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, we have trendsetter Jordan of The Ready Set, triplet Tay from We Are The In Crowd, and well-coiffed bros Dave and Bennett from Crown The Empire.
Listen to the interviews and read a short write up below!
The Ready Set
Jordan of The Ready Set showed up at our Warped Tour tent in a gentlemanly hat and Jackie O glasses to talk to us about other Warped bands we should know, his upcoming headlining tour, and then Richie turns travel agent to give Jordan tips on how to vacation in Maui.
From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
--- His Second Warped Tour ---
We did it in 2011, first time...2011 was cool, but this time I think is better because I kinda knew what I was in for with it. In 2011 it was a lot more, much much heavier bands, and I lean more on the pop side a little bit. Now I think we’ve got much more of an overlap with friends of ours like We Are The In Crowd, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, and bands like that where I think we share somewhat of a similar fan base. We’ve been having better crowds, it’s just been a great time. I love It.
--- Warped Bands we should check out ---
The coolest thing to me about the tour this year specifically is a band called Saves The Day is on our stage which, that’s one of my favorite bands. I have a Saves The Day tattoo, in fact. So that’s my absolute favorite band to watch…We have some friends in a band called Air Dubai who I don’t think they’ve done [Warped] before…They’re the nicest dudes and they usually play a little bit before or after us every day, so we have a similar set time. I get to catch they’re set a lot and it’s really great.
--- Upcoming Headlining Tour ---
After tomorrow, heading home for a little bit, gonna film a couple music videos, then doing a headlining tour in the fall which coincidentally starts here in Salt Lake City. It’s October 26 is the first day of it.
--- Vacation Plans ---
Well my first plan of business is to hang out with my dog and cat for a bit, ya know just chill with them. And then I think I’m gonna go on a vacation…I’m gonna go to Hawaii, just kick it for a little bit. I’m going to Maui. Taking in the scene, I’ve never been there before. I haven’t gone on a vacation since I started The Ready Set.
We Are The In Crowd
--- The Band Name ---
We were originally called The In Crowd, which was just another bad name. We made it longer because we had a copyright issue with a band from Jamaica who decided to go on a reunion tour, they’re like a band from the 70’s. So when our band started in 2009 we were trying to get the rights to the name and they said no.
--- Being on Warped Tour for the third time ---
This has been the easiest Warped Tour for us, and I think just because of experience. Everyone knows what their role is, because each tour is different whether it be a club tour or a festival tour or traveling overseas or whatever it is, we all try to help ourselves stay sane. But here, here it’s so different because it’s like – there’s a routine every day, to the point where you eat at the same time, the exact same time every single day. Catering’s only from 12 to 2, I don’t know, you just get used to it. We’re so used to the people on the tour and it’s just nice to know the ropes. It’s comfortable at this point.
--- What’s coming next ---
We have a couple weeks off and then we’re going off in the Philippines with some of the bands that are on the tour actually. I think The Summer Set is on our date, and so is Echosmith, so that will be cool. And then we’re home for most of September and we have a really exciting Fall tour that’s coming up that’s not announced yet.
Crown The Empire
Bennett & Dave from Crown The Empire talk about how Dave came to be the band barber, what they’re favorite pizza toppings are, how they stay in shape on the tour, and where they’re off to after Warped Tour.
--- Dave the Band Barber ---
Dave: Honestly, our drummer one day needed a haircut really bad and I was like, “Dude, I think I can do it,” and I had a little kit. I just tried it and then he was like, “It’s really not bad!” So I just did it every time and I was like, “Ok I’m getting better at this!” So I just tried it with everyone else like, let me cut your hair. I’ve cut tons of hair now and I’ve just gotten way better at it over time.
Bennett: He does a great job.
--- The Band Name ---
Dave: At the time it was totally random. It kind of developed a meaning throughout our career. But at the beginning they came up with it – our guitarist and bass players right now. They’re the original members of the band.
Bennett: In the garage where they started the band, they were just chillin and they had a big list of [band] names. We have bunch of bad ones that we talk about all the time. One of them was “Strawberry Centrefold”. Neither of us were in the band at the time, thank God.
Dave: Yeah we didn’t have any of these ideas.
Bennett: “Laying in Circles”, “A Tree Without”.
Dave: “Purple Is Grape”.
Bennett: We could’ve been Purple Is Grape. That could’ve been real life.
--- Staying in shape on tour ---
Dave: Not gonna lie, It is the hardest thing in the world to make yourself do it ‘cuz when you’re out on tour like this – especially with the heat and everything like that – you’re exhausted from just you’re day in general and what you have to do. But we take the time out of every single day to work out. We make sure we lift weights and do cardio.
Bennett: We get really creative with the certain exercises we do.
Dave: An hour and a half every day.
--- Latest Album – The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways ---
We actually just released our album. It’s called The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways. It’s a concept album it’s got a whole story behind it that would take forever if I got too deep in to it.
Seriously. The best thing you'll see. ALL.WEEK.
Captain Shackleford from the TV show Wicked Tuna: North vs. South talks to Radio From Hell about old North vs. South rivalries, tuna season, and ICCAT - conservation of tuuuuuuuna fishhhhhhh!
Captain Britton Shackleford and his family live in North Carolina where he has been able to fish commercially. This is a relatively new way of handling fish which was able to make him stand out amongst other fisherman for National Geographic’s show Wicked Tuna: North vs. South. Captain Shackleford’s family have been involved in catching and producing seafood since 1670: “I tell people all the time, fishing is not what I do, fishing is what I am.” He explains that a "good" fish is deteremined by color, fat content, amino acids. Will the ocean ever run out of fish? Captain Shackleford says no - as long as America stays part of the ICCAT International Commission For the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas then the Blue Fin Tuna can stay safe in the ocean.
National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: North vs. South premieres Sunday at 10 pm.
Saints & Soldiers: The Void Filmmakers Interview with Radio From Hell
Radio From Hell Sat down with Adam Able & Ryan Little to discuss their new film: Saints & Soldiers: The Void
Where did you film Saint & Soldiers: The Void? How many of them are there?
This is the third one. And we filmed this one in the foothills of Alpine, Cottonwood Heights in the old paper sugar mill, and at the Utah State Hospital, that has this castle behind it, in Provo.
This isn’t a continuation of the other ones is it?
No, all of them are individual stories that are thread together to explore the humanity within war and people in circumstances on either side of the conflict and the decisions that they make.
You can find out more about the film here
Interview with Dennis Hof with Radio From Hell
Dennis Hoff from the Bunny Ranch talks about his new show King Of The House, plastic restraint tape that doesn’t stick, and a segment about being psychoanalyzed that will be premiering Thursday August 14th at 11 pm on “Hooker Box Office” (HBO).
Two psychiatrists analyzed Dennis Hof on his show. “There’s a whole segment that they analyzed me with a psychiatrist and I can’t wait! I thought this is something that would never air. The first time, I'm trying to be honest with you, because I'm like this is going to be on TV and then the second time I just kind of let [it] down and winded up giving it to them the…'whole Hof experience'."
Intern Zach here. Today marks my last day as an intern for X96 and the Radio From Hell program. Before I go, I thought I’d like to share with you some lessons I have learned from my experiences at X96
1. The meaning of “sleep-deprived” Getting up at the unholy hour of four AM everyday has taught me to never take sleep for granted. Not even one hour. Here’s an idea of what I look like right now:
2. Endless experience of audio editing I’ve stared at computer screens like this for longer than I can remember:
3. You will get headphone hair… you’ll just have to deal with it It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend on doing your hair, it will always end up looking like this:
4. "Grammar Nazis" are everywhere
All over the chatroom, all over Facebook, EVERYWHERE. This has helped me become more self-aware of my writing and grammar. Or maybe it has made me become more paranoid. I can't tell.
5. Running remote events is kinda like babysitting You have to watch over expensive items, you explain the same things over and over, and you give away as much candy and stickers as you can in order to make someone happy
I FEEL YOU, FRANK!
However, I did get to go see a lot of cool events like the Reggae Rise Up Festival, RSL games, and Vans Warped Tour for free!
6. You never know who you might meet
I got to hang out with the guitarists of Anberlin, Christian McAlhaney and Joseph Milligan (left), and the vocalist/bassist, Roger Lima, of Less Than Jake (right). Anyone could stop by the studio at any given day.
Okay, that was NPR. But I would freak out if the cookie monster made an apperance at X96. I would probably take his cookies. Maybe just one. 7. Anyone can be a writer or a journalist. I never thought of myself as a writer. I’m just a guy who likes to talk about music. However, I realized that most people who work here at X96, and in music journalism, fall under the same category. Thanks to my time at X96, my writing has been viewed and opened up to a much broader audience.
Going back to school like...
All in all, my experience at X96 was rewarding. I lost a lot of sleep, got a lot of free food and donuts, saw a few concerts for free, met some of my favorite bands, and had a lot of laughs along the way. Sure, sometimes Kerry, Bill, & Gina and everyone else might make you feel like this sometimes:
But, your overall experience here will leave you feeling like this:
… And who knows where you’ll go from there. If you’d like an internship experience similar to mine, email Richie@x96.com
It was at the break of the culture being hipster conscience. Casey Kasem gave Ryan Seacrest the reins of "American Top 40." Janet Jackson's nipple managed to show us all what tight-asses we are while making broadcaster's lives a living hell. San Fransisco began issuing same-sex marriage licences. The third "Lord of the Rings" film won best picture. We were still at war in Iraq, but, ya know...some things never change.
2004 was an unquiet year, which is why it may be really easy to forget how much amazing music came out that year. It was a game-changing year full of debut albums from bands still with us today and some who had hit their one high-water mark. Sounds were changing in a particular way that redefined cool. It may have even been the death rattle of what many would now consider traditional guitar rock, just don't tell Dave Grohl.
The same year that Google gave us Gmail gave us these artists albums and songs. Take them in and ask yourself: is music better today, or are we being sentimental.
Arcade Fire "Funeral" - Not their debut album, but the one bringing them to a mass amount of minds. "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)", "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Wake Up" are the first big tracks that come to mind. We learned about a new type of soulfulness. We learned new ways to scream "Whoaaaaaaoohhhh oooohhh." We learned these Canadians really loved parentheses. It had been maybe since Rage Against the Machine's self-titled album since there was that much passion in an entire album, only in an completely different key. Buy it here.
The Killers "Hot Fuss" - Sure, they can claim a Las Vegas heritage and write songs about neon graveyards all they like, but the first time X96 played "Somebody Told Me" (and we were on of the first, it not the first) to do so, they frenzy began. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine", All These Things That I've Done" with Mr. Flowers telling us about souls and soldiers. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" had this slick, echo from a garage that sounded like a marble confessional. For the ambitious fans , we tracked down the import versions so we could enjoy the anthem that is "Clamorous Indie Rock & Roll. Buy it here.
The Dresden Dolls "Dresden Dolls" - Technically released in 2003, but eh, it was re-released in 2004 under a bigger label. This was something completely unexpected. Completely theatrical, not dark, but certainly not light. You can really make the entire adjective stew here: sexy, broken, antique, bold, mysterious, and on and on. And it was all the work of a vaudevillian two-piece: Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione of Boston. While everyone will remember "Coin Operated Boy" it was "Girl Anachronism" that gave me chills. Something this driving was eventually going off a cliff and it did when they took a hiatus in 2008. Let's hope it ends sooner than later. Buy it here.
Franz Ferdinand "Franz Ferdinand" - So damn dancy and catchy with some eroticism thrown in at time. Were people in love with the music of Alex Kapranos' hair? "Jacqueline was 17, working on a desk when I..." You can't start an album out like pop song written by Humbert Humbert, but they did and when the strumming started you got steam-rolled punk guitar that roll into the lyrics and spirit of the French New Wave. That's just the opening track. I haven't even mentioned "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinee" or my favorite "40'." Buy it here.
Interpol "Antics" - Sure it was easy to say, "They sound like Joy Divison." And yeah, they do, but Ian Curtis is gone and New Order sure didn't have the same sound, so stop complaining. This album was and is fascinating. The casualness of these songs led into some driving choruses that immediately raise your pulse. The chorus in "Narc":
Feast your eyes, I'm the only one Control me, console me 'Cause that's just how it should be done...
You should be in my space. You should be in my life...
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch would have asked to be lashed then tossed his pen and parchment away...or typewriter. Whatever writers wrote with at the time. Key tracks like "Not Even Jail", the opener "Next" and of course "Evil." Fantastic, downtrodden, self-inflicting music. It sounds even better when it's dark and raining outside.
Oh, and this one...
Buy it here.
Keane "Hopes & Fears" - Okay, maybe I am getting soft on this one and it took me about 6 years to enjoy this album, but my sentimental side forced me. "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Everybody's Changing" have pretty relevant meaning no matter where you are in life. There is a stench of the genuine article in this album and that is a hard thing to do in music. Get this album out if it has been a while. Buy it here.
Modest Mouse "Good New For People Who Love Bad News" - Modest Mouse was always a band my friends just talked about, but I never paid mind to. That all changed when X96 received an advance of "Float On." I had heard their named dropped, so I didn't stick it in the "listen later" pile. I gave it a shot. Three minutes and twenty-nine minutes later I was busting into the studio during Todd's airshift demanding we put it into rotation. I had no doubt I would be a Modest Mouse fan. When we finally snagged a copy of the full album and I saw it contained a song called, "Bukowski" the deal was sealed. Hopefully the rumors Modest Mouse is in the studio are true. Buy it here.
Razorlight "Up All Night" - Yeah, you mostly likely haven't heard of this one, but if you like The Libertines and Keane you dig this. There are a Beatles-like simplicity in this collection of songs. The lyrics are perhaps a bit trite, but it really works. "Golden Touch", "Rock 'n' Roll Lies" and "Which Way Is Out" are all pretty forgettable song titles until you hear them. It's just a really solid album. Buy it here.
Rilo Kiley "More Adventurous" - I'mm sorry, but the new Jenny Lewis album is so disappointing. A collection of songs preaching the over-preached. Perhaps society needs to hear it, but I don't. I get it. I tried to force myself and honestly couldn't put my ears through it, so I went back to this album. It's cheeky and original. It sounds like music from the Northwest but without the overwrought pretentiousness. Also, not all of Lewis' solo music is bad. To the contrary. It doesn't beat the feeling this album give you with the headphones on. "Potions For Foxes" is a great one here as well. Buy it here.
Say Anything "...Is A Real Boy" - Wow! Did my friends have an obsession with this album and band for a while. This album had been released earlier, but like The Dresden Dolls got a label push and later released as a two-disc. The ol' chestnut goes, "You have your whole life to write your first album and.." Well, yeah. Max Bemis is a victim of this if there ever was one. These songs are narrative, dramatic, passionate, pissed, anxious. The only thing I can compare it to is "Hedwig and the Angry Itch." It's a grand opus and one of my all-time favorite albums. Every track is perfect. Buy it here.
The Streets "A Grand Don't Come For Free" - The Cell Phone Poet, Mike Skinner. Not always hit, but when he did, he did. It's interesting music and lyrics delivered as very British hip-hop. This was the second of six albums Mr. Skinner did under the guise of The Streets and it was pretty much downhill after that. You can hear it getting progressively bored on with each album, but "Blinded By The Lights", "Dry Your Eyes" a song he managed to get Chris Martin from Coldplay to sing on and "Fit But You Know It" are all worth the price of admission. Buy it here.
The Zutons "Who Killed...The Zutons" - This one is for the 70's music fans, but damn, it's good. Another one with not one bad track on it. They are a Liverpool band, but you wouldn't think Kentucky on first listen. A casual blues-rock feel, ya know, heavy, but genuinely great tracks here. "pressure Point", "Havana Gang Brawl", though I could float down a river and listen to "Remember Me" on repeat for hours. This is a perfect Summer album. Buy it here.
The Libertines "The Libertines" - Sure Pete Doherty shot his blood out of a syringe at someone, but it was for at and we all have hobbies. The tabloids: sometimes they ruin things, sometimes they empower things. I have no idea what they made me think about The Libertines. I just tuned out the antics and the drugs and that Pete dated Amy Winehouse. This is the third album on the list I would call perfect. There just isn't a bad song here. The music meets the verse so well. All bands make their music differently and I am sure there is some mad story on how this album was made, but I don't care to know it. It would ruin it for me. A grand rock record: passive aggressive, anti, lustful, disappointed, confused. Buy it here.
I think I will leave this list how it is...for now. There are some honorable mentions like Washington Social Club, Scissor Sisters, The Kills amazing album "No Wow", The Honeymoon, Handsome Boy Modeling School (I have framed, autographed poster that will never not be hung on a wall wherever I may be residing), Graham Rabbit, The Go! Team's "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" taught me I can like pop music, The French Kicks song "One More Time" is patient-cool and The Faint's "Wet From Birth" - damn, that's a great album, too. Their best.
That's what was happening over and underground ten years ago in "Modern Rock." It was the year local boy, Ken Jennings, began his 74 game winning streak on "Jeopardy and people still liked Lance Armstrong.
Think about it...is music better or worse ten years later?
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