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An interveiw with Japandroids

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Justin Barney: So, the new album is called Near to the Wild Heart of Life. Could you explain the title of it?

Brian King: The title comes from a book by James Joyce, it’s a line in the book, and I actually first heard it from a different that took the title from that line by Clarice Lispector, and then I discovered it came from the James Joyce book and read that book. The influence of those books end with that line, but that was one of those great lines that was really inspiring for me and it really summed up the spirit of the songs.

JB: How would you say you manage to capture that spirit while writing?

BK: I don’t even know if I can answer that question. From the very beginning we’ve always just felt compelled to write about certain things in a certain way. That was not terribly original necessary, because we got that idea from a lot of our favorite bands from the past, but when it came time to make our own music it just felt like the natural thing to do, and the thing that we felt like we could do the best. It never really occurred to us to try and make a really sad record because it just wouldn’t be natural to us. [Our music] is a reflection of our personalities and a reflection of our music taste.

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Music News: 30 foot Bowie memorial proposed in Brixton, more

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Tomorrow! 414 Music Live with Fatty Acids

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Special Beat Birthdays this week: Dave Wakeling & Ranking Roger

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MKE singer Abby Jeanne shows intense emotional power on ‘Rebel Love’

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Production

The production on ‘Rebel Love’ was done entirely by Abby herself. “I taught myself production and set up my own studio in my house,” she said. “Everything was soul and DIY.” When so much of a project is in one person’s hands, without the input of another party, it can certainly become an issue.

However, every element of the production works cohesively with Abby’s vocals and the other instruments to add to the mood of the song, without ever taking center-stage at any point. In the album, we see elements of rock, folk, soul and electronic music all working together to create a distinct style.

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Listen to new music from Jidenna, Little Dragon and Goldie

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Milwaukee’s WebsterX announces debut album ‘Daymares,’ shares new song

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Music News: McCartney & Starr record, jazz legend Larry Coryell has died

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Discover Music

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If you love discovering new music, here’s the place to dig in.

In the stories to the right, you can keep up on the latest music news, watch behind-the-scenes videos, get to know emerging artists, who’s coming to town, who’s hot in Milwaukee’s music scene, and get a free download (every week!).

You can listen on demand to exciting new jazz, hip-hop and R&B, world and electronic dance music, interesting covers and songs we just can’t stop listening to.You can hear live performances recorded in our studio, featuring local and touring bands. Yes, there’s more. But we’ll leave the rest of the discovery up to you!

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