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From the GC Archives: An Interview with Jon Spencer
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Originally appeared April 2015 I’m sitting on a couch backstage at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on a rainy spring day with Jon Spencer next to me while he looks at my record collection. They happen to be Blues Explosion records and now that I’ve finished interviewing him and I asked him to sign a couple records (What can I say? That side comes out of me sometimes). He’s taking his time looking at them. Almost as if he’s...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
From the GC Archives: In Search of Mike Watt
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In Search of Mike Watt. By Ollie Ottoman Photos by Steve Garcia. Originally conducted on May 1st, 2009 @ The Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA It’s been said before, I’m sure, but Mike Watt needs no introduction. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, a quick search on Wikipedia will change your perspective on that name. The important thing to me on May 1st was that I was going to meet Mike Watt and talk with him briefly about his...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016
An Interview with Bipolar Explorer’s Michael Serafin-Wells
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This is the first installment of a new series I’m trying to bring to Ground Control Magazine called “Driving with Darko”. Doing interviews with musicians, artists and writers in which we have a conversation together while driving around in my SmartCar, all the while recording the conversation with a Ricoh Theta S (which records in 1080p 360 degree video). Michael was visiting Northern California for the winter holidays. We both had a couple of hours free, so I drove up...

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Saturday, 16 January 2016
Mike Watt – [Discography]
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It has been said just often enough at this point that it could be taken as gospel: “Necessity is the mother of invention” but no one truly revels in that sentiment more than Mike Watt. First as the bass player for The Minutemen and then as the bassist in fIREHOSE, Watt helped to usher in a new approach to his instrument both in the context of punk rock and rock n’ roll in general. While other players of the same...

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Monday, 07 December 2009
The Like
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The three ladies of the Like are young. So young it’s hard not to get hung up on the fact. However, unlike other songstresses their age who come off as manufactured pop tarts, this trio is a savvy, silly group of girlie girls with extraordinary music sensibility. Their debut album, Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? showcases vocalist/guitarist Z. Berg’s beautifully sandpapered vocals coupled with clever pop melodies that have truly impressive song structure. Speaking via phone with Berg as...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Warlocks
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The Warlocks have been generally typified by two characteristics: a lot of band members and a psychedelic sound. It’s almost as if they’re consistently approached as the twisted Brady Bunch of psychedelia. However, on their newest release Surgery, psychedelia blends into shoegaze and pop as the band’s range extends from catchy yet dark anthems like “Come Save Us” to the addictive, spaced out drone of “Thursday’s Radiation.” Talking with drummers Jason Anchondo and Bob Mustachio is like talking to...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Tender Box
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Band Name: The Tender Box Homebase: Los Angeles Interviewee in question: Lead guitarist, Ric Moon 1.) You guys have been around a lot longer than most bands, considering you’ve had no band member changes, you’re practically the Latino U2 of Los Angeles (minus the millions of dollars and fame). How did you manage to keep up all these years? We hired that therapist/shrink dude Metallica hired, although we had to pay him with publishing and allow him to write song...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
We Are Scientists
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When We Are Scientists played the Troubadour in Los Angeles last November, the room was filled to near capacity with young fans who already knew every word of the trio’s music. Keep in mind, the band’s album had not been released in the States yet. On stage, their performance was charismatic, the audience was dancing their asses off and interacting with the band during between song banter that seemed like a bizarre comedy show (and one that was actually funny)....

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Vacation
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American Recordings, home to System of the Down and Johnny Cash, recently signed The Vacation. President Dino Paredes leapt to sign the band comprised of fraternal twins Ben Tegel and Steve Tegel, Denny Weston, Jr, and Eric “Dutch” Suoninen after he saw one of their shows. Paredes felt they were a great live band who echoed a mix of T. Rex, The Stooges and early AC/DC. I discussed the band’s recent signing and success with frontman, Ben Tegel. SB: Let’s...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Viva K
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Viva K is a four piece whose sound range from dancy electro to psychedelic rock and George Harrison inspired melodies. The Los Angeles quartet comprised of frontwoman Ween Callas, guitarist Ravi Dhar, Sitarist/beatmaker Evan Haros and bassist Scott Skoda have gone from humbly playing Eastside venues for a couple of people three years ago to a residency at hipster haven, Spaceland as well as opening for local favorites, She Wants Revenge amongst others. I sat down with Ween and Ravi...

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Monday, 30 October 2006