"You need input to get output," Jesse Malin insists during a scarce private moment on the pool deck of a Salt Lake City hotel. Over a cracking cell phone connection, he holds forth on his main songwriting influences. "I'm always reading novels, reading plays, going to see movies, listening to other artists, taking in a lot of stuff. Even listening to conversations among strangers. I've always carried a pen and scribbled on napkins; I'm scribbling in the movies on a popcorn bag. A lot of it ends up in these black-and-white school-type notebooks. Or on cassette tapes. And then it all... More >>>