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Lem - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Is Lem In Your Pocket?

December 2005

MVRemix: Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Lem: The Books.

MVRemix: What has been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?

Lem: ’Evolution fight’ by Cyne and ‘Rideau’ by Tape.

MVRemix: Explain the song ‘Put A Jonathan In Your Pocket’? That is one of my favorites

Lem: I love Jonathan Richman’s ‘That Summer Feeling’.

MVRemix: Abortion – pro-choice or pro-life?

Lem: I’m against an abortion for oneself.

MVRemix: Death Penalty – For or against?

Lem: Against.

MVRemix: Where were you on Sept. 11th (The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack)? How did you deal with it? How do you think this event has affected music? What was Japan’s reaction?

Lem: I knew it in news of TV. I felt terrorism close for the first time. I felt importance of a daily living some other time.

MVRemix: Word association time. When I say a name, you say the first word that pops in your head. So, if I say ‘The Beatles’, you may say ‘Revolution’ or ‘Let It Be’. Okay?

The Stone Roses.

Lem: I Wanna Be Adored!

MVRemix: Happy Mondays.

Lem: Madchester.

MVRemix: My Bloody Valentine.

Lem: A wave of a moment.

MVRemix: Momus.

Lem: A writer of the shy middle ages.

MVRemix: Ride.

Lem: An early singles jacket is so cool!

MVRemix: The Roots.

Lem: Native.

MVRemix: Felt.

Lem: Denim.

MVRemix: Blur.

Lem: Neo mods!

MVRemix: George Bush.

Lem: A poor mouse.

MVRemix: Your vocals are very low and drowned-out. It adds to the atmosphere of the song. Was this intentional?

Lem: Intentional. It is not accident.

MVRemix: What do you think music industry (in general) needs these days?

Lem: An anti-commercial.

MVRemix: Do you think that success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

Lem: Yes.

MVRemix: How are audiences from other countries different from Japanese audiences?

Lem: Overseas, people accept me.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?

Lem: There is not the popularity that much.

MVRemix: If you could re-make any song, what would it be?

Lem: ‘Say Yes’ by Elliott Smith.

MVRemix: How do you pick the tracks that end up on the final album?

Lem: I demand a flow of the music that a feeling is good for myself.

MVRemix: Your bio describes your music as ‘folktronica’. Would you agree? Did you ever hear the Momus album called ‘Folktronica’?

Lem: You may invite me to each personapilia. I have not listened to it.

MVRemix: Do you want to be cremated or buried?

Lem: Cremated.

MVRemix: What do you want on your epitaph?

Lem: Going zero.

MVRemix: What is in the future for Lem?

Lem: I want to make the sound that is a more personal sound.

MVRemix: Any final words?

Lem: See the distant cloud. Then, you feel so proud. Blessing approaching, it will come with sting.

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