New Yorker Adam Green started out his career as one half the Moldy Peaches, who had a surprise retroactive hit thanks to 2007 film Juno. But by that time, Green was already a well-established solo artist, veering away from his old band’s endearing anti-folk territory with a style characterized by vulgar and cheeky lyrics while keeping listeners at an arm’s length. That’s not to say Green’s music (and life) hasn’t undergone its fair share of turbulence and change in the ensuing years, however. And he is certainly in a different place from the last time we spoke with him, as evidenced by his sixth solo album, Minor Love, released in February on Fat Possum. Recorded while living in an L.A. pool house in near-isolation, Minor Love shows us a more stripped-down, intimate side of the singer/songwriter. Green will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Green: I used to live in Cornwall back in March. Kids there were scared of the impish gnomes called Tommyknockers. The whole World Wrestling Federation was brought to the town. The only food that’s decent in Cornwall is pasties, which are like tacos with handles. Interesting fact: The miners killed canaries. Cornwall is a mining county. The miners dug up tin and copper for their job. Interesting fact: Camelot and King Arthur are there still … but no more miners!! It was difficult to communicate with the Tommyknockers because they have their own filthy language. The Cornish blokes tried to secede from England because of their belief in pagan energy lines and magick and draegons. Sometimes I would take the crust from my pasty and throw it down into the mines where the Tommyknockers lived and they would eat the crust so fast it was truly awful. Video after the jump.