Interview with . . . MakeWar

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Well, now I’m in a pickle. It’s what I get for being a bit anti-social. I want to go to this MakeWar show more than anything. My boyfriend can’t go this time. He’s busy being a social butterfly as usual.

So I either go by myself or bribe someone to be my concert-going friend. Damnit. I might have to be a strong, independent woman. Honestly, my biggest worries are that Suri will lie to me about the directions and also that I won’t find a parking spot for my very mom-like mini-van. The chances of having to parallel park are pretty high. The chances of being able to parallel park – so very low.

What’s the going rate for bribery these days? What are the odds that I’ll find a super cool Uber driver that also likes punk rock? Does it matter if the only friends there are in the band? I mean, they aren’t my IRL friends yet but I’d like to make it happen.

I’ll let you know what the verdict is later. Whatever happens, it will be fine. In the meantime, check out this interview that I did with my soon-to-be new friend, Jose from MakeWar.

 

Do you have a favorite cheap beer? Good beer?

Cheap beer is the best type of but also depends on what part of the world you are. For example, in New York, the cheapest beer is probably Coors Light. You can get it for 4 bucks at the best bar in Brooklyn -the 3 Diamond Door. So that is the best beer to drink specially in the summer. In New Orleans, you’d go to Erin Rose and get the best pint of Guiness for 5 bucks. If you are in Mexico, the best beer down there is Victoria and its also the cheapest.

 

Could a wall really keep punk rock out? Let’s hope not.

Well… punk rock is about breaking the rules and taking down walls. So no I dont think a wall will keep punk rock out. I also don’t really know what you mean… like you mean a wall will send me and Edwin back to South America? Cuz we are staying here. Fighting the good fight from within.

And in regards to our brothers and sisters south of the border (the real ones not the fake one in between the Carolinas) they are the strongest of them all. If they want / have to come in they will. They ain’t afraid of walls. We all know walls always come down. Humans are stronger than any wall you’ll put in front of them. Punk rock is about unity not separation. We are just gonna keep spreading the good vibez and keep doing triple kickflips on top of any wall you put in front of us.

 

If you had to choose: hang out with boyfriend/girlfriend on his/her birthday or go see MakeWar/your favorite band? For the sake of argument – he slept through your birthday last year and has plans on your birthday this year.

Birthdays are important. But seems like he didnt care about yours. So come to the show. We’ll list ya!

 

How does one get discovered in a snowstorm? Did Brendan Kelly save your life?

I’m a big believer of “shit happens for a reason.” I also don’t believe in god but i believe in good vibes and good energy. Sometimes your shows are gonna get cancel because of shitty snow storms. Sometimes that snowstorm will come with a night of getting drunk with Brendan Kelly and playing some songs and getting your band sign to a super rad label with super rad people in it. Life is cool. Make the best out of everything. Even the shitty snow storms.

How do you live to fight another day?

I take CBD daily. Drink super green smoothies every morning. I go swimming or running at least 5 times a week. I tell my girlfriend I love her at least twice a day. I talk to my parents at least once a week. Do yoga once a week. Sleep 7 hours a day. No shooters on school nights. Eat more veggies than meat. Drink more water than whiskey. Drink more mezcal than normal tequila. Bring a Nintendo switch on tour. Take a shower every day. Poop everyday. Work hard. Be nice to people. Play harder.

Who designs your merch? I’m in love with the koozies, even though I don’t drink beer.

Thats Brunosky! He is a rad dude from philly. He does alot of shit for the menzos too. Koozies are the best. Keep your drink cold and your hands warm.

What do you do in your downtime?

See question 7. haha

If you weren’t a musician, how would you make a living?

Well. We don’t make a living playing music. YET. Haha. We all hustle our own ways. Edwin and I went to school for graphic design so that’s what we do when we are home. Greg is a great bar tender. But he just got accepted to a cool doctorate program at a cool university in Portland, Oregon. So I guess he is a good scholar now. Nerd.

What bands kickass in concert?

The Lillingtons!!!! 666 ❤

Is there anything that we should know about MakeWar?

We might change our name to MakeParty. Fuck War. We like to party wooooooowwowowowo.

 

MakeWar website

MakeWar on Twitter

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Elke

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Elke quit her modeling career and changed her name. She’s also releasing an independent album this month. I admire her so much for taking a chance on herself. Not enough people want to take the risk that is involved in changing careers. Some people don’t even want to risk moving the furniture or changing their appearance.

 

Elke’s EP Bad Metaphors will be released on April 20. Her voice is a little bit different, kind of husky. However, she is worth taking a chance on – in the same way, someone took a chance on Nina Simone. (That might be a bad metaphor – just go with it.)

Until the album comes out, you can find her here – Elke on bandcamp and here – Elke on soundcloud.  

There are three songs on the EP. It still seems weird to me that there are singles, albums and EPs. An EP has more songs than a single but less than an album. I’m old school I guess.

Two Lives is my favorite song.

On a side note, after the Bad Metaphor album, this was my second favorite bad metaphor on the Internet: He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River. (Mistupid.com)

  • I received an advance copy so I could do a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Interview with . . . Mojave Nomads

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If I were in my 20s and could do life over, I think I might follow a band or two around the country. In a sense, I could be in a band like Mojave Nomads. Not like in the band – more like running the merch booth. It would be a cool gig – listening to bands, traveling, making a few bucks. I wonder if they could use a momager.

Tyler Harris, lead singer, told me about what the band is currently doing. There might even be an opening in the merch booth.

How have things changed since winning the “Catch a Break at AMS” opportunity? 

– AMS has really helped us so much, gear isn’t everything, but it does really help. Hooking us up with D’angelico, Orange, Shure and QSC has been game changing.

Will you be going on tour this summer? 

YES! Lots planned for this summer, going to try and tour as much as we can before we head back into the studio!

How does one get a job running the merch booth? Asking for a friend . . . 

– All you gotta do is ask, babe.

What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned from being around the music industry? 

– Practice, Patience and Planning, things aren’t always going to go your way, but you better be ready for it when they do.

Where was your first show? 

– Our first show was in our drummer Cole’s backyard. Back Yard Bashers forever.

Is there anything interesting about Ogden, Utah? Isn’t there a dinosaur park there? 

– Ogden is really great, the local community of small businesses/artists is growing everyday and its really amazing to be apart of it.

Yes! LONG LIVE THE DINOSAUR PARK.

Who taught you about music? 

– I think we all pretty much learned from our parents/older brothers, and then we just all went from there!

What do you do when you’re not on tour or in the studio? 

– We really try and write songs all year long so that we are always improving, but besides that we try to stay in shape, try and watch good movies, and try not to drink too much ;)

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what type of things are on it? 

– Our band bucket list is too extensive, but a few are to:

  • Meet Nardwuar
  • Work with Danger Mouse
  • Play Red Rocks in Colorado

What do you guys eat while on tour? Any favorite diners/restaurants? 

– Cole only eats subway, but our favorite spot so far is Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, Bryton liked it so much he got a tattoo.

What do you want people to know about Mojave Nomads? 

– We aren’t going anywhere and we are ALWAYS having a good time.

Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: RIMIDI

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Yesterday, I was watching Sugarshack Sessions on YouTube. Again. It’s one of my favorite things to watch. They have so many great bands.

Anyway, RIMIDI was on the video. It was the first time that I had ever heard her sing. I loved her voice so much that I wanted to know everything about her music.

Her last album was The Dopamine Collection, vol. 1. It was released in 2013. So it’s been awhile.

Her Facebook page had a post that hinted at something new on the horizon. It could be anything though. Please, please, please be a new album.

If you get a chance, check out RIMIDI’s album and social media pages. She is worthy of all of the adoration and support that we can give.

 

 

RIMIDI on bandcamp

RIMIDI on YouTube

RIMIDI on Facebook

RIMIDI on Sugarshack Sessions

Everwylde by Donna Grant: #BookRelease

 

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Who doesn’t need more historical paranormal romances in their life? Anyone who says no is totally missing out on a good thing.

Everwylde by Donna Grant is available today. Ravyn is a witch hunter. She is always on the hunt for the witch who killed her family.

I got nervous for a minute. Then I remembered: I’m a good witch. No one will be chasing me with a crossbow.

Still, I cannot wait to read this book. It has witches and romance. I’m a little hesitant to read romances but add some paranormal creatures – vampires, werewolves, etc. – and everything is groovy.

Due to a misunderstanding on my part, I thought I had two days to do a book review. I don’t even have the book yet. It’s ok – everything is fine. No one has to feel bad about starting four books at the same time. Who else does that?

If you’re interested in finding the book, the links are at the bottom. Let me know what your thoughts are if you do read the book. Happy reading!

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Donna Grant, author

 

  • If I’m ever a bestselling author, I want my picture to look like Donna Grant’s photo.

Links:

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2HHApWV

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2HHTjNj

iBooks: https://apple.co/2HIj4xc

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2HD00QU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2HHyOjX

Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/2HGw7iH

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Typhoid Rosie

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Maybe I haven’t had slept enough. I’m listening to Typhoid Rosie’s latest album. Well, trying to listen. My kids are screaming “Look at Me!!” – while twirling the ribbons from their Easter baskets. The candy might be gone.

So this album is fitting. It has a lot of energy and says “Look at Me!!” I can’t say whether they have ribbons or candy but it’s possible.

I like the song “Pieces.” “Happiness” is also pretty good.

This is Now was released in March. You can find it on bandcamp. It’s worth a listen so check it out. For the best experience, give your kids a ton of candy and ribbons then turn up the volume. It will be super awesome I swear.

Typhoid Rose on bandcamp

Typhoid Rose on Soundcloud

Typhoid Rose website