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The Appleseed Cast Interview
Tuesday February 03rd 2009, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2009,Indie Interviews

The Appleseed Cast MySpace
The Appleseed Cast Wikipedia

I recently sat down for a cup of chai tea w/soy, with the talented Aaron Pillar of “The Appleseed Cast“. We discussed emo, Sagamartha and what a beautiful home he has! His pet ball python took quite a liking to me…xoxo…and his collection of miniature spoons was impressive. Ok, so I’m full of shit and if any of you hipsters know enough about the present and future of indie music, it’s all about the internets, baby. But these guys were kicking it before the MySpace and the Facebook. Their music rocks, and if you have any plans other than Mohawk on Saturday night, cancel them. BTW-You can tell a great deal about someone through the amount of ellipses they use…

Austinites can checkout The Appleseed Cast this Saturday, February 7th at Mohawk with True Widow and Calm Blue Sea (outside, starting @ 9:00pm).

(In addition to the ellipsis, also take note on the lack of quotes in most of Pillar’s typed words. He’s very straight to the point and wastes no time with the petty use of proper punctuation.)

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Stacie: You guys were putting out albums before “emo” was an everyday term. How would you define emo when you were just getting into the music scene?
Aaron: It was certainly different I guess, for me the reason I started playing in this “scene” was access. I saw house shows and bad equipment but people having a good time, and you didn’t have to be an amazing player either..I guess it was easy to love it, easy to be a part of…

Stacie: How would you define emo in today’s environment? (bonus points for including the words “eyeliner” and “girl pants”)
Aaron: Tight pants are ok if you can pull it off, but eyeliner is lame…Emo is a selling point plain and simple…its money always about the money..

Stacie: If you were to die tomorrow (sorry if I jinx you in any way), and you could only be remembered for one song, what would it be? (and why?)

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read The Appleseed Cast Interview in full.)

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The Appleseed Cast – Steps and Numbers from Low Level Owl, Vol. 1, 2001
The Appleseed Cast – Innocent, Vigilant, Ordinary from Two Conversations, 2003
The Appleseed Cast – As The Little Things Go from Sagarmatha, 2009



Sleepercar Interview
Sunday November 16th 2008, 11:55 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

Sleepercar MySpace
Sleepercar Wikipedia

Jim Ward “of Sparta, Ex-At The Drive-In” fame is in a solid relationship with his new band, Sleepercar. I  like to describe listening to the album “West Texas” like “sipping Maker’s Mark out of a spotty glass in a rundown bar while watching the sun go down over the shoulder of a bartender that calls you sweetheart and asks how your grandma’s doing in between crooked teeth and Marlboro reds”. A sweet and content experience, with just the right hint of pain and loneliness.

Austinites can checkout Sleepercar this Monday, November 17th at Mohawk with Morekestra (outside, starting @ 8:00pm).

Has Jim Ward abandoned punk and gone country? No, he’s West Texas, which is a little country and a little bit rock and roll…

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Stacie: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Jim: usually wear slip ons, so when i have shoes with laces i almost never untie them-

Stacie: Would you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Jim: both- usually an extrovert, but i hate being in crowds so that makes me with draw a lot

Stacie: How stoked where you when your number one MySpace friend, Barack, won the election?
Jim: very stoked

Stacie: Does the song “A Broken Promise” refer to any broken promises in particular?
Jim: no-

Stacie: What’s one trait that you dislike about yourself at the moment?
Jim: i am passive/aggressive- and it sometimes makes personal relationships difficult, i try to control it

Stacie: Your musical endeavors progressed from hardcore, to a little less hardcore, to alt-country. Have you found a genre that fits well with Sleepercar?
Jim: i think sleepercar is pretty flexible in the genre department- we have been on quite a few different tours, it makes me happy…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Sleepercar Interview.)

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Sleepercar – A Broken Promise from West Texas, 2008



Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion Interview
Monday October 27th 2008, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

Bitch MySpace
Bitch + The Exciting Conclusion Website

bitch austin mohawk

Can you put an artist like Bitch in a nutshell? Let’s try, shall we… from ’95-’04 she performed with Bitch and Animal and toured with Ani DiFranco (who produced two of B&A’s albums under her Righteous Babe Records label). Bitch’s new band, Bitch + The Exciting Conclusion, formed in February of ’05. Bitch just produced Ferron‘s latest album “Boulder” on her own label, Short Story Records (Ferron=one of the most influential writers and performers of women’s music). She lives in NYC and appeared in the 2006 film Shortbus and the Bright Eyes video “First Day of My Life” alongside her L-Word starring girlfriend, Daniela Sea. She plays the electric violin, bass, keyboards and ukulele like it’s going out of style. She’s an amazing lyricist and poet. She’s not a big fan of Bush (the presidential kind). She tap dances. And you should buy (not illegally download) all of her albums.

Austinites can checkout Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion live on Sunday, November 9th at Mohawk with Mocktigers and Girl in a Coma (outside, starting @ 9:00pm).

Before Bitch and I got down to business, I mentioned that our lovely readers (myself included) all have adult ADD and are checking out more MySpace bulletins then novels these days (…hence the slew of random questions).

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Stacie: How many tattoos do you have?
Bitch: Zero. I’ve designed a lot of tattoos. But it’s like Daniela says, once you have one you’ll never have none again.

Stacie: Yeah, they’re addicting too.
Bitch: And I don’t need another hobby. Maybe one day.

Stacie: Piercings?
Bitch: Not really. My ears. I had a nipple pierced once.
Stacie: Just one nipple?
Bitch: Just one nipple.

Stacie: Do you like hugs from strangers, or do they freak you out?
Bitch: They don’t freak me out. It really depends on the context. I just visited the…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Bitch Interview.)

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Bitch – Unstick from Make This/Break This, 2006
Bitch and Animal – Traffic from Eternally Hard, 2001



Astronautalis Interview
Tuesday October 14th 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

Astronautalis MySpace
Astronautalis Website

astronautalis

In between cat lovin’ and folding socks packin’ for his new tour, Astronautalis (aka Andy Bothewell) took some time to shed some light on rap, American history, leaky albums, scary music making, over-hyping indie music blogs, album *yawns* reviews and the lingering fear of getting popular. Regardless of how you define his style, all three albums won’t disappoint. A live show is on the “highly recommended” list and even we vegetarians can’t get enough of this HAM.

Austinites can checkout Astronautalis live on Friday, October 17th at Mohawk (inside, after The Wedding Present). Do it!

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Stacie: With the progression of your three albums, there’s been some debate over how to categorize your music. Can you define it?

Andy: A long time ago, I gave a response that was about ten minutes long, with compound words and about twenty six hyphens in it. My third record was a chance to see some different takes on my musical style, a singer/songwriter side, but I’d still call it rap music. The funniest part of a recent review was someone saying I was “experimenting with hip hop and rapping”. For fifteen years I’ve been rapping. No matter how far away I venture musically, I’ll always be a rapper. I can’t not rhyme. I still keep the basic aesthetics of rapping, and my main influence has always been rap. It’s rap. Rap Music. Period.

Stacie: In hindsight, it’s hard to define rap itself. I’ve also heard the term shoegazer thrown into your musical description. Would you consider yourself a shoegazer?

Andy: For me, shoegazing basically means people are staring at their shoes because they’re looking down at the pedals they’re using to help crank out these sounds. It reminds me a lot of tenth grade mix tapes. I think I put it out there for my last record. I grew up listening to a lot of shoegaze- The Verve, Ride, Mogwai- and it hit home for me. Huge giant drums, lots of bass, washy guitars, huge layers of sound. It’s something I latched onto. With the third album, I wanted to avoid the generically…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Astronautalis Interview.)

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Astronautalis – Oceanwalk from You and Yer Good Ideas, (2005)
Astronautalis – The Trouble Hunters from Pomegranate, 2008