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Groveling Obeisance(s) #15-20: Male Bonding, Mi Ami, Woven Bones, Marnie Stern, Fred Thomas, Circulatory System

OK, I’ve had a weird couple weeks and I need to catch up on the releasing of these five awesome interviews from some of my favorite musicians.

PS: I have some half-baked ideas coming down the turnpike, stay tuned, creatures…

Goodbye summer, hullo fall:

PPS: Keep checkin for lumps with Sex Sux (Amen) don’t forget about the concerts coming up in the area and I’ll agree to stop making sense.

Interview with Male Bonding

1.  Why do you make music?

Robin, Male Bonding: for fun, something to do with friends and more selfishly because its healthy to have a creative outlet.

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

R: the instrument soundtrack by fugazi was the first record of their’s that i bought when i was at college doing my art foundation. it was a strange introduction to the band but i prefer the versions of those tracks than the ones on ‘end hits’ because they struck such a chord when i heard them. i didn’t know what the band looked liked aside from the blurry video still on the front cover and i really liked the mystery of it. i walked around exeter listening to those songs a lot and i think it really changed the way i thought about drumming. the song ‘i’m so tired’ which is probably the only fugazi song played with just a voice and a piano is one of my favourite songs.

3.  Where is your favorite place to play?

R: i love playing in london. at the top of our road there was a venue called bardens boudoir which just closed its doors. we were meant to play the last night there but it got stopped by the police. it was the best way for it to end and i saw some great shows there. umit who runs it took a chance on noisey rock, he didnt need to but it was a really great place whilst it was there. thanks umit!

4.  What is your favorite type of fruit?

R: half a grapefruit with a bit of brow sugar on top

Male Bonding have a tour date with Best Coast, September 28 @ The Middle East, Boston

Interview with Mi Ami

1.  Why do you make music?

Daniel, Mi Ami: wow what a broad opener. it’s difficult to say exactly why i/we play music. you could go all cosmic and talk about some kind of unquenchable thirst or a compulsion or something to make music. that’s not far off, but at the same time it makes it all sound so dramatic. i love playing music, but honestly i am not exactly sure why, and i don’t particularly care to find out or worry about it too much. i know i feel very very happy when i am playing music and when there is a lot of music in my life. i know i find myself thinking about music most of the time, imagining different types of music or puzzling over ideas or stuff like that. in that sense, it definitely does manifest as an itch that’s never quite scratched. on the other hand, i think people at some point are caught by an idea or a medium of expression or something and are more or less stuck with that the rest of their lives. music fascinated me at a very young age and continues to fascinate me today; in this sense, it seems sort of mundane, but in a way i enjoy very much.

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

D: the records that changed my musical thinking are too many to name, and they just keep coming. punk was of course the first thing that really got me, especially bad brains, black flag, the ramones, minor threat, fugazi and then later bikini kill, void, the ex, and from there into boredoms, big black, coltrane, lee perry, king tubby, kraftwerk, motown, fela kuti, outhud, albert ayler, milford graves, sonny sharrock, the bug, shadow ring, steve reich, early philip glass, david berhman, gagaku, morton feldman, public enemy, wu tang clan, omar-s, arthur russell, cloud one, and a bunch more. this doesn’t even scratch the surface but you get the idea. music is free.

3.  Where is your favorite place to play?

D: there are a lot of favorite places to play. san francisco, london, krakow, lawrence kansas, baltimore, washington dc, san antonio, berlin and glasgow have all delivered. i wanna check out mexico, japan, south africa and ethiopia and see if they’re as good as people say.

4.  Who is your favorite united states president in all of history?  mine is nixon because he is fascinating and evil.

D: i don’t much care for any presidents.

Interview with Woven Bones

1.  Why do you make music?

Woven Bones: To get our rocks off and reach out to people who have need for the same thing.

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

WV: “White Light White Heat” by The Velvet Underground, The 13th Floor Elevators’ “Bull of the Woods”, The Kinks’ “Village Green Preservation Society”, The Stooges “Raw Power”, Spacemen 3’s “Perfect Prescription” and “Recurring” LPs, My Bloody Valentine’s “You Made Me Realize” EP, the first Mazzy Star record, and Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Barbed Wire Kisses” comp.

3.  Where is your favorite place to play?

WV: New York City, most definitely.

4.  What is your favorite type of cereal?

WV: Raisin Bran

Woven Bones will be playing Sunday, October 24th @ TT the Bear’s, Cambridge, with Frankie Rose and the Outs

David and I discussed the new record back in July.

Interview with Marnie Stern

1.  Why do you make music?

Marnie Stern: To feel good

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

MS:Marquee Moon, Hold Your Horse Is, Born To Run

3.  Where is your favorite place to perform?

Kung Fu Necktie in Philly

4.  What is your favorite season of the year?

I like all of them except for winter

Interview with Fred Thomas

1.  Why do you make music?

Fred Thomas: Have you ever been engaged with something for a moment, and before you realize it hours have gone by? Like say you were just trying to put together some furniture or figure out a language translation or something, and you were so engrossed that the next time you look up it’s dark outside? My involvement with music is a lot like that, on a more lifetime scope. I feel like a few hours ago I was 14 and started fucking around with a four-track, but it’s actually been 20 years. So to answer your question, I make music because I am perpetually feeling like I just started making music minutes ago. No matter how much time passes or how much I do with my work, it still feels incredibly new and important and I haven’t found many other things that feel like that.

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

FT: There was a demo tape circulating in Detroit around 1998 or so by a band called “Teach Me Tiger”. It was actually just one guy, a dude named Crispy who made this amazing pastiche of sounds at home and then made a few demos to see if anyone would put out some 7″s of it. It was a real heavy Phil Spector, Beach Boys, Motown, Joe Meek, dubby kinda influence and I ended up talking to Crispy about the tape a lot and eventually putting out a single and becoming really good friends with the guy. The tape was absolute genius, and I listened to it constantly, eventually working backwards and getting into all the artists that Teach Me Tiger was emulating, and then emulating them myself. My band Saturday Looks Good To Me started by basically following the exact same framework that Crispy laid out. That tape changed how I thought about music, production and the concept of bands. Other records like that for me are “Closer” by Joy Division, “Stars On ESP” by His Name Is Alive, “Beaches & Canyons” by Black Dice and “Person Pitch” by Panda Bear. These records are so full of ideas and layers of sound, and that’s what I’m most drawn to.

3.  Where is your favorite place to play?

If I had things my way completely, I would only play all ages shows. Not really too picky about the venues, the sound systems, the ambiance… just want it to be an open experience for all. That said, I’ve had some really amazing times at the Lager House in Detroit, The Northern in Olympia, the Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama and a church in East Austin Texas where I played an incredible show once years ago.

4.  Would you rather be a dinosaur or a wild cat?

FT: A wild cat, totally! Dinosaurs are extinct for a reason.

Fred Thomas has played in tons of bands including the amazing group Saturday Looks Good to Me, currently on hiatus.  His current work includes City Center, Swimsuit, Billowing, Child, and Mighty Clouds, a project with Betty from SLGTM!

Interview with Circulatory System

1.  Why do you make music?

W. Cullen Hart with John Fernandes: Because we enjoy it. In many different ways. I’ve always done it. Part

of our lifestyle.

2.  What records, off the top of your head, greatly changed the way you thought about music?

WCF/JF: ’66 Smile – The Beach Boys / Brian Wilson
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Hymnen
The Minutemen – Double Nickles on the Dime
Talking Heads – Fear of Music
Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions of New Jazz

3.  If you could be one super hero, who would you be and why?

WCF/JF: Aquaman