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Judson Claiborne

March 18, 2013

Chicago’s Judson Claiborne is music that you want playing when good things are happening. It’s the music that you want to remind you of a time and place – making it your song. With honest clean harmony, complicated plinking and strums, and larger sounds humming behind all the intricacy, it’s hard not to feel the soulful place where the music is taking you. Band members find inspiration in bottles of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, histories of human sexuality, Hawaiian meditation cults, humanitarian work in Haiti, strange movements of cats, and a bank robber’s tree house – all of it insinuating it’s way into their song writing.

Having just released their new single Neo Pagan Lovesong, from their forthcoming LP, the band will be touring and sharing their lulling, soft music with you. Go see them – find your your song.
We’re happy to have frontman Chris Salveter here at 12 Questions to answer our questions!

1. What is your hometown?

St. Charles, MO 

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Dale Cooper 

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Martin Donovan, or whomever Hal Hartley seems fit, although Weird Al might be the guy. 

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

How To Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare by Joseph Beuys 

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era 

by Shelby Steele 

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock and Roll Group by Ian Svenonious 

Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds 

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here? 

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

The Tree of Life by Terence Malick.  Start to finish, it’s the most i’ve cried since ET.  

8. Cat person or dog person?

Both, does that make me a cog person? 

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Depends on the circumstance I suppose.  Sometimes you need to receive or give one more than the other, but they can certainly be equally important.  

10. How do you define sin?

Whenever I fuck up and refuse to acknowledge it and apologize. 

11. How do you define virtue?

It’s a combination of consciousness, compassion, presence, and positive action. 

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I think my headstone looks more like an urn as I don’t wish to be preserved as human soap underground.  I think the urn might be a few my favorite coffee cups, and a plaque might say “Here are the ashes of that guy that you may have known, who no longer carries flesh and bone, whose voice and guitar projected fuzzy tones, who’s truly sorry if he didn’t repay your loan” 

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Kelly Hogan, Bill McKibben

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