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Headphone Trip: An Interview with Sam Billen

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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

Former Billions co-frontman Sam Billen recorded his new album at home, immersing himself in fingertip orchestras and drum sequencers. It’s the perfect canvas for a songwriter who plays multiple instruments and constantly seeks out new sounds. Though his songwriting sensibility is more akin to Sufjan Stevens or the Postal Service, the pop production of “Headphones and Cellphones” invokes both ‘80s hits and modern R&B. Billen and his big red beard joined us to give the new disc a spin and avow his love for soul music, synthesizers, and Surge cola.

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