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Interview w/ Brent DeBoer - Record Release Show at the Woods Tonight!

 

Brent “Fathead” DeBoer, the drummer and backup vocalist for The Dandy Warhols, has had a pretty impressive career. The Dandys have toured with such greats as The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, and are soon releasing an album of their greatest hits. DeBoer recently stepped out on his own to record a solo album, The Farmer, a melodic collection of acoustic songs, a portion of the proceeds from which are being donated to charity.

DeBoer was kind enough to sit down and have a chat with The Deli Portland regarding David Bowie, the hillbilly folk scene, and tonight's show at the newest hit venue in Portland, The Woods.

What inspired you for this album The Farmer?

Well, Brian Coates (of The Great Northwest) for sure, and anyone on the committee, dead or alive, that I could imagine listening to it. At the time, I was living in the rock dorm and Brian Coates lived downstairs. He writes melodic, acoustic, trippy, sad songs, and I was tying to do a bunch of songs like his in that way. Then eight years later, when he was recording Zia MaCabe’s (Dandy Warhols' keyboardist) album, he was recording her. She’d get done at 10:00 p.m, they’d work until then and then I came in, broke out all the old cassettes, and Brian and I would work until six in the morning. But yeah, I’d say the biggest influence would be Brian Coates.

A portion of the proceeds from The Farmer are going to the MS Foundation. Why is that a cause that’s important to you?

My dad has MS, and when I’d recorded this with Coatsie, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. We put it on and it sounded pretty cool, and we wanted to do something with it that would be different. Most albums, especially something like this, they just come and go and they wouldn’t really matter that much. But I wanted to think of a way for a different audience to hear it, and I started thinking of charity things, and MS was an obvious one, considering my Dad, and the fact that I’d done the MS walk a few times, so we called up the people at the Oregon chapter at the MS Society, so we’re contributing some of the proceeds to fight MS.

What are the highlights of your career so far?

There’s a handful. There’s been a few massive concerts, big shows around the world, but I think the main thing would be just having musical peers show appreciation by coming to your concerts, or mentioning in the press how much they like a certain song or album. Having David Bowie and his band come to see us play a few times made us feel really good. Generally when you start a band, you’re not thinking about fame or money or chicks, you’re just trying to be accepted by your peers in the music world. Even if it’s just some fantasy figure you imagine, that’s what you’re really thinking of. So to have Joe Strummer walk up to me at a festival and ask when we were going on, and tell me he loved the music, or having Bowie come to the show, it makes it easier to sleep at night. It makes it easier to ignore it when you hear some snotty reviewer rag on you - you rest assured that they’re wrong. I care more about Joe Strummer's opinion than some guy writing for some rag out of Denver who gives us a shitty review.

What’s next for you?

We have the Dandy Warhols greatest hits collection coming out, which we’re calling The Capitol Years, considering the fact that we never really had a collection, or more than one semi-hit. It’s just a collection of songs that had videos, or were sent to radio stations by Capitol Records. There are two bonus tracks, and those are just about done. I’m also recording an album of songs of mine and my friends Bob Harrow and Gamma, who are both from Australia. We’re calling it Immigrant Union. We’re recording it with Greg Williams who produced the album Thirteen Tales for the Dandys. The ultimate dream for Immigrant Union is to tour country music fairs, going overseas, playing the Grand Ole Opry, the Austin City Limits Festival…just that other world of country world of hillbilly folk. It’s a world I don’t know, but I’d really like to. That’s the band that’ll play with me on April 30th, at The Woods. It’s $15, but it’s worth it because the money goes to a good cause.

Brent De Boer’s solo record The Farmer is raising money to fight MS, and is available now on CD Baby.

- Arielle Mullen

   

YAWN Remix

Ever since SXSW the buzz surrounding YAWN has been unbelievable. It shows you what a solid SXSW performance can do for a band. They have a new video that should be out soon and they have a remix ep coming out shortly as well. We have a sneak peek at the ep with a remix of “Midnite” by German artist Groovehahn. The original version of the track can be found on YAWN’s free self-titled debut ep.

YAWN plays next at Empty Bottle on May 29th with Yourself and The Air.

   

Weekend Warrior, April 30 - May 2

When Grammar Debate! finished up their sophmore album Broken Heart Deluxe last summer, we don’t think anyone thought that it would take this long for them to celebrate the fruits of their labor, especially when your frontman is at the helm of concert promotion group Village Green Productions. But you’ll finally get your chance to toast their hard work tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, which we’re sure Joe Lekkas and the rest of the crew will be doing - over and over again. And when the band hit the road and toured the Midwest in support of Broken Heart Deluxe, they did it alongside long-time friends Adam & Dave’s Bloodline who will also be joining them on stage this evening. Ever since the release of their album Boycott Classics and the release of their newest single “Come See Come Saw/Living Gets Easy”, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline have been getting plenty of local love!
 
More things to get you out and about this weekend…
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Mondo Topless Album Release Party, SUN Attia Taylor and Creatures of Prey
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Swimmers and East Hundred
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Urban Giants
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Infinien, SAT Surgeon and Big Terrible,
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Tough Shits, Invisible Friends, The Midnight Beat, SAT Psychedelphia
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Last Barbarian, SAT Kettle Pot Black and Crills Wilson
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Broad Street Blues
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Downtown Harvest and Stonethrown

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Moxy
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Far-Out Fangtooth
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Dirt Worshipper and Deathbeds
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Monolith
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Thee Nosebleeds and Shakey Lyman
 
The Carriage House (myspace.com/onlyonecarriagehouse or email OnlyOneCarriageHouse@gmail.com) FRI The Spooks, The Great Vibration, Far-Out Fangtooth

 

   

Travisfest 2010 & Rocketown's Last "Old Building" Show

Saturday night started off right with Travisfest at Rocketown. The 4th annual kid-organized concert was held to assist Travis Morgan, a "Rocketown kid," who was in an accident three years ago that left him in a coma. While he is no longer comatosed, his recovery has been extremely slow, so the concert was organized to raise money to help him with his medical expenses.

Travisfest also happened to be the final show in the Rocketown building, although the occasion didn't seem to be marred by any melodramatic "last show in the old building" feelings; apparently the new Rocketown location will be bigger and badder than ever before. (More details about TBA).

There was a tremendous turnout, making the benefit for Travis a wild success, and making the whole night a double whammy. I was able to catch several of the bands that played, including Roaming Cloud, Alcina and Goodbye Apathy. The latter two put on particularly compelling performances because their band members are longtime freinds of Travis, and were therefore especially glad to be playing at their friend's benefit. Travis's parents were there as well, talking to the countless people who have been inspired by Travis and his unbelievable recovery. While I felt somewhat out of place and in danger of being slammed by a teenager in a mosh pit, I couldn't help but enjoy the fact that hundreds of kids were wearing the t-shirts sold in Travis's honor, and found myself wishing I still had money from my parents because hell -- who doesn't love supporting a cause?

Everyone being there to support the Morgans, each other and their friend's band was the best thing about Saturday night. It was really cool to see so many youth form a community through Rocketown in an effort to care for someone in need. And, might I add, even the way they reacted to the band performances and the music was very supportive and "communal" as well.

I've said it once, and I'll say it again, the Rocketown crowd will be the Infinity Cat kids in four or five years. The fist pumping, the synchronized sing-alongs and crowd-surfing, the roaring and screaming? All were executed with such vigor that shivers were sent down my spine, and I feared that I was going to be caught in a youth hipster revolt of some sort, lead by Travis's best friend and lead singer of Goodbye Apathy, Brett Ison. But no - everybody was simply praising Travis Morgan and commemorating the old Rocketown building in the proper way. Speaking of which, everyone brought old pictures and memorabilia to put into a coffin, which will be built into the new location in June. (See above pic).

After witnessing so many teens unite over such a personal issue, I can say that Travisfest 2010 was definitely a grand slam.

Note: If you're interested in donating to the Morgan family, send a check to Rocketown and write "Travis Morgan Donation" on the memo line. They'll take care of the rest. - Erin Manning

   

Advice EP

Bully in the Hallway has a new ep called Advice that can be download now digitally (name your price) or you can buy the limited edition physical ep at their next show. The three song ep is a full-blown rock experience that was just recorded late last month at Phantom Manor. The turnaround on music these days is amazing.

Bully in the Hallway will be playing at Lincoln Hall on May 29th with Smoking Popes and Shot Baker.