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The Dangers of Austin, TX.

I’m a quiet guy, I keep to myself and prefer a dark empty bar to pretty much anything. But, I guess that doesn’t really work in Texas. I’m pretty sure I invited a couple of bands to crash at my pad the next time they’re on tour. I think I was adopted by a really sweet family, puked in my new friend’s guest bed and offered the valet guys at my hotel a beer from my six-pack.

Maybe things got a little out of control. Eating at every place I’ve seen on episodes of Man vs. Food or Diner, Drive-ins and Dives was only the beginning of my excesses. My concern about liquor not being sold until noon on Sundays was unfounded and left me near death at the airport bar explaining  to a very inquisitive lady what Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life, was all about. In the end it all worked out well. I shot some pictures, ate a lot of food and drank too much. I’m glad that no one took a swing at me, I wasn’t arrested and I wasn’t hospitalized for heat stroke or liver failure. As I drank a tiny bottle of Glenrothes on the plane back to California I reflected on my week in the Lone Star State and thought to myself, “America, Fuck Yeah!”

Still, I do wish I could remember the names of the bands I saw.



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Listen To: GAMERZ

I am the last person who would ever advocate video games or podcasting. But I cannot stop listening to GAMERZ. Two music nerds review popular films and the latest in Video games with hilarious asides related to punk music, girls,touring in bands and their unsavory vices (diet coke and licorice.)

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Notes from the Underground.

A few more  Punk flyers from the mid-late 90’s. The first flyer in the series is from a band I sang for in high school, Sarah Abrams Attack Tank. Members would go onto form Miracle Chosuke and Bad Dudes. Our band manager Damian Edwards would go onto play in Crystal Antlers. The Swing Kids show at Koo’s took place after a group of us held our own show in a garage featuring San Diego’s Swindle and L.A.’s Nuclear Society. Following our garage show we piled into several cars and all showed up to see one of Swing Kid’s last shows before members went onto form The Locust.

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Notes from the Underground.

Looking through high school photos and writing I came across some old punk flyers. If you came up as a part of the punk scene in the late 90’s in LA or OC these should put a nostalgic smile on your face. The second one down for the (Le) Shock/ TTauri show was from the early days of The Smell. When the venue was on Lankersheim. I like that who ever made it says, “THE SMELL Somewhere in North Holywood but where? your guess is as good as mine.” More flyers to come.

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Listen to: Wyo Stars

It really is incredibly difficult to say anything positive about Orange County based bands but Wyo Stars make up for a lot of their peer’s short comings with their new vinyl release “Basuco Spells.” Following their 2008 “Party,” LP the band blends the finer elements of classic and avant rock to the end result of sounds that are melodic, heavy and light as air all at nearly the same time.  As with their “party,” release the cover art is done again by (my brother,) LA artist Brian Villanueva-Mendez.

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Listen To: Perestroika.

d80-spring09-series-2-1042Perestroika under Michail Gorbechev was the beginning of the end for the Soviet republic. Perestroika under the command of  amateur boxer come programmed rock troubadour David Wilson is the beginning of a naked dance party!  I had the good and bad fortune of bearing witness to the two person dance ensemble’s second show late last night. I’m not aware of anything being readily available for at home listening but I’m hoping we can look them up on itunes under.. maybe something like; “Alternative dance goth” -Probably not for fans of the prodigy.

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Nostalgia: Portraits of Past reunion show.

 

 

 

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