Comedian Hannibal Buress called in to Radio From Hell today to talk about his upcoming performance at the Oddball Comedy Festival.
Tell us about the Oddball Comedy Festival
It’s the second year of the Oddball Tour, our first time in Salt Lake City, but it’s a big tour. We have Louie CK, Sarah Silverman, I can’t remember all of them in Salt Lake, and it changes every city. Jeff Wilson and Live Nation Comedy just had the idea to have a big comedy tour at these outdoor amphitheater. It hasn’t been done before, and it’s been really cool, very different and very exciting.
What’s comedy like in the day time in an outdoor amphitheater?
It’s different when it’s day time. If it’s good comedians and the crowd gets into it, then it can be great doing comedy in the day time. It gets a little darker as the Main Stage starts. Ideally you want it to be darker when you’re doing comedy. If you’re doing dirty jokes people may not want to laugh at it in the day time because they feel more visible and people can see them, but it still works. If people are up for having a good time, it doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight or darkness.
A few weeks ago at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the past few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, The Maine, Anberlin, and tons more!
In today's installment, Mercedes of Courage My Love details her thrill-seeking activities, and German duo Captain Capa help us Americans understand the cool electro-punk scene happening in Germany now.
Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!
Courage My Love
From: Ontario, Canada
--- Her Identical Twin ---
My twin sister and I – she’s in the band, she’s the drummer…Yeah we’re identical twins…We don’t look exactly alike, but I’ve had people come up to me and I’ll be like, “Oh, what’s your name?” and they’ll be kind of bummed out . They’ll be like, “We met you like half an hour ago.” And I’ll be like, “Nah dude, that wasn’t me! I promise.” --- The Band Name ---
So we went to this old repertoire theatre and we saw this 1936, Black and White, sci-fi movie called Things To Come, and it’s a line from the movie. So the movie’s kind of post-apocalypse. These parents are standing overtop of their kids, wondering what their future will hold and the father is just like, “Have courage my love,” to his wife. So we thought, that’s kind of cool. I like to think of it as a call to our generation, to our youth because a lot of problems from previous generations have fallen on to our shoulders. You have to have courage to make a difference in this world, and you have to have courage to be the change that you want to see in the world.
--- Runner-Up Band Names ---
I always wanted to be in a political punk band called Marie Antoinette…Or we were sitting in my friend’s basement, and Phoenix thought about, what about Catches like Matches. I think we were lighting matches or something. But Courage My Love stuck.
--- Thrill-Seeking ---
My boyfriend lives in Malibu, so there’s all really cool stuff to do in Malibu. Just this year, he’s been pushing me to do all that cool stuff. We’ve been surfing, we’ve been parasailing, we’re gonna go cliff diving, we’re gonna go skydiving which I’m terrified of, but it’s gonna happen…Somebody stop me! I’m going crazy over here!
EXCLUSIVE content in the audio below!
Hannes & Maik
--- Their Sound ---
Hannes: I would say basically it’s like electronic pop music. That’s the big overall wording for it, but we have lots of influences from independent music and old emo rock stuff. So it’s a really wild mixture, but it all comes together with electronic instruments.
--- How they got on Warped ---
Hannes: It came together because we grew up with music like that, we grew up with Warped music. With Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, stuff like that. and parts of that are still in our music so I think we might be, music-wise, we might be the connecting dot between the EDM scene that’s going really crazy right now, and the kind of emo-influenced Alternative stuff that’s going on at Warped. I think we fit in here really well. That might be how we found our way
--- Self-Taught Musicians ---
Hannes: We’ve known each other since kindergarten like since really really early. Then we went to this festival together where we saw electronic bands performing for the first time, and we saw what was going on onstage, and we’re like, “This is so much different than all the punk bands we did before, and it looks like so much fun! It looks like the musicians have actually, they’re playing with stuff on stage.” We wanted to do that. We just bought ourselves some synthesizers and without any knowledge of it, we just started doing it, and it worked out so well.
--- The German Music Scene ---
Hannes: We have a strong scene of like electronic punk music going on, which is really crazy because I haven’t seen it in any other country. We have political-influenced bands that are really close to the punk rock scene but they make electronic music and that’s the scene where we kinda came out from.
Maik: I think we have a good independent scene in Germany. I like it.
Hannes: Yeah. Every band knows each other and every festival is like a family meeting.
--- Other Warped Bands They Suggest ---
Hannes: Bad Rabbits
The Chinese give us some pretty great stuff at great prices whether they want to or not, so we should be grateful. They build our iPhones, stitch our clothes and the Peking Duck is about amazing as food gets, but this export could be the one to change my tune. I demand Congress take note and issue some steep tariffs on this one.
Someone who hates the cinema has decided to take a passive, enjoyable activity such as watching a movie and ruin it.
You're a darkened theater, you know, watching fine cinematic art. It's a great new action-adventure picture featuring Christina Hendricks or Lizzy Caplan (this is my blog, so I get to pick the stars) when in the bottom of your field of view you notice a little glowing screen. Your suspension of disbelief has been shattered and you just missed the topless bank robbery scene. Be damned those with their phone out in a movie theater! As you look back at the screen you read "Moar Bewbs ;)" over the top of the getaway scene. Lame.
According to Engadget, some brainchild in China has been experimenting with "bullet screens." Basically, it lets anyone post color commentary onto the actual movie screen while the film is playing. Because eveyone is funny and witty and should be heard. And the cost of ruining a movie for everyone in the joint: the equivalent of ten cents. Blasphemy!!!!!
If this is allowed to happen we should issue an apology to Pee-Wee Herman because what he did at the movies was less distracting and didn't involve taking out his cell phone. He took something out, but from all accounts I've read, it wasn't glowing. Though had he not been found out and arrested, he might have been glowing on his way out the door. Anyway...
People who take their phones out to text, talk or check our dessert recipes during a movie are society's scourge, the lowest common denominator and should be shamed for their social infraction - not encouraged to ruin everyone's good time a dime at a time.
As Engadget says, "a film connoisseur can watch as their most poignant wisecracks scroll across the screen with countless others... for better or worse."
I say it's definitely for worse.
The whole Ice Bucket Challange has gone hyper-viral. Every celebrity, Facebook friend and Stephen King are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise money for ALS (formerly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) research and hopefully a cure. The cause is a very worthy one, obviously. The results of the disease are quite cruel. As the ASL Association defines the disease:
"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."
Basically, it takes the ability from an infected individual to control their own body. Like I said before, it's cruel.
On a side not, I wonder if they are calling it ALS again because no one 25 or under know who Lou Gehrig is. I know it is a dumb question, but these are the thoughts that keep me up at night.
If you want to raise awareness by dumping water and calling people out to do the same then go for it (though I am not sure awareness could be raised anymore than it is). I was going to just mail out cards asking people nicely to enjoy a glass of water while donating $100 online at http://www.alsa.org/, but I am humble that way. Or at least I was until David Grohl and the Foo Fighters upped the game for everyone with this amazing "Carrie" (the Brian De Palma version, not that crap remake) parody.
David Grohl may be the next step in human evolution and, if so, I really like where our species is headed.
Looks like Stephen King took up the challenge in his own way:
Good news from Bastille! The British band that has skyrocketed to worldwide success in the past year has just released the video for their new single, “bad_news”, which will be available on their Oblivion EP (out for pre-order next week). Dan Smith says they made the song in a matter of days only a few weeks ago and that more new music is on its way as well.
Though “bad_news” is more electronic than expected, it still sounds relatively unworked and casual. Dan ventures into his lower vocal range supported by a slinky bass/synth line, electronic drums, eerie background vocals, and various sound effects that lend atmosphere and depth to the track.
Bastille has always had a flair for the cinematic and macabre in their music, artwork, and especially in their videos. The "bad_news" video is less linear in storyline than their usual, featuring short gif-like clips from old black and white films and cartoons. Sinister images of clown faces, policemen, schoolchildren (and tons more) are spliced in between fuzzy slow-motion footage of Dan walking a dimly lit corridor. Near the end of the video emerges the single’s cover art: road lines (reminiscent of the Bad Blood album cover) overlaid on a low quality image of Dan in the dank hallway.
Watch the video and let us know what your favorite clip is. I’m partial to the rando with the ‘stache creepily eating popcorn at 3:50.
Look forward to new music from Bastille in the coming months, and be certain to see these gents on tour this fall! Tickets for their UCCU Center, Orem show availabile HERE at SmithsTix.com
Sydne Wheeler Larsen
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