April 2012 Archives

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Father John Misty - Fear Fun

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Fear Fun

The new one from Father John Misty is "Fear Fun" and it's on Sub Pop. Father John has one speed and if he was playing on the deck of the consul's ship, Ben Hur down below would be pleased to hear it's not "ramming speed!" In any case FJM is Josh Tillman who used to be the bored drummer of the Fleet Foxes, so he lit out on his own. The elaborate packaging on this album screams one thing - this dude has too much money already. Most of the songs don't do much or make you want to hear them again, the exception being the amusing "I'm Writing A Novel," the rumored night job of three quarters of the people in Hollyweird - a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars. As is often the case, needs better songs...


Father John Misty - Fear Fun by subpop

Rock 'n' Roll Call: James Morrison - The Awakening

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The Awakening

From last year, it's the latest from James Morrison - the album is "The Awakening" and it's on Universal. Morrison seems to be channeling Brett Dennen with and some Harry Connick - both with colds. He's got the gruff r&b thing going on during these solid but tight interchangeables. James Morrison is OK - Jim Morrison is not.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now

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Older Than My Old Man Now

The latest from Loudon Wainwright III is "Older Than My Old Man Now" and it's on Second Story Sound Records. There's usually a couple of good ones on every Wainwright even a brilliant tune such as "People in Love," but this one? Not so much. It's autobiographical as Wainwright discusses his many relationships, kids and mistakes - or how he's like everyone else, muddling through. And he lived longer than his dad which explains the title. Wainwright is always worth checking out but it's just a so-so effort this time.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Jim Hanft - Weddings or Funerals

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Weddings or Funerals

The new one from Jim Hanft is "Weddings or Funerals" and it's a definite keeper on Veranda Records. This is the third release by this L.A.-based singer/songwriter signed to a Swedish label and ably assisted by a bunch of Swedes as the back-up band. A lot of the songs are of the love lousy variety and Hanft has that swell whispery voice on these folk rock tunes with huge hooks such as on "Family Tree" and "Television." This guy's the real deal - hopefully, he'll play up here in the 805. Hanft will easily make the Best Album list for 2012. Trust me this time.


Jim Hanft (feat Samantha Yonack) - Lazy Love by verandarecords

TimeOut: Retro rocker Nick Waterhouse plays SOhO on April 29

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Channeling his inner Watts Stax persona, retro rocker Nick Waterhouse will dress to impress and sing those songs that remain the same (only different) when he croons for those fellow time travelers whose collective watch stopped around 1960. It's all happening Sunday night at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Inside too many youngsters, the history gene is nowhere to be found because nothing happened that mattered before they were born. Exception: Waterhouse, a guy in a suit singing old-school R&B songs that could've been a part of one of those Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tours way back when sundowns were in black and white. He's got the inclination, the vibe and, most important, the voice and the sax player to make it all work. Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Very Worst of Roy D. Mercer - Ultimate Fits

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The Very Worst of Roy D. Mercer

This one came today - timing is everything, so why not? This one is "The Very Worst of Roy D. Mercer" and it's called "Ultimate Fits" and it's on Capitol. Mercer is a radio personality in Tulsa and makes crank calls to unwary victims always ending with the threat of "ass whuppins" over some imaginary sleight. Although most of these are amusing but you probably won't want to here them more than once, but then again if you like Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, who knows? The best one is when Mercer gets in this TV reporter's grill for not showing up to put his 43 pound squash that "looks like Rush Limbaugh before he lost the weight" on the TV, along with his wife who just "got her hair frosted." Don't know why but I'm a hardcore Sooner fan in football but this is really one of the dumbest states in the country, dragging the rest of us down (like the old Confederacy). Remember, it was the Okies that banned Sharia Law in their state, probably freaking out both Muslims who have probably already left by now.

What to know about where to go this week

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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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching the new season of "River Monsters" with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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 in Ventura at my favorite dive bar - it's the Kill Junkies rocking the Red Cove in Midtown Ventura while not to far away, Teresa Russell will demonstrate the art of shredding on that guitar at the Savory Cafe while down at Zoey's, it's singer/songwriter Delaney Gibson and at the weekly blues blast down at Yolie's in Ventura - it's Sugar Ray Rayford.

On Saturday it's Eric Sardinas playing some bluesy rock at the cavernous Canyon Club in

Tommy Castro

Agoura Hills, then there's way more blues at the 7th Annual Simi Valley Blues Festival. So how does someone get the blues in Simi Valley - no convenient parking at the mall? Why ask why? Anyway, it's all happening at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch featuring Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, the Delgado Brothers and more. Shaky Feelin' will do their jam band thing at the Tipsy Goat in Thousand Oaks. And finally, those rockin' rodents in Mouse Grey will play an acoustic set at the Red Cove - still in Ventura.

On Sunday, it's Dr. M playing some foot-friendly dance music up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura - no dress code on Sundays - while a few blocks away, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay Bar & Grill.



On Monday - they're back playing uptempo pop punk and a new album - that would be Eve 6 at the legendary Troubadour in Hell-A, while up here in the 805 where we like it, Aaron Orbit will conclude his Monday night residency at Billy O's in Ventura while a few miles up Main Street, Happens Again will happen again at the Good Bar on Main Street next to the movie theatre.



On Tuesday, it's those rock gods in Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl, and doing an encore on Wednesday. And White Denim will do their groovy indie rock thing at SOhO in Santa Barbara - that's Tuesday night.


White Denim - Drug from One Story Productions on Vimeo.


On Wednesday, it's entertaining indie rock from Cage the Elephant at the Mayan Theatre in Hell-A,

James Morrisonwhile up here in the 805 where we like it or until Oxnard paves everything, it's acoustic guitar pyrotechnics at the Good Bar with Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel. That All-Star Blues Jam thing is happening at the Bombay and it's Acoustic Open Mic Night at Zoey's while over the Green Art People gig Ventura Avenue, it's Hippie Mark & the Total Strangers.

OK, almost done - on Thursday - it's James Morrison doing his bluesy rock thing at the Avalon in Hollyweird - no Jim Morrison action there and finally on a Thursday, it's Jonathan McEuen at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View. OK, that's the end of all that. For now...

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ben Lee - Deeper Into Dream

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Deeper Into Dream

The latest from Ben Lee is "Deeper Into Dream." It's from late last year and it's on Dangerbird Records. Lee is a bona fide rock star in Australia and this is his eighth solo album - a concept album about dreams and much more entertaining than Freud's "On Dreams." This one is interspersed with people saying weird things about their weird dreams and then, Lee will play a dreamy, surreal pop songs with clever and twisted lyrics, all laid back and groovy, like a good dream that has you waking up smiling. This one should've been on the Best Of list for 2011 - how can you not love a dude who writes songs about "Pointless Beauty," not to mention "The Church of Everybody Else" and "I Want My Mind Back"? This guy's great.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: All-American Rejects - Kids in the Street

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Kids in the Street

The new one by the All-American Rejects is "Kids in the Street" and it's on mighty, mighty Geffen/Interscope. Oklahoma Cowboys from Stillwater, these pop rockers have not forgotten how to write a tight tune full of hooks that will have the mall mice tweeners all misty-eyed 'cuz Mr. Right did the wrong thing, again. The band's fourth album finds them comfortably cruising on auto-pilot, which is still better than most other bands. Their 2003 debut is still their best - not to mention a pop rock gem and one of the best albums of the new millennium. But for now, "Heartbeat Slowing Down" is another perfect pop song with Tyson Ritter a capable frontman. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence

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Continued Silence

The new one from Imagine Dragons in an EP entitled "Continued Silence" and it's on Interscope. Not a hobbit's nightmare but rather, the next big thing to come out of Las Vegas. It's straight ahead rock, maybe even arena rock - do they still have that? Anyway, there's solid vocals by Dan Reynolds - the band has it down and all the right people are throwing around the right adjectives and the band is playing all the right gigs, and the check is evidently in the mail. "It's Time" is the hit single, not to mention a funny moment from one of the funniest TV shows ever, "Action." They're OK but no reason to get excited - not as entertaining as Panic at the Disco but light years better than Wayne Newton.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone

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Nick Waterhouse has a new one - it's "Time's All Gone" and it's on Thorstein Veblen's favorite

Time's All Gone

label, Innovative Leisure. It's vintage R&B from a 25-year-old dude wearing a suit - and not a bathing suit - all the way from Huntington Beach. These are time warp tunes smartly done that sound like they fell off the charts from 1961 - or back when AM radio was cool. Not only does Waterhouse have the vibe and the voice - he has the look and more importantly, that honking sax brings back memories of Lee Allen and the happening harmonies of the back-up singers combine to make all real. Once again, it's so old, it's new. Remember that Blasters' song, "I'm Shakin"'? Then imagine that as a career - works for me. Waterhouse will be in Santa Barbara on April 29.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Shins - Port of Morrow

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Port of Morrow

The new Shins album is definitely a keeper - it's "Port of Morrow" - why ask why - and it's on Columbia. James Mercer, once upon a time out of New Mexico but these days, near the top of the musical food chain in Portland, has hired all new Shins to carry out his delicate, intricate, baroque pop rock visions. The songs all sound pretty and some such as "Simple Song" will live in your head for daze. The lyrics seem to be important, but actually don't make a lot of sense, but Mercer could sing the phone book with that swell voice and make it all seem like something you can no longer live without.


Adventures at the Coachella Music Festival

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Coachella No. 14 differed from prior musical adventures in that it was actually more of a "Coldchella" scenario. On Friday the 13th, during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, multitudes of bikini-clad gorgeous young women were downgraded into huddled masses or fleeing streaks as people tried to escape inclement weather. They're doing it all again this weekend, with the same lineup of bands but hopefully less chill.

Good thing there was all that music, presented with German-army precision at two outdoor stages and three indoor ones under open-sided tents, each named for a place best to avoid: Gobi, Sahara and Mojave. Giant video screens from the Coachella Stage (the main stage) were large enough to be seen from the space shuttle. Read more »

TimeOut: Cypress Hill brings diversity and West Coast rap to Ventura

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The Himalayas of hip-hop, Cypress Hill, are coming to the Majestic Ventura Theater on Thursday night. All the way from South Gate, these Hill people, as a Cuban-American/Latino hip-hop outfit, are a microcosm of American diversity. They got signed to Columbia Records early on, and at one point had two albums (their first two) in the Top 10. Around since 1988, Cypress Hill are one of the pioneers of West Coast rap, not to be confused with East Coast rappers who talk funny.

The core of the group, known as DVX at the beginning, were the Reyes brothers, Senen and Ulpiano Sergio, along with their pals Louis Freese and Lawrence Muggerud, and with nicknames adopted, we came to know them at Sen Dog, Mellow Man Ace, B-Real and DJ Muggs. When the Mellow Man became a solo man, the other three became Cypress Hill. Read more »

TimeOut: Michelle Shocked has a lot to say about justice and democracy

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Michelle Shocked

Activist-singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked, an outspoken member of the 99 percent with plenty to say about everything, will play the Ojai Woman's Club on Saturday night. If driving to Ojai is too convenient, Shocked will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica tonight.

Shocked has a long track record -- more than 20 years and a bunch of albums, and a slow-growing police record a well. She puts the "rock" in "occupy," as in "Roccupy," and walks the walk and talks the talk. Actually, her November arrest as part of Occupy L.A. was merely Shocked's most recent trip to Bar City. She has been up close and personal with the justice system since she got busted at the Democratic Convention back in 1984. Read more »

What t know about where to go this week

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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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching the new season of "River Monsters" with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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:



All right, no drive to Hell-A on a Friday nite - it's much further but worth it for the greatest rock 'n' roll festival in this here life cycle - it's Coachella II, still down in Indio featuring about 150 bands over three days on two outdoor stages and three stages in tents - all of will be

M83packed Friday with plenty of high school kids ditching school just to see the Black Keys, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, Mazzy Star, M83, Neon Indian, M. Ward, Dawes, not to mention enough electronic music to give Thomas Edison the jitters - and my new favorite band (at least for a few hours) the Sheepdogs - and those are just a few of the cool bands on the first day. Once again for those of you on drugs, they do it nice, so they're doing it twice - Coachella II is a redo of last weekend again this weekend - hopefully with the Coldchella scenario a chilly memory and back to the better bikini weather this weekend. Hope you got your ticket - it sold out in about three seconds - oh, well - next year then.



But if you're not there, you could be here - up here in the 805 where we like it - at the greatest record store in the 805 - Salzer's in Ventura at Victoria and the 101 - it's Record Store Day with the Gentlemen and all 50 Sticks of Dynamite will be playing. Transplanted El Aliens can salivate at the nearby Tommy's while locals know that the Top Hat is back right near the ancestral home of the mighty, mighty Cougars, Ventura High School. Still tonight - Friday night - Teresa Russell will shred most convincingly on her guitar at the Savory Cafe in Ventura and B. Willing James and Justine Bennett will play some acoustic music at Zoey's while a few blocks away Laurie Morvan Blues Band will play what her name promises at Yolie's Mexican Restaurant, also in Ventura.

On Saturday, if you're down in Hell-A, you can check out that exceptional folkie - that would be Ernest Troost - he'll be at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge in Venice, while up here in the 805 where we like it - it's the best show of the week - it's an Earth Day celebration - the Koch Brothers probably won't be attending - but Hidden Agenda and Rooster Ra will be playing. So will the Primitive Radio Gods - it's been a while - they had a hit back in the '90s with "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand," on the album, "Rocket" which went gold, then Columbia dropped them, demonstrating, if any more proof be necessary, how lame the record biz can be. Once upon a time, the Gods were the I-Rails and Charlie's favorites. It's been a few years since these Gods have played around here - you should go. It's all happening at Yolie's in Ventura Saturday evening early - 6-ish maybe. If I don't go shoot rednecks at a Civil War re-enactment, I'm so there.

OK, still Saturday - the Ventucky String Band is back, this time in beautiful downtown Oak View at the Big Buddha Lounge. And this stuff is just about right when it comes to an appropriate elbow-bending soundtrack - that would be bluesy rock courtesy of Blues Bullet who will be at the Hub in Ojai, while not far away, it's frantic and funny folkie, Michelle Shocked - fired up with righteous indignation and her own religious beliefs certain to have those Tea Party geezer nitwits espousing a continuous constant comment: "Why won't she just shut up and/or go away and leave us to salivate about the good ol' days that never existed?" A Rocuppy activist with the arrest record and 14 albums so far to prove her commitment, Shocked is as passionate as she is funny. At the height of the Iraq War - remember that one? That's when we invaded the wrong country to steal their oil? Her battle cry was "Pull out Bush like your daddy should've!" Check out my interview with the shocking Miss Shocked in this week's TimeOut, proof positive that I'm hardly making any of this up. She'll be at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club. Might be fun...

Ozomatli

On Sunday, it's worth the risk of getting caught up in that Sunday night hell drive back from Santa Barbara - but it's Ozomatli doing their world beat, funk - what-the-heck foot friendly smash up at SOhO.

On Monday, Aaron Orbit will do his indie rock guy thing at Billy O's, a great place to stand around, pound down a Pabst or ten and watch some cool music. It's happy feet electronic music from that Coachella tent duo from Canada - that would be Zeds Dead at the venerable

Zachary JamesVentura Theatre, while around the corner, Happens Again will be happening again at the Good Bar down on Main Street in Ventura.

OK, so it's Tuesday and it's in Hell-A but it's Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes doing a residency at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood, even getting a best bet nod in the Hell-A Times. Good job, guys.

On Wednesday, it's acoustic guitar mania with Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel at the Good Bar and it's that All-Star Blues Jam at the Bombay Bar & Grill, also in Ventura. While over at the Green Art People gig on the Ventura Avenue, it's Jaime Wyatt & the American Bloomers, said to be a female Tom Petty - that always works. Security cop stealing rock star's guitars? That never works...dumbass.


Death To My Hometown (Live) from Columbia Records on Vimeo.


Finally on a Thursday, he ain't my Boss, but Bruce Springsteen will give everyone their money's worth when he sells out the LA Sports Arena, a feat unattainable by the 2011-12 basketball Bruins - hopefully, Shabazz Mohammed and Kyle Anderson will pack Pauley and lead the Bruins back to where they belong - rulers of the collegiate basketball universe.

While up here in the 805 where we like it, Cypress Hill - the Mount Whitney of rap, all the way from South Gate - will pack the Ventura Theatre and make the cops outside nervous on a Thursday night. Shawn Jones will be up all those stairs at the nearby Watermark and those Rubberneck Lions will be at the Bombay Bar & Grill. One more - Girl in a Coma - don't know about them but love that name - they'll be at UCSB. OK, the end of all that. For now...


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Harper and Midwest Kind - Live at the Blues Museum

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The new one by Harper and Midwest Kind is a live one that's only four months old - "Live at the Blues Museum" and it just came out this week. It's bluesy rock by a pretty solid bar band that sounds like they feel asleep listening to Blues Traveler more than a couple of times, but there's more to it than that. Harper is also a bad-ass Australian harmonica player who uses aboriginal rock to make it all a bit sweatier. Despite his urgency and talent, they never really surpass the competent bar band scenario.

Rock 'n' roll call: Parson Red Heads - Murmurations

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The latest from Portland's Parson Red Heads is a 6-song EP entitled "Murmurations" and it's on Parson Farm Records. It's three dude, one chick country rock smarty done - you may or may not hear some Wilco, Big Star, the Morrells and maybe a little of the Band in there. The "Jenny" song begins, "Jenny - she's a lost soul" and all of a sudden, I was getting "The L-Word" flashbacks to the evil egomaniac, Jenny Schecter. Anyway, this band is tighter than your boss or the Republicans with the Postal Service's money. Remember, kids, "privatize" is just another word for "stealing public money." These are the best Red Heads since our lazy awesome locals, Raging Arb & the Redheads.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Shearwater - Animal Joy

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Animal Joy

Shearwater's eighth album and their SubPop debut is "Animal Joy" and to those of us that love our pets and Animal Planet and PETA; well, this could be the soundtrack. Jonathan Meiburg has that falsetto working - sort of like Brian Wilson did 50 years ago - and the first tune, "Animal Life" is a baroque classic and as a cat person, gotta love those cheetahs looking cool on the back cover. While the first song sets a high bar which the others fail to match, you'll probably still buy in to Meiburg's evident passion for his night job. Fans of the Shins should dig this one - once again, more music from the wrong century but perfect for "The Canterbury Tales," or back when Chaucer was feeling studly in 1381.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper

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Father Creeper

The new one by the unpronounceable Spoek Mathambo is "Father Creeper" and it's on SubPop. All the way from Johannesburg in South Africa - it electro-rap. Well, it doesn't suck but neither is it something I want to hear more than once, despite the fact that this dude has some talent with rhymes, it's too weird even for me.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Dandy Warhols - This Machine

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This Machine

The new one by the Dandy Warhols is "This Machine" and it's on The End Records. This is the Dandy's best one since "13 Tales of Urban Bohemia," from 2000 and still the best album of the new millennium. The catchy propulsive rockers such as "Sad Cafe," the speeding ticket-inducing instrumental "Alternative Power to the People" and "Don't Shoot She Cried" are perfect examples of so-called alternative/college/indie rock. Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor adds his usual ingredients of stoner pop, psychedelia and shoe-gazer touches and his whispery vocals add a new dimension to the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic, "16 Tons." The band's fame is already assured - check out the rockumentary of all time, "Dig!" and the band does the theme for "Mythbusters." If you listen to the Dandys for an extended period, you may flunk the drug test at work.

What to know about where to go this week

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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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching the new season of "River Monsters" with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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:



All right, no drive to Hell-A on a Friday nite - it's much further but worth it for the greatest rock 'n' roll festival in this here life cycle - it's Coachella down in Indio featuring about 150 bands over three days on two outdoor stages and three stages in tents - all of which should be

The Black Keys

packed, especially if it rains on Friday as forecast. The Black Keys, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, Mazzy Star, M83, Neon Indian, Dawes - those are just a few of the cool bands on the first day, and since they do it nice, they're doing it twice - Coachella does it all again the following weekend and probably with better bikini weather.

But if you're not there, you could be here - at the infinitely more convenient and affordable affair, an opportunity to go swirling with Jerry's Kids with the soundtrack provided by the Dark Star Orchestra at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura. Over those Santa Monica Mountains to the Malibu Inn, you can trip out to the Untouchables - remember them? The band has nothing to do with Eliot Ness and those Patriot Act-loving G-Men or those unfortunate and numerous Indians, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Legalizers will play some rockin' reggae at the Watermark in Ventura and a few blocks away, it's the Army of Freshmen and Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes at the Bombay Bar & Grill. The Emy Reynolds Band will be at Zoey's and the Forty Fours will play some blues at Yolie's.

On Saturday it's that dance chart queen from 20 years ago - Taylor Dayne - she of the 18 Top Ten hits and the serious voice and the perfect hair - she'll be at the big square cement thing by the freeway, the Civic Arts Plaza in T.O., while down in the Ventura Harbor, it's father and son Dodger fans - Fish Fry at Blackbeard's BBQ. The Corsican Brothers will deliver some sadly lacking power pop to the Pacific View Mall in Ventura. The Waddy Wachtel Band will be at the Poinsettia Pavilion - wow, last time I was there, I saw Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Mouse Grey will play some original rock at the Sans Souci and up the coast to S.B. former Conejo Valley local, M. Ward will be at SOhO and finally on a Saturday, Florence & the Machine will be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl - just like Ward, both acts will be at Coachella.


A Wasteland Companion by M. Ward


On Sunday, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay while a few blocks away at Zoey's, it's Rooster Ra - they'll probably play the best song ever written about Oxnard.

Manchester Orchestra

On Monday, it's cool BritPop that's not from Scary Olde England, it's the Manchester Orchestra out of Atlanta - they'll be at the Music Box down on Sunset in Hollyweird. Madness will have those time warp mods skankin' all over phonehead nirvana - that would be Club Nokia in Hell-A. And up here in the 805 where we still like it - Happens Again will happen again every Monday at the Good Bar in Ventura and Delaney Gibson will be at Zoey's.

On Tuesday, a couple of good ones in Hell-A - Kasabian and Deer Tick will be at the Music Box in Hollyweird and Elvis Costello will be at the Wiltern.



On Wednesday, it's Colonel Kurtz' favorite band, the Horrors - they'll be at the Music Box in Hollywood, while up here in the 805 where we still love it, especially when we come home from L.A. - it's Radio Threat doing Wednesdays at the Sans Souci in Ventura while a block away, it's Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel doing guitar stuff at the Good Bar. Fish Fry will entertain all the groovy people at this week's Green Art People get togther on the Ventura Avenue behind the car wash and Neon Indian will be at SOhO in Santa Barbara, also on Wednesday.


Gotye - selected Making Mirrors tracks by Gotye


Almost done. On Thursday, it's everyone's favorite Belgian of the moment, that would be Gotye - he, too will enthrall the phoneheads at the Nokia Theatre and Sarah Silverman & Friends will do something weird (and maybe even funny) at Largo, while up here where it's closer, social activist Michelle Shocked will be at Zoey's and Jonathan McEuen will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, the end - of all that, for now.

What to know about where to go this week

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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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching the new season of "River Monsters" with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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:



All right, no drive to Hell-A on a Friday nite - it's much further but worth it for the greatest rock 'n' roll festival in this here life cycle - it's Coachella down in Indio featuring about 150 bands over three days on two outdoor stages and three stages in tents - all of which should be

The Black Keys

packed, especially if it rains on Friday as forecast. The Black Keys, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, Mazzy Star, M83, Neon Indian, Dawes - those are just a few of the cool bands on the first day, and since they do it nice, they're doing it twice - Coachella does it all again the following weekend and probably with better bikini weather.

But if you're not there, you could be here - at the infinitely more convenient and affordable affair, an opportunity to go swirling with Jerry's Kids with the soundtrack provided by the Dark Star Orchestra at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura. Over those Santa Monica Mountains to the Malibu Inn, you can trip out to the Untouchables - remember them? The band has nothing to do with Eliot Ness and those Patriot Act-loving G-Men or those unfortunate and numerous Indians, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Legalizers will play some rockin' reggae at the Watermark in Ventura and a few blocks away, it's the Army of Freshmen and Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes at the Bombay Bar & Grill. The Emy Reynolds Band will be at Zoey's and the Forty Fours will play some blues at Yolie's.

On Saturday it's that dance chart queen from 20 years ago - Taylor Dayne - she of the 18 Top Ten hits and the serious voice and the perfect hair - she'll be at the big square cement thing by the freeway, the Civic Arts Plaza in T.O., while down in the Ventura Harbor, it's father and son Dodger fans - Fish Fry at Blackbeard's BBQ. The Corsican Brothers will deliver some sadly lacking power pop to the Pacific View Mall in Ventura. The Waddy Wachtel Band will be at the Poinsettia Pavilion - wow, last time I was there, I saw Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Mouse Grey will play some original rock at the Sans Souci and up the coast to S.B. former Conejo Valley local, M. Ward will be at SOhO and finally on a Saturday, Florence & the Machine will be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl - just like Ward, both acts will be at Coachella.


A Wasteland Companion by M. Ward


On Sunday, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay while a few blocks away at Zoey's, it's Rooster Ra - they'll probably play the best song ever written about Oxnard.

Manchester Orchestra

On Monday, it's cool BritPop that's not from Scary Olde England, it's the Manchester Orchestra out of Atlanta - they'll be at the Music Box down on Sunset in Hollyweird. Madness will have those time warp mods skankin' all over phonehead nirvana - that would be Club Nokia in Hell-A. And up here in the 805 where we still like it - Happens Again will happen again every Monday at the Good Bar in Ventura and Delaney Gibson will be at Zoey's.

On Tuesday, a couple of good ones in Hell-A - Kasabian and Deer Tick will be at the Music Box in Hollyweird and Elvis Costello will be at the Wiltern.



On Wednesday, it's Colonel Kurtz' favorite band, the Horrors - they'll be at the Music Box in Hollywood, while up here in the 805 where we still love it, especially when we come home from L.A. - it's Radio Threat doing Wednesdays at the Sans Souci in Ventura while a block away, it's Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel doing guitar stuff at the Good Bar. Fish Fry will entertain all the groovy people at this week's Green Art People get togther on the Ventura Avenue behind the car wash and Neon Indian will be at SOhO in Santa Barbara, also on Wednesday.


Gotye - selected Making Mirrors tracks by Gotye


Almost done. On Thursday, it's everyone's favorite Belgian of the moment, that would be Gotye - he, too will enthrall the phoneheads at the Nokia Theatre and Sarah Silverman & Friends will do something weird (and maybe even funny) at Largo, while up here where it's closer, social activist Michelle Shocked will be at Zoey's and Jonathan McEuen will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, the end - of all that, for now.

TimeOut: Singer Taylor Dayne will perform April 14 in T.O.

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Big hair? Check. Big voice? Certainly. Big deal? To the millions who bought Taylor Dayne records over the years, you betcha. The vehicle for that hair and voice, a fixture on the dance charts in the late '80s and early '90s, will roll into the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for a Saturday night performance.Saturday's show, "Tell It to My Heart: Up Close and Personal with Taylor Dayne," directed by Steve Rothman, is a concert along with an opportunity for Dayne to talk candidly about her trials and triumphs as a pop star. "Star Search" winning singer Jake Simpson will provide backup vocals.

Like hitting a home run in your first major league at bat, Dayne's debut album, "Tell It to My Heart," went to No. 1 -- in fact, Dayne's first three albums were all huge hits and she has released nine Top 20 hits, sold more than 75 million units and earned three Grammy nominations. Her most recent album, from 2008, is "Satisfied." Her latest hit is "Floor on Fire," which reached No. 7 on Billboard's dance chart last fall. Read more »

TimeOut: Caravan of Thieves steals into Ventura for Zoey's concert

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Coming to steal the top spot in the ever-changing Your Favorite Band This Week category are the Caravan of Thieves, a Connecticut-based group that will exponentially enlarge their heretofore invisible local fan base when they play Zoey's in Ventura on Saturday night. The ensemble's raucous Gypsy swing will test the limits of what can be done with acoustic instruments. Don't worry -- your feet will know what to do. And the cerebral part of you can take a trip down memory lane when the Thieves interpret Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" and maybe even "You Are My Sunshine."

Carrie and Fuzz Sangiovanni began as a duo, but gradually expanded the Thieves project into a full-fledged caravan with the addition of two more players. Their third and latest album is "The Funhouse." The second album was a live effort and the first one wasn't. Imagine Gogol Bordello quieter but just as energetic, or something like that. Fuzz Sangiovanni, the dude with the fuzzy dome, discussed the latest during a recent phoner. Read more »


TimeOut: M. Ward chats (briefly) about his busy week

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Rock 'n' roll never starts on time, but this was really pushing it. One-time 805 local M. Ward -- now a part of that very happening Portland music scene -- was slated to do an interview with The Star to chat about the busy week he's got coming up, including gigs today and April 20 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio and on Saturday at SOhO in Santa Barbara, the latter another of those ultra-groovy Club Mercy gigs.

The interview has been in the works casually for about a month, but negotiations grew more impatient and hectic this past week. After a few weeks, Ward let it be known that it would be cool to do a weekday phoner -- but that was out because of my day job. So onto Plan B -- an email interview. Even that took a whole week, his answers not arriving in my in-box until Tuesday night. By the looks of things, Ward spent a whole five minutes (if that) on his responses -- but then again, maybe I could've asked better questions. Read more »


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Rock 'n' roll call: Rocky Votolato - Television of Saints

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Television of Saints

The new one by Rocky Votolato is "Television of Saints" and it's on Undertow Records. Rocky needs to get really mad, see? Or really something - anything - besides interchangeably bland on these strum and dumb acoustic folk songs that are as forgettable as lunch last week with whatsername.


Little Spring by Rocky Votolato

Rock 'n' roll call: Caravan of Thieves - The Funhouse

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The Funhouse

The new Caravan of Thieves us called "The Funhouse" and it on UFO Records - that's United For Opportunity. It's acoustic gypsy swing and a whole lot of fun. This should've been one of my interview victims for Friday the 13th in the Time Out section, so this glowing testimonial/review will have to suffice. It's a husband and wife team - Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni - plus a couple of helpers making these retro, old timey-sounding foot tappers and yet another reason why music matters. You'll love "Live Forever," "Raise the Dead" and "Eat You" the first time and many times to follow This band is playing at Zoey's on 14 April - if you're not at Coachella, you should go.


Rock 'n' roll call: George Sarah - Who Sleep The Sleep of Peace

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Who Sleep The Sleep of Peace

The new George Sarah album is "Who Sleep The Sleep of Peace" and it's an iTunes thing - I guess - I have a CD which is an advance for whatever's gonna happen on 17 April. I think in the not so distant future, this one is going to happen as background muzak at Trade Joe's as yuppies grind their own coffee. A famous composer said to have successfully combined electronic music and classical music, Sarah evokes memories of the Firesign Theatre who had it right when they so astutely once mentioned something about "gas music from Jupiter." Nothing here remotely qualifies as a song or anything you would want to hear twice.


Rock 'n' roll call: Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

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Simple Math

This one's also on Columbia but it's from last year and I'm just getting around to it - that would be Manchester Orchestra and don't tell your math teacher, but the album is "Simple Math," and it rocks in all the ways we want indie bands to do just that. Frontman Andy Hull has the band all over the place, but always most competently as they show off their musical grasp of good songs full of stream of conscious lyrics - some funny wise-guy wise, other head scratchers from left field - all with sterling vocals. The title tune is a gem. Let me put it to you this way: I just bought their first two albums on Amazon. Even though they're from Atlanta, these guys are worthy of their British predecessors from Manchester such as New Order, the Stone Roses, Oasis and the Smiths.


Rock 'n' roll call: One Direction - Up All Night

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Up All Night

That cat-scaring cacophony is probably all those tweener teeny bopper girls screaming at their new temporarily pretend significant others - the boy toys in One Direction - the album is "Up All Night" and it's on Columbia and the direction is straight to the bank. Imagine a nation of Biebers - if one is good - why not five of those squeaky clean Brits? They only want to hold your daughter's hand, still believe in puppy love, are totally paper trained and fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard, and best of all - they can really sing. These dudes were on "The X Factor," but didn't make the cut individually, but they prove once again, that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts on these supremely concocted pop rock confections, so sweet, little Buffy Cheerleader may get cavities in her ears. "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing" are the so far big hits and "Taken" is a solid statement of how Miss Take only wants you when you're already taken. I'm not gonna listen to these guys forever, but they do sound pretty good for what it is and even though you know you're being taken in, you won't care.


TimeOut: Catch the infectious sounds of the Vaccines

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They did it nice so they'll do it twice. That's right: This year's Coachella Music Festival will kick off on Friday the 13th of April and run through the weekend, then do it all over again April 20-22. That'll give the recycle guy time to convert the mound of plastic water bottles the size of Utah from Coachella I into reservations to Tahiti.

So, same menu, same venue, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, with the same bands repeating. Thousands of people have paid millions of dollars to see hundreds of bands play out in the desert in the spring, before the onset of that long, hot summer when everyone would die of heatstroke. Both Coachellas sold out quickly, so for those who didn't buy tickets in a timely manner, it's on to the ticket scalpers or whatever polite word they call themselves these days.

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TimeOut: Freebo performs April 11 in Ventura

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Free Willy? Free credit report? Free beer? Freebo? The latter is the only one that makes sense when it comes to midweek musical machinations as the multitalented Freebo performs Wednesday night at Green Art People.

Freebo, who performed with Bonnie Raitt for more than a decade, will no doubt play a few off his latest, "Something to Believe," which was released late last year. Old-timers may remember Freebo from back in the old Cafe Voltaire days. And your furry four-legged friend, the one offering unconditional love and fleas, might also remember Freebo, who once put out an album of doggie ditties titled "Dog People."

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What to know about where to go this week

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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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching "River Monsters" with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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:

Blowing Up The Moon

All right, no drive to Hell-A on a Friday nite tonight and for convenience sake, it's Blowing Up the Moon, Mouse Grey and Gypsy Death Star - all playing darn few soulful ballads at Billy O's in Ventura or you can watch local guitar goddess Teresa Russell shred on that axe all over the Savory Cafe, also in Ventura. Jam band heroes, Shaky Feelin', will be at the Good Bar down on Main Street and singer/songwriter Grant Lee Buffalo will be at Zoey's and r&b veteran Billy Vera will be at Yolie's. While up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, the Mighty Cash Cats will channel the Man in Black at the Jester while half a block away, all 29 Mules will play some country rock at the Hub, also in Ojai.

On Saturday, it's bluesy rock smarty done by a bunch of local Dodger fans, Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons. There's a big one at Billy O's with a bunch of bands including Nardcore punk legends, Ill Repute and also the Pullmen, Radio Threat, Jackass and plenty more. There's some super acoustic blues from Alastair Greene and Guy Martin at Zoey's and up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's indie rock from the Black Seeds at SOhO, probably featuring 150% fewer guitar solos than Sky Saxon's Seeds from way back when.



On Sunday, it's more old school thrash and bash - this one with DRI - Dirty Rotten Embeciles at the Ventura Theatre - I'm still regretting falling asleep and missing Kathleen Edwards there last week.

Garbage

On Monday, if you're up for a roadtrip to Hell-A that might be worth it to see Garbage, no, not the sidewalks of Skid Row but the band fronted by Shirley Manson - I think they were on a episode of Buffy a long time ago. And up here in the 805 where we like it, Happens Again begins a Monday night residency, happening at the Sans Souci in Ventura.

On Tuesday, it's the Harmonica Clubhouse at Bernadette's on Main in Ventura and up in Santa Barbara to SOhO, a bunch of singer/songwriters are playing - one of them, Jesse Rhodes, has a great song about not caring about the Super Bowl - I haven't watched an NFL game since the Rams left.

On Wednesday down on California Street, it's that All Star Blues Jam thing at the Bombay. While over on the Ventura Avenue near Johnny's but actually behind the car wash, the Green Art People are back - this time with Freebo, who used to play at Cafe Voltaire and is one of my interview victims in this week's Time Out, proof positive that I'm hardly making any of this up. If you go once, you'll become a Wednesday night regular Green Art person.

OK, almost over - for Thursday, its '80s BritPop from James - they'll be at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A, while the happiest living man, Pato Banton, will be at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura while over in farmland hating Oxnard, it's guitar pyrotechnics with Teresa Russell and Stephen Geyer at the Lookout. Shawn Jones will be up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura and Jonathan McEuen will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. And finally, up the coast to S.B., it's indie rock with the Black Angels at SOhO and indie rock with money, Radiohead will be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. OK, the end - of all that, for now.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Vacationer - Gone

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Gone

The debut from Vacationer is entitled "Gone" and it's on Downtown Music. Let me put it to you this way: In darkest antiquity, Arab mathematicians invented the concept of zero - lo, these many centuries later, Vacationer has invented the soundtrack. Nothing remotely close to resembling a song of note here, so it's beyond back to Songwriting 101 for these guys.


Vacationer - Be With You by Vacationer

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Real McKenzies - Westwinds

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Westwinds

The new one by the Real McKenzies is "Westwinds" and it's on Fat Wreck Chords. It's Scottish music and punk rock by kilt-wearing Scots - out of Canada even - wailing away on bagpipes that do not suck. "Frantic" doesn't do these guys justice but if the DJ slipped in a Real McKenzies tune at a rave none of the dancing fools would miss a beat. "Calling Me Names" flat out shreds and will require a crowbar to extricate it from your CD player. This makes nine albums in 20 years by yet another great Canadian band. I wonder if there's Unreal McKenzies...?

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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