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"Nickelback? That's a terrible name for a restaurant," and 25 more quotes from 2012

Father John Misty
Father John Misty
Photo by Nicola Losik

Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep in their stomach shares a name with Canadian rock panderers Nickelback.

Find out who uttered that line, and 25 other memorable passages from this past year in this collection of notable quotes.

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Josh Tillman of Father John Misty: "I just moved to the other side of town [L.A.]. I live next to a water tower now, so I'm at the highest point in the city. It's pretty neat."

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Kathleen Edwards: "That song ["Scared At Night"] was totally about my dad. That childhood. My dad's still living, but I can imagine if my dad were to pass away, I would probably feel like that one person in my life that would always be there to protect me is gone. That childhood feeling you have with your father being that person is probably the most important security blanket in a woman's entire life."

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Benjamin Gibbard: "The first time we were playing in Minneapolis, we played at a place called The Fox. We were just four kids from Bellingham pulling up in a van, not knowing where the stage was."

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Lissie: "I'd rather do a really, really great job and have people wait, than rush and put something out."

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Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields: "It makes me want to shoot him. I violently object to the political sentiment and I also hate the piano playing. It's like being forced to read a greeting card very slowly [pause] at gunpoint [pause] in the Soviet Union in 19[pause]71... It's funny that a billionaire would say, "Imagine there's no possessions, I wonder if you can." - On John Lennon's "Imagine."

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"Nickelback? That's a terrible name for a restaurant," and 25 more quotes from 2012
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Greg Saunier of Deerhoof: "We just arrived at lunch. We're gonna go eat at a restaurant. (pauses) Why is that restaurant called Nickelback? That's a terrible name for a restaurant."

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Andrew Bird: "We don't worry about nailing every part for a record, but usually it doesn't matter 'cause every time you play a song, it's going to be different."

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Jeremy Messersmith: "This last year, I got drunk and tweeted the Grammys. People were crazy for that stuff. I woke up the next morning, and was like, 'Ah, what did I write?'"

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Alison Scott: "Being in the music business is like spinning plates."

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Jessi Darlin of Those Darlins: "There's some sort of karma there. Even if they never get caught, you know, something..." - on getting their gear stolen

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Peter Pisano and Chris Koza
Peter Pisano and Chris Koza
Photo by Youa Vang

Chris Koza of Rogue Valley: "Don't worry, once the tape recorder comes out, it will be all business." - to Peter Wolf Crier's Peter Pisano during SXSW

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Chris Eldridge of The Punch Brothers: "I still love the idea of an album -- something you can sink yourself into."

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Cory Chisel: "The last album was released about three years ago. It's covered a good bit of time. Some of the songs go back really far. I was re-inspired by a few songs that we had written. It's like collecting the pages on top of your desk from the last time you looked through them. That's how it goes together."

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David Strauchman of Every Avenue: "It's difficult for me in practice, because you can't really imitate playing live."

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Jack Barakat of All Time Low: "Damn you, Norah [Jones]!"

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The Hush Sound
The Hush Sound
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Bob Morris of The Hush Sound: "I hope it's nice and cold in Minneapolis, cause I'm enjoying the cooler weather right now in Chicago. It's so boring when you don't ever get a change of weather like in California. It makes time go by so fast. It's like, 'Holy crap! A year's gone by?'"

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Ryan Mendez of Yellowcard: "Busy? Absolutely, we are."

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Ryan Traster: "It was cool to approach the song ["Cruel Love"]. Can I just make a fun pop song without it being too dumb? It's only a little dumb."

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Kevin Truckenmiller of Quietdrive: "I believe that success is 100% hard work and 0% talent."

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Rupert: "I would love to dance on Jimmy Fallon. I'd love to take on Ellen. That'd be a blast."

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Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy
Photo by Angela Kohler

Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy: "I wanted to try out life just being me -- not enhanced." - on going back to blonde

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Darren King of Mutemath: "The fact that people paid so much money to come see you -- the fact that they came at all -- you try to do your best, even if you're not feeling great."

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Mark Schwandt of White Light Riot: "Those experiences you hate imbue you more, but you have to learn from them."

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Kieren Smith of Sing It Loud: "I still feel out of my element sometimes living in New York."

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Brandon Summers of The Helio Sequence: "A lot of being in the music industry is having artistic power over your own vision, and it helps to be as educated in the technical aspect as in being creative."

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Motion City Soundtrack
Motion City Soundtrack
Photo by Anthony Saint James

Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack: "We've been so lucky and fortunate, and I don't feel under-appreciated, but you always want to be liked in your hometown. I'm really excited because we've been doing a lot more in Minneapolis. I want people to like what I do, but I don't want it to be forced. If they don't like it, it makes me sad, but I'm okay. I'll deal with it. There's a lot of kick-ass things here. To just be mentioned along with the likes of P.O.S., Low, Lifter Puller -- that would be amazing."

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