When I was 15 or so, I heard Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” on the radio. It took me weeks to acquire his albums 100% Fun, Girlfriend, and Altered Beast (instant musical gratification hadn’t yet been invented), but by the time I’d heard “Sick of Myself” and “I Almost Forgot” 7,000 times, I knew that the only thing I was sure I wanted to do was to be in a rock and roll band. That is how Matthew Sweet changed my life.
Imagine, then, my disbelief and amazement when The Mates were tapped to open for Matthew Sweet and his band at the Birchmere on Friday, Aug. 23. And then the incredulity and (if I’m being honest) nervousness that arose when TVD suggested that Matthew and I interview each other—on the telephone!
The following is a transcript of our conversation, which plays out like a comedy of errors as Matthew and I spend many precious minutes trying to figure out how to actually conduct the interview. Misunderstandings and technical difficulty abound, but we still manage to work in some good discussion about vinyl, Kickstarter campaigns, pottery, and who’s actually opening Matthew’s show. —Olivia Mancini
Hi, is this Olivia?
It is. Hi, is this Matthew?
Great. Nice to speak with you, Matthew. So, listen, I don’t know if you had any ideas about how we can do this because I’m not sure what’s the best way. This is going to go on The Vinyl District, in some transcribed form, but I guess that means we have to figure out how to record it. Do you have any ideas on that?
Hmmm…wait, I thought there was going to be someone else transcribing it for us.
Hmmm…yeah, no. It’s just us on the call. How do you feel about Skype?
Skype? Do you have a way to record with Skype?
Well, I was thinking if we Skyped, then both voices would be in the room, and then I could just record it like that.
You have a way to record it through your computer?
I was thinking to hit the old voice memo function on the iPhone.
Ah, got it. Skype. Hmmm. Well, I’m kind of not presentable. I look like I just rolled out of bed…