On The RCRD: Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic are gearing-up to release their third album, A Different Ship, via Secretly Canadian on May 8. Produced by longtime Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich, the record is a sonically-rich leap forward – exactly the sort of evolution we love for a band entering veteran status. So obviously wanting to know more, we got the group's guitarist, Michael Bloch, to go On The RCRD and tell us about how the IRS and Time Warner were influences, the addictiveness of tea and how a big dinner party with the entire music industry might be amusing.
Life changing record for you was…
I would say that a life changing record for me was Olivia Newton John's "Let Me Be There," because I believe it was the first time my child mind ever processed my own father having a crush on someone. He would play the cassette over and over in the car, and whistle the tunes all day long, and get a funny glare in his eye when he'd look at the tape sleeve. I remember thinking that Olivia must be a friend of his, or what the hell was he doing...?
What people, outside of music, have influenced you over the last year?
Sallie Mae, the IRS, Sprint, Time Warner, HSBC, American Student Assistance, Mr. Piano.
What did you learn about yourself and/or the world at large the last time you made a record?
Hmm... Among many other important lessons, I learned that tea is addictive in a slightly different way than coffee.
What gift would you most like to possess?
Four arms would be helpful.
What quality do you admire most in a song?
It's hard to describe, but songs that have an 'honest' core all kind of hit the same spot with me, regardless of genre. There are just some things that feel like they Exist, while other things don't.
What's your take on the music business in 2012?
The music business in 2012 is a very nice bunch. I'd like to have a big dinner party with everyone invited. Wouldn't that be something?
Best instrument ever invented was....
The iPad. No wait...the pipe organ! Yes, I choose the pipe organ.