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Moldy Peaches Co-Founder Ambivalent About "Juno" Notoriety

Of the Oakland Press

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Adam Green, of The Moldy Peaches, says there have been pluses and minuses to the new notoriety he’s enjoying since his band’s music was used in the Academy Award-winning film “Juno.”

“I think that movie’s wonderful, and it’s nice some people have found out about my music through that outlet,” says Green, 27, who released his fifth solo album, “Sixes & Sevens,” in March. “But, God, I feel a little displaced, like ‘Where were all those people when (the band) was touring and stuff ?’ Hundreds of thousands of people bought the ‘Juno’ soundtrack; I don’t think we played to that many people in our whole time as a band.

“And I’ve read some articles and reviews suggesting I was releasing the album to capitalize on (‘Juno’). It’s so ridiculous, ’cause the movie wasn’t supposed to be a big film, and we were never considering that was gonna be a big deal. I was really shocked to read that.”

Green — who still works with Moldy Peaches partner Kimya Dawson on rare occasions — isn’t letting that deter him from his work, however. “Sixes & Sevens” is the most ambitious album of his career, with horns and strings and a more fleshed-out kind of sound. It even features the three Hanson brothers on the track “Twee Twee Dee.”

“I was introduced to them by (singersongwriter) Ben Kweller, and we started a text message correspondence,” Green explains. “One time they were in town when I was recording, and they came into the studio late at night and just had a crack at a few songs. I thought (‘Twee Twee Dee’) sounded really good and they were into it, so why not put it on?”

Adam Green and Tim Fite perform Monday (June 8) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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