Archive for February, 2008

Eric Victorino (ex-Strata) – Coma Therapy

Posted in news with tags , , , on February 25, 2008 by sae

so sometime back the now former singer of Campbell California’s own Strata put out an amazing book of poetry called Coma Therapy (which i have read and keep meaning to post a review of). anywho, i guess copies of the book are starting to run low and he is focusing his energy on a new book and will not be repressing Coma Therapy in foreseeable future which means get it now or possible never. don’t sleep on this shit, and don’t let that it’s a book of poetry scare you cause what scares you about poetry, this is not it

you can order the book here
you can check some of his poems out here (check the blog entires)
or if you’re interested but too poor to buy the book you can download an full audiobook of all the poem’s here

now go support some local underground art!

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introducing (briefly) The Coma Lilies!!!

Posted in buried treasure, news, tour dates with tags , on February 23, 2008 by sae

you like muzik?
check these guys the fuck out
The Coma Lilies are a badass instrumental band that will blow your fucking mind.  some people like to call the psychedelic, some experimental.  i just call them amazing.  no really knows who they are and if no one everyone finds out, it will be because the world sleeps on some many great bands

and guess what…?
they are on tour right now for the next three months
check that link above for a date near you
cause they are touring the country

go out and support some amazing underground muzik
and expect to hear more about these guys from me soon

Badfish w/Skaflaws, 880 South, and FUBAR

Posted in live show review with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by sae

so for months flyers have been popping up around Santa Cruz, Badfish- a tribute to Sublime coming to the Catalyst. my interest was peeked by all of this promotion, but i was also a bit thrown off. i’ve never gone to see any tribute band perform before, and they did name themselves after one of the two big Sublime singles i really dislike.

however, a friend of mine told me she had heard they were really good. i checked up on the tickets – $12. can’t really turn that down now can you. so i strolled down to the Catalyst and picked up two tickets…

…and then last tuesday came around. it was finally time. i made it a point to not listen to anything by Badfish prior to the concert. i wanted to see what they could do live before i heard anything else, especially since i already knew all that words and was familiar with all that muzik. my friend and i arrived slighltly late, opting to miss out on at least one opening band since we were both already tired and it seemed like it took forever to get through the opening bands at the Circle Jerks show last month.

when we arrived we were greeted by The Skaflaws on stage, missing the first band FUBAR. i was really impressed with them. they sounded a lot like old school No Doubt and they completely embodied that energy that makes most ska shows undeniably fun, even if you aren’t into that scene. their singer Renee Gonzalez did an excellent job of engaging with the crowd and dancing on stage whenever she wasn’t singing, and let me say, that girl is damn good at dancing as well as fronting a band.

the highlight of their set was a cover of Sublime’s Saw Red that they did with a friend?/roadied?/i dunno of their’s who was on crutches and seemed to have something permanently wrong with his legs. he wasn’t the best singer, but it didn’t matter. that was one of those bad ass, live & raw moments that are so good at shows.

following their set was San Jose’s own 880 South. and i have to apologize to all my friends who love them and want to support the local scene, but i was unimpressed with those guys. if you like really mellow reggae influenced muzik then they might be your thing, but for me personally, their was only about 30 seconds of their entire set that i enjoyed. the beginning of one song, and then the middle of some other song where they got really intense for about 10 seconds and then dropped all the intensity out and went slow again…i felt cheated personally…but that’s just me

and then the stars of the night hit the stage, Badfish.

now, it’s not that i was skeptical, but i was really interested to see what these guys could do and if they could live up to their reputation. i mean, being a Sublime tribute band – that’s got to be a tough thing to pull off. Sublime’s a very unique band, with a unique singer, and even though they had a short career, their discography amounts to a helluva lot of songs so it’s going to be hard to get a well rounded set that will please the whole crowd.

they did it though, Badfish was fucking great! and i highly encourage anyone who likes Sublime to make sure to check them out if they are playing in your area, especially for everyone out there like me who was too young to see Sublime play before Bradley died. all of the musicians in the band were great and the singer has an excellent voice for covering Sublime songs and sounding like Bradley, but not making it cheesy.

i don’t have a full set list from the show, but this covers a lot of it (definitely not all of it though – they played for a damn long time too)

Garden Grove
Wrong Way
We’re Only Going to Die for Our Own Arrogance
STP
Caress me Down
Date Rape
Smoke Two Joints
Same in the End
Waiting for my Ruca
Santerita
Scarlet Begonias
Badfish
Doin’ Time
April 29, 1992 (Miami)
Pawn Shop
40 oz to Freedom
Ebin
What I Got

their version of Doin’ Time was amazing. they extended the song quite a bit and brought in elements from many of the different version of the song out there. initially the singer/guitarist had no guitar during the song, but instead had a sax that he soloed with for a while until he went back to the guitar.

Pawn Shop broke down in the middle for a fucking amazing drum solo that allowed the drummer to show off his skills and prove that he’s a really musician, not just some guy playing in a cover band.

then on Caress Me Down (or maybe Date Rape but i’m almost positive it was Caress Me Down) they started to jam out in the end a lot, allowing the guitarist and bassist to really rock it for a bit showing their musicianship. the bassist was goddamn amazing too, as was the guitarist, but the bassist really impressed me, especially since the bass is so much the backbone of all Sublime songs so you can’t fuck that up.

there was quite the moment during What I Got towards the end. the band completely dropped out and everyone in the crowd was left singing as loud as they could lovin – is what i got, i said remember that. it was beautiful. it seems cliche, but it wasn’t. it was amazing, like a moment we had all been waiting for since the first time we heard that song.

and after that something else amazing happened. with What I Got and all the other big Sublime songs out of the way, they covered fuckin BRO HYMN!!! by Pennywise!!! fuck yeah! i heard the bass come in and i knew and went running to the pit to get in on that shit. it seemed like a lot of the crowd knew the song, but there was still a decent sized chunk that didn’t know it. not really a problem though, Bro Hymn is easy enough to sing along with. they played the longer extended version of it that Pennywise does at shows as well. absolutely amazing end to the show, and a great way to pay tribute to Bradley in my opinion, especially since the PW crew were all big Sublime fans. after Bradley’s death they played Same in the End quite a bit and recorded a studio version of it for the Sublime Tribute – Look At All The Love We’ve Found.

Bafish is amazing – make sure you see them live if you like Sublime
to all my friends – present past and beyond
especially those who weren’t with us too long
life is the most precious thing you can lose
while you were here the fun was never ending
Bradley Nowell this one’s for you

a ton of fuckin news

Posted in news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by sae

first off, Mindless Self Indulgence is releasing a single for Never Wanted to Dance (off the new album If, April 29th). it comes out March 18th through The End records. remixers feature Ulrich Wild, Combichrist, and The Birthday Massacre.

MSI also has a bunch of new tour dates up, check em out here


Vans Warped Tour


dates and bands for this years Warped Tour have popped up. you can check the bands out here

dates go something like this

June 20th Pomona, CA – TBA
June 21st San Francisco, CA – Pier 30/32
June 22nd Ventura, CA – TBA
June 25th Phoenix, AZ – TBA
June 26th Las Cruces, NM – NMSU Practice Field
June 28th Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds
June 29th Denver, CO – Invesco Field at Mile High
July 01st Saint Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 02nd Kansas City, KS – TBA
July 03rd Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
July 05th San Antonio, TX – TBA
July 06th Houston, TX – Reliant Stadium
July 09th Atlanta, GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
July 10th Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 11th Tampa, FL – TBA
July 12th Miami, FL – Bicentennial Park
July 13th Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Metro Park
July 14th Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 15th Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 16th Washington, DC – TBA
July 17th Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City
July 18th Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
July 19th Toronto, ON – Park Place
July 20th Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
July 22nd Buffalo, NY – Tweeter Center
July 23rd Boston, MA – TBA
July 24th Englishtown, NJ – Raceway Park
July 25th Philadelphia, PA – TBA
July 26th New York, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
July 27th Scranton, PA – TBA
July 29th Pittsburgh, PA – Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 30th Cincinnati, OH – TBA
July 31st Indianapolis, IN – TBA
August 01st Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
August 02nd Chicago, IL – TBA
August 03rd Minneapolis, MN – TBA
August 05th Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
August 06th Calgary, AB – TBA
August 08th Boise, ID – Idaho Center
August 09th Seattle, WA – The Gorge
August 10th Portland, OR – Columbia Meadows
August 13th Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
August 14th San Diego, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
August 15th San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
August 16th Sacramento, CA – TBA
August 17th Los Angeles, CA – TBA


Black Light Burns


Wes Borland has checked in with this update from Black Light Burns
“We’re mixing the covers album during the last week of February. As soon as we’re done with that, we’re starting drum tracks on 15 new original songs for album number 2. I’m producing the second BLB record, so don’t be surprised if you hear a lot less keyboard/programming and a lot MORE guitar/bass/drums. The new stuff is more aggressive on the whole than Cruel Melody was, with a sound that’s similar to the production of the yet to be heard “Cover Your Heart and The Anvil Pants Odyssey”. That being said, there are still some mellow moments, but they do not hold on for as long as they do on CM. The hope is to put the covers/dvd out by June and the next record out by November while getting a few tours in there too. We’re working our asses off to make all this happen according to plan. Thanks for checking in here and as always, thanks for the constant support everyone.”


Rockstar Mayhem Tour


and it seems official dates have been released for the Rockstar Mayhem Tour so check it out, no word on tickets yet that i have seen though

July 11th Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 12th Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 15th Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
July 16th Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
July 18th Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 19th Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
July 20th Englewood, CO – Coors Amphitheatre
July 22nd Bonner Springs, KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 23rd Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
July 25th Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Centre
July 26th Selma, TX – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 27th The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 29th Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
July 30th West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 01st Atlanta, GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 02nd Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 03rd Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 06th Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 08th Toronto, ON – The Molson Amphitheatre
August 09th Burgettstown, PA – Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 10th Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 13th Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
August 15th Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16th Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
August 17th Hartford, CT – New England Dodge Music Center
August 20th Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 21st Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center



so go wild and buy some fucking concert tickets kiddos and make your summer fun

ethereal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 20, 2008 by sae

Bradley Nowell, much respect
you too Badfish

more to come soon…