Listen Today (Monday 1/31) at 2:00 pm (PST) for the re-broadcast of our Interview with Portland, OR based band AgesandAges!
We’ve been fans of this band for a little while now (as well as frontman Tim Perry’s previous band Pseudosix) and are excited to have them stop in on the intraffikradio.com studios during their current West Coast Tour. They’re probably one of the only bands we’ve heard capable of pulling off such wonderful 5 (and at times 7) part harmonies without sounding like a church choir or a glee club throughout their well-crafted songs.
*Please note that this interview originally aired last Wednesday prior to their Spaceland/The Satellite show (w/ fellow Portland bands Typhoon and Brainstorm) so please ignore the constant mentions of that show as it has already occurred.
To listen go to www.intraffikradio.com and click on the big red link that says “Click Here to Listen to Our Live Stream.”
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We discussed (among many other topics): their current tour, their show that was occurring that night with fellow Oregon based tour mates Typhoon and Brainstorm (presented by JaxArt at Spaceland/The Satellite ), their forthcoming debut album Alright, You Restless (available 2/18), recording the album in 8 days with producer Kevin Robinson (who you may know as one half of Viva Voce), the Portland music scene, their thoughts on Portlandia, What they did on their day off from touring, and much more.
They also braved our technical set-up and performed three live tracks on-air (on-web?) to give you a preview of their live shows and their forthcoming album. Those songs were:
“Under a Cloud Shaped Like a Tomb”
And believe us, they are even better in person. So, if you’re near somewhere that they might be playing definitely go catch them, we highly recommend it!
If you’re near Portland, their official CD Release Party occurs on Feb. 11th at Mississippi Studios w/ Billygoat and Arch Cape. If you’re not, then you’ll have a chance to catch them at SXSW, and also when they hit the road again this time for a month long tour in April with the band Lake.
Here is a live video performance for one of our favorite songs (“These Elbows”) off of Alright, You Restless:
TO HELP YOU GET TO KNOW OUR INTRAFFIKRADIO JANUARY RESIDENT BAND, INGENUE, THEY’VE BEEN INVADING THE INTRAFFIKRADIO STUDIOS ALL MONTH BRINGING IN SPECIAL GUESTS LIKE JAI FUZZINGTON, KELLY DOLLYROT, THE BLACK BEVERLY HEELS, BULLET & SNOWFOX, AND HEXHAM HEADS AND LOTS OF GREAT MUSIC!!!!
“Dissident,” “W.M.A.,” “Blood,” “Rearviewmirror”, and “Rats.” All by Pearl Jam. I was listening to Vs. while driving today and didn’t get through the whole album. It’s not a very interesting answer, but an honest one.
A Brand New “New, New WRTZ Show” Episode from Rob Z!
Listen today (Wednesday) at a special time 3:30 pm (PST – right after our AgesandAges interview) at www.intraffikradio.com
1. “SALTY DOG”- FLOGGING MOLLY- SWAGGER
2. “THINK LOCALLY FUCK GLOBALLY”- GOGOL BORDELLO- GYPSY PUNKS: UNDERDOG WORLD STRIKE
3. “THE GLOBE”- BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE- PLANET B.A.D. GREATEST HITS
4. “WHISKEY”- JESSIE DELUXE- VOL. 1
5. “SCIENTIST”- PU$$Y-COW- DRINKY BIRDS
6.” FIGHTING TO EXIST”- THE RABID CLOWNS- SINGLE
7. “CLOWN”- THE RABID CLOWNS- SINGLE
8. “IS SHE WEIRD”- PIXIES- BOSSANOVA
9. “BLACK SUIT”- GRAND DUCHY- PETIT FOURS
10. “HORRIBLE DAY”- FRANK BLACK AND THE CATHOLICS- SHOW ME YOUR TEARS
11. “YEH YEH”- THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS- MINK CAR
12. “BACK STABBING LIAR”- MONOPUFF- IT’S FUN TO STEAL
13. “SOUTH CAROLINA”- JOHN LINNELL- STATE SONGS
14. “DING-A-LING (LIVE)”- THE RABID CLOWNS- VFW HALL LIVE
A Brand New “New, New WRTZ Show” Episode from Rob Z!
Listen today (Wednesday) at 2pm (PST) at www.intraffikradio.com
1.”WAIL”- JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION- NOW I GOT WORRY
2. “I AM I SAID”- NEIL DIAMOND- THE ESSENTIAL NEIL DIAMOND
3. “I HATE THE TV”- VIOLENT FEMMES- ADD IT UP
4. “I HATE YOU/I LOVE YOU”- THE DEAD MILKMEN- METAPHYSICAL GRAFFITI
5. “YOU’VE GOT THE TOUGH”- PLEASEEASAUR- THE ADVENTURES OF PLEASEEASAUR
6. “DRIVE BY SHOOTING”- HENRIETTA COLLINS AND THE WIFE BEATING CHILD HATERS- HOT ANIMAL MACHINE
7. “SOME THING THAT RHYMES WITH BONES”- SPACE GHOST- SPACE GHOST’S SURF AND TURF
8. “LONESOME ROAD”- MR. AIRPLANE MAN- C’MON DJ
9. “MY ALCOHOLIC FRIENDS”- DRESDEN DOLLS- YES, VIRGINIA
10. “CALIFORNIA GURLS”- JOHNNY ALOHA- LAVAPALOOZA
11. “FIRE AND RAIN”- ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES- HAVE A BALL
12. “WALK AWAY”- TOM WAITS-ORPHANS
13. “EVERYBODY’S GOTTA LEARN SOMETIME”- BECK- ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND SOUNDTRACK
14. “SOME DAYS ITS DARK”- DEATH LURKS- KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY SOUNDTRACK
15. “DRIFTER IN THE DARK”- WEEN- CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE
16. “TWISTED”- LAMBERT, HENDRICKS AND ROSS- THE BEAT GENERATION
17. “EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG”- WEIRD AL YANKOVIC- BAD HAIR DAY
I occasionally went to Echo Curio to find bands that fell outside of my music circles, which mainly consists of the “Silverlake/Echo Park music scene” (The Fold, Spaceland) and bands with ties to the former Kiss or Kill Club. (The air quotes on Silverlake/Echo Park being used as a clarifying emphasis as Echo Curio was in Echo Park.) I also went on over to The Smell every so often. Perhaps you could even call these excursions temporary relief from my norm. In late 2010, Echo Curio shut down, which probably means that I’ll be heading over to The Smell more often to escape from my music patterns. To prove the point, I guess I’ll highlight a couple recent nights spent at The Smell.
My first night at The Smell was to catch Barrie Rose, Tommy Santee Klaws (pictured right), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (pictured below). Now this night was only semi-about catching bands outside my music circle. I am a fan of Manhattan Murder Mystery. But my night started off with seeing Barrie Rose. I only caught a couple songs by Barrie Rose – I would have perhaps caught more than half of her set if it wasn’t for a minor traffic jam on the 110 and the assumption that The Smell doesn’t usually kick off till around 10 p.m. (I actually was in a conversation recently where a friend headed to The Smell and missed most of the band he had gone there for because of his same assumption that The Smell doesn’t kick off until 10 p.m.). There was an emotional vulnerability to her two songs that I found fascinating. Interestingly enough, I’d actually had a brief conversation with her at The Echo just a couple weeks earlier though at the time I had no idea she was a singer. Next up was Tommy Santee Klaws, another unexpected surprise. A splendid set where the two male vocalists harmonized us with amusing lyrics such as, “You look better when you’re dead.” The final band of the night was Manhattan Murder Mystery. I swear they like to spend more time playing with their backs to the crowd than facing the crowd. As for the lead singer, he starts their sets off by wearing an army helmet, but throughout the set one can never know if it’ll be on the ground, on someone else’s head (non-band related) or on his own. And as for his guitar, he played half the set with a broken string. I used to like keeping score on broken strings, especially while watching the former band known as The Randies.
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Something interesting outside of the bands happened that night. A man went up to the microphone between Barrie Rose and Tommy Santee Klaws. He told everyone that it was his 41st birthday and that if they so wished he’d welcome them singing “Happy Birthday” to him. And, also, if they felt like giving him a gift afterwards, outside, he’d appreciate it. Everyone obliged him with the singing of “Happy Birthday.” I’m not sure how many obliged him with a “gift”. Not being a regular enough attendee to The Smell I had no clue who this person was and why he would ask for a song and gifts of money. Anyways, when I headed back to The Smell a few days later, I noticed him hanging outside The Smell. “You here for the music?” I was asked. “Yes,” I replied. I also noticed that his image is on one of the t-shirts sold at The Smell. (more…)