Lots of good tidbits on this PFC audio chat, including info about new music releases (probably in the summer) and something about “Big News on Monday.”
P.S.Thanks to @bluecrunchberry — the fan club person who posted this!
P.P.S. Here’s a rough transcript I typed up of some highlights.
On Paramore shirt day:
You guys are creating a holiday without telling us! (laughs) I’ll wear a Paramore shirt tomorrow if I need to! Oh, Claire in the UK created Paramore shirt day. Thanks, Claire!
On Kate’s wedding dress:
It was all beaded. I thought it was very tasteful and classy.
On the new PFC chat and more chat ahead:
I am learning all about the [chat]. There’s 70 people on right now, and it’s not crashing!
I wish Taylor and Jeremy were here, too. But we’ll all three of us will do it soon, ‘cause we’ll be together all weekend.
Random question: Would you rather lose an eye or gain an eye?
I don’t know, I think having a third eye would be rad. Do I get to choose where it goes? That would be real interesting.
On the topic of bullying and junior high/high school:
Yes, people did say that I was a lesbian in 7th grade. That was not one of my favorite times. It was tough. But, hey, it’s high school. I tell my sister all the time: “High school might be your world right now, but the world outside of it’s way bigger. So, just hang tight.”
On the new songs:
The songs [to someone there off-mic] Oh yeah, do we have any idea we’re gonna put out the new songs? Is that kind of decided or non-decided?
[back to fans]: Still undecided when we’re gonna release the new songs. I guess… we’ll just kinda let it unfold this year. Definitely in the summer though, I’M hoping, personally. I really want songs out this summer.
You guys are awesome. You guys are saying the sweetest things.
On a big announcement coming on Monday:
…We’re going to be announcing something really exciting on Monday. All three of us will be. We’re really, really excited for it, so… LOOK OUT MONDAY! HERE IT COMES!
I’m always planning new tattoos… all of us are. Me and Taylor are saying we’re gonna get matching sacred hearts, but I dunno… I really don’t want anything on my arms… I don’t know where else I’d wanna put a sacred heart. I don’t feel a sacred heart should be below my actual heart. I feel if I had a sacred heart on like… my thigh it’d just be weird [laughs]. Tattoos will happen at some point for sure – I gotta get a ‘me without you’ tattoo at some point.
On getting married:
Why does everyone think that I’m getting married ?!?!?! No.. Chad has not proposed to me. Noone has proposed to me. And I… am not getting married. I mean, I’m not going to say it will never happen in my whole life… cause I don’t know the future… One day – one day I could actually think that getting married wouldn’t be a terrible idea for me, but…
On the rest of 2011:
Winter acoustic set? I dunno. Maybe…
I definitely feel like this year is one of the most exciting years for us, because there’s not a lot planning, but we definitely feel like there’s a lot of stuff that we could do. There’s a lot of writing we wanna do, and there’s some shows that we gotta play. It’s gonna be a really fun year.
And deciding to put on a concert… at a legendary venue in a major US city… for a great cause (preventing teen suicide) …
And inviting bands from around the country… plus a really, really famous Nickelodeon TV star?
And making it all actually happen?
That would be Noah Hornick who made it happen, and who is pictured below far left with two friends… selling merchandise to raise funds for his It Gets Indie concert this past weekend in San Francisco.
The cause was the Trevor Project and It Gets Better, which, through support lines and education, combat teen suicide of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender) teens and young adults.
It was a pretty cool evening, with an intro from Nickelodeon Victorious star Avan Jogia (see separate post with Avan, and btw his girlfriend Victoria Justice was also there with him — both really nice folks)… and three really good bands.
The opener was the band Handshakes From LA (Echo Park), which features ex-members from Wintergreen, Sputnik Monroe, and Controlling the Famous. They have an EP just out, and I loved these guys and their energy. I predict you’ll hear a lot more of them.
Next, imagine a band whose music is like an explosion of multi-colored Skittles and you’ll have a pretty good idea of Rabbit! from Mt Dora, Florida. They flew cross-country to be at the show, and gave a really entertaining performance that included xylophones, cowbells and meowing keyboards shaped like the Chessire cat! (And who can resist a cute redheaded singer and keyboard player.)
Finally, Social Studies capped the evening, fresh from SXSW:
You might know that Nickelodeon Victorious star Avan Jogia recently started a campaign called “Straight But Not Narrow” to get us straight folks (and especially guys) to think about intolerance. As he told Seventeen Magazine: “It’s about breaking down barriers and changing psychologies and being more open-minded.”
I just got to meet Avan at the It Gets Indie concert in San Francisco, and he is a great guy: He drive all the way up from LA for the event just to be there and give this short summary of the Straight But Not Narrow project.
"Straight But Not Narrow’s goal is to give young straight males and females a platform to talk about their gay friends and support their gay friends," Avan says in the video.
Avan is getting many of his actor friends and anyone else he can to help evangelize Straight But Not Narrow. (Even non-famous people like me… and you, if you reblog this.)
OK, maybe you’re unsure exactly what Western Swing is. Well, that’s easy. You know the song Woody’s Roundup on Toy Story II? The theme song for Woody’s old black and white TV show? That’s Western Swing.
But the Western Swing at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on Saturday was even better, because the first band, the West Nile Ramblers, had not only a fiddle, guitar, bass and drums but also a great trumpet. And they weren’t afraid to use it!
That couple at 3:07 coming in from the right sure can dance, huh?
The West Nice Ramblers are a group from Davis, CA. When they’re not playing in the big city, they are often performing as headliners for events like Big Tomato Day. (That’s a real thing, BTW, that Big Tomato Day.)
Wow. And, they were followed by The Bootcuts, with more of their hand-clappin’, knee stompin’, and always funny, original country songs. Here’s one about keeping your man down on the farm.
I hog-tied his ankles, I wouldn’t let him go.. I got my baby. I got him sittin’ over here…
Also playing Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers, a straight country band who played some great classics like Livin’ on Tulsa Time, who were great, and Lady A & The Heel Draggers with more western swing and who were also probably great, but were playing a little past my bedtime!
This was all at the “Honky-Tonk Showdown,” which is an annual event and performed this year at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Great venue and great music!
The fabulous and very funny Bay Area country band The Bootcuts made a rare Peninsula appearance recently, where I was lucky enough to sample their witty and downright saucy lyrics. I mean, really saucy. They’re the the funniest and most entertaining country this side of David Allen Coe, but with creative lyrics that might be a little too creative and saucy for the Grand Ole Oprey. They may make you blush like a Carolina tomato (if you’re not trying to catch your breath from laughing, that is). And that will make you feel good!
Here is a sampling of their inspired performance:
When will the fire go out? Let’s make a pot of coffee and scream and shout. You know what I’m talking about. You know I love you, baby, cause you done put out.
You’re my little honey bee. You’re a little puppy dog begging me. Just cause you’re in love with me, I give you lots of money and the laundry key.
I’ve got a handful of chocolate mousse, Put your hand on my banana, baby, let’s cut loose.
[Um… I would print the rest of the lyrics, but if you have a suggestive mind you may find them not completely suitable for a family blog so you will have to try to discern them from the YouTube video, which I know you will not watch if you blush easily. The individual words are fine ones, but the order in which they are assembled them may make you squirm or more likely laugh uncontrollably.]
NEWS: The Bootcuts are Performing This Weekend
So, the reason I mention The Bootcuts is that they are performing in the Big City of San Francisco this coming weekend!
Yep, Saturday, April 23 at Café du Nord. (Doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:30 PM). I would go see them if you are anywhere near San Francisco. Actually, Southwest and Frontier flights are cheap, so you should just consider flying in if you aren’t local.
Here are some pictures of their three cute and harmonious lady singers and handsome gentlemen. (The rumor that their guitarist on the left is actually Rob Lowe is probably untrue… but who can say for sure?)
The antelope* in the picture was speechless at the song lyrics, FYI.
This is NOT Rob Lowe. At least that is what he says.
Go see them Bootcuts, y’hear?!
*P.S. A dark note on the antelope at the British Banker’s Club: My friend Steve Quinn at the American Museum of Natural History in New York says: "It is a Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger). Can’t tell which subspecies if it is the one from West Africa (Angola) it is VERY endangered. Nearly exterminated by years of civil war. If it is the one from East Kenya and South Africa, it is still endangered, but not so." (You just know the BBC inherited this long ago from an 1800s collection, before people knew better!)
Note that The Bootcuts have nothing to do with that antelope except trying to entertain him!
If you ever get a chance to see The Joy Formidable, by all means GO! But, please keep your distance from lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan: She is an evil enchantress.
True, when Ms. Bryan greets the audience, it’s all smiles and she speaks with the sweet, wee voice of a quaint storybook character. She is a charming Mary Poppins from North Wales. Or so you will think.
But then, the music starts.
And, the instant the first song begins, her eyes flash, a trance sweeps over her face, and she begins singing with the powerful voice of a siren. Her hands race involuntarily across the fretboard of her Fender Strat. She dances and twirls and slides up and down, seemingly hovering across the stage. I am glad I was twenty feet away, for I am convinced if I had looked directly into her eyes from too close a proximity I surely would have combusted into flame.
You can see how she plays it in this song, Austere. It starts out innocently, with some cooing into the microphone. Quickly, though, she becomes mesmerized by the music and goes into a full-tilt dance across the stage with her guitar:
See the mad or reverse, this hope is not lost, is this ship to turn, your ship to send off. Puppets and gowns, a run side this town, I’d rescue you now, but I know that you’ll drown, and this again. Oh Austere, bay by my side, you austere, pure and no sound, your last words, don’t let me drown, just a manner…a story now.
Huh? I don’t quite get the words, but they scare me. And I was singing them all the way home last night – driving past San Francisco bay. Shudders.
And, Ritzy – if that is her real name – is violent to the other band members, bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas. I witnessed her almost ram her childhood friend Rhydian with her guitar at least five times. And, in this video you can see she is accosting Matt and his drums with the poor fellow’s own drumsticks!
You can see in the videos how she abuses her Stratocaster when playing, and for the sake of the folks at Fender I won’t even mention what she does to her Strats at the end of the songs. Suffice to say that even Pete Townshend would be alarmed, and he is not a squeamish lad.
The music of The Joy Formidable is a tantric mix of Big Country meets The Sugarcubes meets Megadeth, with maybe a little Psychedelic Furs layered in. They just released an EP in the US called “The Big Roar,” which is really addictive if you put it on auto-repeat, so I would likewise recommend avoiding that recording because you cannot get away from it. I made the mistake of starting to play it this morning at 6 AM and have not been able to switch artists or albums since (and it’s now past dinnertime). (Come to think of it, I haven’t eaten, either.)
So consider yourself warned if The Joy Formidable come to your city. Of particular concern is that they are playing the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer in the UK, and then they are descending on us in San Francisco again in August for the Outside Lands Festival.
Oh, here are some pictures:
And, here are some more videos:
The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade
By the way, this was all the The Bottom of the Hill, which is a great San Francisco venue.
P.S. Their merch guy said they are appearing on Conan O’Brien sometime soon. Oh, I so hope they don’t hurt our beloved Coco!!
Runner Runner is a friendly, energetic band form SoCal with wonderfully singable songs, whose clever lyrics often catch you by surprise as you are singing happily along.
I was lucky to see them at The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, which is one of those slightly divey yet wholly magical places where you squeeze in elbow-to-elbow with all of the other fans and can touch the stage and band members if you want to get close enough.
For Runner Runner, I actually wanted to hear full sound so I stood back a bit. And it was perfect. Near the beginning was one of my favorites, Heart Attack, which pulses with a genuine power live, as you can see in this video I took on my Flip:
She takes me by the hand and leads the way She looks into my eyes like I’m her prey (She’s gone and got the best of me) She’s a runaway with no place to go And it’s always the right time She needs to take control (Need to take control)
Because the girl looks like a heart attack She got me laid up on my back She’s got my heart locked up in a little box And she knows it, she knows it
A highlight for me was the story singer/guitarist Ryan Ogen told about his upcoming wedding, and how he will bring out his guitar and play this song, I Can’t Wait, as his future wife walks down the aisle. Ryan sang with touching emotion as he held back some sentimental tears, and his beautiful voice harmonized with his acoustic Taylor guitar made for a pretty special moment.
'Cause I can't wait for you To be my wife To live this life together And I won’t let you go I need you to know That you are my heart, forever And on and on and on
Runner Runner also played their single So Obvious (YouTube version, in case you haven’t heard it). And to top it off, I got to chat with their bassist Jon Berry after the show (OK, I look a bit like Dr. Demento in this picture; must be the lighting)!
P.S. Just so you can see how small and intimate Bottom of the Hill is, here’s a view that the band took from the stage:
“My whole reasoning to asking the audience, “Who wants to fuck me?” is actually more of a negative thing. More of like, “Is that all your interested in, is fucking me?” I pretty much make it a point every night. I ask that to say, “Well, I definitely wouldn’t fuck any of you.” I guess it’s like saying you’re really going to look past the attraction you have with all these dudes and listen to what the hell we’re saying in the song instead of just thinking we’re hot.”—
When the Black Parade swept the globe, I was fortunate enough to attend four My Chemical Romance gigs. I saw them in packed arenas, theaters, amphitheaters, and high-profile festivals. However, I considered it a dream of mine to see them play in a small, more intimate venue…
I wrote these parody lyrics of some My Chem songs during the recent MTV polling to help the MCR fans feel better when they were losing to Paramore (and to encourage them to vote and make it a better horse race!):
3 2 1 We came to vote Evermore votes til the pumpkin turns Even David Bowie is lurkin with the guests It’s no violation to be votin for the best Sing it while your voting And watching MTV2 If you wanna be a trophy star Get you browser and move that bar
… Kids don’t care about your cute song quotes Gimme gimme some of those Vampire Votes Come on!
(but leave me a vote for Paramore at the end, OK?)
Don’t walk away (from the vote) Cause if you stay MTV will even wait all night (well midnight EDT) Or til servers explode I know… you will find your way… In the voting escapades You can run up the My Chem vote… Anytime you want!
(But leave me a vote for Paramore at the end, OK?)
Famous Last Votes
Now I know, That I can’t make you stay. But where’s your vote? But where’s your vote? Where’s your…
And I know… That freakin’ MTV. May break your heart. May break your heart. It may break..
I am not afraid to keep on voting, I am not afraid to rock the vote til dawn Honey, if you vote you’ll be forgiven; OK I’m a little scared that Hayley may one thousand tweets have spawned.
But I am not afraid to keep on voting, I am not afraid to rock for MCR Maybe Mike from Green Day’s lurking too. You can never tell who might be with you!
I am not afraid to keep on voting, I am not afraid to rock the vote alone Honey, make some noise and you’ll be forgiven; Killjoys you gotta bring that trophy home!
(But leave me a vote for Paramore at the end, OK?)