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The Quasi Interview

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Will Tyrus Thomas or Andrea Bargnani ever become reliable fantasy studs?

Janet - That's the kind of information I would rather you tell me.

Sam - They feel more like 2nd-tier dudes to me, but you never know - coaching changes, trades, etc. can work alchemy on players, as you know. Bargnani seems a little more like a work in progress, so we will see.

Steve Alexander - Since this question was asked over a month ago, both players have pretty much blown up. Thomas is absolutely rolling right now, while Bargnani has had his highs and lows, but is generally offering nice value right now if you can handle the bad shooting percentage.

What comes to mind when you see the Rotoworld column entitled "Roundball Stew"? Speaking of Rotoworld, would you classify yourself as a junkie?

Joanna - I definitely read Rotoworld, but I'm not a junkie. I only add/drop if one of my guys is injured, sucks, or just isn't playing enough.

Janet - I adore Rotoworld. It's my favorite website and I check it often. Yeah, I'm a junkie, although having a boyfriend cuts into my quality RT time. Steve, your columns are the best, the most personal, and quite reliable. I think Roundball Stew has been beaten to the ground already, no?

Sam - Far as I know, everyone in the league visits the site. After you joined the league, I looked around for a competing site to try to get alternative advice and info, but forget it. I know there was some back and forth on the Roundball Stew thing, and when I thought about it, it seemed a little absurd, but nothing wrong with that. "Roundball" is a weird, possibly stupid concept, though - like "Squarecube." It's that sort of super-nerd sportscaster jargon that is ridiculous, but also charming - like a toupee.

What is your dream word to post in a game of scrabble? Or better yet, do you recall the one you're most proud of?

Joanna - Quizzing. It crossed two triple-word scores!

Janet - My bandmates are the brainy ones...good at Scrabble and crosswords. I'm just the drummer making a racket.

Where does Ty Chandler's punk move on Joel Przybilla's wrist rank in all-time punk moves made by an NBA player?

Joanna - Well, with Bruce Bowen's flying Karate kick to Wally Szczerbiak's head being #1, and Kermit Washington's roundhouse punch being #2, Bowen probably still takes #s 3,4 and 5 with assorted ankle-breakers, um...#6?

Janet - Pretty high I guess. Top 20 maybe? I still think Charles Barkley miming the phrase "s--- my d---" to the Portland crowd was the most punk move I'd ever seen.

Sam - It doesn't even really make the list. Have you read "The Punch"?

What songs have you not covered yet, but want to?

Janet - I hope to someday cover the Overature from Tommy, by the Who...would have to be Quasi I guess.

Joanna - Kids of the Black Hole by Adolescents, or One of These Days by Pink Floyd.

Steve Alexander - Ironically, as I was typing this up, my wife paused her episode of TMZ and left the room. I picked up the remote to change the channel and noticed that Max, the blonde, surfer dude my wife is infatuated with, was wearing an Adolescents shirt. That's pretty weird.

What was the first concert you attended? What was the first record you remember owning?

Joanna - First concert was The Who with Three Dog Night opening when I was five years old. First records were a bunch of 45's my uncle's girlfriend gave me. I remember liking "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by The Who. It was a b-side, don't even remember what the single was. There was also "A Little Bit of Soul" by the Music Explosion and "Talk Talk" by the Music Machine.

Steve Alexander - I believe Jekyll and Hyde was the b-side for I Can See For Miles.

Janet - My first concert was David Bowie at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. I was in 5th grade. My first record was a 7" by The DeFranco Family, called "Heartbeat It's a Lovebeat."

Sam - I saw Yes in the Round, '79, L.A. Sports Arena and Aerosmith "Rocks" was my first record.

What music are you listening to these days?

Janet - Blitzen Trapper!!! For real, I still love the record Furr, even after listening to it a million times.

Sam - Mid '70's Zambian rock...Amanaz, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, The Peace, The Witch. Also Sic Alps.

What projects are you guys working on? What can we look forward to in the next year?

Janet - New Jicks, new Quasi, hopefully by the end of 09, maybe early 2010.

Sam - Quasi recording in April. Double LP by my prog/psych band Pink Mountain coming out in spring. In the middle of project with Spencer Hella Seim, coming out this year? Musical director of Ensemble Is, LP out pretty soon. Who knows what else? It's good to keep working.

Your thoughts on indie bands selling songs for commercial use?

Janet - I'm pretty indifferent about songs in movies or TV shows. I wouldn't be so quick to sell one for an ad though, mostly because it annoys me to hear tracks I like in that context. I feel like advertising makes music socially important and diminishes a song's cultural power. But I realize folks gotta eat and try not to judge too harshly.

Sam - I understand it, but hate it, sure. On the other hand, if you don't watch TV, how would you even know? But I have seen Iggy Pop used on Royal Caribbean Cruise, though - it doesn't make me hate "Lust for Life" or Iggy, and it doesn't make me think Royal Caribbean is rad; something about it is irritating, but mostly I feel stone ambivalence. It's hard for most musicians to make enough money to survive – I'm not talking about getting rich - so TV commercials & teenage movies reap the benefits. Corporate Capitalism eats cultural rebellion for breakfast - I think even like Iggy's "Search & Destroy" was used in a car commercial. But some of these songs/musicians are so flaccid and mainstream to begin with that their stuff pretty much belongs in McDonalds commercials or whatever, and I'm sure there are plenty of musicians out there who are basically comfortable with the socio-economic status quo and don't even have qualms about this sort of thing. Personally, I don't think I know any, but I'm sure they are out there.

There are plenty of bands represented in our league. What are your favorite songs by Pavement, Built to Spill, Sleater Kinney and the Grails? In addition, any favorites by Elliott Smith, Lou Barlow or Zeppelin?

Joanna - Too hard! Always changing but here's what came to mind at this particular moment; Pavement's Father to a Sister of Thought, Built To Spill's Velvet Waltz, Sleater-Kinney's Ballad of a Ladyman, the Grails are awesome live, Elliott's Southern Belle, Barlow's The Freed Pig and Zeppelin's Out on the Tiles.

Janet - Pavement - Stop Breathing, BTS - Velvet Waltz, Elliott Smith - Ballad of Big Nothing, Led Zeppelin - Misty Mountain Hop

Best live act going right now?

Joanna - The Cribs!

Janet - Any band where I get to watch Zach Hill (of Hella) play drums.

Sam - I'm not really qualified to comment...maybe Boris?

What is the best thing about living in Portland?

Joanna - It always smells nice.

Janet - Drinking free lattes at Stumptown under a gray sky.

Sam - My friends.

There you have it. Hopefully I have future interviews coming from guys in My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and the Whigs to take us through the end of the season.

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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