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" You make mistakes and you learn from them. "
" The progressive movement needs more crazy and amoral/immoral right-wing politicians and pundits like Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. "
" I'd much rather go to a Banksy art show than a Moby art show. My art is painfully naive. "
" I walk out my front door in New York and I'm out on the street and there are people everywhere. L.A. is so much more spread out, so it's really easy in L.A. to have a little more isolation and to just not see as many people. "
" Whenever I've had success, I never learn from it. Success usually breeds a degree of hubris. When you fail, that's when you learn. "
" Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach. "
" When I was nine years old, I started playing guitar, and I took classical guitar lessons and studied music theory. And played jazz for a while. And then when I was around fourteen years old, I discovered punk rock. And so I then tried to unlearn everything I had learned in classical music and jazz so I could play in punk rock bands. "
" The only sort of descriptive adjective or catch phrase for my music would be 'eclectic.' "
" Some of the songs I've made, I'm really disappointed in how I mixed them. "
" I think the word 'blog' is an ugly word. I just don't know why people can't use the word 'journal.' "
" One of the nice things about licensing music to movies or advertisements is you can reach a lot of people who normally wouldn't hear music. "
" In the long, nonillustrious history of white people pilfering African American culture, have I just perpetrated that? I'm motivated by a love for the music and by a love of the performances, and I really hope I haven't done anything bad. "
" Have I dated a supermodel? Of course not. I'd look ridiculous. "
" I made a record in 1996 called 'Animal Rights' that was a very difficult, very dark punk-rock record. Of all the records I've made, it's my favorite one. It's also the one that got the worst reviews and sold the worst. "
" There is a lot of music in the world that I love that does not always get the appropriate exposure. "
" One of the reasons why fundamentalists are so aggressive in trying to promote fundamentalism is because deep down they know it's arbitrary. If you're comfortable with your belief you don't need to convince other people to agree with you. "
" But on a utilitarian level, I realize that to try to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number of people, sometimes we have to become salesmen for what we believe, and part of being a salesman is being effective. "
" People have always been resistant to change. If you go back to the 17th, 18th century, playing guitar was frowned upon. When rock n' roll first started, no one took it seriously. "
" If you make a record, you should ask yourself, 'Did it make someone cry, in a good way, not a bad way?' There should almost be subjective emotional criteria for evaluating work, instead of just profitability. "
" I've had insomnia since I was a little kid and I never sleep well. Sometimes I sleep very badly and sometimes I sleep slightly badly. I get it especially when I'm on tour because you cross a lot of time zones, and I'm not very adaptable. "
" I think that Eminem is very talented and remarkably bright, and I actually do like a lot of his music. "
" As people continue to do more and buy more over the Internet, continue to meet people over the Internet, connection speeds are going to get faster, and the Internet is just going to become an even more integral part of people's lives. "
" The truth is that genetics has robbed me of hair. But it's not interesting to blame genetics. "
" It's sometimes too easy to point fingers when circumstances dramatically go awry, but as an addict, I'm ultimately responsible for my own decisions, no matter how benign or tragic the consequences. "
" I remember New York in the '80s as a place with vacant lots that would eventually give over to nature. Weeds would grow up, squirrels would move in. That entropy is gone now. It's too expensive to let a vacant lot go natural. "
" When you say 'failure,' that seems really dramatic, but a lot of failure is just really depressing and mundane. I remember the first time I ever played a concert in Italy. I played a venue that held 900 people, and I think five people showed up. It wasn't a big, 'John Carter of Mars' type failure. It wasn't dramatic; it was just depressing. "
" There are a lot of musicians who are still desperately trying to pretend that it's 1998 and by having a huge marketing campaign, they somehow believe that they can sell 10 million records. That's delusional. No one sells 10 million records. The days of musicians getting rich off of selling records are done. "
" I buy things with the best of intention of living in them and then life intercedes. "
" Actually, the most entitled people I've met are indie rockers and indie actors, because they really believe their press. "
" I joined Facebook purely so I could play online Scrabble. You have eight tiles instead of seven, so you tend to have higher scores. I'm somewhere between 400 and 500. "
" I'm like a bad musical cliche because I bring my guitar on the road and try to write songs in hotel rooms. "