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Interview with Peter Silberman from the Antlers

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A few weeks ago Peter Silberman from The Antlers was in Philly for Weathervane’s Fundraiser Event where he performed along side his childhood friend Nick Principe aka Port St Willow. It was all caught on film so if you weren’t there, you’ll be able to check that out soon. Silberman and his bandmates just released their sophomore(well, technically their fourth) album Burst Apart last week and they’re about to hit the road in support. They play the beautiful Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church this Wednesday(05/20) and tickets are still available. Don’t miss out on this show.

While he was in town, I was able to sit down with Peter for a quick conversation about dining on tour, Burst Apart, Soul Town and more. Check out our conversation below.

First question is.. why is Soul Train so fucking awesome? (He tweeted a few days before about Soul Town.. I’m an idiot.)

Soul train.. It’s actually SoulTown that we mentioned.

Ah, Soul Town! I’m sorry.

Yeah, don’t get me wrong. Soul Train was awesome and I absolutely watched it on Saturday mornings when I was a kid. Soul Town is a Sirius radio station that plays all soul music. Every single song they play just happens to be really amazing. We discovered this on tour with Au Revoir Simone a couple years ago. I think we rented a mini van, back when we were touring in a mini van. It had a satellite radio built in and we just put that on and listened to it the whole tour. It’s incredible. I was Twittering about it cause we were in Atlanta, we rented a mini-van and it had a satellite radio thing in there. It keeps happening every once and while, we just get to listen to soul town and we are all really happy.

Read the rest of the interview with Peter Silberman from the Antlers below…

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

Questlove Interview

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Questlove(of The Roots) held a rehearsal at The Roots’ studio for his recent Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts event with Keren Ann and others a few days before it happened. He opened it up to the press to come in and check out the classical pieces they were working on. I only had a few minutes to catch up with Questlove about The Roots Picnic, a homeless vegetarian man, and more. Despite the limited amount of time we had, he was super nice and gave elaborate, thought-out answers to all my questions.The interview took place in the room where he keeps all his records, which is where the first question stems from…

Holy shit, is this your record collection?

Ehh, like 70% of it. (There were literally thousands upon thousands of records on ceiling high shelves that covered every wall of the small room.)

Damn, this is crazy. There’s so many here.  Anyway, so I saw a tweet from you the other night that you spent $100 at Wawa. How the hell do you spend that much at Wawa?

(laughs) It’s easy to spend $100 bucks! I needed toilet paper so I got that. I got two big giant orange juices. I had a whole bunch of cereal that I didn’t get to eat so I got milk. There were two homeless women outside and I never give them money so I just got them four hoagies. Then I started getting hungry so I was like, “Let me get a hoagie for myself” so I got five hoagies. Then I thought, “Well, maybe Steve wants one.” My engineer lives with me so I got six hoagies(laughs). Then I figured everyone needed potato chips so I got a whole bunch of potato chips(laughs). Then I was like, “Well, damn they’re gonna want to wash it down so let me get them all something to drink.” So between six hoagies, all this lemonade, milk and a few snacks, I totally forgot to get…

Read the rest of the interview with Questlove below

Written by Colin Kerrigan

April 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Flash interview with Bradford Cox from Deerhunter

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On Friday afternoon, I saw a bunch of tweets from Motormouthmedia about how Deerhunter‘s lead singer Bradford Cox was in their office, wearing a snuggie and laying out resumes for their new office assistant. They also tweeted that the first 5 music writers/bloggers to call their office could do a quick ‘flash’ interview with Bradford. So I gave it a try.

Turned out, I was caller number 3 and was told Bradford would call me back in a few minutes. I had no time to prepare and thought of a million questions I should have asked after I spoke to him, but I guess that’s how a ‘flash’ interview works. Anyway, below is the shortest interview featured on The Pistola Press. Enjoy!

How’s life as an intern at Motormouthmedia?

It’s alright, you know. Right now I can’t find the password to the computer so she might fire me.

You guys played “Conan” last night. How was that?

It was awkward.

Why was it awkward?

Well, have you ever done it before?

I have not.

It’s just awkward. A lot of weird… sorta awkward, you know?

Sure. Did you get to meet the Kardashians?

No, I’ve never heard of the Kardashians and I’m not sure if I’d want to meet them. I mean nothing against them but I’m just not that interested.

I understand. A friend of mine wants to know when was the first time you heard “Freak Train” by Kurt Vile(Bradford covered the song on Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Volume 1) and where were you?

Oh, I don’t remember something that specific. Probably in my bedroom or something on Youtube. I don’t know.

What were your thoughts when received that email from Sony? (Read more about Sony removing his Atlas Sound demos HERE)

Well, I didn’t get an email from Sony. I got an email saying my files were taken down by Sony. They just took them down, they didn’t send me a warning or anything. Complete misunderstanding.

Did they ever give you a legitimate reason?

They apologized to my manager. I don’t really care. I didn’t really take it that seriously. I just put the files right back up. I didn’t mean to make such a big drama. It’s not really that important. I think it’s important to realize that the record labels have the right to delete whatever they want without even knowing what it is. That’s the only reason I made it public. I don’t think that’s appropriate.

Are there any new Bedroom Sessions we should look out for?

Uhh, probably.

So who did the cover art for Halcyon Digest?

That photo was taken by my friend George.. (phone cuts out)

Hello?

Hello?

That photo was taken by your friend George, did you say?

Yeah, my friend George.

Cool. If you had to pick one record from 2010, what would be your record of the year?

Lower Dens Twin-Hand Movement. It’s great.

What are your plans for 2011?

Oh, you know, just keep it up. Keep working. Keep trying to play shows for new people and stuff.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Naked Hearts Interview

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DOWNLOAD: The Naked Hearts – Mass Hysteria (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Naked Hearts – Call Me (MP3)

Naked Hearts kick off a mini-tour tonight at West Philly’s Danger Danger Gallery. They released an album Mass Hysteria earlier this year. Grab two tracks from the album above. The band stopped by for a interview where we talk about how they got started, their alternative drink to Four Loko, where they’re really from, and more. Check it out below.

Could you introduce yourself?
NOAH: Hey Pistola Press! We’re Naked Hearts, the NYC boy-girl pop duo comprised of Amy Cooper on guitar/vocals and myself, Noah, on drums/vocals.  Nice to meet you.

How did Naked Hearts come to be?
N: Amy and I met while playing in different bands the same night at a club in NYC a few years ago.  We were instantly drawn to each others music.  A few months later I went on tour with Amy playing drums promoting her second solo record, Mirrors.  I was singing backup harmonies at the shows, and we really liked the vibe our voices together.  While on the road we wrote a song together called Naked Hearts.  We weren’t really thinking about starting a band, but after writing a few more songs together I think we were hooked on the idea.

Before you became a band, what were you up to?
N: We were both playing music mostly.  Amy was playing her solo stuff, along with this band Rubies she was in for a while.  I was playing in a couple of different bands in NY among other things.

Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
N:  Yeah, I teach guitar and bass lessons, and do some office work here and there.  Amy teaches photography and darkroom.  We try to stay away from the 9-5 thing as much as we can though.

Are you originally from Brooklyn? If not, where did you live beforehand and how/why did you end up there?
N: Nope, we’re transplants.  I’m from St. Louis and Amy is from San Francisco.  I came to NJ to get a degree in Jazz Bass, and Amy went to school in NY for photography.  We both ended up staying in the city for the most part after college.

You guys released Mass Hysteria in May. What have you been up to since the release?
N: This year has been pretty awesome.  After the release, we did a show in Mexico City.  That show was a blast!  The show was packed – and they really know how to party down there…  We also went on the Beach Tour in July with two other duos from Brooklyn, She Keeps Bees, and This Frontier Needs Heroes.  The idea was to play as many places near the beach, or any body of water to swim in , as possible.  It was probably the best tour any of us had been on; we brought the party wherever we showed up to play.  We switched the set order every night, brought turntables and records to spin in between the sets, and would play some family jams too with all 6 of us.

Have you been writing any new material? Any plans for another record?
AMY: Yeah we are always writing new music. And definitely yes on recording another record. We can’t wait to follow up this last one with something different.

Do you have a collaborative writing process or do you two write separately or … ?
A: We have both. We both write songs independently of one another, but we also write songs together as well. Even if one of us  writes the majority of one song the other will help put the final touches on it.

What three non-musical things inspire you?
A: Films / Photography, Astrology and Magic

What are your thoughts on Four Loko? Are you a fan?
N:  It’s great.  I heard that it might be getting banned?  If so, that’s ok. I’ll just get some vodka, red bull, grape soda, and some 5 hour energy and that should do it.

What are your three favorite records of 2010?
N & A:  Blonde Redhead : Here Sometimes
Home Video – The Automatic Process
Snoop Dogg – Malice in Wonderland (might have been end of 2009…)

What has been a highlight for you this past year?
N: Beach Tour in July w/ She Keeps Bees and This Frontier Needs Heroes.


Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 1, 2010 at 1:30 am

N.E.R.D Interview #2

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A few weeks ago, my friend and I interviewed Pharrell Williams and Shae Hayle from N.E.R.D. We sat down with them in their tour bus after they opened for Gorillaz at the Susquehanna Center. The guys have a new record, Nothing, coming November 2nd so we asked them about new music, their production process and more. Check the interview and portrait shots below.

Colin: Alright, so you guys have a new record coming, Nothing. I know the album release date.. like Shay when I spoke to you a while ago you were saying June 15th. It keeps getting pushed back, what’s going on there?

Pharrell: It’s really coming this time. It’s that a) we’re perfectionists, and b) we happen to just be really good at pushing album dates back. Not on purpose, but just trying to get it right.

Colin: So when you said June 15, did you think the album was done, or did you guys just keep toying and adding stuff?

Shay: Well, we felt like the album was done, and we were super content with it. But we have like a roundtable every Tuesday with all the politics that be, or the powers that be I should say. And they didn’t feel like it was done, so we had to go make some tweaks, add some additions, subtract some shit, and you know, perfect it.

You can read the rest of the interview HERE

Side note: I interviewed Shae last April before they played at Temple University. That interview can be found HERE

Written by Colin Kerrigan

October 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

Get a FREE Kurt Vile EP available for the next 24 hours + Johnny Brendas date in July

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Kurt Vile @ Johnny Brendas in January – more photos can be found HERE

DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile – Invisibility: Nonexistent
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate – Suburban Beverage

Kurt Vile is offering his new Square Shells EP for FREE in exchange for your email. Not a bad deal. The offer lasts for the next 24 hours so it will be offline sometime around noon tomorrow(05/26). Head over HERE to trade your email for the EP.

In other news, Kurt Vile & the Violators will play Johnny Brendas on Sunday, July 11th with Real Estate. Two greats bands at a great venue. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

In related news, Kurt Vile recently did a record store day interview with us which can be found HERE and Real Estate lead singer Martin Courtney stopped by for an interview in January. You can find that interview HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 25, 2010 at 10:57 am

Maps & Atlases playing Kung Fu Necktie in August + new record in June

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Chicago band Maps & Atlases just opened a sold-out show for Glasgow’s Frightened Rabbit at the First Unitarian Church this past Friday. Even though they got caught in traffic and had little time to sound check, the band pulled it off well and definitely caught the attention of many. They have a new record, Perch Patchwork, coming June 29th via Barsuk Records and their first headle tour in support following. Maps & Atlases will play Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, August 14th. Tickets TBA.

Erin Elders from the band gave us a quick interview before their show last week. Check it out HERE.

“Maps & Atlases made virtuosity sound accessible. With swift and complex patterns of interlocked finger-tapped guitars and asymmetrical rhythms, the Chicago quartet displayed a startling level of technique and proficiency.

But songs such as “Israeli Caves” from the forthcoming Perch Patchwork had hooks and choruses that made them nearly as accessible as they were impressive, the result a unique distillation of disparate elements, notably the catchy indie-rock of Vampire Weekend or Fleet Foxes and the intellectual post-rock of Tortoise, Dirty Projectors or TV on the Radio. Definitely a new band to watch”
Philadelphia Inquirer

Written by Colin Kerrigan

May 7, 2010 at 9:18 am