q and also a :: New Berlin
Michael Flanagan of New Berlin (of Texas) sent us these answers to our questions in this next installment of q and also a.
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?
a: It’s hard to say exactly, but a few songs come to mind that I’ve been listening to from CDs in my car lately. Puppet on a String by Gino Washington, My Girl Gloria by The Snakes, and Boogaloo en Monterrey by Freddy Fender.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing for yourself?
a: Enema of the State by Blink-182. Will Smith’s Big Willie Style was also on heavy rotation back then, but I don’t remember purchasing it.
q: What is the last album that you purchased?
a: I ordered three things from Mississippi Records: the Dead Moon Book, S/T (Vol 2) by Emahoy Tsegue Mariam Gebru, and a seven-inch of I Can’t Believe backed with Don’t Call Me Flyface by The Reekers.
q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?
a: I’ll go with America Eats Its Young by Funkadelic and a compilation called 20 Years of Dischord.
q: What is one of your favorite memories of experiencing music in a live setting?
a: Seeing the Butthole Surfers play Locust Abortion Technician on Halloween in 2009 has certainly been a highlight. I was very into that album at the time and I believe it was all of the original members who recorded it playing that night. There was great visuals and their performance was spot on.
q: What is the best and worst thing about being in a band in 2019?
a: Best thing might be the convenience with which you can communicate and organize by using technology. Worst thing might be the drawbacks that come with that convenience; things like the tendency to value quantity over quality and various other negative impacts that irresponsible use of technology can have on psychological and physical health.
q: What should we know about, Magnet, your new album on Goodbye Boozy?
a: I would say theres a good variety of sounds on it. The influences range from early rock n’ roll like The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly to things like The Urinals, Yo La Tengo, and Can. I’m not strict about sticking to analog over digital, but I think that the best way to listen to this album will be on vinyl.
Speaking of hearing New Berlin on vinyl… Goodbye Boozy sell their records by email firstname.lastname@example.org and through discogs. Plus, you can pick up the vinyl from the band, so go see them on tour (May 19th at Alphaville NYC)!
AND New Berlin’s summer tour starts today!
May 16th – Brownsville, TX – Public House
May 17th – San Antonio, TX – Faust
May 18th – Denton, TX – The Holding Cell
May 19th – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
May 25th – Rennes, FR – Marquis de Sade
May 26th – Paris, FR – La Pointe Lafayette
May 29th – Hamburg, DE – Mobile Blues Club
May 30th – Berlin, DE – Bei Ruth
May 31st – Erfurt, DE – Mariengarten
June 1st – Prague, CZ – Kasa Karlin
June 3rd – Budapest, HU – S8
June 5th – Lyon, FR – Trokson
June 6th – Barcelona, ES – Meteoro