I'm certainly not going to take the position, now that I'm in my mid to late 30s, that there's nothing good anymore or it's not the same as it was in my day.
Seven months after an anonymous woman accused indie-rock darling/millennial idol Conor Oberst of rape — and five months after Oberst sued said women for libel — the tortured truth of a long Internet drama has, at last, come out. Joan Elizabeth Harris, issued a notarized public statement Monday apologizing for the accusations and admitting she made them all up.
“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false,” the statement reads.
More times than not, when people think a song's about a certain thing, it's not.
But for obvious personal reasons, but also because I want these songs to exist within the context of people's lives who are listening to them, I don't want to tell people what part of these songs are my own confessions about my life and the life of those around me.
I thought I'd use something a little more formal for the solo album.
People call me Ben, but maybe go with something a little more regal. Is that what your mother calls you when she's upset with you? But I feel like naming it Benjamin was more of a formality than something people call me when they're mad at me.And I think these songs are more indicative of my dusty record collection than they are the sound of the band that I'm in.On some of these songs, you can hear specific influences, whether it's Big Star or Teenage Fanclub.But they do reflect a more varied set of inspirations than you might hear on a Death Cab album.Every record that we make, there tends to be a theme that makes itself apparent as we sift through the songs, and there tend to be sonic threads we want to put together, and that unfortunately leaves a song or two along the way as a deleted scene from the record.Do you think that's something we're losing in the Spotify, i Tunes era?