Picked to Click XVI

This one goes to 11!

City Pages: You guys are currently on an East Coast tour. Are you bummed that you're going to miss the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy?

Hideo Takahashi (guitarist, singer): I don't know what Grey's Anatomy is. I don't watch TV. I only watch Japanese comedy on YouTube.

CP: Since you missed it, do you at least have any strange road stories from this tour?

Nick Vlcek

Takahashi: It's not from this tour, but when we were driving outside Las Vegas a few months ago, we hit a flying eagle.

CP: You are "Birthday Suits," with no "the." What's your aversion to the word "the"? Does it bother you that I just used it three times?

Takahashi: I'm still learning English and having hard time knowing when I'm supposed use "the."

CP: As a duo, who takes the role of the "good cop" in the band?

Takahashi: For sure I'm the good cop. I do all the band's business side jobs. I make Matthew [Kazama, drummer] feel guilty about it and he ends up driving more in the daytime. Matthew is the bad cop because most of time he's drunk after the show and I end up driving during the nighttime. He is drunk right now, too. He is so bad.

1. The Alarmists

2. Black Blondie

3. The God Damn Doo Wop Band

4. Chooglin'

5. Maria Isa

6. White Light Riot

7. Gay Beast

8. (tie) Awesome Snakes

Birthday Suits

10. (tie) One for the Team

Vampire Hands

CP: In the lyrics to "Rochester Moon in Toledo," you say you want to kill Rochester. What do you have against that city? Did it break your heart?

Takahashi: I don't have anything against Rochester. I don't think I even have been there. The word "Rochester" fit perfect in the line. I'm sorry, Rochester. Please don't hate or kill me. We love you, this country, and eagles in Nevada.

CP: You're known for your explosive live shows. What's the best live show you've ever seen?

Takahashi: I'm getting old and can't remember them all, but I have to pick from Japanese bands. Many of them do great shows, such as Guitar Wolf, Gasoline, and King Brothers. However, my pick will be Firestarter. They're ex-Teengenarete. I saw them three or four years ago in Tokyo. They don't do crazy stuff or move around but they have so much energy just playing and singing. They're amazing.

CP: What's the most embarrassing thing you've done lately?

Takahashi: A few weeks ago I was drunk and called the booking guys at Turf asking about booking at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. You don't want to give me your cell number. I might call you about City Pages A-List at 3:00 a.m.

CP: If a CD got stuck in the player and was on repeat for the rest of the tour, what would you hope it would be?

Takahashi: Any of the Marked Men CDs. I love them so much. I don't like listening to loud music when I drive. I don't like listening slow music either. It makes me sleep. The Marked Men would be so perfect.

CP: What would be the absolute worst CD to be forced to listen to on repeat for two weeks?

Takahashi: I don't carry it around, but if Birthday Suits CD got stuck in our car, it would be absolute worst.

A Modern Taxonomy
of Ian Andersons


By Sarah Askari

Yes, Ian Anderson is this band's founder, vocalist, and chief songwriter. No, we are not talking about Aqualung's pulmonologist. In the interest of the public good, we present a guide to discerning the difference between Ian Anderson, frontman of flute-rockers Jethro Tull, and Ian Anderson, frontman of pop-rockers One for the Team.

Multi-dimensional Frontmen

Jethro Tull (JT): Ian Anderson, 59, Scottish, is not only a musician; he also cultivates diversified business interests including real estate holdings and salmon farming.

One for the Team (O4T): In addition to captaining One for the Team, 21-year-old Minneapolis resident Ian Anderson nails down his "Most Likely to Succeed" status by editing Sliver Magazine, an online indie music publication; running local label Afternoon Records, home to fellow Picked to Click favorites God Damn Doo Wop Band; and completing his undergraduate coursework as an English major at St. Olaf College.

Stage Moves

JT: Ian Anderson accompanies his flute blowing with a madcap dance in which he pogos on one leg like a spring-soled flamingo.

O4T: Keyboardist Sam Gerard (also of Squareshooters) is a boogie dynamo who pauses between synthesizer chords and tambourine shakes to shimmy around the other band members with a tightly coiled, hyperactive physicality oddly reminiscent of Jeremy Piven's performance as superagent Ari Gold.

1. The Alarmists

2. Black Blondie

3. The God Damn Doo Wop Band

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