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Born: 1982-09-28
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I started playing guitar when I was 12 and probably from that age knew that I wanted to make music and make my own music. Playing with other bands like the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens was more like an apprenticeship for me than anything.

Tags: Age, Guitar, Music

I think a lot of people who want to be musicians terrify their parents because they don't have a living example of it in their families, and I did. So I always knew that it was possible.

Tags: Living, Parents, Possible

I think human beings have a really broad spectrum of traits, and I almost feel implicated when we say, 'Men are like this, women are like this.' Nobody was telling me, 'Don't get dirty, don't play in the mud, girls don't do that.'

Tags: Human, Men, Women

I wrote 'Actor' all on the computer. I didn't touch any instruments until I was in the studio. So while I had all these ornate arrangements, I didn't have any songs.

Tags: Touch, Until, While

I'm supportive of women, absolutely, and it's so gratifying to have girls come up and say, 'I'm really inspired by your guitar playing.' I mean no disrespect to the sisterhood, but musically I feel more drawn to things like Dirty Projectors, the National and Grizzly Bear.

Tags: Guitar, Mean, Women

In regards to being a fashion aficionado, there's a certain amount of taking yourself seriously in the professional world. The self-effacing person can't completely go down the serious road. But I design, and love when things are beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Design, Love

My dad used to love Steely Dan, the Stones, Jethro Tull and all that. There was always Steely Dan going in my dad's car, but I remember The Royal Scam in particular because it has 'Kid Charlemagne' on it.

Tags: Car, Dad, Love

One of my favourite things about country music is that, at least until recently, you could always count on a solid story, a punchline and a pun. I think it has that in common with hip hop, where they're not afraid of wordplay and I really appreciate that.

Tags: Afraid, Country, Music

The Lilith Fair thing was Bummer Town - hey, hop aboard the marginalizing train. I guess you had people come out of that and have careers, but I think there was a pretty intense backlash, too.

Tags: Fair, Guess, Pretty

To be honest, because there's loud music in my ears probably three hours a day, between sound check and the show, I listen to podcasts more than I listen to music on the road.

Tags: Between, Honest, Music

Well, I've been recording myself on a computer since I was about 13 or 14. So it's completely entwined with my creative process. Essentially, it allows you to make music that's better and smarter than you are, by using your ears to lead the way.

Tags: Creative, Music, Since

I've been watching a lot of Joan Didion interviews on YouTube. I love her. My drummer has gotten me into looking at Terence McKenna interviews.

Tags: Her, Looking, Love

All you can do is make something that you like and feel proud of and then just hope for the best and try to get out of its way.

Tags: Best, Hope, Try

Fashion, for me, is anything that's aesthetic and beautiful. Art, food, film. It's something that I appreciate and really like.

Tags: Art, Beautiful, Food

Generally my day-to-day is pretty much the same. Just busy and working and on tour. And trying to put on the best show possible every night.

Tags: Best, Busy, Night

Guitar is just something I can do. So much of it now is muscle memory, just instinct.

Tags: Guitar, Instinct, Memory

I grew up in Texas and we used to go to Padre Island, eight hours in the car down to the beach.

Tags: Car, Texas, Used

I guess trying to throw my body into the guitar is so natural for me that I don't even know how to explain it. I can't imagine life without it.

Tags: Guitar, Life, Trying

I have a great band. Oh, man. I'm so happy about them.

Tags: Band, Great, Happy

I just love playing guitar, so that's what I'm going to do.

Tags: Guitar, Love, Playing

I only listen to my own music when I'm playing an hour-and-half set each night. I don't put it on recreationally.

Tags: Music, Night, Put

I think in some ways, it can do a listener a disservice to explain a song. I think I'd rather leave a little room for people to put themselves in it.

Tags: Put, Rather, Song

I was a lusty kid who loved Tennessee Williams.

Tags: Kid, Loved, Tennessee

I was always just kind of obsessed with guitar, even before I started playing.

Tags: Guitar, Playing, Started

I'm unqualified to do anything other than music.

Tags: Music

I've always been pretty ravenous about pop culture, highbrow and lowbrow.

Tags: Culture, Pop, Pretty
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I've always wanted to make music like people write plays, so I was inspired by writers as much as musicians.

Tags: Music, Wanted, Write

I've been so entwined with technology since I was about 15, recording myself and multitracking and producing things on my own.

Tags: Recording, Since, Technology

Life can be challenging and sad... but music is the easy part.

Tags: Life, Music, Sad

Musically, I have more things in common with tons of bands that have no female members.

Tags: Bands, Common, Female

Whirlyball is only the most awesome sport on the planet! It's like bumper cars plus lacrosse meets basketball.

Tags: Awesome, Basketball, Cars

A song has a life of its own. It's an autonomous thing, separate from your own experience, almost. And the mere repetition of it means it's subject to change; it means approaching it differently, expressing different emotional aspects of it. It doesn't feel like wallowing.

Tags: Change, Experience, Life

And if I'm honest about it, I was obsessed with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. This is like '92, right in the throes of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I think I probably wanted to be Kurt Cobain.

Tags: Honest, Obsessed, Wanted

I grew up around a lot of various religions, so it's a part of my consciousness in a way. Everything from heavy Catholicism to followers of Indian spiritual masters to Unitarian universalists - all in one family. Though the family aspect was stronger than any particular dogma.

Tags: Family, Spiritual, Though

I love Robert Fripp. You know what I really appreciate about Robert Fripp? He always dresses appropriately for the occasion. When he's on stage, he's a Dapper Dan.

Tags: Appreciate, Love, Stage

I remember looking at the sky and thinking that the universe is so big and it's all chaos. I call it 'the dark fear.' At any moment, the dark fear could come in.

Tags: Fear, Remember, Thinking
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