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1QI: Drunk Couples, Holy White Hounds, Karen Haglof

Posted Aug. 29, 2016, 2:03 p.m.
1QI: Drunk Couples, Holy White Hounds, Karen Haglof
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Drunk Couples, Holy White Hounds and Karen Haglof.

Andrew Barnes (Drunk Couples – drums)
SPB: Drunk Couples is a departure in sound from your previous project. Do you find it challenging to separate the different styles or associations that come with changing bands?
Andrew: It all came pretty naturally to totally shift musical gears when CJ and I started Drunk Couples. Not only is this band a different setup as far as who plays what instrument, but we also felt like we took our old band Gifts From Enola as far as we wanted to go with the sound that we established and tinkered with over the years. Ever since that band broke up, it's been pretty easy for all four band members to hit the reset button on what kind of musical outlets we wanted to explore. In the case of Drunk Couples we just wanted to write no-frills songs that were loud, fun, gritty, and a little sassy. Who knows what it'll turn into as long as we keep the band going and things evolve, but it's a vibe that feels right for now.
James Manson (Holy White Hounds)
SPB: How do you find out about new bands or music that you enjoy?
James: I think that the first bands that made an impact on my life left a bread crumb trail of artists and records that I ended up diving into because of the admiration I had for those first bands. My music discovery seems to have manifested because of a few different but similar platforms (iTunes Genius, Spotify, Pandora, etc) some more effective and/or enjoyable than others.
Music consumption has evolved and so has my overall taste in music. I think the two go hand in hand. Being a touring musician, I've definitely learned to trust my friends and fans taste in music. I listen to their suggestions whenever I get the chance. Being a fan of rock music my whole life, I know what I like and what I don't like. Staying open-minded has made music much more enjoyable as a whole for me. Sometimes, I'll even go to whatever record store is close by and buy whatever looks cool. 
Karen Haglof
SPB: After much time away from music, you've released 2 records in 3 years. Why the rush of new material after such a delay?
Karen: Yes, I did spent years away from music, going to school and entering a different career. But once the bug to play hit again, and I climbed the fairly steep learning curve of doing all my own material and current day recording, I didn't see any reason not to continue making songs and putting them out. I hope to go on that way for some time...No specific timeframe, though. The next focus is to play live.

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1QI: Atoms and Void, Peter Case, Pkew Pkew Pkew

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
1QI: Atoms and Void, Peter Case, Pkew Pkew Pkew
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Atoms and Void, Peter Case and Pkew Pkew Pkew.

Eric Fisher and Arlie Carstons (Atoms and Void)
SPB: When collaborating with so many artists, how do you draw the determine when to allow a “guest improv” vs pre-composed music?
Eric & Arlie: Our approach to recording is both guided and spontaneous, and our reasons for working with a specific musician (or combination of musicians) are always very intentional. There are really no “guest improv” moments. Rather, in some ways we sort of work like conductors. We always have an idea of what we want the mood, tempo and arrangement of a song to be— often writing and recording the song’s basic structure and then talking with each other about which session player(s) would be best for additional instrumentation on certain songs and in specific spots. Each musician approaches his/her instrument differently, which makes it possible for our songs to sidestep easy categorizations of genre or style. We strive to record with folks that can interpret our ideas in ways that allow for spontaneity and stylistic nuances. Basically, it’s all about trust and communication. We’re blessed to have these people and their creative minds in our lives. 
Peter Case
SPB: I just finished reading the book you released in 2006, As Far As You Can Get Without A Passport, loved it and your stories of your youth as you made your way to California. Any chance you will be adding to it or writing a complete autobiography in the future?
Peter: Well, yes, I did write hundreds of pages of stories from that time, about finding my way in the music world, and I DO hope to see it published. And I even have some interest from the people who did the first one, but we'll just have to see. I need some time to finish it, and being a musician is pretty demanding time-wise, so I'll just say ASAP! If there was some way I could be freed up for a month or two to get the manuscript in shape, and write some more etc... could happen sooner rather than later. A lot of people have been asking. I'll do it as soon as I can!
Emmett (Pkew Pkew Pkew – bass/vocals)
SPB: Winter touring in Canada: yes or no?
Emmett: Definitely tour in the winter in Canada. Sure you have to take it easy on the roads, but you can just leave all your beers in the van the entire time and they stay cold!

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Bands The Amty Affliction Australian tour and new album

Posted Aug. 16, 2016, 1:37 p.m.

The Amty Affliction Australian tour and new album

photo by Loren Green

The Amity Affliction have announced a run of Australian headline shows taking them back to venues they haven’t played in more than four years. After a massive arena tour in December 2015, these new ...

Bands OWTH acoustic

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 10:36 p.m.

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Dying Scene is reporting that Off With Their Heads will release their first new full-length since Home in 2013 (Epitaph Records), which is expected to be released on Oct. 29 as an acoustic album supported ...

Bands Lots of True Widow news

Posted Aug. 14, 2016, 9:44 p.m.

True Widow are back in action, with an upcoming new album (Avvolgere, out Sept. 23 on Relapse) and the new "Theurgist" video (below). In addition to the new tunes comes a new tour, starting in ...

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Bands The Dean Ween Group debut (and tour)

Posted Aug. 10, 2016, 9:53 a.m. in Bands by Loren

The Dean Ween Group will release The Deaner Album offivially on Oct. 21 on ATO Records. Deaner, originally a founding member of Ween, recorded the ...

Dean Ween Group Tour Dates w/ Meat Puppets as openers.9/24 Asbury Park, NJ. Indian Summer Festival/Anchors Bend Beach Stage*10/18 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room10/20 Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall*10/21 Royal Oak, MI: Royal Oak Music Theatre10/22 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom10/24 Louisville, KY: Headliners Music Hall10/25 St. Louis, MO: Delmar Hall10/26 Kansas City, MO: The Record Bar10/28 Aspen, CO: Belly Up10/29 Jackson, WY: Pink Garter Theatre10/31 Missoula, MT: The Wilma* festival date - Meat Puppets not appearing

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Bands Gang of Four live album to come

Posted Aug. 3, 2016, 8:38 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Gang of Four live album to come

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Gang of Four, who last released What Happens Next in 2015 (Metropolis Records) has announced a newa live album  that captures 14 songs from their ...

GANG OF FOUR on tour with The Faint
Sep 29 First Avenue Minneapolis, MNSep 30 Metro Chicago, ILOct 01 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ONOct 02 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OHOct 05 Paradise Rock Club Eastham, MAOct 06 Webster Hall New York, NYOct 07 Trocadero Philadelphia, PAOct 08 9:30 Club Washington, DCOct 10 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TNOct 11 Center Stage Atlanta, GAOct 13 House of Blues Houston, TXOct 14 South Side Music Hall Dallas, TXOct 17 Emo’s Austin, TXOct 18 Observatory North Park San Diego, CAOct 20 Mayan Theater Los Angeles, CAOct 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NVOct 23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CAOct 25 The Showbox Seattle, WAOct 26 McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Portland, OROct 28 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UTOct 29 Gothic Theatre Englewood, COOct 31 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Track listing:1. Where The Nightingale Sings2. History's Not Made By Great Men3. I Parade Myself4. Paralysed5. What We All Want6. Love Like Anthrax7. Do As I Say8. Stranded9. Damaged Goods10. Isle Of Dogs11. At Home He's A Tourist12. To Hell With Poverty13. Why Theory14. I Found That Essence Rare

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Bands 1QI: Spotlights, CoinTossRecords, Thin Lips

Posted Aug. 3, 2016, 1:01 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Spotlights, CoinTossRecords, Thin Lips

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Sarah Quintero (Spotlights)SPB: What’s the strangest trend you see in modern music (or in the industry)?
Sarah: The strangest trend I have been noticing today in music is seeing older bands (that I grew up listening to), like Failure, Shiner, and Hum, get back together and be reviewed and/or accepted into the “metal” scene. Growing up these bands were, to my recollection, considered more Rock or Alternative. I think it’s awesome and I love that they are getting that recognition, because they are heavy as F. I also think that the “industry” today is a lot more accepting now that the lines have been dissolving that were created by the big dinosaurs that used to run it. Weird? Yes. Awesome? Definitely!! Heavy music has a bright future and it’s exciting!
Indy (CoinTossRecords)
SPB: What was the first punk show you attended?
Indy: It was a Split Lip show in Indianapolis. I was in middle school, a long time ago
Chrissy (Thin Lips-vocals/guitar)
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Chrissy: I definitely am always scared before we play...Sometimes it's worse than others. The boys are pretty relaxed, a little nervous here or there, sometimes pretty nervous but it doesn't show too much. Usually once I start playing I'm fine but right before I get on stage I range anywhere from pretty nervous to extremely terrified. It still seems worth it every time though. 

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Bands 1QI: Mike Bell & the Movies, Bossk, Planet B

Posted July 29, 2016, 5:26 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Mike Bell & the Movies, Bossk, Planet B

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Mike Bell (Mike Bell & the Movies)
SPB: What was the best show you’ve seen in the past year? 
Mike: May 15th, 2015, Mac McCaughan and the Non Believers, Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
I had kept myself away from the album ‘cause my plan was to purchase directly from Mac. Now to say Superchunk was a major influence in my songwriting within the last decade would be a gross understatement. The chance to see Mac perform his new songs and stripped down Superchunk songs...I WAS STOKED. The show was great! There weren't many people there, it was raining, but a ton of friends ended up in attendance. Eric from Lame-O, Jake and Ian from Modern Baseball, Peter from Dogs on Acid/The Movies...I am forgetting a few...
The show was super intimate. Mac even threw in a couple of tunes "Billy Bragg-style" in the middle (just him and an electric guitar). After the set I went to purchase the record and the guitar player from The Non-Believers informed me I would have to wait for Mac, since he was the only one with a Square reader. I road home in the rain on my bike as fast as I could and listened to that record four times. Interesting postscript to the story: this was also how I learned Mac's real name was Ralph. [The online receipt for payment was to a Ralph MacCaughn]
Tom (Bossk)
SPB: What song would you want played at your funeral? 
Tom: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd.  It's my favorite song of all time.
Luke Henshaw (Planet B)
SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen or record?
Luke: To me, with the increasing digitalization of music, a lot of what I hear is all sounding the same and I’m having a hard time differentiating who's who. There’s no creativity with the production. Everyone's sharing and using the same software with the same functions. I'm also finding a lack of actual song writing occurring right now as well. Digital programs make it so anyone with a computer can push 1 button and record a song, not anyone with a guitar. 

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Bands Undertones reissues, 40th anniversary

Posted July 28, 2016, 11:37 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Undertones reissues, 40th anniversary

Formed in 1976, The Undertones are celebrating their 40th anniversary with the reissue of their first two albums. The Undertones and Hypnotised are both available ...

UK tour dates:
Fri 26th                  YORK                                      Fibbers                                    
Sat 27th                 STOKE ON TRENT             The Sugarmill                       
Thur 20th               SOUTHAMPTON                 Engine Rooms                      
Fri 21st                   BRISTOL                                O2 Academy                         
Sat 22nd                LEAMINGTON SPA            The Assembly                     
Thur 27th               GATESHEAD                        Sage                                        
Fri 28th                  HOLMFIRTH                          The Picturedrome                
Sat 29th                 MANCHESTER                    Academy                               
Fri 11th                  ABERDEEN                           The Garage                          
Sat 12th                 GLASGOW                             The Garage                          
Sun 13th                AYR                                         Town Hall                             
Thur 17th               BURY ST EDMUNDS         The Apex                              
Fri 18th                  NORWICH                              The Waterfront                   
Sat 19th                 LONDON                                O2 Forum   

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Bands NOFX news, NOFX album

Posted July 23, 2016, 4:08 p.m. in Bands by Loren

NOFX news, NOFX album

San Fran punks NOFX are back with a new almub titled First Ditch Effort on Oct. 7, with a European tour booked and a few ...

Tour Dates:08/06/16 Hamburg, Germany at Grosse Freiheit 3608/07/16 Hünxe , Germany at Ruhrpott Rodeo08/08/16 Nuremberg , Germany at Hirsch08/10/16 Tolmin, Slovenia at Punk Rock Holiday Punk Rock Holiday08/11/16 Riga , Latvia at Kubana Festival08/12/16 Moscow , Russia at Yota Space08/14/16 Igea Marina , Italy at Bay Fest08/15/16 Lindau , Germany at Club Vaudeville08/16/16 Saarbrucken, Germany at Garage08/18/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg08/19/16 Hasselt , Belgium at Pukkelpop08/20/16 Grossposna, Germany at Highfield Festival Highfield Festival08/23/16 Wiesen, Germany at Ottakringer Arena And There Come The Wolves08/24/16 Prague, Czech Republic at Good Sounds08/25/16 Straszecin , Poland at Czad Festival Czad Festival08/27/16 Chiemsee, Germany at Chiemsee Summer Fest09/02/16 Denver, CO at National Western Complex Riot Fest09/16/16 Chicago, IL at Douglas Park Riot Fest09/24/16 Pozo, CA at Picnic In Pozo w/ Descendents, Youth Brigade, Swingin' Utters09/30/16 Sterling Heights, MI at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 89X Chill On The Hill03/10/17 Miami, FL at On A Cruise Ship Flogging Molly's Salty Dog CruiseFirst Ditch Effort track listing:01. Six Years on Dope02. Happy Father’s Day03. Sid and Nancy04. California Drought05. Oxy Moronic06. I Don’t Like Me Anymore07. I’m A Transvest-lite08. Ditch Effort09. Dead Beat Mom10. Bye Bye Biopsy Girl11. It Ain’t Lonely at the Bottom12. I’m So Sorry Tony13. Generation Z

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Bands 1QI: Two Houses, Slow Code, Primitve Weapons, Nonpareil

Posted July 23, 2016, 1:56 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Two Houses, Slow Code, Primitve Weapons, Nonpareil

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days ...

Mike (Two Houses)
SPB: Do you have any vinyl that your own strictly for collector’s purposes but never listen to?
Mike: No one in the band does. Norman Marston, who recorded and mixed our full-length, I Feel So Good I Can't Stand Myself (out this summer on Rad Girlfriend), has a bunch of records he has two copies of (one to listen to one to not listen to I guess). 
I don't get it, seems crazy, but he worked at a record store for a while, so I guess you can get away with that when you got a discount. 
Charlie Wagner (Slow Code) 
SPB: How much space is your home is dedicated to music (instruments or records)?
Charlie: While the basement is jam-packed with guitars and amps and odds-and-ends, our physical media game is pretty weak, though 95% of the time there's a record being played through the living room stereo, and the house is almost exclusively decorated with silkscreens and fliers and posters on every available section of wall.
Dave Castillo (Primitive Weapons)
SPB: What is the weirdest description you’ve heard others say of your music/ Do you think it’s accurate or do you see where it came from?
Dave: The weirdest way we've been described was as a spacey doom band. WTF is that?
Jef Wright (Nonpareil)
SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)?
Jef: Currently, I'd say that Valley Bar is my favorite venue to play in Phoenix. It could be because I have played so many venues here over the years and Valley Bar has only been open for about a year, but it also is a unique spot with great sound. Loading gear down an elevator to play in a nice cool basement makes me feel like I am on tour on the East Coast. It's also a perk that they serve some tasty food there as well!

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