May 2012 Archives

TimeOut: The Supersuckers will perform June 3 in Ventura

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Evidently several people did not get the memo, so "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world" missed Coachella again this year. But The Supersuckers will be orchestrating the slurpin' and slummin' on Sunday night at Billy O's in Ventura with local cowpunk heroes Jackass (the working survivors of Raging Arb & the Redheads), who will open. It's an all-ages show -- as long as all the ages are 21 and older.

Named for a porno film and fronted by one Eddie Spaghetti, The Supersuckers, as you might assume, are not too serious. They have released a dozen albums with such titles as "Must've Been High," "The Songs All Sound the Same" and "How The Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World." The high school buddies from Tucson changed their venue if not their menu way back in '89, or when Jan Brewer was still merely a minor irritant as an Arizona state senator. The band skedaddled from Arizona to the Great Northwest just in time not to become Nirvana or Pearl Jam but a goofy, country-rock, Americana-flavored band. Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Keane - Strangeland

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Strangeland

Talk about truth in advertising - the new Keane is pretty much just that (keen) and an integral part of an imaginary '60s law firm Groovy, Bitchen, Neat-o and Keane. Or not. Their new one, their fourth is called "Strangeland" and it's on Interscope. Now way back at the beginning - back to the "Hey, let's start a band phase," it's important to have one person that can sing. Put a check in that category - Tom Chaplin has that perfect indie pop rock voice, showcased on songs that are invariably cleverly concocted and fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard. "Sovereign Light Cafe" has the most hooks on this piano driven band - as in no guitars and no guitar solos.


Keane - Strangeland (Deluxe) by Interscope Records

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, it's all the way to Hell-A but it's worth it for some as good-as-it-gets

Big Tweed

power pop from Joe Pernice - he'll be at McCabe's in Santa Monica - there's a bunch of Pernice Brothers albums but now evidently, he's a solo dude - he sure can sing - while over at Vitello's in Studio City where Robert Blake remains a poor role model, you could rock out to Floyd and the Flyboys. And up here in the 805 where we like it, Big Tweed is playing some country music at a fundraiser for the Elmhurst School in Ventura - how much does it suck that schools need fundraisers? How could anyone vote Republican - a party that is systematically denying funding to education and at the same time engaging in widespread voter suppression? Anyway, no greed in the Tweed.

OK, still tonight, Friday night, Hellogoodbye will play some cool pop rock at the venerable Ventura Theatre while across the street, at the Sans Souci, it's raucous rock with Whiskey Glasseye, Brainspoon - where have they been? - and Hairball. Around the corner on Main

Silversun Pickups

Street to the Good Bar, it's party time with New Liberty, not the town destroyed by the rednecks in "Wild Wild West." Across the street at Amigo's, it's rockin' blues with the Preachers and about a block north, there's some serious guitar pyrotechnics from Teresa Russell at the Savory Cafe. And down at Zoey's on Santa Clara in Ventura - it's three singer/songwriters - Ed Berghoff, Earl Bud Lee and Shawn Jones, who has a new CD, and it's blues night at Yolie's with Finis Tasby. And finally on a Friday, up in S.B. - there's a bunch of bands at Velvet Jones - if you go - go for Gram Rabbit, or if you have more time and money, it's the KJEE Summer Round-up at the Bowl with Garbage, Grouplove, Naked and Famous, Silversun Pickups and SB locals Gardens & Villa. Check out my Grouplove story in this week's Time Out - proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up.



OK, on Saturday, it's all the living Beach Boys celebrating their 50th anniversary in show biz - they'll be at the Hollyweird Bowl - I saw 'em a long time ago at the Wagon Wheel skating rink - back when they all wore striped shirts and before everyone took the band's advice and moved here, thereby screwing up everything, but that's another story and the Beach Boys are one of the greatest bands of all time. Anyway, up here in the 805 where we still like it or until

Babylon Social Club

Oxnard or one more Republican supervisor paves our quality of life, it's the Babylon Social Club playing some rockin' blues at the T.O. Library and down the hill, it's Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons doing their monthly at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. At Billy O's, all the way from Arizona, it's Rebel Set and the Ramonas and it's punk rock time with GBH at the Ventura Theatre - across the street, it's Mouse Grey at the Sans Souci. Shaky Feelin' will do their exceptional jam band thing at the Good Bar next to the movie theatre on Main Street and the Tom Freund Trio will play some folk rock at Zoey's. There's a good one up in Ojai - another school fundraiser - this one for the Summit School - the show is at the Lindsey Ranch, featuring plenty of good local bands such as Aaron Orbit, Jeff Hershey & the Heartbeats, 8Stop7 and longtime rock god Johnny Rivers who will no doubt play his hits such as "Memphis" and "Secret Agent Man," a song about British spy John Drake, portrayed by Patrick McGoohan which morphed into "The Prisoner," maybe the best TV show of all time. Bet Rivers won't play my favorite, "Right Relations," but who knows? Still Saturday - Ian McFeron will be at the world famous Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks, while up the coast to SB, it's buzz band Electric Guest at Velvet Jones; and I used to love them a lot more before - but this one's for my friend, M. Brickey - go check out the Mother Hips at SOhO, also in S.B.



On Sunday, it's rising rock queen Lana del Rey beginning a three day run at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A, while up here in the 805 where we still like it, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at Margarita Villa in the Ventura Harbor and there's a good one at Billy O's - the Supersuckers and Jackass (the working part of Raging Arb who should play monthly as a public service) will be at Billy O's in Ventura Sunday night. And down at Bombay, it's Hot Roux playing some bluesy dance music that's not at their ancestral home, Yolie's.

Divine Crime

On Monday, it's Cluster Pluck at the Wrec Room in Ojai. Skip one to Wednesday when Urban Dread will play some reggae at Bogie's in Westlake Village while down the grade and then some to Ventura, it's the All Star Blues Jam at the Bombay and the Ventura County Blues Society Blues Jam will be happening at the Tavern and Divine Crime will do an acoustic reggae set at Green Art People on the Ventura Avenue, while a few miles up the same street, the Ventucky String Band will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View and up the coast to S.B. it's what the heck jazz rock by Headless Household at SOhO. And on Thursday, there's Jonathan McEuen at that same Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View, and that's the end of all that. For now...

Rock 'n' Roll Call: BoDeans - American Made

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American Made

Wow - the BoDeans are back - remember them? It's album number 11 and it's called "American Made" and it's on Megaforce. The band - still all the way from Wisconsin that's been around almost 30 years - hopefully governor Scott Walker won't survive 2012. It's all about Kurt Newmann now - Sammy Llanas skedaddled last year. This one is solid - still not as good as their debut "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams" from 1986, but few releases are. The best one is "American," with a great laid back Americana-friendly guitar solo, which we always love.


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:

Kevin Seconds

On Tuesday, a bunch of people will be at Zoey's - one of them is punk legend, Kevin Seconds - he's got about a zillion songs. On Wednesday, it's Urban Dread one more time - this time doing a happy hour thing at Bogie's in Westlake Village while down the grade to Ventura, it's that All Star Blues Band thing at the Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura and the VCBS Blues Jam is happening at the Tavern not too far away and B. Willing James is the headliner at this week's Green Art People show on the Ventura Avenue, always a winner.

On Thursday, there's Jonathan McEuen again - this time at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View, and that's the end of all that. For now...

TimeOut: Living on blues power

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Getting the blues in Simi Valley could be the realization that the nearest Nordstrom is in Canoga Park, or perhaps that only nine cops live on your street. But the place to be for some real blues, not to mention a free geography lesson when Simi Valley becomes the westernmost parish in "the Bayou State," is the 23rd annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park on Saturday and Sunday. The headliner and party-ender Sunday night is Candye Kane, glad to be anywhere considering the alternative.

Kane is a cancer survivor -- specifically, neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. The survival rate is equivalent to that of the extra "Star Trek" crewmen who beam down to uncharted planets with Kirk and Spock. This is Kane's second round with this particular form of cancer, and following surgery on May 2, she's set to make a remarkably speedy return to performing.

She recently posted on her Facebook page that "the surgery was successful in that my pancreatic duct is unclogged." However, she will need radiation therapy for "an inoperable very tiny tumor on my mesenteric artery." Read more »

TimeOut: Summer's here, and so is Urban Dread

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For decades now, Urban Dread has translated into urban bread for various Conejo Valley club owners. Wherever and whenever this feel-good reggae band performs, fans come out in droves.

The group kicks off its summer season tonight with a show at Padri's Martini Bar in Agoura Hills. After that, you can find the group there every other Friday.

Every Wednesday during the summer, the group will set up shop at Bogie's in Westlake Village, where even a dim bulb such as Fred C. Dobbs would realize that "gold, the kind that shimmers and shines on the necks of swell dames," has a soundtrack -- and that soundtrack would be Urban Dread. Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Fixers - Pop Meat/Your Corruptor

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Pop Meat/Your Corruptor

The Fixers have a new EP - and that would be "Pop Meat/Your Corruptor" and it's just out on Dolphin Love Records. It's four guy BritPop out of Oxford in Scary Olde and the short bio info I could find compares them to the Beach Boys - heavy stuff and you know what? They're right. The first tune, "Another Last Apache" could be a Brian Wilson song and the happening harmonies are definitely fun, fun, fun. These guys are as good as the Vaccines - a band I loved most of all in 2011 - but I'm a sucker for singers that can sing. Here's four of them - can't wait for the full length. And the label name reminds me - what's up with killing dolphins? That is completely despicable (I can't say worse in a family newspaper) but dolphins are cool to humans who clearly don't deserve it and in fact, love us unconditionally like dogs do.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: We Are Serenades - Criminal Heaven

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Criminal Heaven

The debut from We Are Serenades is "Criminal Heaven" and it's on CherryTree slash Interscope. It's a couple of Swedes that speak better English than we do - and more importantly - they sing better as well. It's classic two guy basic pop - not so much unlike Chad & Jeremy or Peter & Gordon from way back but with more embellishment. Let me put it this way, grandma would not flip out and cut you out of the will if you put these guys on. "Come Home" is a most convincing miss-you-baby tune and "Oceans" will live in your head for daze as less is definitely a lot more. Then again, the guy wearing a Slayer shirt might throw rocks at you if you cruised by with We Are Serenades cranked up as this stuff is fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard but good vocals are good vocals.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Mayor Hawthorne - How Do You Do

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How Do You Do

Mayer Hawthorne's latest is "How Do You Do" and it's also on Universal Republic. It's soul music, smoother than the aftermath of a fifty foot slug, just right for yuppie drones hoping to get lucky with a meaningful drunken one night stand with whatzerface/whatzisface. Hawthorne is a credible and solid vocalist who will probably make zillions for those that don't care much about or think too much about music, but it's just too - what's the word? Smarmy. It's "Mad Men" music for the new millennium.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Urban Dread - Urban Dread

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The most popular band in the Conejo Valley - that would be Urban Dread - they have a new one that's self-titled and self-released and since these guys play 300 times a week in and around Agoura and Westlake, it should be no problem finding them and they'd doubtlessly be happy to sell you a copy. They have that typical mellow groove working and frontman Jason Bourne is a master at convincing scores of gorgeous blond women to dance. UD uses their reverential covers of "I'll Take You There" and "Land Down Under" to make something good all that much better.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Miike Snow - Happy to You

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Happy to You

The new one by the men with no spelling skills, Miike Snow is "Happy to You" and it's on Universal Republic. There's nobody named Miike - no matter how you spell it - rather it's a trio of Swedes and their friends, all of whom are machines playing well crafted electronic pop. The song "Vase" would've been strangely appropriate when Rummy was explaining the looting of the priceless Iraqi antiquities at the outset of the second Iraq War and "God Help This Divorce," is syrupy proof that Al Bundy was right when he noted, "There are no good ones," and also a hook-filled pop gem making these guys a certainty on any Year End List. In the Cool-Stuff-You-Can-Do-Without-Guitars-Department, these guys are Exhibit A. Love them - so did 45,000 people at Coachella who caught their set.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Gotye - Making Mirrors

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Making Mirrors

First up is the latest from my new favorite band Gotye - believe the hype - this dude is really good. It's from 2011 - the album is "Making Mirrors" and it's on Universal Republic, and should've been a Top Five album on the year end list. In the real world, he's Wouter "Wally" De Backer and the coolest Wally since Clever and Moon and it becomes obvious pretty quick why "Somebody That I Used To Know" went to #1 last year - it's always fun to diss Miss Take and "I Feel Better" will make your feet feel better right away. A Belgian out of Australia, Gotye has a winning voice and plays a bunch of instruments and knows what a great song should sound like and you're gonna need a crowbar to get this out of your CD player. Gotye's gonna getcha. Really.



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, it's all the way to Hell-A for hype heavy indie pop rockers - Best Coast - they have a new album, "The Only Place," but to hear it, you need to be at the Wiltern Theatre tonight. Enjoy the show but don't get towed. I bought a shirt when I saw 'em in Santa Barbara last year. Then there's as good as it gets female singer/songwriter Kina Grannis, who

Kina Grannis

will be at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hell-A - her latest album, the yellow one - is definitely a keeper, while up here in the 805 where we like it until Oxnard paves it all, it's one of the kings of mailbox money - that would be songwriter supreme Jack Tempchin, who will be the star of this month's Camarillo Café gig. He wrote "Peaceful Easy Feelin"' for the Eagles and tons of other tunes, including one of my favorites, "Slow Dancin"' by Johnny Rivers. While over in Ventura, it's guitar god Alastair Greene in downtown Ventura at Amigo's and Teresa Russell - a female guitar shredder - will be back at the Savory Cafe about a block away. At Zoey's, down on Santa Clara, it's CD release time with finhead folkie Todd Hannigan - the new one is "Further Than The Bow." After he's done, Lissie - yup, just

Lissie

Lissie - this year's Coachella veteran and a singer/songwriter out of Ojai. Hannigan compares her favorably to Janis Joplin, always a good thing. Over at Yolie's - still in Ventura - it's the Delgado Brothers playing some bluesy Chicano rock, while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, all 50 Sticks of Dynamite will begin their 805 weekend tour with a show at the Jester right near the post office - the home of 93023. One more on a Friday - Shaky Feelin' and Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will rock Whiskey Richards in Santa Barbara, a thinly veiled excuse to get a burrito at Mac's as you head south after the show.

On Saturday - how many years after the fact has it been? Roger Waters will play "The Wall" one more time at the LA Coliseum where the people inside should be chanting to those on the outside, "Hood rats - leave my car alone!" Sad and twangy singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica, and 50 Sticks of Dynamite will amaze the elbow benders at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura and Perla Batalla, once upon a time working with Leonard Cohen and forever her own woman - she'll be at the Thousand Oaks Library while over in Camarillo - it's a homegame gig for jam band guitar hero Mark Masson at the French Bulldog.

While over in Oxnard, it's pretty much, Strawberry Fields? Whatever, as the Oxnard City Council hurriedly continues to pave some of the best farmland in the world - fortunately, there's still a few strawberries to munch and at the 29th Annual Strawberry Festival down on Rose at Oxnard College, there's bands all day - most of them cover bands but also my heroes - Oxnard locals one and all, those Ska Daddyz will play Saturday morning. Over in Ventura, La Vonnettes will bring back the good ol' days of girl groups or back when AM radio was cool - they'll be at Billy O's and it's rockin' reggae with the Legalizers at the Watermark. While up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's foot friendly zydeco wiz, Lisa Haley & the Zydecats, certain to stir things up at the Dancing Oak Ranch somewhere in Ojai and Blues Bullet will rock out at the Hub on the main drag, also in Ojai.

The Holmes Brothers

On Sunday, it's one of the greatest blues bands you'll ever see - that would be the Holmes Brothers at McCabe's, still in Santa Monica, while up here in the 805 where we still like it, it's one more time for 50 Sticks of Dynamite at the Watermark and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay in Ventura and Rachel Sedacca will be play some folk rock all over the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View, also on Sunday.

On Monday - gotta love this one - Cluster Pluck will be at the Wrec Room in Ojai but on Tuesday - look out! What's usually the worst night of the week, is one of the best nights of the year. First off, it's the Mark Lanegan Band - they'll be at the Autry Auditorium in Griffith Park - their last album, "Blues Funeral," is one of the best I've heard in a while; and then, it's one of the best bands I've ever seen - that would be Spiritualized at the Wiltern. Caution - if you go to that one, you might very well flunk the drug test at work.



On Wednesday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band one more time - Urban Dread - doing their dancey reggae thing at Bogie's in Westlake Village, while in Ventura, it's acoustic guitar pyrotechnics at the Good Bar with Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel and that All Star Blues Jam thing will be going off at the Bombay while another blues jam - this one the VCBS Blues Jam will go off at the Tavern down on Santa Clara - while over on the Ventura Avenue, it's Bella Union and Soul Vang at the Green Art People gig, always a winner.

On Thursday, Kiki Ebsen - yup, she's Buddy's daughter - and she's having a CD release party at Zoey's and there's Jonathan McEuen at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View, and Beck will be at SB County Bowl. OK, that's the end of all that. For now...

TimeOut: 'Peaceful Easy Feelin'' songwriter to perform in Camarillo

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Love the Eagles when their classic rock tunes make you soar back to those good ol' days, or sick of the Eagles and you're praying for flak? In any case, praise or blame songwriter Jack Tempchin, but the vast majority of music fans will appreciate Mr. T for his unparalleled skill of demonstrating over and over what a hit song should sound like.

Hear the original versions when he headlines the latest edition of the Camarillo Café tonight. Also on the bill, Jeni & Billy will play some of their "new old music" rooted in the hills of Appalachia. Read more »

TimeOut: Todd Hannigan CD release party set at Zoey's

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Really busy globe-trotting music guy Todd Hannigan, the finhead owner of Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, will take a break from making everybody else sound like rock stars when he does his own thing at a CD release party for his latest, "Further Than the Bow," Friday night at Zoey's in Ventura. Hannigan, just back from England, where his mom is opening a little folk club, rarely plays locally, but by the time he gets around to it, anticipation is sufficient to make his gigs not-to-be-missed events.

Hannigan is always ably assisted by an all-star band, and this time is no exception. He'll have both Siebenbergs (when one is plenty), multi-instrumentalist Jesse and his dad, Supertramp drummer Bob; along with Dave Palmer, Fernando Apodaca, Sam Bolle, uke wiz Ron Hargrave and more. Read more »

TimeOut: Cannibal and the Headhunters are heading to Oxnard

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Strawberry fields? Whatever. That's the recurring theme from the pro-growth Oxnard City Council and its relentless cement scenario. While developers and local government paved all the fruit trees out of everything but the name in Orange County, Oxnard still has enough acreage devoted to the cultivation of those juicy red things to throw a festival that's rooted in reality, not nostalgia. The festival in question is, of course, this year's Strawberry Festival -- the 29th edition -- happening Saturday and Sunday down on Rose Avenue in Oxnard.

Strawberries will be consumed by the truckload, and as usual, the thousands of festivalgoers will be entertained nonstop both days by live music from a variety of cover bands, mostly playing that same old song. An exception is the SkaDaddyz -- Oxnard locals one and all, pretty much the soundtrack for their hometown. During their Saturday morning set when they play "She Likes to Party," it will make more sense than usual. Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Beach House - Bloom

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Bloom

The latest from Beach House is "Bloom" and it's on Sub Pop. Actually, I have a better one word title - "Bummer" or maybe "Boring." This a collection of slow, bad songs that all sound the same. Maybe only South Sea islanders and Jeremy Wade can catch a fish without a hook - a song without a hook is just, well, boring background muzak.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Electric Guest - Mondo

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And finally, the debut from Electric Guest is "Mondo" and it's on Across the Universe Records. Someone must like these guys - they're signed to the same management team as the Shins, Jack White and Vampire Weekend, so the Grammy must be in the mail. It's all subtle and soulful stuff that just flows along with a sure hand and the smooth and stylish vocals of Asa Taccone. No mosh pit inducing testosterone-crazed, boy-bashing ballads but rather this is more like hoping to get lucky 2 a.m. music for the moment. Actually, it's a bit too mellow, so I'd give these guys one raised eyebrow and a slow shrug.


American Daydream by ElectricGuest

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Skip The Foreplay - Nightlife

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The latest from Skip The Foreplay is called "Nightlife" and it's on Epitaph. Love the name - it reminds me of Animal Mother - the big jerk from "Full Metal Jacket," or maybe even Gunnery Sgt. Hartman when he's really mad. Hate the band - if I wanted to hear screaming like this, I'd give my ex a glass of rum and tell her that her kids are so mean even Chucky wouldn't play with them. You ever decided scream-o is music and not just screaming? Skip this band - not even close.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Nervo - We're All No One

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We're All No One

The latest from Nervo featuring Afrojack and Steve Aoki could be a contender for the Nihilist National Anthem if they cared enough to select one - anyway, it's "We're All No One" and it's on Astralwerks. I superficially glanced at the six song titles, and figured, "OK, it's an EP," but as I drove around listening to this one, it became strangely repetitive and familiar, and why not? It's six versions of the same song. Don't expect any term papers on the significance of the lyrics - the title pretty much says it all about this bouncy, dancey pop song. It's OK. The nihilists totter on the verge of indifference, as they should.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ting Tings - Sounds From Nowhere

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The latest from the Ting Tings is "Sounds From Nowhere" and it's on Columbia. They're a

Sounds from Nowheresville

UK guy/gal duo - imagine Yacht with fewer machines and more guitars and poppy stuff. Katie White is the voice and Jules De Martino makes the music more or less and they definitely know what a good song should sound like including the opener, "Silence," which surprising absolutely no one, is not, but rather is a Phil Spector-friendly wall-of-sound rocker. And White comes across as that pouty, prancing front gal - think that'll work? Probably. Solid second album - buy two - Christmas is only seven months away.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: King Tuff - King Tuff

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King Tuff

First up is the latest from my new favorite band, King Tuff - the album is self-titled and it's on mighty, mighty Sub Pop. Who is this guy? Who knows? The band bio is about as vague as Mitt Romney discussing anything, yet he's got that raucous and raunchy '60s garage band rock sound figured out. He's channeling the Castaways, the Seeds and the Count Five, so when more people realize that the '60 are back, he'll be like a god, or at least, a King. I like "Stranger"' and all those fuzzed out guitars - just another great Sub Pop band, a label that seriously knows what's what.


King Tuff - Keep On Movin' by subpop


King Tuff - Bad Thing by subpop

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:


Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit by concordmusicgroup


Delta Spirit

OK, tonight - Friday night, it's all the way to Hell-A but some people will do anything for some solid Americana - that could be Delta Spirit at the Music Box down on the Sunset Strip in Hollyweird, while at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura, it's one of the greatest bands of all time - yes, of all time - that would be the English Beat, making your feet are jumpy with tunes off the aptly named "Just Can't Stop It." Not far away, it's rockin' reggae with Urban Dread at Padri's Martini Bar, while over the hill, it's punk veterans, the Dickies at the Malibu Inn - they did the soundtrack for the greatest clown movie of all time, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." And over a bunch of hills the other way - all the way to Simi Valley, the Beatunes will channel the Fab Four at Howie's while down in Camarillo, Air I Breathe and a bunch of other bands will be at Rock City Studios. Named for the scary clown in "It," its old school punk with Pennywise at the venerable Ventura Theatre. They have a new album, "All Or Nothing," just out on Epitaph. The Winchester Rebels will be across the street at the Sans Souci and the Preachers will play some rockin' blues at the Savory Cafe down near Oak and Main, also in Ventura. The wonderful Gurf Morlix - a guy who sounds like the result of a dream date with a Smurf and a Morlock - will play his own stuff, plus channel some Blaze Foley at Zoey's when he opens for Jen Foster. Check out my Gurf story in this week's Time Out - proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up. Hot Roux is having a CD release dance party at Yolie's in Ventura, while up Hwy. 33, Julie Christensen will play some tunes off her latest, "Weeds Like Us" at the Main Gallery in Ojai, while up the coast to S.B., it's Tommy & the High Pilots playing at homegame gig at the Velvet Jones. Wow - that's a lot of stuff for a Friday - choose wisely.



On Saturday, it's the wild and crazy, completely unpredictable and hook-friendly Brian Jonestown Massacre - is that one of the great band names or what? It's right up there (down there?) with John Cougar Concentration Camp - anyway, they'll be at the Wiltern in Hell-A. Check out the movie DIG, to see just how nutty rock 'n' roll can be - BJM along with the Dandy Warhols are in it. While up here in the 805 where we like it, Mark Masson will do an solo

Rubberneck Lions

acoustic gig at the French Bulldog in Camarillo - and over in Ventura, it's Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy, the Rubberneck Lions and a few others rocking out at Golden China down on Seaward in Ventura. Preachers & Pornstars will rock the Sans Souci, while up in Santa Barbara, it's pure power pop from the Tearaways - at it since there were still stop lights on the 101, maybe.

On Sunday, Frank Barajas will play some pop rock at Tutti's in Ventura and King Washington will continue their May residency at Zoey's, and guitar god Alastair Greene will be at Whiskey Richards in Santa Barbara.

On Monday - gotta love this one - Cluster Pluck will be at the Wrec Room in Ojai, which reminds me of the time we were lost in D.C. and hoping not to get jacked by the crackheads when we saw a restaurant called Cluck You's - I'm not making that up. OK, now skip a day to access the damage.

On Wednesday, it's those '80s legends out of Wisconsin - a state that will hopefully will give governor/corporate stooge Scott Walker the boot - it's the BoDeans at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. It's the Conejo Valley's favorite band one more time - Urban

Caught Red Handed

Dread - doing their dancey reggae thing at Bogie's in Westlake Village, while in Ventura, it's Band of Outlaws at the Sans Souci and there's acoustic guitar pyrotechnics at the Good Bar with Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel and that All Star Blues Jam thing will be going off at the Bombay while another blues jam - this one the VCBS Blues Jam will go off at the Tavern down on Santa Clara - no report on the Green Art People, but you should still go.

On Thursday, it's Caught Red Handed - is that a great name for a country band or what? They'll be at the Watermark in Ventura and it's Jonathan McEuen at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View, and Milo Greene will be at SOhO in S.B. OK, that's the end of all that. For now...

TimeOut: Texas musician Gurf Morlix to perform at Zoey's

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While he might sound like the result of a dream date between a Smurf and Morlock, Gurf Morlix is neither of those, but rather an ever-clever singer-songwriter with a vast repertoire of songs, including many covers by the late, great Blaze Foley. Morlix also is an in-demand producer -- pretty much, just another swell musician out of Austin. He'll be at Zoey's in Ventura tonight.

Originally, Morlix was a Yankee from Buffalo, then headed south to Texas where he met the hilariously sad, funny and tragic Foley. Next, Morlix headed west to SoCal, where he ended up doing 11 years in Lucinda Williams' band. He's been part of the Austin music scene since 1991. His last solo album, which sounds like a Woody Harrelson option from "Zombieland," is from 2009, "Last Exit to Happyland." An album of covers, "Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream," came out last year, and he's working on an album of his own stuff. Morlix does Zoey's about once a year -- he'll start around 8-ish, with Jen Foster to follow. Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Cuddle Magic - Nympho Info

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And finally, it's album number three from Cuddle Magic - the clever title is "Nympho Info,"

Info Nympho

can't find a label. They're a self-described band and songwriting collective from Brooklyn and Philly. All I can say is they better collect some better songwriters as these people are flat annoying. All three times I've tried to listen to this one, I found myself hitting "fast forward" then soon enough, "stop" if not "eject." Once I was driving through a beautiful, idyllic two lane stretch of Hwy. 41 in NorCal near Yosemite heading for Mariposa to shoot some rednecks at a Civil War re-enactment and this band still sucked and "Baby Girl" is one of the best reasons I've ever heard for retroactive birth control.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Train - California 37

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California 37

Here's another good one - the new Train is "California 37" and it's on Columbia. It's their sixth album and already debuted #1 on iTunes and "Drive By" not only keeps the prisons filled but is the first single. It's more supremely well crafted arena rock, big beat, hook-filled tunes by this tight trio fronted by Pat Monahan. Everyone like trains and a lot of people like this Train, especially those who don't think too much about music. No knock - this is not niche, indie rock, but is so seamlessly appealing, everyone will find something to dig. And no, listening to the album opener, "This'll Be My Year," does not translate into social science credits due to the biographical and mildly clever, book-free history lesson. Then again, there is a good line about the fun part of love - the Falling Into Part as well as Jealousy 101 - a line too many women stood in twice - "...And you get mad when some girl you think I had puts a story in your head..." Idle homewrecking? That's another story - in the meantime, take the Train.



Rock 'n' Roll Call: Eve 6 - Speak in Code

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Speak in Code

The new one by Eve 6 is "Speak in Code" and it's on Fearless Records. It's their first new music in eight years, so evidently they're well rested - or broke - or both but in any case, they still have that in-your-face pop punk rock thing going on with giant bass player Max Collins' swell vocals on this if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it return to form. You'll probably like "Lost & Found," and the-what-could-go-wrong scenario song, "B.F.G.F," which is shorthand for best friend's girlfriend. Anyone else remember a great double bill from more than a decade ago at Nicholby's in Ventura? Anyway, it was Eve 6 and about the best chick singer/songwriter you've never heard of, Kathleen Wilhoite.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Spiritualized - Huh

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Huh

The new Spiritualized is, as is customary, totally a keeper - the album is "Huh" and it's on Fat Possum Records, about the best thing I can think of out of Mississippi. Jason Spaceman returns with another meandering shoe gazer, jam band trip into the NeverLand of dreamy stoner pop so spacey that you may fail the drug test at work after listening. "Life Is A Problem" is an ode to Jesus, and is about as close as I'll ever get to church but its disarming simplicity (and killer hooks) are hard to ignore. And "Too Late" is the final word for those who think fashionably late is the thing when it comes to love. And live? This dude is as good as it gets.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Jack White - Blunderbuss

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Blunderbuss

Believe the hype about the new Jack White - he's not a famous rock star for nothing after his work with the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, and now this - about as good as it gets rock 'n' roll. The album is "Blunderbuss" and it's on Columbia. Killer guitar riffs, White's familiar whiny vocals encompass about every genre of popular music and "Love Interruption" is one of the most down and dirty love songs you're likely to hear in this life cycle. White even does a reverentially bitchen cover of "I'm Shakin"' by the Blasters off their first album. If you don't have that one, your collection is incomplete - this one, too - a Top 5 album of 2012 for sure, maybe even the best one. It's that good.


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:

Teresa Russell

OK, tonight - Friday night, it's the 55th Annual Conejo Valley Days which all the usual attractions - this event has been in place longer than Thousand Oaks has been a city - but you might want to check out the folk rockin' and funny band, the Janks. Check out my Janks' story in this week's Time Out, proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up.

While down the grade to Ventura, you can't go wrong with guitar goddess Teresa Russell, shredding all over that Savory Cafe or there's jam band nirvana with Shaky Feelin' at the Good Bar or there's rockin' blues across the street with those happy Dodger fans in the Preachers. A block and a half north on Main Street, it's the hardest working man in the 805 with a double digit catalogue of albums to prove it - that would be Tony Balbinot and his Cadillac Angels at the Star Lounge. Over at Zoey's, it's singer/songwriter action with Mia Dyson and B. Willing James and the Friday night blues gig at Yolie's will feature Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers. And finally on a Friday it's well traveled singer/songwriter Marvin Etzioni at the Michael Kate Gallery in Santa Barbara.



On Saturday, it's in Hell-A, but Deer Tick is pretty good if you're up for a bit of Americana that rocks, while in Agoura at the Lab Brewing Company, it's one more time for Shaky Feelin' while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Lovebirds will provide the soundtrack for the latest Boney Mountain House Concert in Newbury Park. In Ventura, back to Zoey's, it's Alexandra & the Starlite Band and also Orlando Napier, while up the coast to the SB County Bowl, it's Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.



On Sunday, it's a Mac attack after the fact with guitar player Lindsey Buckingham at the Civic Arts Plaza and in Ventura, it's Raw Silk, still at it after all these years - they'll be at the Watermark and King Washington will begin a month-long Sunday residency at Zoey's.



On Monday, creepy name, great band - Death Cab For Cutie - probably never a ride in the Magic Kingdom but playing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The Emy Reynolds Band will be at Zoey's up here in the 805 where we still like it, or at least until the Chamber of Concrete purchased city councils pave our quality of life.



On Tuesday, it's one of my favorite bands - that would be Snow Patrol at the Hollyweird Palladium, while up here, it's the Harmonica Clubhouse at Bernadette's down on Main Street in Ventura.

Imagine Dragons

On Wednesday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band, Urban Dread, doing their dancey reggae thing at Bogie's in Westlake Village, while in Ventura, it's acoustic guitar pyrotechnics at the Good Bar with Mark Masson and Bruce Kimmel and the Green Art People are hosting the delightful 50 Sticks of Dynamite down on the Ventura Avenue. And finally on a Wednesday, it's the next big thing out of Vegas - that would be Imagine Dragons.

On Thursday, it's Shawn Jones at the Watermark in Ventura and it's Jonathan McEuen at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View. OK, that's the end of all that. For now...

TimeOut: The 'Time' is now for Imagine Dragons

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A bad day in the Shire or business as usual at Hogwarts? Imagine Dragons are neither. Rather, this rock band is the Next Big Thing out of Las Vegas, and on Wednesday night they probably won't be doing any Wayne Newton songs when they perform at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara.

These Dragons have a bio filled with the right stuff from the right people and the right gigs at the right time -- pretty much the Yellow Brick Road to Rock Star 101, following in the footsteps of their Vegas homies Panic at the Disco and the Killers. Read more »

TimeOut: The Janks will perform May 4 at Conejo Valley Days in T.O.

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This Z.Z. might not actually be on top, but he's having fun anyway. Zack Zmed and his brother, Dylan, are the driving force between The Janks, a Tarzana-based folk-rock band that's gone through a slew of lineup changes over the past few years.

The group's most recent album, "Hands of Time," came out last year and featured the brothers collaborating with guitarist-keyboardist Garth Herberg. Zack was proud of the effort. "There's a duality to the record," he said at the time. "The material spans night and day on a variety of levels. Some of the music and subject matter is really heavy and dark, while some of it is soft and light." Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: River City Extension - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

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Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

The latest from River City Extension is sound advice, "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Your Anger" and it's on XOXO Records. Beginning back in New Jersey with a guy named Joseph Michelini with some song ideas in his head a few years ago, it's now an eight-piece folk rock band of immense talent that compares favorably with the Avett Brothers and it doesn't get much better than that. While there's some obviously country rock stuff here - there's a lot of pop as well and some heavenly doo-wop-style harmonies and some classic rock and even some symphonic flourishes. It's all a head-full and the annoying jerks from "Jersey Shore" would probably hate these guys which is why you'll probably love them. Also, Michelini is a gifted lyricist, from "Standing Outside A Southern Riot," a sample line: "..It's funny how people pay for answers/Are kinder in the face of cancer/And change when they feel/Nothing ever will..." Nothing close to a bad cut - you need this one even though the title is easier said than done.


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