Archive for February, 2014

  • Some people seem to think I go out every night, which I don’t–some weeks I don’t go out at all. Others think that it would be my dream to go see bands every night, which it’s not–it often takes every fiber of my soul to get out and go see the shows I do catch and if I went out every night I would get seriously overloaded, hell I’m overloaded as it is. Lately, I’ve been either going out to specifically catch new talent, get new records (or cassettes), or see a show that I know is going to be...

    ShowsAroundTown: Every Other Night…

    Some people seem to think I go out every night, which I don’t–some weeks I don’t go out at all. Others think that it would be my dream to go see bands every night, which it’s not–it often takes every fiber of my soul to get out and go see the shows I do catch and if I went out every night I would get seriously overloaded, hell I’m overloaded as it is. Lately, I’ve been either going out to specifically catch new talent, get new records (or cassettes), or see a show that I know is going to be...

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  • I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Well, actually to be precise, when St. Ranger played their final show at Parliament on November 22nd and I bought a cassette and Andrew Phipps gave me a free t-shirt and I told him to go fuck himself. So, it’s been three months.  I loved St. Ranger and I always wanted either a second EP from them or an entire full length album, partly because I watched them from the beginning and saw them grow far beyond what I imagined, but alas, all things must pass. That same night that I told...

    Tuesday’s Tune: “Teen Feels” by Pro Teens

    I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Well, actually to be precise, when St. Ranger played their final show at Parliament on November 22nd and I bought a cassette and Andrew Phipps gave me a free t-shirt and I told him to go fuck himself. So, it’s been three months.  I loved St. Ranger and I always wanted either a second EP from them or an entire full length album, partly because I watched them from the beginning and saw them grow far beyond what I imagined, but alas, all things must pass. That same night that I told...

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  • 2013 was a rough year for Doctor Bones. Last May Doctor Bones sacked lead singer Anthony Fama and found Zach West, which is the equivalent of kicking Iggy Pop out of your band and replacing him with Brandon Flowers.  They then went into hiding and into the studio to record their second EP.  After a startlingly great one song debut at Future Loves Past’s Lushfest, this final version of Doctor Bones lasted exactly three shows this past fall and until last Thursday there was no evidence that anything would come of it. I went to the first show and I...

    Doctor Bones Exit With A Parting Gift

    2013 was a rough year for Doctor Bones. Last May Doctor Bones sacked lead singer Anthony Fama and found Zach West, which is the equivalent of kicking Iggy Pop out of your band and replacing him with Brandon Flowers.  They then went into hiding and into the studio to record their second EP.  After a startlingly great one song debut at Future Loves Past’s Lushfest, this final version of Doctor Bones lasted exactly three shows this past fall and until last Thursday there was no evidence that anything would come of it. I went to the first show and I...

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  • I had the pleasure of first catching The Cherry Bluestorms during last years International Pop Overthrow at The Sail Inn and I was immediately hooked on their psychedelic retro sound. They harken back to the mid to late 1960s in no uncertain terms and absolutely by design, right down to their entire look and dress–each of their albums has included a cover from that era as well. This is definitely my bailiwick and I guess I’m proving this by writing about them as the first band that is not local to get a full feature here, but I love their...

    The Cherry Bluestorms Return!

    I had the pleasure of first catching The Cherry Bluestorms during last years International Pop Overthrow at The Sail Inn and I was immediately hooked on their psychedelic retro sound. They harken back to the mid to late 1960s in no uncertain terms and absolutely by design, right down to their entire look and dress–each of their albums has included a cover from that era as well. This is definitely my bailiwick and I guess I’m proving this by writing about them as the first band that is not local to get a full feature here, but I love their...

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  • So last week I wrote “Bacchus and The Demon Sluts … is currently my ‘Favorite Band I’ve Never Seen or Heard’. I loved Naked Pizza (and apparently if I have enough scratch put together, I still can), so I can’t wait to find out what Austin Rickert is doing in this new out fit with his endless creativity, energy and vision.” Little did I know that as I was writing those very words they were posting a live album to bandcamp. I didn’t know about it until Robert from Fairy Bones messaged me to check it out, for some reason...

    Bacchus and The Demon Sluts: Live At Crescent Ballroom

    So last week I wrote “Bacchus and The Demon Sluts … is currently my ‘Favorite Band I’ve Never Seen or Heard’. I loved Naked Pizza (and apparently if I have enough scratch put together, I still can), so I can’t wait to find out what Austin Rickert is doing in this new out fit with his endless creativity, energy and vision.” Little did I know that as I was writing those very words they were posting a live album to bandcamp. I didn’t know about it until Robert from Fairy Bones messaged me to check it out, for some reason...

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  • In late December my ex-laptop was breaking up with me and I wasn’t online a lot and I wasn’t writing at all. I missed out on a lot of great stuff because of the issues the breakup was causing both personally and professionally. Luckily, in this instance, I caught The Thin Bloods in my feed on Valentine’s Day and love was in the air. They posted their video for “Marty” which is one of my favorite songs from Twin Tumors Vol. 1, their most recent cassette release on Rubber Brother Records. I was glad that this popped up in my...

    VideosAroundTown- “Marty” by The Thin Bloods

    In late December my ex-laptop was breaking up with me and I wasn’t online a lot and I wasn’t writing at all. I missed out on a lot of great stuff because of the issues the breakup was causing both personally and professionally. Luckily, in this instance, I caught The Thin Bloods in my feed on Valentine’s Day and love was in the air. They posted their video for “Marty” which is one of my favorite songs from Twin Tumors Vol. 1, their most recent cassette release on Rubber Brother Records. I was glad that this popped up in my...

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  • Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

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  • One of my favorite albums of last year was Dry River Yacht Club’s El Tigre and I think this was true of many of us lucky enough to live in Arizona and enjoy the local music scene. This past Tuesday, Dry River Yacht Club released El Tigre for the rest of the world to enjoy. That’s right, the album many of us have come to love after months of heavy rotation is now available for purchase on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, bandcamp, soundcloud, Rdio and ready for streaming on YouTube and Spotify. In short, it’s everywhere now. EVERYWHERE. Dry River Yacht...

    Dry River Yacht Club’s El Tigre Goes Global

    One of my favorite albums of last year was Dry River Yacht Club’s El Tigre and I think this was true of many of us lucky enough to live in Arizona and enjoy the local music scene. This past Tuesday, Dry River Yacht Club released El Tigre for the rest of the world to enjoy. That’s right, the album many of us have come to love after months of heavy rotation is now available for purchase on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, bandcamp, soundcloud, Rdio and ready for streaming on YouTube and Spotify. In short, it’s everywhere now. EVERYWHERE. Dry River Yacht...

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  • In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

    Singles Going Steady

    In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

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  • The Prowling Kind was one of the best debut acts of 2013, their blistering blend of rock, blues and Americana was some of the finest music I witnessed live on several occasions last year. Sadly, I never got to review their brilliant debut album Tennessee, I never picked up a physical copy and all I had was a soundcloud link that I couldn’t download, I kept meaning to pick it up, but alas never got around to it somehow. I’ll probably correct this soon and write a belated review, because it was one of my favorite albums of last year and...

    VideosAroundTown: The Prowling Kind “Melted Together”

    The Prowling Kind was one of the best debut acts of 2013, their blistering blend of rock, blues and Americana was some of the finest music I witnessed live on several occasions last year. Sadly, I never got to review their brilliant debut album Tennessee, I never picked up a physical copy and all I had was a soundcloud link that I couldn’t download, I kept meaning to pick it up, but alas never got around to it somehow. I’ll probably correct this soon and write a belated review, because it was one of my favorite albums of last year and...

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