Shannon Selberg’s House
(Long Island City)
Sunday, August 17, 2003

Q: It looks like you survived the blackout all right.

A: Yeah, the worst thing that happened to me was my laundry was in the Laundromat. I had to leave it in there over night and half of the next day. Now it all stinks.

Q: But no one stoled it or anything.

A: No, they closed it up, and locked it up tight and then got stranded in whichever borough they live in until late the next day.

Q: Due to some unfortunate circumstances you had to cancel the upcoming tour?

A: Yeah, our drummer, John Fell, he went swimming and he

got an earache, and he went in to see the doctor. The doctor was a little bit confused why he had so much wax in his ears, and he dug it out. He said, “Ah, that’s why; you have two perforated tympanic membranes.”

Q: Damn, how long does that take to . . .?

A: Nobody knows. I’ve had punctured ear drums before, when I was a little kid, and I hear fine, but I don’t remember how long it took to heal. Of course, I wasn’t in a band then. The first thing that the doctor asked him was if he had been around any large explosions lately. John said, “No, but lots of little ones for about 15-20 years. Then, he asked him if his wife yells at him, because she shouldn’t do that anymore.”

Q: I guess that is one good thing. Didn’t you say that you thought that you had a replacement lined up, but then that fell through?

A: Yeah, he was going to come in and do it, but his wife was going to have a baby a week before we were supposed to leave. Then, she went to the doctor and she was going to be a week or two late.

Q: A while back I saw in a magazine that you were doing some modeling, is that a job that you are currently pursuing?

A: Nah, that wasn’t a job; that was more of a lark. You should never turn down any experience.

Q: So, you’re not a fashion guru, and going to give us some fashion tips?

A: No, they dressed me.

Q: How did you get started in music?

A: Well, that kind of started as a lark as well, because I never wanted to be in a band particularly. I never had a record collection, thought rock stars were cool, or anything like that. I saw a different version of Cows play with Norm Rogers singing, and he was really nervous up there. In fact, he was beat red and had his back to the audience, but I thought that they sounded really original. I thought to myself that if they had a guy jumping around up there that this could really go somewhere, and so I, kind of Machiavelli like, convinced Norm that he was probably better just concentrating on the Jayhawks, which he was in at the time.

Q: What motivated your