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" I didn't know how many people knew who Ferdinand was. "
" There's always that argument to make - that you're in better company historically if people don't understand what you're doing. "
" I didn't think I was gonna be playing on the Oscars or anything. "
" But I was also doing odd jobs around Portland, like spreading gravel and transplanting bamboo trees. "
" I don't think that Dreamworks would have signed me expecting to really mess around with whatever it is I do. "
" My girlfriend at the time convinced me to send these songs to Cavity Search. When they wanted to put out my record I was totally shocked. "
" I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It's an experience. "
" I mean people just have a way of - y'know they'll review your record in two sentences and put you in this little stupid box that you don't want to be in. "
" There are lots of things I like about playing in a band, the things I can't do by myself you know. "
" I was trying to do the same thing that I always do which is make an interesting record. "
" I just wanted to move out of Portland to do something. "
" Well, I try not to think about the general public since I have no idea what the general public is and I don't think anybody does. "
" I didn't have a hard time making it, I had a hard time letting it go. "
" I actually don't think that I'm gonna sell a lot of records. "
" I wondered if I would talk about drug use. But I guess, why hide it? "
" I was coming off of a lot of psyche meds and other things. "
" I don't really like New York better than Portland. It's just a different place. "
" It touches on drug use. I got caught up in that for almost two years. "
" I can't think of anything off the top of my head that seems more important than something designed to raise money to keep something going that keeps IV drug users from dying. "
" And I'm not trying to write heavy songs. "
" Because God only knows why people like what they like and don't like something else. "
" It was kind of ridiculous to carry it up to a certain point and then drop the ball or the bomb, like quitting the band right after we had signed to Virgin. "
" I like home recordings and studio recordings just as much as each other - I don't think one is better - but for this record I wanted to see what I could do in a real studio with real producers. "
" I'm just writing songs about how I feel or about how people I know feel. "
" It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually. "
" If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed, sensitive guy. "
" I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that one because there was this clause about leaving members. "
" The band's filter, but playing live is a lot of fun. "