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Playing Songs in the Theatre of Heaven: An Interview with England in 1819

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

[This interview was conducted by both Emily Vega and Monica Garza.]

Emily and I had first seen England in 1819 at a show at the Fitzgerald’s in Downtown Houston. We had heard of them from Featherface (whom we had gone to see that night) and I saw their music video for “Trophy Sixty-One” on YouTube a couple of days before. Their music is very hauntingly beautiful and definitely a successful experiment in destroying musical conventions and creating a sound that speaks to the creativity and innermost thought processes of the band as a whole. After hearing some of their songs online, I was convinced I definitely would stay to see them play. I did not regret this decision whatsoever. I already thought England in 1819 was pretty great, but England in 1819  live was an incredibly different story. They were amazing. Emily and I stared at each other in awe periodically throughout their performance. Zuly’s operatic vocals meshed with Andrew’s melancholy crooning was one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard. Their wide array of instruments wasn’t to be overlooked either.

Imagine a Holy War about to happen. Angelic wings beating furiously, bows being drawn. England in 1819 is a theatre in Heaven. Their music is the battle song. England in 1819 is like nothing I’ve ever heard, and it’s incredible in this case. Immaculate, even. Sounds come from instruments I’ve only ever heard in the orchestra, and I hear it from the small Fitzgerald’s stage in Houston. I can only stare in awe and astonishment.

Since all of England in 1819 resides in Louisiana, we conducted an email interview. Don’t be fooled, however. Despite such a cold mode of communication, Andrew is able to convey his passion for what he does.

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Featherface: Getting In Each Other’s Business

In Interview, Music, Pop Culture, Pop Rock/Pop on September 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

This interview was conducted by Monica Garza.

I had seen Featherface for the first time at Mangos in Downtown Houston with my best friend and colleague, Emily Vega. Right away, I knew I really vibed with their music and the passion they put into their show. I wanted to interview them and find out who they were as a band and as musicians. As luck would have it, they agreed and I was well on my way to conducting my first interview. We decided to meet at a Starbucks halfway between where I lived and where they lived. I must say, I was so nervous and flustered after having all of my recording devices fail on me, I took two or three wrong turns before arriving six minutes late. I walked into the coffee shop and found Kenny Hopkins and Steve Wells chilling on a couch as they enjoyed their caffeinated beverages.

So I would like you guys to introduce yourselves and say what you play.

Kenny Hopkins: My name is Kenny Hopkins. I play guitar and sing and sometimes play keyboard.

Stephen Wells: I’m Stephen Wells and I do exactly the same thing [laughs].

I wanted to start off with who or what inspired you to create music and to create this band.

KH: I’m not really sure. We’ve kind of just been playing music together since we were like, twelve or something. I don’t know. We were all friends in junior high and we just did. I don’t know. We just, we just wanted to…I guess we just liked Led Zeppelin and stuff like that and we were like, “Yeah, wanna be in a rock band!” [laughs] And we just tried to be and I guess just kept trying to be. We weren’t really that consistent about it until like about a year-

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Meet the Candidate: Michele Bachmann

In Current News, Politics, Presidential Candidates on August 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

It’s not classified information that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota (R) is vying for the presidency. However, what she does seem to want to keep classified is the way in which she presents her views and beliefs. This morning on Meet the Candidate with David Gregory on MSNBC, Bachmann was obviously uncomfortable as Gregory grilled her on her political past. He mentioned quite a few instances in which she had denounced gays and lesbians, stated that a wife must be submissive to her husband, etc. Unsurprisingly, however, Bachmann dodged the many questions she was asked about these instances, and, instead, answered each question with a sharp, “I’m running for the president of the United States,” or “I don’t judge”.

 

Take a look for yourself:

 

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Just Kids: A D.I.Y. Interview with Sunrise and Ammunition

In Current News, Interview, Music, Pop Culture, Rock on August 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

[This Interview was conducted by Emily Vega on December 23rd, 2010]

I’m sitting on a couch upstairs in Chris Branton’s house with Sunrise & Ammunition, Friendswood’s up-and-coming progressive rock band, and my heart is beating out of my chest. I’m pretty sure theirs are, too. For the band and me, this is our first interview ever. I’m armed with naught but a determination of journalistic integrity, and a stolen tape recorder from my friend Monica with a blank tape. (Tape recorder and a cassette? Vintage!)

So, to get this started off, state your name and what you do in the band.

Tyler Saucier: I’m Tyler, I play guitar and sing.

Chris Richardson: I’m Chris, I play bass.

Chris Branton: I’m Chris, I play drums and also sing.

Let’s get started. Teenage boys in a band, writing music, putting together tours…it’s a lot of responsibility to go out there by yourselves. Do you have to control yourself in any way? To be frank, you guys are more mature than the average teenage guy. Up front.

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Let it be known, I strongly hate it and completely disagree when people say that men can’t be feminists.

In Current News on August 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Why can’t they be feminists? I just find it ridiculous.

Supporting women’s rights shouldn’t be some exclusive Girls’ Club. No political movement should be gender-exclusive. We’re fighting so hard to break down the “Boys’ Club” mindset, and some people, who may or may not be feminists, are saying that men can’t join in on the action? Not all men are insufferable misogynists, just like not all women are feminists! Some men are feminists, AND THAT IS TOTALLY OKAY AND AWESOME.

Anyone can be a feminist if they have the want to, in the words of bell hooks, ”end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression,” male-identified, or not. bell hooks even wrote a (very good, very well-written) book called “Feminism is for Everybody.” Notice she wrote, “everybody,” not, “Everybody (Except Those People We Call Men).”

Lately everyone’s realizing the term “gay marriage” is ridiculous. The term “male feminist” is also ridiculous in that sense. You don’t gay park or gay shop, just like you don’t male breathe or male read.

Egalitarianism is what we’re fighting for, right? Let’s keep it that way.

 

Emily Vega

“I Hate It When People Say…”

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I hate it when people say:

 

“Women already have equal rights!”

“That’s their culture, you can’t change that.”

“Calm down, it’s just a joke.”

“Men/women are just like that.”

“Men/women can’t be changed.”

“Women/men are all the same.”

Because women’s rights shouldn’t just affect only America. Just because we don’t get stoned to death for showing our knees doesn’t mean the genders are equal.

Because if there’s even one person who wants something to change for the better, culture regardless, they deserve to fight for it.

If it offends someone, you have to respect that. It’s your right to say something, but that doesn’t mean someone has to accept it and keep their mouth shut.

Everyone is different.

Ditto.

Not true.

That is all.

 

 

Emily Vega

Emily’s Top Ten Favorite Songs

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Hey, Party People! This isn’t a super-important article, but as I scan the precious few zines I have from the 1990’s, I realize that it was just cool to let your fans know what you’re into, and to also gain feedback. So here, in no particular order, are my favorite songs right now:

1. “Heroes” – David Bowie

2. “Fuck and Run” – Liz Phair

3. “Turn the Sun Down” – Splendora

4. “Over at the Frankenstein Place” – Rocky Horror Soundtrack (:D)

5. “Knights” – Crystal Castles

6. “I Am (Doll Parts Demo)” – Courtney Love

7. “Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground” – Gogol Bordello

8. “Distant Fingers” – Patti Smith

9. “Andres” – L7

10. “Discipline” – Nine Inch Nails

 

 

Emily Vega

Red Hot Chili Peppers Storming Up the Wavelengths with their New Single!

In Current News, Music, Pop Culture, Unclassifiable on July 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

If you’re a Chili Peppers fan, you probably already know that their new single, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie was accidentally leaked three days early on the Red Hot Chili Peppers website  on July 15th, 2011 and was quickly made available to radio stations because of that.  If you didn’t already know, and even if you’re not a current fan, you should definitely take a listen:

The Cover of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's New Single: The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.

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Amy Winehouse: A Life Cut Short

In Current News, Music, Pop Culture on July 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

It was July 23rd, 2011, when prominent musician Amy Winehouse joined the ranks of Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison,  and Brian Jones in the 27 Club, the group of influential musicians who have died at the age of 27. Fans of Winehouse took to several forms of social media to express their sadness for the loss of one of their favorite artists. Already, Amy Winehouse is a trending topic on Twitter and there is a page on Facebook dedicated to mourning her.

Though it was no secret that Winehouse battled with alcohol and drug addictions, fans were still expressing their disbelief with tweets such as “very sad and shocked about the death of amy winehouse. r.i.p.” and “A tribute to Amy Winehouse on Magic TV on sky now .. V sad …Hard to believe. RIP.”  Even people who weren’t exactly fans of Winehouse took to Twitter to express their sympathies:  “I wasn’t a fan of Amy Winehouse but I can’t get over the fact that she died. #RIP”.

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Post-Potter Depression

In Movies, Pop Culture on July 24, 2011 at 3:29 am

“Can you believe it? Harry Potter is over!”

I think I’ve heard that said…what? about 365 thousand times already. It’s increasingly depressing as each day goes by, seriously. I think it’s especially disheartening to those who grew up with Harry. I remember being 11 years old, curled up with the first book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Damn. That was a long time ago. It was so magical! And then the first movie came out and suddenly, the magic was real. Excuse me, nerd moment.

Let me continue: this being the last installment of the ever-popular series is just a deafening blow to Potter fans. LIKE FO’ REAL. It’s even worse than when the last Harry Potter book came out. I mean, back then, at least we had something to look forward to, you know? There were a couple of more movies to be made. Yeah, we basked in what was soon to come like badasses. And then this. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. At least there was a part two, you know? They didn’t skimp out on us in that sense.

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