Rotation: What local artists are listening to 

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

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“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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