Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
For the second time this week, we bring you Wilmington, Delaware's pride and joy - The Spinto Band - being who they are. First, it was an epic reading excerpts from a Gremlins novelization and today's it's these five men kicking out the pop gems that they always seen to have up their sleeves. All four of these songs can be found on their 2012 album, "Shy Pursuit." Below, Nick Krill takes the great challenge of the Daytrotter Dream Interview, whereby he asks himself and answers the three questions he's been hoping to answer for days now.
The Daytrotter Dream Interview:
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite NPR radio show theme songs?
A: In Wilmington DE, our main NPR station is WHYY in Philadelphia, so my
answers are mostly based off of the programs on WHYY…..and as a well
trained NPR listener, I'll take this moment to say, "I am a
listener…AND a member."
My favorite opening theme of a current show is probably the start of. "Tell Me More" The theme has a great lead synth line that reminds me
of 1990s hip-hop or R&B. The show comes on at 1:00pm here, and that
theme is a great way to end a lunch break….going back smooth to the
rest of your day. A close second might be this little piece of music
they play half way through "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane." It is
not the main theme, but something they play as they go to and from a
break in the show. The song is an acoustic piece with a bowed
instrument playing a great little line…maybe it is a cello. Every time
I hear it I imagine I am hearing it from either side of a river
bank…maybe the animals on the shore are playing it as I float down….it
seems like a song that would be good for floating.
My least favorite is probably the "Talk of The Nation" theme. Over all
it is a fine song (I mean who doesn't love a good bass guitar
chug?)…..but I can't stand when they play the version with the lonely
trumpet playing that single last note….yuck, It kind of sums up
everything that is annoying about NPR in one long, lonely trumpet
The all time best NPR theme ever is the synthesizer based 1976 "All
Things Considered" opening. It is an amazing tune that sounds like
something from Wendy Carlos or Raymond Scott. You can hear it here:
Q: Why did you start your sound blog http://make-a-sound.tumblr.com/?
A: It started as a reason for me to listen extra close to my daily life.
I wanted to take note of what sounds pulled me out of a normal day and
made me listen closer. My hope was that if I kept track of what sounds
made me stop in my tracks when I was specifically not trying to think
of sound, then when I was in a situation where I needed to create
something with sounds I would be able to reference what qualities of
sound were really exciting and attention grabbing to me.
Q: Is Taylor Swift cool?
A: No, not really. I will say there is a background vocal on the new
single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" that is great, and
I'll defend it to the grave. It is a weird little descending "we"
lyric in the background that kind of sounds like a sigh or something.
The rest of the song is the pits though.