September 2012 Archives

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Death Grips - The Money Store

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Death Grips' new one - out since April is "The Money Store" on Epic. It's hip hop out of Sacramento featuring Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett, supported by a keyboard/samples guy and a drummer on grim tales about a crummy place you're glad you're not at. Imagine a bantam rooster with a sixth grade education crowing about who cares what? If I wanted to hear screaming like this, I'd give my psycho ex-girlfriend a glass of rum then tell her that her kids are so mean even Chucky wouldn't play with them.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

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Mirage Rock

"Mirage Rock" is the latest from Band of Horses and it's on mighty, mighty Columbia Records. This is album Number Four from Ben Bridwell and his pards, playing hook-filled indie/college rock. This Seattle band is all over the place and all of them are places your ears will want to be. "Knock Knock" sounds like they're channeling the 1966-era Beach Boys and "Electric Music" sounds like the Dead and "Dumpster World," there but for a break either way, could be all our futures. You may hear a bit of Wilco and some Avett Brothers and all those Americana bands we love, sufficient to get Mr. Ed, Pegasus, Trigger and Secretariat hoofing up a hullabaloo in the stable.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Eric Hutchinson - Moving Up Living Down

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Moving Up Living Down

The new Eric Hutchinson album is "Moving Up Living Down" and it's on mighty, mighty Warner Brothers - Bugs Bunny's old label. Hutchinson has that cool pg-rated reggae lite vibe working with his solid vocals that are so comfortable and likeable that you'll find it impossible to not accept this groove down to the molecular level. "The Basement" is a good party picker upper tune and "Watching You Watch Him" is fairly self-explanatory. Everybody is going to find something to like about this one, and if Jack Johnson does it for you, so will Mr. H.



Rock 'n' Roll Call: Bob Dylan - The Tempest

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Tempest

The new Bob Dylan album is "The Tempest,"and as usual, it's on mighty, mighty Columbia Records. This is #35 for the 71-year-old Bob who must not only deal with the daily weight of just Being Bob - how many thousands of kids are named Dylan - but still rocking out as well. His voice is gnarlier than ever - as if he's gargling sandpaper and razor blades as he channels Louis Armstrong in Tom Waits' garage, but his band - no surprise - tears it up. Not sure who the guitar player is on "Narrow Way," but that one's the rocker. There's also a long 14 minute telling of the Titanic's last voyage and this one ends with Bob's take on the senseless murder of the first Beatle to go, "Roll On John." It's still Bob - the guy that gave us "Who Killed Davey More," "The Masters of War," and "Tombstone Blues" and so many more, but not sure how many times you'll want to listen to this one for fun. Then again, we should live so long and rock even half as hard as Bob who is what's really going on.




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 it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM 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's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Citizen Cope

OK, tons of stuff this week, so let's roll: OK, tonight, Friday night, it's Citizen Cope being cool at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A and Matt the Electrician will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica and the Gin Blossoms will play some pop rock at the Canyon Club in Agoura. The band happens to be the cool Gin Blossoms - the other ones are red splotches often found on the mugs of experienced drunks due to excessive elbow bending. At the Malibu Inn, the Man in Black lives again in the music of the Mighty Cash Cats while up here in the 805 where we like it, Aaron Orbit will work on his birthday - playing a few tunes at the Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura. The Corsican Brothers will play some swell pop rock at the El Rey

Aaron Orbit

Cantina in downtown Ventura across from where the Top Hat used to be - while around the corner at Zoey's, Coco Peru will do some drag queen comedy and Wendy DeWitt will play some boogie woogie at Yolie's, also in Ventura. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, guitar god Alastair Greene will shred all over the Hub, while up the coast to S.B., Stomprocket is the best of a bunch of bands playing at the Velvet Jones and finally on a Friday, heavenly harmonies will be happening with Crosby, Stills & Nash at the SB County Bowl.

On Saturday, it's Train - great band - they'll be at phonehead nirvana - Nokia Theatre in Hell-A; and it's '80s flashback time with bands such as the Go-Go's and the Psychedelic Furs at the Hollywood Bowl. And up here in the 805 where we like it or until Oxnard paves everything - Teresa Russell will play her guitar, blowing many minds at the Banana Festival in Hueneme. No bananas in Hueneme? Sure there is - tons and tons of them come to us through the port - high in potassium and yummy. Still Saturday: Great name - Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons - they'll play some bluesy rock at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor, which, once upon a time, was the city dump. Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes along with Char-Man will be at

Go-Go's

Billy O's in Ventura and Rey Fresco and Shaky Feelin' will be at the Bombay. Todd Hannigan and Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will be at the Tavern in Ventura and Ruby Jane and Nathan McEuen will be next door at Zoey's. Up Hwy. 33 to the Ojai Valley School - it's Dan Grimm, B. Willing James, Shaky Feelin', Britney Christian Band, Matt Zeltzer Band all playing a Rock This County gig in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation - it's a benefit for our veterans, too many of whom are killing themselves. Meanwhile, at our longest war, the Taliban want to return Afghan society to the 7th century - or when the Prophet was actually alive - have a nice trip, dumbasses. We need to steal Pakistan's nukes, kidnap their nuclear scientists and let all those uneducated fools enjoy Moronistan.



Told ya there was lots of stuff - guitar wiz Dave Gleason will be at the Echo in Hell-A on Sunday and Wilco will play some cool Americana stuff at the Hollywood Bowl. And up here in the 805 where we like precisely because it is not Hell-A, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Watermark in Ventura and all those R&B Bombers will be at the Bombay, playing some smooth, bluesy dance music. Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's, while up the coast to Santa Barbara, Strung Out will play some punk rock at the Velvet Jones and Elvis Costello will some tunes from his vast repertoire at the Granada Theatre on State Street.



Skip one to access the damage until Tuesday when Deerhoof will play some indie rock at the Echoplex in Los Angeles and Shirley Manson will front her band Garbage at the Hollywood Palladium - if they're not cool enough already, they appeared on "Buffy." Same night - the Shins will play a bunch of fabulous art rock tunes at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and the Lumineers will play some groove rock at the Fonda in Hollyweird while up in Santa Barbara - it's a great one - the Black Keys with Tegan & Sara opening, and Mac's right on the way back on Anacapa.



On Wednesday - he's been around and he used to be in Rockpile - that would be Nick Lowe, who once upon a time, invented Elvis Costello in his spare time - he'll be at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. And why not? It might be fun - noisy for sure - that would be Justin Bieber at Staples Center and finally on a Wednesday up here - it's flower power gal, Camille Bloom - she'll be at the Wine Rack in Ventura - check out my story on her in Time Out - proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up.



OK, almost done - on Thursday, it's propulsive techno rock with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at the El Rey in Hell-A and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura. I don't wanna hear anyone whining about how there's never anything to do around here...ya get me?

A list of venues can be found here »

TimeOut: Teacher-turned-singer Camille Bloom will play Ventura Oct. 3

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A garden is supposed to be the gardener's view of paradise -- flowers and paradise both never going out of style. Singer-songwriter Camille Rose Bloom, bringing considerable flower power some years after it was fashionably groovy, will perform for her Ventura faithful Wednesday night at the Wine Rack. The next night she's in Los Angeles for a singer-songwriter showcase at Genghis Cohen Restaurant.

She sort of looks like Shane the heartbreaker from "The L Word" -- must be the spiky haircut. Bloom, however, is much more focused than that fictional female. For starters, Bloom once was a high school English teacher. The workload -- for a teacher and a touring musician -- is sort of similar. Bloom plays almost every day but hopefully her audience is more on task than high school kids, many of whom have the attention span of a butterfly sneeze.

Driving around for years on end, building her fan base one pair of ears at a time, Bloom has a most necessary characteristic for a musician: persistence. Talent is an obvious plus, but the ability to keep on keeping on may be more important in the long run.

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TimeOut: New Zealand native Kimbra performs Sept. 30 in Ventura

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Along with Cleopatra, Madonna and Godzilla, emerging rock goddess Kimbra is trying to survive in this cruel world mononymously. (For those without a dictionary, that means she's trying to get by with a single name.) "Wow," "ka-ching" or maybe "rock star" also are applicable candidates when it comes to describing this New Zealand-by-way-of-Australia singer who will perform in Ventura on Sunday and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kimbra's debut album, "Vows," went multiplatinum Down Under. The American version came out in March and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. She can be heard on Gotye's catchy multiplatinum smash "Somebody That I Used to Know" and also on Miami Horror's "I Look to You." She recently finished up a tour with Foster the People.

Kimbra Lee Johnson started writing songs when she was 10. Fast forward to 2011 when she won an international songwriting contest with "Settle Down." Now a veteran globe-trotting performer at the ripe old age of 22, she seems to be making all the right night moves. Kimbra is perhaps the most famous person from Hamilton, New Zealand. Lurkers, assorted geeks a gawkin' and editors who select magazine cover art are all drooling equally over Kimbra, who appears rock-star ready in a Katy Perry sort of way.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze

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End of Daze

The Dum Dum Girls have a new EP - that would be "End of Daze" and it's on mighty, mighty Sub Pop. Kristin Gundred is Dee Dee, the Dum Dum dame of note, and she effortlessly cruises through these five songs, more or less channeling Mazzy Star and the Ronettes. The first one is best, "Mine Tonight," which comes off as a Phil Spector outtake from back in the day.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Bopcats - 25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll

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25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll

With a name like the Bopcats, this band better be good - like the Rattlers and the Blasters - they are. Big time. This one is called "25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll" and it's on Eller Soul Records. As the name would indicate, lots of experience, so evidently they're well rested because this is their debut album. It's a Richmond rockabilly, roots rock, old timey rock band that is about the best bar band you're likely to find - imagine the Morells from the East Coast. The Bopcats cite Elvis, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran as inspirations - they've also heard Dave Edmunds before and they even cover "Who Drank My Beer," made memorable by local sad Dodger fans, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan. This is one of the best albums of 2012, especially if you listen to your feet that will react appropriately to this parent-scaring Satan music from some sweaty bar in 1957.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: No Refund Band - No Refund Band

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No Refund Band

The No Refund Band has released a self-titled album, doing that DIY thing out of Texas. It's another solid blues band and these guys found the right front man in Ricky Jackson, who multi-tasks as he also plays lead guitar. They have a happening horn section and a bunch of songs that would keep your big butt planted at the bar should you luckily stumble across these dudes - and you wouldn't be asking for no refund. The hook from the opener will grab you, "Blues is my business and business is good..." And out of left field they cover "Eleanor Rigby." Why ask why - it totally works. Once again, why can't Texas politicians keep up with their musicians, quality-wise?

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Cat Power - Sun

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Sun

Now I like cats more than I like most people and here comes Cat Power - aka Chan Marshall and she has a new one - her ninth - and that would be "Sun" and it's on mighty, mighty Matador. Well known as tortured artiste, Marshall totters on the verge of the indifferent on some of these but on others, she's the cat's meow, such as on the title track and "3,6,9," as she samples the Cupid song and adds some steam heat to the already sticky scenario. This one gets a bit draggy in the middle - as in back to Songwriting 101 - but the "Manhattan" song has this cool jazz groove and on "Nothing But Time," she's joined by that gravelly voiced survivor, Iggy Pop. Basically, Marshall's a tough chick trying to figure things out and letting us hang out for a bit. She's probably a trip live - not sure I'd go, however. Pet your cat in any case.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Craig Chaquico - Fire Red Moon

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Fire Red Moon

The new one from Craig Chaquico is "Fire Red Moon" and it's on Blind Pig. CC is a pretty interesting guy - this Bay Area dude has been at this for about 30 years and is probably best known as the guitar player for Jefferson Starship, then Starship and has also been a busy session guy and has a number of solo albums. This one is of the bluesy persuasion and if I were grading philosophy papers at good ol' VC, I'd say this one was "competent but uninspired," although the "Devil's Daughter" is pretty good. No doubt, Chaquico can play but I prefer my blues on the raggedy side - Seasick Steve and like that.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Raveonettes - Observator

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Observator

The Raveonettes have a new one and that would be "Observator," and they're still on Vice Records. It's a Danish pop rock duo that have heard the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Velvet Underground before as well as some early girl group stuff - in short, the good stuff, after being internalized, comes out as dreamy, shoegazer stuff. This one, like the other four, has some memorable tunes on it, such as "Downtown," and "Sinking Like The Sun." I became a fan when I saw them at Coachella play the Angels' biggie from way back, "My Boyfriend's Back." Their happening boy/girl harmonies will have you hitting the reset button. The band is coming to Hell-A in early October - unfortunately, nothing up here for us.


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 it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM 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's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Rubberneck Lions

OK, tonight, Friday night, it's our own pop and folk rock kings, the Corsican Brothers out and about - they'll be at the Keynote Lounge in East Ventura, while downtown, it's 13 at the Sans Souci and Los Dudes will have some fun around the corner at Amigo's down on Main Street. A bunch of bands will be at the Bombay Bar & Grill, including Rubberneck Lions and Alexandra & the Starlite Band, while a few blocks away at Zoey's it's the remarkable Todd Hannigan and his all-star band along with the Emy Reynolds Band. A few blocks north to Yolie's, it's Terry Hanck playing that sax.

On Saturday, it's in Hell-A, but indie rock heroes, Earlimart - named for that small farming

Blues Traveler

community slash off ramp on the 99 in the Central Valley - they'll be groovy at the Satellite. Up here in the 805 where we love it and helping to keep it that way, it's the Hillside Conservancy's annual wing-ding - this year featuring Blues Traveler, Dr. John and blues dude Elvin Bishop. This why the hillsides above Ventura remain unpaved. This is also why you should vote for Steve Bennett for county supervisor, along with Richard Francis, they crafted the SOAR Initiative - those two have done more for Ventura County than anyone. There should be a Steve Bennett statue alongside Father Serra in front of Ventura City Hall. Still Saturday, the Mighty Cash Cats will play on an Island Packers party boat - how much fun is that gonna be? Joe Wilson of the Bombers will be at Amigo's and Jade Hendrix will be at Zoey's and Teresa Russell will shred on that guitar one more time - this time at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. While up the coast to Santa Barbara, Jennifer Terran will do something trippy at the Barn and Grateful Dead cover band Cubensis will be at SOhO and local jam band heroes, Shaky Feelin', will open.

On Sunday, Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we still like it, Forbidden Fruit will play some reggae at the Watermark, Shawn Jones will be at Amigo's and Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.



On Tuesday and Wednesday, college radio heroes, Beach House will be at the Wiltern in Hell-A, while on Wednesday up here in the 805 where we still like it or until Oxnard paves everything, Teresa Russell will do it one more time on guitar - this time at Seaside Seafood in Hueneme and again on Thursday at the Lookout, also in Oxnard and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura on Thursday.

A list of venues can be found here »

TimeOut: Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival continues through Sept. 30

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Simi Valley, Ventura County's party central? Who knew? Are they having a festival every weekend over there? Seems like, and why not? This weekend's can't miss wingding -- the Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival at Rancho Simi Park -- is actually going on as you read these words.

Head over tonight and you can hear the Grammy-winning Latin jazz sounds of Poncho Sanchez. Saturday's got a rootsier vibe going on, with Cajun rockers Hot Roux and zydeco star Lisa Haley. On Sunday, it's an all-blues lineup, including the Laurie Morvan Band and Ventura legends the R&B Bombers.

TimeOut: Guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan comes to Agoura Hills

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Like most blues guys, Jimmie Vaughan is on that endless, mindless, senseless and darn fun road trip. Yet another great musician out of the Lone Star State, Vaughan will stop by the cavernous Canyon club in Agoura Hills on Thursday night.

In a career that began back in those silly '60s, Vaughan has been places and done stuff. Perhaps best known as a founding member of a band named for a car we can neither afford nor afford to put gas in, Vaughan was the guitar player for the Fabulous Thunderbirds -- one of the most successful blues bands of the '80s, propelled by albums such as "Tuff Enuff."

He's also Stevie Ray Vaughan's older brother, and like a good brother, Jimmie taught his little brother to play. Their album "Family Style" was released just a few days after Stevie was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: One-Eyed Doll - Dirty

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Dirty

The latest from One-Eyed Doll is "Dirty" and it's on Nebulost Records. The Doll in question is Kimberly Freeman, voted one of Revolver Magazine's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock, so there's that. It's a low budget but loud guitar and drums duo with Freeman getting all steamy and screamy all over the place. And she's experienced - this is the Austin rocker's ninth album. I'm thinking this would be one to see live - on record she seems sort of like Heart louder.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Niki and the Dove - Instinct

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Instinct

Niki and the Dove have a new one - that would be "Instinct" and it's on Sub Pop Records out of Seattle. Niki is actually Malin Dahlstrom and the Dove are a couple of dudes making this a Swedish electronic trio. I tried hard to like them as I was driving to the post office because I love Sub Pop but I ended up trading them out for Malinda Lee's "Food News Hour" on KNX because they were unlistenable, a fact that probably will not make their resume. It's whiny girlie vocals with that "we-have-to-talk" urgency but the songs are crummy and now I know more than I need to about failed custard recipes.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica

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Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica

Got some vinyl this week - vinyl! It's those flat spinning, groovy, plastic things. It used to be all vinyl or cassette tapes before CDs - this one originally was on Philles but now out on Sundazed, out of New York. Anyway, I love this one already, "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica." From 1964, it's their only studio album or back when even AM radio was cool - it still had Dodger baseball but was right wing wacko free. This one has 10 songs - most of them co-written by Phil Spector and several of the Brill Building geniuses - and five of them are among the greatest songs of all time. When you hear Ronnie croon, "C'mon, baby..." on "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up," you'll be ready to dive into the speaker and search out her '64 self. All just over two minutes long - these pop gems not only demonstrate that Spector knew what a hit song should sound like (before he went gun gonzo) but the Ronettes could sing even better than they looked. There's reasons why "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" still live long and prosper on oldies radio, "Walkin' In The Rain" won a Grammy in '65 and the group opened for the Beatles and the Stones opened for them.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station

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Big Station

Veteran roots rock dude Alejandro Escovedo has another release - this one is "Big Station" and it's on Concord Records. Escovedo has clearly got the cred - he's been around since the punk rock days - was a member of cowpunk legends Rank & File - and has been a solo dude forever. This one, however is a clunker. The songs are totally generic, and not that good to begin with - I'm glad I didn't go to his recent show at Santa Barbara. Opener Jesse Malin is always great but I would've skedaddled after a few songs by the E-Man. Escovedo's albums are always full of solid songs with a few great ones - not this time.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Bill Coffey - Skyline Cemetery Rose

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Skyline Cemetery Rose

Local hero in local memories that reach back to the Charlie's days because he was the frontman for the Mudheads - Bill Coffey, these days out of Boise, where he has a day job as a business architect has a new one, "Skyline Cemetery Rose." This Coffey hits a homerun to Starbucks proportions on this raw introspective Americana classic. He seems to be channeling Big Bill Haywood and George Bailey on his working man-friendly "Old Town Bank & Trust" and he gives Miss Take as good she deserves on "The Man I'm Not," and the song "Dry County" is sad - as it should be. It's country rock smartly done by Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins - a band that's tighter than your boss and Coffey's world weary vocals, not so much unlike Martin Zellar of the Gear Daddies, make it all happen. There's even a couple of rockers - "Gone Away For Good" and "A Girl From Southern Utah." Coffey is as good as any singer/songwriter out there right now - and way better than most of them. They should have these CDs at Salzer's in Ventura. Buy two - Christmas is only 90-something days away.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Derrick "Big" Walker - Root Walking

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Root Walking

Derrick "Big" Walker's latest is "Root Walking" and it's on City Hall Records, providing further proof that the blues are alive and well. This guy kicks ass and if you didn't know better, you'd think John Lee Hooker was still with us. Walker is a Sooner who came to the Bay Area back in those silly '60s where he took harmonica lessons from Mike Bloomfield, then played in Europe for decades and now, here he is. As good as Black Joe Lewis, Seasick Steve and any of the contemporary blues guys - this is not the boring cry in you beer blues by a long shot. Walker has such a smooth groove - you'll be hooked halfway through the first one, "It's Hard," and it doesn't let up. One of the year's best.

TimeOut: Chris Cain, other blues heavyweights will play at California Beer Festival Sept. 15-16

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Beer bellies in the making will be filled, emptied and refilled this weekend when the California Beer Festival takes over Mission Park in downtown Ventura.

Saturday's the day for real elbow benders. Folks 21 and older can sample more than 130 craft beers, nosh on food and listen to a Michael Jackson tribute band.

On Sunday, it's a triple B scenario: beer, barbecue and blues. The all-ages Blues, Brews and BBQ Blues Festival will feature a barbecue cook-off and a lineup of great blues performers, including Michael John, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza, Chris Cain, Crossfire and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. If the beer is half as good as the band lineup, then everybody wins.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches

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Palindrome Hunches

Neil Halstead may never get a day job. He was in Slowdrive and now Mojave 3 and this is his third solo album, "Palindrome Hunches" and it's on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire. For just a guy and a guitar with a violin player and some mellow back-ups, Halstead does lots. He pretty much has the sad guy introspective man of mystery thing figured out as song hooks abound on these captivating classic folk tunes. No need to list the songs - it's all good if you're feeling in the mood for some rock lite.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Just Tell Me That You Want Me - Fleetwood Mac tribute

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Just Tell Me That You Want Me

"Just Tell Me That You Want Me" is a Fleetwood Mac tribute album with 17 acts doing their best impression of the Big Mac. First of all, I've been a Mac fan since they were a blues band and I liked them much better before they added the ladies, became zillionaires and were worthy of a tribute album. In other words, who cares about Stevie Nicks? Gimme Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwin on "Then Play On" and "Kiln House." And I actually Fleetwood Mac in 1970 at the Swing Auditorium in San Berdoo - the night before Peter Green flipped out and left the band. Billy Gibbons & Co. does a good job on "Oh Well" and Best Coast, Lykke Li and the Kills, among other are worth checking. It's also fun when MGMT. does OK on a tough one, "Future Games." Now, go out and get a copy of "Kiln House" and tell me "Buddy's Song," "Station Man" and "Jewel Eyed Judy" aren't some of the best Mac tunes - ever.

Just Tell Me That You Want Me - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac by concordmusicgroup

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 it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM 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's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

OK, tonight, Friday night, We Govern We will play some Greek/American rock all over the Sans Souci in Ventura while just steps away, the Legalizers will play some reggae up all those stairs at the Watermark at the corner of Chestnut and Main. Two blocks north, Teresa Russell will do her guitar goddess thing at the Savory Cafe, and Grant Langston & the Super Models will play some rockin' blues at Yolie's, across from Avenue Von's. And finally on a Friday, it's the Preachers playing some rockin' blues at the Jester and all 29 Mules will be playing some raucous country rock at the Hub - both a block apart in Ojai.



On Saturday, Brother Sal will get real as he rocks Zoey's in Ventura and He's My Brother She's My Sister will play some nepotism rules, indie rock at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Jennifer Terran will do something trippy at the Barn and still without any spelling skills but lots of hits - Def Leppard will be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.

He's My Brother She's My Sister

On Sunday, it's Urban Dread playing some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we like or until Oxnard paves it all - the Privateers will be at the Watermark - that's about as close as it gets to those who miss Raging Arb and Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.

On Tuesday - they're great but they're far away - it's the Airborne Toxic Event at the legendary Troubadour in Hell-A.

On Wednesday, harmonica player Lee Koch will be at Zoey's - Frank Barajas will at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View and Blame Sally will tear it up acoustically at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Short week, or what?

A list of venues can be found here »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Peaking Lights - Lucifer

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Lucifer

The third release from Peaking Lights is "Lucifer" and it's on Mexican Summer Records. Way mellow husband and wife duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis are so subtle even a librarian wouldn't give them a hard look, let alone a shush. The Firesign Theatre used to have a name for stuff like this: "Gas music from Jupiter." I'm hearing a wispy female voice singing about who cares what over a drum machine set on "chill."


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Hot Chip - In Our Heads

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In Our Heads

I never get much Domino stuff, so I'm extra excited to check out Hot Chip's latest - that would be "In Our Heads." Hot Chip is an electronic group out of Scary Olde England - a couple of guys and a bunch of machines which unfortunately reminds me of the hated Doug Neidermeyer from "Animal House," as these guys are "wimpy and weak." It's so lightweight the crowd needs to wear weighted Vans, lest they levitate into the ether. Hot Chip is fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard, yet they are relentlessly pleasant on a superficial level. Imagine the Human League as shadows.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

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Suck It And See

The Arctic Monkeys' latest is "Suck It And See" on Domino Recordings. This is the fourth album by these indie guitar rock heroes, and it's easy to hear why - what a great band - smooth vocals, droll and witty vocals and hooks galore as these rockin' simians prove time after time that they know what a great song should sound like and it's easy to understand they were chosen to play at the Olympics. There's a few mildly draggy ones in the middle, although nothing comes close to sucking as the title suggests. And gotta love the oddball lyrics - from "Reckless Serenade," the opening line: "Topless models doing semaphore/Wave their flags as she walks by and get ignored..." Hate when that happens. Other lyrics are so stony, you might flunk the drug test at work after reading them and that resulting quizzical look on your mug will invite suspicion. More BritPop by guys who know how it's done.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Pinback - Information Retrieved

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Information Retrieved

Pinback's latest is an advance called "Information Retrieved," due out on 16 October on Temporary Residence - or if you can't wait, the band will be at the venerable Ventura Theatre on 13 September. It's folk rock smartly done - there's some CS&N in there and also a lot of progressive rock themes - I'm hearing some Yes in there, maybe - or Yup if in Texas. This San Diego duo has been at it since 1998 and this is album Number Five from Ron Crow - and gotta love this handle - Armistead Burwell Smith IV. Their vocals are flawless and this one improves with each listening and just misses being a great one as their reach does not quite match their grasp.


Pinback - Proceed To Memory by Temporary Residence Ltd

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Allah Las - Allah Las

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Allah Las

The Allah Las have a new one and unlike the Afghan Taliban who want to return to the seventh century - these guys will settle for 1965 right here, right now in 2012. Yup, it's raggedy and wild garage band rock - where neatness never counts because no one cares about that stuff, anyway. These guys seem to be channeling the Seeds, the Count Five, the Shadows of Knight and/or some band playing at the Sea Witch down on the Sunset Strip back when the sundowns were in black and white. And happily, they're reminiscent of more recent examples of garage band nirvana such as Japanese Motors. I love it when stuff that was good the first time comes back...or refuses to go away. And, of course, the American Taliban are just as stupid as their Asian jihadi brethren - ours just dress better and can drive.

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 it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM 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's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

OK, tonight, Friday night, it's one of Ventura's legendary groups - the R&B Bombers - they'll inspire some yupscale dancing tonight at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas and one of my favorite '80s bands - that would be the Fixx who will be at the Canyon Club in Agoura - for me, it'd be worth the drive just to here, "Secret Separation," the soundtrack for the secret boyfriend scenario. "Beautiful Friction" may sound like a porno, but rather, it's the tenth album by the Fixx - just out. Check out my interview with Fixx frontman Cy Curnan in this week's Time Out, proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up. Still Friday but up here in the 805 where we like it, you can enter jam band nirvana when Shaky Feelin' hosts a CD party at their favorite venue, the Good Bar in Main Street in Ventura. Not so far away,

Sweet Talk Radio

guitar goddess Teresa Russell will shred all over the Savory Cafe, while over at Zoey's, it's Sweet Talk Radio - definitely not Mark Levin, Hannity or Limbaugh - however sweet they may be and whoever they are, they will be ably supported by the delightful Sally Jaye. Veteran blues dude, James Harman, will be at Yolie's in Ventura and finally on a Friday, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason and his many friends will be at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai.

Raymond Michael

On Saturday, it's reggae with Steel Pulse at the Canyon Club, still probably in Agoura and Elvis has not left the building - he'll be at Constitution Park in Camarillo, ably portrayed by Raymond Michael and all those Shoemaker Brothers will make their debut at the Cantara Cellars, also in Camarillo. Lisa Haley & her Zydecats will play some ragin' Cajun music at the Olivas Adobe down by the golf course on Olivas Parkway in Ventura where Mark Twain's observation is always relevant: "Golf is a good walk ruined." Orlando Napier will be up all those stairs at the Watermark in downtown Ventura and Rachel Sedacca will play some folk rock at the Sandbox Coffee House down on Thompson - once upon a time, the Fiesta; and Pegi Young, Neil's squeeze, will be at Zoey's. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's the last go 'round in 2012 for Bob Jones and Randy Rich, playing some blues outside at Los Caporales. And finally on a Saturday, it's top notch electro pop from Gotye at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. He wouldn't talk to me but I still love his stuff.



On Sunday, it's in Hell-A but worth the drive to see JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound who will be at the Satellite - this guy is channeling Bobby "Blue" Bland and "Black Joe" Lewis & the Honeybears - thus obviously, Brooks' horn section rages. Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura while up here in the 805 where we like it, Raw Silk will be at the Watermark and the Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay. The election is coming and if you enjoy your quality of life, don't vote for any candidate backed by the

TreCoustics

Chamber of Concrete - they like L.A. much more than we do. OK, still Sunday, Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura and a bunch of bands will be at Zoey's, including the Rubberneck Lions, The TreCoustics and Aaron Orbit. And up the coast, Acadiana will be playing some cajun dance music at the Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara.

On Monday, they want to take the skinheads bowling - that would be Camper Van Beethoven, who will be at Zoey's. I saw them back in the '80s at a place in Ventura called Mogz - that place went away and became Nicholby's, a place still missed by many, including me. One of my weirdest gigs was at Nicholby's when Nick Himself came as me on Halloween. Way weird.



On Tuesday, My Morning Jacket will begin a three-night run at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A, while Devo and Blondie will play some '80s flashback tunz at the Greek Theatre, also Tuesday - and by the way, the latest Devo album from last year, is their best.

Pinback

On Wednesday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band, Urban Dread - they will be playing some reggae at Bogie's in WLV, while down the Grade to Ventura, it's nervous Dodger fans (ain't we all?) Fish Fry providing the soundtrack at this week's Green Art People gig down on the Ventura Avenue, and Mary Gauthier will do the honors at this week's Tales of the Tavern gig in Santa Ynez - Dave Alvin will be there on the 19th.

On Thursday, Pinback will play some tunes off their new one at the Ventura Theatre and a few steps away, it's Dirty Rice at the Watermark. It's singer/songwriter action with Delaney Gibson and B. Willing James at Zoey's and finally on a Thursday, Headless Household will play some oddball jazz at Muddy Waters in S.B. - what a cool place. OK, that's it for a fairly average week.

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TimeOut: Indie-rock stalwarts Camper Van Beethoven will play Zoey's Sept. 10

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Nearly as nutty as the notion of camping with Ludwig himself, Camper Van Beethoven, NorCal's finest goofball rockers of vast experience, will be at Zoey's in Ventura on Monday night. This is the band, you might recall, that gave us "Take the Skinheads Bowling" and "The Day Lassie Went to the Moon" off their 1985 debut album, "Telephone Free Landslide Victory."

While the old cliché "whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" might be a bit extreme, the band did survive several bouts of the dreaded creative differences and now they're back with a new album on the horizon. In any case, the band is well rested -- their last album, "New Roman Times," is from 2004. The breakups and resulting downtime were not spent at home moping about Days of Camper Passed. All the members have side projects or were in other bands, perhaps most famously, frontman David Lowery, who started Cracker in the early '90s.

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TimeOut: The Fixx perform Sept. 7 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills

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They ain't broke, so there's no need to fix The Fixx. After more than 30 years, the group -- led by droll frontman Cy Curnin and instantly recognizable guitar player Jamie West-Oram -- is still out there rocking and recording. Tonight the band will crank out the hits at the cavernous Canyon in Agoura Hills.

The Fixx started way back in 1979 as the Portraits and then the Fix, with just one "x." Real or imagined junkie connotations convinced them to add another "x." Then they added substantially to their bank accounts when their debut album, "Shuttered Room," became a hit thanks to such memorable singles as "Stand or Fall" and "Red Skies," which is all about what happens when the button is pressed. That song came out in 1982, back when the Cold War was still warm enough to make people nervous, and it contained the perfectly melodic chorus of "oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh," which sounds a lot better than it reads.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball

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Mystic Pinball

The New John Hiatt album - his zillionth - is called "Mystic Pinball" and is on his zillionth label - this time New West. Actually, I lied - this makes 21 albums on seven labels, the last six on New West, so maybe he's found a home at 60. As usual Hiatt is surrounded by as good as it gets roots rockin' pros and he has that gritty squawk, sort of like if someone was squeezing Billy Bob Thornton real tight. On every Hiatt album, every song is good - a few are great and none of them suck. "It All Comes Back Someday," in addition to being words of wisdom, is just one of many that stand out - along with Mitt Romney's possible theme song, "My Business." Hiatt rocks. Any questions? Any answers?

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Michael Burks - Show of Strength

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Show of Strength

Michael "Iron Man" Burks is back with a new one - that would be "Show of Strength" and it's mighty, mighty Alligator Records. Burks died last May, too young at 54. He was an electric blues guy who sang his own tunes and selected covers. Burks was solid but generic and none of this stuff is likely to rock your world, unless you're a Robert Cray sort of person, then Burks will hit the right notes for you. I like my blues grittier - like Black Joe Lewis.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The New No. 2 - The Fear Of Missing Out

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The Fear of Missing Out

The New No. 2 has a new one, their second, and it's "The Fear Of Missing Out" and it's on Hot Records. Taken from a recurring line in the greatest TV show of all time, Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner," this band is the brainchild of Dhani Harrison, the 34-year-old son of George. Very hypnotic and tuneful, it's Beatlesque, shoegazer pop that sounds very much all in the family, especially "Station" and "I Won't Go." The George documentary on HBO, "Living in the Material World" is wonderful - just like George was and those who watched "The Prisoner," Leo McKern was the best No. 2 by far. Be seeing you and you'll be hearing more from this band.



Rock 'n' Roll Call: Tony Sly and Joey Cape - Acoustic Volume Two

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Acoustic Volume Two

Tony Sly and Joey Cape turn it down again on "Acoustic Volume Two" on Fat Wreck Chords. Usually the screaming frontmen for No Use For A Name and Lagwagon respectively, Sly and Cape get all acoustic and mellow - perhaps singing about the usual suspects but now we can hear it all. Since Volume One came out in 2004, both of these guys have nurtured successful solo guy-and-a-guitar careers, plus their bands live as well. The first song, "I Must Be Hateful" is so catchy, it'll live in your head for daze and "Know It All" is a funny send-up of pretentious elitists who hates every band that makes it and can now afford to eat. Thus, there's way more to these guys than three chords, a cloud of dust and a flurry of elbow howzits in the mosh pit.


Tony Sly "Liver Let Die" by Fat Wreck Chords


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros - Here

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Here

It's the sophomore effort from Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros - it's called "Here" and it's on Vagrant Records. So much for the sophomore jinx - ain't happening with this band as this one is just as good as their debut, especially if you like solid singing. It's almost symphonic as the choir of voices blend effortlessly, eliciting much joy, like a bunch of happy hippies at harvest time with a case of Twinkies, a fridge full of Dr. Pepper and a "Star Trek" marathon on the tube. Nobody named Ed - it's Alex Ebert and 11 of his closest friends, including his dazzling distaff counterpart, Jade Castrinos. This one will definitely make the year end list and they'll be in Ojai on 6 September.


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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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