September 28, 2005Culture)
"Over and over again I've been called a walking oxymoron. I do things that you wouldn't associate with a good little Christian girl. People say I'm half-boy, half-girl. I love style and dressing up, but I've also got competitive testosterone and I'm incredibly stubborn. When I'm going for a jog and I come up behind a guy on his bike, I try to beat him, even if it kills me."
-Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate on Lost (RollingStone, Oct. 6, 2005)
September 6, 2005Artistry)
"The thought sometimes crosses my mind that it would be nice to do short stories or to do fiction, but it just seems really complicated. I tend to think in terms of smaller pictures instead of larger pictures. I'm fascinated by how someone goes about writing a book. How do you do that? Do you lay out what's going to happen where? Writing songs, it seems kind of easy. You have a certain set space in which to say something. There's a verse and a chorus and a verse and a chorus. Though, for the most part, I don't write choruses."
-Death Cab for Cutie lead singer and songwriter Ben Gibbard talking about whether or not he'd write short stories or fiction. Death Cab for Cutie just released their latest album, Plans. (Paste, Aug./Sept. 2005)Business)
"There have been some kids who have said it sucked that we're on Atlantic, that they hate bands on major labels, and part of me just feels really bad for that mentality. If you have a hard line about bands on major labels, that pretty much says to me that you have the lamest record collection of anyone in the world. I guess you don't buy any Clash records or Talking Heads records or Bowie. I guess you don't have any Stones or Beatles or Radiohead or the Pixies or Nirvanna. There are a million great bands who have done major-label things and had their souls intact. And if you would tell me that you're not going to buy their records, from the sheer fact that a major label is affiliated with it, I guess that's your prerogative, but I don't want to hang out with you. If you've never danced your ass off to 'Walking on Sunshine' or The Romantics' 'What I Like About You' you're a hollow person. Anyway, whatever, I could go on and on, but I don't want to make it sound like a rant."
-Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer talking about their first major-label release, Plans, and whether or not it's selling out to sign with a major label. (Paste, Aug./Sept. 2005)
September 2, 2005Off-beat)
"If it's a good song, it doesn't matter if it was originally sung by a tone-deaf monkey."