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Slayer, Pixies, Garbage, Insane Clown Posse and more, interviewed by 7th graders


 
Interviews with musicians can be really, really boring. It’s not a defect of the artists or the interviewers, it’s just that their content is so damned predictable because the occasion for an interview is the same most of the time—a new release and/or a tour. The newest album is always “the best we’ve done yet,” and everyone’s invariably “really excited” for the upcoming tour. NO KIDDING. Artists tend to favor their newest work, and even when they know it pales, they’re often obligated by label and PR contracts to hump it for the media. Plus, artists spend all day on the phone with interviewers, repeatedly answering the same questions. That’s got to be a brain-meltingly tedious chore, so moments of refreshing insight can be rare. So I was delighted to get hipped to the untrammeled awesomeness of Kids Interview Bands.

Kids Interview Bands is a video interview series hosted by 7th graders Olivia and Connie.

The site launched in August 2012 and the girls have done over 100 interviews with touring bands passing through the Columbus, Ohio area including some of their favorites (Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, Phillip Phillips, Walk the Moon, Tegan & Sara, Matt & Kim).

Both girls are active in sports and other activities that typical 7th graders enjoy. They aren’t sure if they want to make a living interviewing bands but they are having a lot of fun getting the chance to talk to all the great artists who have agreed to sit down and chat with them.

If you’re following music that’s Pitchforkishly trendy at the moment, you’ll already know a lot of the bands that Olivia and Connie have spoken with. But while there are a lot of here-today-gone-tomorrow festival circuit hopefuls to be found in the dozens upon dozens of video interviews the pair have posted, they’ve also landed some marquee names. There are some truly wonderful interviews in the bunch, where the musicians don’t merely humor the kids, but let their guard down and have fun along with them. For example, I’ve never been much of a Garbage fan, but I LOVE this:

 
Insane Clown Posse have become a great American cultural punching bag, and for good reason, but they’re natural, forthright and even a bit illuminating here. Shamefully, they blew a huge opportunity when they were asked what subject they should have given more attention in school—staying awake through science might have clued them in on FUCKING MAGNETS.
 

 
Some of the questions lobbed at Queens of the Stone Age are genuinely tough. I harbor serious doubts that if I were put on the spot I could pick a favorite Muppet.
 

 
Here’s the Pixies’ Joey Santiago, probably enjoying the hell out of the one interview in which he doesn’t have to talk about Indie Cindy.
 

 
Mastodon’s drummer Brann Dailor is kinda my new hero. He’s really great here. In two words: headbanging lessons.
 

 
All of these are terrific questions, are they not? I wish the kids had had the chance to ask Lou Reed stuff like this. (Or better still, G.G. Allin., though it probably would have been inadvisable to let 7th grade girls anywhere near him.) But here’s their big coup—the most virally popular of all the kids’ interviews, and justifiably so—a friendly chat with the mild-mannered, upbeat, and almost Santa Claus-ishly genial Tom Araya, lead singer of Slayer.
 

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A 7-year-old’s drawings of classic rap albums


 
Via the fantastic So Bad So Good blog comes word of the talented lad Yung Lenox, who at age 7 is filling his Instagram account with his own re-creations of classic hip hop album art, with some punk and metal in the mix as well. Now, I’ve never known a kid who didn’t love to draw, but this kid shows some promise a bit beyond his years. He’s also admirably prolific, and enterprising to boot—he has an online store where he’s selling prints of his work. There’s little else I could add but to question whether he’s even allowed to listen to any of these, but since that does little to illuminate the actual work, let’s just have a look at the images.
 

Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
 

Ice Cube, Amerikkkas Most Wanted
 

Dr. Octagon, Dr Octagonecologyst
 

2Pac, All Eyez on Me
 

A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
 

Slayer, Live: Decade of Aggression
 

Minor Threat, Minor Threat
 

2 Live Crew, As Nasty As They Wanna Be

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‘Reindeer in Blood’ SLAYER parody Christmas card
12.10.2013
08:43 am

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What better way to spread holiday cheer than with this “Reindeer Blood” Christmas card by UK-based artist Dominic Sohor. It’s a fun (and most evil) take on SLAYER’s 1986 “Reign In Blood” album cover.

They’re $2.80 per card at Red Bubble
 

 
Via Cherry Bombed

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Marvin Gaye meets SLAYER: ‘South Of The Grapevine’
12.05.2013
08:27 am

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Does this mashup of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” meets SLAYER’s “South Of Heaven” work? Well, some parts do, IMO, but I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

More than anything, this video is an After Effects PhotoBucket-style work of art. I mean, Marvin Gaye is in flames. Marvin.Gaye.Is.In.Flames.
 

 
Via Cherrybombed

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Slayer graffiti confused as hate crime
08.20.2013
09:15 am

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Apparently if you spray paint the word “Slayer” along with a pentagram, it may be—at least momentarily—considered a hate crime.

Wicks Park, which is home to the Commack South Little League, was vandalized Tuesday night, police said.

One of the buildings on the town park property was marked with black graffiti.

Police were initially investigating the vandalism as a hate crime after a resident called in the incident, but officials then realized the markings, which included a pentagram, were symbols from the band, Slayer.

According to Cherrybombed, a thrash metal-lovin’ police officer had to set everyone straight and “correctly identified the graffiti as an illegal homage to the band Slayer.”

Via Commack Patch

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Westboro Baptist Church may picket Slayer guitarist’s funeral


 
This is the only time I think one of the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests should be televised.

This should be interesting…
 
Via reddit

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Reindeer In Blood: the Slayer Christmas sweater!
11.20.2012
03:18 pm

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No, this isn’t a joke. This is official Slayer merchandise, available from backstreet-merch.com, and a snip at only £49.99. It’s only available in the UK, mind you, but if you’re really really nice, Santa might be good to you.

 

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Slayer Kid
08.20.2012
08:52 am

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Chalk drawings


 
Over the weekend John Vantine snapped this photo of his girlfriend’s daughter writing the the Slayer logo in chalk on a sidewalk.

You can read the adorable backstory at Vantine’s blog
 

 
Via Nerdcore

 

 

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Happy Slayer Day!
06.06.2012
10:14 am

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International Day of Slayer


 
Apparently, International Day of Slayer 2012 is here!

On June 6th, Hessians worldwide come together to do something upon which we can all agree - listening to Slayer! Finally, one of the most dismissed cultural groups in the world has a holiday to call its own. Join us in our cause to stand unified in our celebration of metal music and let us prove to the rest of society that we too have a voice.

Here’s how you can celebrate according to the National Day of Slayer website:

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

Basically, everything you need to know about this holiday can be found here. Be forewarned though, you may wanna turn down (or maybe turn up?) your speakers before visiting.

Below, “Angel of Death” rendered in smooth rock stylings:
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
\m/ Slayer wine \m/
Slayer custom condoms

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\m/ Slayer wine \m/
04.05.2012
02:01 pm

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Well, it’s only for sale in Sweden right now, but you can order Slayer’s new Reign In Blood—appropriately named after their 1986 record—Cabernet Sauvingnon here.

Previously on Dangerous Minds: 
Slayer: Angel of Death rendered in smooth rock stylings
 
Via Cherrybombed

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Slayer custom condoms
08.24.2011
10:15 am

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Yep! There’s a condom for that!

For when you’re going South of Heaven! Each Slayer Custom Condom “matchbook” holds 1 Durex latex condom. Available as a 3-pack or 6-pack.


They’re $12.99 for a 3-pack and $19.99 for a 6-pack over at Slayer’s official website.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Slayer: Angel of Death rendered in smooth rock stylings

(via Cherry Bombed)

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Slayer: Angel of Death rendered in smooth rock stylings
07.08.2011
03:50 pm

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smooth rock


 
This is hysterically funny and totally spot on, revealing the true cheeseball songwriting craft and super-silly lyrics lurking beneath the usual sonic veneer of the fearsome Slayer.
 

 
Thanks again, Ned Raggett !

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Justin Bieber / Slayer T-shirt
03.09.2011
08:18 pm

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Team Print Shop just released this totally ridiculous Justin Bieber/Slayer t-shirt. It made me laugh out loud. You can buy one for a measly $20.00 over at their webstore.

Below, an amusing video of Justin Bieber rocking out on drums with Slayer.

 
(via Boooooom and TDW)

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