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 Say-10 Records, Douglas McCombs, Andrew Burnes and Oren Ambarchi.
Adam (Say-10 Records)
SPB: What is your go-to karaoke song?
Adam: Let's set the stage... I am the worst karaoke performer of all time and I only participate when I am surrounded by people that treat it as if they are at an American Idol try out.
I always grab the mic, wrap the chord around my wrist, and then speak Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" in the most dead pan voice I can muster. Needless to say I always walk away laughing while everyone in the venue is scowling. Dead pan karaoke is the best.
Andrew Burnes (San Agustin, Haunted House, SATMC)
SPB: What is your all-time favorite record (and why)?
Andrew: I'd like to think that my tastes are broad and deep, but the one record that immediately comes to mind upon reading that question is probably not an unusual answer: the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced. The first music that really grabbed me and shook me hard was the soundtrack to A Film About Jimi Hendrix, which the local PBS station showed late one night when I was 10 or 12 years old. The sounds and images were burned into me. I got ahold of AYE a couple years later, and now I've heard it so many times that it is difficult for me to relate it to other music -- it came from the sky and all others can somehow be traced back to it.
I love every note of the US edition, the only one I knew until late in high school, and I can still listen to it repeatedly and never tire of it. It is dense and complex and rich, and I suspect the tape was barely able to contain the sound coming through the board, but the performances are natural and immediate. The feeling of deep, expanding space I get when hearing it is something I associate more with my favorite science fiction films than with other favorite records. "Love or Confusion" and "I Don't Live Today" are filled with such roiling, surging, humming power that even now, decades later, I get excited by the thought of them, and those are just the filler tracks. The album was present at many crucial junctures in my life, and my memories of some of those moments are dominated more by the Hendrix I was hearing than the experiences themselves.
But these few things and anything else I was about to say about Are You Experienced seem suddenly to underestimate it, so I'll stop here. I love it.
Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Brokeback, Eleventh Dream Day)
SPB: What, for you, defines a successful tour?
Douglas: A successful tour for me means that there is good playing being played and everyone is enjoying being on the tour. It sucks touring with a sourpuss who doesn't want to be there.
I play in a few different bands, some of which make great money and some of which don't make money, so I don't really judge success on a monetary basis. I wouldn't be able tour with the bands that don't make money, or even make a living, without the bands that do make money. There is a lot to be said for making money.
Another criteria for a successful tour is breakfast: at least four great breakfast restaurants per week. That pretty much puts the European Continent down for the count. They don't care about breakfast the same way Americans do. Maybe the Belgians. At least you can find good coffee most of the time.
SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry?
Oren:One of the many thankless jobs would be working as the house sound engineer in a club. You'd be exposed to plenty of shitty music played by obnoxious assholes at a loud volume on a regular basis. Even if you somehow enhanced the sound of the band playing you'd probably never be thanked or acknowledged. I've always wondered why someone would want to do something so relentless and depressing.
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