An Interview with Motion City Soundtrack: Keeping It Fun

An Interview with Motion City Soundtrack: Keeping It Fun

How time flies. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Midwestern pop punk veterans Motion City Soundtrack's sophomore release, Commit This To Memory, which boasts some of their most beloved tracks and helped the group gain a fiercely avid fanbase. In honor of the milestone, the band has embarked on an extensive North American tour, being joined from date-to-date by an assortment of openers which include William Beckett, Vinnie Caruana, and The Early November.

Guitarist and lead vocalist Justin Pierre recently spoke with the Aquarian about the making of the memorable album and the excitement for the future (along with the upcoming release of their currently untitled sixth studio album, their first since 2012), while remembering what started this all in the first place: a love of music and fun.

How did the idea for doing a 10-year anniversary tour for Commit This To Memory come about?

I feel like—I don't know if this is the best answer to give or not—but I feel like the original idea came when we were nearing the…

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An Interview with Alan Parsons: The Sounds Of Science

An Interview with Alan Parsons: The Sounds Of Science

Whether he's behind a recording console or making music with his progressive rock group, Alan Parsons is an iconic figure in popular music.

Parsons first made a name for himself as an audio engineer, landing a job at Abbey Road Studios at age 19 and earning his first LP credit as assistant engineer on The Beatles' Abbey Road.

He later served as head engineer on Pink Floyd's legendary The Dark Side Of The Moon, where Parsons' deft use of effects and recording techniques helped dictate the sonic signature of that record, and his work earned him the first of seven Grammy nominations.

In 1975, Parsons met Eric Woolfson, who became his songwriting partner for what would be known as The Alan Parsons Project. The progressive band released a series of popular albums and scored hit singles such as "Eye In The Sky," "Time," and also the instrumental piece "Sirius," which has remained a staple at sports arenas throughout North America.

Though The Alan Parsons Project never played live during its heyday, since 1999…

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Interview with Napalm Death: The Fire Still Burns

Interview with Napalm Death: The Fire Still Burns

Extreme metal has always been a fluid genre that has seen trends come and go within a matter of months (Crabcore, anyone?). However, some bands have a way of sticking around without overstaying their welcome. Since they first annihilated the music industry with albums like Scum, Napalm Death has carved a name for itself in a genre that is notoriously difficult to remain relevant in.

I got to speak with vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway of Napalm Death one fine Friday morning about touring, recording, their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and more. You can check out the transcript below:

Hey Barney, thanks for talking with me today. I wanted to ask if the Apex Predator is easy meat, or does the Apex Predator prey upon easy meat?

That’s exactly the point. The Apex Predator, specifically, is the company, the bosses, the culture of supply chains. That is the Apex Predator. The easy meat are subject to them. It’s quite a simple kind of separation used with evolutionary terminology because that’s one of…

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Commit It To Memory: An Interview with Music & Memory Founder Dan Cohen

Commit It To Memory: An Interview with Music & Memory Founder Dan Cohen

Available on Netflix, Michael Rossato-Bennett’s Alive Inside movingly captures non-profit Music & Memory’s mission and a selection of beautiful success stories. Winner of 2014’s Audience Award: US Documentary at Sundance, the film introduces the organization’s founder, Dan Cohen, and touches on the science and magic behind music’s potential to brighten the lives of nursing home residents. Cohen and I recently spoke about Music & Memory’s beginning, its impact, and how you can help. For more visit musicandmemory.org, watch the film, then go toss a few band names on your health care proxy.

I watched Alive Inside again before we spoke and was just as moved as the first time I saw it. What can you tell me about Music & Memory’s start?

It started really in 2006. I was listening to the radio and they were talking about how iPods were so ubiquitous and I thought, “Well, all of the kids have them and adults, but nursing homes from what I’ve seen don’t seem to. If I’m ever in a nursing home am…

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Shoreworld: Cut Pieces - A Tribute To Yoko Ono

Shoreworld: Cut Pieces - A Tribute To Yoko Ono

When it comes to the subject of Yoko Ono, so much vilification has been written about her that it’s almost pointless to reiterate here. But love her or hate her, you have to think about the fact that if John Lennon saw something wonderful and original in Ono, what was the issue with the rest of the world? I happen to believe that it comes down to one of the planet’s oldest emotions. That illogical, crazy reaction we know as jealousy. The fact that millions thought she broke up The Beatles was really just a reaction to the fact that they wanted their very first “boy band" to continue dancing like monkeys for their entertainment. The world and especially America wanted the Fab Four to always be a cartoonish fabrication.

But truth be told, long before that assumption, Lennon was done with The Beatles anyhow. All the money and accolades in the world couldn’t have kept him in his shiny grey suit and pointy boots any longer than he was obligated to be as…

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Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies/Exodus @ Wellmont Theater

Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies/Exodus

Wellmont Theater

November 29, 2014

(Photo by Robin Pullman)

MONTCLAIR, NJ—Thrash legends Slayer performed an aggressive set with some incredible support from Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Nov. 29, 2014. The thing that absolutely floored me the most was simply seeing Steve Zetro fronting Exodus for the first time in 10 years. With Suicidal Tendencies, what stood out the most were the really uplifting and intense speeches given by frontman Mike Muir.

The night began with the song "Black 13" blasting really hard from the new Exodus album, Blood In, Blood Out. Then came "Blood In, Blood…

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The Birthday Massacre: Superstition

The Birthday Massacre

Superstition

Metropolis

With the announcement of The Birthday Massacre’s new album, Superstition, I had a moment of delight. I was instantaneously brought back to the moment when I was introduced the band: my freshman year in high school. Usually a time of exploration in an adolescent’s life, I credit this year…

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