Posted in music on August 5, 2010

Owl City fans (by Chris Lynch)
Owl City

Absolute Punk: I also read online that when you are a fan of Botch, that seems a little different especially for the music that you make. What kind of role do you feel a heavy band like them play on your music? Do you think you will ever try out heavier music or are you going to stick to the softer stuff for now?

Adam "Owl City" Young: I used to play drums in a heavy band called Isle, largely influence by stuff like Botch, Pelican, Neurosis, Isis. Even though bands like that are generally on the opposite side of the spectrum from the music I put out, I think the thing that inspires me still comes though -- the idea of becoming completely lost in the sound. The idea that imagery can be merely suggestive but not so subjective as to tell you how or what to think. It's far more about what the music says to you rather than somebody telling you how to feel. That's really interesting to me...

...Absolute Punk: You also have listed Mogwai as a musical influence, which shows that you are into a wide array of musical tastes. Do you feel like people overlook that based on your music output?

Adam "Owl City" Young: It's funny how a lot of people might assume a given artist only listens to the kind of music he/she creates. That certainly may be the case for some, but for me, it's nearly the opposite. I have a hard time truly enjoying anything I hear on pop radio, or even pop music in general. It's always been tough for me to draw any kind of inspiration from "conventional" music so to speak. Blame it on the stuff I listened to in high school, but for some reason bands like Mogwai or Rachel's or Telefon Tel Aviv are just way more interesting. They payoff is greater. Their songs hold a mystique that three and a half minute radio singles, in my opinion, often tend to lack. Therein was an exciting challenge when I began creating music for Owl City. It was pop music. I'd never made pop music before, I didn't even listen to it, but I wanted to create it because it was new.

Absolute Punk: You also have a tour coming up with Maroon 5 in about a week, and then John Mayer after that. How excited are you for that?

Adam "Owl City" Young: It'll be new territory and I'm excited to see how touring works at that level. I don't know much about either band but I'm looking forward to the tour to say the least.

In related news, Mogwai live DVD will screen in the venue where it was filmed (and other places)

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Comments (44)

doesn't sound like he hates himself at all. seems like a reasonable guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:22 PM

yea i've never heard his music but he sounds like a 'chill' guy. I found this to be funny:

Absolute Punk: You also have a tour coming up with Maroon 5 in about a week, and then John Mayer after that. How excited are you for that?
Adam "Owl City" Young: It'll be new territory and I'm excited to see how touring works at that level. I don't know much about either band but I'm looking forward to the tour to say the least.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:29 PM

Owl City's album is dope, don't knock the hustle. Adam Young FTW!!

Posted by Max | August 5, 2010 4:30 PM

"Owl City's album is dope, don't knock the hustle. Adam Young FTW!!"

You must be his manager

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:32 PM

Did the Owl City street team get their Google Alerts or something?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:35 PM

This just goes to show that he respects music, not all traditional pop artists necessarily consume only their own genre, dude clearly knows his stuff.

Posted by Dave | August 5, 2010 4:35 PM

I liked Owl City more when they were called The Postal Service.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:38 PM

"This just goes to show that he respects music, not all traditional pop artists necessarily consume only their own genre, dude clearly knows his stuff."

dude clearly knows what to say to to sound cool to Absolute "Punk". But everyone knows he's just a Postal Service ripoff for the Justin Bieber set. He can pretend not to know who his tourmate John Mayer is all he wants.

Street team resume...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:38 PM

Go stick your head back up Ben Gibbard's arse. These guys should be sued.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:42 PM

1. owl city has "...a hard time truly enjoying anything I hear on pop radio, or even pop music in general. It's always been tough for me to draw any kind of inspiration from "conventional" music so to speak"

2. owl city's music is on pop radio and is conventional [this knowledge is a priori]

3. therefore, owl city does not enjoy his music and finds it uninspiring

intro to logic / philosophy class dismissed.

Posted by blog post's headline explained | August 5, 2010 4:47 PM

Let's not forget his biggest inspiration (from his MySpace page): "I follow Jesus Christ wholeheartedly. He is my life, my strength, my all."

This guy's music is horrible. It's inexcusable, not to mention his song titles and lyrics.....seriously...."Vanilla Twilight", "Strawberry Avalanche", "Umbrella Beach", "Rainbow Veins", "Super Honeymoon", "Designer Skyline"....wtf.

And then there's "I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs." That means that only one in ten lightning bugs is actually giving him a hug. That's weird.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:50 PM

Owl City is like those horrible Beatles sound-a-like bands that overran the '60s. He's just another in a long line of dilettante poseurs - like Edward Sharpe or the Polyphonic Spree before him.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 5, 2010 4:50 PM

^ Thank God there are other people who aren't drinking the Edward Sharpe koolaid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:52 PM

I bet his new video would be #1 on TRL if that show still existed...wait a minute...does it still exist? It's been a while.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:52 PM

just awful. completely terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:55 PM

The lightning bug math made me laugh. This could stand to be a pie chart.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:01 PM

seriously laughed out loud at 4:50

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:05 PM

"And then there's "I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs." That means that only one in ten lightning bugs is actually giving him a hug. That's weird."

or that mean's each lightning bug would hug him 1000 times, and he'd get 10million hugs. that mental picture is more enjoyable for me. though i'm picturing the bee from the simpsons and not a lightning bug.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:05 PM

4:50 Robert Pollard would do half of those and you've love it.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:08 PM

My previous comment--That's in regard to the song title examples, not the Beatles guy.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:09 PM

@5:08

It's true, but his name isn't "Owl City" and he doesn't make music like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDbguzrZap4

Seriously, watch that. Please. It's unbelievable. What a Mogwai ripoff!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:15 PM

excellent pic/headline pairing on this post.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:22 PM

that makes two of us. has anyone said this yet. hope not

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:17 PM

Pumpkin hummus is the perfect appetizer for your Fall table. This super easy recipe uses canned pumpkin and ingredients commonly found in your pantry.

Ingredients:
1 15-ounce canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons tahini
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preparation:
In a food processor, combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. If hummus is too thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until desired consistency.

Sppon into serving bowl, and sprinkle with desired topping like cinnamon, red pepper, or more parsley.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:18 PM

The world's largest plate of hummus weighs 11.5 tons and was created by 300 Lebanese chefs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:13 PM

SERIOUSLY LAUGHED AT 5:05 because owl city could change the world...unlike Coasting, which might be worse than middle age throw up printed on vinyl

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:47 PM

I'm as cynical an asshole as anyone else who posts comments here but those 2 girls in the photo appear to be having a good time so good on 'em I say.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:16 PM

Mark E Smith eats pumpkin hummus?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:17 PM

If you gay hipters are making fun of him then he must be good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:28 AM

If he eats hummus then he must be good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:53 AM

You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep

Cause they fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You'd think me rude, but I
Would just stand and stare.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.

It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.

Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightening bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance.

A foxtrot above my head,
A sock-hop beneath my bed,
The disco ball is just hanging by a thread.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.
(When I fall asleep.)

Leave my door open just a crack.
(Please take me away from here.)
Cause I feel like such an insomniac.
(Please take me away from here.)

Why do I tire of counting sheep?
(Please take me away from here.)
When I'm far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies.
I'm weird, cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell

But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
Cause I saved a few,
And I keep them in a jar.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.
(When I fall asleep.)

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:31 AM

Say what you want about his music, Adam Young seems like a genuinely nice guy who was just as surprised at his own fame as some of the commenters here were (zing!)

And he seems to have handled the whole fame thing a lot better than most. Honestly, I think he's considerably better than most mainstream pop artists, and it's nice to see 8-year-old girls idolizing somebody a bit more...positive than Ke$ha, even if his music might be ultimately forgettable in 5 years time.

Artists with wildly divergent musical tastes aren't all that uncommon either. John Darnielle (of the Mountain Goats) is a huge metalhead.

Posted by andrew | August 6, 2010 11:10 AM

Strawberry Avalanche is the gayest song I've ever heard..and I listen to a lot of gay music...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:22 AM

I never really had any respect for The Postal Service. Then I listened to Owl City.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:47 PM

I just hate owls in general. They creep me out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:25 PM

Fuck you, 11:10. Let the raging continue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD7JsHWw3vg

"We wrote a prelude
To our own fairy tale
And bought a parachute
At a church rummage sale

And with a mean sewing machine
And miles of thread
We sewed the day above L.A.
In navy and red

We wound a race track
Through your mom's kitchen chairs
And fought the shadows back
Down your dark basement stairs

I lit a match, then let it catch
To light up the room
And then you yelled as we beheld
An old maroon hot air balloon

I'll be out of my mind
And you'll be out of ideas
Pretty soon
So let's spend
The afternoon in a cold hot air balloon
Leave your jacket behind
Lean out and touch the treetops over town
I can't wait
To kiss the ground
Wherever we touch back down"

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:34 PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:44 PM

^ That music sucks. Stop spamming, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:30 PM

Dude, I'd go to umbrella beach.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2010 12:26 AM

Always fun to see a spirited session of Owl City haters/lovers going at each other. I mentioned to a well respected confidante of mine that I had read something in the Brooklyn Vegan recently and she was concerned that I was taking the dark path to total hipster-ness. I assured her that I still love Owl City.

Posted by Euonymus | August 9, 2010 11:47 PM

^Fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2010 7:11 PM

whats with the fucking people?

Posted by krune | December 10, 2010 5:28 PM

whats with the fucking people? Don't fuck owl city!!

Posted by krune | December 10, 2010 5:29 PM

whats with the fucking people? Don't fuck!

Posted by krune | December 10, 2010 6:08 PM

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