Nate Heller Interview [Full]

Due to a lack of interest from my intended publisher, I have decide to present to you the long awaited interview with Nate Heller, in its entirety. Nate Heller is a Bay Area musician, whose projects include the band She Beards. She Beards will be performing at Snob Theater @ Dark Room Theater on October 28th. 10 PM. $10. More information: Here. Thank you for your patience. Thank you Nate Heller for the interview.

[Note: This interview occurred Spring/Summer 2011]


Courting Comedy: What was the first instrument you learned to play, what’s your current instrument of choice and what’s an instrument you wish you knew how to play?

Nate Heller: Mom put me in piano lessons when I was about four or five years old, with our neighborhood teacher Amy (whose son Andrew happened to be my best friend at the time).  Shortly after that Andrew and I went into the Piedmont boys chorus a couple of days after school.  It was wretched.  I hated it so much that I often faked being sick to get out of going (I liked faking sick a lot as a kid).  This totally backfired when I feigned illness on the day that we got to perform the National Anthem at an A’s game.  I must have forgotten that it was happening cause I was a huge Ricky Henderson fan and would have given my undescended left testicle to meet him.

Currently guitar is my primary instrument (and voice I guess), although I own a banjo, a piano, and an accordion.  I can still play keyboard okay, but I’m pretty piss-poor at all the others.  It’s still fun to mess around on them anyway.  I guess I wish I spend more time
learning accordion, cause the one I have is a really beautiful one that my friend Gabe gave me a few years ago.  His dad gave it to him, and when we lived together I played around on it so much that he gave it to me for my birthday.

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Friday Comedy News 2/11/2011. Bonkers.

People’s Republic of Improv @ 9th St. Film Center. 145 Ninth St. SF. 8 PM. $5. [PRI is the premier improv group out of the Sylvan Open Tuesdays. They’re providing a great service for you comrade.]

jericho! Comedy @ UC Berkeley. 101 Moffitt. Berkeley. $1. 8 PM. [The Golden Bear Kids are back for their 2011 Spring Semester with new members but the same prestigious comedy chemistry.]

Snob Theater @ Noise Pop. Fifty24SF Building. 218 Fillmore St. SF. $10. 8 PM. Featuring Coree Spencer, Donny Divanian, DJ REAL, Rainbow Chair, Ash Reiter, Phantom Kicks. Hosted by. Shawn Robbins. [Big line-up for the only comedy show at Noise Pop.]

Real Talk w/ Ali Wong @ The Dark Room Theater. 2263 Mission St. SF. 10 pm. $10. [A live run of Ali Wong’s new talk show].

Dave Chappelle @ Cobb’s Comedy Club. 915 Columbus St. SF. Two Show: 8 PM and 10 PM. $55. 18+. Tickets go on sale @ 10 am. this morning via Live Nation. [Dave has been selling out venues in the Bay all week long. Catch him before he disappears.]

Dana Gould @ The Punchline. 444 Battery. SF. Two Shows: 8 pm & 10 pm. Also Featuring Brendan Lynch and Nikki Glaser.

Mother Nature’s Dream by. Rainbow Chair

February 11, 2011. Noise Pop x Snob Theater @ Fifty24SF. 252 Fillmore St. SF. 8 PM. $10. Featuring Coree Spencer, DJ Real, Donny Divanian, Rainbow Chair, Ash Reiter and Phantom Kicks.

February 11, 2011. Noise Pop x Snob Theater @ Fifty24SF. 252 Fillmore St. SF. 8 PM. $10. Featuring Coree Spencer, DJ Real, Donny Divanian, Rainbow Chair, Ash Reiter and Phantom Kicks.

Noise Pop 2011 + Snob Theater Line-Up Announced

snobtheater:

comedians:

Coree Spencer

Donny Divanian

DJ Real

Rainbow Chair


musical guests:

Ash Reiter

Phantom Kicks

Tickets: $10

Friday, February 11th, 2011
doors 7:30 / show 8pm

THIS SHOW WILL BE HOSTED AT FIFTY24SF

More info on the show will be announced here.

Tickets will be on sale shortly…

[This is the only comedy show in the Noise Pop festival/arts showcase. Makes it special doncha think? Does it help that all these acts are phenomenal? What about the Noise Pop thing? No? Geez you’re rough.]

I was listening to the commentary to the film MacGruber today and I came across an anecdote about the music at the end being composed/written by a Mr. Nate Heller. I thought to myself: “The” Nate Heller? Of Rainbow Chair and She Beards Nate Heller? Yes, indeed, the very same Heller child Nate. Go figure, and go listen. Good dude with good tunes. 

"[Musicians] say that they’re influenced by the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. But what about actual beetles and actual stones?"

— Rainbow Chair

It occurred to me that despite annoying the piss out of my Twitter and Facebook friends due to my ReTweeting Bot, I haven’t mentioned here.
It’s Emily Heller's Birthday. Happy Birthday Emily.
That out of the way, she has a show on Saturday that I’m really excited about. It features a slew of favorites including Donny Divanian, Chris Thayer, Kevin Camia, Alex Koll and others (you can read the flyer, I’m not here to patronize). That and a special performance by Rainbow Chair. Geez, it’s gold in here (cough cough). So yeah, Saturday @ The Dark Room. Good place, good people, good times. 

P.S. Emily said she’d love anyone forever if they brought close to 100 pins or buttons as a present. Republican slogans get extra love.

It occurred to me that despite annoying the piss out of my Twitter and Facebook friends due to my ReTweeting Bot, I haven’t mentioned here.

It’s Emily Heller's Birthday. Happy Birthday Emily.

That out of the way, she has a show on Saturday that I’m really excited about. It features a slew of favorites including Donny Divanian, Chris Thayer, Kevin Camia, Alex Koll and others (you can read the flyer, I’m not here to patronize). That and a special performance by Rainbow Chair. Geez, it’s gold in here (cough cough). So yeah, Saturday @ The Dark Room. Good place, good people, good times. 

P.S. Emily said she’d love anyone forever if they brought close to 100 pins or buttons as a present. Republican slogans get extra love.