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CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: BRYAN FRAZIER January 30, 2009

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NAME: Bryan Frazier

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: Bryan Frazier, Flash Larue, Snazz Gripperton, Sao Paulo

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Glockenspiel

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? First, I wanted to be Kurt Cobain, then Dave Matthews, then I heard OK Computer and decided I wanted to be myself and write great songs.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY):  My band members, Those “Flash Larue” boys, Tel Aviv

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? A wish list for St. Anthony.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)?  Pizza D’ Action–no stage, no real sound, just people in your face.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. Neil Diamond.  Right then, I knew.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? Scariest day of my life.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC): thicksyruprecords.com, XLR8, Rock Candy

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? A great, modern, independent radio station that is in conjunction with a powerful promotion company run by someone young that actually gives a crap.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL TIME: “The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem and More” – Various Artists, “Controversy” – Willie D, “The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp” – Giles, Giles and Fripp

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? She does.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:  Watching a band member choke an audience member while he sang.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? I never wanted to grow up.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Learn lots of cover songs and play them your way.  Write often. Steal correctly.

CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: Jakob Hooks January 4, 2009

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Jakob Hooks, holdin’ down the driveway.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME:Jakob Hooks

 

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: The Jakob Hooks Experience

 

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  Guitar.Duh.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: Shred, metal, blahblahblah

 

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? Same way everyone got started. I watched School of Rock.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): American Princes cause they rock and/or roll.

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? Your moms phone number.

 

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Vino’s

 

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. VAN HALEN! DUDE IT ROCKED IT WAS LIKE THE BEST SHOW EVER ONLY BETTER THAN BEST!

 

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? Backyard BBQ.

 

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) Guitar World.

 

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? Flying Webelos.Wait…is a Webelo an animal? Ok flying cows.

 

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Van Halen, Master of Puppets, and anything by Lil Wayne or Soulja Boy…yeah right!

 

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? You’re kidding, right?

 

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: People showed up.

 

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A caterpillar or the President.

 

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Dude rocks.

CHECKONETWO Interview: COLIN BROOKS December 21, 2008

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CheckOneTwo caught up with Colin Brooks recently, in anticipation of the upcoming Big Cats show this coming weekend.  Here’s how it went:

1.         How are things going with the Dan Zanes band?   Have you been touring?  Where all have you been lately?

 Things are going great with the band. Everyone is playing really well and the gigs have been triumphant. We were just out west a couple of weeks ago doing a sort of test run with the holiday show in San Francisco, Davis, CA, and Seattle.

2.         That’s one suh-weet pic of you and the band on the website, with you sitting on the stoop holding some sort of bucket-drum.  The rest of the crew went with the jolly smile motif, while you seemed to choose the “cold death stare”.  Discuss. 

 The “cold death stare” you are referring to was unintentional. That photo, along with some of our more recent press shots, was taken exactly a year and 2 days ago. It was a very long shoot outdoors in our stage gear, and it was very cold indeed. So i suppose it is accurate to call it a cold death stare. I was freezing in a very thin jacket.

3.         Tell me about the new show you’ve got kicking off tonight—I hear it’s playing for a month at the New Victory Theatre, some sort of “new 42nd Street project”?

 The show is a project that Festival 5 and Pomagrante Arts have been working on. It features the band and many of our friends. It’s a multi-culture Holiday music hootenanny of sorts with holiday songs in Arabic, Mexican, Hebrew, and English. There’s a tap dancing family, lots of people on stage, trading songs and eating clementines. There’s a shadow puppet segment set to the Leadbelly song Grey Goose.

4.         Don’t tell me that the NY run will keep you away from the Big Cats show in Little Rock next week?  Say it ain’t so!

 I will be in Little Rock to play with The Big Cats yet again. I had to put in for a replacement drummer for the rest of the run at the New Vic. I love my family and friends too much to not be with them on the Holidays. I told Dan that i would be much too depressed to stay in New York.

5.         This Monday, there’s a gathering of folks at Vino’s celebrating the short-lived days when it was DMZ.  Trusty is playing, along with some surprise comedy from Matt Besser.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you have some good memories of DMZ?

 I have very fond memories of the DMZ and Vino’s as well. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been going to that building for more than half my life. The first time I ever stepped foot in there was in 1988 to see fIREHOSE and The Screaming Trees. I was 14 years old. When we got The Numbskulz going, James and Bircho from TRUSTY called us at my parents house and then drove out to meet us. We hung out a bit and they gave us a copy of their first single which i still have. When they left, we all jumped up and down on my bed out of the sheer joy of having met them. A few months later we did our first gig opening up for them at the Women’s City Club.

6.         Tell me what’s happening with your work outside of Dan Zanes and Friends.  Anything new happening with Big Cats, or Sea Ray?  Can we expect a Numbskulz reunion someday?

Playing with Dan keeps me pretty busy and out of town quite a bit. I have been playing with Drexel here in New York a little bit. I still see the people from Sea Ray fairly regularly, but i don’t see a reunion any time soon. The Big Cats are taking steps toward making a new album, so you can expect some new songs in our set on the 26th at Juanita’s. The Numbskulz i seriously doubt. We were so young then and i’m not certain anyone is really interested in us as more than a piece of history.

Catch up with the Big Cats on the 26th at Juanita’s (with Kevin Kerby & Battery, and Ashtray Babyhead!).  I’ll see you’uns out.

Sibilance,

Glen

CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: CHARLES WYRICK November 14, 2008

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Don’t forget:  BOONDOGS CD release party tonight, Juanita’s.  $10 gets you in and a new CD.

NAME: Charles Wyrick

 

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: Boondogs, The Easys, Jim Mize, Western Meds, The Libras

 

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  Guitar,  occasionally Qchord, Laptop (running Max/MSP or IXI Quarks) when I’m feeling blue

 

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: spacey

 

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? My Dad played guitar and around age 12 I got interested.  He showed me some basic chords and got me started. Dad also had an amazing record collection – Beatles and Stones, plus lots of great guitar records – Lightning Hopkins and John Lee Hooker.   I got into listening to his records at the same time that I started learning to play guitar.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): Chris Michaels!  He’s a badass guitar player, he’s a badass bass player, he’s a badass songwriter plus he plays cello without irony.

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? Nada. It’s all in my pink fannypack.

 

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? White Water Tavern.  The mis en scene.

 

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. REM at the Fox Theater in Athens, GA. Totally amazing.

 

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? The first show I ever booked for myself was Vietnamese New Year.  There are pics on my Facebook!  I worked with this lawn crew of Vietnamese dudes in the summers and they needed a band to play Tet.  So my high school band opened the festivities. We absolutely worshipped the Minutemen at time so we all wore flannel shirts and played Credence tunes. 

 

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) Ten years ago I would say Tuba Frenzy!!! I was so sad when they stopped publishing.  I read those issues front to back.  Now I like Wire, especially the Invisible Jukebox section.  Rock Candy is boss as well.

 

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? Thai food, more 35 – 50 year old hipsters, a really  adventurous & well-funded arts festival

 

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and the Band, Venice by Fennesz

 

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? Mom’s into opera, so I guess I have to say not.

 

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: We had a noise artist open for us once in Savannah, GA.  The climax of his show came when he spilled a giant tub of pennies off the stage over a piezo microphone.  The sound was massive in the PA, like a giant, metallic waterfall. But then the club owner made him pick up all the pennies.  Poor guy spent the rest of the night sweeping up.  He was really drunk too. Sad noise artist.

 

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A paramedic.

 

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Don’t take guitar lessons. Teach yourself. 

CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: “Scottish” Brian Hirrel October 29, 2008

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NAME:  BRIAN HIRREL

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  LOCH NESS MONSTER.
PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  GUITAR (A TOOL WITH 6 STRINGS).
DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: WILDLY FLAMBOYANT WITH A HEFTY DOSE OF INEPTNESS.
HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  LISTENING TO MY 4 OLDER SISTERS MOTOWN, T.REX, THE WHO, BEATLES , STONES AND SABBATH LPS IN THE LATE 60’S, EARLY 70’S JUST MADE ME WANT TO PLAY GUITAR AT AGE 11.
FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): DAVID JUKES HAS A STYLE ALL OF HIS OWN, WATCH AND LEARN. MATT FLOYD IS ALSO GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY. I ALSO HAVE TO MENTION THE LATE GREAT VICTOR WYLIE, THE CLICKING BEETLE BAD OMEN BAND WERE ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE BANDS EVER IN LITTLE ROCK.
WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?  KEYS, WALLET, PEN AND A MOBILE CELLULAR DEVICE. 
YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? WITHOUT A DOUBT VINO’S. IT’S WERE IT STARTED FOR ME AND A WHOLE HOST OF GREAT LITTLE ROCK BANDS. IT HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT THAT’S ALSO DUE TO THE FACT THAT I’M NOT 25 ANYMORE. JUANITAS HAS GREAT SOUND AND THE WHITE WATER IS NICE AND INTIMATE. 
 TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  ROD STEWART IN 1975, THE ATLANTIC CROSSING TOUR, A MAGICAL MOMENT FOR A 14 YEAR OLD. IT WAS AT THE APOLLO IN GLASGOW (SADLY DEFUNCT) , CAPACITY 3,000 AND WE HAD UPPER BALCONY SEATS. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I’D EVER HEARD THE TERM NOSE BLEED SEATS
HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  PLAYING IN A GLASGOW COMMUNITY CENTER WITH A WEE PUNK COMBO CALLED THE HEARTBEATS. IT WAS MORE OF A PRACTICE THAN A SHOW, BUT THERE WAS ABOUT 30 PEOPLE THERE WATCHING INCLUDING THE JANITOR AND THE CLEANING LADIES.
BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  WORD OF MOUTH IS GOOD FOR ME. I ALSO TRAWL THE NET FOR STUFF.
WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?  A REALLY GOOD FISH AND CHIP SHOP
YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  FOR THIS WEEK, RAW POWER; THE STOOGES, SKETCHES OF SPAIN; MILES DAVIS, SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE; BERLIOZ
 RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? MY DEAR OLD MOM NEVER DID CARE FOR THE ROCK’N’ROLL THING.
FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: WELL, THERE IS THE LEGENDARY BIG BOSS LINE SHOW IN MEMPHIS WHEN OUR LEAD SINGER GAVE AWAY A DEMO TAPE TO SOME KIDS WITH AN EIGHT BALL OF COCAINE INSIDE IT. FUNNY LATER BUT AT THE TIME……..
AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A MECHANIC. I FAILED, I’M A RESTAURANT LIFER.
MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  PRACTICE IS FOR DUMMIES, WING IT SON, WING IT.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: DAN JOHNSON September 19, 2008

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NAME:  dan johnson

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  i was in the contingencies.  i’m actually still working on a new contingencies “b-sides and outtakes and other badass-stuff-you-never-heard” kind-of release.  i played a couple shows with pete jones and the tiny vibrations – which was much fun.  i was in cream and sugar with david slade (and matt quin?) for a show or two back in the good old days.  one day, there will be a reunion.  i’m currently looking for a few good people.  i may also be responsible for project sunshine.

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  yes  DO TELL:  guitar.  voice.  i can hammer, like, two notes at a time on a keyboard.  but only if i concentrate.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:  smart.  tasteful.  sexxxy.  familiar.  polite, but not really.  misunderstood.  kinda’ cerebral.  foundational.  personal.  moody.  idiosyncratic, yet somehow likeable.  funny.  honest.  it has its limitations, but it eventually creeps up on you.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  in college with the contingencies.  we used to be called other things like the halloweenies and the slush puppies.  we only did covers back then.  we told people we wrote them.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): lenny bryan.  he does it all better than just about anyone.  even drums.  kevin kerby says his lyrics used to be shit.  but by time kerby left ho-hum, they weren’t anymore.  i REALLY like a lot of other musicians too, though.  the guys in battery.  the guys in the easys.  jim mize.  the guys in american princes.  zach reeves.  andrew morgan.  chris denny.  the guys in the moving front.  dusters, cats, pants, johnnies, reds, tokyos, fits, kyotos, parachutes, and ‘heads.  and many, many more.  i like most everybody and for different reasons.  if i don’t like them, then people probably know it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?  i’m not telling.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)?  whitewater.  the stage feels like my bedroom.  it’s very comfortable.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  michael jackson on the “bad” tour.  ’nuff said.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  does an acoustic open-mike in college count?  we played “angel of harlem” by u2.  yeah, yeah, yeah.  i know.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  i stopped playing that game a couple years back.  i only hear about new stuff from my friends now.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?  an enema.  there’s talent.  but there’s also laziness and complacency, which leads to excuses.  i know because i’m as guilty as anyone.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  really?  i can’t do that.  i can do my top five favorite bands of all time, though.  that seems more manageable.  the beatles, radiohead, pavement, guided by voices, built to spill, and ho-hum.  okay, that’s six.

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?  she’s deaf.  if she could hear it, she would probably hate it.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:  us-on-stage.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?  indiana jones.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  work hard right up to the point of it being boring or un-fun.  then stop, for a little bit.  then push yourself.  find your voice.  play to your strengths and occasionally beyond them.  know that your limitations are what will define you.  become okay with that.  satisfy yourself.  be prepared to throw away a lot of money.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: DAVID RAYMOND September 17, 2008

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NAME: David Raymond

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  Kyoto Boom, Mulehead, Unnamed solo project

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: Guitars, occasionally faking it on a square neck dobro

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:  Moist Rock-n-Roll Cake with a creamy Blues filling, Punk Rock icing and topped with Mariachi and Cubano music cherries.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  I’ve been into music all my life.  I have a picture of being a hairless baby in footie pjs and a plastic Mickey Mouse guitar.  First album was Kiss Alive 2 when it was released.  I was three at the time.  First drum set when I was 5.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY):  Charles Wyrick.  Far and away the most creative and impromptu player I know.  And a great and hilarious person.  I am happy to know him.  Next time you get a chance, watch and listen to him play closely.  You’ll be amazed.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? a $14 dollar check for a painting I made years ago.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)?  White Water Tavern.  No pretensions, no egos.  Good management, bands playing at eye level , cheap beer and too loud.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  Kiss w/ the Plasmatics- Creatures of the Night tour (1983?).  My dad took me.  I was ten. Wendy O. Williams came out in a 12″ mohawk and a leather bikini butressed with chains.  We had nose bleed seats and my dad hogged the binoculars to check her out.  The stage looked like a giant tank and the drum riser was the turret which, or course shot fire and explosions.  Lots of fire and fake blood.  Sweet.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  Senior show offs in high school.  Strummed a Dylan song while a friend sang and blew the harmonica.  Lame.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  Just talking to people and listening to their stuff.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? Better promotion at the Ampitheatre.  Its a huge venue that could draw bigger and better names.  It used to, remember when the Pretenders played?  I just saw Tom Petty at Houston’s Woodlands Pavilion, totally packed.  Little Rock can do that too if they try it.  I am so sick of the Three Dog Night, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Foghat shows.  Come on, somebody wake up over there and try a new phone number.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  I’ve never been able to answer that question.

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?  She liked Mulehead, ALOT and she likes my solo stuff.  She hasn’t heard much Kyoto Boom, but I’ll get her on board soon.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:  Springfield Missouri opening for Big Smith.  Ask me, Brent, Geoff or Kevin to tell you about it.  Crazy Funny.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?  Still don’t know.  Any suggestions.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  from Guy Piccioto of Fugazi, ” Buy a guitar and immediately join a band.  It’s the best and fastest way to learn.”  Mr T, “Don’t do school, stay in drugs, Fool!”

 

 

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: ROD BRYAN September 16, 2008

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NAME: rod bryan

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: western meds
former member of ho-hum, magic cropdusters, mulehead, brownsbee, the iq crew

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: bass, sampler, drones, percussion

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: dub from the roots

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? i was a battle emcee in high school, my grandfather and uncle on my dad’s side were in bands although that fact was hidden from us until we started playing music and it was mostly used to deter us.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): David Jukes. His guitar style is unique and he’s just a great guy.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? Dryer Lint.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Any place that doesn’t smell like spilled American Beer and cigarettes.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.

Billy Ocean and the pointer sisters at hirsh memorial
coliseum in Shreveport. It was my 16th birthday, I had two black eyes and a mouthful of broken teeth after being ambushed from behind by a future Marine earlier at school.
I fell asleep in my seat and my friends woke me up at the end of the show.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?
ho-hum played our first show at a house party in Arkadelphia in early 1991. We had nine original songs. We played them all and then played them all again in exact order.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) The hype machine.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? a train system. a truth and reconciliation year.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: King Tubby’s Special, Big Audio Dynamite’s “number ten upping street”, paul’s boutique by the beastie boys. (ask me tomorrow and it may be three different ones)

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? Some of it.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:

the crowd line dancing to Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield during a set break in Wildwood, New Jersey. it was really more depressing than funny at the time.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? a pro football player or a rock star.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?

Never pay for your own plane ticket. Never sign a contract that’s longer than one page unless it’s for cash in hand or you have no intention of honoring it.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: KARL JOHNSON September 10, 2008

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Karl in action @ Vino’s.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME:Karl J.

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:The Weisenheimers

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: I sing and play bass in the weisenheimers and i play the guitar and kind of remember the trombone a little.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:Was is always will be punk.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?I listened to Pearl Jam’s ten (come on i gew up in the nineties!) and from there found the ramones and knew thats what i wanted to do.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY):Kyoto Boom because they are way better than us, San Antokyo, and hogfat

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?: My cell phone,marlboro mediums, and exactly two dollars cash.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Whitewater cause that’s where the real people are.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED: I went to see the Teen Idols, Diesel Boy and GOB at a place called the carasoul cafe in corpus christi, tx. I was about 11 or 12 at the time and i hopped in the circle pit. I was then kicked (flatfoot) square in the balls by the biggest mexican skinhead i have ever seen. The bands rocked. I left saying god i love punk rock.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? It was with my old band called the disruptives in corpus christi,tx. We played an open mic nite at the executive surf club. We made ourselves sound like we had been smoking for thirty years. We were the best band there.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC): AMP (american musical press-mag) Punknews. org

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? An anema.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Ramones- Rocket to russia, Screeching Weasel-my brain hurts, NOFX- The decline

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?: I wouldn’t say she liked it, but she thinks we’re talented and she did go to one of our shows….wierd

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:I was so drunk that sean’s ex girlfriend had to hold the microphone because i kept missing it and hittiong it with my head. Other than that i always end up pissing one of the other guys in the band off.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?: 1.Cowboy, 2. Pro Surfer,3. Pro Hockey player,4. Pro Punk Rocker

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?: Have another ambition other than music, cause you can get burnt out really fast. Other than that Fuck the critics and make sound.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: JON RICE September 9, 2008

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NAME: Jon Rice

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: Smoke Up Johnny

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: Drums

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: Loud, fast at times, rarely slow

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? Justin Fernandez from Tel Aviv played guitar and we wanted to start a band. i was either going to play bass or drums. drums was what i decided i wanted to play.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): maybe Matt Quin. he has a completely different style than i do. i dig it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? phone, smokes

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? White Water Tavern. its a comfortable place to play. it’s our home field.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. I think it was the smashing pumpkins at Barton. 1996?

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? I can’t for the life of me remember my first show. there probably werent many people there. Im sure it was full of mistakes.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) word of mouth yo.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? the lottery

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:
Queen – A Night At The Opera
Pixies – Doolittle
Elvis Costello – This Years Model

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? Doubtful. well im sure she doesn’t. she probably doesn’t mind it though.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: we don’t play games.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? fireman, rockstar, rich.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? if you can’t play guitar, play the drums.