Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pheaturing Seth Powell From The Charlie Watts Riots

Hey there, welcome to the Phile. It's Sunday and today is National No Bra Day. I'm not wearing mine so take yours off right now. Haha.  At Starbucks you can now pick up something called a duffin. A duffin is a combination of a doughnut and a muffin. I have an idea for Starbucks: cheap coffee...  "Choffee." Governor Chris Christie said: "Big deal, call me when Starbucks is combining cake and pie."  It's autumn, ladies and gentlemen, and because of the government shutdown the leaves will not be changing color this year. It's day eleven of the government shutdown. Are you like me? Are you beginning to miss the days when we were ruled by a mad English king?  After somehow managing to lose somebody's dog somewhere between California and Canada, Air Canada responded through a spokesperson to a CBS Sacramento journalist seeking a statement with a not-completely-offbase, but still oddly-dismissive email. "Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the U.S. media spends its time." First of all, the CBS Sacramento news team is not representative of the U.S. media as a whole. And second of all, yes. The news media is so ADD that you could easily murder someone as long as you do it before the new iPhone comes out.  Metal legend Glenn Danzig implored a Florida audience to physically assault some Groupon-ticket-buying concert-goer who was recording the musical performance with his smartphone. Despite Danzig's request that "somebody punch that fucking asshole right there," the fucking asshole was ejected by security unpunched, after which he snuck back in to continue watching the guy who just asked a room full of metalheads to beat him up, because, hey, he paid $19 for that ticket. I like to imagine Glenn Danzig at a Chili's, asking to have his grilled chicken blackened... like his soul.  Here's a story about Cory Booker who was on the Phile a few weeks ago. Rick Shaftan, an aide to Republican senatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, has done us all a great service by pointing out that Lonegan's Democratic opponent Cory Booker never got around to writing something normal like, "Hey, you got really hot breasts, man. I'd love to suck on them," to a Portland stripper with whom he was engaged in a flirtatious Twitter conversation, thus fiercely throwing his heterosexuality into question. In completely unrelated news, Shaftan has been fired from the Lonegan campaign. Cory Booker seems like the kind of guy who would call a sex hotline and end up adopting a cat.  I should skip this next story... it's about Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson's son being beaten to death. It might want you to put your hand through a wall. Shit, I'll tell it nonetheless. Ugh, okay… Minnesota Vikings running Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son died in a South Dakota hospital two days ago after receiving multiple injuries from apparent physical abuse, likely inflicted by a man the boy's mother was dating. There you go. If you were expecting a joke... LA-based screenwriter Ryan Brooks is suing the makers of some movie called Trouble with the Curve that, if you really stretch your memory, you might recall stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams as baseball talent scouts or something. Maybe they were coaches. Also, wasn't Justin Timberlake in there somewhere? Or was that Ryan Phillippe? At any rate, Brooks is claiming that the idea for this movie was stolen from him.  Hey, Facebook fans, all of the ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, unrequited admirers, borderline-psychopathic stalkers and Tea-Party-talking-point-forwarding uncles of the world will soon be able to find your Facebook page with a simple name search, as the social network is removing users' choice of whether they're findable by every weirdo or only friends. I can't believe they are so many privacy risks involved in broadcasting my entire life on Facebook.  The Vatican misspelled the name "Jesus" as "Lesus" on 6,000 gold, silver and bronze medals created by the Italian State Mint to commemorate the papacy of Pope Francis. And, just like that, five-hundred million smacks on the hands of Catholic school kids were rendered worthless.  This is good news, Republican House leaders are now suggesting the possibility of a short-term debt limit increase that will hold off the complete economic implosion of the United States until maybe sometime in November when things start feeling a bit more festive and Great Depressiony. Kind of regretting the Ted Cruz is Right, This Will Totally Work Out Well tattoo I got. Haha. Just. Kidding.  The United States Postal Service will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, the first out gay man elected to public office in the U.S., by issuing a commemorative stamp bearing his likeness, making him also the first openly gay man on a USPS stamp. For the record, closeted gay men have been featured on postage stamps for decades now.  Due to the government shutdown Mount Rushmore can now only be viewed from the Canadian side.

Number one, that is so stupid, and number two... could that picture be anymore less clear?  So, do you kids watch "Once Upon A Time"? I have never seen it, but if it's anything like this I will watch it...

The White Rabbit is going either in Snow White's crotch or out of it.  Hey, have you seen the new Kleenex ad? I can't say I disagree.

Well, in New York City, New York Comic Con is going on and some famous New Yorkers showed up.

I will go to that con one day.  Okay, like I said at the top of the Phile it's No Bra Day, and here's the official poster for it.

So, take 'em off and send pics to... just kidding. Well, it is October and it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All through October I am showing you some creative yet controversial breast cancer awareness posters. Here's another one...

You can detect breast cancer early, beat the disease before it's too late. By PENCIL Advertising, Kuwait. And now for some sad news...

Scott Carpenter
May 1, 1925 - Oct 10, 2013
He spent a total of 4 hours and 56 minutes in space. When you think about it, that's only 4 hours and 56 minutes more than YOU spent in space. Big WHOOP.

If you can spot the Mindphuck email me at Okay, so, it's another week of NFL football and another week where I invite my good friend Jeff to the Phile to talk about football. And yes, the Giants lost again on Thursday. Anyway, please welcome back to the Phile Jeff and for the first time his fianceé Lori.

Me: Hey, welcome back to the Phile, Jeff... and welcome Lori for your first time here.

Jeff: As always it's great to be back on the Phile with you. And this time I am glad to be joined by my fianceé Lori as well.

Lori: Good to finally be here!

Me: So, Lori, you're like a ringer... You're beating Jeff and I by a lot. How do you do it?

Lori: I try to pick teams with a good record who I think have a good chance of winning. I have tried to do a little extra research into team's records against their competitors, but that doesn't always work out in my favor, so I guess I'd just say I go with my gut.

Me: This is Jeff's and I third year doing the picks on the Phile, have you ever gone football picks before?

Lori: I did the Weekly Pick'em on last year and this year, but I've never done picks with other people before.

Me: You're must be feeling pretty proud of yourself. Haha. Is Jeff giving you a hard time about you winning?

Lori: I was feeling good until last week's results! Nah, Jeff's been pretty good about me beating him here and in both of our fantasy leagues.

Me: That's good. Okay, Jeff, what's the NFL news this week and we won't talk about Adrian Peterson.

Jeff: The biggest news of the week is the pace that the Broncos and Peyton Manning are on. He threw 20 touchdowns before throwing his first interception. I can't remember the last time a team scored over fifty points in two consecutive games like they have. Other big news is a rash of injuries around the league. Plus the complete falling out of former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman who was released by the team after being their starter for 2 years. He has signed with Minnesota now.

Me: Have you heard this Redskin story I mentioned on the Phile last week? Do you think they should change their name?

Jeff: The story of the Redskins changing their name comes up every few years. I don't think they should change their name, just like the Atlanta Braves don't need to either.

Me: Okay, so, how did we do last week? I take it Lori is still winning, am I right?

Jeff: Yes, Lori is still winning. She went 0-2 this week, but with an Eagles win she has twenty three points. You went 2-0 this week so you are now in solid second place with twelve points. Then there is me. Who went 1-1 this week so I have nine points.

Me: Good, Lori. You have more points than Jeff and I put together but being the tie-breaker year with Jeff, I am glad I am in second place. Okay, this week's picks... I say Bengals will beat the Bills by 14 and the Lions will best the Browns by 4. What go you say, Lori? 

Lori: Chiefs by 3 and Saints by 1.

Me: Jeff?

Jeff: My picks for the week are 49ers to win by 7 points and Packers by 3 points.

Me: Okay, goo luck and I will see you here next weekend.

Jeff: See you next week!

It's 11:36 am, 77°F and Kelly says she wants a baby for Christmas. Aggghhhh!!! Meanwhile Kelly will be hosting the Weekend Countdown all weekend for Spyder Harrison on SiriusXM Hits 1.

She wants a baby by Christmas. Shit. And she is set to elope any day now. I'll never be able to use my hall pass. Okay, moving on... you know what time it is now. But do you know what it's time for? He's a patriot, singer and renaissance man. It's time for...

Her: "Wanna come over and watch the game on Monday?" Me: "What game?" Her: "Helllllllloooooo... Monday Night FOOTBALL!" Me: "I don't watch sports." Her: "Yea... right... What kind of guy doesn't watch sports?" Me: "The same kind of guy that doesn't watch porn... and for the same reason." Her: "What's that?" Me: "Unless I'm playing... I'm not interested." Her: "You're hopeless." Me: "...and yet, you keep calling." Her: ...*click*.

Today's pheatured guest is the lead singer and guitarist for the very cool kick-ass band The Charlie Watts Riots who have a fantastic new album out called "Break in the Weather" which is now available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile, the smartly dressed rocker... Seth Powell.

Me: Hello, Seth, welcome to the Phile.

Seth: Hey there.

Me: Okay, first things first, does Charlie Watts know you named the band after him?

Seth: We don't really know. He never takes our calls.

Me: You did name the band after Charlie Watts from the Stones, right?

Seth: Not really. Nor the Watts riots. We are just witty. Very witty.

Me: What's the origin of the band name then?

Seth: We kicked around a lot of names that no one liked. Finally Joe, our drummer, pitched the name, and we all liked it.

Me: You guys should go on the road with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Have you heard of them?

Seth: Yeah. We get that all the time.

Me: Actually you shouldn't go on the road with them, you guys would blow them off the stage. How long have you guys been a band?

Seth: About five years.

Me: And who is in the band? There's just three of you, right?

Seth: Yes. Me, Seth Powell on guitar/vocals, Mike Pauley on bass/vocals, and Joe Putrock on drums. 

Me: I love your new album "Break in the Weather". This is your second I believe. How would you compare it to "Long Story Short", your first album?

Seth: It's a little heavier than the first record. It's a big rock record. It's still us though. Big, melodic, power pop.

Me: Where did the album name come from?

Seth: It came from a lyric in the song "Omaha," and it's really appropriate. It's a departure, a break from the old.

Me: I like the single "Bottom". If you guys were from England, I would of thought the song would be about the part of a body... ass, or arse. Tush, bottom, you know what I mean. What does "Bottom" refer to?

Seth: Ha. I've never really subscribed to telling people what a song means. Whatever the listener thinks the song means, is what it means. That said, it was written from a perspective of coming to terms with the realities and disappointments of real life. More rock bottom than tush when I wrote it...

Me: Oh, a song for me then. Great. Where are you guys from?

Seth: Upstate New York.

Me: Your new album cover looks English, Seth. Who came up with that idea?

Seth: A super talented guy named Phillip Pascuzzo. He's amazing.

Me: So, did you all grow up together?

Seth: Not really, but we all have pretty intertwined histories. Oddly so.

Me: Which one of you guys does most of the songwriting or is it a joint effort?

Seth: On the last record it was me and Brendan Pendergast (who moved amicably to DC a few years ago), but on this one, Mike had written a bunch of new stuff that was great, and it really helps us put out a different record than the last one.

Me: You guys have a song on the new album called "Luanne". Is that someone you all know?

Seth: It's actually a nurse who I knew, but it's very loosely based in her. It's more the name I loved for the chorus.

Me: I have to mention the producer of "Break in the Weather"... Nick Raskulinecz. He has produced a lot of really cool bands, did he have any cool stories?

Seth: Nick was great. He had amazing stories, but Nick's stories are like Fight Club. First rule about Nick Stories is you don't talk about Nick Stories.

Me: Okay, fair enough. Was he cool to work with though?

Seth: He is the best. He's a huge fan of music. Very positive. Very funny. Great guy. He just so happens to have worked with huge bands. When we were done and he asked us to be on his label, it was not much of a decision. He's the kinda guy you just like being around, let alone connected to, given his résumé.

Me: Where was the album recorded?

Seth: At our studio, the Soundcheck Republic. We mixed it with Nick in Nashville.

Me: On one track, "The Band That Killed Disco", you guys have another singer. I'll ask you about him in a minute, but what band killed disco? 

Seth: We did. And probably new wave circa 1979. But mostly us.

Me: Anyway, you had another singer... Brendan Pendergast. Who is he and how did he get to be the singer of this song? 

Seth: Brendan is a great singer and songwriter and he and I started the band as a co-songwriting project. He and I were mutual fans of each others old bands, and I had recorded and produced a lot of his stuff, so we just decided to start something together. We had Joe on drums and the original bass player was our friend Marc Connor. Because Brendan left amicably and we loved the song, I asked him to come up and sing it so we could put it on the record.

Me: So, will you be touring behind the new album?

Seth: Yep. We just signed with a new booking agent. No floors though. That's my only stipulation. Mandatory beds.

Me: What has been the best show you guys played?

Seth: We played a show with Brown Bird of all bands, for a popular radio show in Albany, NY that was transcendental. The reason you play live. No band, no audience. Just one mass of energy. It's still the bar...

Me: Alright, so, on the Phile I am asking random questions thanks to Tabletopics. Are you ready? Would you choose to be the worst player on a winning team or the best player on a losing team?

Seth: We are a great rock and roll band. We ARE the best players on a losing team...

Me: Haha. Okay... Seth, thanks for being on the Phile. Mention your website and please come back soon. You guys rock!

Seth: Thanks for your time!!! We really appreciate it. Facebook is big for us too Twitter @theriots.

There you go, that about does it for this entry of the Phile. The Phile will be back tomorrow with Phile Alumni The Breedings. Then next Sunday it's Phile Alum John Wesley Harding... I'm sorry, he now goes by his real name Wesley Stace. And on Monday the kids Wise Girl, a really cool band with a real hot lead singer. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Strawberry Blondes Forever!

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