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This Week: Ates Isildak of West Palm Beach’s the Band in Heaven


“Been listening to Galaxie 500 and some noisier Blonde Redhead stuff, like songs from the album Fake Can Be Just As Good. I keep listening to the first two Pixies albums. I love the lyrics. I listen to that Yuck album a lot, and the first two Smith Westerns albums a good deal. I fall asleep to those sometimes. I probably listen to the rap-pop stations here in West Palm more often than I listen to my iPod music in my car, though. I don’t know what it is. I think I’m getting to that point where I’m too old to want to think or ponder ... I’d rather just space out to pop songs. I love Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. I’ve always loved Busta Rhymes. I love Ke$ha and Lady Gaga more than anyone would ever believe. (And if you don’t believe me, find out how I won free tickets to Lady Gaga on her last tour down here.) But my favorite new find, truly, is the whole sissy bounce genre in general. If I ever have friends over, I just make them watch a bunch of sissy bounce videos on YouTube. My favorite is Big Freedia. We were almost going to be able to open for him/her in Kentucky, but it didn’t work out. I would’ve been so excited.”

(Shoegaze merchants the Band in Heaven celebrate their debut release,Seven Minutes in Heaven [limited cassettes available at; digital download at] at Substance, 934 N. Mills Ave. 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, with Lil Daggers and A.T.T.I.C.; art curated by Laylah Madi. Admission is $5.)

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