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Paul Banks @ CMJ Union, 10/17/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As we just mentioned, Interpol front man Paul Banks is playing tonight (12/14) at Webster Hall (rescheduled from a month ago) in support of his second solo album (and first under his own name), Banks. Ex Cops will open the show and tickets are still available. If you're like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets and details on how to enter are below. And for another chance to win, visit our Facebook.
Paul recently talked with SPIN about the new album:
Your own vocals on the album have a much more relaxed, settled quality than they've had in the past with Interpol.The 10th Anniversary edition of Turn on the Bright Lights came out this month, complete with 17 bonus tracks that include demos, Peel sessions and b-sides. It's available on double vinyl or CD with a bonus DVD. It's a pretty nice set.
I heard that from the label, too. I was like, "Huh." I certainly did not think in particular that I did anything different. When there's an urgent monotony to some of my other vocal performances, that's because I was trying to communicate urgent monotony. Maybe in this new music with where I'm going in age, the insistence is not the key ingredient anymore.
It's been ten years since Interpol's first album came out. Looking back, how do you feel about it as your introduction to the public?
I don't really listen to Turn on the Bright Lights, but I'm super proud of it. The major facet about Interpol always is that these other guys in the band are amazing. I love what we do as a band. I'm really only critical of my vocals.
I was a totally untrained singer and I didn't know what I was doing. It's dumb to wish I could go back and change things because I can't. People liked it. It just is what it is.
Meanwhile Paul Banks gave us a list of his "Top Ten things in 2012," which is a mix of music, movies, places and other things. "I can't think of ten examples in any one category," he told us. You can check it out below, along with details on the Turn on the Bright Lights reissue..
Paul Banks' Top ten things of 2012
Downtown neighborliness after Sandy
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Stay Cchemin by Rick Ross
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Thee Oh Sees
Interpol - 'Turn on the Bright Lights' 10th Anniversary edition tracklist:
SUPER-DELUXE HARDBOUND BOOK PACKAGE (28 PAGES LP/48 PAGES CD) OF PHOTOS EPHEMERA & LINER NOTES
• 17 BONUS TRACKS, MANY NEVER ON VINYL, INCLUDING:
-- ONE COMPLETELY UNRELEASED SONG
-- FOUR COMPLETELY UNRELEASED DEMOS
-- EIGHT B-SIDES AND PRE-ALBUM EP TRACKS,
-- FOUR PEEL SESSION TRACKS (TWO UNRELEASED)
• DVD WITH:
-- ALL THREE MUSIC VIDEOS, PLUS LIVE FOOTAGE:
-- MAY 2000 MERCURY LOUNGE, SEP 2002 TROUBADOUR
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, REMASTERED
2. Obstacle 1
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson
THE BONUS MATERIAL
1. Interlude (iTunes single) §
2. Specialist (Interpol EP)
3. PDA (First Demo, 1998) §
4. Roland (First Demo, 1998) §
5. Get The Girls (Song 5) (First Demo, 1998) §
6. Precipitate (2nd Demo, 1999) §
7. Song Seven (Original Version) (2nd Demo, 1999) §
8. A Time To Be So Small (Orig Version) (2nd Demo,1999)
9. Untitled (Third Demo, 2001) * =
10. Stella (Third Demo, 2001) * =
11. NYC (Third Demo, 2001) =
12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo, 2001) * =
13. Gavilan (Cubed) (Third Demo, 2001) †
14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session, 2001) =
15. Hands Away (Peel Session, 2001) =
16. The New (Peel Session, 2001) * =
17. NYC (Peel Session, 2001) * =
§ unreleased on vinyl
* unreleased recording
† unreleased song
= only included on bonus coupon in vinyl package
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