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News from 5/2009

WED, MAY 20, 2009 at 3:26 AM

Fucking Wasted and Fucking Crazy

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Wolf Eyes are beginning a US/Canada tour, so now is a relevant time as any to revisit a highly entertaining interview conducted by CITR Music Director Luke Meat circa 2005! Hopefully you can read this with all of the notes. For Wolf Eyes tour dates, go here. And without further adieu:

Fucking Wasted and Fucking Crazy, A Conversation With Wolf Eyes By Luke Meat

Wolf Eyes have more in common with a house full of Old Stock than Stockhausen. Their live show should leave any sane person regressing back to the state a four–year–old child, where all you want is your mommy and for all these evil men to stop making all the loud noise. I got to talk to them after an accidentally double–booked night at The Media Club. Wolf Eyes went on at 7:30. They were pretty drunk. I was pretty drunk. The problem with drunk noise nerds is that when we get together, we can talk for hours about lame esoteric stuff that no one gives a shit about. Hence the notes.

Discorder: True or false: Wolf Eyes is a noise band.
John Olsen: True.

How does Wolf Eyes define “noise”?
Mike Connelly: Nowadays it’s weird. We come from the old school—y’know, like noise that people do NOT want to hear.

True or False: Wolf Eyes have released over 300 albums.
John Olsen: True, about 250–300 now…

True or False: Wolf Eyes are the next coming of Throbbing Grissle.
John Olsen [loudly]: Ahhhhhhh! No way, man! Their reunion gig was the best thing I’ve ever seen—it made me retarded—but the dumbest thing is when people see no drums and only electronics, people think we’re like a TG thing. It’s like comparing The Shaggs to The Allman Brothers. It’s retarded to just look at instrumentation, because the actual instrumentation is totally different with us. Of course we all love ’em and stuff, but we are not the second coming of TG. They were all about this social art manifesto thing.

Is there a Wolf Eyes manifesto?
John Olsen: Yeah, get wasted and have fun! We got the alliance with the fuckin’ bands like the Allies, and fuckin’ Negative Approach, and fuckin’ y’know…just get fuckin’ crazy! Technology is retarded. Y’know we’re just doin’ it and getting’ crazy… and fuckin’ wasted.

I love the Cannibal Holocaust t–shirt you’ve got on. Have visuals ever been a part of a live Wolf Eyes experience?
John Olsen: Nahhh, not really. We used a Valley Export movie where a girl chews her fingernails off, but that’s the only thing. You handle your business with sound, you don’t do fuckin’ Jedi Starbucks Shit. We played with DJ Spooky last night and he had some Japanimation behind him and it’s like, “dude, whatever.”

Did you and Spooky talk last night?
John Olsen: No, nah… He’s an intellectual, man… [Another Wolf Eyes member, Nathan Young, enters dressing room]

You’re wearing a Mayhem t–shirt! You’re wearing a Mayhem t–shirt! Is Varg Vikernes innocent or guilty?
Nathan Young: Oh, guilty man! [laughs] We like Burzum and Mayhem.

Does he deserve to rot in prison?
John Olsen: NO WAY MAN! No one does!

Did the Norwegian black metal scene go too far, do you think? What with the burning down churches and eating sheep’s brains…
John Olsen: Nahhh, I think that if anybody feels that strongly about something, [they] should do that. I’m not endorsing it, but I think all these lazy fuckers with their computers, if they actually went out and did something that they believed in…then that’s fuckin’ cool.

Is “Wolf” the new “Super”?
John Olsen: What?

Never mind. I noticed you were selling hand–cut, individually numbered 7–inch singles for 50 bucks a pop. Is that a tip of the hat to Zoviet France or the Hafler Trio at all?
Nathan Young: Yeah, their packaging was cool. That’s different from what we’re doing, theirs was an actual product. We have an old lathe–cutter, so we’re cutting vinyl constantly. We like doing kind of a one–of–a–kind thing, like a hand–cut record of a jam that we’ll never hear again, as opposed to a nice package. Each one of ours is totally unique, one–of–a–kind—both the music and the record itself.

Does that attitude cross over to the live performance as well?
John Olsen: Totally! The problem with motherfuckers today is they can’t do it on the spot. Y’know, motherfuckers show up with their CDs and shit like that. Everything we do onstage is on the spot: our releases, everything. If we’re not feelin’ it or it’s not happening onstage, we’ll like just hang out and talk; y’know what I’m sayin’? But all these other motherfuckers, they got it all planned and stuff like that. But since we’re so dumb and fun, we’ll just do what the fuck ever. Our live shit is like B.C.—y’know, stones and draggin’ chicks back to our caves by their hair and shit.

Does Wolf Eyes get any groupies?
Nathan Young: There’s a lot of girls at a Wolf Eyes show. There’s a lot of criticism of our shows being male–dominated, but tonight the audience was like half–and–half.
John Olsen: We’re not into being male and all this domination shit; we’re into bein’ ourselves and ladies who are into havin’ a good time.
Aaron Dilloway: I once fell into a mosh pit at one of our shows that was all breasts.

Okay. Wrapping up: do you feel lucky?
Aaron Dilloway: [loud laughter] Every fuckin’ day!
John Olsen: Dude, I’m hangin’ out with my best friends, drinkin’ beer, actin’ a fool onstage, and goin’ to Brazil and seein’ the world. We are the luckiest pieces of shit ever. Seriously.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

WED, MAY 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Blitzen Trapper Does KALX (heh heh)

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The lovely singin’ lads of Blitzen Trapper stopped by KALX in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago to play a few songs! You can listen to the songs here as well as view some more amusing photos from the session.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, MAY 8, 2009 at 3:44 AM

Vetiver on NPR’s World Cafe Tuesday, May 12th!

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Our pals in Vetiver recently recorded a performance and interview for NPR’s World Cafe and this session will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 12th! You should listen!

Here are the details as we know them…

National Public Radio’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station by scrolling to the bottom & choosing their state under “Find a Program Broadcast Time” at the following link:

www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/?prgId=39

…or worldwide they can listen online to the WXPN/Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm Eastern Standard Time by going to:

www.xpn.org/listen-live/listen-live

Late in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available on the National Public Radio website:

www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=39&agg=1

The following things are also worth mentioning!

*"Vetiver is currently on tour":http://www.subpop.com/tours/vetiver/, very possibly somewhere near you!
*We, your close, personal friends here at Sub Pop Records have managed to procure a stash of Vetiver’s Record Store Day 7" single, the really very excellent and also quite limited and collectible “Wishing Well” b/w “Pay No Mind” on magnificent, light-blue marble-y vinyl. Get one while they last!


Posted by Chris Jacobs

MON, MAY 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Vaselines LIVE on KEXP 5/13!

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The Vaselines are heading to our neck of the woods and will be playing Neumos TONIGHT! If the performance is anything like it was at SP20 , Eugene and Francis will be super cute of course and talk a lot about dry humping in between songs. Get stoked!

On their way out on Wednesday, the Vaselines will be stopping by the wonderful KEXP to do an in-studio at 12 p.m. I highly recommend checking it out! Maybe they’ll even talk about dry-humping on KEXP too!

Listen here.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, MAY 15, 2009 at 5:14 AM

Obits LIVE on KEXP Saturday !

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What a lucky gal, I am. I get to head over to KEXP for the second time this week! Wednesday, the Vaselines played a fabulous live set of all their hits. Go here for some really cute pictures of Frances and Eugene.

On Saturday, Obits will be performing a live in-studio at 3 PM PST before their show at Neumos. If for some reason you won’t be able to come to the show or if you’re just a super fan (and that’s alright!), tune in here.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, MAY 15, 2009 at 4:05 AM

No Age to perform a Live Score at SIFF

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No Age will perform an original live score in accompaniment to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Césár winning film, The Bear (France, 1988). The debut of this never before seen or heard work takes place on Friday, June 12, at the Triple Door at 7:00pm (all-ages) and 9:30pm (21+). Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Tickets go on sale May 8 and will be available online here and here, and by phone at 206.324.9996.

No Age inspires its audience with live shows that are an exploration of possibilities: a guitar laid over a resonating drum head, effect loops woven together like beautiful harmonies, pop songs as performance art, a duo that sounds like the gale force of rock history delivered through a wind tunnel. Their original score to The Bear has been created and crafted specifically for this one-night only experience at SIFF.


Posted by Lacey Swain