3/31/2006

We Are Scientists @ The Independent



I saw We Are Scientists for the second time this year. They were great. They may have a more commercial sound. They may be more like The Stills and Hot Hot Heat, but they are still pretty interesting in their own right. They have really interesting lyrics and clever sounds. There seemed liked there were some really enthusiastic fans up front. The opening bands were cool too. Bands from LA like The Blood Arm and Foreign Born really did well in a new town. Probably the most interesting new band from Australia is The Grates. The audience probably didn't feel this way, but The Grates were pretty cool. It was a long night and a long show. These are some bands that people will be seeing more of this year I am sure. I met one of the guys who was filming a Noise Pop film. It sounded like an inciting project.

website: http://www.thegrates.com/


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3/30/2006

Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid @ Great American



I have usually avoided the dance music and experimental noise nights during Noise Pop over the years. That changed with this year as I checked out Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid. There was a little jazz drumming, a little hiphop, and a lot of experimental noise involved. I missed some of the opening acts. Kid 606 was interesting from what I heard. It was a great venue. It was a relaxed atmosphere. The beats were very avant-garde, and more like Isis, than standard rock drumming. Hebden manipulated several boxes and snyths. Steve Reid was amazing. He was actually sweating and giving it 100%. A very interesting night.

Later on, I caught the end of Nous Non Plus. This is a French band that plays a lot of cover songs. They also played "99 Luft Ballons." It was the most enetertaining of the week. Far better than Stereo Total. And far better looking. People were going wild at Cafe Du Nord.



Website: http://www.nousnonplus.com



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3/29/2006

The Dirtbombs @ The Independent



After a night of no sleep, I hung out with some old friends. We ate sushi and drank alcohol. We even got in a poetry reading in North Beach. I headed back to the Western Addition to see The Dirtbombs, a regular act at Noise Pop, even though they are based in Detroit. They have had the same lineup for a few years now, and have been getting better as a live act. I spoke to bassist Troy Gregory before the show. Troy has played with The Witches and Electric Six. Opening act The Black Lips were very short and very indie pop. It was a little like the early Beatles meets the Hollies. A lot of love songs. I am starting to like all bands with "black" in the title.

The Dirtbombs were explosive. Mick Collins is one of the most appealing frontman in rock and roll. The band appeals to people who like mod stuff and garage rock. They played songs from all their albums. The sound wasn't always the best at this venus, but the performance was stellar. Sometimes a little rock and roll is a cure for a wet and dreary day. Most of this week was wet and cold in lovely San Francisco. Maybe this should be a summer festival?

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Noise Pop rules and regulations




Where does the Noise Pop Festival take place?

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St. 415-824-3890
Café du Nord 2170 Market St. 415-861-5016
The Independent 628 Divisadero 415-771-1420
The Knockout 3323 Mission St. 415-550-6994
Popscene at 330 Ritch 330 Ritch St. 415-522-9558
The Roxie 3117 16th 415-863-1087
Bimbo’s 1025 Columbus Ave. 415-474-0365
Thee Parkside 1600 17th St. 415-503-0393
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St. 415-431-7578
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street 415-647-2888
Club Six 60 Sixth Street 415-863-1221
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St. 415-621-4455
Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell St. 415-885-0750
Slim’s 333 11th St. 415-255-0333
Artist’s Television Access 992 Valencia St. 415-824-3890
Annie’s Social Club 917 Folsom 415-824-9054


What are some of the show and events taking place at this years’ festival?
Some shows include Flaming Lips, Feist, Every Move a Picture, The Dirtbombs, Heavenly States, Britt Daniel (Spoon), The Botticellis, Rogue Wave, Her Space Holiday, Nous Non Plus, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid, The National, Two Gallants, Wolfmother, Smoosh, and many more!

What kind of work will I be doing as a volunteer?
Your responsibilities include, but is not limited to:
- Setup and display of merchandise
- Merch help for bands if necessary
- Fan management at sold out shows
- And anything else that might possibly come up
- Help with the door and ticket taking, if applicable
- Pass out sponsor materials, if applicable
- Have fans sign up for Noise Pop newsletters

Check-in Procedure:
Please arrive at the venue 30 minutes before doors open and check in with your show manager.
If you are going to be late please let Yenie know. She can be reached on her cell phone at 510-*****

Those of you who have given me your availability ahead of time will be notified of your schedule via email or phone.

Noise Pop Volunteer Conduct
Remember that as a Noise Pop Volunteer you represent the festival, the company behind the festival, Noise Pop Industries, as well as the participating venues you are working in. Please conduct yourself politely and professionally at all times. Smile, have energy, and be helpful: these are contagious and will help make this festival a success! If you have any questions please direct them to the Show Manager or call Yenie.


We are looking forward to a great festival. Thank you again for volunteering!


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3/28/2006

Back in San Francisco



I am back in the lovely city of San Francisco. The rain didn't delay me at all. There was nasty wrecks on Highway 5. It's all worth it. I do it for Wolfmother and Vetiver. I entered the city around 5:45pm. I took the Cal Train from San Jose. I got caught up in the downtown rush. On the train I got caught up with the left wing politics of the city. Some blowhard was running down a list of George Bush abuses. I got to 9th and Irving and made it to Chez Eigl.

I had to go back to the Tenderloin. Isis was playing at Great American. I was also a volunteer for Noise Pop. I was supposed to get there early. I did an interview with Aaron harris from Isis. Keith and Tuula interviews These Arms Are Snakes. We met up at a bar on the corner of Hyde and O'Farrell. It was me, Keith Martin, and Tuula Ala, the whole SF Burning Crowd in one room. Can you believe it? I drank one beer. According to the Noise Pop volunteer rules, you are not supposed to drink too much.
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Isis @ Great American



I was still in Los Angeles for the openng night show at Bimbo's with The Flaming Lips. I have seen them so many times that it was okay to miss the event. I was more excited to see Isis and the new direction. Isis was very good tonight. They mixed heavy rock with atmosphere. They are all about dynamics. The crowd was very diverse. Some people might have been been into Death Metal, and some others may be into experiemntal noise. Some people might have been there for a fun time. Isis bridges the gap between Tool and Mogwai. It was a very powerful statement.

These Arms Are Snakes was very entertaining. They were like a heavy rock band that has more in common with Blood Brothers than Wolfmother. This is one of the most promising bands to emerge from Noise Pop this year. The shows have generally been packed and well attended. Where Isis is the band most likely to be playing stadiums in the future, These Arms Are Snakes may be in the buzz band next year at CMJ or SXSW.




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3/26/2006

Placebo

click pic. Street date is 4.4.06
Watch Beth Orton "Conceived" video here.
Watch Willy Mason "Oxygen" video here.

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3/21/2006

Richard Hawley TONIGHT



9pm Knitting Factory
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Noise Pop Schedule



Monday, March 27

Opening Night Party
Kennedy, DJ Disco Shawn
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm
Free (VIPs & Badge Holders Only)

The Flaming Lips, stardeath & white dwarfs, Midlake, DJ Aaron Axelson
BIMBO'S, 7PM, 7PM, $30 - SOLD OUT



Tuesday, March 28

Miller presents Noise Pop Happy Hour hosted by Fernet Branca & Jackpine Social Club
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm

Feist, John Vanderslice, Youth Group, The Botticellis
BIMBO'S, 7PM, $18

Every Move a Picture, Scissors For Lefty, Communique, Push To Talk
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 7:30PM, $10

deadboy & the Elephantmen, Ex-Boyfriends, Rum Diary, Stephen Fretwell
CAFÉ DU NORD, 8PM, $10

ISIS, These Arms Are Snakes, Zombi, The Holy See
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, 7PM, $13 In Advance/$15 At the Door

Noise Pop Comedy Nights with Killing My Lobster
THEE PARKSIDE, 8PM, $12



Wednesday, March 29

Miller presents Noise Pop Happy Hour - Hosted by Bagel Radio
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm

Billy Nayer Show, Teri Falini, Hopewell, Henry Miller Sextet
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 7:30PM, $10

Tommy Guerrero, Bing Ji Ling, Curumin, Honeycut
CAFÉ DU NORD, 8PM, $10

The Onion A.V. Club Presents
The Dirtbombs, Black Lips, The Lamps, Sensations (feat: Greg Loicano of Mother Hips)
THE INDEPENDENT, 7:30, $15

The Cuts, Col. Knowledge & the Lickity-Splits, A-Fir Ju Well
THEE PARKSIDE, 8PM, $7

Heavenly States, Audrye Sessions, New Trust, Mandrake
RICKSHAW STOP, 8PM, $10

Britt Daniel (Spoon), Laura Veirs, Martyn Leaper (The Minders), Meric Long
SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL, 7PM, $15



Thursday, March 30

Miller presents Noise Pop Happy Hour - Hosted by Mesh Magazine
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm

Rogue Wave, Aqueduct, Octopus Project, Scrabbel
BIMBO'S, 7PM, $15

Her Space Holiday, +/-, Loquat, Pants Pants Pants
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 7:30PM, $12

KCRW Presents:
Nous Non Plus, Hey Willpower, Parks and Recreation, Space Mtn
CAFÉ DU NORD, 8PM, $10

XLR8R Magazine Presents
Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid, Kid606 & Friends, Mattson 2, Huts
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, 7PM, $16 In Advance/$18 At the Door

The Onion A.V. Club Presents
The National, Mark Eitzel, Talkdemonic, Division Day
THE INDEPENDENT, 7:30, $14

The Herms, Citizens Here & Abroad + DJ's
POPSCENE - 330 RITCH, $8, 18+ 9-2am

KZSU Presents
Why?, Asobi Seksu, Dirty Projectors, Black Fiction
RICKSHAW STOP, 8PM, $10

Thursday Presents "The Shirts For A Cure Tour"
Thursday, Minus the Bear, The #12 Looks Like You, We're All Broken
SLIM'S, 7:30, $18 In Advance/$21 At the Door

Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake), Pedro the Lion's David Bazan, Elvis Perkins, The Czars
SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL, 7PM, $15

Noise Pop Comedy Nights with Killing My Lobster
THEE PARKSIDE, 8PM, $12



Friday, March 31

Miller presents Noise Pop Happy Hour hosted by Drinking Liberally
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm

Two Gallants, Silversun Pickups, Street to Nowhere, Cold War Kids
BIMBO'S, 7PM, $15

The New Amsterdams, Slow Runner, The Brokedown, Ryan Harper
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 7:30PM, $12

Chow Nasty, Books on Tape, Post Coitus
CAFÉ DU NORD, 5pm, $8

Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Etienne De Rocher, The Submarines, Alina Simone
CAFÉ DU NORD, 9PM, $10

The Onion A.V. Club Presents
We Are Scientists, Foreign Born, The Grates, The Blood Arm
THE INDEPENDENT, 8:30, $14

Film School, Cloud Room, Birdmonster, Send For Help
SLIM'S, 7:30PM, $12



Saturday, April 1

Miller presents Noise Pop Happy Hour - Hosted by Indie Pop Rocks & SomaFM
THEE PARKSIDE, 5-8pm

Function 8, Red Wine SF and Quannum Present
The Rubber Curtain: with DJs Tommy Guerrero, Gadget, Toph One, and performance by Curumin (Quannum)
Annie's Social Club (Formerly CW Saloon), 10PM, $5

I Am The Avalanche, Summer Obsession, Overview
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 12:30PM, $10

Wolfmother, Parchman Farm, Danava, Dear Kerosene (io)
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 8PM, $10

The Velvet Teen, Xiu Xiu, Minipop, Polar Bears
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, 7PM, $12 In Advance/$15 At the Door

The Onion A.V. Club Presents
Kid Koala, DJ Relm, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, DJ J Boogie
THE INDEPENDENT, 8:30, $17

David Dondero, Craig Wedren, El Olio Wolof, Dead Science
THE KNOCKOUT, 9pm, $10

Noise Pop Education Series
Indie Night School
MAKEOUT ROOM, 1-6pm $12

Company Car, Locke 'n' Load, The Silencers, Nothing Cool
THEE PARKSIDE, 8PM, $7

Brothers Past, Hijack The Disco, Parker Street Cinema, Motion Potion
RICKSHAW STOP, 8PM, $10 In Advance/$12 At the Door



Sunday, April 2

Noise Pop: The Next Generation
Smoosh, Two Seconds, Lou Lou & the Guitarfish, Just 3 Guys
CAFÉ DU NORD, 8PM, $8 (Doors 3 pm, Show 4 pm)

Trainwreck Riders, Gavin Newsome (Full Moon Partisans), Pine Box Boys, Ghost Family
BOTTOM OF THE HILL, 12:30PM, $8

Curated by Thomas Campbell
Vetiver, Brightblack Morning Light, Neil Halstead (Mojave 3), Peggy Honeywell
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, 7PM, $13 In Advance/$15 At the Door

Noise Pop Education Series
Music For America @ Indie Night School
MAKEOUT ROOM, 1-6pm $12

Sean Hayes, Geoff Farina, Chris Brokaw, Trains Across The Sea
RICKSHAW STOP, 6PM, $12













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Art Brut @ Troubadour March 19th

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3/20/2006

The Thrills

The Thrills Interview
By alexander laurence

The Thrills are a new group of five friends from Dublin, Ireland, who have come out of nowhere to impress the European music scene. So there were a lot of expectations in New York City for their first American show during the recent CMJ festival. I can tell you that I was there and I saw the light. They were well received and won over the crowd, mostly made up of jaded journalists who had seen it all. There take on California music is reminiscent of Gram Parsons and The Beach Boys. It turns out that much of their inspiration was taken from a visit to San Diego in 1999. Many of their songs about Big Sur and Santa Cruz have this romantic idealization and longing about them that is unique. And with great pop songs like "Don't Steal Our Sun" and "One Horse Town," The Thrills really are thrilling.

Their 2003 debut album, So Much for the City, has finally been released here in America. It was one of the biggest debuts in the UK along with records by The Darkness and Interpol. This record really began two years ago when Morrissey discovered them. He offered them an opening spot on a London gig. Soon they were signed to a label and were ready to do this album back in California. I got to talk to the leaders and childhood friends, Conor Deasy and Daniel Ryan, during their stay in New York City. We hung out on their bus outside the Bottom Line while their crew slept on the other side. After a few drinks and a few false starts we got to talk about the music of The Thrills.

Conor Deasy: Vocals
Daniel Ryan: Guitars and Vocals
Ben Carrigan: Drums
Kevin Horan : Keyboards
Padraic McMahon: Guitars and Vocals

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AL: How long has the band been together?

Conor: Since we were about sixteen. We are all twenty-four now.

AL: Are there a lot of live shows and an indie scene in Dublin?

Conor: Not really. A little bit. When you are growing up you don't realize that Dublin is different than most cities. Most of the music is based on live shows. There is a big live scene of Irish bands that play at the pub. They don't get out of Dublin too often. Then there is a big scene for bands who are well known there, but who nobody else knows. JJ72 is one of the few bands that broke out of Ireland, but it's hard for Irish bands in the UK. London has been slow to pick up on them.

AL: Have you been offered to play with U2?

Daniel: No, we haven't. We are not big U2 fans. I don't know if we would do it or not. I don't think it's a good idea for an Irish band to go out with U2.

AL: Did you release other records or EPs before you did this album?

Conor: We put out an EP of our old demos that we recorded when we were younger. We recorded them in a cheap Dublin studio during the night.

Daniel: It was the first single released by Virgin Records. It was an EP of demos.

AL: When did you start recording So Much For The City?

Conor: This time, a year ago, around Fall 2002. We recorded it in two months in a studio in Hollywood called Sound Factory.

Daniel: Ryan Adams has been doing stuff there.

AL: Did you bump into anyone there?

Conor: We bumped into Slash from Guns & Roses.

AL: Who produced it?

Conor: A guy called Tony Hoffer. He did records with Beck and Air. He's a good guy. It was a good experience. We were looking for people to work with. We saw who he had produced in the past, so we thought he would be good. We rang him up. We spoke to him on the phone and he seemed like an easygoing guy. He didn't have a big fucking ego.

AL: Are all these tracks live takes?

Daniel: Yeah. That is a good way to work.

AL: Does it take a lot of practice to do harmonies?

Daniel: Yeah it does. We haven't perfected it, but we are getting there.

AL: Who does most of the songwriting?

Conor: I usually do most of the songwriting. Then we work hard together to make a song come together.

AL: How do you know when you have a proper song?

Conor: We have an egg timer. We usually give ourselves an hour and an half to complete a song. We stop there and hopefully by then it's all-together.

AL: You work fast.

Daniel: If it's not happening after an hour, it's not worth pursuing it.

AL: How many songs have you written?

Daniel: We have about 170 songs.

AL: Do you play out all of those songs?

Conor: We like stacking them up. That means that we can release six albums after we break up.

Daniel: Most of them are recorded. We play a lot of them at soundcheck before a gig. We did a secret gig in Dublin. We played all our songs over two days. It was at an art gallery.

AL: Did you take any breaks?

Daniel: We took only one break. We went home to go to bed and then we came back and finished the next day. It was two seven hour sets. It was the tightest gig we ever did.

AL: Did people stay for both shows?

Daniel: Yeah, because we are quite big in Ireland. It was one of the best gigs we ever did.

AL: I saw a band play for three hours the other night.

Conor: That's a stroll in the park to us. In Toronto, we played for four hours. But most of the shows on this American tour are going to be 45 minutes.

AL: Are you pretty excited to be playing in New York City?

Conor: Yeah. It's a rock and roll city.

AL: I saw you play at six in the morning on Channel Two on one of the morning shows. I left the TV on and I woke up and there you were. I was thinking that I have to interview you guys the next day. Have you been here in New York a while?

Conor: Really. It was an acoustic session. We did it a few days ago.

Daniel: We played at the Mercury Lounge first, then went to Boston and Toronto. Now we are back.

AL: Have you played in America before?

Daniel: No, we have been here before. We did mostly traveling and spreading the word. We hung out in California in 1999 and 2000. We didn't do any tours. We played some shows once in while. We did about thirty shows but they were shitty. There were about ten people there.

Conor: The bars would kick us off after an hour. We would just be getting warmed up about then. It's strange. Since then we have only played short shows in America. Americans don't like us playing more than 45 minutes.

AL: What do you think about that?

Conor: Some songs have long guitar jams and people aren't into that.

AL: When I listen to your record I think of many Californian records made during the 1970s. What other sorts of music do you like?

Conor: We love Classic West Coast. We also like Frank Sinatra, Air and Daft Punk.

AL: What's the hardest thing about being in a band?

Daniel: Probably sleeping on the bus. It's hard to fall asleep on a bus at night. Trying to keep Kev on the straight and narrow.

AL: Is this bus going to be trashed by the end of the tour?

Conor: It's getting crazy just the three of us on this couch. This is our third bus and it's only been four days on tour.

AL: What does your family think of your records?

Daniel: They despise them.

Conor: They think that rock and roll is Satan's music. They hate it. We don't tell them too much about it because it will upset them too much.

AL: Did you have a real religious upbringing?

Daniel: Yeah. Kev's dad is like… have you heard of Benny Hinn?

AL: Yeah, he's a televangelist. But he's American right?

Daniel: He is, but Kev's dad is like the Benny Hinn of Ireland. When Benny Hinn came to Ireland, Kev's dad supported him. They have created amazing miracles. They made grannies walk again. He's cured people of disease.

AL: Has the Thrills healed people with the force and power of the music?

Daniel: We have. Our manager had a real bad back problem. We healed that.

Conor: Anyone who has heard "One Horse Town" has been healed.

AL: What is going through your mind during a live show?

Daniel: I'm really freaking out and getting really aggressive.

Conor: I get lost and go nuts.

AL: How was Glastonbury this year?

Daniel: It was amazing. It was good fun hanging out with the other bands. We made a barbecue and the whole bus caught fire, so that was expensive.

AL: Did you meet any of your musical heroes at any of these festivals this summer?

Daniel: Echo and The Bunnymen. We saw them at T in the Park. Ian McCulloch told us that he likes The Thrills.

AL: You have been playing almost non-stop for three years. How many more places are going to go after this?

Daniel: After the American tour, we have two weeks in Europe, and two weeks in Africa. Then we go to England for a week. After that is Australia and Ireland. We were supposed to go to the North Pole, but the promoter is fucking around with us a little bit.

AL: Are there any side projects?

Daniel: Kev is doing a solo record. It's like the Neil Young thing: he has a movie to go with it. I am actually directing it. I might star in it. It's like Silence of The Lambs.

Conor: It's called "Setting The Record Straight."

AL: Have you read any good books recently?

Conor: I just finished reading Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe.

AL: Have you seen any films?

Conor: I like Rambo III.

Daniel: Beverly Hills Cop just came out in Ireland.

AL: What should people expect when they come out to see The Thrills?

Daniel: Mayhem, basically.

AL: What are your songs about really?

Conor: They are escapist songs. We were having a real shitty time at home. They are meant to take us away from where we were. We used to have all these friends in California. They used to have really beautiful girlfriends and beautiful apartments. They were all buff and pumped up. When we saw them next, they were in shambles. They were out of shape, their girlfriends had left them, and they had lost their apartments. California has a lot of potential for falling off the track.

AL: All those dreams of California are an illusion?

Conor: If we spent a few weeks there, we might have come back with a postcard image. We spent more time there, so we came back with a more rounded version of California life.

AL: Do you have any hobbies?

Daniel: Bowling. I could be semi-professional. I have bowled a perfect game.

Conor: I like Badminton.

AL: I played in high school.

Conor: You should play Kev. He's an amazing player. He good with the wrists.

AL: Anything else?

Daniel: Fishing is good.

AL: With your dad?

Daniel: Yeah, with my pop!

AL: Who does your website?

Conor: My pop does the website.

AL: When are you going to come out with another record?

Conor: Maybe next September, in 2004.

AL: Are there any other bands that you like?

Conor: The Rapture and Interpol, to name two New York bands. We also like The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Beck, and Super Furry Animals.

Daniel: I like The Libertines, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Coral, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and The Band.

AL: What is an average day like for you guys?

Daniel: Get up.

Conor: Have a drink.

AL: What time do the drinks start?

Conor: Before lunchtime.

AL: How many days can you drink before stopping for a rest?

Daniel: Every Sunday we only drink whiskey. That is rejuvenating.

Conor: Every two weeks we take a day off. We like to keep it in perspective. Drinking is part of life.

AL: Every day of your life you have had a drink?

Daniel: Not every day, but since I was nine or ten.

Conor: In Ireland, we can get into pub very early. When we first went to San Diego we couldn't get into bars. We couldn't believe it. What the fuck is this shit. We were twenty and we had been drinking in bars for ten years. We went to Tijuana.

AL: Were are the hipster places in Dublin?

Daniel: The Temple Bar. It's in downtown Dublin.

AL: Any more messages to the fans?

Daniel: Keep the faith in music and in drinking. Find methods of mayhem.

Conor: Get those drinks down.

AL: And come see The Thrills.

AL


alexander laurence


Website: www.thethrills.com

[photos by Danna Kinsky]



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3/19/2006

Guitar Wolf





Guitar Wolf
The power trio of guitarist Seiji, bassist Billy, and drummer Toru formed about fifteen years ago. They have since played all over the world. Guitar Wolf's first album "Wolf Rock" was released in 1993 from an indie label, Goner Records, in the U.S. We soon bought imports of more records. Some of their best records were released soon after, Wolf Rock and Kung Fu Ramone. They were garage rock before it began a trend. They went on to inspire American bands like The Von Bondies and The D4.

At an in-store performance at a New York record store, the group started a fire, and impressed Matador Records. They were signed and tour America often. Their first Matador record in 1996 was Missile Me! Jet Generation in 1999 was another collection of high-octane punk-a-billy. They were featured in a few films included The Sore Losers (1996) and Wild Zero (2002). Much of their videos and history are included on the RED IDOL DVD. We got to talk to Guitar Wolf on their recent tour at the end of 2003. Their latest CD is called UFO Romantics. They are working on a new CD. ******

The Band:Guitar: Guitar Wolf (Seiji) Bass: Bass Wolf (Billy) Drums: Drum Wolf (Toru) SFB: You guys seem to have been around for fifteen years. When and where did you all meet? Seiji: Planet of the wolves
SFB: What made you decide to become musicians?
Seiji: We are destined to create busting sounds on the earth.
SFB: Have any of you had any musical training?
Seiji: The howling of wolves is our teacher.
SFB: What made you come up with the concept of being raised by wolves or were you in fact raised by wolves?
Seiji: Yes, of course. My grandmother was wolf. So I'm a quarter wolf.

SFB: I hear that you are in love with Joan Jett. Is that true? If so, have you ever met her?
Seiji: We met her in Tokyo this year (2003). We played with her as the support act.

SFB: Wild Zero is a great movie and one of our favorites now. Did you have any acting training or couching in preparation for your roles or did you just behave like you normally would in front of the camera?
Seiji: That was a documentary film. We are very happy that now everyone knows we are protecting the earth.

SFB: What are some of your musical interests and influences?
Seiji: Bruce Lee

SFB: Is it true that you prefer to play small venues instead of larger venues? If so, Why?
Seiji: We like both.
SFB: Have any of you ever eaten basashi (raw horse sushi)? We are all dying to try it but for some dumb reason its illegal here.
Seiji: Of course. I'm wolf.

SFB: The band broke up a while ago. What happened and what made you decide to give it a second try?
Seiji: NO. We didn't break up.

SFB: Do all of you have motorcycles? If so, what kind are they? Seiji:
I love motorcycles.

SFB: What is the ultimate motorcycle in your opinion?
Seiji: KAWASAKI 750RS a.k.a. ZII

SFB: How often do you tour and how many shows do you play on a typical tour?
Seiji: We spend 1/3 of a year for touring.

SFB: After your shows you seemed to be completely drained. What is going on in your head after a show?
Seiji: Give me beer.

SFB: Billy (Bass Wolf), you have a hell of a lot of tattoos. You're not Yakuza are you?
Seiji: No. No Yakuza.
SFB: At your shows you always wear leather. It seems like you all get pretty hot. I have a photo of you with a giant globs of sweat dropping from your in mid air. Has anyone of you collapsed from heat exhaustion at a show?
Seiji: No. We've never collapsed but it's quite hard to stay conscious.

SFB: When did you record UFO Romantics?
Seiji: 2 years ago.

SFB: Are you doing a new record?
Seiji: Yes.

SFB: Are all you songs recorded as live takes?
Seiji: Yes.

SFB: Is the new DVD Red Idol a good retrospective of your career so far?
Seiji: Our beloved friend-wolves helped us to make this DVD. I'm very pleased to have them in this DVD. Plenty of the live scenes. Great.

SFB: Who put together the new DVD?
Seiji: This is the best DVD. It has everything of us, scenes from our live shows, music videos and the footage from Wild Zero.

SFB: Do you guys get a lot of groupie action?
Seiji: The wolves are never short of foods.

SFB: In Japan, you play many big festivals like Fuji Rock Festival. Do you find it weird to play the USA where you play smaller clubs?
Seiji: No, but we like big festivals.

SFB: As Americans we can only understand what we glean from your actions and attitude that you project in your music and shows. Is it all about Rock 'n' Roll, sex, motorcycles and beer? Or are there other messages in your music that we are missing because of the language?
Seiji: Another message in our music is that you are missing UFO, Universe. Don't forget the days of Adolescence.
SFB: How did you get involved with the film The Sore Losers by John Michael McCarty?
Seiji: Memphis is our home in the US. A friend asked us to be a part of the film.

SFB: Are there any other Japanese bands that you would suggest that your fans listen to in America?
Seiji: Gasolin, Jet Boys, The 5,6,7,8's, Fire Starters, Gimmies


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3/17/2006

Goldfrapp SUPERNATURE contest

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Goldfrapp’s highly anticipated third full-length release Supernature will finally be in stores stateside on March 7th. SF Burning and The Portable Infinite are giving away three copies of this album. Send you name and address to SFBurningInfo@aol.com

Hopefully you live in North America?

Through pioneering electronics, crystalline vocals, visual theatrics and glam-sex decadence, Goldfrapp has all the hallmarks of classic British pop music. After Felt Mountain (2000), their Mercury Award nominated debut, their second album - the Brit nominated Black Cherry - was the benchmark of 2003. Its two euphoric, electro-stomp anthems, “Train” and “Strict Machine” were that year's peak of class-pop cool. As a British duo who writes and produces everything together, the new album, Supernature is the sound of Goldfrapp breaking through their own crash barrier, an uncompromising creative force at the top of their very own game.


“Ooh La La” Video Streams:

(Real Media High)

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(Real Media Low)

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(Windows Media High)

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(Windows Media Low)

http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/deliverMedia.asp?id=40095a36-cd3e-4eba-9dea-ac280ba33bd1&delivery=stream


Goldfrapp Jukebox:

http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk/jukebox

Goldfrapp “Pooch and Tuck” Game:

http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk/poochandtuck


Supernature Track Listing:

Ooh La La
Lovely 2 C U
Ride a White Horse
U Never Know
Let It Take U
Fly Me Away
Slide In
Koko
Satin Chic
Time Out From the World
Number 1


All entries must be received before April 15th 2006.
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3/15/2006

BRMC






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3/14/2006

BRMC @ Henry Fonda



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3/11/2006

The Infinite Beat #2

The Infinite Beat: the second edition
March 9th, 2006
By alexander laurence

The second night happened. I barely remember what happened. I can barely
remember what I played but below is a pretty accurate account. It might not be in
the correct order but close enough. The downtown artwalk was pretty fun. They
were shooting the new Jim Carrey film upstairs. The Director, Joel
Schulmacher, came down to LACDA and bought a few pieces. He told me that he shot the film “Phone Booth:” on this block in 2000, but it wasn’t released for a few years
because of 9/11. We headed over to Rex Bruce’s art opening and then I left to
get to Broadway Bar.

The turnout was good. More people than before. Some new people. Danna Kinsky
showed up with her friend. They ordered a pizza and I had a slice. Of course
Chris Mehess was around. Natalie and Rebecca from before. Audree Lau and
friends showed up. Some other people. Some drunken girl yelling for some Black
Sabbath. There were some requests for Prince, Beck, and Noise Conspiracy. I guess
these guys came to the wrong night. The bartender wanted some My Bloody
Valentine and Spiritualized. That would be more what I would play, so we will have th
at next time. Thanks again for the support!


The songs that were played are as follows:

Walter Carlos “Clockwork Orange” (Beethoviana)
Primal Scream “Kill All Hippies”
The Subways “Rock and Roll Queen”
The Strokes “Juicebox”
The White Stripes “Blue Orchid”
The Jesus and Mary Chain “Never Understand”
BRMC “Stop”
The Arctic Monkeys “When The Sun Goes Down”
Roxy Music “Virginia Plain”
Art Brut “Good Weekend”

Goldfrapp “Oh La La”
Blondie vs. The Doors “Rapture Riders”
The Libertines “What Became of the Likely Lads?”
Babyshambles “Albion”
We Are Scientists “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”
The Dandy Warhols “Godless”
The Jesus and Mary Chain “Just Like Honey”
The Rakes “Retreat” (Phones Remix)
The Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”
Placebo “Meds”

The Kills “Fried My Little Brains”
Maximo Park “Apply Some Pressure”
BRMC “Whatever Happened To My Rock N Roll?”
Primal Scream “City”
Snowpony “Easy Way Down”
Autolux “Blanket”
LCD Soundsystem “Disco Infiltrator”
Interpol “Slow Hands”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Y Control” (Faint Remix)
Nine Black Alps “Cosmopolitan”

Goldfrapp “Lovely 2 C Ya”
Guitar Wolf “Missile Me”
Queens of The Stone Age “In My Head”
The Raveonettes “Veronica Fever”
John Foxx “Burning Car”
The Stills “Lola Stars and Stripes”
ACDC “What Do You Do For The Money Honey”
The Libertines “Can’t Stand Me Now”
Editors “Blood”
Electric Six “Gay Bar”

Giant Drag “Kevin Is Gay”
The Hives “Walk Idiot Walk”
Ambulance LTD. “Primitive”
The Kills “The Good Ones”
The Walkmen “Little House of Savages”
The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony”
Roxy Music “Love Is The Drug”
Black Flag “No Values”
Trail of The Dead “Homage”
Kaito “Should I”

Ima Robot “12=3 (here comes the doctor)”
Primal Scream “Shoot Speed / Kill Light”
The Go! Team “Ladyflash” (Kevin Shields)
Test Icicles “Circle Square Triangle”
Turbonegro “Fuck The World”
Secret Machines “Nowhere Again”
The Rakes “22 Grand Job”
Kings Of Leon “California Dreaming”
Magazine “Because You’re Frightened”
Living Things “Bom Bom Bom”

Black Wire “Smoke And Mirrors”
TV on The Radio “New Health Rock”
The Jesus and Mary Chain “Taste of Cindy”
The Streets “Fit But You Know It’
Soundtrack Of Our Lives “Big Time”
Singapore Sling “Rockit”
Placebo “Because I Want You”
The Dandy Warhols “Bohemian Like You”
Morningwood “New York Girls”
Adult “Pray For Pills”

Led Zeppelin “Heartbreaker”
The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black”
Broadcast “American Boy”
X-1 “New York Is So Cool”
Gliss “Blue Sky”
Mercury Rev “In A Funny Way”
Brian Jonestown Massacre “Servo”
Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
The Duke Spirit “Love is an Unfamiliar Name”
The Dead 60s “Just Another Love Song”

Blondie “In The Flesh” (Remix)
Blondie “Rip Her To Shreds”
Cinerama “Health and Efficiency”
Richard Ashcroft “Break The Night With Colour”
The Divine Comedy “Absent Friends”
The Datsuns “Blacken My Thumbs”
The White Stripes “Jolene”
Devendra Banhart “Heard Somebody Say”
Low Flying Owls “Georgie Shot Johnnie”
Adult. “Suck The Air”

Interpol “Next Exit”
Interpol “Evil”

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3/08/2006

The Lovetones Interview



The Lovetones
Interview with Matthew J. Tow
By alexander laurence

SUN 12 MAR [2pm]
FREAKBEAT RECORDS
Los Angeles CA
2PM INSTORE - LIVE & ELECTRIC
+ The Quarter After

SUN 12 MAR - SPACELAND
Los Angeles CA
The Lovetones onstage 11pm
+ Expatriate
+ Bluebottle Kiss

MON 13 MAR - SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
Los Angeles CA
The Lovetones onstage 9pm
+ The Quarter After
+ The Parson Red Heads
+ Darci Cash


Matthew J. Tow is one of the best songwriters from Australia. I heard about
him back in 2000 or so when he was hanging out in NYC with Anton Newcombe of
The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I found out about his previous band, Drop City.
They had toured with Stone Roses, and Stereolab. After Drop City disbanded in
2000, Tow toured with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. That led to The Lovetones.
They are Matthew J. Tow (guitar/vocals), Serge Luca (guitar), Matthew Sigley
(bass/keyboards) and Chris Cobb (drums).

The Lovetones released their debut album, Be What You Want (2002). I was very
excited. I got to see them for the first time in 2003. The Lovetones spent
about two years touring.
They even supported Morrissey, during his first solo Australian tour. Tow
contributed two tracks to the Brian Jonestown Massacre ...And This Is Our Music
(2003). In the same year, Fire Records invited the Lovetones to contribute to
the James Joyce Chamber Music project alongside Mercury Rev, Mike Watt, Sonic
Youth and REM's Peter Buck.

The second album, Meditations (2005), comes at a crucial time. This album is
a wonderful statement. I got to speak to leader Matthew J. Tow when he was
hanging out in Los Angeles at the end of 2005. The Lovetones will be playing at
Café Du Nord in San Francisco on March 10th. Be sure to make it out for one of
the best international bands out there.

**

AL: We don’t see a lot of Australia bands over here in America. Only the most
successful bands we ever see playing over here. Since Australia is half a w
orld away, most Australia bands go to England first, do you think?

Matthew: That’s right. Most bands go to England because there are more
affiliations on that side. Most Australian bands find America to be impossible. It’s
so huge. They don’t have the network here to start with. The bigger bands
come over here because they have more money, or the American label picks them up.
A band like us can come over here because of the enthusiasm of other bands
like Rob Campanella (The Quarter After) and Anton (Brian Jonestown Massacre). I
have played on their records. It is so much easier when you have that initial
network of people to help you along. It is helpful for Australian bands and
even American bands to have that support. It all started with Anton.

AL: How did you meet Anton Newcombe?

Matthew: I was doing the last Drop City tour in 1997. This guy, Chris Beyond,
of No-Fi Records, ask me if I heard of Brian Jonestown Massacre. I said
“No.” He said, “Let’s go meet them.” I have been a friend with them since. He was
trying to get me into them for years.

AL: I saw you at a CMJ show.

Matthew: That was back in 2000. He was trying to get me in the band. I was
just hanging out there. I was having a holiday with my wife. We got married
here. It was very flattering to be called out by Anton at that show. Anton told me
to come down to the show. Three years later I was in the band. I was playing
on their records.

AL: Did you meet Greg Shaw?

Matthew: Yeah. The first Lovetones record came out on Bomp Records. I knew
Greg Shaw from a while back. He was going to do some Drop City stuff. But he
never did. Then we broke up. The Lovetones was something different.

AL: Well, getting back to the whole Australia scene: we see a lot of popular
bands, and then once in a while we see a cool indie band like The Lovetones,
Bird Blobs, or Morning After Girls. Are these all bands taking a chance coming
over here?

Matthew: It’s basically what it is. Australia is a small place and a small
scene. There are more people in California. There is a small underground scene
in Australia. You can call it the new psychedelic music. Drop City were always
doing that. My first band was signed to Red Eye label, which associates us
with Beasts of Bourbon, The Go-Betweens, and Steve Kilbey. We were at the end of
that movement which started with bands like The Church. We started in 1993 and
ended in 2000. At that time there was no bands like us left. We didn’t have
the same success as the Church but we were the late 1990s version of that. Now
there are bands like The Morning After Girls who have tapped into that, and th
ere is a whole new scene again.

AL: What are some of the other new bands?

Matthew: There’s the Dolly Rocker Movement.

AL: What does that mean?

Matthew: I think it’s some Syd Barrett reference. There are too many bands to
mention. With the Lovetones, I have been really lucky with my association
with Anton. Even though I have been doing music for many years at home, many
people don’t know about it, because Drop City was never released over here. People
only know me through The Lovetones and also Colorsound. I do Colorsound,
which is released on Sonic Boom’s label in England. It’s more like psychedelic
drone music. It’s experimental. We have done five albums.

AL: What other bands have you played with in Australia?

Matthew: There is a band called The Dappled Cities Fly. They are good. There
is a band called Sounds Like Sunset. There is a band called Bells Will Ring.
Gaslight Radio is probably the best band at the moment. They are from
Melbourne.

AL: What’s up with Kilbey?

Matthew: Kilbey is hanging out in Sydney. The Church are always doing stuff.
Kilbey is always active. EMI has just re-released all their records. There is
always a big interest.

AL: We have all seen this Dig! documentary over here. Was there ever a Brian
Jonestown Massacre/Lovetones rivalry?

Matthew: No. It’s one big happy family.

AL: How did end up doing some songs with Anton for the Brian Jonestown
Massacre record?

Matthew: I was in town during 2003. The Lovetones had just toured with Anton.
The idea then was that Anton was going to produced the first Lovetones
record. I did two songs and Anton said, “I really like these.” And I said: “I will
let you have one, and the other will be on the Lovetones record.” Anton said:
“I love them. I want them both on my record.” It was that simple. Songs from
that session when on the Brian Jonestown Massacre record and the first
Lovetones record.

AL: “Starcleaner” was on that record?

Matthew: Yeah. That and “A New Low In Getting High.” That song
“Starcleaner” was also on the greatest hits record. We have produced most of my records
with Jason Blackwell.

AL: The Lovetones has always had the same lineup?

Matthew: No. Serge Luca played drums on the first album. Now he plays guitar.
Chris Cobb plays drums now. Everyone was at one time in Drop City too. We
have known each other for a long time. When we are on the road there are no
surprises.

AL: You were in Brian Jonestown Massacre too?

Matthew: Yeah. I was in the touring band for 2003. I played on a three-month
tour. Ricky Maymi took my place.

AL: Do you like vintage gear?

Matthew: Yeah. I love Vox guitars. There are a few places in Sydney who have
vintage stuff. But you have to come to America to find old guitars. I have
played through Vox amps.

AL: On your albums how do you do all those horns and strings parts?

Matthew: We had a guy do a lot of that stuff on keyboards. We record the
albums on tape. Then we switched over to Pro Tools and did overdubs. It takes a
lot longer to do it that way. We worked over a long people of time.

AL: Do you tell people what to do in the studio?

Matthew: I don’t rule with an iron first. It’s an iron fist, velvet glove.
Matthew Sigley wrote a few songs on the new album. He has his own band called
The Daytime Frequency. They are really cool.

AL: How do the songs start for you?

Matthew: It’s always starts with me strumming a few chords and humming some
lyrics. Lyrics always come last. Melody is something that I am working toward.
It’s melody and chords first, and then lyrics. Sometimes the lyrics are
written right before I am doing the vocal takes. With the second album, we went in
the studio without anyone knowing the songs. I just said “Follow me” and it
was cool.

AL: Is there some personal philosophy in the songs?

Matthew: Most of the songs are about understanding one’s self. My songs are
political in the sense that here is how I want to live my life. Politics
shouldn’t be about telling other people how to live their lives. When you get your
life right, other things fall into place.

AL: You say that lyrics come last. So when you have a melody that suggests
longing for home, do you say to yourself “This must be a song about going home?”

Matthew: Exactly. I have general ideas and images of what a song is going to
be like.

AL: What bands have you always been into?

Matthew: When I was younger I was into The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and The
Beatles. Later I got into Spaceman 3 very heavily. I got into some experimental
drone music and psych bands. I like all the 1960s music and stuff that is
going on now.

AL: Did you get to play with some of the more experimental artists?

Matthew: Funny you should mention it. The Silver Apples are one of my
favorite bands. They actually remixed one of my Colorsound songs. It was amazing to
be involved with those guys. I haven’t really collaborated with a lot of people.

AL: Is there any literature that turns you on?

Matthew: I am a big fan of Dylan Thomas. I like the Beat Generation. There
are too many to mention.

AL: Did you go to art school?

Matthew: Yeah. I did an art’s degree. I was at a university for a few years.

AL: Did you grow up with a political environment?

Matthew: I was raised in a very left wing environment. In Australia, I was
into the Labour Party and the left. All my family are on the left and that is
where my loyalties lie. I believe strongly in a fair social system, and health,
and education. The government has a responsibility to look after people. You
help people who can’t help themselves. The current government is trying to be
like another America. We don’t want to be another America where the underclass
is screwed. Free health and free education I think is the cornerstone for any
decent society. Those are rights and not a privilege.

AL: When people come to see you play what should they expect?

Matthew: Great psychedelic rock. That is what it’s all about! We are looking
forward to playing SXSW.

AL: Any final words?

Matthew: Keep on the left side, because the right side is too cold.






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