Martin Carr first made a name for himself in the early ’90s as the guitarist/songwriter of the Boo Radleys, whose Everything’s Alright Forever (1992), Giant Steps (1993) and Wake Up! (1995) remain essential listening from the Britpop era. The Boos disbanded in 1999, and Carr began releasing records under the bravecaptain moniker for the better part of a decade before issuing Ye Gods (And Little Fishes) under his own name in 2009. Carr is back with third solo LP New Shapes Of Life (Tapete), a compact, sophisticated and personal pop album inspired in part by the death of David Bowie. Carr will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Carr: The most fun I’ve ever had watching the telly. I can’t imagine life without Adventure Time. All manner of life and death, including Death, is here. It’s highly imaginative, funny, scary and always underpinned with great storytelling. I watch it with my son, who tells me everything that’s going to happen just before it does. It has at least 10 memorable catch phrases per episode; a glaring affront to anyone like me, incapable of funny accents or impressions. The one thing I can do is drop farm animals onto my kids after I have secured yet another wrestling victory, like The Farm does in “Who Would Win,” the 21st episode of the fourth season (99th episode overall) in which Finn and Jake swear revenge on a lazy, bullying giant with a floppy head and a barn wrapped around his middle. He stands there and takes on all comers, beating them up and dropping cows and shit on them afterwards. He’s a cool guy—I really like him. There’s a faraway look in his eyes, a sadness that he tries to conceal. I could change him. I know I could.