NOISE POP NIGHT 6 | 03.04.07 | SAN FRANCISCO

NOISE POP IS HERE!

Noise Pop's 15th anniversary festival begins today (2/27) with the opening, "FREEDM Night" event at Mezzanine. The annual event will feature over 100 artists packed into clubs around San Francisco from Tuesday 2/27 through Sunday 3/4.

In honor of this monumental event taking place in our own backyard, JamBase has put together a little teaser interview with two of our favorite artists set to appear at Noise Pop. Both John Vanderslice, who will be headlining at The Independent Wednesday 2/28 (with Damien Jurado, The Submarines and Black Fiction) as well as Mike Drake of Oranger (who will support Roky Erickson and the Explosives on 3/1 at the Great American Music Hall) are ready to give us all a little insight into Noise Pop's big event.


John Vanderslice


John Vanderslice
Noise Pop is a unique festival, what's your favorite aspect of Noise Pop and what are you most excited about?

John Vanderslice: Well, Noise Pop was my first solo show ever, opening up for Bob Mould and then the Mountain Goats! I've only missed it once and it remains something that connects me to San Francisco. I love the opening night party [taking place Tuesday 2/27 at Mezzanine]. The booking is always eclectic and interesting.

What bands on the bill do you think people should make an effort to check out, and/or, what bands do you want to see?

John Vanderslice: Midlake [3/4 Bottom of the Hill], Vic Chesnutt [3/2 Swedish American Hall], Annuals [3/2 Cafe Du Nord], Ted Leo [3/2 Great American Music Hall], St. Vincent [3/2 Fillmore], Brightblack Morning Light [3/3 Great American Music Hall], tons more [see the complete schedule here].


John Vanderslice
What is it about San Francisco that makes it one of (if not the) greatest city in the world?

John Vanderslice: Well it's definitely not the greatest city in the world! That's like saying America is the greatest country in the world. There's a LOT out there! I would say it's one of the best cities I've ever been to. There are remarkable things about San Francisco you won't find anywhere else: the food culture, the light, Marin and San Mateo county beaches, Golden Gate Park, the Ferry Building...

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

John Vanderslice: I am VERY nervous before shows so usually I'm pacing or pretending to pay attention to a conversation backstage. It is impossible for me to focus until we start playing, then the feeling completely changes, I'm calm and very happy.

What should everyone know about you that they probably do not?

John Vanderslice: I am beyond lazy. If I didn't have a deadline I would never do anything. People have a strange preconception that I'm prolific. I am happiest when doing nothing.


Mike Drake of Oranger

Noise Pop is a unique festival, what's your favorite aspect of Noise Pop, what are you most excited about?


Oranger
Mike Drake: It's our 25th time. We're excited about playing with Roky Erickson [3/1 at Great American Music Hall].

What bands on the bill do you think people should make an effort to check out, and/or, what bands do you want to see?

Mike Drake: They're all winners in our book.

What is it about San Francisco that makes it one of (if not the) greatest city in the world?

Mike Drake: The psychedelic chowder. Obviously.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Mike Drake: Yeah, we get together a day or two before the show and try to remember our songs.

What should everyone know about you and your band that they probably do not?

Mike Drake: We're retired police officers.

JamBase | San Francisco
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[Published on: 3/5/07]

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Comments

Luthur starstar Wed 2/28/2007 01:38PM
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Nekid dude with his hand down his pants. No thank you.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 2/28/2007 02:03PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

"Open bar, dude!!!" - Farva (Super Troopers)

biscuits-n-phish star Wed 2/28/2007 04:39PM
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biscuits-n-phish

let me get this 'straight', this is in S.F., with naked dudes runnin around. sounds a little fruit-tay. Count me out brah.

Andrew W. starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/28/2007 05:14PM
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Andrew W.

greatest party of the year so far...

Kayceman starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/28/2007 05:19PM
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Kayceman

I gotta agree w/ Andrew W. While the music left a bit to be desired, this was fun as hellllll! And we have TONS of music coming at us all week... last night was hang time, now we get front row for rock and roll bombast.

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 09:11AM
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j-bizzle

Kayce - i totally hear you on Har Mar. I mean WTF? This guy is just an indie rocker's novelty act. Did it seem like anybody was into him, or did everyone feel that this guy should just get off the stage?
Can't wait to see Vic Chesnut tomorrow night.

Kayceman starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 10:52AM
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Kayceman

J-Bizzle - Oddly enough, there were people who seemed to be totally into Har Mar. Me and mine were just waiting for it to end... different strokes i guess, but man, there are so many great bands out there, i would have liked to see some young rock band get that slot... But i hit Sebadoh last night (Wed) - review forthcoming, that was pretty damn good.

blower starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 11:28AM
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Got to love San Francisco and the freakiness. Looks like a hell of a party. Way more fun than I had on my Tuesday night. Thanks for the review!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 3/1/2007 12:08PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

dude, sebadoh rules and as for you kayceman, just consider this as the pre game as for what awaits in austin.

martymkfly starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 04:13PM
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Hey check out the Noise Pop acts streaming online at http://www.lala.com/noisepop
You can listen to a ton of bands doing live noise pop shows-Cake, Midlake, John Vanderslice, Clinic, Autolux, French Kicks, Ted Leo!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 3/1/2007 05:06PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

much love for showin much love to sebadoh. i saw them at lollapalooza 94 or 95 i think when i was in like 8th or 9th grade and they played on the second stage. apperently the band was dealing with some internal tension and lou barlow hurled a rock at the drummer while he was playing. funny shit. great band

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/2/2007 11:27AM
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>>>>younger, wide-eyed hipsters and aging indie rockers

Kayce,

Half-joking half not, could you please explain the difference to me between hipsters and indie rockers? Is it that indie rockers just have more balls than hipsters? Is it an age thing as your adjectives might suggest? Or are they simply interchangeable? Thanks.

Signed,
Not Hip to the Lingo

p.s. I have to leave SF this weekend and will miss Brightblack Morning Light...so I'm super looking forward to some Jambase coverage. Have fun this weekend freaks!!!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Fri 3/2/2007 11:46AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

hipsters are narccistic and artsy fartsy at times. and they flock to any brooklyn neo post punk band or whatever band whom gets their balls buttered by pitchfork. but thats just me.

toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/5/2007 07:09AM
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toestothenose

Thnk-you all for taking the time to cover this. Sounds like it was a fun week of tunes.

DeadKennyG starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 08:18AM
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No one went to review Ghostland Observatory?!?!? WEAK. Y'all missed out. Those guys are out to take over the universe.