Happy Record Store Day! Don’t forget to support your local independent record store and see whoever is performing at that specific record store. I know that the Dresden Dolls are going to be working the register at the Cambridge, MA, Newbury Comics and that Robby Roadsteamer is playing at the Nashua, NH, Newbury Comics. Also Björk will be screening the 3-D version of her new video for Wanderlust at a few select stores.  Unfortunately I’m working today so I can’t attend any of these events. So in order to cheer myself up, I’m just going to play music on Hype Machine throughout the day. Yay!

Folks who work here are professors

Don't replace all the knowers
with guessors
Keep'em open
they're the ears of the town

-Tom Waits


 

Moving on. Welcome to the second installment of my Kuestionnaire with Division Day. This time around with singer/keyboardist Rohner Segnitz. Rohner seems to have a little fascination with heavy metal, who woulda thunk it?

 

1. Of all the bands/artists in your CD/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
-toss up between Lungfish and David Sylvian 

2. What's in your record/CD player right now?
- The Blue Nile, "High"

3. What song would you say sums you up?
-probably either "Forgotten Empire of dark Witchcraft" by Behemoth, or "The Art Of Parties" by Japan.

4. What's your favorite local band?
-Xasthur

5. What was the last show you attended?
-Chapin Sisters @ the echo. Which was more like a couple of friends' B-day gatherings at the Echo, and the Chapin Sisters' incidental soundtrack.

6. What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
-impossible call, but some contenders: ok, actually, currently everything's eclipsed by Enslaved at SxSW 2008.

7. What's the worst band you've ever seen in concert?
-impossible call. too many.

8. What show are you looking forward to?
-nothing on the books right now, but i would love to see in the near future: Portishead, Radiohead, the re-united 90s fave Gyromonkeyhead.

9. What is your favorite band shirt?
-sadly, no band shirts are currently in my fave shirt stable, as i'm real picky about shirts. but i have plans to order an amazing Deathspell Omega shirt very soon.

10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
-David Sylvian.

11. Metal question - Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes?
-Corpse Paint.

12. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
-Sabbath.  But only the first couple albums. 

13. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?
-Lionel.  I am a fan of dancing upon the ceiling portion of rooms.

14. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal?
-i know punk is cooler, but pretty much totally heavy metal.  though i have much to say about which heavy metal.

15. Name 4 flawless albums:
-Flawless is a real strong word, but some of the closest i know:
"Secrets of the Beehive," David Sylvian.  "Hats," The Blue Nile.  "Geogaddi," Boards of Canada.  "Natten's Madrigal," Ulver.

  16. When did you realize you were a music geek?
-maybe when i  started several  imaginary record labels at around 12 (including Malady Records, and Switch-Comb Records {yknow, like those combs that were like switch-blades except they were combs}).

17. What was the greatest decade for music?
-impossible call.  my answer for today: '73-'83.

18. Any favorite music-related videos/DVDs you own?
-a collection of all of Japan's videos; Enslaved, live in Bergen, Norway.

19. Do you like Journey?
-mostly no.  but steve perry gets some credit for having an unmistakable voice.

20. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
-Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me

21. What's the crappiest CD/record/etc. you've ever bought?
-"Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em." oh wait, that was the awesomest.

22. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
-always vinyl, except on those days when i prefer vinyl.


Division DayTigers from the album, Beartrap Island


The Chaplin SistersToxic (Britney Spears Cover)


 

Kata Rokkar is trying something new. I’m going to be sending this little questionnaire (but with a ‘K,’ get it?...shut up) to different artists and bands and see what they say. I’ll be asking things like, “Favorite Local Band” or “Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?” Nothing deep or serious; just me being a rock geek goofball.

 

So to kick things off, I have guitarist Ryan Wilson and lead singer/keyboardist Rohner Segnitz of Division Day answering the 1st Kuestionnaire. 

Part 1 consists of guitarist Ryan Wilson’s answers.

1. Of all the bands/artists in your CD/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
- The Beach Boys

2. What's in your record/CD player right now?
- The Sweet Hurt: Everyday Mistakes EP

3. What song would you say sums you up?
- Definitely "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba, because I get knocked down but get up again. 

4. What's your favorite local band?
- The Mae Shi 

5. What was the last show you attended?
- Le Switch, Tigers Can Bite You, Rademacher @ Spaceland

6. What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
- Doves @ The Mayan Theater on the Last Broadcast tour

7. What's the worst band you've ever seen in concert?
- oh man, that's rough. no comment.

8. What show are you looking forward to?
- Portishead

9. What is your favorite band shirt?
- My new glow in the dark Roky Erickson shirt. It has skulls all over it.

10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
- Scott Walker

11. Metal question - Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes?
- I don't know what that is, but I know Rohner would say Corpse Paint.

12. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
- Solo Ozzy.

13. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?
- Commodores

14. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal?
- Definitely punk rock. 

15. Name 4 flawless albums:
- Pale Saints: In Ribbons; Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain; Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material; Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagonecologyst

16. When did you realize you were a music geek?
- When I was in junior high / high school I would stay up late surfing allmusic.com and listening to my discman. I'd be making lists of bands related to bands I liked and then trying to find them on trips to the local Music Trader. On rare occasions, somebody's older brother or sister would drive my friends and I out to Lou's Records, which was (and probably still is) the best record store in San Diego. I spent a lot of $ on CD's. ha. 

17. What was the greatest decade for music?
- probably 1965-1975 - does that count?

18. Any favorite music-related videos/DVDs you own?
- Neil Young Live In Berlin. It's a live show on Neil during the tour for "Trans." It's great because you get to see him stomping around stage singing through a vocoder mic that's attached to his dark glasses. Plus, it just rocks. Also, I don't own this, but I saw "The Future Is Unwritten" (Joe Strummer) when it was in theaters and I think it *might* be my favorite music-related doc.

19. Do you like Journey?
- Nah. But I have a special place in my heart for "Don't Stop Believing" 

20. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
- "Dead Man"

21. What's the crappiest CD/record/etc. you've ever bought?
- Pearl Jam: Vitalogy. Not because IT'S crappy, but I just remember really not feeling it when I bought it as a kid. I sold it back.  

22. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
- Vinyl all the way.

 
Division Day will be playing the wonderful Troubadour with Facing New York this Friday the 18th of April at 9pm.


Division DayEnjoy The Silence


The Mae ShiRun To Your Grave from the album, HILLYH


 

Like I said earlier this month; this will be a concert year to remember. Here’s 5 – 1 of the best concerts I’ve been to this year.

5 - TIE. Woven / Finn Riggins at Milly’s Tavern, Manchester, NH – This show was really something special. I have been searching for records of this band for years and I eventually found their full length and older E.P. this past year. When I found out they were playing up here (in a bar in Manchester too) I was stunned and very excited. I had to drive almost an hour up to New Hampshire to see this band play at midnight, when I had to get up for work at 4am. So add in the hour drive and you’ll get a recipe for disaster. Well show wasn’t, they have such an amazing live presence. And the new E.P. is far beyond anything they’ve ever done. Simply remarkable all around.

Download: WovenCosmonaut from the E.P., Aftermath


5 - TIE. Interpol / Liars at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA – Katie was able to score some fucking awesome seats (3rd row) at this enormous stadium to see Interpol. They were just incredible. Whether it was the lights or the perfect sound they had that night…I don’t know…they were just on point.

Download: InterpolMammoth (Erol Alkan Rework) originally from the album, Our Love to Admire


4. Division Day / iLIKETRAINS / Dylan in the Movies / Lady of Spain at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA – Seeing that Division Day was coming to Boston made me scream out loud, “Holy Shhhhhit!” I’ve been a fan of Division Day since ’03 and this was an opportunity I was not going to miss, especially with their new record in heavy rotation in my car stereo. This show was absolutely perfect. Katie and I got to hear pretty much every song we wanted to hear from them. Also I got their old self-titled E.P. signed by the whole band.

Download: Division DayThe Water Fails from the E.P., Division Day


3. M.I.A. / Big Digits at the Palladium in Worcester, MA – There isn’t much to say other than, wow. She is truly an artist to be reckoned with. The show involved your average crowd interaction as well as some the coolest imagery in the background on the big screen behind her. She played pretty much everything off her latest album as well as favorites off Arular. The whole show was full out energy in it’s truest form.

Download: M.I.A.Paper Planes (RyeRye and Afrikan Boy Remix) originallyfrom the album, Kala


2. Jonah Matranga at the Paradise Lounge and the house show in Boston, MA – What it is it, the 20th time seeing him live?  This time though was very special to me. One of Katie’s friends and my best friend was finally able to attend what I consider one the best live shows on earth (I mean that by the way). I like to believe we all became better people after that night.

Download: Jonah MatrangaI Want You to Be My Witness from the album, And


1. Björk / Konono No.1 at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY – This show is number one for a multiple of reasons. First off this was my brother’s first concert ever. For what I could tell, he was having the time of his life. Second, this was just such an awe-inspiring show of epic proportions. She had everyone from her recent record show up and do their guest performances. Antony Hegarty on The Dull Flame of Desire, Konono No.1 on Earth Intruders (with flames on stage), and even Min Xiao-Fen on I See Who You Are. This show was one to remember and one of the best I’ve ever been to. There was even a guy on the train on the way back who said my brother had already peaked in his concert experiences. Maybe, at least until the next Björk concert.

This Björk mp3 will not be from the new album though, but from her finest work and the best album for winter, Vespertine.

Download: Björk – Harm of Will from the wonderful and flawless album, Vespertine


Runner-ups –
Strata at the Living Room in Providence, RI
Do Make Say Think / The Berg Sans Nipple at the SPACE in Portland, ME
3 / The Distraction at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA
Jenny Owen Youngs / Sean Hayes at the SPACE in Portland, ME


 

Well it's all come down to this; tomorrow I will finally see Division Day live at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA. Since 2003, I have been listening to their self-released EPs and their limited released version of Beartrap Island. Now it's time for them to gain some fans and recognition for their haunting soundscapes and twisted lyrics. So do something good for yourself and pick up the re-issue of Beartrap Island and tell everyone you know...or don't know. Just randomly run up to some stranger and yell, "BUY THE NEW DIVISION DAY ALBUM YOU HANDSOME BASTARD!" You may find that they feel inspired and a little creeped out. Nonetheless, you are spreading the good word of Division Day and all is well. I have posted the last 2 songs from their Covers and Remixes EP; both of which don't suck.

Download: Division Day - Plowed (Sponge Cover)

Download: Division Day - Reversible


While this year has become quite a year for record releases, nothing has received the amount of attention and critical acclaim as Radiohead's, In Rainbows. Now I'm not about to give in to the hyperbole behind the release of this record or how it has royally screwed the record companies. Or how Jonah Matranga was the first to coin the whole "sliding scale" price system. I will, however, explain why all of it rocks; none of it sounds like any other band on earth. It delivers an emotional punch that proves all other rock stars owe us an apology. Listening to In Rainbows brought me back to the first time I ever heard Radiohead; putting The Bends in my walkman and being nearly brought to tears my songs like High and Dry and Fake Plastic Trees. Now, songs like Bodysnatchers and Reckoner are giving me the same emotional punch all other Radiohead albums have given me. If you are in any way a Radiohead fan; go here to download the entire album for whatever price you like. For now here's one of my favorite tracks off In Ranbows...

Enjoy!


Download: Radiohead - Bodysnatchers from the album In Rainbows


 

Random Thought #2: do you think Billy Mays types in all caps?

Some bands do not know how to market themselves. They just jump at the chance to release a record without knowing the first thing about the music industry and quickly get reduced to the used CD section before anyone knew they existed. Division Day is not that band. Instead of shoving themselves into the public eye before gaining an underground following, Division Day have done the opposite. They have spawned from Jonah Matranga's 'OLD Records' and started touring with bands like dredg, The Fratellis, and Birdmonster. After releasing The Mean Way In, a haunting six-song E.P., they put together their first full length album; Beartrap Island. Division Day then toured the west coast which were followed up by favorable reviews and spawning a cult following reaching across the country. Now, Division Day is re-issuing Beartrap Island on Eenie Meenie Records and pairing it with an east coast tour. But wait there's more! Division Day has been so kind as to give away free songs every week until the re-issue drops. The first song is a cover of the Sunny Day Real Estate song, 'Every Shining Time You Arrive.' Oh wait, I'm not done yet. For those who aren't as cool as me and know who Division Day are; I've posted two songs from their previous albums. Tell me what you think, you'll probably thank me, but it will cause no harm seeing it in writing. :)


(p.s. - I'll be posting all free songs Division Day decides to give away until  Beartrap Island is re-released)

Division Day - Every Shining Time You Arrive

Division Day - There is No Telling from the album The Mean Way In out now!

Division Day - Tigers from the album Beartrap Island out October 2nd 2007.


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