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

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'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 The Stooges, The Copyrights, Dovetail and Direct Hit!.

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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La Armada announce Crisis EP, premiere song

Posted April 11, 2014, noon
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 Nady Nelson of Weekend Nachos and includes 7 songs, one of which, "V.L. (Vincho-Leonelista)," premiered online.

The band will be embarkin gon a tour in May.

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.

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 in total, later this year. They last released Always Whatever ...

Bands Relapse to reissue 3 Toxic Holocaust albums

Posted April 10, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

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 Overdose of Death will all come out on deluxe vinyl ...

Bands Daylight change name to Superheaven

Posted April 9, 2014, 9:56 p.m.

Daylight change name to Superheaven

Daylight have announced a namechange, switching to Superheaven before their upcoming tour with Nothing, Basement, and Pity Sex Says bassist Joe Kane: "Long story short, we legally cannot operate under the band name 'Daylight' anymore ...

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Bands Jack White to tour this summer

Posted April 9, 2014, 9:02 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Jack White to tour this summer

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Jack White has announced a headlining summer tour in support of his upcoming solo disc, Lazaretto. The LP is set for release on June 10 ...

New shows in BOLD
4/19: Third Man Records - Nashville, TN5/29: Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK *5/30: Wild West - Lubbock, TX *5/31 - 6/1: Free Press Summer Festival - Houston, TX6/2: Municipal Auditorium - Shreveport, LA *6/3: Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, LA *6/5: The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC *6/7: Governors Ball - New York, NY6/12 - 6/15: Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN6/25 - 6/29: Glastonbury - Somerset, England6/26: Dublin, Ireland - Royal Hospital Kilmainham6/29: L'Olympia - Paris, France6/30: L'Olympia - Paris, France7/3: Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands7/4: Open'er Festival - Gdynia, Poland7/5: Eventim Apollo - London, England7/19: Forecastle Festival - Louisville, KY7/20: Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO +7/21: Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI +7/23: Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL +7/24: Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL +7/27: Stage AE Outdoors - Pittsburgh, PA +7/28: Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI +7/30: Masonic Temple Theatre - Detroit, MI +7/31: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON +8/1 - 8/3: Osheaga Music & Arts Festival - Montreal, QC
* with Kelley Stoltz+ with Benjamin Booker

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Bands Ilsa working on new LP

Posted April 9, 2014, 5:22 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Ilsa working on new LP

Ilsa has finished tracking for their upcoming fourth LP, The Felon's Claw, which will release on A389 Recordings. The new LP will be their ...

5/16/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee's Irish Pub - Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie - Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY]

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Bands Boris release new song, set tour dates

Posted April 8, 2014, 11:47 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Boris release new song, set tour dates

Boris, who will release Noise on June 17 via Sargent House. The band also released the song song "Quicksilver," which is embedded below before their ...

BORIS LIVE:04/27 London, UK @ Desertfest (headlining day #3)06/14 Tokyo, Japan @ Fever (2014-2015 World Tour kick-off, playing Noise in its entirety)07/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah07/25 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom07/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress07/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees07/29 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk07/31 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West08/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle08/02 Washington, DC @ 930 Club08/03 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom08/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise08/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace08/08 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf08/09 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick08/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge08/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall08/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre08/18 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge08/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
01. Melody
02. Vanilla03. Ghost of Romance04. Heavy Rain05. Taiyo no Baka06. Angel07. Quicksilver 08. Siesta

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Bands Spraynard back together

Posted April 6, 2014, 10:12 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Spraynard back together

Philadelphia's Spraynard have announced that the group has reformed and is active again. The band, who is releasing a collection of rare material on ...


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Bands 1QI: Capitalist Kids, Flobots, Melt Banana and The Icarus Line

Posted April 6, 2014, 9:43 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Capitalist Kids, Flobots, Melt Banana and The Icarus Line

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 ...

Jeff (Capitalist Kids)
SPB: Who is your favorite capitalist hero?
Jeff: Ha ha. I don't have a capitalist hero. The Capitalist Kids are not huge fans of capitalism, even though every once in a while someone mistakenly “likes” our Facebook page with that belief. I suppose if we want to use this question as a springboard for discussing capitalism, I'll give you some of my thoughts. But, disclaimer: I am not an intellectual. 
Capitalism's very purpose seems to be to create extreme disparity--haves and have-nots, the 1% and 99%--whichever you like. You have CEOs making something like 273 times as much as the average employee of a firm, which is a preposterous notion to me. No person is worth 273 times as much as another person. The only reason I can figure that Americans have supported it for so long is that deep down everyone thinks that he/she has a shot at being one of the winners. Meanwhile, millions are working full-time and not making ends meet because jobs are outsourced by the capitalist masters and the minimum wage is not something you can live on. (1 in 6 Americans falls below the poverty line. Is all that bailout money going to trickle down or what?)
Speaking of bailouts, isn't that a joke? These casino capitalists go hog-wild and as soon as they get in too deep, the taxpayers are forced to rescue them. It's hard to even discuss capitalism really, because we don't even operate under it. We have nothing like a free market here. 
Another thing I don't like about capitalism is its obsession with growth. Growth is imperative. Every company has to make more profit than it made last quarter. In addition to laying people off whenever possible, this means maximum depletion of resources, maximum exploitation of the cheapest available workforce, and the constant manufacturing of wants and needs for consumers to consume. Not all growth is inherently good. (Sort of like how the GDP gets a boost from negative things like crime [legal fees, medical bills, replacements costs] and pollution.) We're facing a planetary ecological crisis, and capitalism is incompatible with solving it.
But it's a hard battle to fight, because in our society money equals power, and the people with the money have been shaping and coding all the rules to their benefit for some time. So they got more money, which equals more power, and so on. Oh yeah, and they have a militarized police force protecting their interests.
I apologize for the lengthiness of this response. I'll sum up by saying that for decades it's been taboo in this country to question whether or not capitalism is really the best and only economic system to operate under. But I think more and more people are starting to see past the bullshit.
Jonny 5 (Flobots)
SPB: When did you opt to make your living as a musician/did you quit a regular day job in doing so?
Jonny 5: Yes! I was working as a paraprofessional at East High School, a job I thoroughly enjoyed. I helped with the A+ Angels Mentoring program, Link Crew, and a Peer Tutoring program, and also was the sponsor for the PeaceJam club and the school's open mic club.
Yako (Melt Banana)
SPB: What surprised you the most on your first US tour?
Yako: I was surprised that we needed to show ID to enter the clubs. In Japan, we don't need to be over 21 to enter clubs!
Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line)
SPB: is your drink of choice?
Joe: Fizzy water 

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Bands Greys announce full-length

Posted April 5, 2014, 10:21 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Greys announce full-length

Greys have announced an upcoming full-length on Carpark and Buzz Records, set for June 17 release. The band has previously released three EPs, including last ...

*Tour Dates:*
4/6 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Cloud Nothings)
4/10 St Catharines, ON @ Detour Music Hall (w/ Solids)

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Bands Baptists planning new album

Posted March 30, 2014, 9:10 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Baptists planning new album

Baptists will be recording a new LP for Southern Lord Records, with recording to take place at Godcity Sutdios in Salem, MA. No release date ...

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