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4 THE WICHITAN Oct. 31, 2007 New Releases MUSIC: “Blackout,” Britney Spears; “The Long Road Out of Eden,” The Eagles; “The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere,” Andrea Bocelli; “Cyclone,” Baby Bash; “Avenged Sevenfold,” Avenged Sevenfold; “Unbreakable,” Backstreet Boys; “Everything Is Fine,” Josh Turner; “Dirt Farmer,” Levon Helm; “Under the Boards,” Saves the Day; “Here Right Now,” Graham Colton Band; “After Tonight,” Will Downing DVD: “Spider-Man 3,” “License to Wed,” “In the Land of Women,” “Talk to Me,” “El Cantante,” “Day Watch,” “No End in Sight,” “Captivity,” “The Wendell Baker Story,” “The Devil Came on Horseback,” “Journey From the Fall,” “Dear Jesse,” “Basket Case 2,” “Executive Suite,” “John Waters: This Filthy World” BOOKS: “Protect and Defend,” Vince Flynn; “Home to Holly Springs,” Jan Karon; “The Daring Book for Girls,” Andrea J. Buchanan; “The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avacado or Two: The Hidden Lives of Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words,” Anu Garg; “Write it When I’m Gone,” Thomas M. DeFrank; “Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure,” Michael Chabon; “American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic,” Joseph J. Ellis; “Contact Harvest,” Joseph Staten; “Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet, 73rd Edition,” The Onion; “Dead of Night,” J.D. Robb & others; “Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday,” Paula Deen VIDEO GAMES: “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” X360, Wii, PS3, PS2; “Manhunt 2,” Wii, PS2, PSP; “The Witcher,” PC; “Hellgate: London,” PC; “Naruto: Rise of a Ninja,” X360; “Culpa Innata,” PC; “Battalion Wars 2,” Wii; “TimeShift,” X360, PC; “Virtua Fighter 5,” X360; “The Simpsons Game,” X360, Wii, PS2, PS3, DS; “Tabula Rasa,” PC; “Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness,” PSP; “NBA Live 08,” PC; “Stranglehold,” PS3 In It To Win It On the day a new poll showed him in a statistical dead heat with rival Senator Hillary Clinton among Democratic caucus voters in Iowa, Illinois Senator Barack Obama brought his message to the young voters at Coe College Monday, where MTV/MySpace’s second presidential dialogue took place (the first was with John Edwards). As the forum drew to a close, Obama’s overall ratings among online voters bumped up to show that nearly 87 percent agreed with his positions. MTV/MySpace has extended offers to all presidential candidates from all political parties to participate in similar forums. Obligatory YouTube Shout-Out The California Golden Overtones are a completely student-run musical group on the UC Berkeley campus. The a cap pella group performs at Cal football games, University functions and all over the Bay area for private events and parties. They have popular songs (Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman,” “Gangsta’s Paradise”) as well as standards and holiday classics posted on YouTube. Look them up. Entertainment ‘Everything is Alright’ for MCS Thaxton: I have no idea! I went to college briefly studying music, as did Matt (Taylor). I would probably be trying to figure out what I’m doing still. Wanting to play music for a living somehow. I was working a terrible warehouse job when I joined MCS. Hopefully I wouldn’t still be there. COURTNEY FOREMAN STAFF REPORTER With an interesting mix of power-pop sounds and indie influences, Motion City Soundtrack truly delivers a distinctive sound they can call their own. With their third album out this year, Motion City Soundtrack has been triumphant when it comes to making a name for themselves. Songs like “Everything Is Alright” and “L.G.F.U.A.D.” from their second album, “Commit This To Memory,” seemed to allow the band to make major strides in the music industry they are associated with. Motion City Soundtrack, formed in 1999, released their first album, “I Am the Movie,” in 2003. Two years later, the band released “Commit This To Memory” and immediately began to see their hard work pay off. After the success of previous accomplishments, Motion City Soundtrack is once again on tour promoting their much-anticipated third album, “Even If It Kills Me.” The latest album offers new sounds, new stories and is sure to impress the band’s already growing fanbase. Drummer Tony Thaxton answered a few of my questions regarding their latest album, fun facts about the band and other information that makes Motion City Soundtrack a band we can’t ignore. Q: Since MCS is not new in the music industry, what advice would you give to upcoming bands that are just getting started? Thaxton: TOUR! Find a way to get out there and play as much as humanly possible! Write some good songs, then let anyone and everyone hear them. It’s not always going to be easy or pleasant. I can’t tell you how many shows we have played to just a handful of people. It can pay off after awhile. It’s almost always a growing process. Get ready to have fun, and sometimes really be struggling. You find cheap ways to eat, sleep, etc. If you have the desire and drive to do it, you’ll find a way. Q: Are there any other influences on the music you produce, for example, other bands or other types of music? Q: Motion City Soundtrack released a third CD Sept. 18. How does the overall sound differ from the last two albums? Thaxton: I think it still sounds like us, but doing new things. I think it’s a little bit of a cross between our first two records with some songs like we’ve never written before. I think we stepped it up this time with more instrumentation and harmonies. Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) was particularly great with helping the arrangements. Lots of great ideas. Q: How have your lives changed since MCS started to take off and become a well-known band? Thaxton: Well, I don’t know how Motion City Soundtrack WELL KNOWN we necessarily are now, but we’re happy. I mean, we get to pay our bills by playing music. That rules. That was our main goal all along, not having to scramble for work when you are home so that you can survive. Q: As a whole, what have you found to be the most difficult part of being in the music industry today? Thankfully we’ve done okay, and people seem to like coming to the live shows. Somehow we can often outdraw bands that have sold four times what we have. It’s crazy. Q: What is best part about touring all over the country? Thaxton: Getting people to buy records! I think that’s the hardest part for anyone these days. People just don’t buy records like they used to. Thaxton: Just getting to see places you never would have seen otherwise. And meeting and becoming friends with people I wouldn’t have ever known otherwise. I was actually thinking about that the other night, looking through the numbers on my phone, realizing how the ma- Fantine, Nana, Marguerite Gautier. But Linny is forced into this as a child. It shouldn’t become some empowering thing for her when she’s older. It’s just ... well, all I can say is, “Holeman, you wrong for that one.” Linny eventually moves away from London and Holeman is good at describing exotic locations, but her plot continues to fall by the wayside and her characters are nothing more than shallow stock characters from a Harlequin romance you can pick up at Wal-Mart (i.e., Linny marries a dissolute man but falls in love with the one she will probably never see again after one night together). This novel could have been so much more, and for a novel that’s presented as being some Serious Business, it fails. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Holeman’s ‘Linnet’ is for the birds KONNIE SEWELL ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR So, it’s the 1820s in England and 11-year-old Linny Gow’s daddy decides he wants to make money off her by turning her into a prostitute. Yeah, it’s gross. But Linny, the main character in Linda Holeman’s “The Linnet Bird,” puts up with this degradation because her long-gone mother told her about her noble ancestry. She’s determined to make her future better than her past. Eventually Linny moves into a whorehouse where she becomes ... how shall I say this? Proud to be a prostitute? There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. I mean, prostitutes in literature have a history of being cool: Belle Watling, Fanny Hill, The Wichitan needs writers! Call 397-4704! R Buy any size Shaved Ice and we will upsize it to the next larger size for free! Valid at: 3203 Kemp Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX jority of those people are people I didn’t know until I started touring. Q: How has the experience been touring with Anberlin, Mae and Metro Station this fall? Thaxton: Well, it’s only show #5 as I write this, but so far, so good! Everyone is super nice and putting on a great show. I’m excited for the months ahead. Q: If you weren’t making music and touring all over the country, what would you have liked to do with your life? Thaxton: As a whole, we all listen to lots of different things. There are a handful of bands that all of us like, but overall, it’s a big variety. Bands like Jawbox, Weezer, Superchunk, The Pixies and Ben Folds Five are all big influences on us. I myself am a giant Ben Folds fan but love things from The Beatles to Van Halen to Tower of Power to The Weakerthans. I get bored listening to the same kind of music over and over. Q: Out of all the places you have toured in your career, do you have a favorite place to come back to? Why? Thaxton: We LOVE going to Japan. It’s the most amazing place I’ve ever been to. Everywhere and everyone is so nice. We’ve been twice, with a third time coming next year, I believe. Words can’t quite describe it. I’d recommend it to anyone. Sound off! For all of rock ’n’ roll’s inherent rebellious bluster, it’s rare that any of its practitioners actually speak their minds – apart from mouthing off about other stars they don’t like, of course. God save Johnny Rotten, then, for he remains as unrepentantly outspoken as ever. On the Ramones: “Mommy and Daddy didn’t buy us no guitars!” On the Clash: “Highly manufactured.” On Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Rotten lives in L.A.): “Fine job he isn’t doing!” On Britney Spears: “She doesn’t know who she is anymore.” Oddly enough, he had kind things to say about the royal family.

Oct 31, 2007

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