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1QI: 6131 Records, Ben Snakepit, Kitten Forever, Hollow Earth

1QI: 6131 Records, Ben Snakepit, Kitten Forever, Hollow Earth

One of our 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 Hollow Earth, Kitten Forever, 6131 Records, and Ben Snakepit. 

Mike Moynihan (Hollow Earth-guitar)
SPB: What do you listen to the most in the van?
Moynihan: For the most part, driver listens to whatever they want, which could honestly be anything. We all come from very different musical backgrounds, so our taste is pretty eclectic. What we like to do to make sure everyone wins is to make an "on the go" playlist on an iPod, then each person picks 10 songs. We put the playlist on shuffle and let it ride! Everyone gets one "veto" that can be used to skip whatever song is playing, no questions asked.
Kitten Forever
SPB: What do you do to ensure you don't lose your voice onstage?
We gargle with male tears.
Sean Rhorer (6131 Records)
SPB: What’s your favorite cover song to listen to/see performed?
Rhorer: I'm not a huge fan of covers, but it's hard not to love the Quicksand cover of The Smiths song "How Soon Is Now?" The Smiths are my favorite band, but this is actually one of my least favorite songs from their catalogue, so hearing a revamped version courtesy of Walter and gang is great. Arguably, it's a better version than the original, although it would have been cool to hear their take on the full version as opposed to the shortened rendition they did. Nevertheless, it's by far one of the best covers ever recorded.
Ben Snakepit (cartoonist)
SPB: Who is your favorite flyer artist?
Snakepit: My favorite flyer artist is Jack Barfield at Neolithic Print. He does flyers for most of the big hardcore shows here in Austin. He has a very distinct, bold style that is unmistakable when you see it (he's responsible for all of the Chaos in Tejas posters) and he also happens to be a good buddy of mine.

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OWTH and Dear Landlord members on charity bike ride

Posted July 27, 2014, 9:14 a.m.

Ryan Young (Off With Their Heads) and Brad Lokkesmoe (Dear Landlord/The Gateway District) have organized an Indiegogo project to raise funds and awareness for save.org, a suicide awareness organization in Minnesota.

To raise funds, the two will bicycle from Minneapolis to Denver, using minimal funds on food and lodging and donating the rest to the organization. The project is connected to Young's Anxious and Angry podcast.

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Bands New song, mini-tour planned for Dama/Libra

Posted July 23, 2014, 5:22 p.m.

New song, mini-tour planned for Dama/Libra

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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 ...

Bands 1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circles, Gazer

Posted July 21, 2014, 8:19 a.m.

1QI: Cheap Time, Hollow Earth, Circles, 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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

Posted July 16, 2014, 8:22 a.m. in Bands by Loren

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 ...

Matt (Rosetta)
SPB: Do you run your own website, facebook, twitter, etc? Do you enjoy that aspect of the industry?
Matt: Yeah, I do all of it (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr posts & question box, website), though occasionally some of the other guys answer questions on our Tumblr or Twitter.
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. On the one hand, being able to connect directly with the most engaged fans is awesome. I love answering people's questions with no intermediary and no delay. I think having ongoing significant conversation, even if it's “just on the internet,” really enriches the musician/listener relationship--it makes it dynamic instead of one-way. Besides, let's face it, most people live on the internet now anyway, so you need to go where people are if you want to talk to them.
On the other hand, I hate how easy it is to be misunderstood. You can't please everyone, and you can't answer every question. There are language and cultural disconnects to navigate. Sooner or later someone gets bent out of shape. A couple years ago I realized that I was automatically developing this set of rules in the back of my mind about how to talk to people over social media. It's turned into such a refined “technique” that sometimes I feel like it's not really me that's talking to people anymore, it's my internal social media algorithm or something. I hate the idea of being circumscribed by a “brand,” but I know that I behave like a machine on social media. You have no choice but to cultivate a persona---even when that persona consists of "we're just regular people like you"---no matter how real it is, it still has to be carefully constructed.
Trevor Reilly (A Wilhelm Scream)
SPB: When you built your studio, what was the primary, driving concept you wanted to make sure you could capture as far as acoustics?
Reilly: The most important thing we tried to do while remodeling the studio was to make sure that the acoustics didn't work against us! We have a room with low ceilings and small dimensions compared to the "big boys" facilities, so we focused our efforts on absorption and control since the low end bass frequencies can pile up and royally fuck up the tones your trying to capture. There are tons of essays and books and articles on room modes, flutter echoes, suggested room ratios, etc. out all over the internet and beyond that we just devoured trying to get a handle on that sweet sweet science. And I could study that shit for another twenty years and still not scratch the surface that shit is so crazy. And it could make you insane. That's why some dudes get paid the big bucks to tune rooms. Anyway, ultimately, at the end of the day all that matters is what you hear during playback and sometimes you gotta remind yourself that it's so easy to get bogged down by the technical stuff and to make sure to focus your efforts on playing and writing good songs case that's the most importing thing. It's the reason we're all here!
Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu)
SPB: What part of your live show is the hardest on sound engineers?
Stewart: Getting the vocals loud enough in the monitors. We have really loud stage volume as I like to be pummeled sonically and we use a drum machine. There are almost always some issues with feedback but we work them out. I need to have the voice be really loud so I am not singing harder than I need to hear myself. This leads to blowing out my voice.
This is a very juvenile problem, but I do not care. It has to be loud.
Evan Jacobs (Orange County Scenester – director)
SPB: Who is your favorite band discovered in the process of filming Orange County Scenester?
Jacobs: Since I was making a memoir on a scene of bands that I was, in many ways, intimately involved with, there wasn't that a band that I discovered during the making of the film.
What I did discover was, after reviewing and reviewing tapes, I could see where some of the iconic pictures had been taken on some of the albums I listened to. Or, I was able to see a show that had been talked about for years but I was not there to witness. Lastly, as the process of discovery continued, I would go through footage I had seen previously. As I watched it, my mind would be reminded of things that I had heard happened before or after the show I was watching. It might even be something happening on screen simultaneously that wasn't captured on camera. So I would watch a show with a completely different perspective because I understood better why what I was seeing on screen was happening.

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Bands Brotherhood release forthcoming

Posted July 15, 2014, 9:36 p.m. in Bands by Loren

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 ...

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

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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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