When I Was Young I Would Type Your Name Just to See It in Front of Me EP
This emo/math-rock hybrid sways between furiously fast and almost pensive. Guitar notes fly like shrapnel from a core of crashing cymbals only to momentarily rest in the comparative calm of earnest lyrics and guitar harmonies, then erupt again unprovoked. There's a rare abundance of music in these five tracks and twelve minutes.
O Lucky Man! plays Beale Street Bar and Grill (133 Beale St., San Francisco) on March 13. 8 p.m., $5. MySpace.com/bealestreetbar
While I am totally stoked about getting to see seminal '80s punks the Zero Boys play - something I had deemed to be impossible in my lifetime - I have to stay skeptical about reunion shows ever since I saw the Rezillos completely embarrass themselves a couple of years back. Then again, the first Avengers reunion was one of the best Gilman shows I ever went to. Regardless, I can't help but admit that I'm really excited about the return of the East Bay's own Black Fork, which played its last Gilman show (and last show ever as far as I know) back in 1997, leaving the Gilman scene to be dominated by grindcore for the next ten years. The mere thought of seeing the last great Gilman punk band take the stage once again, kicking out their manic, hilarious brand of catchy punk (it's not pop-punk, I swear) fills me with nostalgic memories of drinking by the creek, eating acid, and moshing like a maniac to one of the best live bands I have ever seen in my life. This time I think I'll lay off the acid.
Zero Boys play with Black Fork, Broken Needle, Crucial Cause and A.D.T on February 20 at 924 Gilman Street. Doors at 7pm and it costs $10. If you don't go to this show you are an idiot.
Josh Freese, journeyman drummer for Nine Inch Nails, Devo, A Perfect Circle, Sting, and the Vandals, has unveiled a unique promotional plan for his new solo album, Since 1972, which is available in stores on April 14. According to a press release that just went out, the album will be available in a total of eleven configurations, ranging in price from $7 to $75,000. At the low end of the scale is a simple digital download that includes three videos, while the $75,000 package includes such items as "Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN," "Take home any of his drumsets," "Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story," and of course "Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while."
The full list, with all eleven price points, is included below.
Normally, one would recoil in horror at any new release touted as "a virtual tour of the 1960s musical landscape." How many projects have lived and died on just such a charge? Yet much to his credit, Berkeley artist John Swerdan turns this hackneyed prompt into a highly enjoyable and impeccably professional vision of the Beatles-centric '60s.
This trio featuring drummer Clementine (no last name) and guitarist Gretchen Menn - longtime friends who've played together in all-female cover bands AC/DShe and Zepperella - lacks the punch and accessibility of their other projects, almost by design. Clementine moved beyond her kit to write and sing this moody, almost hookless rock album.
Ethereal and atmospheric with a hint of twang, Berkeley's Odawas answer that burning question: what would happen if Enya and My Morning Jacket got together? Flippancy aside, the material is fairly solid - if a tad indulgent and heavy-handed in its gorgeous moodiness - and could just as easily draw comparisons to Neil Young or M83's latest.
Odawas play Cafe du Nord (2174 Market St., San Francisco) on Feb. 27. 9 p.m., $13. CafeduNord.com
Feast your eyes on even more photos from the Uptones' Skankin' Fools Dance Contest held last Friday at La Peña Cultural Center. Read all about the event HERE.
Sellassie anoints himself a "revolutionary black gangsta" in "Stay Believin'." In the very next track, however, he warns: Don't disrespect and bring the killer out in me. A series of weed references pepper the chorus to the song after that. This San Francisco emcee commendably strives to be positive and progressive, but can get lost in tired clichés.
Josh Freese, journeyman drummer for Nine Inch Nails, Devo, A Perfect Circle, Sting, and the Vandals, has unveiled a unique promotional plan for his new solo album, Since 1972, which is available in stores on April 14. According to a press release that just went out, the album will be available in a total of eleven configurations, ranging in price from $7 to $75,000. At the low end of the scale is a simple digital download that includes three videos, while the $75,000 package includes such items as "Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robins place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna," "Take home any of his drumsets (only one but you can choose which one)," "Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story," and of course "Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while." The full list, with all eleven price points, is included below. JOSH FREESE: SINCE 1972 $7 -Digital Download of "Since 1972" (including 3 videos) $15 -CD/DVD Double Disc Set -Digital Download $50 -CD/DVD Double Disc Set -T-shirt -"Thank You" phone call from Josh for buying Since 1972. You can tell him what you like about the record that you purchased, or what you thought sucked. Ask whatever you want, like "Is Maynard really THAT weird?" or "Which on of Sting's mansions has the comfiest beds?" or "Are Devo really Suburban Robots that monitor reality or just a bunch of Dads from Ohio?" or "Why don't the Vandals play more stuff off the first record?" It's your 5 minutes to yack it up. Talk about whatever you want. $250 (limited edition of 25) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Signed Drum Head and Drumsticks. -Go on a lunch date with Josh to PF Changs or The Cheesecake Factory (whatever you're into.) $500 (limited edition of 15) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Signed Cymbal and sticks -Meet Josh in Venice, CA and go floating together in a Sensory deprivation tank (filmed and posted on youtube) -Dinner at Sizzler (get your $8.99 Steak and "all you can eat" Shrimp on) $1,000 (limited edition of 10) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Signed Cymbal, Drum head and Drumsticks. -Josh washes your car OR does your laundry....or you can wash his car. -Have dinner with Josh aboard the "Queen Mary" in Long Beach, CA -Get drunk and cut each other's hair in the parking lot of the Long Beach courthouse (filmed and posted on youtube of course) $2,500 (limited edition of 5) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -Get a private drum lesson with Josh or for all you non-drummers have him give you a back and foot massage (couples welcome) -Pick any 1 member of the Vandals or DEVO (subject to availability) to accompany you and Josh to either the Hollywood Wax Museum or the lunch buffet at the "Spearmint Rhino" -Signed DW snare drum. -Take 3 items of your choice out of his closet (first come, first serve) -Change diapers and make bottles with him for an afternoon (after hitting the strip club) $5,000 (limited edition of 3) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Josh writes about a song about you and make available on iTunes. -Co-direct a video with him for the song about you and throw it up on the youtubes. -Josh gives you and a friend a private tour of Disneyland -Get drunk together. If you don't drink we can go to my Dads place and hang out under the "Tuba tree" -Stone from Pearl Jam will send you a letter telling you about his favorite song on "Since 1972" $10,000 (limited edition of 1) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Signed DW snare drum from A Perfect Circle's 2003 tour. -Josh gives you a private drum lesson OR his and hers foot/back massage (couples welcome, discreet parking) -Twiggy from Manson's band and Josh take you and a guest to Roscoe's Chicken n' Waffle in Long Beach for dinner. -Josh takes you and guest to "Club 33" (the super-duper exclusive and private restaurant at Disneyland located above the Pirates Of The Caribbean) and then hit a couple rides afterwards (preferably the Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion and The Tower Of Terror) -At the end of the day at Disneyland drive away in Josh's Volvo station wagon. It's all yours....take it. Just drop him off on your way home though please. $20,000 (limited edition of 1) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -A signed drum from the 2008 Nine Inch Nails tour. -Maynard James Keenan, Mark from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on youtube) -Josh gives you a tour of Long Beach. See his first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd St where his buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up tile just weeks before joining "Nirvana." See the old Vandals rehearsal spot, the liquor store he got busted using a Fake I.D. at when he was 17 (it was Dave from the Vandals old ID). Go check out Snoop Dogg's high- school. For an extra 50 bucks see where Tom and Adrian from No Doubt live. For another $25 he'll show ya where Eric from NOFX and Brooks from Bad Religion get their hair cut. -Spend the night aboard the Queen Mary and take the "Ghosts And Legends" tour. (separate rooms...no spooning.) -Josh writes 2 songs about you and it's made available on iTUnes and appears on his next record (you can sing back up on em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever....) -Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again...couples welcome and discreet parking available) -Pick any 3 items out of Josh's closet. $75,000 (limited edition of 1) -Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Go on tour with Josh for a few days. -Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story. -Take home any of his drumsets (only one but you can choose which one.) -Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while. -Josh will join your band for a month...play shows, record, party with groupies, etc.... -If you don't have a band he'll be your personal assistant for a month (4 day work weeks, 10 am to 4 pm) -Take a limo down to Tijuana and he'll show you how it's done (what that means exactly we can't legally get into here) -If you don't live in Southern California (but are a US resident) he'll come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks. -Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robins place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna. — Nate Seltenrich
Just a day after reports surfaced that a teenager claimed she was forced to perform oral sex on a band touring through Oakland, the charges have now been dropped. The teen said that the guitarist and guitar tech of Saving Abel had lured her onto their tour bus at the ORACLE Arena for a music video, then forced her to engage in the sex act. But apparently the whole thing was caught on video, showing not only that the teen told the members she was older than she was, but also that the whole affair was consensual. Clearly, not the sharpest tack in the box.