I’ve loved Spektor’s voice since the first time I heard “Fidelity" (I know it annoyed most everyone else). The story is great in its innocence and honesty, and provides more insight into the speaker’s thoughts and feelings than you get from most songs. All these things are very Spektor-ish. However, I’m used to hearing allusions to Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Le Petit Prince, or Hamlet from her. Not Blockbuster and Juicy Fruit.
“If you could write perfectly, you would write the way Charles Mingus composed music: uncompromising intelligence and seriousness married to shit-kicking raunch.”—From J. D. Daniels’ essay “Clocking Out,” published in Paper Monument (Issue One, 2007).
“Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, “Listen, mate, life has surface noise.”—John Peel (Think I need to get some more vinyl in my life)
“We actually resemble nothing so much as those legendary lab rats that endlessly pressed a lever to give themselves a little electrical jolt to the brain. While we tap, tap away at our search engines, it appears we are stimulating the same system in our brains that scientists accidentally discovered more than 50 years ago when probing rat skulls.”—Seeking: Just put down the interenet, and slowly walk away…