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Glen Hansard From “Once” On Being Bandmates Post-Breakup

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“It was tricky in that we split up and had to remain in a band. Whenever we play music together, it’s f**kin’ intimate, there’s no two ways about it. You cannot sing with someone and not be intimate. It just doesn’t work, and that’s why I’m not playing in the band right now. I’m still in the band, but I’m not playing with Mar right now. … [T]he one thing that me and Mar have always been with each other is very honest. Mar needed to move in the direction she moved, I needed to move in the direction I moved, but we’re still very good. The saddest thing that could happen out of all of this is that we’d stop being friends. That’s the worst-case scenario. If me and her are still buddies … you know, she’s had to deal with discomfort, too. She’s had to deal with me making decisions that have hurt her. So Mar getting married is something that I think is very good for her. If I could say anything about Marketa, it’s that this really suits her personality. To get married with someone who loves and respects her and who she loves and respects, to me, makes total sense. I’m very happy for her, genuinely. And I really like Tim, he’s a f**king gentleman.”

— If you didn’t fall in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova falling in love with each other in “Once,” then, well, we recommend you get that checked out. But after the bandmates of The Swell Season won an Oscar for their song “Falling Slowly” — while being filmed for a documentary about the band, in fact — Glen and Marketa drifted apart from each other and ended their relationship. Now Marketa is married to a member of the Swell Season crew and Glen … well, Glen is pretty freaking mature about it, all things considered. Keep reading »

Musicians From “Once,” The Swell Season, Get Their Own Documentary

The song “Falling Slowly,” from the movie “Once,” is one of the most romantic songs ever. (The Academy, which gave them the Oscar for Best Song, would certainly agree!) A lot of us squealed when we learned the actors Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová had a real-life relationship in addition to their big-screen courtship. Calling themselves The Swell Season, Glen and Marta have toured the world performing the same style of low-key folk music everyone loved from “Once.” Now The Swell Season has gotten their own documentary, also called—shocker—”The Swell Season,” that explores the musicians’ lives behind the movie that made them both famous. [YouTube] Keep reading »

How Jason Segal Met Me


Jason Segal doesn’t know it yet, but he is my intended. We once had a run-in at a New Year’s Eve party, but when he said, “Hello,” I got all tripped up and spilled champagne on myself. Fail. But I keep hope in my heart, and love to watch his movies and pine. Luckily, it looks like my moment has finally come. Last night at a Los Angeles show with band The Swell Season—made up of Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard from the movie “Once”—Jason got up and performed a little ditty he wrote. When he asked for songwriting advice (I think he is trying to break out of the Dracula puppet genre, even though I find it charming), Marketa told him, “Write a song from the heart and include as much personal information as possible.” And that he did, my friends. In a move that I can only call “a miraculous turn of events for me,” he included his digits!!! If you’ll excuse me now, I have a very important phone call to make. I really hope it’s not a fake number. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Slideshow: Dynamic Music Duos

Amelia and I have been listening to She & Him non-stop in the Frisky office, and we realized that a lot of great music is the product of girl-guy duos. These are some of our favorites. Keep reading »

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