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1QI: Billy West, Morning Glory, Vacation, 20 Buck Spin

1QI: Billy West, Morning Glory, Vacation, 20 Buck Spin

Our newest feature here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week regardless.

After our social media followers get the first word, we'll later post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Billy West, Morning Glory, Vacation and 20 Buck Spin.

Billy West (voice actor, Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, many more)
SPB: You've also played music in your past and you do some singing ("Shut Up and Love Me") in Futurama. How much creative say do you have when your characters create music?
Billy: Most of the music was always written for us and we sang exactly what Ken Keeler (writer,composer and producer) wanted.
I really didn't have much say in what my characters did except the acting choices. But on "Shut up and Love Me" they came up with the song title and I wrote the music and lyrics.
Beautifully puerile!
Ezra Arrow Kire (Morning Glory)
SPB: What do you think of Record Store Day?
Ezra: Record Store Day? It should be an official national holiday! Why? Because every child of the '80s and '90s remembers going down to their local record shop and listening to those big, shiny black, magic pieces of vinyl with those gigantic headphones on, going over and over that large format art for hours on end, reading every little detail in the liner notes, all the way down to the smallest credits.
Sometimes when browsing around my record shop I would run into other music enthusiasts and get to discussing and arguing over the value and content of "good" bands. Occasionally it could become quite heated and I'd leave slightly irritated (mainly because I knew they were right), but still elated to have discovered something brand spanking new! Not only is it the truly tangible experience of musical exploration that you just can't find online, it's often educational! A musical library stock full of hidden gems and rare treasures.  
And now-a-days I have another reason to go into a record shop--I get to see my own records in the "M" section (or maybe once in a while they'll turn up in the used "99 cent bargain" section, hehe). Hell, either way it's a great way to get my own music for cheap! Or sometimes I'll just autograph it and slip it back into place. And if they don't carry my record, well I just go pester the shop owner directly until he gets hip and agrees to stock it! And since it's good luck to go out and buy a copy of your album on its release day… there's only place you can do that--your local record store! I vote national holiday for this one. 
Evan (Vacation)
SPB: What is your primary tour food?
Our primary tour food is PIZZA. Like as much as your town has to offer, and if you know where we can get a New Jersey-style slice let us know! Bbeen achin' to try some. Also see this, except no riboflavin for us.
David Adelson (20 Buck Spin)
SPB: What is the worst job you’ve ever had? 
David: Worst job I ever had was one of my first. When I was 16 I was suspended from school for smoking weed on campus. Since I could not go to school for 3 days my Dad said I'd have to make use of the time by finding a job. I got two jobs at once, one at Round Table Pizza (probably the 2nd worst job I ever had) and one at a pet grooming place where I was hired to clean up after the people who did the pet grooming. That entailed sweeping up pet hair mostly. But I immediately knew I'd made a mistake as smelling animals in the place all day and cleaning up after people and pets was not what I was ready to do. I quit after 2 days. Actually I don't even think I quit. Being 16 and as such a completely irresponsible and unaccountable asshole (like almost every boy of that age), I believe I just stopped going in without letting them know. Given minimum wage in California was $4.25/hr at this point (1993), I don't think I left more than about $25 behind. 

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Harley's War planning new album

Posted April 23, 2014, 8:18 p.m.
Harley's War planning new album

Harley's War, featuring Harley Flanagan, a founding member of Cro-Mags, will release its second LP on Southern Lord later this year. Flanagan last released under the moniker in 2002, Cro Mag.

No release date has been set.

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Bands Northern Spy signs Thine

Posted April 23, 2014, 6 p.m.

Northern Spy signs Thine

Paul Dahlquist

Northern Spy will soon release the debut LP, Claw, from new band Thine--comprised of Joel RL Phelps (Silkworm, The Downer Trio) and G. Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch/SunnO))), Asva). The band is planning their first ...

Bands Enabler to release a new full-length this spring

Posted April 20, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

Enabler to release a new full-length this spring

Busy band Enabler will release their second LP this spring on The Compound/Creator-Destructor. The new album, their second, is titled La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which translates to "the absolute end of the world ...

Bands Ex-Cult debut "Not a Threat"

Posted April 20, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

Ex-Cult, set to release Midnight Passenger on April 29, have debuted the song "Not a Threat." The 10 song record was recorded in January and will see its release on Goner Records. The band will ...

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Bands Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde releasing first solo disc

Posted April 19, 2014, 10:16 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde releasing first solo disc

Chrissie Hynde, former lead vocalist of The Pretenders, will release her solo debut on June 10 on Caroline Records. Says Hynde on the process of ...

Track Listing:
1. You Or No One
2. Dark Sunglasses
3. Like In The Movies
4. Down The Wrong Way
5. You're The One
6. A Plan Too Far
7. In A Miracle
8. House Of Cards
9. Tourniquet (Cynthia Ann)
10. Sweet Nuthin
11. Adding The Blue

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Bands Martyrdöd in studio, to tour with Converge in summer

Posted April 19, 2014, 9:36 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Martyrdöd in studio, to tour with Converge in summer

Martyrdöd, from Sweden, have entered the studio to record a new LP, the band's fifth, tentatively titled Elddop. In addition, the band will ...

*MARTYRDOD w/ Converge, Okkultokrati:*
8/03/2014 La Maroquinerie - Paris, France
8/04/2014 Club Academy - Manchester, UK
8/05/2014 Classic Grand - Glasgow, UK
8/06/2014 Scala - London, UK
8/07/2014 Underground - Koln, Germany
8/08/2014 Ieper Fest - Ieper, Belgium [no Okkultokrati]
8/09/2014 Brutal Assault - Jaromer, Czech Republic
8/10/2014 A38 - Budapest, Hungary
8/11/2014 Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
8/12/2014 MC Pekarna - Maribor, Slovenia
8/13/2014 Magnolia Open Air - Milan, Italy
8/14/2014 Universum - Stuttgart, Germany

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Bands Fucked Up to release Glass Boys this June

Posted April 19, 2014, 9:31 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Fucked Up to release Glass Boys this June

Fucked Up have announced the follow-up to David Comes to Life (Matador, 2011). The new record will be titled Glass Boys and releases on June ...

Track Listing:
Echo Boomer
Touch Stone
Sun Glass
The Art Of Patrons
Warm Change
Paper The House
Led By Hand
The Great Divide
Glass Boys
*US Tour Dates*:
April 19 - Oakland, CA - Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Festival
April 27 - St. John's, NL - Lawnya Vawnya
June 06 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom Release Show
June 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
*UK/Europe Tour Dates*:
June 13 - B Sides Festival, Lucern, Switzerland
June 14 - VK, Brussels, Belgium
June 15 - Gorilla - Manchester, UK (with Lower)
June 16 - The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Lower)
June 17 - Belgrave - Leeds, UK (with Lower)
June 18 - Koko - London, UK (with Lower)
June 19 - Point Ephemere, Paris, France
June 20 - Hurricane Festival - Scheessel, DE - announced
June 21- Southside Festival - Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE - announced
June 22 - Best Kept Secret Festival - Hilvarenbeek, NL

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Bands 1QI: The Stooges, The Copyrights, Dovetail, Direct Hit!

Posted April 13, 2014, 5:31 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: The Stooges, The Copyrights, Dovetail, Direct Hit!

Our newest feature here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we ...

Mike Watt (bass, The Stooges, minutemen, solo, more)
SPB: How have the Stooges shows gone? Is it difficult to step into a group where the other members have an existing relationship and you’re the new guy?
Mike: I have served 125 months with The Stooges. Of course I owe them my best notes and total focus when helping them - we wouldn't have a punk scene without them! I feel incredible debt. It's helped me become much better bassman.
As for the second question, those cats hadn't talked much in over twenty years before that "skull-ring" stuff they did together but, yes, I am from a different generation but music is a fabric that can bridge gaps like that, I believe. Remember, too, I help them out and ain't really a Stooge. I'm a minuteman. I'm talking about d. boon's bass player.
The Stooges gigs are incredible mindblows for me, I love them. Incredible responsibility for me to be there for them also. I give them all I got and feel I very much have to. I love Stooges.
Luke McNeill (the Copyrights, attorney)
SPB: Did you choose your band name partially because of your interest in law?
Luke: No. It was actually a name we almost called me and Adam's old band, Moloko Plus. That name was a popular one for obvious reasons, and a dumb jazz band from Philadelphia sent us a cease and desist from using it, so we thought of Copyrights as an ironic name to change it to. We didn't pick that, but we picked that name soon after for our more "Ramones-based" punk band. It was almost required at the time to have a "The _____s" band name.
SPB: Who is your favorite 1960s band or artist?
Philip: The Beatles reign supreme in my ‘60s catalog. For records like Rubber Soul, The Beatles, and for obvious reasons. I feel they were the best band, though I'd probably say Gram Parsons is equally my favorite artist from the ‘60s.
Andrew: The Beatles. Their belief and conviction in their music was strong enough to change generations with their music. Outside of the music influence, I feel this is one of the biggest influences in Dovetail. Every member truly believes in what we are doing, which is to create honest music.
Aaron: My favorite record of all time came out in 1959. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. This record taught me the power of creating and using space in music and showed me that even the casual listener could enjoy being challenged. Though not stylistically similar, I write my parts in Dovetail based on what this record taught me.
Nick Woods (Direct Hit!, Galactic Cannibal)
SPB: What is the best Milwaukee-made beer?
Nick: My favorite Milwaukee-made beer is Fuel Coffee Stout, more for the memory of getting hammered on it at a bar that I won't name on Center Street that used to let underagers play tunes in exchange for liquor. It's this super-bitter, almost chocolatey-tasting stuff that's about the same consistency as kerosene. My old band and I used to steal it out of that unnamed bar's cooler in the basement, and then act stupid for the rest of the night ‘cause we were only 18 or 19 and thought being able to drink in the bar by ourselves made us kings of Shit Mountain. I mainly drink it now ‘cause it tastes really good.

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Bands La Armada announce Crisis EP, premiere song

Posted April 11, 2014, noon in Bands by Loren

La Armada announce Crisis EP, premiere song

Chicago's La Armanda will be releasing a new EP on May 13 on Profane Existence/Fat Sandwich Records. The EP, Crisis, was mixed by ...

SPRING TOURMAY 09 - Ft Wayne, IN @ Brass RailMAY 10 - Detroit, MI @ YonkaMAY 11 - Cleveland @ The FoundryMAY 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ J.R.'s BarMAY 13 - Hartford, CT @ Whitney HouseMAY 14 - New london, CT @ The OrphanageMAY 15 - Providence,RI @ Machines w/ MagnetsMAY 16 - New York, NY @ The AcheronMAY 17 - Baltimore, MA @ Side BarMAY 18 - Richmond, VA @ CedarMAY 19 - Huntington, WV @ Elimination ChamberMAY 20 - Nashville, TN @ World Trade CenterMAY 21 - Louisville, KY @ Mag BarMAY 22 - Columbus @ House ShowMAY 24 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn

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Bands Sundials in the studio

Posted April 11, 2014, 10 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Sundials in the studio

Sundials, from Richmond, VA, have entered the studio to record an EP for Topshelf Records. The three-piece band expects to release the EP, 6 songs ...

Bands Relapse to reissue 3 Toxic Holocaust albums

Posted April 10, 2014, 8:24 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Relapse to reissue 3 Toxic Holocaust albums

Toxic Holocaust, who have tours upcoming with Skeletonwitch, will have three old records re-issed by Relapse Records. Evil Never Dies, Hell on Earth, and An ...

*Toxic Holocaust Tour Dates:*
*OZ/NZ Tour with Skeletonwitch*
Apr 16 Auckland, NZ The Kings Arms
Apr 17 Wellington, NZ Bodega Bar
Apr 18 Perth, AU The Rosemont Hotel
Apr 19 Adelaide, AU Fowlers Live
Apr 20 Melbourne, AU Espy Gershwin Room
Apr 21 Byron Bay, AU TBC
Apr 22 Canberra, AU The Basement
Apr 23 Byron Bay, AU Hotel Great Northern
Apr 24 Brisbane, AU The Hi Fi
Apr 25 Newcastle, AU Cambridge Hotel
Apr 26 Sydney, AU The Hi Fi
Apr 27 Melbourne, AU Hi Fi
Jun 20 Clisson FR Hellfest

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