questions posted to the Throwing Music message board
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the second Kristin TM board Q&A from September, 2001
Looking back at your extensive catalog do you ever wish you didn't release a certain song or two because of either A: it was too personal or B: because it wasn't your best work. Also, I love the instrumental In a Doghouse or is it Like a Dog? Why did you wait soo long?
Also, have you ever visited our place pages?
Hey, hi...Yes, I've done plenty of sucky work, but I won't say which songs I think don't work. I used to throw away songs I thought were only about me, but I bet the record I'm recording now has more offensively personal songs on it than any other release (poor Billy!), so I guess "too personal" doesn't really enter into it anymore. I haven't seen anybody's Place pages, believe it or not, mainly because I suck (see par.1). See ya,K.
I just want to say that I'm wetting my pants waiting for Sunny Border Blue. Plus I'm listening to Hunkpapa for the first time these days, and I love it! No Parachutes is such a thrill. Though I'm not a fan of the drum-machine on Sky Motel, you've yet to make a crap-record, and I have total respect.
What about the Lisa Germano-query I came up with during the NME-chat - will you guys work together?
thank you :)
I'd rather stick needles in my eyes...
OK, in my music classes , our professor makes us clap to songs, and he calls this the "back beat" . Why can't I clap to your songs? I try, it's hard, have you ever tried clapping to your songs? I think it's cool. Do you think perhaps I am spastic and just can't clap right?I know this is stupid, but it was bugging me a bit, trying and failing you know. '
Playing guitar makes it hard for me to clap.
Is 'Your Dirty Answer' going to be the first single?
Are you planning to make any videos for the songs on Sunny Border Blue?
Singles? Videos? Ha ha ha ha ha!
1. If you could sing with anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be and what song/s would you sing?
2. After all of these years, do you still think it's kinda creepy that you have fans (people whom you've never met) who think the world of you? Have you ever felt that way about any of your favorite artists?
3. Warning: this is a LONG one!!!
I would love to hear you talk more about this process in detail, if you don't mind. I don't expect you to answer all (or any, if you don't want to) of these questions, but these are things that I'm curious about:
When you hear these new songs, do you hear the music and the words all at once? Or do you just hear the music and then you fill in the lyrics later?
Billy has said in previous posts that it's like you're listening to a radio, or hearing a voice from a room next door. This may sound like a retarded question to ask, but is it your own voice that you are hearing?
Do you tweak the songs much after you've recorded them for the first time?
Have you ever heard a new song in your head and then recorded it and decided that it was crap? How often does that happen, if ever?
If you don't feel like going into the detail, I'll understand, but I couldn't pass up this opportunity to ask!
Thanks for sharing your music with us, it means more to
me (and others) than you'll ever know!
1. Right now I really want to sing with Vic Chesnutt,
'cause I miss him and we were supposed to record some stuff together and didn't. (he's
I know I've asked about this before but i is still curious....
why golf tees with throwing muses on them?????
also....were you freezing in your summer frock at bumbershoot...i bloody was!
Golf tees are very inexpensive and we were very poor. We thought it was funny. Now golf is cool and golf tees aren't funny anymore. Go figure.
I was SO cold at Bumbershoot. I thought I was dancing for
the longest time before I realized I was just shaking. What a fun day, though, huh?
from Doug H...
Kristin, do you enjoy any music that is totally removed from the world of rock: classical, jazz, Indian sitar music, etc.?
I like Robert Johnson and Billie Holiday alot. Also Peggy
Lee. One of our dearest friends has an excellent country band, Slim Cessna's Auto
Club. They're really great and his incredible singing can only be called
"country". My husband has engaged in a ten year uphill battle to get me to
appreciate Frank Sinatra. He actually plays the stuff in our car so that I HAVE to listen.
The man just sounds evil to me. I can't think of anything else right now. That's
kind of awful, isn't it?
1) For a long time I thought the Real Ramona might have
had anything to do with the Ramones. Till I read somewhere it refered to Native American
mythology or something (I was a little bit disappointed). What's the story behind that
Your music makes me happy & keeps me company, thanks a thousand times for that!
We named Hunkpapa,"Hunkpapa", because we
thought it was funny, like "Winnebago". We were trying to poke fun at our
whiteness, but I guess that concept was pretty much lost on most people.
I never met Kurt Cobain, though a writer told me that
after watching the "Your Ghost" video, Kurt said it was "the song of the
year", which was nice of him.
from Diamond Jim...
First off, uhm hi!! it's great that you come by here! you're the best!
anyway, what i wanted to say:
You know those days where everything is going wrong? maybe you're not ready to jump off a bridge or anything, but you just wish that the day was over and you were in your bed, where everything would magicly slip away into a dream?
I had another one of those yesterday, and i felt a lot better after driving down the street at night, faster than i should have, and blasting the echo single as loud as the car's system could make it.
A thousand thank yous for doing what you do. It wasn't the first time i felt better from listening to your work.
...and a question really quick: What's your favorite color of cheese?
Thanks for blasting "Echo". Sorry you had a bad
Lets imagine that the Sky Motel was a place, and people could actually get to it somehow, and actually leave when they wanted without falling out of the clouds and breaking limbs.
Well, what gimmicky hotel type freebie thing that is kristin related would you have in your hotel to keep the guests coming back and why. I dunno summat like soaps in the shape of yer head that are musical. (Oh and what would the decor be like?)
If K answers, Billy O and Musictoday get scribbling! :)
Say, what now?
1.What do you do for leisure?
2.Have you ever been surprised by a fan? Like, "My God, this guy's/girl's a fan of MY music?"
3.At the San Fran show at Slims this August you mentioned some themes in your songwriting, sex, death... but you didn't mention drinking. Are you a drinker? Can you drink BillyO under the table?
BTW-I wanna give you mad props for being wicked cool, respectible and hard working, loving, caring, and writing your great music. I'm in agreement with the comments below. On a real shitty day, I know there's still Kristin Hersh and her guitar and I love her tunes and those tunes really "make sense" per se. Shitty day gone.
Howdy, howdy, howdy...
here are my silly questions:
1. what was it like to reform your band (that from what i understand you didnt want to break up in the first place) for gut pageant and the lupos show and then have the crowd absolutly go freakin nuts when you came on stage??
2. anymore muses stuff in the works for the future other than the possible gut pageant 2??
3. i love your duet with stipe for your ghost, who else would you like to duet with??
4. and on the same note is there anyone you would like to tour with that you havent?
can't wait for the brattle show :-)
The Muses shows were a dream come true. I am very much
indebted to the people who made it possible. There are no Muses plans other than the next
Gut Pageant, however, as we still don't have a sugardaddy. Vic Chesnutt and I are
planning something, but I don't know when we'll ever get to it... I like touring
with my friends and I do so regularly. I'm a very lucky girl.
Most days I arm myself to leave the house by listening to
I enjoy producing; music is an interesting language to
learn. So far, though, I haven't been able to accept any production work, so I haven't
really let my mind wander in that direction. I don't do too many genres other than
the ones you've heard me do. I could take lessons. The Farrelly brothers have not
come calling yet.
Next, I want to tell you that your new stuff is fantastic. Practically every song that's been included in WIP2 has had this strong, complex tapestry of rhythms which reminds me more of the Muses than your past solo recordings. Of course, it is also a synergy of both (not trying to sound like a record review here!). This brings me (finally) to a question:
I missed the Kristin Hersh & Friends shows you did
for Sky Motel. Do you have any intention of putting together another touring band, or, at
this point, is it simply more economically feasible to tour as a solo family unit? I'm
looking forward to your next wave of performances, but I regret never being able to see
you play the Sky Motel stuff with a full band, or, well, even a partial band, and I'm
thinking that these newer songs are so rhythmically saturated and internally diverse that
you're probably creating them with a band in your head.
Yeah, you're right, I can't afford to take a band out
right now. Though it was fun last year, I lost $30,000 in one summer. I've tried
hard to make the vocals and guitar the focus on "Sunny Border Blue", but it's
not "Hips and Makers" by any means. I was after this kind of drunk 70's band
sound. That, together with the more Muses-like songwriting definitely makes for a louder
record, but hopefully one that I can tour alone and still pull off.