Judd Apatow on how music infects his new This Is 40, and I have to admit the soundtrack choices (including the above new song from Fiona Apple) sound promising. Apatow identifies with musicians who have been able to work in a personal vein over time. (Pitchfork)
Back in the old days, everyone was shocked if a band had a sponsor for their tour. Now, Bob Dylan can do a commercial for Victoria's Secret and people don't really blink; the Beatles' songs are in all sorts of commercials these days and it doesn't seem to offend anybody. The times are changing. Hopefully, everything will reconfigure so that we still get the same amount of great rock bands, but you do notice that a lot of bands that are great disappear a little bit faster than they used to. They don't get as much support for the long haul. You have to be pretty tough to hang in there. That's why I've always appreciated people like Graham Parker or Loudon Wainwright III, who spend their entire lives writing songs and working their asses off just to have complete artistic freedom. They're just sharing their lives with you through their music. That's the same kind of work that I'm trying to do, in my own weird way.