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Camper Van Beethoven – “Long Way To Go (Sharknado)”

The third entry in SyFy’s hugely successful Sharknado series is premiering tomorrow, and yeah, it’s about the same characters escaping from yet another sharknado (which, if you don’t know, is exactly what it sounds like). For some reason, alt-rock veterans Camper Van Beethoven are contributing an original song to the soundtrack. It’s called “Long Way… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 21, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Listen To David Lowery On Marc Maron’s WTF

For old heads like me, David Lowery is best-known as the frontman for Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. More recently, he’s been in the news for railing against the digital music system — efforts that have included calling out an NPR intern for admitting to file sharing. Lowery talks about all that — the musical… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2014 - 9:48 am

David Lowery Leads Effort To Shut Down Lyric Websites Like Rap Genius

The Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery is now a researcher at the University Of Georgia, and he’s also become a crusader for musicians’ financial rights. He was most recently seen on this site decrying Pandora’s practice of paying musicians a pittance for streaming rights, and he also famously shamed an NPR internMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 9:14 am

Camper Van Beethoven – “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out” (Stereogum Premiere)

Long before he was lecturing interns on the economic plight of modern musician (and contending for the top spot in our list of 2012’s Biggest Band Beefs), David Lowery was fronting Camper Van Beethoven, one of America’s original “college rock” bands (the genre later known as “alternative rock,” and more recently, “indie rock”). The combinatio… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 10, 2013 - 10:05 am

David Lowery Blasts NPR Intern On File-Sharing

On Monday, June 16, NPR All Songs Considered intern Emily White published an essay in which she admitted that, while she boasted an iTunes library comprising some 11,000 songs, she had only purchased 15 CDs in her lifetime. In her 517-word story, White claimed that only a small fraction of her library came via piracy… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 19, 2012 - 2:57 pm

A Cracker Christmas Flashback

What were you doing around Christmas 2001? “Merry Christmas, Emily,” Cracker’s suitably bummed holiday song from 2002’s Forever, which was written by David Lowery and Johnny Hickman “as an ode to ex-girlfriends everywhere,” has popped back up at the boys’ behest. Anything to spread some cheer to everyone but poor Emily. Hickman recently said that… More »

By: Stereogum / December 19, 2007 - 4:59 pm

New Cracker Video – “Baby All Those Girls Meant Nothing To Me”

Old fave David Lowery wants us to know that all those gals, well, they meant nothing, baby, come on, take him back. Over at his pretty terrific blog he offers a bit of background:Originally It was titled ?All those whores meant nothing to me?. but kristin hott refused to sing the backing vocals that way. More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2007 - 11:23 am