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"So I’ve kind of pulled a John Lennon house-husband thing."

Magnet Magazine has an interesting interview with lo-fi icon F.M. Cornog, who performs under the nom de band East River Pipe. Sounds like he's my kind of guy.

How is fatherhood treating you?
It's good. But this is why it's taken so, so long to put out a record. When you have a kid, you can’t do whatever you used to do. I don't want to feel guilty or have her harbor any resentment against me. Like, "Dad was always doing music up there in his room with his stupid mini studio. That was always more important than I was." So I've kind of pulled a John Lennon house-husband thing. Although I'm still working at Home Depot, it's turned the music thing into kinda like a guerilla-war operation. I kinda peck, peck, and then I run away. Then I come back and peck, peck, peck again. Plant a few explosives on the railway, blow 'em up, then retreat into the woods.

Well, at least the Nazis haven't found you yet.
I used to have hours and hours and hours of uninterrupted time when I was in Queens and in the early years when I came out here, around the time of Gasoline Age. But ever since then I haven't had those long, long periods of time. You know, I like to be present for my family, my wife and my daughter, and spend time with them. I still love doing the music, but it really comes, I would say, second or third now. Maybe when she gets older and gets sick of me and doesn't want me around I can get back into it again.

My writing comes second or third, too, for the same reason.

February 15, 2011 in Music | Permalink



Posted by: Julie at Feb 15, 2011 12:11:36 PM

Love ERP/F.M. Cornog. Discovered him back in the mid-90s doing a radio show for the Bowdoin College station (WBOR). He was part of a wealth of lo-fi artists like Guided by Voices, Swearing at Motorists and a slew of others putting out great music at that time.

He gets played on Irene Trudel's lovely Monday afternoon show on WFMU out of East Orange, NJ, which is streamed on the net.

It is hard to be an "artist" with young children around, or at least be as engaged with your art as required, w/out your children going without something from you.

Posted by: Jim at Feb 22, 2011 6:23:06 PM