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CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: MIKEY HAYES October 6, 2008

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NAME: mikey. I have a last name, but everyone just knows me as mikey
BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: Drunken Angels

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: guitar, some bass

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: with this band, Americana. in general, just the word “sloppy” sums it up

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? at the age of around 12 or so, I realized I wasn’t going to be any good at sports for much longer (I’m a tiny tiny man), so I decided I needed to find something else to do, and Id just discovered Nirvana. It was good timing.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY):

I cant pick just one. The short list would be Kerby, Slade, Scott Cook, and Dirty Sean

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? some change, my keys, my wallet, and two 9mm shells that AC Danger gave me

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? WWT…they never seem to mind my drunken dumbassery

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

I’d rather mention the BEST concert I ever attended. David Allan Coe at Billy Bob’s. Pantera was at the very front, and they were cheering louder than anyone else in the place. That blew my mind.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?

it couldn’t have been too eventful because I dont remember it. I used to do a lot of acoustic coffee shop crap, so it was probably something like that

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) friends, mostly. Interviews with musicians I like.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? is free beer a valid answer?

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: for today only, it would be: Whiskeytown’s “Faithless Street”, Springsteen’s “born to run”, and Slobberbone’s “Everything you thought was right was wrong today”

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? I doubt it

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

I was in a punk/indie band many moons ago when I lived in Conway, and we had some random middle aged drunk guy wander in off the street. In between every song, he’d ask if he could get up and jam with us. I got a good laugh out of it, but my bandmates didn’t enjoy it much

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? a superhero….no, really.

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

try to get your dad to buy as much of your musical equipment as you can. that crap aint cheap.

 

 

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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.

FRIDAY: IT’S LIKE RICH BUTTERY GOODNESS FOR YOUR EARS September 12, 2008

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Vino’s, 9:30 p.m., $6, ALL AGESAmerican Princes, Kyoto Boom & Jonathan Wilkins.   CHECKONETWO RECOMMENDS

White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5:  Glossary, Ghostfinger, & Kevin Kerby.  CHECKONETWO ALSO RECOMMENDS, AND WISHES HE HAD A CLONE OR A TIMETURNER

 Cornerstone Pub, 8 p.m., $5:  Blues night!  Jim Bellman & The Family Dog

Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $6:  Demeritrious’ First Annual FallJam Show, featuring Out of Ashes, Jmack, Black Suit Karma, Lil Speedie, and Demeritrious

The Village, 9 p.m., $15: Cybertribe’s “Nothin’ but Luv” show (house/techno/electro)

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: JEN SHAW September 12, 2008

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NAME:Jen Shaw

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: stella fancy

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: guitar – keys- key-tars

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: coquettish

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?-Mark L. -the moving front-saw me sing in high school at Mount and remembered me when he was starting a samba band.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): Winston Family Orchestra- they are beautiful people, and I love their approach .. Kristen is my secret “best buddy”.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? just dreams,…and lint.. and i guess the dreams of the lint.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? the belvedere- cause it represents something that is scarce in little rock right now. The ole’ D.I.Y. days. outdoors… all ages-We are gonna plan a kick- ass belvedere show this october when it gets nice out.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. Ray Stevens with my Memaw. he played all the hits. the Streak… Misty…. etc.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?
The Samba Libre -mark lewis-jeremy colburn-damien t.(stella fancy)+brandon c. played a wedding in hot springs as part of a K.a.b.f. benefit fund raiser. Sammy Morocco -jeremy-was hosting a show during the pledge and this girl in hot springs pledged 100$ during his show, and we got to play her wedding in a nice hotel in downtown hot springs, food and Drinks provided…with all of our 6 songs or so.. they tipped us 60 bucks as well, and we splashed around in the springs before we got beers with the tip.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)-youtube

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?better public transport, a time machine and a Busch Gardens

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:too hard to think about so l will let i-tunes tell me the most played.
Vince Guaraldi trio-charlie brown christmas-
modest mouse-the lonesome crowded west
Handsome boy modeling school-so how’s your girl

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?-of course, everything i do makes my mom proud.

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

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? remembered for something.
MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? I know speed metal is like crack but it isn’t good for your soul.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: SEAN CAUSEY September 2, 2008

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“Dirty Sean” Causey, at Wolfman Studios.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME: Dirty Sean

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: The Weisenheimers

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: i guess you could say i play the drums, i sit behind them at least

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: if meatloaf, david bowie, and neil diamond had an orgy that’d be my style

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? i got an old piece of shit ludwig set when i was about 11 and have been pissing off neighbors ever since

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): probably scott cook of ashtray babyhead and kyoto boom fame, but i’m also a huge fan of kevin kerby, i like those two a lot because they give it there all everytime they get on stage

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? lint, and 2 cell phones, i wish i could say tons of money but that is not the case

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? i LOVE white water, cause they always have a kick ass crowd, and you know with white water you’re getting people who came to see the show, you don’t get a whole lot of random people who just stumble into the joint at white water

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. the first real concert i went to was smashing pumpkins and garbage, damn shirley manson is hot in those boots!! the music was so loud you could open your mouth and your organs would literally vibrate

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? the first show i did was with josh the devil and it was just us as a two piece at blank generation, i can’t say enough good things about blank gen, if it weren’t for them i probably wouldn’t be playing music right now, there’s something about not having a stage and the kids getting close enough to knock over your mic stand that is just AWESOME!! the energy in that place was electric, plus i got to beat up a kid in the bathroom for throwing up on me (that’s a story for another time though)

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) CHECKONETWO. WORDPRESS. COM easily the best, other than that i’d say the freepress back in the old days but since you only see one of those every couple months, maybe the sync or arkansas times

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? more kids to come out to the shows

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: in no particular order, Meatloaf: Bat out of Hell, Green Day: Dookie, Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? oh hell yeah, who do you think got me my first drumset

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: damn now that is actually a hard question, i’d say maybe beating that kid up while i still had his vomit on me, or maybe walking out of the boathouse (a used to be venue) during the middle of us playing a song to throw up cause i’d drank too much, and then coming back in and picking right up where they were and finishing the song, weird how both my funny moments involve puke

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? a musician, or maybe some kick ass fireman that’d save a baby dog from a burning building while belting out a killer drum solo

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? DONT EVER GIVE UP, there is someone out there who will listen to what you play whether you think there is or not, and if you’re doing it for the right reasons that’s all you need

Monday in Lotta Rock July 7, 2008

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Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m., $4:  This could very well be the last of the short-lived Thick Syrup Monday night events.  Why?  Because your lazy arses don’t make it out enough, that’s why.  Tonight:  Browningham, Kevin Kerby, and the newly devirgin-ized Drunken Angels.

Whitewater Tavern, 9 p.m., FREE SHOWThe High Rollers (super-charged neo-rockabilly out of Arizona).

Rev Room, 8:30, $6, ALL AGES:  Deas Veil,with Sean Michel and A Rich History

Wednesday May 28, 2008

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Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m.  Claire Holley (Los Angeles)

Whitewater Tavern, 9 p.m.  The Gougers (Austin)

Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5, 18+.  Taylor Hollingsworth, with Kevin Kerby