Lazy-i: September 4, 2002
interview lasted almost two hours. As a result, a few odds and ends
didn't make sense in the context of the feature story. So here,
in a Lazy-I exclusive, are some excerpts from the interview
transcripts that didn't make the cut:
What do you listen
to when you want to rock?
classics like The Pixies and Superchunk, that's my favorite stuff.
It's hard to find new stuff that I like. My percentage of listening
to loud rock records has greatly decreased in the last four years.
I used to be more into rock bands, but now I just don't listen to
that stuff as much, so when I do, I tend to listen to something
I like a lot. I don't listen to much indie rock or hardcore shit.
I listen to stuff like Rolling Stones, Let it Bleed and Beggars
Banquet. Tom Waits new album is really good (either Blood
Money or Alice). I like Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Simon
a whole range. I like whatever style as long as it's quality,
whatever the genre.
If I'm buying music,
it tends to be older stuff. I definitely like the new Wilco CD (Yankee
Hotel Foxtrot) -- it was really well put together. A couple
years ago I really got into The Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin.
I don't like their new one as much (Yoshimi Battles the Pink
Robots). There's Gillian Welch -- she's sort of a country bluegrass
artist. She sang on some of the O Brother Where Art Thou?
stuff. She has this record that's a year old that I've been listening
to (Time (The Revelator) on Acony Records). I think from
time-to-time I hear something new that's really great -- I look
forward to those times. It was easier when I was younger.
The last time we talked (May 2000)
you had just signed a publishing rights deal with Sony. Did you
get what you wanted out it?
Oberst: It's been
awesome, mainly because they haven't used anything yet. The thing
that's great about it is that the guy that signed me and also sort
of directs my affairs at Sony -- the only guy that has any idea
what's going on with me -- has become a good friend of mine. I talk
to him about once a week and when I go to New York I stay at his
apartment. He doesn't want to approach TV at all. He's waiting for
some amazing film to come along that may or may not come along.
He has a few other really successful accounts, and I can kind of
So is a publishing
deal a good idea?
It depends on whose watching
your deal at the company. In the scope of things, I took a very
small amount of money. If you sign a million dollar publishing deal,
they'll do whatever they can to recoup their investment. I've been
totally lucky and I think it's kind of an anomaly. I don't think
there are a whole lot of cool people working at those kinds of companies,
but there are a few.
How does Omaha size
up to other cities?
Oberst: I think
we need a lot of things as a city. We need a club. We need more
places for people to present art -- art of any kind -- painting,
plays, whatever. I go to all these other cities and it's so much
easier to get things done there. Here, it's work and work and work.
If there's any money for the arts, it goes to Jazz on the Green.
Fine. So people can take their monthly trip downtown and drink a
cup of coffee. Nothing cool is ever gonna happen unless that changes.
I like to think there are better things coming.
Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
need more places for people to present art -- art of any kind
-- painting, plays, whatever."