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Countdown to Whartscape 2009: T-2 Santa Dads | Polygons | Needle Gun

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MP3: Santa Dads – Lion Song

A friend of mine uses three categories to sort his record collection: “rock”, “pop,” and “weird shit.” Santa Dads’ Anima Mundi is definitely one for the “weird” rack, but nobody said nuthin’ ‘bout that being a bad thing. Enjoy some ukulele-beatbox songsmithing as you read on, dear audience.

(Josh, the uke-playing half of the duo, loves caps lock, apparently.)

1. What sort of headgear would Whartscape wear if it were a person?

- AN ARROW STRAIGHT UP THROUGH THE HEAD

2. Name 3 words that describe Wham City.

- FREE ETERNAL TROUBADOURS

3. What personal connection do you have to Baltimore as a city?

- BORN IN ITS BURBS – LIVED AROUND THIS SHIT 85% OF MY LIFE – DEVELOPMENT OF INSPIRATION AND IMAGINATION THRIVES IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS VACANT, CHEAP, AND, THEREFORE, PROUD OF IMPOVERISHMENT, VIRILITY, AND ADAPTABILITY

4. Is Whartscape like Christmas to you guys, (do you wear santa hats for it)?

- WHARTSCAPE IS LIKE THE INVERSE OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE WE ARE THE TOYS THAT MUST PACKAGE OURSELVES AND GIVE COMPLETELY TO SOME CHOSEN STRANGERS, ONLY TO HAVE ALL OF OUR WORK TORN TO PIECES AND OURSELVES DEVOURED BY OUR THANKFUL MASTERS. NO SANTA HATS; WE WEAR THE SHACKLES OF OUR NECESSARY TRUTH. JUST KIDDING, YEAH, CHRISTMAS IS GREAT!!

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MP3: Polygons – Miami to Key West

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MP3: Polygons – Potential

If you were to interpolate that electronic music meisters Polygons have some connection to the Hexagon, you would be dead on.  Not only are the duo of Josh Atkins and Miguel Sabogal 2/3 (the other 1/3 being Karl Ekdahl) of the crucial reshapers of the old Lo-Fi space into a vibrant, collective-run venue.  They also somehow find time to drop nuggets of organic electronic goodness.  Check some of the tracks from their forthcoming album.

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Miguel Sabogal

1. What is your most vivid memory of Whartscapes past? If this is your first time playing/attending, explain yourself/selves!

Whartscape 2009 is the first time that Polygons is playing. We’ve experimented with electronic music for quite some time but only started gigging under a name as of this year. As a show-goer this would be my 3rd Whartscape. Usually more bands than you can see are playing so stating a favorite moment is a bit tough. Perhaps it should be the bright image of Dan Deacon’s trippy green skull above the audience at the Floristree. That picture ended up as a screensaver on my cell phone until it broke.

2. Who are you most excited to see this year?

I’m most excited to see Chandeliers play this year. They are from Chicago and have played the Hexagon a few times this past year. They are by the most exciting live electronic band I’ve seen so far.

3. Choose one word to describe whartscape, and what it means to you.

Recalcitrant

4. When Wham City came calling and asked you to play, why did you say yes?

Both Josh and myself are friends with a person in Wham City. She had been to a few of our shows and is really supportive of our music. That’s how we got the offer to play this year. We said yes because we want to make people aware that the music we make is completely improvised. I’m personally fond of any opportunity that presents itself in which we can play our music loud and with a lot of bass.

Josh Atkins

1. What is your most vivid memory of Whartscapes past? If this is your first time playing/attending, explain yourself/selves!

Polygons has not played Whartscape before. However, two days before Whartscape last year my friend DJ invited me to play guitar and synth in his band Teenage Souls. He writes these really incredible, but super intricate electronic pieces and typically plays solo drums along to them. I remember practicing with him for the first time the day before his slot and it sounding great, but I felt like I had no idea how to remember all the changes in his songs. The next day we woke up super early, practiced again, and then carted all our gear over to the Whartscape stage. Sunday at Whartscape last year was one of those sweltering hot Baltimore days and setup was a whirlwind because the stage was being assembled as we loaded our gear onto it. I think we ended up playing two improvisations and two of his compositions that day. I got really nauseous from the heat right after we took down our gear and had to go home. I ended up passing out all afternoon and didn’t get back until the middle of Double Dagger’s set. I did get to see Denny chuck a drum into the audience which was equal parts horrifying and punk-as-fuck.

2. Who are you most excited to see this year?
Equally excited for Chandeliers, Liturgy, Beastmaster, Soft Pink Truth, Leprechaun Catering, Wolf Eyes, DJ Dog Dick, and Nautical Almanac.

3. Choose one word to describe whartscape, and what it means to you.
Chaos. This is about as DIY as festivals of this scale get. Pretty much anything can happen for better or worse.

4. When Wham City came calling and asked you to play, why did you say yes?
Who wouldn’t say yes? We don’t have any egos to stroke. Great festival, great bands, great people running it = no brainer.

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needle gunTeen noise-niks Needle Gun should not be overlooked.  Their age belies their impressive experience and aggressive experimentalism.  Their inclusion amongst the vast and diverse MT6 roster speaks volumes.

1. What is your most vivid memory of Whartscapes past? If this is your first time playing/attending, explain yourself/selves!

I only went to whartscape 07, got to do some improv with human host during the day, do not remember most the bands that day but the location and weather were super rad, the show that night at floristree from my memory was super crowded and hot, first time ng playing whartscape though.

2. Who are you most excited to see this year?
Infinity window and C Spencer plus the local goodies

3. Choose one word to describe whartscape, and what it means to you.
“Gathering” hopefully it will be much like the gathering of many many juggalos looking for the same stage with a miller or bud in their hand

4. When Wham City came calling and asked you to play, why did you say yes?
good bands, good freinds, why not?

Countdown to Whartscape 2009: T-3 Videohippos | The Art Department (Jon Ehrens) | Sick Weapons (Ellie Beziat)

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MP3: Videohippos – Narwhals

Photo credit: Josh Sisk (Whartscape 2007)

It’s surprising to me how few people know of Videohippos. I mean, they’ve been around the block more than a few times; they’ve been doing the Wham City thing since anyone can remember, not to mention their thumbs up from Pitchfork. And from Stereogum. And Oh My Rockness. Even so, if you ask your typical college-age trendy-type who’s hip to what’s indie, they probably haven’t a clue about the Hippos. Which is a big shame. Want to benefit your community for once? Tell your favorite music fan about Videohippos.

1. Do you have any particularly fond memories of Whartscape past?

- 2006: having to cancel the videohippos performance because it was so hot in the copycat bldg that my projector (mounted on the ceiling) was starting to melt. the first time jeremy and I performed Ultimate Reality- it was kind of a train wreck, but everyone was still freaking out, particularly Rjyan kidwell on top of the giant subwoofer that guy werner had let us borrow. somehow i thought i could handle playing with blood baby during a psilocybin experience. pete cut his finger in the industrial fan and it freaked me out real bad. getting to see the coughs and matt and kim play in my living room.

- 2007: videohippos set had a symetrical three screen video installation at Floristree- the videos we normally use were flanked by two mirrored screens of amazing footage that jim shot from the car window in Idaho. a temporarily crippled lizz king playing her set with a cane in the alley behind load of fun. impromptu butt stomach set on borrowed instruments when one of the bands didnt show up on time.

- 2008: funny clown crowd surfing. sewn leather starting his set by announcing “I gotta shart”, michael petruzzo performing topless, lizz dancing behind the creepers wearing only a life-size white tiger head.

2. Chances of Videohippos reforming as a bubblegum pop band?
– Not on my watch.

3. Any predictions for this year’s festival?

- Lots of personal space being invaded in the best way possible.

4. You guys have done your fair share of collaborating with other Wham City artists. Anything due to be released soon?

- We have a 10″ record coming out soon on vicious pop records that has three new songs. Each one is a collaboration with different friends: “firefoot” features Ed Schrader on vocals, Kate and Andrew of Teeth Mountain added percussion and strings to “bottles,” and DJ dog dick put the icing on “High Dive” with thoughtful lyrics and his trademark layered electronic sonics.

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the art department

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MP3: The Art Department – Censor

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MP3: The Art Department – Second Nature

The Art Department has graciously provided us with 2 previously unreleased, unmixed tracks from their forthcoming and as-of-yet untitled album that looks to feature more of their signature quirky sound, replete with high-pitch quaver-vox and delicately picked lines.  While conceptually forged from random bits of Ehrens’ aural fixation on high-neck capos, the Art Department’s sound often bears eerie similarity to work from DC’s Q and Not U.  Jon Ehrens also took time out to answer our questions!

1. What is your most vivid memory of Whartscapes past? If this is your first time playing/attending, explain yourself/selves!

At last years Whartscape, when Oxes took the stage, they began their set with a tense guitar build-up. They hadn’t played in years and it was the first time that I – or anyone there – had seen them in several years. As the guitars chugged, drumless, and the anticipation built up, a police helicopter flew overhead, shining it’s spotlight on the band, and then the audience. The place went crazy, the band kicked-in and the set ruled harder than I could have ever imagined.

2. Who are you most excited to see this year?

JANITOR!

3. Choose one word to describe Whartscape, and what it means to you.

Lunacy – I’ve recently come to realize that Baltimore is making me insane, and I either have to indulge this and resign myself to lunacy, or move away and become a normal productive member of society. Of course I’ll choose the former, and participating in a festival in which over 130 bands play in 3 days for 20 minutes a piece will only encourage me do descend into madness.

4. When Wham City came calling and asked you to play, why did you say yes?

Why would I say no?

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MP3: Sick Weapons – Orgy on the China Train Live @ the Talking Head, taped by the Baltimore Taper

Photo Credit: Shawn Breen

Sick Weapons rock.  Flat out, no question.  Just listen to “Orgy On the China Train.”  Lead vocalist Ellie Beziat takes time to humor our line of questioning:

1. What is your most vivid memory of Whartscapes past? If this is your first time playing/attending, explain yourself/selves!

I ate a handful of mushrooms during Wzt Hearts last year. I remember drinking a strawberry daiquiri out of a pineapple. It is our first year playing Whartscape. We are super excited. Bring pineapples. Or mushrooms.

2. Who are you most excited to see this year?

Vincent Black Shadow are playing at 4:20 and that’ll be cool. We are using their equipment so we are stoked that they are playing!

3. Choose one word to describe Whartscape, and what it means to you.

Nerds. Look around man.

4. When Wham City came calling and asked you to play, why did you say yes?

One of our guitar players is Wham City. But I don’t know if ‘they’ came calling or if Peter O’Connell got drunk and put Dan Deacon’s head in a toilet.

Whartscape 2009 as-of-now official info

Editor’s Note: This info just in, straight from Wham’s resident info-master Dina Kelberman.

Check out our awesome Countdown to Whartscape 2008 interview series here.

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>>>We are goons. This information may change often.<<<

For 4 years now Wham City has been organizing the WHARTSCAPE. What started as a summer warehouse party turned into a much bigger, multi-day outdoor festival with thousands of bands, performers, and folks traveling to Baltimore from all across the US and Europe.

Since, we organize this festival out of pocket and in our spare time, it is important for us to keep it comfortable and enjoyable for us to do. One thing we talked about at the end of last year’s festival was shrinking it down slightly and having it feel more community based and familiar.

This year isn’t focused around headliners, but mainly performers and friends that make up the community we tour, work and live in.

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We are also greatly reducing the number of MEGA-PASSES (the ticket that grants you entry to every show and every day).

ONLY 300 Mega-Passes will be sold; this is the only guarantee that you can see all the shows.

Tickets will be sold to the individual shows, but it is strongly suggested that you buy a Mega-Pass, as it saves you money and assures you take in the entire poo-poo.

Whartscape will take place July 10-11-12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art Studio Center Parking Lot, and Load of Fun.

We will begin selling tickets at 12 Noon, Monday, June 29th.

MEGA PASS – $45

INDIVIDUAL DAY – $18

~~~IMPORTANT TICKET INFO (PLEASE READ!!):~~~

Only the Mega-Pass guarantees entrance to the nighttime events at Load of Fun, which has a much smaller occupancy than the MICA parking lot. Anyone without a Mega-Pass will get in on a first come, first serve basis. There is a very strong likely hood we will sell out of Mega-Passes, which will mean the nighttime portion is also sold out.

The strength of the mega-pass is truly mega.

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Here are the 130 acts performing at this years Whartscape:

Adventure
Air Waves
AK Slaughter
Alexis Gideon
Allen Cordell
Ami Dang
Andy Abelow
Annex Theater
Art Department
At the End of Infinite Rope
Bad Brilliance
Barky
BDRM PPL
Beast Master
Bedlam Theatre
Big Bear
Bird Names
Black Vatican
Blood Baby
Blue Leader
Booge Border
Butt Stomach
C Spencer Yeh
Cars Will Burn
Celebration
Chandeliers
Charlotte and Joe
Child Bite
Child Bride
Clarissa Gregory
Connor Kizer and Adam Endres
Crazy Dreams Band
Dan Deacon Ensemble
Dan Higgs
DDMMYYYY
Despot
DJ Dog Dick
Dope Body
Double Dagger
Drip House
Eagle Ager
Ear Pwr
Ed Schrader
Eric Hnatow
Funny Clown
Future Islands
Gary War
GDFX
Golden Birthday
Grasslung
Hair Police
Height
Hooliganship
Human Host
Infinity Window
Jana Hunter
Janitor
Jared Paolini
Jason Willett
Jimmy Joe Roche
John Eaton
John Weiss
Justin Frye Meat Wallet Bells Pieces
Killer Whales
Kokomo
Leprechaun Catering
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez
Little Howlin Wolf
Liturgy
Living Things
Lizz King
Lo Moda
Lonnie Walker
Lord Scrumage
Magnet City Kids
Mark Brown
Married in Berdichev
Mason Ross
Melissa Moore
Meredith Moore
Mickey Free
Microkingdom
Milton Melvin Croissant III
Mincemeat or 10speed
MNDR
Narwalz
Nate Boyce
Nautical Almanac
Needle Gun
Nobel Lake
Nuclear Power Pants
Olaf Breuning
Peter Glantz
Pleasant Livers
Plural MC
Polygons
Ponytail
Quiet Hooves
R.M. O’Brien
Rap Dragons
Roto Romo
Rotten Milk Band
Santa Dads
Schwarz
Sewn Leather
Seyjano
Shams
Showbeast
Sick Weapons
Silk Flowers
Small Sur
Smartgrowth
Smarts
So Percussion
Soft Pink Truth
Something by Dina Kelberman
Spellcaster
Talk Normal
Team Robespierre
Teen Girl Fantasy
Teeth Mountain
Thank You
The Creepers
The Degenerettes
The New Flesh
The Title Sounded Better in French (Lola/Anna)
The Woes
Trockeneisis
Truth Serum
Twin Stumps
Videohippos
Vincent Black Shadow
Weekends
What Cheer Brigade Marching Band
Witch Hat
Wolf Eyes
Wye Oak
Y2KEITH
Yoshi Sodeoka
Zomes
Bands We Forgot
And More!

May the days be bright and clear and the nights dark, dark, dark…

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