From The Desk Of The Apples In Stereo’s Robert Schneider: Outer Space

Talking to Apples in stereo frontman Robert Schneider is something like sitting around the kitchen table with a few friends and a six-pack while knocking out the screenplay for a new episode of Seinfeld. With Schneider at the controls of this magic-bus ride, he pulls the topics he likes out of thin air like some deranged conjurer, instantly discards and modifies them, apologizes for going off the tracks, backs the engine up to the starting point, begins talking about something entirely different, then excuses himself to take brief notes on some future project while humming a melody that’s just popped into his head. He’s also one of a handful of great songwriters to emerge over the past 20 years, a psych/pop genius whose knack for addictive melodies and memorable lyrics is perfectly obvious on Travellers In Space And Time (Simian/Yep Roc). Schneider will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Q&A with him.

Schneider: I love outer space. Max and I went to parent/child NASA Space Camp a couple of summers ago. It was such a cool and special experience, one of the best of my life. I have a pair of astronomy binoculars Marci got me for my birthday that I take on tour, and I have a telescope that you can see the bands of Jupiter with. Outer space looks really 3D with binoculars.

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