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Interview:
Pete Yorn at the Magic Bag, 5 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been 15 years since Pete Yorn released his debut album, "musicforthemorningafter."

And the afterglow has proven pretty durable.

Since then Yorn has released five albums of his own -- including this year's "Arranging Time" -- as well as a collaboration wtih actress Scarlett Johansson on 2009's "Break Up." He also started a band called the Olms and has contributed songs to the soundtracks of films such as "Spider-Man," "Stuck On You," "Hellboy" and more.

Yorn also hits the road for regular You & Me Acoustic shows, but he's currently plugged in and rocking and is happy to turn it up as loud as anyone wants...

"Arranging Time" is Yorn's first album of his own, though he recorded with the Ohms during the interim. He calls the break "just natural. I had done a lot of music up to that point, some stuff in pretty quick succession. I think I was getting on other stuff, just fun little side roads to travel down. After that I just naturally came back to what I do. I had a bunch of songs I was working up. It just felt like time. It didn't feel like six years; I was just living my life."

Yorn agrees with assessments that "Arranging Time" hearkens back, in a way. to the way he approached "musicforthemorningafter," still the top-selling album in his catalog. It even marks a return to working with co-producer R. Walt Vincent. "It's the sound of me playing a lot of the instruments myself, with just a couple of select friends who I worked with before," Yorn, 42, acknowledges by phone from Ithaca, N.Y.. "It's very similar to how my first couple (of albums) were created, as far as the production and the approach in the studio. It wasn't a nostalgia thing or anything like that. I wanted to try other things and then naturally came back and said 'Let's do it this way again.'"

"Arranging Time" did give Yorn his highest-ever debut on the Billboard Rock Albums chart, bowing at No. 7 after its March release. "I don't know why," Yorn says. "I'm pretty active on social media; I keep in touch with my fans, even when I don't have a new record out for a bit. I always keep everyone in the loop. I was excited to put it out for people and let them here it and then get out and play all my music. I feel like it came in the time it needed to come for me, and if that lines up with anything else it's a good thing."

Likes his fans, Yorn is hoping it won't take another six years until his next album comes out, but he freely notes that, "I can't predict that. I have no idea. I will say this record still feels really new to me. A lot of times it'll pass really fast for me, but this one feels like I'm still holding it very close to me. I'm not in a rush to move on."

Yorn is confident we haven't heard the last of the Olms, either. "I don't think the Ohms are done," he says. "We have about half of another record pretty much completed J.D. (King) is still a really good friend of mine. He's been working on a solo record, so when the timing is right I think we'll get back together and maybe try to finish (the Olms album) up."

Pete Yorn

Wednesday, Dec. 7. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Tickets are $29.50.

Call 248-544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.


Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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