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1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circle, Gazer

1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circle, Gazer

One of our newest features 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 Circle/Space Raft, Hollow Earth, Cheap Time, and Gazer. 

Srini Radhakrishna (Circle, Space Raft)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? (Why/why not?)
Radhakrishna: Despite having custom earplugs made over a year ago, I've only used them once. They actually haven't even moved from where I put them the day I got them. I forget that I own them and never think to bring them to practice. I suppose one of these days I will remember, and find out if they were worth the $150 I spent on them.
Steve (Hollow Earth, vocals)
SPB: What do you think of bands playing albums in their entirety as a tour concept?
Steve: I personally think it's great! In 2008 one of my all-time favorite bands, Local H, played 7 nights in a row in their hometown of Chicago to commemorate the release of their then new album. In chronological order they played all five of their studio albums in their entirety, left night 6 for b-sides and rarities, and on the 7th night played the new album front to back on the eve of its release. As a fan, I couldn't have asked for more! That'll easily go down as one of the most memorable experiences for me. And for bands that tour consistently, why not? I see no harm in giving people more motivation to come out and see a band they've already seen before. Of course you do run the risk of alienating people who may not be particularly fond of said album, but I truly think at the end of the day true music fans will largely be appreciative. As a guy who has repeatedly gotten into bands long after I wish I had, or even bands that may have been a bit before my time... I love the idea of being afforded the opportunity to hear some of those deep cuts I thought I'd never hear! I've never really been a fan of songs that only get recorded and never see the stage. Doing full album tours forces bands to dust off those potentially neglected gems. When Hollow Earth formed, we often played our entire EP from front to back, but that's because we didn't have any other songs! Haha, does that count?!
Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time, solo)
SPB: What inspired you to start performing solo?
Novak: I have never had much patience with waiting. I got tired of waiting to meet the right people to start a band with, so I got heavy into home recording instead. But it wasn't until I saw the Cheater Slicks play that I finally knew I had to perform. Staying at home writing and overdubbing all the time just wasn't enough anymore. Seeing them open for the Oblivians opened up a vision to me that it was all possible and extremely necessary. I had seen a few bands play before them, but I had never seen anything as un-posturing and honest and the Cheater Slicks. They made it real, and they set a certain standard that I and all their other loyal fans still thrive for. The day after I saw them I taught myself how to play the drums and guitar at the same time. Five months later I played my solo debut in Memphis opening for Monsieur Jeffrey Evans. As far as I have ever been concerned, that was it.
Been on a major writing spree lately. We're not touring this summer, so I'm staying home to help the Paperhead get the finishing touches on their album. Plus I'm planning on finishing 4 albums worth of material by the end of the year, 2 of which are almost in the can.
Erik Ziedses des Plantes (Gazer, bass/vocals)
SPB: How do you find new music?
Zedses des Plantes: My current music discovery system has two tiers that I think does a good job of covering stuff happening more "above ground" and things happening on a more DIY level.
Tier 1: I have a regular rotation of websites that I've visited daily for years at this point, and that covers most of the stuff that comes out on the larger indie/punk labels and whatnot. I try and read as many music-related books as I can, about everything from hip-hop and electronic music, to vocoders, jazz, and a healthy batch of punk/hardcore related materials. Finally, I've tried to buy at least one music magazine per month this year.
Tier 2: As much as I hate about 95% of what people use it for and the self-obsessed, assigning-relevance-to-the-utterly-mundane culture it encourages, social media is pretty integral to how I discover music these days, due to the fact that I have a job that is fairly restrictive in how often it allows me time to go out to shows. I've often found out about new stuff by simply seeing what my friends are seeing and finding worthy to post about, or shows that they're booking around Ohio. I also consider myself very lucky to have made friends with several open-minded obsessives, record store owners, and downright curious types in the world of punk and hardcore, who are constantly exposing me to bands and music (both old and new) that I usually would have no idea to look for.

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New song, mini-tour planned for Dama/Libra

Posted July 23, 2014, 5:22 p.m.
New song, mini-tour planned for Dama/Libra

Paul Dahlquist

Dama/Libra, a two song band featuring Joel R. L. Phelps (ex-Silkworm) and G. Stuart Dahlquist (Asva), has debuted "The Chant" from their soon to be released first album, Claw.

Here the song after the jump.

The record will be released on Aug. 12 via Northern Spy and will be followed by a short tour.

Dama/Libra Tour 2014
August 17—Quarters—Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August ?18—The Hideout—Chicago, Illinois
August 20—Middle East—Boston, Massachusetts
August 21—St. Vitus—Brooklyn, New York
August 22—The Brillobox—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?
August 23—Kung Fu Necktie—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
August 25—Double Happiness—Columbus, Ohio
August 26—Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center—St. Louis, Missouri

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Bands Dogfish Head Brewery making Guided By Voices beer

Posted July 19, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Dogfish Head Brewery making Guided By Voices beer

Dogfish Head Brewery is making a batch of beer in honor or the 20th anniversary of Bee Thousand form Guided By Voices this fall, an imperial lager dubbed Beer Thousand. The beer is to contain ...

Bands 1QI: Xiu Xiu, A Wilhelm Scream, Rosetta, Orange County Scenester

Posted July 16, 2014, 8:22 a.m.

1QI: Xiu Xiu, A Wilhelm Scream, Rosetta, Orange County Scenester

One of our newest features 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 ...

Bands Brotherhood release forthcoming

Posted July 15, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

Brotherhood release forthcoming

1980s Seattle hardcore group Brotherhood will soon get a collective LP release of their material via Southern Lord. Till Death will collect all their material, including 7"s and demos, and will release on a ...

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Bands Ten Foot Pole returns with new album

Posted July 13, 2014, 9:26 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Ten Foot Pole returns with new album

Denise Borders

Ten Foot Pole has announced their return to action with a new record to be released in 2015 on Cyber Tracks. First, the band is ...

July 15 Reggie's -- Chicago, IL
July 16 Agora Theatre -- Cleveland, OH
July 17 Hard Luck Bar -- Toronto, ON
July 18 Belle Pub -- Belleville, ON
July 19 Rockaganza! Festival -- Drummondville, QC
July 20 The Dover Brickhouse -- Dover, NH
July 22 Bogies -- Albany, NY
July 23 The Legendary Dobbs -- Philadelphia, PA
July 24 The Middle East -- Cambridge, MA
July 25 The Grand Victory -- Brooklyn, NY
July 26 The Brighton Bar -- Long Branch, NJ

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Bands Chris Connelly and Jason Novak form Cocksure

Posted July 12, 2014, 11:28 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Chris Connelly and Jason Novak form Cocksure

Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks) and Jason Novak (DJ Accucrack?) have formed a new band, Cocksure, who will release their debut on Aug. 26. "We were ...

Bands 1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

Posted July 9, 2014, 12:11 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

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

Nate (Banner Pilot)
SPB: What is the hardest thing about touring in foreign countries? Last year (2 years ago?) you played in Russia…
Nate: I'm having a hard time answering this. Touring foreign countries is easy! I find it to be much easier than touring the States. You have someone driving for you, the language barrier is never that bad, they have a place set up for you to stay every night, the shows are incredible, the people are friendly...hell, I was going to say it's a little tricky being a vegetarian but then I remembered that half the shows *cook (awesome) vegan food for you*. 
I guess if I had to pick something, it would be the upfront prep work. Once you get there, it's great-- maybe we've been lucky, or maybe that's the norm, I don't know. But nothing really "bad" has happened to us. But it takes a lot longer, and requires more work, to get the whole thing set up than if you were just doing some dates in the US. I mean, in order to get into Russia we had to mail our passports to some place, and hope that they would send them back. Iowa never makes us do stuff like that.
These are minor things, though. Really, the hardest thing about touring foreign countries is coming home. (See what I did there?)
Chris Reifert (Autopsy/Violation Wound)
SPB: What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Chris: The best movie ever made is The Dark Backward. It didn't come out this year, nor did I see it for the first time this year. But mark my words, it's warped, dark, weird and I love the hell out of it! A total fave for the ages.
Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
SPB: Is there a sample you’ve tried to get the rights to use but were denied?
Al: ALL OF THEM.... Just kidding. Actually the biggest sample pain in the ass was on Houses of the Molé with the use of Carmina Burana on “No W.” It was a nightmare. We'd reached out to the publisher via Sanctuary's contacts and had gotten an initial okay, but then the record came out and all of a sudden the publisher sent a Cease and Desist letter to Sanctuary about the sample after 30,000 units had been pressed. I had to go back in the studio and re-do the track and a second pressing was made. Then I found out later, it was ‘cause Capital One wanted an exclusive on the use of Carmina Burana and you KNOW they were paying the big bucks. And that fucking Capital One commercial played over and over. Every time I turned on the TV it was that Capital One commercial with Carmina Burana.
Clint (Organized Crime Records)
SPB: How much space in your house is dedicated to music storage (albums or instruments)?
Clint: I would say that overall about 60% of my place is consumed with music. I have been a long time avid collector.
Funny thing: I am dealing with music storage issues right now. Having a label means there are always boxes of records around which can make one feel very claustrophobic. I think that over the years I have been able to get that aspect under control. My biggest problem is housing my personal collection. I wanted to have some shelves made up to better fit in my place but the quotes came in at utterly absurd amounts. So my father, the mad genius that he is, came up with making shelves out of electrical conduit. So over the last few weekends we have been making it up and it has been a lot of fun. I hope to have it done over 4th of July weekend. I have to thank my father. Instead of his response being [that] I could get rid of records he came up with a very cool plan. Thanks Dad.

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Bands New Total Abuse 7-inch, tour

Posted July 5, 2014, 1:31 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New Total Abuse 7-inch, tour

Austin punks Total Abuse will release a new 7" on Deranged thi smonth, along with a US tour. The band is also working on a ...

Tour Dates
July 14 - Austin, TX - Club 1808
July 15 - Denton , TX - Rubber Gloves
July 16 - Kansas City, KS - Fokl Center
July 17 - Saint Louis, MO - The Punk House
July 18 - Chicago, IL - The Mouse Trap
July 19 - Milwaukee, WI - The Uptowner
July 21 - Cincinnati, OH - The Fickle Ramp Room
July 22 - Dayton, OH - The South Park Tavern
July 23 - Boston, MA - Obrien's Pub
July 24 - Providence, RI - Penny Gaff
July 25 - Buffalo, NY - Summer Scum Fest
July 26 - New York, NY - Death By Audio
July 27 - New York, NY - The Red Light District
July 28 - Allentown, PA - Good Weekend
July 29 - Baltimore, MD - Gold Bar
July 30 - Memphis, TN - Murphy's
August 1 - Houston, TX - Mangos

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Bands Sims to tour, other Doomtree news

Posted July 5, 2014, 10:27 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Sims to tour, other Doomtree news

Doomtree rapper Sims has announced a tour will Hilltop Hoods.   The Doomtree collective, meanwhile, has announced a photo book titled Doomtree: Every Single Day chronicling ...

Sims and Hilltop Hoods
08.28 San Francisco, CA
08.29 Madison, WI
09.03 Kansas City, MO
09.04 Boulder, CO
09.05 Denver, CO
09.06 Fort Collins, CO
09.07 Park City, UT
09.09 Hollywood, CA
09.11 Seattle, WA
09.12 Vancouver, BC
09.13 Victoria, BC
09.15 Whistler, BC
09.17 Banff, AB
09.18 Edmonton, AB
09.19 Calgary, AB
09.20 Saskatoon, SK
09.24 Montreal, QC
09.25 Toronto, ON
09.27 Brooklyn, NY
09.28 Cambridge, MA
Dessa Tour Dates
9/18 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
9/19 - Toronto, ON --Lee's Palace
9/20 - Montreal, QC -- Vitrola
9/21 - NYC - Le Poisson Rouge
9/22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
9/23 - Washington DC - Black Cat
9/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
9/27 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9/28 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Parts of Speech, Re-Edited Track listing
1. Fighting Fish (The Hood Internet Remix)
2. Warsaw (Cecil Otter Remix)
3. Call Off Your Ghost (Lazerbeak x Ryan Olson COMMITTEE Remix)
4. Fighting Fish (Dustin Kiel Remix)
5. Warsaw (Budo Remix)
6. It's Only Me (The Year of the Horse Remix)
7. It's Only Me (Grant Cutler Remix)
8. Skeleton Key (Youngblood Brass Band Remix)

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Bands Ex-Yellowcard members for This Legend

Posted July 4, 2014, 12:52 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Ex-Yellowcard members for This Legend

Longineu Parsons III and Ben Harper, both formerly of Yellowcard, have formed a new pop punk band dubbed This Legend. Chris Castillo (Stanley and the ...

Bands Captain Sensible Throbbleheads for sale

Posted July 3, 2014, 7:39 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Captain Sensible Throbbleheads for sale

Captain Sensible of The Damned has been immortalized in Throbblehead form in a limited edition run. 1000 copies of the new bobblehead are for sale ...

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