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Monday, August 06, 2007


LV-Flyer-Web, originally uploaded by catdirtrecords.

Well those skullz may go to San Francisco but that's no fun anyways. Please to inform that on THURSDAY NIGHT Beauty Bar Las Vegas will have its socks rocked off by two sd bands, one partial sd band and one band from la that I like. With Disc Jockey's Edgartronic, CDW & Junior Metro, taking place as part of the Amplify! Music Festival.

Congratulations to the Atoms (Best Rock Band) and Fifty on Their Heels (Best Punk Band) for their just announced nominations in the 2007 San Diego Music Awards. Drinks are on me, guys...

This SHOWCASE is presented by Cat Dirt Records, SESAC ("The artist right's society that isn't suing everyone right now") and the lovely Beauty Bar chain. Kiss, kiss Beauty Bar- you can keep me outta San Diego, but not outta Vegas.

Motherfucker It's On: Your 2007 San Diego Music Awards Nominees

See the list aqui.

Let's survey, shall we- looks like they have consolidated some categories this year, at least as far as public voting is concerned.

I can literally already hear the howls of protest from southeast san diego as I read the nominations for best hip hop: Cat Dirt Records Recording Artist MC Flow (any day now!), Addiquit, Miki Vale. That;s three female MC's.

The coveted Best New Artist award has noms for The Muslims, The Vultures and iSociety!. Wait till I reveal my pick for that category (hint- maybe not who you would expect from what's been written on this blog!)

Best Electronic has Cat Dirt favs Qu‘est-ce Que C’est. Best Club DJ has nominations for Morgan Young, Gabe Vega and Mario Orduno. That should be a fun category- FOR A CHANGE. The only one missing from my ballot is Edgartronic.

Best Rock is stacked up this year: The Atoms(?!?), Transfer, My American Heart, Dirty Sweet, Reeve Oliver. My pick is the Atoms, but the winner will be My American Heart and their legions of Facebook/Myspace fans. Hands down.

Best alternative- also stacked: Fifty on Their Heels, Grand Ole Party, Rafter, Sirhan Sirhan, The Donkeys and Vision of a Dying World. VOTE FIFTY ON THEIR HEELS!!!

Annddd... can't leave out "Best Pop Band": Congrats Power Chords!!!

And Congratulations for Grand Ole Party for getting the nod for "BAND OF THE YEAR"... Switchfoot is going down!!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Book Review: The Year 1000 by Robert Lavey and Danny Danizger

Bath Roman Statue, originally uploaded by saridder.
I bought this book at one of those Crown Books Remainders stores that pop up every so often in your run down mini malls and vacant storefronts. In fact, this book still bears the twice marked down price tag on the front. I know, based on the price tag that I paid $5 for this book in 2005 and two years later- it is time to actually read "The Year 1000: What Life Was Like At the Turn of the First Millennium, An Englishman's World." The awkward title conceals what is a tidy little book, concerned with exactly what it says it is concerned with- the everyday life of an Englishman in the year 1000.

Clocking in at an expeditious 300 pages, The Year 1000 belongs more to the category of secondary/popular history then as a work of primary history. The pages are dotted with anecdotes that will be familiar to those who have read some of the more familiar classics in the history of the period (R.W. Southern's The Making of the Middle Ages, to name one obvious example). To their credit, authors Lacey and Danziger do cite to their authority.

The Year 1000 was published in 1999, and it was clearly written & published in some kind of misguided attempt to cash in on the Y2K fears (remember Y2K?) Despite the repeated shout outs, The Year 1000 doesn't at all mention the hysterics that engulfed parts of the European Continent for the turn of the first millenium. Of course, this is a book about ye olde england- not the continent, and at England at this time the exact method for calculating dates hadn't been quite settled on as of yet. All that finality would wait for the Norman invasion in 1066.

But what generalizations can one make about life in England in the Year 1000?
1. Rural.
2. Simple.
3. Times of plenty were alternated with times of starvation on a yearly basis, depending on when the crops were harvested.
4. Hygiene had not yet been invented.
5. The english liked a ribald riddle.
6. Everyone dressed like the characters from Monty Python's The Search for the Holy Grail (the book actually says this) only the outfits were a bit more colorful then you might at first expect.

Friday, August 03, 2007

aesthetic of self denial: environmentalism/anti-consumerism

Why is environmentalism so not fun? Because, at some level, it preaches a message of self denial. Drive less, consume less, change the way you live. In this way, environmentalism and the larger "anti-consumerist" movement represent a modern, non religious variant of the aesthetic of self denial in the West.

I think the weakness of this whole version of the aesthetic of self denial is that it fully enclosed by capitalism. It is, in fact, a critique of the natural and probable results of industrial revolution and as such only retains it power so long as those excesses are present.

Any extension of these idea to the time before the industrial revolution is ridiculous, so that limits the power of the idea as well. But, on the other hand, it's lifestyle is more relevant to the problems of today then sitting in a cave in the Sinai Desert and not eating all day. So it has that going for it.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Hot Right Now: Monks, Monasticism, Asthetic of Self Denial

icon, originally uploaded by catdirtrecords.

Man, there is no denying the significance of the "middle ages" in modern culture. Peep comic con, peep heavy metal, peep... um... harry potter? THE MIDDLE AGES. One of the coolest aspects of the middle ages in my mind were the monks. And I'm not talking about druids here- I'm talking about monks. Christian monks.

The real ill shit when it comes to monks is not the peeps everyone thinks of- the Sean Connery, castle dwelling 14th century italian monks- no no- those monks are wack. The real monks are the one's from the near east before the adoption of Christianity as the official faith of Rome. They were straight up gangsters- and the practiced a strict, strict version of christianity that is more like a vibe you would equate with eastern religions today- mediation, self denial- that kind of shit. And they lived in caves in the middle of the desert. Hell yeah.

Monday, July 02, 2007

July 2007

7/6/7 Mexicali Show, originally uploaded by catdirtrecords.
Shows here start latteeeee.... like 11 PM, fyi if you want to check it out.

Greg Ashley (gris gris frontman) (Oakland)
Los Sweepers (Calexico/SD)
The Okmoniks (Tucson)

from Intertate 8 take 111 South until you hit the border
when you hit the calexico/mexicali border crossing, pick the border checkpoint on the left, stay on your leftest lane
once you cross stay on that lane because there is a fork and you wanna stay on the left side of the fork
you'll go straight on that street (which is called Madero),for about 2-3 miles
you hit the Justo Sierra stoplight, turn right
turn left on the Av. Cuauhtemoc stoplight
as soon as u turn go right into the first driveway/shopping center
Velouria bar is there

7/5/7: Death Set @ Scolari's or "The Office"
death set (baltimore) negative thinking (music video)

Death Set
@ Scolari's Office

don't miss this cool act from baltimore at San Diego's very best venue... from the same scene that brought you pony tail, dan deacon, video hippos, etc.

weekend schedule

Well, if you're not going to the great get back loretta, silent comedy, dirty sweet triple bill at SOMA (as the Union Tribune Street blog seems to be recommending (?- have we learned NOTHING???), this weekend is shaping up to be killer.

I wanted to tell everyone about Little Radio Summer Camp with Great Northern, the Upside Down, and CoCo B's on Sunday from 12 to 6 PM in Los Angeles.  The Little Radio venue is in the beating heart of the warehouse district of Los Angeles is a unique place to take in a show.  And- AND! It's filled with tons of hipsters.

I did a radio show there the "morning after" one of these shows and it looked like complete fucking mayhem.  The new years eve party I went to last year (see above picture and accompanying photo set on flickr) was pure mayhem.

You can get there by mapquesting this address:
1210 Long Beach Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

Once you get there you can just buy a ticket.   However- the event is from 12-6pm. So- early start time.

As for San Diego- you know you need to DO WHAT IS RIGHT.  Don't go see Dirty Sweet at SOMA, don't go see the show that cancelled at the Casbah on Saturday- the headliner cancelled, aight?

Friday night- it's Vinyl Radio, Fifty on Their Heels and The Dirty Novels @ the Ken Club.  It's going to be a blast.  The Dirty Novels- from albuequerque new mexico- are a must see. $5- and don't even give me that guest list crap if you get there after 10 PM.  And please do not shame our city by ignoring the touring band. Hey! Pay Attention!

Saturday night- this is going to be a really fun night at the Beauty Bar San Diego.  Anyone who was at the Battles show last week know how fun the Beauty Bar can be when the energy is right- and I want the energy to be right for this event.  This may be your first and only chance for cat dirt to secure a shot at the promoting big time (ha, ha, ha), and I know for a fact that the Beauty Bar gives promoters ONE chance! ONE!

Let's look at the competition on Saturday night:

Berlin @ House of Blues.  Ok- this is a real listing.
Transport presents The Soft.Lightes @Whistle Stop. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Well- it'll be sooooo crowded- what a bummer.  You won't even be able to see him.

So- on friday and saturday night- make the right decision.

TONIGHT: Skull Cat Control @ Beauty Bar San Diego

skull cat control, originally uploaded by catdirtrecords.
Fifty on Their Heels
The Vultures
et Skull Kontrol Dj's
9 PM
get there early
stay late
dance dance dance
and fucking drink a ton.... please.

I'll never get another chance if this night doesn't go well- that's just a fact.

Last night was fine, not great.  I don't know why the staff at the ken club treat the bands and promoters like such dog shit.  It really doesn't make any sense to me.  It doesn't really bother me- except I feel bad for the bands, because they don't deserve to be treated like crap when they are drawing people to the bar.

We drew 60 paid, 25 comped, and maybe 40 people in the bar area who stayed all night but never paid to go the show.  An Ok night- better then the rythym lounge shows (which draw about 50 total, paid plus unpaid).

One of the guys from The Roman Spring was there- check them out at the Casbah this week- I know I'm going.  Joey Guevara and Molly Rose stopped by- Molly's new band Roses on Her Grave is playing next... friday night at the tower bar with Scarlet Symphony and... the Scene(los angeles).  Amanda and Heather from San Diego House Parties showed up- Heather is working with the people at the Mount Helix venue- they are planning something fun for october...  Rosey Dialed In showed up- super pissed off about Band of Horses.  Fuck those guys- who the fuck do they think they are?  Total Bullshit.

The sound last night was terrible- apologies- not sure what's up with that- the ken club is so hit or miss with the sound quality.  HOWEVER- buy some fucking earplugs if you are going to come out, aight?  It's just good to have them. Don't show up to the club and then complain becaus the rock music is "too loud"- that makes you look like a sucker.

The Dirty Novels were super professional... Pablo asked if they were supposed to play on the tiny stage inside the bar.  When I laughed he said "oh we play stages that small all the time" and then I said, "Yeah- so do we."  The crowd was respectful and appreciatve of their  glammy/dirty rock stylings.  Pablo exudes quite a presence both on and off stage.  I would recommend them highly to rock promoters in the southern california area- and they rule nothern new mexico with an iron fist, so they are a pretty good band to hook up in your town.  Pablo said they had just gone out to new york and were coming back out in the fall- so you'll get another chance to check them out.

Fifty and Vinyl did their magic.  It's a pretty good one-two local punch.  It was Matt's b day so CDW made up some cup cakes and handed them out to the crowd.  We're like family.  Thanks everyone for coming out- sorry the sound was so bad. I try the best I can.

Show Review: The Vultures, The Roman Spring w/ Skull Kontrol DJ's @ the Casbah

As I've said to Tim Pyles about fifteen times, "Tim Mays should start other "franchises" on the Casbah's "weak/week nights"(i.e. tuesday, wednesday, thursday) similar to the Anti Monday League- i.e. local bills when there is "nothing" on the calendar, and totally kick ass touring shows when the opportunity arises.  That way, you maintain some awareness of the night itself, building "brand" identity for say, wednesday at the casbah, and then when you get a good touring act you just kill it.  

I've got lots of ideas, and lots of advice, just read this posts and my past, even more so with the earlier posts, some ideas are good, some ideas are bad - Matty, I browbeat you with ideas because I care.  If I'm not barraging you and your band/club/radio station/publication with ideas and "advice" then it means I pretty much don't give a fuck about what you're doing right now and/or I'm taking a break from harassing you (Troy - I'm giving you a month off for summer).

So "Skull Kontrol Wednesday".  That's one extension of the Anti Monday league concept.  Of course, Tim Mays still calls the shot- if a touring band is in town, that show gets booked and the local stuff does not.

As it stands, the opening band on a three band bill a the casbah on a bad night really takes it in the chin.  Such was the case for the Roman Spring, who played an (unphotographed?) show with Fifty on Their Heels @ the Rythym Lounge under the august "banner" of Cat Dirt Presents.  Not sure if this was their casbah debut or not.  They opened with the single. That single was the "local member of the day" song over at ye' olde' 94/9.

Hey guys- here's a tip for that local page- "dynamic content" i.e updates on a regular basis. Like- instead of just adding the Local Member of the Day to a web page, make it- I don't know- a blog entry or something.  With a link to their myspace page.  What would that take- 5 seconds for intern?  No?  It will increase your web traffic and help you sell more ADS.

Frankly, I was looking forward to seeing them after the Rythym Lounge, which- fyi has TERRIBLE sound.  Do I have to buy equipment and shit?  That's one reason to play the casbah over some... other venue... people are more likely to listen to you if the sound is GOOD, as supposed to TERRIBLE.

The focus point of the Roman Spring is the 19 year old (boy) singer who has a kind of croon/warble that- coupled with his flannel shirts- can we work on that look? reminded me of... I dunno... Silverchair?  That's not an insult, I hope.

The band is comprised of the bassist- fuck- forgot his name- who is a cool guy, has a connection to... Capicorn? studios? Here in town.  They have a second guitarist- the singer plays guitar. Drummer, of course.  One idea would be to try to let the singer perform without the guitar- I GENERALLY support that concept (Kristin- it can't hurt to TRY it, at least... in practice? just to see how it feels?)  

I have pretty much come to the conclusion of any potential commercial success (i.e. record deal, publishing deal, maangement, etc) is based on the presence of charisma on the part of one of the band members.  If you're going to play the "big stage" you need someone prancing around on stage like a demented elf.

The jammy alt rock sound shows some promise.  I wanted more angularity.  Angular gutiar?  I love that characteristic, and the funky jammy Roman Spring parts left me yearing for great angularity.  And they should play their single- "Pain" LAST not first. Hello?

IN BETWEEN SETS:  I talked to Branden, Andrew- has anybody seen his "posse"?, Mario, Natalie, Kristin- "Our album is coming out... at... the...end of august? i think."  Kristin has now assumed ownership of Branden's trademark Palestinian head scarf.  

The big reason I went to Casbah last night was to see the Vultures.  And to browbeat Matty from the Muslims about the possible las vegas showcase from 8/7 to 8/10 (possible).  Matty, I got the sense, did not appreciate the browbeating ("We have to write some fucking songs!").  Anyways- people have been giving Vultures crap here and elsewhere- and fuck that.  Personally, I love the Vultures.

1)  Chuck Rowland is a sneering, inspired punk front man with quality, first rate front man moves.  Given some of the criticism directed his way ("Wa. He plays cover songs.", "Wa he incorporates elements of others performance style.")  Hey you scenester fucks fuck off.  What the fuck?  You all love Junior from Fifty on Their Heels- or maybe you don't but- what exactly is the problem here?

I thought his performance last night was great- I love it how he slams the mic stand into the stage at the beginning of each song in time with the first note.  Now is that his move, or what?  Either way- it doesn't matter- it's a GOOD move, and I've never seen it before.  You know- I'm just a simelpton who likes the Velvet Underground.

2) The backing band is impeccable- Dan Wise (Kill Me Tomorrow, Starlite Lounge) is an impeccable bassist.  Jimmy Vulture (guitarist) and Nick Lennen (drums) were also directly on point, showing skills that place the band- aside from Chuck Rowland in the upper echelon of San Diego rock acts.  

In fact, I think they should bring cback "Chuck Rowland and the Vultures", and make it a more anatagonisitic relationship during the set.  I thought Jimmy's guitar work was really good- Junior has to play guitar and sing at the same time, and that necessarily impacts the guitar work.  In that way the Vultures and Fifty on Their Heels are different.  Jimmy also uses... pedals.  So mysterious? What do they all do?  Last night was the first time I can recall seeing a guitarist playing with pedals and being like "oh cool."

3) The songs are good.  No one is trying to deny that there are covers intermixed- even if I am not sophisticated enough to catch them.  But who gives a fuck?  Bitter scenesters, that's who.

4) I would think that this would be a band that would do very well with the "kids" because of some of it's broader elements.  They would be a good pick up for a booking agency- especially since you could probably get them on the next locust tour or some girls or whatever.  But- the broadness of it- is the key.

Anyways, I'D go to see the Vultures at SOMA or Epicentre.  And they should play LA- have they played LA yet? Part Time Punks? I don't know.

Show Review:  Wild Weekend @ CHOB; Five Minutes of Gabe Vega's B Day Bash; Drive Bys: Tower Bar, Pink Elephant

JFCD and JGFJFCD are in town for the weekend. They didn't even get to sd until 930 PM, so I went to see all girl Zero's cover band "Wild Weekend" at the CHOB. Wild Weekend features Kelly Alvarez, Maren Squiddo and the two ladies from the Atoms. The Zero's are a 70s(?) Chula Vista(?) punk band that sound like... a punk band from the 70s. The crowd was large and appreciative- the Chula Vista scene was in the fucking house: The Sess (record release party at the Tower Bar 8/10 w/ Vision of A Dying World), Atoms were most def. in the house, Power Chords of course and the various and sundry CV scene stars that I know an love. But no Chad? Where was Chad? Atoms and PChords are heading to Seattle and back. Let me know about the "new venue" in Tacoma guys- you're living my dream! I want to be a "tour manager" on a tour up to Seattle and back.

It was good to see Kelly Alvarez perform, live, for the first time ever. More of that. Wild Weekend is playing Sessions Fest. Sessions Fest is 9/15. Non CV personalities- Bart Mendoza and Anna Troy-- anyone else notice that they hang out a lot? Corvinas were representing- check out Kadan next thursday 7/19- with Fifty on Their Heels- the flyer is up in the gallery. If you haven't seen the Corvinas yet, you are sleeping. Garage Mex is the shit. The Corvinas are comers.

JFCD wanted to see the Beauty Bar San Diego for the first time, so we drove over. I was hoping I could at least say "happy birthday" to Vega, but I didn't actually see him- or saw him from afar. Beauty Bar was a mad house- we listened to New Order (natch) and walked out after five minutes- nothing personal. Happy Birthday to Gabe Vega- he just turned 26!

Drove by Tower Bar- looked crazy. Drove by Pink Elephant- looked crazy. What's up with everyone being out the weekend I want to go out? Ended up at Hamiltons saw had a beer, ate mexican food went to bed.

Cat Dirt House Party tonight. Invite only. What's up with tonight? It's totally wack- thus- the house party.

Show Review:  Daft Punk Los Angeles & David Beckham

I don't believe in taking pictures for my blog anymore. It's like- if you need a picture of a running polar bear- just find a picture- don't fly to the arctic, rent a helicopter, and chase down a polar bear with your enormous telephoto lens- just- you know- find another picture.

Went to the David Beckham debut at Home Depot Center in lovely, lovely Carson Califorina- then followed it up with a quick jaunt up the 110 (through South Central Los Angeles- Slauson holla!) and to Daft Punk Los Angeles Sports Arena (USC Campus). A fun day, to be sure.

The LA Galaxy v. Chelsea game was at 530 PM. Parking was $20! The Home Depot Center is on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills (WTF?) but is totally state of the art, and reminded me or REAL socccer stadia I've been to in the past- like Chelsea's snug little place in London. Soccer stadia tend to be smaller as a rule- 25K instead of 50k- even for the biggest teams. Anyway- the design of the Home Depot Center is first rate, the only bummer was a single ATM within walking distance. Since parking was $20 I had to use it, because parking at Daft Punk was $15.

The atmosphere inside was very jovial- it was interesting to see 1) Chelsea Supporters! 2) Old v. New Galaxy Fans. I was literally stunned to see the number of "fans" who were, in fact, wearing David Beckham jerseys- the sporting equivalent of "wearing the t shirt of the band you're going to see." Also, lots of guys in tucked in polo shirts and $400 expertly shredded jeans. Also interesting to hear so many british accents.

The Chelsea fans sang songs and shit- the Galaxy fans did nothing. Get on that! A cheer? something? although the Galaxy fans in the bleachers did stomp their feet to create a racket, there's nothing like a good soccer jeer/cheer. Maybe Chivas games would be more "soccery"? Anyways- I'm looking at buying tickets on stub hub, so count that a success. thanks to jfcd for the ticket hook-up, 7th row off the field, what!? also fun was the 24 oz. beers served in large plastic cups for $12. although your beer gets warmer faster in a big cup, there's something satisfying about a large beer in your hand watching a bit of footie.

After the game it was total mayhem in the parking lot but we managed to navigate down Avalon Blvd (or should I say North) and were quickly on the 110N- which runs from pretty much straight through the beating heart of downtown los angeles. The freeway has these massive public transportation stations that rise up from between the two sides of the 110- and I had never seen anything like them in Los Angeles before. I certainly don't use the 110N. Got freeways on the brain, it seems.

Daft Punk totally sold out the Los Angeles Sports Arena. It was quite an impressive display- getting 8K or whatever Southern Californians (and beyond- Phoenix? holla?) whipped up into a frenzy using the following elements:
1. electronic music.
2. triangle with screens on it
3. colored lights
4. two guys dressed in robot suits.

It kind of represents a culmination of a process that can be traced at least back to the "be-ins" of San Francisco, through the club culture in London, Paris and Berlin, with, of course, a heavy, heavy, heavy dose of american arena rock culture. And really- now that you're thinking about it- doesn't the entire process that began with Daft Punk and led to Justice a more or less conscious(i.e. manipulative) attempt to generate a music genre that will appeal to a mass american audience? Mull it over- I think the answer is "yes". And you know what- MORE POWER TO THEM. I wish Daft Punk 100 dates of sold out arena tour in the U.S. more than anything.

Signs of the conscious effort at work were most at issue during the inter set dj performance by Kavinsky and/or Sebastian. A fairly benign set of French electro house bangers veered into the slightly insane with a "remix/edit" of Rage Against the Machine's anthem... I don't know the song title- the one where he screams in the chorus (okay, okay, "killing in the name of"). But it seemed like every head/fist in the audience was banging/pumping - 20 minutes away from the head act, with the house lights on. It was refreshing to be around people, even where we were in the loge seats (behind frankie chan), who were into the music, dancing like it was their last. The genuinely enthusiastic response of the sold out crowd is credit to the fact that these guys- (these guys = two members of daft punk and their manager/ed banger record label owner busy p) have figured out how to sell electronic music to American audiences. In fact, I would go so far as to say-- they thought about this a lot, and the Daft Punk arena show is itself the culmination within a culmination.

Simply put- the whole thing is brilliant, and very, very commerically effective. Arena rock itself should take note of this commerical and "artistic" success- and ask itself the question- Why can't there be more arena rock shows that are as financially lucrative and artistically successful as a daft punk show?

How does something like last night even happen in the modern day music/culture industry? Daft Punk had little advertising, no record out, hasn't played america more then once in the last decade, never charted(?), not on the radio, had a couple minor hits, been sampled by a couple of rap artists.

All I can say is- it's a credit to the artist and, I think, to the management- for using the Ed Banger label as a sort of advance force/precursor that undoubtedly successfully "sold tickets" to the Daft Punk concert.

I'll leave the musical descriptions to those, perhaps, who witnessed the show for the first time last night. I will say I thought this performance surpassed their Coachella performance. The crowd was bigger and more into it, the set was longer, and the lights and color show was more fully developed.  We left drenched, sore and tired but in awe and inspired. Sessions Fest anyone?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

left unanswered: What the fuck is a "skull kontrol"?

Be sure to check out the San Diego Union Tribune "Scenemaker" monthly feature with... Skull Kontrol! Yay!

Let's play the MO blind item guessing game:


Question: What a tool. Speaking of, who's the biggest tool in town right now?

MO: I'll describe him. He wears print hoodies, "DJs" crapola from a laptop, doesn't love music and does what he does for "chicks."

You may post guesses in the comment section. I KNOW who he's talking about- but I ain't talking shit. That doesn't mean anonymous commenters shouldn't' "SPREAD THE HATE."

And, for those of you who are going to cleverly nominate "cat dirt"- I don't know how to dj, and chicks hate me, fyi.

7/7/7 Cat Dirt Presents v. Skull Kontrol @ Beauty Bar San Diego
7/6/7 Cat Dirt Presents Vinyl Radio, Fifty on Their Heels, The Dirty Novels (Albuquerque, New Mexico!) @ The Ken Club

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

March April 2007: Coachella

this girl wins my award for "best passed out person" of the weekend. She wins because 1) face down 2) it's like, four pm on saturday when i took this photo 3) she's passed out oustside the "dome" during a drum and bass dj set! do you know how noisy that is? Plenty noisy.

I liked these cats b/c they had there arms folded across their chest- vampire style. sorry- coffin style. If there is a "look" to have when you are passed out during coachella (hey- just go home!) it is this look. Study it carefully for future reference.

These two are sleeping outside of LCD Soundsystem. Seriously? There is plenty of music I heard at Coachella that made we want to go to sleep, but the outskirts of the Sahara tent- that is not sleepy time territory.

Basically, I grouped every band I saw at Coachella into one of two categories "didn't bore me to death" and "bored me to death." I'm really just looking for someone who can be exciting OR interesting for 20 to 45 minutes. Full sets rarely exceeded forty minutes, and if they do, you leave. Coachella is like an appetizer sampler platter- a musical buffet, if you will. The same rules apply as apply at a buffet: try everything, don't get filled up on one item, don't be the morbidly obese guy or gal that makes everyone uneasy. Only for music not food.

If I could spit out one name for my readership: Soulwax. They were awesome. They were "too many dj's"(are?), used to be on... astralworks? geffen? In some combination. I'm going to get into detail on that partic set- maybe dig up some mp3s, throw up some pics, the whole "mp3 blog" treatment- later in the week.

Ok that's all for now

Previous Cat Dirt 2007 Coachella Coverage: Introduction

san diego's "the prayers" on radio perfik @ TONIGHT!!!

Tune in tonight from 6 to 8 PM to hear Brandon n' Andrew of the Prayers do a l'il acoustic thingamajig and take you aim sent queries:

AIM: Radioperfik
6-8 PM.

works great w/ Windows Media Player & ITunes both.

show review: the muslims, zerox, fifty on their heels, sundelles @ the che cafe

If you like the Muslims you will like the Sundelles, and that's good news for all you readers of this blog who don't venture to the che for shows- because both bands are playing (with vinyl radio) at the ken club on April 6th. That promises to be a top show- and you'll want to arrive early (10:30) to catch the Sundelles. They are from Riverside/San Diego, and the singer used to play in a band with Matt and Matty from the Muslims, and you can hear it, and it's a good thing.

The Muslims are also on the Mr. Tube/Grand Ole Party (or is that Grand Ole Party/Mr. Tube) bill at the Casbah later this month- sure to be sold out. FYI: G.O.P. did their recording thing in lost angeles earlier this month. Kristin- you had BETTER get me an advance of the mastered tracks or I will be very, very upset.

I was super impressed by David Barclay, who was running the show in the absence of Action Jackson(the promoter). He did a fantastic jobs of managing an... um... tense situation. I think really, all the che needs to do is a better job of communicating to the on campus community that they are putting on good old fashion rock and roll shows. My thought is that the perception on the U.C.S.D. campus is that the Che features obtuse and difficult music, and that maybe more people would come if they knew that the bands were going to be "rock and roll". Maybe not. I think I'll probably focus my all ages show efforts on the Che from here on out.

Fifty played a tight set last night, lack of turn out was a bit of a bummer, though if everyone who was hanging out in the parking lot had come inside, it would have been a decent over-all turnout. I was mystified at the folks who elected to stay in the woods during the Sundelles set- so rude. Fifty is going to play the rythym lounge (3048 Midway Dr San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 224-4835) on March 24th- that is going to be a solo show. Folks in the point loma, p.b., o.b., m.b. areas might take that opportunity to check out fifty in a new venue.

Anddd..... Zeroxxxxx (or xerox)... ha. ha. ha. honestly i don't want to go into it- but i would be pretty suprised if zerox ever shares a bill with any cat dirt affiliated bands or shows ever again. that statement has nothing to do with their music- which i still enjoy. have i compared zerox to the germs before? when i'm around that band i actually feel like i'm in los angeles in the late 70s. not sure i would take that comparison as a compliment, but it's a comparison i feel compelled to make.

Really enjoyed hanging out with the Muslims last night- good group of chaps (and chap-ette).

I would like to work on drawing more UCSD students to the Che by communicating an atmosphere of non-exclusivity. I think that is a feasible stategy over a 12 to 24 month period.

So that's what I have to say- there is so, so, so much more to the narrative from last night, but I'm not going to discuss it here. feel free to ask me in person, but devote a good 10-15 minutes for the ensuing discussion. i will also disclose further information via email, telephone and myspace messages, but none of it will be for publication or re-publication. It's good stuff, though- promise.

Show Review: the clipse, them jeans, mc flow @ belly up tavern in solana beach
can we please stop the hand wringing about the state of hip hop? please. especially you white, college educated types bemoaning the sorry state of rap lyrics. shuuutttttttt upppppppp! there is nothing NOTHING worse then "conscious" hip hop. snooze. conscious hip hop, like most of indie rock, bores me to death. it's popular music- not high art.

here's the problem with, um... every single hip hop/rap show i've ever seen:
fifty guys on stage, all of them with microphones, drowning out the music and making the lyrics unintelligible because all the mcs are shouting at the same time.

one of the reasons i actually enjoy seeing mc flow is because she eschews that approach- you can hear the lyrics, you can hear the music, it's actually a good live performance.

i was a little bit nervous for her performance last night- not sure how she was going to go over with the clipse crowd. of course- it was the clipse at the belly up tavern in solana beach, so no need to worry. there were a fair amount of flow backers in the crowd when she took the stage, and as i circulated through the crowd i heard nary a heckle. kudos to belly up for putting flow on the bill- and thanks to flow for hooking me up with the free ticket.

next up was them jeans- or at least, he was on the bill, but he wasn't there last night. instead we got five rappers from chicago. what's up with the inaccurate posters? i guess them jeans was @ sxsw. then there were two more rappers from nyc- always a good idea to tell the crowd who you are, fellas...

then it was time for the clipse. the first three songs were pretty electric- just the two guys trading verses- good stuff. but then, wouldn't you know it- they brought out the whole re-up gang- four mcs in all, plus one dude who did nothing but stand next to the "dj"(by "dj" i mean guy who was pressing "play" on the cd player and pushing the button that made the bomb explosion sound after each song (original!) hey flow - you need another body on stage? call me!

at that point is was just like every other lame rap concert i've ever been to, so i left. props to the belly up for booking the show in the first place- the crowd was well mannered and well behaved. i read lots of bullshit about venues around town being unwilling to book hip hop shows because it brings in the "wrong" (read "black") element and all I have to say about that issue is fuck you you racist assholes. you obviously don't have a problem booking filthy punk bands whose fans are at least as bad as the hip hop crowd, but somehow that's ok because the punk fans are white.

in 2007 it should be totally fucking obvious that white people listen to rap music as much as black people, and that wealthy yuppies are just as likely to be at a rap concert then poor black kids- probably more so, since a ticket is likely to be $20+ at a venue like fourth and b or house of blues(the house of blues isn't afraid to book rap shows- which is the one good thing about that godforsaken hellhole of a venue)

i picked up the mix tape (cd) they had for sale- $5! i love the psuedo-bootleg mix tape world- i must get myself to fam mart and drop some ducats on some local versions...

the belly up was not packed, but those who were there were enthusiastic. over all, glad i went, but the clipse didn't wow me. flow made it worth the drive - go flow!

Show Review: fifty on their heels, roman spring @ the rhythm lounge

I was reading a book about the emergence of corporate power in the United States, and an interesting observation the author made about the growth of metals processing factories in the 1880s-1890s: growth in productivity came not from expanding the physical size of the factory BUT from increasing the SPEED that the unprocessed parts moved through the factory process; most famous example: The Model T by Ford Motor Company.

So I did a show at the Rythym Lounge (3048 Midway in San Diego, CA) FREE PARKING IN BACK!!! The show featured "an intimate performance" by Fifty on Their Heels as well as special guests The Roman Spring. I didn't really promote the show heavily, or really at all, because first I wanted to confirm that I, myself, could recommend the venue on a personal level (example of venue that does not fit in this category: San Diego Sports Club - but that's just me.) I want a venue with zero drama and zero expectations, but with a decent sound system and a convienient location. The Rhythym Lounge is arguably as convenient to the downtown area as the Beauty Bar San Diego, and in the same general direction as the Casbah. It is also closer to the Beach Communities of Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. I think, probably that high attendance could be generated in the Point Loma area, since they have a well developed, wealthy demographic- ha ha.

So- yeah- I had a great time last night. I know San Diego crowds dig "novelty" more then anything else in their uniquely southern california psyche- so probably the strongest pitch is go get out there and judge for yourself.

On Friday night, I was shooting the shit with a couple of independent label owners from San Diego and they were talking about how fucking important it is for the band itself to be "hustling". Although at the time I kind of felt compelled to leap to the defense of bands ("they're young", "they're artists") I have to say that at the very minimum, as a record label- it is safe to say that every label looks for a band that seeks active control and expansion of their career. A "lazy" band carries little sale potential, simply because the promotional effort to sell records need to be accompanied by the dedication of time on the part of the band. Thus, even if a record reaches a certain plateau, the failure of band members to increase their promtional efforts would limit further growth.

And bands- ask yourself... at the shows I'm getting- do I control the door money? do i get a piece of the bar? Is the show on a FRIDAY or SATURDAY night? And most importantly- do I get to control the line up? I really can't emphasize the last point enough. so important- ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE LAST MINUTE SHOWS... You want a place that's available on a week night, so you can at least get your friends out for really cool bands. At the Rythym Lounge, you have to pay the door guy $50 and you don't get part of the bar- but it's so easy. And that's what all bands want, right? For stuff to be easy?

Unforch Cat Dirt is going to largely unavailable in April, but I am going back to the rythym lounge...

I saw Roman Spring for the first time last night. They reminded me of Vinyl Radio, and further, of the Strokes. They played Pop Rocks but I'm thinking- Anti-Monday League? They brought people out- I will say that much for them. They are a four piece- kind of laid back guys. The singer is younger. I liked four of their six songs- but I'd like to see them with a Casbah level sound guy...

Fifty on Their Heels was "flamboyantly entertaining". Junior managed to get onto the bar and do a step or two. We really need to work on that bit- it's a good one. Much potential. I'm getting the 7" next week, then begins the difficult process of obtaining "distribution" and "promoting" the record- but I figure I'll do that in the next 4-6 weeks before the "release" date. Do you understand that the major labels "work" a release 9 months before it hits the stores? 9 months- just waiting for the finished album to come out. Yikes.

Attendance was poor (not like the Sold Out by 11 PM? Grand Ole Party show at the Casbah.) But you know- here's the down side to the Casbah: You will never, ever, get to book "your own" show there- with your own line up. And being able to provide a GOOD SHOW for a TOURING BAND is the most useful thing you can be doing with shows in San Diego that in all other respects are leading you nowhere. And to do that, you need to have access to venue on short notice, and control over the line up.

Out of Town and Local Bands need to cooperate on shows in San Diego to generate continuing opportunities for those same bands OUTSIDE San Diego. If you can provide a good show in San Diego- a credible show- then that should be your abiding local show goal.

show review: nurses @ tim pyles anti monday league (the casbah)

fact: nurses sound like new motherfuckers. let me get out my "they sound like early talking heads." poster. I'm a, lugging it in from the other room now.... ah- there. they have a full length cd out, and a management deal. and i'm thinking fifty on their heels and nurses @ the ken club in mid may?

elements: off kilter drum beats, organ music, wierd electronic percussion, guitar playing, nerdy funkiness. reference points: !!!, The Rapture, Foreign Islands, They Might be Giants, New Motherfuckers. They should play the Beauty Bar immeditately!

they are from temecula. don't sleep on nurses! Tim Pyles gets FULL CREDIT for straight up saying "nurses are the shit" in february during the Fifty on Their Heels show.

Hey did I mention they drew fucking huge? Place was packed. Pretty cool looking crowd, if you ask me. Maybe that draw is Buddy Akai's draw- but people were totally into Nurses.

Sorry, again, to Buddy Akai. Someday our paths will intersect... and then... then... Mexico...

Coachella:  Super Secret Shortcut Drive / Back Route

For all of our lovely readers, here's the catdirt super secret shortcut back route into coachella - no traffic, no joke! it's always worked like a darling lil charm for team catdirt - we love driving in refreshed having spent nary 30 minutes in the car while everyone else spent 3 hours slogging it out in traffic. coachella is sold out all three (3) days so don't be a sucker -

Traffic on the freeway the closer you get to Coachella, we hear, is a nightmare - we usually stay in Palm Springs the night before at Casa Catdirt - so if you're driving from San Diego or Los Angeles the day of the show, our advice is to get into Palm Springs, off the main freeway as soon as possible - on the 111 and drive surface streets from there

From Palm Springs -

Take Hwy 111 South/East direction Indio
Turn Right on Washington
Turn Left on Avenue 52
From there, follow signs/policemen into the various parking lots

****remember to take very good note of where you are parked****

Map of Catdirt Coachella Shortcut

hey and when you see us at coachella, go ahead, buy us a drink in the beer garden - you'll be loving us, trust us.


team catdirt

show review: 94/9 Big Day Out Segment 1: The Prayers & Bloody Hollies @ House of Blues(San Diego)

Thought I should give the Bloody Hollies an actual listen, since this blog has slagged them mercilessly. Well, not that mercilessly. Wanted to beseech forgiveness from Garrett of 94/9. And it was at the House of Blues from 10 to 2 PM on a Saturday morning. Can't get more mellow than that. I want to listen to bands in my living room. Habitat! We're coming for you!

Got a chance to actually speak with Garrett, so hopefully it will be all kisses and moonbeams from here on out. Cat Dirt Sez is such an insignificant speck of dust in the cosmos. I told Garrett how awesome I think 94/9 is, and we talked about the "Rise of the Silver Sun Pick Ups." I... don't... want... to get any more specific than that. That is rule number one when it comes to "insider" news- don't let the wrong cats out of the wrong bags! Lyn Chickrawker was there- she helped facilitate the introduction, as did Tim Pyles. Tim is great, but if you read this blog or actually know Tim, you know that.

Missed most of The Prayers set (buying 12 three ring binders at office depot!) but the song I heard ("Clandestino" from the "God Save the Prayers" EP) sounded fantastic. The sound was better today then I've ever heard it at the House of Blues- must have been the 94/9 sound guy?

In between sets I had a v.v. awkward introduction to the Bloody Hollies:
Them: "So you hate us..."
Me: "Really it's my wife."
Them: "Well, we're not bad guys."
Me: "Well, I'm here, you know... to listen."

That was preceded by an even more awkward introduction of me and Lyn to the assembled 94/9 listeners. I was greeted with a sole hiss! Seriously. I live for those moments. social awkwardness never dies.

The Bloody Hollies have a most unlikely looking lead singer- I would never have guessed in a million years that he was the singer. They are a tight garage rock/punk four piece, kind of in the vein of rockabilly with some impressive vocal work. I can see why Europe loves them, and how they might have developed that sound in Buffalo, and why they might have moved to the San Diego area. Obviously, they won the San Diego Music Award. I guess the bottom line is that I don't see them that actively involved in the local music environment, but whatever- they tour europe and shit, so I guess they don't have to deal. It was nice for them to introduce themselves.

It's not really my genre of music- but I can see why 94/9 likes them- kind of like a Social Distortion kind of vibe? Fun, sloppy, rock and roll that isn't too exclusive? I don't really listen to this type of music so its h

ard to provide any kind of review.

I had to split half way through the set. Garrett gave the "big day out" idea credit to Owen Salerno. Great idea... I wish I could pull something like that off. The "rumor" is that the Silversun Pick-Ups are the "surprise" act tonight, which Rosey has been posting about for weeks, weeks people. I'm not going.

Blood Brothers/Mika Miko After Party $5/Beauty Bar San Diego- come prepared to drink. and stay late.

There Will be No "Live Blogging" of Coachella from THIS blog...

Cat Dirt's sitemeter for the last year or so.

Oh My God- Mark Ronson(f. Lily Allen

All I'm saying about Lily Allen is that she's poppy and quirky.  This song has fm radio quality.  Those horns in the hook!  Lily Allen on the vox!  Huh. Mark Ronson is kind of a douche, though.

Mark Ronson's Wiki Entry Makes Me Hate Him

Oh man do I hate "live blogging."  I look at that particular aspect of the blogging phenomenon and I'm like "fuck, maybe blogs ARE as super lame as regular journalists say they are."  Everytime I read a "live blog" of ANYTHING I want to gouge my eyes out with a melon scooper (followed by putting my eyes in an industrial strength blender with some peach sorbet, vanilla vodka, and a touch of cream to create a delicious summer drink).

So: Live Blogging, don't do it.

Honestly, I don't know if there is anything fresh to say about Coachella except the fact that it has peaked.  This could be the year.  Proposed Headilne: "I'm never going to coachella again"?  We'll see.

In the interest of saving everyone time, I will write a review of tonights Jesus and Mary Chain show in Pomona:

Jesus and Mary Chain
The Glass House

For those who've never been, the Glass House in Pomona is a super cool venue.  It reminds me of the Casbah and the OLD 9:30 club in DC.  Super inimate.  The JAMC show was my first visit.  Unforch, got there too late to see Icarus Line.  Mega Bummer! I'd heard great things about them.

In honor of "Coachella Weekend" I ordered a super fruity drink at the bar.  Swear to god, bartender didn't bat an eye lash. I love Los Angeles/Greater Los Angeles Area.  Before the JAMC set the talk was mostly focused on how long it would take us to drive to Coachella afterwards (60 min! 90 min! 120 min!).  This despite my REPEATED attempts to focus the conversation on the fact that my "reporting" of ScarJo had merited me mention on mtv and nme (I know! right? It IS amazing.)  Nobody really shared my excitement other then the obligatory rolling of the eyes, sighing and muttering of "that's really FANTASTIC for you."  Now I know how Pete Wentz feels all the time.

JAMC came on super, duper late, but everyone (all Coachella-ites, I'm thinking) was mellow and a'networking up a storm during the interval.  Hell- I got there after icarus line so who knows how long it took.

Anyway, they came out and were, for the most part, decent.  I kind of compare it New Order at Coachella?  Though some of it was more like Gang of Four at Coachella. I don't want to piss off the die hard JAMC fans out there (Some Candy Talking, what?). So I'll just leave it at that.

The drive to Coachella afterward was non-descript; brief excitement at the rental agency, but 

Monday, February 05, 2007

February 2007:

fifty on their heels is back; playing beauty bar san diego on thursday

i wouldn't call fifty on their heels performance at the beauty bar san diego "legendary", but "semi-legendary"; maybe. i mean, first on their heels played the first opening night of the beauty bar - december 30 last year, that was a fun night - chaos! whatever, you don't want to miss it on thursday... plan "A" for sheezy, my neezy(sic). last time they played the beauty bar was november 17 with teenage talking cars

cat dirt weekender(edit): grand ole party/the vultures/the muslims friday @ tower bar

um... i probably should have had this in my original friday listing intead of a show that was happening next week. oops

Grand Ole Party
The Vultures
The Muslims
$3/ 21+

i have received word that the atoms @ liars club is @ 7 PM, so that's a fairly obvious one-two punch.

holy shit does san diego have it going on right now.

steve reich "six pianos" mp3 (live perfromance 1977)

i was scrolling through my hype machine rss feed(awesome!) when I saw this little gem- an mp3 of steve reich's seminal "six pianos" in all it's 18 minute glory. although reich is categorized as a "classical" musician, his experiments with overlapping sounds and reptition are a CLEAR forerunner of the move toward electronic music. he was undoubtably a direct influence on the early creators of modern "electronic" music and "kraut rock". Reich is from the San Francisco area, but his influence is international, and i don't think it's a stretch to call him the most important composer of the 20th century. hard to believe that is a performance from 1977, but there you go...

steve reich "six pianos" mp3(live, 1977)

show review: fifty on their heels @ powder room

or should i say "soon to be discontinued powder room". What's up with that- they booked Flosstradamus, Paparazzi and GUNS N' BOMBS this year, so i don't know what the story is with the "last powder room" business. anyone want to tell me why guns n' bombs is the last powder room?

anyway- fifty played last night b/c it was Stefanie's b day. Stefanie is a member of "Vega Inc." and we all love her (some members of fifty on their heels more than others). most of you probably know stefanie as the door lady for transport and vega's nights @ the beauty bar san diego. or from her work at a salon, or her job at that burger place, or maybe from hPublish Poster studies at UCSD. she is busy, and, as of last night... 22. ha-ha. Happy 22nd birthday, Stefanie.

So basically last night was a special birthday performance. fifty on their heels played 2 new compositions. since we're not going to sxsw, we now have time to finish recording our full length. i was modestly pleased with the thursday night turn out. i think it's impossible to say whether powder room really has any momentum as a night, but they are booking great dj acts. i'm really looking forward to guns n bombs, and i'm wondering who is going to replace powder room. also i'm wondering- does vega book all the musical acts there or what? is he still offically working for the beauty bar- or does he just have a night or two? i find the business relationships of beauty bar san diego to be wholly impenetrable, which is saying something for a criminal defense attorney with experience in white collar crime and the music world. honestly, i would say the lack of clarity lends itself to a nickname like "the beauty bar mafia". not in the organized crime sense, but certainly in the organizational sense, since, like the mafia, the relationships and hierarchy are obscured by a veil.

I mean, let me ask you- who books the casbah? tim mays. who books canes? pamela johnson. A lack of clarity in the booking contact operates to the detrimnet of the venue, all other things being equal. i guess it's all a business/power struggle, but one thing is key- control of the booking calendar is ultimate control. every promoter should be shooting for that.

anyway, from what i heard last night, the songwriting for fifty has grown and matured. the new songs are more "post-punk" then "punk" and have a more ambitious feel to them. junior executed a near perfect spin move (been working on that one, junior?). and i was pleased to see real people mouthing lyrics to songs and enjoying themselves. the crowd grew larger during the set, which was weird.

some people sat at the bar during fifty on their heels set- like--- kid lighting aka jamal aka house of blues booker(?)- that's you in the expos hat? yes? hey man, that's cool. i just wonder what booking at the house of blues san diego even actually does, since 90% of their acts are booked nationally (on tours of other house of blues locations!). i dunno, the bottom line is that i've never met him, so maybe i'll just introduce myself next time. honestly, that probably just means he doesn't like fifty on their heels- i'm cool with that- it's like anya marina. i respect people who aren't afraid to let other people know that they aren't into their sound.

i actually caught his dj set before flosstradamus and i was really impressed- i heard some dj assault, and, i'm thinking- some dj funk, too. ghettotecg 4 eva (disco d rest in peace!). so the fact is, he was there, and he didn't watch the fifty on their heels set. that's all i'm saying. not a big deal, but noted.

like the folks who hang outside during casbah performances- it doesn't matter, all it means is that you don't give a fuck about the band that is playing, and that is the band's problem to deal with- not yours. it's just funny because at SOME shows- that doesn't happen (skull kontrol). the lower the percentage of people not watching the band, the cooler the crowd. how's that for a rule of thumb?

people who only listen to rock music are poor suckers

i really can't emphasize enough how sorry i feel for the poor lonely guys listening to their 7"'s in their bed rooms, unhappy in love and HATING dance music, mostly because they can't tell good dance music from crappy dance music, and also probably because they have never dated a hot chick who is into good dance music, and also probably because they can't dance and they're just dorky, nerdy, guys who think "dance music sucks". no- it is you who suck, not the dance music, and if you can't be bothered to even try a new thing once in a while, well screw you. i've been dealing with guys like you for 15 years now, and all i have to say is "how's that working out for you?" do you like hanging around, glowering, at the casbah? is it fun for you? are you having a good time?

acid girls 2/15/07 Powder Room(Beauty Bar San Diego)
guns n bombs 2/22/07 Powder Room(Beauty Bar San Diego)
MSTRKRFT 3/4/3 Below(!)

acid girls mix tape from mid-january(ysi)

guns and bombs mixtape vol. 2(mp3)(YSI)

acid girls track listing:
-Patrick Adams - Disco Juice (AG intro edit)
-Spank Rock - Sweet Talk (beat)
-AG vs JT - Stab My Love
-Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
-Basement Jaxx - Take Me Back To Your House (Speaker Junk remix)
-Missy Elliot - 4 My People
-Mr Oizo - Patrick122
-Jamelia - Something About You (Crookers rmx)
-J-Kwon - Tipsy (Radio Slave remix)
-Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks
-Solid Groove & Sinden - Red Hot
-Digitalism - Zdarlight
-The Gossip - Standing In the Way of Control (Soulwax Nite Version)
-Daft Punk - Around the World
-Tiga - Move My Body (Faex's notonly4erol edit)
-The Pixies - Velouria (Acid Girls edit)
-TTC - Quand Je Claque Des Doigts
-UNK - Walk it Out
-UNK - Walk it Out (chopped & screwed by acid girls)
-Klaxons - Golden Skans (SebastiAn 2.1.0 AG re-chop)
-Mustapha 3000 - Kongo Thong
-Armand Van Helden ft. Fat Joe - Touch Your Toes
-Patrick Cowley - Get a Little (Acid Girls edit)
-Spank Rock - Sweet Talk (beat)
-AG vs JT - Stab My Love (reprise)
-Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger (stab)
-Beastie Boys - Slow and Low on loop
-Crystal Castles - No Skin
-Basement Jaxx & Speaker Junk - Just a Beat

show review: mira cook @ the habitat

this is mira's official picture from the san diego city ballet website, where she is a dancer and choreographer.

apologies for using the up and up ballet photo, but i can't find a myspace or anything. i will replace it if someone gets me a more appropriate pic.

last night was another show at the habitat- i didn't mention it in advance, because, frankly, they don't need anymore attendees.  the place is packed up!  the habitat is my favorite place to see shows in san diego right now- interesting acts, mellow vibe, great atmosphere.  i didn't really have anything in mind last night when i strolled over around nine, just wanted to see what was up.

what was up was mira cook.  mira cook is a ballet dancer and singer/songwriter.  unlike most singer/songwriter types, mira does not accompany herself on guitar... instead- she uses a looping device to sing along with her own voice.

all in all, i thought she was pretty fucking brilliant- best new artist 2007 san diego music nominee for sure (well, if there is any justice in this world, and we all know there isn't).  stylisticly, she lies somewhere in between vespertine era bjork, steve reich and early liz phair.  is that enough to get you interested?  she was amazing last night.

truly a unique sound and a compelling artistic vision that, in mind view, transcends the parameters of pop music (although there is pop appeal).

i can't wait to see here again- my only question is- when is her next show? everyone needs to see mira cook to get a feel for the eerie power of her songwriting and presentation.

mira cook bed room recordings(?) book of love(cover)(YSI)(MP3)

mira cook bed room recordings(?) track 4(YSI)(MP3)

the relationship between corporations of the cultural industrial complex and authentic sub cultures

A "sub culture" is a group of people who share a common "culture taste". Sub cultures often share unifying characteristics (beyond shared culture taste) like a geographical area or an age group. However, it is the shared culture taste that is the sine qua non of any particular sub culture.

Specific sub cultures most often develop initially around one facet of culture taste (fashion, music, film, art), but more powerful sub cultures will exapnd into new areas of culture taste over time.

The cultural-industrial complex is fully aware of the relationship between sub cultural development and product sales. Sub cultures often embrace certain products well in advance of the culture at large and so can serve as an indicator for future sales. The mandarins of the cultural industrial complex require control and long lead times to bring products to market, and the vagaries of sub cultural taste do not work according to the quarterly reporting requirement of Wall Street. This makes the relationship between the cultural industrial complex and authentic sub cultures uneasy. The cultural industrial complex does not PREFER to deal with sub cultures, rather it will resist a particular sub culture up and until it's "market power" is demonstrated by identifable metrics (sales, most often).

This uneasy relationship between sub cultures themsleve and the cultural industrial complex has produced a recognizable (though highly fluid) class of intermediaries. The intermediaries are publiic relations experts, independent record label owners, advertising executives, guerrilla marketers, venue owners, night life promoters, journalists, radio dj's, graphic designers, etc. etc. etc.

Certain geogrpahical locations become repeat incubators for new sub cultural development. The emergence of new sub cultures as a market force can typicall be traced to a confluence of the sub culture itself, a central hub of a particular culture industry- and- this is the most important part- the presence of intermediaries who simeltaneously maintain spaces in both the sub cultures AND the cultural industrial complex.

The harnessing of a particular sub culture to the propganda organs of a specific culture industry is a significant event, for that is the mechanism by which the "culture taste" of the mass market is changed over time. Any change in the culture taste of the mass market producers new winners and new losers within the mass market. obviously, the corporations which constitute the cultural industrial complex maintain a big advantage, but the most opportunity is presented to those individuals who can influence the decision making process of specifiic culture industry corporations.  The only possible goal for those employed by the corporations is to influence the decision making process. Financial benefits accrue to the top decision makjers of a corporation. Intermediaries are the predictors of the cultural industrial complex. The sub cultures themselves never benefit financially from the dissemination of their particular culture taste to the mass market. They may move on to create new sub cultures or stop particpating in sub cultures (adopting the mass market culture taste laster in life).

For those employed by the corporations of the cultural industrial complex, there is sigificant potential financial/career advantages to maintaing contact with multiple sub cultures, specifically those that create products that could be selected for dissemination by the propaganda organs of the culture industry. Similarly, the actual particpants of the sub culture can only benefit by creating products for the culture industry, OR mimicing the distribution mechanisms of the culture industry.

the pyles session with fifty on their heels

ah the funny part is when justin unpacked his drum kit and found one of his high hats missing. the whole recording was almost cancelled, but ace producer alan sanderson found the needed part in a junk drawer inside the studio and we were all saved from disaster.

can't thank strate sound recording studio enough - they are the fucking bomb. major props to alan sanderson for being the man with the place. and mr. strate- who is clearly a man with excellent taste in music- and he is super into the project.

truckee brothers april... the power chords in june.

the recording session went great- five songs were recorded- i am the riot, holliday, outside world, chickens!, moving on up. it will be on the radio between 8 and 10 PM on sunday. all five songs exist as mp3s.

don't forget to come out tonight to the ken club- fifty on their heels, new motherfuckers and zerox.... should be fun...

show review: fifty on their heels, the new motherfuckers & zerox @ the ken club

thank you to all those who turned out. the show was termed a success by the owner of the ken club. here is what he said to me after the show, "it's really a testament to how well fifty on their heels draws, because you had a band from los angeles and an all ages band before them." he said that to me after the show.

zerox led off- they are the latest offering from the chula vista scene.

i really liked zerox- despite the fact that they can barely play. here's a hint: that's what makes them so cool! the lead singer has charamatic stage presence and a v.v. darby crash vibe, which is cool. hopefully this show will get them more gigs.

new motherfuckers came down from los angeles for this show. i'm trying to develop an audience for them down here by bringing them down repeatedly. i think they are like the talking heads(initial comparison made by josh feingold). there is an incredbile "upside" to the new motherfuckers and any potential album they might put out. i think i'd like to release that album. there were some discussions about it. when i started cat dirt, i thought it would be an exclusively "san diego" record label, but, i'm pretty much over that idea right now. it would be nice to have geographical diversity on the roster of artists- it would be easier to book shows for BOTH bands, and build up awareness of the label OUTSIDE of san diego. so nothing in stone about that-- just a dialogue that's kind of gong on. i told them they would have to change their name to "sunshine dandellion" for the radio play... ha ha.

i was pleased to see tim pyles(94/9), owen salerno(94/9), josh hammond(91x) and rich biacco (union tribune): would have been a great networking opportunity for all the chula vista bands that came and left- but hey- we all know they don't give a fuck whether anyone LIKES them OR NOT.

fifty on their heels shot some footage for a video that's being put together by some "friends" of the band. personally- i don't think "licensed videographer" is a real title, but you wouldn't know it from the way they were throwing that term around the ken club last night. this isn't the sun set strip. shooting on that continues on... um... the city bus system... today. can't wait to see that video. my guess is that it will be wierd and artsy- with tons of punk attitude!

fifty on their heels played a great set to an apprecitive audience. if you haven't seen them in a while you should come out and hear their four new songs- two of which will be on the 7" coming out in april, and two of which are on the pyles session mp3s. now rocking on my station!

so that's about it- we clocked about 35 or so paid admissions, but with all the comps- at least 50 during the course of the night and the 10-15 people who sneaked in at the end to hear the fifty on their heels set(i saw you, but.. it's cool.) at the end of the night there was a good, apprecative crowd listening to fifty on their heels, the touring band got paid and the owner was pleased and invited us back "anytime". you'll be hearing from me! i have a metal show i want to do! leather nun and buzz or howl! i'm going to hook that up ha ha.

it was cool to see how "hands on" the owner was- he seemed to have a good (market driven) understanding of the local music scene. he was like- "get another local band that has a good draw and you'd really have something." and i was like "i'd rather have this something then a huge night." the point is simply not to lose money, and to have another show. oh- and i fucking HATE having to collect money- but fuck you- it's $5. with the exception of really young kids- to whom i know five bucks is a big deal- the adults- who fucking would like, poke their head in the room, or stand in the doorway listening... are you kidding me? fuck off, alright? they should charge the people in the bar away a separate one dollar cover. that is the one thing i hate about the ken club. but analytically, it's like- a market that you have to try to pull into paying for your show- like- they'll look at the poster and have a little conversation about whether to go in or not. so if you can pull people in from the bar- that is better then having no audience at the venue at all.

oh and zerox is the fucking hotness- they have real authenticity! the singer is like darby crash! you can use those quotes for your myspace blog.

also, i dropped off the masters from the ep off with preston swirnoff(habitat sound system). i bought his new lp, and he said that the next habitat sound system full length is coming out on soul jazz records! fuck yeah! we talked about distribution for cat dirt records - he already has distribution as an ARTIST because he is the shit. that would be a positive step for cat dirt records- but i've been told i need to wait until i have actual product to distribute...

Sessions Fest 2007

Will Sessions Fest be free again this year? yes.
Will Sessions Fest be all-ages? yes.
Will Sessions Fest be in golden hill park? we hope
Can I bring food, drinks to picnic at Sessions Fest? yes.
Can I bring my kids to Sessions Fest? yes.
Can I bring my dog(s) to Sessions Fest? yes.
Is there free parking for Sessions Fest? yes.
Will there be bbq and vegan burgers this year? we hope
Who will play Sessions Fest this year? we don't know yet, but here are some of the bands we like: fifty on their heels, the new motherfuckers, the muslims, atoms, the new collapse, vinyl radio, the sess, the bubonic plague, xerox, vision of a dying world, habitat sound system, the prayers, grand ole party, red pony clock, the boyish charms, the power chords, ima fucking gymnist, kite flying society, abe vigoda, society! - who would you like to see?

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