croud and what they want to hear? Yeah, sometimes people get into certain songs especially in different countries, they want to hear one song.
Do you prefer playing in front of a big audience or a more intimate one?

Outside of music what do you like to do? I dont know, it takes most of my time thinking about music I guess.
Are you still into golfing? Yeah, a little bit, its pretty cold right now, Ive been skiing a little bit, but its even too cold to do that right now.
What are you currently reading or what was the last thing read? Not really, Im not a big reader.
Where do you get your inspiration when writing songs? I dont know, just kind of play guitar and wait for something to come, Im not sure where it will come from. I just do the lyrics when I sing the song at a certain point in the recording when I want to get it going. Ill write the lyrics when I need em, I dont sit around writing lyrics other wise.
When was the last time you spoke to Neil Blender?  I saw him this summer, I played in San Diego , he lives down there now. He's been skating a lot more I guess. It kind of got me psyched, that along with the ZBoys movie, so I started skating a little bit more this summer, I hadnt done it in a while. They are going to build a concrete park in North Hampton where I live which is pretty cool.
I was hoping you could say something about Doug Martsch as an influence or as a fellow musician. He's great, I really like all his stuff. I saw him play a little while ago playing acoustic and I thought it was a really awesome deal, he could really pull it off. He's really talented. I just like his songs and his guitar playing and everything. They played in this small club in North Hampton a long time ago and I remember that  was one of the best shows that it was just a little bar then and I guess ARthur Lee, those were the best shows that ever played at that place.
What ever happened to Murph? He's around I just talked to him the other day; he's got an appartment kind of near where I am. He's kicking around, if anyone needs a drummer, he's ready.
Are rumors true that you used to date Uma Thurman? No she lived near Amherst when she was a kid, her dad was a professor at Amherst college. I met her a few times, she was a few years younger then me. She was like 15 and this guy was really psyched to drive her around in his car, but he was like 17 and we all thought he was a child molestor or something.
Are you planning to record again soon? I got no plans right now, I just did something the other day for a NRBQ tribute album.
After all these years, what keeps you motivated to keep it going? I just like music, I dont know. I got nothing particularly else to do, Im just still into playing.
Recording or Playing live? I like playing live more lately I guess, I like both. Its easier to play live. You have a show, you play the show and then it's over. Recording could go on forever, you have to kind of limit yourself somehow to get it done.

Ill look for the photos, maybe I should give it some feature love on the site.
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2008, 04:30:45 PM »

where did you find it?

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2008, 08:47:27 PM »

i love doug! built to spill is one of my favorite indie bands
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