Wednesday, July 20, 2005


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(© Kevin Scanlon)

After five years the Hot Snakes have decided to disband immediately following their August festival dates in Norway and Sweden. From their inception, Hot Snakes was a sporadic cross country art project that catered wholly to the impulses of it's parts. With every practice, show and recording the band bullied time with an urgency ignited by the belief that an uncertain expiration date was inevitable. So to explain an uncomplicated situation uncomplicatedly, the band reached a point where they feel it is now time to move on.

Hot Snakes achieved far more than their expectations and exceeded beyond what they thought possible given the multitude of limitations that shaped their situation. We had a blast and savored every down stroke.

Thanks to all that celebrated the sound.

The bands final shows are as follows:
August 7th @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
August 8th @ Casbah - San Diego, CA
August 9th @ Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
August 11th @ Underworld - London, England with Ted Leo
August 12th @ Oya Fest - Oslo, Norway
August 13th @ Emmaboda Fest - Sweden

Hot Snakes are survived by three full length albums and a Peel Session EP.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Sam Reviews LIVE (Wires On Fire @ Knitting Factory)

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In the relatively short time I've known her, my good friend Sam has opened my eyes and ears to a lot of music, broadening my musical tastes and sparking curiosity within me to find out more. So when she asked to contribute reviews to Get the Door, It's Matzah, how could I say no?

Hopefully, this will be the first of many reviews from her. Without further introduction, here's Sam's first review for Get the Door, It's Matzah:

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Wires on Fire

I must first say that I have been into Wires On Fire since the very first time I saw them on my 16th birthday when they were called The Fallen. I had only known the singer/guitarist, Evan Weiss, as being that dreamy guy in jazz band at school, but when I saw them play at the Knitting Factory on my sweet 16, I swooned for their intense rock performance.

It has been 2½ years, almost to the day, since I fell head over heels for this band. They have progressed quite a bit since those early years and now put on some of the greatest rock shows I've ever seen…there I said it.

Their show on July 7th at the Knitting Factory was no exception. The crowd was filled with over-dressed and over-privileged kids who were there to "support" their friends, rather then listen to the music. However, this had no effect on the band who instead used the experience to smooth out some new songs for their upcoming tour.

Wires On Fire surged enough energy during their show for the entire three-stage venue, even the motionless felt the swell of feedback and noise in their blood. The whole band moved around the stage in a dirty, commanding way, yet when watching them, one could see that their movements, although harsh and intense, had a graceful appeal...even Jeff Lynn's seductive motions had their own allure.

The new songs bring something slightly different to the table. "Million Dollar Maybes" is my probably my new favorite. The intricate guitar solos leave you hot and ready for more. Wires On Fire have also nailed the art of cover songs, a feat that is often awfully executed. They perform "I'm Eighteen" flawlessly off of Alice Coopers' greatest record, Love It To Death, even adding a soaring saxophone to the mix. They sometimes throw in Circle Jerks' "Beverly Hills" as a transition piece…it works wonders, let me tell you.

This band truly gets better and better each time I see them. To say the least, their show is like no other and is not to be missed. Pick up their split with Record Collection's The Mean Reds where you can hear "Million Dollar Maybes" and "I'm Eighteen" here.

Monday, July 11, 2005


During last weekend's Fuck Yeah Fest, Myself and Richard Kill Hippies staggered down the streets of Echo Park, interviewing musicians and music lovers alike, with the intentions of posting them on Get the Door, It's Matzah. In addition, I also planned to post several interviews taken about the festival in the following days after the fest. This interview was taken with Buddyhead's Travis Keller, the man everyone loves to hate, a few days after the event. He sat down to chat with Get the Door, It's Matzah using AIM and talked about Live 8, his experience at Fuck Yeah Fest, and Darker My Love. Enjoy...

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Travis Keller

Matzah: So, you went to Fuck Yeah Fest. What are your thoughts?

Travis Keller: I was really impressed by the fact that the entire event was put together by an 18 (?) year old. Good work, little Mr. Sean Blacklist. It was a really cool event, unlike anything I've ever been too. The energy level was really high and the vibes were positive. Plus, who can beat 30 plus bands for $7? You can’t really.

Matzah: Why is it important to support events like this?

Travis Keller: I just think events like this are cool and unique, and if you want more cool and unique events popping up, then support the ones we've got. Plus, what the fuck else is there to do? But...what the fuck is up with Sean donating some of the money he made from Fuck Yeah Fest to reopen the PCH Club? Newsflash! No one wants that place back open... ahh the found memories I have of getting my car broken in to, almost getting stabbed by the homeless guy who came in the show with a knife and my friends being mugged several times. Yeah, let's get that place back open. Good idea!

M: But you've got to respect his intentions though. He's trying to make good music more available to the kids.

TK: That place sucked...Bad idea.

M: So which Buddyhead artists played Fuck Yeah Fest?

TK: They were gonna fly Shat out, but they ended up playing Live 8 in Philidelpia instead. But Wires On Fire and Your Enemies Friends played. Wires On Fire played before Mean Reds in the Rec Center and Your Enemies Friends played the afterparty downtown.

M: How do you think the kids responded to both bands?

TK: I only saw Wires On Fire play. I don't have a car so I didnt make it downtown to see Your Enemies Friends. But, from what I could tell the kids seemed to like Wires On Fire. It was one of the first times I've seen them play where kids in the audience knew most of the words. That was surprising. Lots of energy during their set. Even more energy during Mean Reds set. I don't know if I've ever see anything like that... the singer surfing and falling across the whole crowd and then asking the entire crowd to spit on him... and they did! Bizarre!

M: Yeah, that was probably one of the most insane shows I've ever been to. Why do you think the kids responded so well?

TK: Because they're good bands. I hope that's why at least.

M: What other bands did you dig besides Wires On Fire and Your Enemies Friends?

TK: I thought Darker My Love were really good. I've seen them a bunch of times now and they just keep getting better. They're turning into a really great band. I can't wait to hear their new record, I think it's gonna be really good. I hear bits of The Velvet Underground, Jesus And Mary Chain and even some good punk in there too.

Rolling Blackouts were pretty good. I hadn't really seen them before. Nice dudes too.

Greg Ashley of Gris Gris was so good it was shocking. An unexpected highlight for me. Homeboy was killing it on the harmonica. I haven't seen his band Gris Gris yet, but I heard they kinda sound like The Gun Club and that sounds pretty fucking cool.

Giant Drag have gotten a lot better since the last time I saw em a few years ago. Their songs are pretty catchy and Annie's got some pretty funny potty humor stage banter. She told someone in the crowd to shut up or she'd shit down their throat.

M: Let's go back to Darker My Love for a little bit. Who's better, Darker My Love or Andy Granelli's former project, The Distillers?

TK: I like Darker My Love better.

M: As do I. Before we end this, do you want to talk a little bit about the direction of Buddyhead? Do you have any plans for new releases? What's with all the new stuff on your site?

TK: What do you mean about the direction?

M: Well, you've got a new page, new features, new releases...

TK: It was about time. We just put out a split EP/DVD between Mean Reds and Wires On Fire. A few months ago we put out "The Jealous Guy" seven inch from 400 Blows. Soon we'll have 2xLPs for Buring Brides "Leave No Ashes" with bonus seven inch and four new exclusive songs. And soon after that we'll be putting out a Gayrilla Biscuits full length, our label's FAGship band. Aaron [North, of Nine Inch Nails] and I are very excited about that. Shat's in the studio recording his new 69 song album, no idea when it'll be done but with new songs like "Smoke Pot", "Kill Baby" and "That Fucking Whore Gave Me Aids", it's sure to be a classic. And Wires On Fire and Your Enemies Friends will be recording full lengths sometime this year and they'll both be out early next year. And we'll be doing a few dvds in there somewhere too.

M: That's rad dude. Thanks for talking with Get the Door, It's Matzah.

TK: No, thank you.

Sunday, July 03, 2005


Let me start off by saying that I'm not into festivals. You gotta stand around on big grassy fields under a burning sun, stuck in-between some shirtless fat guy and drunk, screaming frat boys. It's fucking lame.

Sean Carlson's Fuck Yeah Fest was different. Last Saturday, the drunk frat boys and shirtless fat men were nowhere to be found. Hosted in Echo Park, Carlson invited a slew of fantastic bands to play together for Los Angeles' wasted youth. Other than a few complications (lines and the afterparty being my primary complaints), I had one of the most warped, awesome experiences...ever.

Myself and 'Get the Door, It's Matzah' guest reviewer/interviewer Richard Kill Hippies invaded Fuck Yeah Fest with a digital camera, a digital recorder, and a couple bottles of Skyy Vodka. Here's what happened:

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Darker My Love (© Matzah)

Matzah: Unfortunately, we arrived late and caught Darker My Love's last song. From what I remember, it was a good song. Was it their single?

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Darker My Love (© Matzah)

Richard: We got there so late cuz we were drinking. I didn't know they even had singles.

Matzah's Grade: B, We didn't exactly see enough to push the grade in either direction.
Richard Kill Hippies' Grade: A, but, as you said, I only saw one song, so i wouldn't really know how the whole set was. But Tim [lead singer of Darker My Love] uses a Russian Big Muff pedal, so A is cool with me.

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Rolling Blackouts (© Matzah)

Matzah: I've seen them before. They keep getting better and better. It sounds like they're headed in a good direction.

I've heard a recorded version of 'The Take' before, but Saturday night was my first time hearing it live. Good fucking song.

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Rolling Blackouts (© Matzah)

Richard: I didn't even see them. I meant to see them last year when my band was playing [at Fuck Yeah Fest], but I didn't even see them then. I dunno, I forget shit real fast.

Matzah's Grade: -A, the dude who ran onstage and did the robot upped Rolling Blackouts into the A range.

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Richard Kill Hippies: Best show I saw of the night. The dude whose house it was in, I guess, was freaking out because it was so packed and wanted the band to play a whole other hour after they were supposed to go on.

Matzah: I was waiting for Wires on Fire through Limbeck's set.

Richard Kill Hippies: I was right in the front at the beginning and all I got was crash symbol blaring into my ear but it was fucking awesome. One of the better bands I saw that night.

Richard Kill Hippies' Grade: A. Rad band. Loud band. I like loud.
C- for the dude wanting the Wives to wait a whole other hour to play.


Matzah : So while you were at Wives, I sat around on my drunk ass during Limbeck waiting for Wires on Fire. I wasn't paying any attention. Bryan Sheffield from Doghouse was raving about them the other day too. Too bad I missed it.

Richard Kill Hippies: Wasn't All American Rejects on Doghouse?

I didn't see Limbeck. But who cares? I saw Mark from Home Improvement and that was fucking awesome!

Matzah: That was pretty rad. I got a quesadilla from him. It was actually pretty good.

Matzah's Grade: n/a

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Wires on Fire (© Matzah)

Matzah: One of the best bands of the night. I was right next to the speaker, which fucked up my ears real bad. I couldn't hear right the next morning. But, I had my digital camera in one hand and a bottle of Skyy in the other, up front for Wires on Fire, so I couldn't be happier.

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Wires on Fire (© Matzah)

Richard Kill Hippies: Sweet band! Awesome guys. I dug it. One of the better shows that I've seen em at.
was that place like an art gallery?

Matzah: Yeah, I think it was an art gallery. Also, their new drummer Darren is pretty rad. Good drummer. His style of drumming fits into Wires on Fire's sound well.

Richard Kill Hippies: Yeah, he is sweet.

Matzah: Did you see that dude humping Jeff from behind? That was hilarious.

Richard Kill Hippies: Ahah, whoah! What?

Matzah: That was one of the highlights of the set. What a good fucking band. They get better and better everyday.

Matzah's Grade: A- for the band, A for the dude who humped Jeff from behind.
Richard Kill Hippies' Grade: A-, I give the the guy working the door a C for not letting me bring my drink in.

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Mean Reds (© Matzah)

Matzah: Intimate and intense. I loved it.

Richard Kill Hippies: How were they intimate?

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Matzah: The band had no space, no room in between themselves and their audience.

Richard Kill Hippies: Oh, that's right...the Rec. Center. I keep thinking they played the Echo or something...that was last year.

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Richard Kill Hippies: They kinda sound like XBXRX. Nate [Harrington, still a virgin at press time] says they don't even listen to that shit though, which is funny 'cuz they sound like 'em. I dig em.

Matzah: I loved it. The boys wore matching high school wrestling outfits. Anthony [lead singer of Mean Reds] sported a homemade tattoo that reads 'Mia,' (apparently a girl he's been stalking) and claimed to smoke a joint made out of pubic hairs. I believe it. He also crowdsurfed, nearly started a riot, and had everyone in the crowd spit on him. Amazing.

Matzah's Grade: What's better than an A+? Nothing, so that's what they get.

So what did you guys think? Make yourself heard and comment!

Keep reading. More to come.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Matzah's Shows To Watch Out For - June/July Edition


Wednesday, June 29 - Vagenius @ Viper Room ($10.00)

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Giant Drag

Thursday, June 30 - Giant Drag @ Tokyo (Free)

Thursday, June 30 - Lion Fever @ Koo's ($7.00 @ door)


Friday, July 1 - Lion Fever, the Willowz @ El Cid ($5 @ Door)

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Fuck Yeah Fest

Saturday, July 2 - Fuck Yeah Fest ($7) @ Echo Park (Sea Level Records, The Echo)

Sunday, July 3 - The Mae Shi @ The Smell ($ @ door)

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Moving Units

Wednesday, July 6 - Moving Units @ Henry Fonda Theatre ($18)

Thursday, July 7 - Gram Rabbit @ Troubadour ($10)
Thursday, July 7 - Eels @ The Avalon ($25)
Friday, July 8 - Shoot Out the Lights, Tsk Tsk @ Knitting Factory ($7)
Friday, July 8 - Moving Units, The Like @ House of Blues Anaheim ($15)

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Friday, July 8 - Wives, The Pope @ The Smell ($ @ door)

Saturday, July 9 - Dungen, Mia Doi Todd @ Troubadour ($12)
Saturday, July 9 - 400 Blows @ The Smell ($ @ door)
Tuesday, July 12 - The Like @ Viper Room ($ @ door)
Tuesday, July 12 - Nicky P @ The Gig (Melrose) ($6 @ door)
Tuesday, July 12 - Billy Corgan @ Henry Fonda (Sold Out)
Wednesday, July 13 - Billy Corgan @ Henry Fonda (Sold Out)
Thursday, July 14 - Rolling Blackouts/Weird War @ Glass House ($10)
Thursday, July 14 - Dwarves, Willowz @ Troubadour ($12)
Saturday, July 16 - Sufjan Stevens @ El Rey ($17.50)
Sunday, July 17 - Some Girls @ Troubadour ($10)
Sunday, July 17 - Frausdots @ The Echo (Free)
Monday, July 18 - The Starvations @ Spaceland (Free)
Tuesday, July 19 - Vagenius @ Troubadour ($5 @ door)
Thursday, July 21 - Year Future, The Pope @ The Smell ($ @ door)
Thursday, July 21 - Go Team! @ Troubadour ($13)

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Circle Jerks

Thursday, July 21 - Circle Jerks @ The Glass House ($15)

Friday, July 22 - Go Team! @ Troubadour ($13)
Friday, July 22 - Beck, Le Tigre @ Gibson Ampitheatre (Sold Out)
Friday, July 22 - Red Onions, Rolling Blackouts @ Scene Bar ($ @ door)
Saturday, July 23 - Beck, Decemberists @ Gibson Ampitheatre (Sold Out)
Monday, July 25 - Radio Vago @ Detroit Bar (Free)
Tuesday, July 26 - Int'l Noise Conspiracy @ The Echo ($5)
Wednesday, July 27 - Int'l Noise Conspiracy @ 8714 S. Vermont ($5 @ door)
Thursday, July 28 - Bad Dudes, The Oohlas @ The Echo ($ @ door)
Friday, July 29 - The Red Onions @ The Smell ($ @ door)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Matzah Interviews James Tweedy (of The Bronx)

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James Tweedy

James Tweedy, better known to Bronx fans as Tweedy, doesn't fit the stereotype of a punk rock musician. Well spoken and well educated (not to insult the great uneducated punk rock musicians of our time), he brings intelligence and talent to Los Angeles' very own, The Bronx. Though the band has released merely a full length album and an EP in it's relatively short history, The Bronx have already carved their name into the filthy, marred walls of the historically rich Los Angeles punk scene. He sat down to speak with 'Get the Door, It's Matzah' recently. Here's what he had to say:

Matzah: So, you're from Los Angeles, right?
James Tweedy: Yes sir.

Matzah: Why name your band The Bronx when you're from LA? Is their any meaning behind that?
James Tweedy: It's a good band name, plus irony is big right now with the kids.

M: Who are your influences as a musician?
JT: In high-school I was all about 'indie-alternative' - Sebadoh, Ride, Sloan, Dinosaur Jr. - then in college the influential bands were Superchunk, Jawbreaker, Fugazi, Jawbox and the Likes. Biggest influences outside of that would of course be Led Zeppelin, the Stones and the Stooges. It's hard putting a finger on it being an avid fan of music - influences come and go from different places at different times. Lately it's the easier to digest of black metal (Cursed and Mastadon) and early 90's shoegazish type stuff (Swervedriver/Ride/Jesus & Mary Chain)

M: Do you read any music blogs, aside from 'Get the Door, It's Matzah'?
JT: We're new here.

M: I saw a few pictures of The Bronx, where you guys dressed as cops. Who do you like more, cops or meter maids?
JT: No one likes meter maids - we have friends who are cops, so I'll say cops - it's really quite funny that these individuals we know retain the power of the law and the ability to brandish firearms. God help us all.

M: Do you have any infamous police stories?
JT: There have been a handful of run-ins. A bike cop in Philadelphia gave us a 'disturbing the peace' ticket for playing our 'Best of 80's Metal' cassette at ear-shredding volume while parked just off State street. For the most part they've helped us out - when we rolled our van in Utah they helped us out, when our first van got totaled in Michigan by a drunk driver they helped us catch the shitbag - cops are nicer in other parts of the country, except Texas.

M: Are The Bronx recording a follow up to their self titled debut yet? What are the plans?
JT: Yes. We're currently writing the record. When we've written the best record we're capable of we're going to record it, then release it.

M: What was it like signing to Island/Def Jam so early in your career? What were the perks?
JT: It was great. None of our other bands had ever been signed to a major label before and so far it's nowhere near the ass-fucking that everyone claims it to be. They've been quite good at accommodating us and our whims. As long as the music is not being influenced by what label you're signed to, it doesn't matter if you're signed to Ducky Records or Universal Music Group world conglomerate evil headquarters. Everyone is trying to fuck you - the majors do it with the lights on. We might have a more sordid tale down the road but for now we're quite happy with our relations.

M: Did it seem too much, too fast (especially because you guys were signed within playing a couple of shows)?
JT: We had to hit the ground running but it all worked out. We had a plan, they just stepped along side us, supported our ideas and let us do it. Our goal was to release a record and tour for two years. We did.

M: Why did you guys form White Drugs Records?
JT: White Drugs was formed because the deal we did with Island didn't affect our first record, because it was already done and we wanted it that way. We formed White Drugs as the entity from which we could license out our record from to get it released. For example, White Drugs did a deal with Ferret Music - they licensed the record to release and distribute it for us. The same story repeats in several different countries with different labels licensing the record from us (White Drugs).

M: What is happening with White Drugs Records now? Are you guys planning to put out other bands on it?
JT: We're focusing on being a band before being a label. Eventually it will grow into something. It's our avenue to get stuff done ourselves. The Drips record will be coming out on White Drugs later this year, that's a Matt/Joby side-project deal that in the past put some stuff out on the surf/punk label Hostage Records. Maybe another 7-inch or two. Nothing outside of our immediate family for the time being.

M: It seems like a big aspect to your music are drugs. Why the drug references?
JT: Sometimes it's tongue in cheek to exploit cultural faux-pas but mainly it's from individual personal experience which reflects itself in certain songs/attitudes.

M: Obviously, you guys have had some hard times. Do you still feel like 'Los Angeles kicks you in the teeth everyday'?
JT: We love living here, it's been gentler on us lately - mainly because we've been on tour and haven't been here for the last 2 years.

M: On a more upbeat topic, what up and coming LA bands are you stoked about at the moment? What bands do you think deserve exposure?
JT: 400 Blows. The new record [Angel's Trumpets And Devil's Trombones] is out, go buy it. Just saw Giant Drag play tonight - it's good, honest and authentic - something that lacks these days in most efforts. The Icarus Line released one of the best records of last year 'Penance Soiree' much to the inattention of the public at large - and their new stuff sounds amazing.

M: I've heard that The Bronx have had some crazy tour experiences. Care to share any stories?
JT: What happens on the road stays on the road.

M: If we were backstage at one of your shows, what would we see?
JT: A bunch of sweaty, greasy 35-year old dudes telling us that they haven't been this excited about a band since they saw Black Flag in '84.

M: Can you give us a little known fact about yourself?
JT: I love fishing.

M: Name three things you can't stand about music these days.
JT: 1. Consumerist mentality in regards to music. Music is 'consumed' instead of enjoyed and/or appreciated. It is blatantly shaping music. Just turn on FUSE for 15 minutes. The effect this is having is that music is essentially eating itself, like a stomach deprived of substance begins to feed on itself. Our culture is so instant gratification - internet, tivo, music downloading, pre-records release - that no one is willing to wait for a good thing to come along. As a result, bands are making records on someone else's schedule and this is reflected in the sheer volume of shitty, unoriginal bands that are plaguing the musical landscape. There are only a few bands daring to slow down, take a breath and make truly classic, timeless albums.

2. Fake aggression. Screaming does not equal genuine aggression/emotion.

3. The imitators are being celebrated more than the imitated. This has always been the case though. The originators die in obscure poverty while the contemporaries they influence enjoy the fruit of their labor pains.

M: If a fan wanted to find you, where would be the first place for them to look?
JT: Online.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

I Love 400 Blows - Contest Winners

Here are the winners in the first 'Get the Door, It's Matzah' contest, sponsored by Buddyhead:

1st - Bobby Daly (San Jose, CA)
2nd - Scott Thomas (Jacksonville, FL)
3rd - Samantha Watkins (Santa Monica, CA)

More contests to come in the future.

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