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New Razorcake Podcast is up!

The final in my trilogy of podcasts dedicated to creatures in the natural world. In this episode, I’m focused on songs with animals in the track name. No bugs, no birds, just animals. Call it “other,” if you will, but these animals rule. I mean, who doesn’t like dogs and cats? Or jackals? Or wolfenswans? Well, they’re all here (and more!) in this podcast.

Tracklisting:
Coalesce, “Wild Ox Moan” (Relapse)

Helms Alee, “Lionize” (Hydra Head)
Nails, “Cry Wolf” (Southern Lord)
Japanther, “Wolfenswan” (Plan-It-X)
DYS, “Wolfpack” (XClaim!)
The Icarus Line, “Feed A Cat To Your Cobra” (Crank!)
Burning Love, “Made Out Of Apes” (Southern Lord)

Trans Am, “Music For Dogs” (Thrill Jockey)
Oneida, “What’s Up, Jackal?” (Jagjaguwar)
Sweep The Leg Johnny, “New Buffalo” (Deep Elm)
Descendents, “I Wanna Be a Bear” (New Alliance)
Chisel, “The Dog in Me” (Gern Blandsten)

Supine To Sit, “Bears” (Lovitt)


An interview with Avail

From the years 2000 to 2002 I ran an online zine, Actionattackhelicopter, along with my friends, Brian and Josh. I was fortunate to interview many musicians whose work I enjoyed. I’m posting some of those interviews here for anyone who may have missed them the first time. They have been edited for length, relevance, and to correct for my poor editing skills at the time of original publication. Keep in mind that these were done over a dozen years ago, thus individuals’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas may no longer be relevant, but they are still interesting as a snapshot of a particular time and place.

This interview was done in the summer of 2000.

Avail are fucking rednecks; beer drinking, chain smoking, tattooed freaks. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. They create some of the best sing along punk rock songs and have been doing so for what seems like forever. Their live show never lets down as it contains the raw, fresh energy of punk with the fierceness of hardcore and melds it all together with a sincere vulnerability. Always a good time, I recently sat out back of the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis to talk with Tim Barry, the lead singer, and other members of the entourage who proceeded to float in and out as time went by.

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An interview with Dave Williams from Crusades

The latest album from the Ottawa punk-metal band, Crusades, is titled Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear Than I Receive It. It is as awesome, if not even more so, than their debut album, The Sun is Down and the Night is Riding In. Perhaps You Deliver… is based upon the life of a sixteenth-century Italian heretic, Giordano Bruno. It’s a very unconventional idea, but it works and has made for a great album. With my interest piqued, I decided to email Dave Williams, one of the vocalists and guitarists (and a fellow Razorcake contributor), with some questions about the new album and he kindly responded.

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New Razorcake Podcast!

This is the second in a trilogy of podcasts dedicated to creatures in our natural world. This one is focused on songs with birds in the track name. I enjoy watching birds out my bedroom window in the morning or when I go for a walk in the arboretum. And I had a sparrow eat out of my hand a few months back and that was pretty awesome. Generally, birds are pretty cool. Except for blue jays. While their color is very pretty, they’re also the dicks of the bird world. They’re mean, loud bullies, and deserve a punch in the beak. Fuck you, blue jays.

Tracklisting:
Cancer Bats, “Pneumonia Hawk” (Abacus)
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Channels, “To Mt. Wilson from the Magpie Cage” (DeSoto)
The Paper Champions, “The Canary” (Reason Y)
The Blood Brothers, “Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers” (V2)
Tomahawk, “Crow Dance” (Ipecac)
Guided By Voices, “Buzzards and Dreadful Crows” (Scat)
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Pg. 99, “Ballad of Circling Vultures” (Robotic Empire)
Planes Mistaken For Stars, “To Spit a Sparrow” (Abacus)
In the Face of War, “Hawks” (Init)
Converge, “Sparrow’s Fall” (Epitaph)
Converge, “Eagles Become Vultures” (Epitaph)
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Misfits, “Where Eagles Dare” (Caroline)


New Razorcake Podcast is up!

It’s a podcast of songs that clock in at exactly three minutes (according to my iTunes). Why three minutes? Because two minutes is too short and four is too long. Hope you hear something you enjoy!

Tracklisting:
Morrissey, “The Youngest Was the Most Loved” (Sanctuary/Attack)
The Smiths, “A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours” (Rough Trade/Sire)

Superchunk, “Seed Toss” (Matador)
Old Canes, “The Last Collapse” (Saddle Creek)
Park, “Trivet” (Lobster)
Mr. Cranky, “Get Out of My House” (Bib)

Seven Storey Mountain, “So Cursed” (Thick)
Avail, “Treading on Heels” (Lookout!)
Burning Love, “Damage Case” (Southern Lord)
Death From Above 1979, “Blood on Our Hands” (Vice)
Franklin, “Super Esperanto” (Workshop)

The Evens, “This Other Thing” (Dischord)
God’s Reflex, “Sleeping In” (Johann’s Face)


An interview with Rise Against

From the years 2000 to 2002 I ran an online zine, Actionattackhelicopter, along with my friends, Brian and Josh. I was fortunate to interview many musicians whose work I enjoyed. I’m posting some of those interviews here for anyone who may have missed them the first time. They have been edited for length, relevance, and to correct for my poor editing skills at the time of original publication. Keep in mind that these were done over ten years ago, thus individuals’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas may no longer be relevant, but they are still interesting as a snapshot of a particular time and place.

This interview was originally published in July 2001.

It’s normally my policy to do interviews one on one, but Jeremiah really enjoyed seeing Rise Against, so he talked me into doing a tag team interview with them after their show at Higher Grounds Coffee in South Bend, Indiana, on some Saturday back in May. I wasn’t totally sure I was going to attend the show, nor was I positive I wanted to do the interview, but upon further reflection I’m glad I did both. Rise Against’s album The Unraveling is out now on Fat Wreck Chords and is a mighty fine piece of punk rock. I would suggest checking it out if you get the chance. Until then, enjoy this interview, which took place with Tim, the singer. Later on, Joe, the bassist, joined in on the fracas.

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An interview with Adam Pfahler of Jawbreaker

From the years 2000 to 2002 I ran an online zine, Actionattackhelicopter, along with my friends, Brian and Josh. I was fortunate to interview many musicians whose work I enjoyed. I’m posting some of those interviews here for anyone who may have missed them the first time. They have been edited for length, relevance, and to correct for my poor editing skills at the time of original publication. Keep in mind that these were done over ten years ago, thus individuals’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas may no longer be relevant, but they are still interesting as a snapshot of a particular time and place.

This interview was originally published in November 2002.

“Peel it the Fuck Down”

Other potential titles for this article would include “I Wish You Were My Dad” or “Now I Just Need To Interview Chris.” I decided to go with the Jawbreaker song for the title, though. It’s from their b-sides, rarities, outtakes album that was released not too long ago. It’s called Etc. It’s really good and I listen to it way too much.

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New Razorcake podcast!

My latest podcast is now up at Razorcake. It’s all “love” songs.

Tracklisting:
Rainer Maria, “i love you too” (Self-titled EP)
Coalesce, “My Love for Extremes” (Functioning on Impatience)

Antioch Arrow, “The Puppy Love” (In Love with Jetts)
pg. 99, “In Love with an Apparition” (Document #8)
The Ramones, “Locket Love” (Rocket to Russia)
The Blood Brothers, “Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck” (Crimes)
Converge, “Love as Arson” (When Forever Comes Crashing)

The Saints, “Story of Love” ((I’m) Stranded)
Fear, “I Love Livin’ in the City” (The Record)
Hot Snakes, “Lovebirds” (Audit in Progress)
Fireside, “Lovecar” (Do Not Tailgate)

Burning Love, “No Love” (Rotten Thing to Say)
Motörhead, “Love Me Like a Reptile” (Ace of Spades)


New Razorcake Podcast!

My latest podcast is now up at Razorcake! The theme is bands with parenthesis in their song titles. Check it out!


Who are you? Grabass Charlestons

I recently received the Grabass Charlestons’s latest album, Dale & The Careeners, to review for Razorcake. I wasn’t sure I would like it but was pleasantly surprised. I had never listened to them before, but found them to not be afraid to utilize some different genres to compliment their punk sound. It’s a mature, catchy record and I’d definitely recommend it.

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Who are you? What position do you fill in your band?

My name’s Will. I write the songs and sing the parts. I also drive a Volvo and provide drums.

Tell me a story from your childhood, please.

When I was a kidster, I had to take a flight all by myself. Since I was an alone little kid, they treated me very favorably. They sat me up in first class right next to Darryl Strawberry! He was very nice and taught me how to play paper football.

When an older family member asks what kind of music you play, what do you tell her/him?

First, I change the subject. Then I talk about my career in dishwashing. I explain how every day presents a unique and robust set of challenges. I speak of the value of “staying wet.” I then ask for a dollar and a cigarette.

I’m sure you have been asked a number of times about how the band got together. So, could you please make up a story about how you all got together? No, really. Just make something up. Knock yourself out. 

David Lee Roth introduced us.

What was the first album you bought that ignited your love for music?

Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler. It was the first album I ever owned. Actually, my mom bought it for me. Does that still count?

It seems we all have that person who got us into non-mainstream music (punk/hardcore/indie/metal/emo)? Who was that person for you?

My brother went away to boarding school in the late ‘80s. He returned to Homosassa, our hometown, with a collection of cassettes that changed my life. Among them was the Pixies, which forever shaped how I listen to music.

There is nothing new under the sun, so, let’s be honest: musically you’re ripping somebody off. Who is it?

Yeah, I’m ripping people off left and right. Most recently I got really into ripping off the Constantines. The Arrivals have been a great source, too. Anything with drums, bass, and guitar, and a sense of melody is pretty much fair game for me.

Why should I listen to your music?

Because your mind probably wants to get blown.

Where can someone go on the internet to listen to your songs?

http://grooveshark.com/#!/grabasscharlestons/albums


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