Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in
Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least
for the next hour or two, kicking it at my humble abode, multi-tasking, writing
about rock `n' roll and watching ``The Rifleman'' with the sound off as Lucas
McCain lets his trigger finger solve all problems, petting my cat Nope, who is
in my lap, and as usual in the way, as he does his fair share as part of the
worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.
Well, basketball's over - so I'm sitting here listening to
the Dodgers on the radio on a station that barely comes in and after three
innings, it's damn clear Charlie Steiner is no Vin Scully, but no one is. Not
so long ago, every Dodger fan was happy when some rich guys bought the team,
ousting the hated evil developer Frank McCourt and bought all those great
players. All the Dodgers need to do now is win - of course, there might not be
many to witness that feat if and when. Few get the Dodger games on TV which are
only available from Time Warner, a provider that is not available where I live.
So it's back to the radio which is the way it used to be. Only the Dodger games
from San Francisco
were televised way back, or when the sundowns were in black and white, or back
when AM Radio ruled. As we grew up with the Dodgers, we all listened to Vin
Scully and Jerry Doggett, Vin and Ross Porter and then Vin and Big D and now we
only get Vin for the first three innings of home games and road games within
the Western Division. To review: With Magic Johnson the public face of the
franchise, a bunch of fat cats with too much money bought the Dodgers and
scored a TV deal with a cable provider few can access - what can go wrong
there? Hey, the Rams left, so I haven't watched a pro football game since 1994.
I can hold out longer than Time Warner can. Go Dodgers - I'll be listening.
And, of course, whining - Dodgers not in first. And why is there going to be
second Magic Johnson bobblehead night this season? Magic was a great Laker - he
was no Dodger. When does football start?
If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with
a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week:
OK, tonight, FRIDAY night, and it's far but doable - the first
weekend of Coachella is kicking off
Friday for the first of two three day weekends with a zillion bands playing out
in the sun in Indio.
They do it nice cuz they do it twice - same venue, same menu the following
weekend. The recycle contractor probably owns his own island by now.
In Hell-A, it's those finhead, college rock heroes - Switchfoot, who will be at the Wiltern
Theatre and Lemmy - and yup, evidently he lives - Lemmy will lead Motorhead through a loud and fast set
at Club Nokia while up here in the 805 where we love it, Teresa Russell & Cocobilli will rock out at the Bamboo Steak
House in Camarillo and those Pet Shop
Boys will be at the Ventura Theatre and a few blocks north, there's some
cool power pop from the Corsican Brothers at Pierano's, just
across from Father Serra's elaborate crash pad, the San Buenaventura Mission -
in place since 1782 or before we were a country.
On SATURDAY, Houston
Jones will play some blues at the Thousand Oaks Library and Yogi and
Smokey's favorite band, Easy Bear will
be at the Sans Souci in Ventura and about a mile
north, Rosie Flores will play some
music at Yolie's.
On SUNDAY, it's indie rock from Blood Orange at the El Rey Theatre in El Lay and at the Canyon Club
it's British Invasion pop from Herman's
Hermits, while over in Moorpark, Sonny
Mone will do his singer/songwriter thing and delve into his vast repertoire
at Redball's Rock & Roll Pizza, while over in Ventura, it's Blue Stew and the Mighty Cash Cats will play after them at the Bombay Bar &
On MONDAY, it's Poeina
- just Poeina; well just Poeina and her band, the Lucid Dreamers - they'll
enliven Monday nights until June at Redball's in Moorpark and Natalie Gelman will be at the Deer
Lodge in Meiners Oaks. Check out my Poeina story in this week's Time Out, proof
positive that I'm hardly making any of this up.
On TUEDAY - typically, the deadest nite of the week - well,
not this week. Broken Bells will
play tunes of their smash album at the Fonda down on Sunset in Hollyweird and Bryan Ferry will bring some classy rock
to Club Nokia. while up here in the 805, John
Marx & the Patrol will play some blues at the Chop Shop in Simi Valley
and while they do not actually lack spelling skills, Chvrches (that ``v'' is s a medieval ``u'') will be at the Ventura
Theatre playing their Euro/weirdo/fun-o EDM, while around the corner, Catfish & Doug will play some blues at Amigo's while up Hwy. 33 to
Meiners Oaks, Dan Grimm & Friends
will be at the Deer Lodge just like they have been since Bambi was young. And
up the coast, Teresa Russell will
play that guitar at the James Joyce in S.B.
On WEDNESDAY, it's a good one with MGMT and Merge Records artist, Wye
Oak, at the Orpheum in Los Angeles.
The 1975 will play some swell indie
rock at Club Nokia and the Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion will play some earnest if explosive blues at the Echo, also
down south. Up here in the 805 where it's so much better - except why is
Camarillo paving all that farmland for no apparent reason - Frank Barajas will play some pure power
pop at Fresco II in Oxnard and Teresa
Russell will be at Surfside Seafood in Hueneme and big voiced Ellie Goulding will be at hit at the
venerable Ventura Theatre and Mark
Masson will play twice - once at Amigo's and a late show at the Tavern in
Ventura. Groove Session is returning
to Ventura to
do the Green Art People thing one more time, while up at the Deer Lodge, it's Cindy Kalmenson & The Lucky Ducks; and one more up the coast
- singer/songwriter Alyssa Graham
will be at Muddy Waters on Haley in S.B. - no riots there, promise.
On THURSDAY, down south, it's Inc. at the Church on York in hardcore downtown El Lay and even
though Mogwai could turn a police
checkpoint into a dance party, instead they'll be at the El Rey, down on
Wilshire Blvd. while Neko Case and the Dodos will be at the Orpheum
Theatre while mighty strange Sarah
Silverman will be at Largo and the best show of the week - maybe the year -
it's African Desert Blues from Tinariwen
at the Belasco Theatre and those Dum
Dum Girls will be at the Roxy in Hollyweird and up here where we like it, the
ubiquitous Teresa Russell be at the
Lookout in Oxnard.
So have a swell week but remember, this is rock `n' roll
after all, and thus, these listings are
subject to change for no apparent reason. Mom was right - call first.
And finally, one of the great things about music is the
``Hey, check this out'' moment because there's so much great music out there -
it's all about finding it; and so for no apparent reason except that I have the
technology - here's one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands.