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2010 Artist Survey: Lord Huron

Dec 09, 2010 Lord Huron Bookmark and Share

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls. Here’s a survey from Lord Huron.

Top 10 Albums of 2010

2010 has been so incredibly busy for me that I’m not sure I even listened to 10 albums released this year. But here are 10 things that were important to me this year. In no particular order:

1. Various Artists: MRC-043 Why Did You Make Me Human?—From the Mississippi records tape series.

2. Various Artists: MRC-051: Lullabies and Dream Songs—These tapes are unbelievable

3. Various Artists: MRC-001: House of Broken Hearts—Yep. Can’t get enough. Can’t recommend them enough.

4. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang: The Wonder Show of the World

5. CEO: White Magic

6. Superhumanoids: Urgency—I’ve made good friends with this band this year. A great group of people making great tunes.

7. Mount Eerie: Wind’s Poem

8. Various Artists: Calypso Awakening

9. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabeté: In the Heart of the Moon

10. Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska—A perennial favorite.

What was the highlight of 2010 for either you personally or for the band?

2010 was filled with good things. I watched some dear friends get married, quit my day job, made a lot of new friends, started a band. My dear kid sister, Kiko (manager), and Blackfoot (drummer), who is one of my oldest friends, moved to town. Putting music and the people I love at the center of my life again has been incredibly positive. I also rode an elephant.

What was the low point of 2010 for you?

2010 also had its share of low points. It all comes together, the good with the bad. I prefer not to dwell on it and the good far outweighs the bad. But getting into a brawl after our first show stands out as a low point.

What are your hopes and plans for 2011?

To keep making music.

With the Internet making every artist’s music potentially available to a wide audience, is it now easier to find listeners or more difficult because you have to compete with so many other musicians?

Well, the new way of things has certainly been good to us. I don’t know that people would have heard our music without the Internet. I know it can be a jungle, but the scope of it far outweighs the negative aspects. How else could you get fans in Kuala Lumpur? Unless, of course, you’re from Kuala Lumpur.

Who would you rather listen to—a totally original musician whose compositions are groundbreaking but difficult to listen to or a musician whose songs are immediately enjoyable but derivative? Why?

I like digging into stuff that’s really original and difficult, but generally there’s got to be something I can hold onto. For me it’s more about employing and modifying the vocabulary that’s been established to tell a new story. I think that can be done many ways: lyrically, structurally, and melodically. That is where original and occasionally groundbreaking material seems to come from. I’m very interested in new tools as well. Electronics are becoming more intuitive and expressive. Artists are learning to use them with the same intensity and finesse as a traditional instrument, and that’s exciting.

In the race to find new bands, are too many unworthy bands being hyped up by music blogs and websites? How are music fans supposed to filter through all these new bands being hyped?

The worth of music is judged by the listener. That is the filter.

If your house was on fire, what would you grab as you were running out?

I would just get out. A friend of mine just lost his apartment in a fire. He watched it burn. Lost everything. It’s awful, but it has been a rebirth for him.

If you could relive one day of your life, which would it be?

A summer day swimming and fishing in Lake Huron.

If you had a bucket list, what would be the Top 4 things on that list?

1. South Pole.

2. North Pole.

3. Sail to Fiji.

4. Space.

Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares?

I’m rolling this big donut and there’s a snake wearing a vest…

Have you ever been starstruck when meeting another musician? If so, by who?

I met Stevie Wonder when I was a kid. Well, I shook his hand.

What are your thoughts on chillwave? Do you feel that it’s a legitimate genre/movement or something simply created by music journalists? In general, do you feel that most scenes/movements are organic or are created by the media?

It’s my favorite flavor of Gatorade.



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Print Is Dead
December 11th 2010

Are you kidding me?

“In the race to find new bands, are too many unworthy bands being hyped up by music blogs and websites? How are music fans supposed to filter through all these new bands being hyped?”

Lord Huron - 1st Hyped on Music Blogs 6/17/10

Lord Huron - Graces the Under Radar Pages for the Fall
issue: 10-11-2010 - interview took place in September 2010

Great scoop. 3 months after the blogs ‘hyped” him. Where did you guys hear about Sharon Van Etten? All indie music goes through the blogs first.

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