Friday, March 29, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH THE SCOVILLES

The Scovilles: DiPinto Guitars: Better than the Liberty Bell.


Where are you?

Rob (bass): Dialed-In Rekkids world HQ in scenic South Jersey (5 minutes from Philly).

Steve (guitar): Kicksville, USA.

Chris (drums): Wilmington, Delaware.

Best thing about Pensylvania: Allenton Record Fair, Phily Cheesesteaks, DiPinto Guitars or The Liberty Bell?

Rob: Since I often use a DiPinto Galaxie IV (and they're such nice folks), I'm going with DiPinto.


Steve: Reading Terminal

Chris: Liberty Bell.

Who has the best Phily Cheesesteaks?

Rob: In South Jersey. Carmen's in Bellmawr.

Steve: Dalessandro's Steaks in Philly (Roxborough). Best in the world.

Chris: Jim's Steaks, South Philly.

What would you do if you were invisible?

Rob: As a healthy, red-blooded man, I think the answer is obvious....fight crime. What did you think I was going to say?

Steve: Play a show with the Scovilles. That video would go viral for sure.

Chris: I too would fight crime with Rob.

Other than your song, what is the best song with the word ''PARTY'' in the title?

Rob: Sam Cooke - "Havin' a Party".

Steve: King Kahn & BBQ Show - "Animal Party".


Chris: Black Flag - "TV Party."


What are you hungry for?

Rob: POWER! Or a doughnut. One or the other.

Steve: Pizza. It's almost time for dinner.

Chris: A Cheesesteak now.

The Byrds, The Yardbirds or Surfin' Bird?

Rob: "Surfin' Bird"...one of the best rock and roll songs ever written. Brilliant in its simplicity (and stupidity).

Steve: The Yardbirds.


Chris: "Surfin' Bird".

What is more important: To dress well or to have awesome dance moves?

Rob: Dress well.

Steve: Dress well.

Chris: I can't dance...I don't dress well either.

Best band cameo in a film?

Rob: The Clash in King of Comedy for the simple fact that they are credited as "Street Scum".


Steve: Iggy Pop in Cry Baby.


What is the best advice you ever got?

Rob: "Don't make an ass of yourself." -My mom.

Steve: Advice, what's that?

Chris: "Don't play drums." - Mrs. Letts, band teacher 6th-7th grade.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH FLAT ED OF FLAT ED MUSIC & OUR 400TH FACEBOOK FAN!

Flat Ed: Our 400th fan!! 

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Where are you?

In my body, in my clothes, on the sofa, in the lounge, in the house, in the street in Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc, France, European Union, Europe, World, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way...the postman should know...

Would you rather have a flat singing voice or a flat chested girlfriend?

I'd love to try a flat chested singing girlfriend!

How do you feel, being our 400th fan?

Overjoyed, I can't believe I have managed to get 400th at something, I had lost hope !

What would be your character in a game of dungeons and dragons?

According to Wikipedia :"aberration" is a type of creature, or "creature type". Aberrations generally all have bizarre anatomies, strange abilities, alien mindsets, or any combination thereof. Hey: it's me!

Is there a lot of Medieval Black metal in Carcassone?

All metal dating as far back as medieval times has gone quite dark...

What is the nastiest thing you can say in French?

Je m'en occupe...

Favorite Megadeth cover album?

Rust In Peace, but I must say I only own one Megadeth album and can surely say that I have never listened to it: Cryptic Writings.
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Favorite One Chord Progression interview?

I haven't been following you long but enjoyed very much Dead Elvis which I have played on my radio show "Popcast" and more recently the one you did of John Holmstrom. And I must add I enjoyed your super compilation!

What's the best French beer?

The best French beer is...wine.

What is the best advice you ever got?

Nobody was ever kind enough to give me any advice, it always seems like you have to pay for everything these days !
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Flat Ed's POPCAST

Monday, March 25, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH GRANDMA'S BOYFRIEND

Grandma's Boyfriend: If you have to ask, the answer is NO.
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Where are you?

Drinkin 40s at work (Mike + Malcolm).

What kind of pizza do you want?

Whatever you wanna buy us is fine.

In your lifetime, how much money have you spent at Amoeba Records?

Fuck Amoeba. Recycled Records is better.

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What kind of jelly does your grandma's boyfriend like?

KY (strawberry).

Who would win in a jelly wrestling match between you and Terry Malts?

Not sure. Maybe we would because Jason and Lauren spend a lot of time coaching us in jelly wrestling. We're actually gonna be going down to SXSW in march for some good ol' jelly wrestling.



Mozzarella sticks, onion rings or french fries?

We believe the sampler platter covers all of those.

Easiest way to tell someone is not from San Francisco?

They move to the Mission / they take all the weird driving routes / they think there are bad neighborhoods in SF.

Best thing about Japan: vending machines that sell soiled panties, karaoke bars or Japanese 7-11s?

The Sid Vicious and Che Guevara blends of fake weed take the cake. Also, the boiling nodes and truncated squid segments sitting in the 7&iHoldings (7-11).

What's your idea of a perfect date?

A long romantic walk or bike ride with a girl and a beer and a cutty joint before going home together and watching some 80s teen drama and getting cutty on the couch.

Best advice you ever got?

"Don't be afraid to ask" / "If you have to ask the answer is NO" / "Always keep your feet dry" / "She's more afraid of you than you are of her"
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

ONE CHORD PROGRESSION ONE YEAR REGRESSION VOLUME 2 IS OUT!!!!



One Chord Progression is turning 1 this weekend and to celebrate the fact that we still haven't been sued or killed, we're releasing a 2nd free compilation for all of our readers!!!

Check the Track List and download like there's no tomorrow. And don't forget to like us on Facebook if you haven't allready:

1. Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - Conjure Man
2. Zachary James & The All Seeing Eyes - Runnin Outta Tyme
3. The Jellybricks - Sold
4. Dot Dash - Shouting In The Rain
5. Jacques Le Coque - I Know
6. Church Shoes - Ft Wayne Woman
7. The Buildings - I'm Alone
8. Quaaludes - She's Weird Like Us
9. The Pinsch - String Along Girl
10. Lisa Doll & The Rock n Roll Romance - Mixtape girl
11. The Mentalettes - Fine Fine Fine
12. Miss Chains And The Broken Heels - It's Gone
13. Party Lighs - I'm Tired Of You Satan
14. The Scovilles - Bird Brain
15. Grandma's Boyfriend - Must Be In Love
16. The Hemingers - Diggy
17. Racket Ghost - Beech Party
18. The Lovesores - Fast Friends
19. Sore Subjects - Wearing You Down
20. The Lost Riots - Downtown
21. Mighty High - Drug War
22. The Mess Around - Long Way To Go
23. White Fangs - I Don'T Wanna Die Again
24. The Funs - Carry On
25. Shockwave Riderz - Cruisin The Night





Friday, March 22, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH LEMON COOKIE AND COLONEL CREAM OF RUNNY

Runny: Suckers for seamen.

photo credit: Daniel Garcia


Where are you?

Lemon Cookie: Currently? I'm in midtown at work nursing a vicious hangover.

Colonel Cream: Nude, sunbathing in Bed-Stuy.

What do you find offensive?

Colonel Cream: Anyone who keeps their pants on at a RUNNY show.

What did Drug Front Records have to do to sign you?

Lemon Cookie: You mean besides the Champagne, Caviar, and Cocaine?

Colonel Cream: Wrong question. It should read "what did RUNNY do to get Drug Front Records to sign you"....it involved a blood sacrifice but I am legally prohibited from discussing the matter.

Lemon Cookie: Fine, I'll come clean on that one. I sucked off Dean Rispler. The secret is out and apparently so am I now.

Colonel Cream: I believe in the industry that's known as a 'signing bonus.' 

Where is the nastiest place to play in New York?

Lemon Cookie: We played this trash-covered basement near the Port Authority years ago that had a huge hole in ceiling and you could see the bar above you. I think that might have been the only show I got laid after.

Colonel Cream: Oh bullshit. You never get laid.

Lemon Cookie: Fuck yeah I do, Colonel! Although if it wasn't for the Port Authority, I wouldn't have any sexual experiences to speak of.

What Chris Elliot movie/tv show would be better if Lemon Cookie played his role?

Lemon Cookie: Runny would be better if Chris Elliott played my roll.

Colonel Cream: Cabin Boy, definitely. Mostly because he likes blowing sailors.

Lemon Cookie: I'm a sucker for seamen.


What is the most disgusting thing you ever put in your mouth?

Colonel Cream: Lyrics to any RUNNY song.

Lemon Cookie: Or that last bit of banter.

Dirtiest thing a guy told your drummer?

Colonel Cream: All I will repeat here is...Spanish guys are the best.

How do you like your eggs?

Colonel Cream: Up inside me!

Lemon Cookie: I know from experience that shit is painful. I prefer scrambled, covered in tabasco.

If Runny was in a porn movie, what would be the name and plot of the movie?

Lemon Cookie: It would be called Naked Guy Masturbating & Crying. That would be the plot. No one would ever watch it.

Colonel Cream: Quit your bitching, Cookie. I refuse to get talked into shoving eggs up your ass again.

Lemon Cookie: Sorry sorry. I swear I'll be good.

Colonel Cream: The movie would be called Cabin Bitch and if you can't guess the plot, you're an idiot.

What is the best advice someone gave you?

Colonel Cream: "Have a good time, all the time."

Lemon Cookie: "Don't let Colonel Cream shove eggs in your ass."

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

NEW VIDEO FOR PALMYRA DELRAN'S "YOU'RE MY BRIAN JONES"

Check out the new video for Palmyra Delran's song "You're My Brian Jones"! It's off her new album, You Are What You Absorb which just came out this month. Get it here!


INTERVIEW WITH WARM SODA

Warm Soda: Dwight Twilley is magical.



Where are you?

Oakland CA - just about to leave for an action packed USA tour.

What's worse: warm soda or warm beer?

I wouldnt drink either one. I think they drink warm beer in Germany or somewhere.

Shannon & The Clams: friend or foe?

Ha ha, I love this question. Why would you ask that? I would like to think we were friends, but every time I see them around I feel really uncomfortable, like they all hate me or something. Shannon is nice - I really love her voice.


Best love song ever written?

GG Allin - Cherry Love Affair. )


Describe to us what the Warm Soda pinball machine would look like.

Like the one Elton John played in the movie Tommy.



Coke or Pepsi?

Dispite our band name we do not avocate drinking soda pop - It kills your energy and its completely awful for your overall health - don't do it!

Who has the best hair in rock n roll these days?

Chase Oren (bass player)


Is there someone for everyone?

I think there are lots of people for lots of people.

 What kind of manager is Dwight Twilley?

Magical.
 

What is the best advice you ever got?

Less is more.

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Upcoming Shows: 

MAR 21 - OXFORD MS - LAMAR LOUNGE
MAR 23 - NASHVILLE TN - THE STONE FOX w DIRTY DREAMS
MAR 24 - KNOXVILLE TN -  GROUNDSWELL w BURNING ITCH 
MAR 25 - RICHMOND VA - STRANGE MATTER w PEACH KELLI POP
MAR 26 - WASHINGTON DC - THE PINCH
MAR 27 - BALTIMORE MD - OTTOBAR w BAM BAMS, SLOW JERKS, BIG CHRIST
MAR 28 - NEW YORK CITY NY - CAKE SHOP w WHITE MYSTERY, HECTORS PETS
MAR 29 - PROVIDENCE RI - FIREHOUSE 13 w WHITE MYSTERY
MAR 30 - ALBANY NY - VALENTINES
MAR 31 - ROCHESTER NY - THE BUG JAR w WHITE MYSTERY
APR 1 - COLUMBUS OH - CARABAR w TIGHT BROS, OCCULT DETECTIVE CLUB
APR 2 - INDIANAPOLIS IN - THE WHITE RABBIT w DAY CREEPER
APR 3 - CINCINATI OH - THE COMET w TWEENS                      
APR 4 - BLOOMINGTON IN - THE BISHOP     
APR 5 - KALAMAZOO MI - 411 CLUB w THE HEMINGERS & LISA DOLL        
APR 6 - CHICAGO IL - SPACE CLUB
APR 7 - MILWAUKEE WI - LOOKOUT FEST
APR 8 - MADISON WI - GOOD STYLE SHOP
APR 9 - FARGO ND - THE AQUARIUM 
APR 11 - MISSOULA MT - TBA
APR 12 - SEATTLE WA - THE COMET w/WHITE MYSTERY, NIGHT BEATS
APR 13 - PORTLAND OR - BENDER FEST
APR 14 - ARCATA CA - THE FACEMENT
APR 20 - SAN FRANCISCO CA - BRICK & MORTAR w WHITE MYSTERY
APR 26 - SAN FRANCISCO CA - BOTTOM OF THE HILL

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH LISA DOLL & THE ROCK N ROLL ROMANCE

Lisa Doll & The Rock N Roll Romance: Don't Let Anyone Poop On You!
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photo credit: Mark Zimin

Where are you?

At my work, a tattoo shop. Working on booking tour dates for my first tour in April. And taking breaks to look at Grumpy Cat pictures if I get too pissed off or stressed.

Describe your perfect rock n roll date night.

Any combination of: going to a show/roller skating/thrift shopping/diner eating/pizza munching/local drive-in theater. I'm not very high maintenance, I just want to have fun and listen to good music. I'm easily amused and satisfied by kitsch, confectionery items, pizza, whiskey, and rock n roll.

Which New York Doll would you want in your band and why?

Hmm, maybe Arthur Kane? Thunders would be an obvious choice based on talent and musical style, but I don't wanna deal with hard drug abuse in a band setting. So unless there was a clean Thunders, I would choose the seemingly nice and amicable Arthur Kane. I always saw him as a good-hearted sensitive type that wanted to focus on the music and "the look." But who knows, not like I knew them at all!


What's the ugliest tattoo you've ever seen?

We played with The Act Rights (TX) in DC and they came the next day to get some tattoos. I was tattooing a small whale on the singer, Charlie. He had this hilarious goofy looking grim reaper on the top of his right arm. It was done by a buddy in his house and it was real unskilled, badly placed and looked like something Beavis and Butthead would draw on a notebook. I loved it though, it was so funny. So technically, it was bad, but in a way so good!



If a guy made a mixtape for you, what would he need to put on it to really impress you?

If he didn't already know my musical interests very well, and Nobunny/Jay Reatard/Marked Men/RFTC (to name a few) somehow landed on there I would be pretty excited. Or Annette Funicello.




What's the most sexist thing a guy told you after a show?

No such thing. If a guy came up to me after a show trying to be "sexy" he'd probably just be creepy.

Is Baltimore really dangerous?

Haha, yeah, parts of it need to just be bombed away. But that's a lot of cities in general. Any area where you have a large concentration of people and then also a large concentration of poor, uneducated, and angry people, you're going to get more violence and crime. I used to work at a tattoo shop early in my career on the west side where The Wire was filmed about, it was pretty ridiculous over there. I think I mainly avoided trouble, because I was tattooing the area, so they saw the shop as their turf and not one to fuck with. When I lived in the Little Italy area, I got my car broken into a few times and my roommate got his car stolen twice! Second time it was never recovered. But there are also nice areas with people who are trying to build the city up and care about people around them. I hate the whole Raven's hysteria though. People are nuts about that around here and I just don't get it. Who cares, ya know? My hometown is Virginia. I've only lived in Maryland area about 3 years now and I don't identify with this area or plan to stay more than a year or so longer. I want to go to California!!

Best John Waters story?

I've yet to meet him but I know people who have seem him around at Atomic Books and some punk clubs. I've heard he is nice and approachable. I sent him a copy of my comic, Free Candy #1. I thought he might enjoy some of the humor. Who knows. I drew on the envelope a pregnant white trash girl smoking a cigarette and depicted an equally ignorant boy hollering at her, "Hey girl, you got a man?!" I posted it on my Facebook and someone said they felt it was mean and wrong. I replied back that I just drew what I actually saw one day walking to get food from my old work. I don't really need to exaggerate or embellish what I draw because there are really people out there like that! It makes people uncomfortable, because they don't like the idea that some people are just plain awful.

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Creepiest doll you ever had?

I was really into Cabbage Patch Dolls when I was a little girl and used to like to cut their hair and put make-up on them. So after I got done crudely smearing crayon on their faces and hacking their hair, I'm pretty sure they looked pretty creepy. But in my 6-year old vision, they were "pretty" and "improved."

What is the best advice you ever got?

When I was 15 my mom was talking to me about sex and how it shouldn't be disrespectful on either side. And to watch for some people who had weird fetishes. Then she paused, looked reflective and said, "OH...and don't let anyone POOP on you!"
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

STEREO TOTAL US TOUR DATES

STEREO TOTAL US TOUR DATES!

Stereo Total's new album "Cactus versus Brezel" will be released on Kill Rock Stars on April 4th, 2013!

04/11 Washington, DC - DC9
04/12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
04/13 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04/16 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04/17 Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
04/18 Toronto, ONT - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/20 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
04/21 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04/23 Austin, TX - Red 7
04/27 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
05/01 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
05/03 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05/04 Seattle, WA - Barboza

Links to buy tickets:

INTERVIEW WITH THE PINSCH

The Pinsch: Their van contains a hidden sandwich.

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Where are you?

Matt's basement.

Tell us an inside joke.

"That's not a cordless mic."

What do you really think about Eric Davidson?

He does not seem to age...
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Do girls have rythmn?

Once a month.

Who would win in a mic battle between Ronnie Spector, Nikki Corvette and your singer?

Ronnie, hands down. She is a real entertainer.



Favorite Cosby show episode?

The one where he's supposed to go on the Letterman show and he gets arrested instead.



Best thing about being a band from Minneapolis?

We're from Saint Paul.

Which girl group is sadly overlooked?

Ricky Martin's female fans.

Best advice you ever got?

"You're gonna want to make a sandwich and hide it in the van."
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Monday, March 18, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH JACCO GARDNER

Jacco Gardner: They don't dance, they sit and watch the show.

photo credit: Nick Helderman


Where are you?

In a car heading to Washington DC.

What kind of dancers dance at the cabaret of curiosities?


They don't dance, they sit and watch the show.

What's your best riddle?

Tell me can you guess my name?
Smile when sad, the pride in shame,
Rich when poor, an endless door.
I'm forever less and more.

What was your favorite lullaby as a kid?

Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel.

 

What kind of trouble do you have in mind?

None at all.

Do you have a green thumb?

No, in fact, everything green dies at my very touch.

What Beach Boys' song is the most underrated?

"Kiss Me Baby".



Brian Wilson was friends with Charles Manson. Who is your serial killer friend?

Jos van Tol.

Describe your perfect summer day.

Green fields, sunny sky, 25 degrees celcius, subtle breeze, some birds here and there, not too much and none of those noisy birds. All my friends are there, nothing to do but relaxing and listening to good music.

What is the best advice you ever got?

Hugo, good friend of mine, told me to check out Syd Barrett.

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Upcoming shows:

Monday March 18: The Bishop, Bloomington, IN
Tuesday March 19: The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Wednesday March 20: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Thursday March 21: Garden Bowl, Detroit, MI
Friday, March 22: Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH
Saturday, March 23: Mercury Lounge, NYC (BUY TICKETS HERE)
Friday, March 29: De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
Sunday, March 31: Le Beat Bespoke 2013, London, UK

April - August European tour dates HERE





NEW STEREO TOTAL VIDEO ''WE DON'T WANNA DANCE''



Do not miss Stereo Total in Brooklyn on April 12th @ The Knitting Factory



Friday, March 15, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH DOT DASH

Dot Dash: Need to move on to Wire.
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Where are you?

We’re still trying to figure that out…

Describe your perfect winter day.

Standing on a Flexible Flyer sled, yelling “mush!” -- at a cat.

Would you prefer to open for The Jam or Wire?

Well, we’ve been booked three times to open for From The Jam (Bruce Foxton’s post-Jam outfit) and they have cancelled all three tours (and, thus, all three shows.) We need to move on to Wire.



What is the most beautiful music?

The Beautiful Music is the awesome record label that has put out both of our albums. Respect!

Any tips for touring bands who want to play Washington?

Scale over The White House fence at a night and begin running around – in an erratic, zig-zag fashion – the Secret Service will think it’s hilarious. You can invite them to your gig.

What is the most political thing you've done?

Hypnotized a number of world leaders while watching them on television. They had no idea.

What is the most mod thing you've done?

That's easy...check out these Dot Dash t-shirts:

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Best song about food?

The Undertones – ‘Mars Bar’.



Favorite US president?

William Howard Taft – 320 pounds of fun.

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What is the meaning of life?

A Monty Python movie?
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Upcoming shows: 

Sunday April 7th
Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA 22180)
with Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols & Sylvain Sylvain of the NY Dolls
Buy Tickets Here


Monday May 27

Bowery Electric (327 Bowery, NYC)
with Monochrome Set
Buy tickets here

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH MIKE STAX OF UGLY THINGS MAGAZINE & THE LOONS

Mike Stax: Doesn't wanna see the Rolling Stones.
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Where are you?

La Mesa, California. East San Diego county.

Favorite STAX single?

"Walking the Dog" by Rufus Thomas (Stax 140).


What is the rarest record you own?

I have a few garage band acetates that are one (or maybe two or three) of a kind, including a 10" by the Misunderstood and a couple by the Bush.



Which 60's band do you love but you'd never want to see a reunion show?

The Rolling Stones.




Can you explain why the song "Food Fight" by the Village People is so good?

The Village People have a song called "Food Fight"?!



What is the ugliest thing in your home?

Me.

What band was the hardest to interview?

The Jay Jays from Holland. They refused to talk.



Favorite 60's Canadian band?

A tie: The Haunted and the Ugly Ducklings.



Weirdest thing somebody told you after a Loons show?

You could make a lot of money playing in a Yardbirds tribute band.



What is the best advice someone gave you?

John Lennon: "All you need is love."


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Monday, March 11, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH JULIET SWANGO OF THE FOXX

The Foxx: R├ępondez-vous s'il vous plait?
photo credit: Devan Council


Where are you?

Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Better Fox(x): the band or The Rondelles' album?

Lila vs. The Fox... The Foxx has never achieved the level of The Fox in terms of success, though in my mind we succeeded with Lila in creating something people can enjoy. What The Fox really had going was that delightful duality between me and Oakley Munson. I believe it demonstrated the pinnacle of the final stretch of the Munson/Swango pairing perfectly; there are songs written by Swango, there are songs written by Munson, and there are songs to which each party contributed separate sections. It’s almost exactly equally distributed between the two people. The result was the highly satisfying product you can still enjoy today, standing the test of time 13 years on! By contrast, The Foxx now is just me featuring a rotating cast of players - not to in any way diminish their contributions, but I’ve never had the extended thrust again, if you will, of that magical duo that brought you The Fox. So in a way it's not a fair comparison; I do miss having that other songwriter in the band. The Foxx is the underdog, The Fox the defeating champ! Now entering the final round! Enough sports analogies?



What is the most complicated French word you know?

Respondez-vous, s'il vous plait!

We give you three free songs on the jukebox; what are you playing?

"So Long" by Abba, "Ring Ring" by Abba, "What About Livingstone" by Abba.


Best all girl band after The Foxx: The Runaways, The Go-Go's or Girlschool?

The Go-Gos were the most influential of the three on my little budding songwriting as a teenager. I bought the Beauty and the Beat CD at Hastings when I was about 15; it was I think only like the 5th album I ever purchased or something. It was at that time when you're buying lifelong stuff alongside some very questionable stuff. And that was that. Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin were really one of the most terrific pop songwriting duos ever. I still get my mind blown every time I hear it.
The album art and the production are just absolutely perfect, too. It's the perfect pop album - Beauty and the Beat is just it. I'm a Runaways lover, but they came a bit later for me, and so did Girlschool - just past that really key period. They were really playing in a league with the boys, snaking that machismo. I didn't get it until a few years after the Go-Go's, who were non-threatening and easy to get into as such a horribly awkward late-starter type. I guess the Runaways and Girlschool were a little challenging for me. I fell in love with punk hard and early (starting with Born Innocent of course, the best place to start), but they were really more metal than punk, and I was scared. Also, I've never really been influenced by their music in my writing very much. The Go-Go's writing was so sophisticated, it was big-league - I actually think they were very important, to tell you the truth. I've just always admired them and aspired to what they did. Fun fact, the guy that mastered it, Greg Kalbi, through some great stroke of luck for yours truly actually mastered the first Rondelles album. That was a pretty neat thing, to have even some tiny connection to the Go-Go's - I'll never get over that!

 

Finish this sentence: "Don't start blaming your heart, blame your______________."

"Don't start blaming your heart, blame your stupid fucking amplifier", would be the title of my memoir.

Would you prefer to share vocal duties with Debbie Harry or have Marc Bolan as your guitar player?

Marc Bolan!


Greenpoint, Albuquerque or DC?

Albuquerque for the easy lifestyle that always allowed me to do music with no intrusions. I had an upright piano, practice room, dogs, a yard, cheap rent, perfect weather, so few challenges. It's the place to live if you want to hole up and write, but if you ever want to share that expression with others, you've really got to go somewhere else. Just not DC. For the love of God, not DC.

Best part of seeing Paul Collins play at Cake Shop?

I never thought I would hear the song "Rock And Roll Girl" live - never even crossed my mind that was a possibility! I've been listening to The Beat since I was 18 or so, due to a compilation that had one of my favorite bands at that time covering that song. I tracked down the original version back then, and was instantly in love with the album, which has not faded. To see and hear that in the flesh was spectacular. 


Juliet's pics of Paul Collins @ Cake Shop, NYC February 2nd, 2013




Best advice you ever got?

The day I was moving out of my last apartment, here in Greenpoint. Our first-floor neighbors were this incredibly sweet old couple. Carmela, the wife, and I would chat, she'd give me and my roommates homemade cookies, something you really don't get living here, and I was so grateful to have them there. As I waited for a car out front with the last of my items that wouldn't fit in the moving van, I was at that peak moment of ultimate anxiety when you're going to meet the truck at the new apartment, and I was such a mess, awkwardly trying to make conversation with her but freaking out about moving, just on auto-pilot, and actually really sad that they wouldn't be my neighbors but just like a total ball of nerves, even a lot more so than usual. Carmela wanted to say something to me - she said, "You and I are kind of similar, wound up all the time. Someone told me this a long time ago, and I'll never forget it, and it helped me. Just stop it. Relax."

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PONDEROSA STOMP ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 2013 CONCERT AT ROCK N'BOWL (NEW ORLEANS), OCTOBER 3-5, 2013



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Ponderosa Stomp founder Ira (Photo by Alex Brandon / The Times-Picayune Archive)


After a year’s hiatus, the Ponderosa Stomp – the 12-year-old festival and conference that celebrates, in its own words, “the unsung heroes of American music” – is back. The 11th annual event will take place October 3, 4 and 5 at the Rock n’Bowl, with films, live performer interviews and a record fair located at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel.

Many long-terms fans associate the Stomp with the Rock n’Bowl, where the event was held from 2002 until 2005. After the original Rock n’Bowl’s first-floor second stage was flooded during Katrina, the show moved variously to Memphis’ Gibson Guitar Factory, the House of Blues and in 2011, the Howlin’ Wolf. The shows at Rock n’Bowl October 4 and 5 will technically be a move to yet another new venue, since the club moved to its current location at 3000 S. Carrollton Avenue in 2009; organizers, though, are still treating it as something of a homecoming.

“We’re really happy to bring it back to the Rock n’Bowl,” organizer Ira Padnos said in November 2012, when the 2013 dates were announced. “We’ve had some great shows there over the years.”

The Ponderosa Stomp lineup, over the years, has always split itself between well-known hometown heroes like Earl King, Eddie Bo and Allen Toussaint, and the “unsung heroes” of its slogan; underground favorites from the back pages of country, soul, R&B, garage, early rock n’roll and even punk, best known to crate-diggers and fans of the obscure.


Boston garage-rockers the Standells, best known for their 1966 hit “Dirty Water,” headline Ponderosa Stomp 2013. Other notables include soul singers Maxine Brown, Gino Parks, Chris Clark, Spencer Wiggins and New Orleans’ own Charles Brimmer and Richard Caiton; garage-rockers the Sloths, Ty Wagner and local veterans the Guanga Dyns; rockabilly hall-of-famers Bobby Crown and Charlie Gracie, Louisiana country-soul man George Perkins and more.

Tickets are not yet on sale. Visit ponderosastomp.com for more information.


The 2013 Ponderosa Stomp concerts take place Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5. The day-to-day lineup has not been announced, but here’s the full roster:

Maxine Brown

Baby Washington


Chris Clark

Richard Caiton

Charles Brimmer

James Alexander

Lynn August

George Perkins

The Sloths

The Standells

Guanga Dyns

Ty Wagner

Gino Parks

Spencer Wiggins

Sonny Green

Bobby Parker

Bobby Crown

Eddie Daniels

Charlie Gracie

Boogaloo

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Friday, March 8, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH THE JELLYBRICKS

The Jellybricks: Author of the Little Steven's Coolest Song In The World!

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Where are you?

Turning seventeen on January 16th, living on borrowed time in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Best Cheap Trick song?

Terribly tough - so many good ones, but "Tonight It's You" is spectacular.



Most rock n roll way to commit suicide?

If you're considering committing "career-suicide," join a rock n roll band, otherwise it's pretty rock n roll to commit suicide by playing Ozzy Osbourne records backwards, listening for hidden instructions.



Best thing about PA: the Allentown record fair or Philly cheesesteaks?

Philly cheesesteaks, augmented by Yuengling Lager.

What soap opera would be better with a Jellybricks soundtrack?

All of them, (speaking modestly and candidly), but both Rick Springfield and John Stamos have urged us (either directly or indirectly) to open up talks with someone at General Hospital, but naturally we're planning to check in with Jack Wagner for his opinion on this as well.

























Who is god?

At one time, we think the commonly accepted answer was "Eric Clapton," but really, god only knows.




E Street Band or The Sopranos?

We all love Bruce Springsteen, and we're all afraid to offend the mob, but more importantly, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Steven Van Zandt, so we'll just say both!



Favorite jellybean flavor?

Grape, more days than not.

Favorite detective?

Peter Falk.


What's the meaning of life?

Arguably the third-best Monty Python movie, with arguably the best Monty Python songs.
Also - life is inexact, imperfect, unpredictable, and inarguably more enjoyable with music.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH REV. NORB

Rev. Norb: Jesse Jackson is a douche.

Where are you?

Just to the right of the jukebox, thanks.

Maximum Rock N Roll or Razorcake?

Although I probably haven’t opened a copy more than two or three times in the last fifteen years, I’d have to say MRR, as it’s an institution in a sort of way that Razorcake can’t equal (through no fault of its own, of course). Also, my writing was a lot better for MRR…something about being able to rant and rave for like 3,500 words suited my style a bit better than my current 1,800 word limit imposed at Razorcake. Usually by the time I get done with my various introductory tangents and preparatory ranting and raving and what-not these days, I’m about 1,400 words into my column and have to hurriedly ring down the curtain right as I’m pickin’ up a decent head o’ steam. It was also really fucking easy to push the buttons of certain swaths of the MRR readership, which always made for a good time. I also thought MRR’s no-frills pulpy inkiness was the perfect format for a punk zine, whereas Razorcake has aspirations to a slightly more literary/graphic-y spirit. Then again, Razorcake lets me write record reviews, and would probably let me use the phrase “The Cadillac of Vaginas” in print without calling me up and seriously suggesting I undergo anger management therapy.

What was the worst Boris the Sprinkler show?

Oh god…we were playing at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, it was one of our last shows. I was at a Bucks game in Milwaukee the night before, and some jerk-ass bashed in my window while my car was parked on 4th street, absconding with my PowerPuff Girls backpack, which was full of a bunch of cool shit I shouldn’t have left out in the open (money, weed, tie-dyed tights, my “The Knack Is Back” t-shirt, et al). I was so pissed off about this that the next morning, when I was sitting around Milwaukee waiting for the window repairer dude to install my new window, that I started drinking all this champagne I had in my hotel room on accounta it was Valentine’s Day and, ya know, a guy’s gotta be prepared. So I drink like two bottles of champagne in Milwaukee waiting for my window to be fixed, and then I got a pretty good buzz on, so I get some beer and I’m angrily drinking all the way down to Chicago, so by the time I get there, I’m fucking blasted. I realize about ten minutes before we’re supposed to go on that I don’t have any wacky stage garb with me – it was in the backpack, natch – so I’m just standing there in whatever the hell grubby shit I wore to the basketball game the night before. A fan helpfully hands me a roll of toilet paper, and suggests that maybe I can make myself an impromptu mummy costume or something, but some security guy sees me standing there, drunk with a roll of toilet paper in my hand, and tosses me out onto Fullerton Avenue on the grounds that I was “stealing toilet paper.” I have to go beg the promoter to let me back in so we can play, then I wind up falling off the stage and spraining both my wrists. It was a fucking travesty. I’m embarrassed about it to this day.


(not their worst show)


Any good stories about recording three back to back albums with The Leg Hounds?

Not really; the most interesting aspect of the story is actually that they recorded all three albums in one four-day recording session. I figured that people are always bitching that a band’s second or third album doesn’t sound as good as their epoch-making first album, so I’d just have 'em record their first three albums at once and sidestep that particular cherry pitfall. What’s interesting is that, although the three albums were recorded in one big recording session, they were mixed at different times, and Justin Perkins, the engineer, kept improving his craft by leaps and bounds - therefore, there’s this sort of observable sonic progression going on throughout the trilogy that gives the illusion that we recorded the albums months apart, when, as noted, that was not at all the case. Well, that and we stacked up a bunch of Olympia cans in a very nice beeramid in the control room.


What is power pop in 2013?

Power pop is a collective cultural muscle memory that informs us how to tie a skinny tie even though we learned it almost forty years ago in Cub Scouts.

Which band do you wish you saw, but wouldn't want to reform?

The Clash and Brownsville Station…I don’t imagine Joe and Cub will be putting the bands back together any time soon.



What would be the synopsis of a Star Trek episode you would guest-star on?

The Enterprise would beam a landing party back down to Sigma Iotia II, only to find that their previous culture based on 1920’s gangland America would have mutated into a game show planet after an old VHS tape of Family Feud was inadvertently left behind by a member of the Enterprise crew following the events of “A Piece of the Action.” I’d play Kooshgak Henkler, host of the highly-rated Fizzbin Sharks program engaged in a violent ratings war with the host of You Bet Your Kronk. Hilarity ensues.

Best band in Winsconsin?

It’s hard to argue with the candy-coated goodness of the SUGAR STEMS, but I think the no-budget glam whumpus of RAMMA LAMMA merits consideration.

Like I Do 45 by Sugar Stems


Favorite reverend: Reverend Horton Heat, Reverend Guitars, or Reverend Jesse Jackson?

Jesse Jackson is a douche because he complained when the Packers fired head coach Ray Rhodes, and Rhodes was a brainless dumbfuck who thought clock management had something to do with inventory control at Ikea. Reverend guitars are a quantity with which I am unfamiliar, but Rev. Horton Heat must be at least a little cool because he covered “Stop That Pigeon!” from Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines.




What's the meaning of life?

To seek the meaning of life. Anything else you wanna know?
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NEW TUNE FROM SHANNON & THE CLAMS

The supercool Oakland band Shannon & The Clams have just released a track off their upcoming album, Dreams In The Rat House (out May 21, 2103 on Hardly Art), called Rip Van Winkle. Listen and download here. Also, how awesome is this picture?


Check out our Shannon & The Clams interview from 2012 here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH KID CONGO POWERS

Kid Congo Powers: WHAT ME WORRY?

Where are you?

In My Haunted Head...but that's a state of mind. I am in The District of Columbia as we speak.

Are the kids alright?

The kids are aways alright even when they're not. I mean, they are the title of a song by The Who! Better not complain!



Other than Kid Congo, best band with the word Kid in its name?

Kid Creole and The Coconuts! Amazing!



Best mustache: Kid Congo or John Waters?

John draws his on so it looks better. I torture myself by trying to trim a line so mine is more scraggy. You judge. Dreamy John is an inspiration.


Do you think Poison Ivy will make music again?

You will have to ask her! I certainly hope so. The world will be a better place for it if she does.



Can you describe, in three words, your new band with Mick Collins and Bob Bert?

WHAT ME WORRY?

Best city in the world for rock n roll?

LSDC

What would you do if you found a peanut?

I may not eat it. I might stick it in my ear.



Favorite band on In The Red Records?

So many! Andre Williams or The Intelligence.


What is the best advice you ever got?

From Exene Cervenka: "Live Fast, Don't Die".

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Friday, March 1, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN FREEMAN OF THE MAGNOLIAS

The Magnolias: The only band in Minneapolis.
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Who are you?

My name is John Freeman, Leader, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the Magnolias.

Who are you wearing?

I'm wearing all black, white socks, Doc Martens, Boxer shorts with Christmas bulb theme.

Who in the band looks the best in bowling shoes?

Our drummer Pat McKenna looks best in bowling shoes.

Best bowler in the band?

Pat is the best bowler.

Favorite Paul Collins song?

My favorite Paul Collins song? Tough one, a lot of great songs... I'll say "Don't Wait Up For Me".



What is power pop?

Power Pop is something that keeps you up and awake for 48 years not five hours!

What is your American dream?

My Amercian Dream? I wrote a song called American Dream...it's the lead track from our new album Pop The Lock.



What s the worst thing you ever ate on tour?

The worst thing I have ever eaten on tour? Hmmmm?? Ok...a hamburger I ordered in an Oklahoma truck stop. It came with mayo on it, I can't stand mayo, I sent it back to the kitchen. Two minutes later another hamburger came on a plate. They had scraped the mayo off and out it on a new bun. I actually did not eat it and walked out of the restaurant and ate peanuts.

Best thing about being a rock n roll band in Minneapolis?

We're the only band in the city.

What is your message for the kids?

Pull up your fucking pants.
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