"I wanna go to fuckin’ church every fuckin’ day but I can’t go anymore. I just can’t." –Ariel Pink in conversation with Cass McCombs
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"I wanna go to fuckin’ church every fuckin’ day but I can’t go anymore. I just can’t." –Ariel Pink in conversation with Cass McCombs

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  • "Let’s jump into a volcano together!" –Cass McCombs interviewed by Ariel Pink 
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    "Let’s jump into a volcano together!" –Cass McCombs interviewed by Ariel Pink

    To read entire article in the new Issue 120, visit http://bombsite.com/issues/120/articles/6617/edit

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‎I sit here and I feel like a shell harboring my brain and my brain is faxing different thoughts to other parts.
—Patti Smith, BOMB 54/Winter 1996

    ‎I sit here and I feel like a shell harboring my brain and my brain is faxing different thoughts to other parts.

    —Patti Smith, BOMB 54/Winter 1996

  • 
It is a familiar world, but because it has been made strange through opera, you look twice at what would otherwise be considered ordinary and realize that it contains mysteries that you’d never noticed before.
—Robert Ashley, BOMB 118/Fall 2011

    It is a familiar world, but because it has been made strange through opera, you look twice at what would otherwise be considered ordinary and realize that it contains mysteries that you’d never noticed before.

    —Robert Ashley, BOMB 118/Fall 2011

  • Malcolm McClaren: Your record uses rap to spread that idea.Prince B.: It doesn’t use rap at all. I’m just feeling my own thing and it comes out so close to rap because it’s talk, it’s conversation. But it’s the lyrics that separate us from the whole rap vibe.MM: So you don’t consider it rap at all?PB: No, I haven’t written a rap song in a while. When you do rap, you have to condition yourself to a certain frame of mind. Up-front, in-your-face, laying-it-on-the-line type of sound. Delivery is what I find interesting about rap. The wholeheartedness of it. The words, I don’t really listen to anymore because they’re sadistic.MM: The boasting thing.PB: Yeah, that’s how it started out. There were a lot of rappers who were black and trying to prove their manhood, but it’s beyond all that now. It only makes things worse. I think Public Enemy makes mountains out of molehills; N.W.A. don’t say anything at all. The only one I say tells the truth is Ice Cube. He tells it exactly like it is.
—BOMB 37/Fall 1991

    Malcolm McClaren: Your record uses rap to spread that idea.

    Prince B.: It doesn’t use rap at all. I’m just feeling my own thing and it comes out so close to rap because it’s talk, it’s conversation. But it’s the lyrics that separate us from the whole rap vibe.

    MM: So you don’t consider it rap at all?

    PB: No, I haven’t written a rap song in a while. When you do rap, you have to condition yourself to a certain frame of mind. Up-front, in-your-face, laying-it-on-the-line type of sound. Delivery is what I find interesting about rap. The wholeheartedness of it. The words, I don’t really listen to anymore because they’re sadistic.

    MM: The boasting thing.

    PB: Yeah, that’s how it started out. There were a lot of rappers who were black and trying to prove their manhood, but it’s beyond all that now. It only makes things worse. I think Public Enemy makes mountains out of molehills; N.W.A. don’t say anything at all. The only one I say tells the truth is Ice Cube. He tells it exactly like it is.

    BOMB 37/Fall 1991

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Music is visceral. The written page is mental. You take in the vibrations—they go into your eye and into your brain. But with music, it fills the atmosphere, it penetrates your body.
—Sam Coones, BOMB 2012

    Music is visceral. The written page is mental. You take in the vibrations—they go into your eye and into your brain. But with music, it fills the atmosphere, it penetrates your body.

    —Sam Coones, BOMB 2012

  • This BOMB podcast was co-produced with 651 ARTS is a conversation between composers Tania León and Philip Glass. This event was recorded live at The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn on February 8, 2011, as part of 651 ARTS’ LIVE & OUTSPOKEN series.

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Music’s not only physical, there’s something else in it too that seems to be attached to the physical, but separate from the physical, which is, I don’t know, soul. That’s similar to the human body. You’ve got something that seems to be attached to your body in some way and yet is not your body.
—Sam Coones, BOMB 2012

    Music’s not only physical, there’s something else in it too that seems to be attached to the physical, but separate from the physical, which is, I don’t know, soul. That’s similar to the human body. You’ve got something that seems to be attached to your body in some way and yet is not your body.

    —Sam Coones, BOMB 2012

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I love eating food. And I love music. So playing by yourself is kind of like eating by yourself. I can still enjoy it, but it’s not the same as eating with the people that you like. 
—Dirty Beaches, BOMB 2011

    I love eating food. And I love music. So playing by yourself is kind of like eating by yourself. I can still enjoy it, but it’s not the same as eating with the people that you like.

    —Dirty Beaches, BOMB 2011

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My exasperation about the cowardly evasiveness of our mainstream press drives me to think that if people in general knew more about history they’d be more likely to demand more honorable governments. 
—Robert Wyatt, BOMB 115, 2011

    My exasperation about the cowardly evasiveness of our mainstream press drives me to think that if people in general knew more about history they’d be more likely to demand more honorable governments.

    —Robert Wyatt, BOMB 115, 2011

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Happiness is for children and yuppies. I’m not striving for happiness, I’m trying to get some work done. 
—John Zorn, BOMB 80, 2002

    Happiness is for children and yuppies. I’m not striving for happiness, I’m trying to get some work done.

    —John Zorn, BOMB 80, 2002

  • 
I saw Cat Power in the days of her nerves, when she did The Covers Record… She was absolutely wasted and banging her head on the piano, accidentally unplugging her guitar. She was sitting on the stage asking people to hold the mic stand for her. She would tell jokes and no one got it but us. I found it to be both terrifying and amazing; I hadn’t known that this was par for the course. I thought I was witnessing the biggest breakdown in history! Like, This is gonna go down in the books, the end of her career. I don’t think she finished one song all the way through. At the end it just degenerated into jokes and 30-second covers of Britney Spears. Then she laid her head on the piano for five minutes, got up, and left. It was ten times better than when I saw her recently with her blues-rock band. 
—Edward Droste, BOMB 112, 2010

    I saw Cat Power in the days of her nerves, when she did The Covers Record… She was absolutely wasted and banging her head on the piano, accidentally unplugging her guitar. She was sitting on the stage asking people to hold the mic stand for her. She would tell jokes and no one got it but us. I found it to be both terrifying and amazing; I hadn’t known that this was par for the course. I thought I was witnessing the biggest breakdown in history! Like, This is gonna go down in the books, the end of her career. I don’t think she finished one song all the way through. At the end it just degenerated into jokes and 30-second covers of Britney Spears. Then she laid her head on the piano for five minutes, got up, and left. It was ten times better than when I saw her recently with her blues-rock band.

    —Edward Droste, BOMB 112, 2010

  • 
The burning sun day after day can be a brutal reality for anyone trying to hide. If you choose to live in the desert, things eventually come out into the open.
—John Convertino of Calexico, BOMB 2002

    The burning sun day after day can be a brutal reality for anyone trying to hide. If you choose to live in the desert, things eventually come out into the open.

    —John Convertino of Calexico, BOMB 2002

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I think what people are really talking about is just taste when they  make distinctions between popular modes of music and unpopular modes of  music. I think that it just serves the purpose of them just feeding  their own idea of what makes them different.
—Daniel Lopatin, BOMB 2011

    I think what people are really talking about is just taste when they make distinctions between popular modes of music and unpopular modes of music. I think that it just serves the purpose of them just feeding their own idea of what makes them different.

    —Daniel Lopatin, BOMB 2011