Unknown facts about Noise Pop performers

25 Random Things
Monday, February 23, 2009 at 9:37 a.m.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things or facts about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. If Noise Pop tagged you, it's because Noise Pop wants to know more about you.

1. Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould is a big-time professional wrestling enthusiast — in 1999 and 2000, he even wrote scripts for World Championship Wrestling.

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2. Before he became a Britpop-influenced singer-songwriter, Southern Californian Matt Costa was an aspiring professional skateboarder until he shattered his leg in a skating accident.

3. Following the release of his first solo album, The Slow Wonder, New Pornographers frontman A.C. (Carl) Newman said his biggest dream was to open a breakfast place in Vancouver. Instead, he made more New Pornographers albums and another solo album, Get Guilty.

4. Singer Spencer Moody has been in his current band, Seattle experimental rockers Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, longer than his renowned prior band, Murder City Devils.

5. According to the Village Voice, bizarro rapper Kool Keith once sold copies of his "rare" albums onstage during his show for $20, claiming they were selling on eBay for $500.

6. Oregon native Laura Gibson promoted her new album — the ghostly, acoustic Beasts of Seasons – with a video of her performing "Funeral Song" while standing next to old tombstones in Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery.

7. Ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus appeared as a coffeehouse performer in the 1996 dramedy Sweethearts, which starred Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, and Bobcat Goldthwait.

8. When they're in their native Syracuse, New York, emerging chamber-popsters Ra Ra Riot still prefer to play shows at a tiny eatery called Funk 'N Waffles.

9. Deerhunter's 2005 No Wave–pop debut album, Turn It Up Faggot, was named for the taunt the band repeatedly received during its earliest shows.

10. The Broken West frontman Ross Flournoy composed the music for the "behind the scenes" documentary on the Pineapple Express DVD.

11. Until recently, singer-songwriter Devon Williams – who also plays guitar in Lavender Diamond – worked at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles.

12. Portugal. The Man's John Gourley hails from Wasilla, Alaska — where Sarah Palin lives.

13. L.A. noise-rock duo No Age's Nouns was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package, but lost to Metallica's Death Magnetic.

14. Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel, of the DJ/dance duo N.A.S.A., is the brother of famed Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze.

15. Laid-back indie-folk singer A.A. Bondy used to front the heavy alt-rock band Verbena, whose sound was often compared to Nirvana.

16. Indie-punks Les Savy Fav formed at the Rhode Island School of Design – the same school that spawned Talking Heads.

17. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, used to play guitar in the Polyphonic Spree.

18. Tommy's Joynt is David Dondero's favorite place to eat in San Francisco.

19. Josh Ritter's parents are neuroscientists; he studied neuroscience in college before launching his heavily Dylan-inspired folk-rock career.

20. French Kicks singer Nick Stumpf was once a research intern for the long-running PBS biography/documentary series American Masters.

21. Blake Hazard – who, with husband John Dragonetti, forms indie-pop duo the Submarines – is the great-granddaughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

22. Rafter Roberts, aka Rafter, grew up in a commune with no electricity.

23. The drummer for odd-pop Seattle quintet Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Marshall Verdoes, is 13.

24. The United States Olympic Committee forced KutMasta Kurt to change the title of his 2004 album from Redneck Olympics to Redneck Games.

25. Despite their name, the fact that they like to wear druid cloaks, and have D&D-style lyrics, the members of doom-metallers Goblin Cock insist on their MySpace page that they're "not a joke band, goddammit!!!"

 
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