In the world of music blogging/music it's a rare and wonderful feeling to make a connection with someone that feels like a genuine friendship. I've had the honor of getting to know some really amazing people through TGE, and some really not so amazing people. One of those amazing persons is Jamie from Audio Antihero, a label that is really special. Today I'm so excited to bring you a Pop Quiz from the label, and a friend.
TGE: If you had the chance to release something from any artist who would it be?
Audio Antihero: I dunno, Johnny Foreigner are probably the best rock band in the world?
TGE: What are five of the last albums you've picked up?
A: American Government won’t let me get a job yet so I’m not buying very much right now but...
Adam Stafford - Taser Revelations
Beverly Tender - “Lord Mayor Makes 1,000 Speeches” tape
Yr Poetry - “Rocket Season”
Into It. Over It. - “Standards”
Also, your “Sugar Rush” comp. Which I love. (editor's note: see, best friends!)
TGE: Which famous horror movie remake would you most want to direct or cast?
A: I don’t think I’m qualified to do either but I usually enjoy remakes, even if they’re totally unnecessary. In reality, we should be remaking films which weren’t that great. I’m not just gonna be all “I think I can do ‘THE THING’ better than John Carpenter…’
I might like to see ‘Demons’ and ‘Demons 2’ (Lamberto Bava, 1985 and 1986 respectively) remade. I think they should still be in the same location, same time period with an Italian cast and crew...but just like 20% better? And maybe slightly less mean spirited too. I just started feeling sad after a while.
Another option is ‘Nightmare City’ (Umberto Lenzi, 1980), I might like to see it remade without any of the crazy misogyny and “it was all a dream...or was it?” stuff. I’m not sure I’d ever gotten angry watching a Horror film before this one. In reality, I think I just thought the title was cool.
TGE: Who would you cast in your dream horror film?
A: I always wanted to see Jean Claude Van Damme in a horror film, not like a really really good one, maybe a ‘Universal Soldier’ equivalent quality Horror film. Bad ass but silly.
But for a kind of supergroup horror film, I’d like to cast:
Bruce Campbell (sad dad who gets covered in blood at some point)
Jeffrey Combs (mad scientist who has his fucking reasons, okay)
Charlie Day (Jeffrey Comb’s assistant, he also has his fucking reasons, okay)
Ken Foree (cool dad with chainsaw)
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (wielding a pickaxe and no American accent)
Salma Hayek (astronaut)
Katharine Isabelle (playing the twin sister of her ‘See No Evil 2’ character)
Rolf Kristian Larsen (who absolutely will survive the film)
Kurt Russell (as some kind of libertarian survivalist, who embraces democratic socialism by the end) Rosario Dawson (fucking people up)
Zachary Quinto (any goddamn role he wants to play)
Jake Gyllenhaal (wild eyed and weird)
Maybe casting is actually a hard job?
TGE: You're putting together a playlist for Bernie Sanders to take the stage to..what songs do you include?
A: “Enter Sandman” by Metallica (probably fade it out after everybody gets the joke though)
“Bigger than Hip Hop” by Dead Prez
“Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young (He already includes this but I’d play it a second time)
“Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
“Heart Heart” by Withered Hand
“We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel
“Rich Kids” by CHUCK
“Dream Baby Dream” by Suicide (long version if he’s waiting for CNN/MSNBC to actually admit he won whatever primary because that takes all night)
“Be My Husband” by Nina Simone (cos I’ll be whatever he wants me to be)
“Because the Night” by Patti Smith (but i’d grab the mic and shout “SANDERS!” over the word “lovers”)
TGE: Give us an AA fun fact.
A: I kind of coaxed my wife into making Los Angeles a stop on our honeymoon last year so I could meet up with Tyler from Cloud. He made me british blend tea and laughed about it.
TGE: Since you've moved to the US what's been the most American thing you've seen?
A: Ted Cruz. And he’s Canadian?
TGE: What do you think one of the biggest misconceptions about running a label is?
A: That it’s necessary.
TGE: Describe your dream pizza.
A: Don’t dream it, be it.
But I dunno, beef, spicy pork, bbq sauce, onions, jalapenos and sweetcorn.
There’s this place in Miami called “The Original Big Tomato” that does an incredible Tangy Thai pizza. I just teared up thinking about it.
TGE: What's been one of your proudest or most surreal moments as a label?
A: Probably when one of my e-mails to Pitchfork actually got answered. 2013 sure was a dream year.
TGE: If you weren't running a label what other dream projects would you start?
A: I’d like to have a rad wrestling promotion. I’d make the American guys to lose to Scottish guys.
TGE: Give us one thing we should check out - anything at all.
A: Progress Wrestling is very awesome pro wrestling from London. Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay is the best. I’d like more Noam Dar and Mark Haskins there and a debut from Drew Galloway too. Yay, wrestling.