Hey Jim? How do you spell Noo Yawk?
"Jim Jarmusch does not enjoy the image of Kate Moss wearing a beard any more than I do. But that’s what we’ve been confronted with, on the glossy cover of a Hollywood-lifestyle magazine placed, no doubt by the Gideons, on the coffee table in Château Marmont’s Suite 69. It’s very unsettling.
“And it’s kind of freaking me out,” says Jarmusch.
“Here,” I offer, rising from my comfy spot on the floor. “Allow me.”
I do what I must: extract the shiny magazine from the coffee table, walk it through the dining room to the kitchen and stash it somewhere safe.
“Did you put it in the fridge?” Jarmusch asks when I return.
“In the freezer.”
Now we can concentrate.
Jarmusch and I replant ourselves in the comfortable living room, and I propose terms for the rest of our one-hour relationship.
“In theory,” I say, “you should be the accomplished artist who says complex and interesting things, and I’ll be the benevolent parasite who encourages you and pretends to understand what you’re talking about.”
“In theory,” says Jarmusch, sucking down a healthy dose of smoke. “We’ll see about that.”
Jim Jarmusch interview in LA Weekly, here. He goes on to describe doing days of press interviews in hotels as making him feel like a whore, noting that journos usually arrive with a preconceived notion of what he's like ("indie punk boho director, quirky sensibility") to which he is expected to conform... entertaining reading. Wait til you read about Jarmusch, Iggy Pop and Joe Strummer discussing their respective hotel rooms...
On a similar tangent...
Some good interviewing tips for journalistic novices (and perhaps for budding/current student radio DJs, who seem to excel in crap interview techniques) from Dan Gillmor over here. Try this...
"Listen to the answers. This may sound obvious, but some interviews are a disjoined bunch of questions that leave obvious follow-up points hanging in the air. Sometimes it's better to toss out a question you've planned to ask in order to delve more deeply into some angle.
I've gone into some interviews with a single question, listened hard to the answer and asked nothing but follow-up questions afterward. To do an interview this way, you need to be well-prepared, of course, but it can lead you down some fascinating paths if the person is interesting enough."
Jimi Hendrix played gay to get out of the US Army... um, do you think he was the first person to ever do this? Ah, no. Then it's not really news, is it? Damn you, lazy freaking mainstream media. Next! (Did you know that 'Hey Joe' was an ode to his gay lover?)
On a similar theme, Stylus Magazine presents In Love With These Times: A Flying Nun primer, best bit is Dave Mulcahy's imaginary casting for the Flying Nun movie "In Love With Those Times"... here's a sample...
Chris Knox – Harvey Keitel (with ponytail and jandals: Mr. Sleazy)
Lesley Paris – Jennifer Saunders (the sardonic floozy)
Martin Phillips – Rowan Atkinson (ala Mr. Bean, with guitar)
Mathew Bannister – Dylan Moran (from Black Books)
Alister Parker - Michael Imperioli (Christopher in Sopranos)
Peter Gutteridge – William Defoe (Drug-crazed enigma)
David Kilgour – Bob Dylan (The serious young man)
Dave Yetton – Michael J Fox (Eternal youth)...
Via Coolfer... The Daily News' Jim Farbor tracks the steady decline of The Source, the once mighty hip hop bible that has slid over the years.
"Many industry insiders feel the biggest blow to the magazine's credibility stems from its two-year war against Eminem, whom the magazine has cast as a racist, out to whitewash an African-American art form. (The Source's own founder, David Mays, is white.) 'By battling Eminem, they end up battling the whole family he's down with - 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Lloyd Banks - the biggest people in the game,' explains Nelson George, a long-time observer of popular music and the author of 'Hip-Hop America.' 'How can you sustain and not cover those guys?'"