Thursday, February 26, 2015

recommended gigs

Thursday Feb 26 - the All Togethers at Eye Candy Lounge at Mandalay Bay
Thursday Feb 26 - Whiskey Breath at Triple B

Friday Feb 27 - the New Waves at Hop Nuts Brewery

Saturday Feb 28 - HR (of the Bad Brains) with Fuzz Solow, Roaches in the Kitchen and more at the Dive Bar
Saturday Feb 28 - the All Togethers at the Pioneer Saloon with the Bourbon Brothers

Wednesday Mar 4 - the Sloths at the Bunkhouse with the Astaires

Friday March 6 - The Swamp Gospel with The All Togethers at the Huntridge Tavern
Friday March 6 - the Delta Bombers at Triple B with Big Sandy

Saturday Mar 7 - Cheap Trick at Fremont Street Experience
Saturday Mar 7 - Water Landing, Alex and His Meal Ticket, Ossum Possum - Triple B

Sunday Mar 8 - Thee Swank Bastards at Pussyrama at the Bunkhouse

Wednesday Mar 11 - Prophet Greene with Fuzz Solow and Charlie Overbey and the Broken Arrows at the Dive Bar

Friday Mar 13 - the All Togethers CD release party at Forge in Boulder City
Friday Mar 13 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Sunday Mar 15 - Anvil at Adrenaline Sports Bar

Tuesday Mar 17 - the All Togethers at the Backstop Sports Pub

Wednesday Mar 25  - The Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Sunday March 29 - Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band with the All Togethers and Ditch Diggers at the Beauty Bar

Thursday April 2 - the Delta Bombers at Viva Las Vegas

Friday April 3 - Scoundrels at the Double Down

Saturday April 4 - the Coffin Cats with the New Waves and Dead at Midnight - the Dive Bar

Sunday April 5 - the Sonics at Viva Las Vegas - Mardi Gras Ballroom

Friday April 10 - the Mapes, the Maxies and Alan Six - Atomic Liquors

Saturday April 11 - Haunted Garage, the Time Crashers, Tartar Control, Radioactive Chicken Heads, Alexander the Terrible, Child Endangerment, Caliban and the Witch, Plague Doctor, the Rifleman and Firewater Folklore at OMD

Saturday April 25 - the Swamp Gospel at the Double Down with Thee Fourgiven and the Psyatics
Saturday April 25 - the All Togethers at the Mormon Fort - 6:00pm

Sunday May 31 - the Astaires with Sharks From Mars at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

a very old review of Sonics' Rendezvous Band in Chicago in 1977


And here's my never-before-published review of Sonics' Rendezvous Band in Chicago in 1977! I believe that I thought that my ex-girlfriend (who went with me - and who previously took photos for the Gizmos) was going to publish this in some magazine that she was involved in, which I think I mention (again, I haven't actually re-read this, so forgive my writing), but she never did. I'm glad that I have something to remember it by. Certainly an unforgettable night! Wish I had known more of their songs at the time and wish I had a camera (image from the internet above)!


The night I met Fred "Sonic" Smith

I've often wondered what happened to this - my typewritten memory of meeting Sonic Smith at a Sonics' Rendezvous Band in the Chicago area in 1977. Click on the images to enlarge. I haven't actually re-read these, but be kind - I was young and even less of a writer than I am now! Only wish that I had photos!


Monday, February 23, 2015

cool story - will have to check this out

'That Blew My Mind': Raiding The Lead Belly Vault 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

recommended gigs

Thursday Feb 19 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Friday Feb 20 - the All Togethers at Willow Creek Assisted Living
Friday Feb 20 - the Unwieldies at the Dillinger

Saturday Feb 21 - Green Jelly with 3d6, the Mentors, Lambs to Lions and more at the Dive Bar

Wednesday Feb 25 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Thursday Feb 26 - the All Togethers at Eye Candy Lounge at Mandalay Bay
Thursday Feb 26 - Whiskey Breath at Triple B

Friday Feb 27 - the New Waves at Hop Nuts Brewery

Saturday Feb 28 - HR (of the Bad Brains) with Fuzz Solow, Roaches in the Kitchen and more at the Dive Bar
Saturday Feb 28 - the All Togethers at the Pioneer Saloon with the Bourbon Brothers

Wednesday Mar 4 - the Sloths at the Bunkhouse with the Astaires

Friday March 6 - The Swamp Gospel with The All Togethers at the Huntridge Tavern
Friday March 6 - the Delta Bombers at Triple B with Big Sandy

Saturday Mar 7 - Cheap Trick at Fremont Street Experience

Sunday Mar 8 - Thee Swank Bastards at Pussyrama at the Bunkhouse

Wednesday Mar 11 - Prophet Greene with Fuzz Solow and Charlie Overbey and the Broken Arrows at the Dive Bar

Friday Mar 13 - the All Togethers CD release party at Forge in Boulder City
Friday Mar 13 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Sunday Mar 15 - Anvil at Adrenaline Sports Bar

Tuesday Mar 17 - the All Togethers at the Backstop Sports Pub

Wednesday Mar 25  - The Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Sunday March 29 - Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band with the All Togethers and Ditch Diggers at the Beauty Bar

Thursday April 2 - the Delta Bombers at Viva Las Vegas

Friday April 3 - Scoundrels at the Double Down

Saturday April 4 - the Coffin Cats with the New Waves and Dead at Midnight - the Dive Bar

Sunday April 5 - the Sonics at Viva Las Vegas - Mardi Gras Ballroom

Friday April 10 - the Mapes, the Maxies and Alan Six - Atomic Liquors

Saturday April 11 - Haunted Garage, the Time Crashers, Tartar Control, Radioactive Chicken Heads, Alexander the Terrible, Child Endangerment, Caliban and the Witch, Plague Doctor, the Rifleman and Firewater Folklore at OMD

Saturday April 25 - the Swamp Gospel at the Double Down with Thee Fourgiven and the Psyatics
Saturday April 25 - the All Togethers at the Mormon Fort - 6:00pm

Sunday May 31 - the Astaires with Sharks From Mars at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know!

Rachel Sweet - Fool Around

I grabbed the white vinyl Stiff Records version of this when it came out in 1978 and always dug the girl-group vibe and catchy pop tunes (written and produced by Liam Sternberg). Surprisingly, this record, while a critics' fave, never really caught on, even after her tour with the band, the Records, backing her up. Still, this is a classic poppy/new-wave record.

It opens with a cool, laid-back groove in "Just My Style", which shows off Sweet's younger-girl, Lolita-esque, vocals - she can really sing and has a sultry edge, which is almost disturbing, as she was still a teenager at the time! Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y" follows and is a terrific update on the tune, mixing a modern feel with a fine Stax-like horn section. "Who Does Lisa Like" is a nice, guitar-oriented new-waver with some round-like vocal trade-offs with fellow Stiffs Records artist Lene Lovich followed by a string-laden ballad, "Wildwood Saloon" - still strong, even though a slower number - really cinematic string arrangement and melodic guitar solo. Another keen cover is "Stay Awhile", showing off Rachel's girl-group style (aided again by Lovich) and then a slightly off-kilter new-waver, "Suspended Animation", with its especially lascivious double-entendre lyrics.

An additional oddity is "It's So Different Here", with combinations of Caribbean melodies and new wave/pop sounds, before we get into the weirdest one of them all, "What's in the Cuckoo Clock" - a high-energy bit of wackiness that is pretty much impossible to describe (maybe marginally like Ian Dury), but still works. The guitars are brought up a bit more for the country/rock/pop of "Pin a Medal on Mary" and goofiness reigns supreme in "Girl With a Synthesizer". I always favored her version of Elvis Costello's country tear-jerker, "A Stranger in the House", where pedal steel guitars meets honking saxes for an album closer.

The American version of the album had a couple of different cuts - one more 60's number, this time Peter and Gordon's "I Go To Pieces", along with a cover that I'm not familiar with, "Sad Song", with vaguely country touches.

Crossing 60's girl-group sounds and 70's new-wave, this is an excellent release of cool pop!

Monday, February 16, 2015

RIP Lesley Gore


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Lesley was a talented singer/songwriter even as a teen and had a string of hits and even an appearance on Batman, which caused me to have a majot crush on her. Here's the Clip.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Alan Six, Autumn in Stitches - Dive Bar, Friday Feb 13, 2015

Hadn't had a chance yet to see our pals Alan Six, so headed out to the Dive Bar this fine Friday night to check out their early set.

Of course, as these things happen, another band got their even earlier than A6 and set up on stage so they became the opening band by default. Autumn in Stitches is a quite young (too young to hang out in the bar area) group mixing punk/emo/whatever (with the singer ironically wearing a t-shirt that said "I'm So Emo" backwards) with a female member switching from bass to keys. Not my cup of tea musically, I'm afraid, but, seeing as I am at least old enough to be their father, if not grandfather, I probably shouldn't dig what they're doing!


Alan Six is a simple, Ramones-y punk rock band with red-faced Dave Post (Boy Scout guitarist for Thee Mapes) on drums, his lovely wife Adrienne on bass and lead vocals and guitarist Lance. Unfortunately, I was too busy drinking to take any notes, but they are fun, Adrienne can really sing and they are damn nice people. Check 'em out!


Friday, February 13, 2015

RIP Sam Andrews


Big Brother Founder Sam Andrews Dead
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It was probably the Monterrey Pop movie that first turned me on to Big Brother, but wow, what a terrific, crazed, beautifully noisy, psychedelic, hard rock band - and the singer wasn't bad, either. But man, I loved the guitar interplay between Andrews and Gurley - truly over-the-top madness that completely worked. We lost another great one today...