HELP THE LOCUST!!!

I’ve sung the praises of The Locust as purveyors of sonic terror and know how amazing they are as artists and people first hand. They have always been a huge part of the San Diego underground music community. Unfortunately, like dozens of bands in the past year, their gear was ripped off in St. Louis after a gig. More info is below. You may not like their music or aesthetic but you can appreciate and respect them as artists who make a living from the instruments that were stolen. It sucks. If you play an instrument I’m sure you can understand…

The Locust’s van was broken into and robbed in St Louis over the weekend at a grocery store after the show. Many valuable items were stolen (COMPUTERS, IPODS, CASH, PASSPORTS, RENT MONEY, ETC) and the loss has been devastating to the band. The bands insurance does not cover theft so the loss is on The Locust. Three One G has set up a way to donate to the band if you are interested. Click this link to make a donation!!! Thanks so much. Most of you know how thoughtful and kind those guys are as individuals. Lend a hand!

HELP THE LOCUST

Cabron Live with TSOL and Battalion of Saints Nov. 24th

So Cabron got invited to open for TSOL and Battalion of Saints. Here’s a poster our friend Bill Pierce put together for the show. Reagan is immortal in the hearts and minds of neo-dissidents everywhere — the bastard. Who knew we’d be worse off a quarter century later? How’s the recession taste? Too much subprime fallout in there? Salt the wound to taste…

The Future is Unwritten: Joe Strummer

So I started out the morning, barely able to scrape myself out of bed, ran a brush over my teeth, had some cereal and tea then got in the car (new site launching/testing at work plus show tonight so I couldn’t peddle to work) and listened to London Calling on the way in. Man that record is amazing. I’d say its my favorite of the Clash discography but there are a lot of songs I like on Sandinista! and a few noteworthy tunes on Super Black Market Clash (how bout’ “Pressure Drop” in that new Nissan Rogue commersh, makes you want to puke don’t it?). I like the Toots version a lot, just like I like the Toots version of “54-46” more than the Sublime version, though Brads voice is really amazing. The Future Is Unwritten is a new film/doc about Joe Strummer by Filth and Fury director Julien Temple. The review from EW gave it an A and said it was more intimate than the Pistols doc. That’s not hard for me to believe. Not sure anything about the Pistols could ever be ‘intimate.’ The Pistols represented everything about ‘punk’ that I’ve grown to despise. Elitism, fascism, scene-ism, genre-superiority-ism, nihilism, mall punks, ass-flaps, and spitting on performers. Oh and dumb-shit junkie fuck heads being lionized for being pieces of shit (Hey Babyshambles eat a grenade!).

It plays tonight at the Ken Cinema in Kensington. I’m hoping to catch it another day since Cabron is playing a SD Fire Victims Benefit at the Alibi Tonight!!! ($5 suggested donation, come on down!) Their website is pretty amazing. Check it out at www.joestrummerthemovie.com

Its a bit fancier than the Control website. Good use of flash. Nice little rich media features. I can’t wait to see it.

Favorite Clash song of all time, “Lost in the Supermarket” from London Calling.

Whats yours?

Mexican Shoe Thief Lyrics Posted!!!

Leo finally sent me the ALL they lyrics for our record. Here they are! Enjoy!

Colleagues

Have you ever worked more than 60 hours in any given week?

At a job you despise with every fiber and grain of your being?

D’you ever stop to think that you’re not alone man,

No you’re not alone!

We’re all stumbling towards the same ending, thankless and dying.

But you’re not alone man, sister we’re with you in the factories and fields

Toiling away, just to get a sense, a sense of something real.

We’ll be waiting at the end when the credits roll and the curtain close,

And when the last whistle blows we’ll be there, yeah we’ll be there.

Carve out an existence

To stand tall amidst the giants

One voice to rattle the tyrants.

You’re not alone man!

Shut yer hole

I just thought that I would let you know,

It’d do you better if you shut your hole

’cause when you speak it starts to smell like shit

Falling in clumps, we need to clamp that chin

Just shrugging, ignoring, thinking you’re holy

Keep throwing sticks on the open flame

Winking, sniffing, thinking you own me

I’d give anything to see you dead,

Gutted and strung up like a pig I dread

In simplest terms it’s best to be sincere

Your manners and words all bull shit and fear

You keep shrugging, ignoring, thinking you’re holy

Keep throwing sticks on our open flame

Winking, sniffing, thinking you own me

Searchers

We’re the ruling architects of semantic infrastructures

Coded in concrete and script

Not paper that’ll tear easily

Pay your fines and dues

You life is our to use

Boiler plate mission statements

Distributed to all the right folks

Conflict resolution is our diplomatic mantra

Pay your fines and dues

The kids are ours to use

Fuel the white, red, blue

Your labor is ours to use

Learn

What do you wish to accomplish?

What is your goal in life?

Do you want a family?

Do you want three kids and a wife?

Well it doesn’t really matter, because to me life is just a game

Just one thing to remember

Deep down inside we’re all the same

You gotta learn to give a little

Learn to lend a hand

Don’t think only of yourself

Please understand

Today in all the confusion

Everyone’s talking about no. 1

About fuckin succeeding

And getting their share before life’s done

Living your life for you, it’s just another selfish attitude

Who are you gonna turn to

When hard times get a hold on you?

Hobo Sex

Hearsay, all the shit they write about us

As if nobody’s speaking

Pink face with a snout, ears, tail and all

Keep us feeding and feeding

The mute speak while the blind are kept in the dark

But there’s nobody listening

Loose change filling cups, you’re bound to a wall

And I know what you’re thinking too

We say it’s a problem that no, that no one can solve

But you, you keeping spending n shit

Well what are you gonna do?

(Repeat)

Silencio

There is no band

This is just a recording

No there is no band

Yeah this is just a recording

Set the wheels into motion

Live to shake the foundation

Crumble the memory to dust

Razors sharpening with age

Social anxiety

Silence broken by the bombast of sex

Social anxiety

Silence broken by the bombast……

Can you hear it?

A few well placed words, can incite lust

And a whisper of treachery can incite murder…

Silencio! Silencio! Silencio!
No es banda, es solo una grabacion….

Pretty Girls Make Graves

I first found out about Pretty Girls from my friend and audio engineer, Dan Maier (Audio Design Recording). He played the self-titled 12″ for me and it blew me away. Immediately I went out and picked it up. Plus I was a fan of Murder City Devils and Sharks Keep Moving. I had set this interview up through Hopper PR and went to the Casbah to see them play. Of course it would have been rad to interview any member of the band but I’ve always been fond of the peculiarities of drummers. They’re usually more talkative than singers or guitarists or ‘leaders’ of bands, mostly because they sort of get passed over in the whole interview process. Plus they never have boilerplate bullshit answers like their more press friendly band mates. Drummers rule! Now the band is broken up, which is unfortunate. Their last record just didn’t cut it for me personally though there were a few stand out tracks. They had a good run and it’ll be exciting to see what this talented group will do next.

It’s always a venture saying that a band is ahead of its time during its present incarnation. It could present some awful paradoxes, rips in the time space continuum and worst of all it has an air of pretension usually reserved for store bought publications. All that aside, Seattle, WA based Pretty Girls Make Graves is ahead of themselves in song composition, structure and lyrics. Three aspects that would normally sound contrived in any context, especially to the scrutinizing ears of music aficionados, but in this case they make a good concoction for what many would consider by most standards a ‘punk band.’

That sonic concoction is made up of five people who were all part of decent Seattle indi-rock and punk bands at one time. Members from bands as diverse as The Death Wish Kids and Area 51(Andrea Zollo, Derek Fudesco), Murder City Devils (Derek Fudesco), Kill Sadie and Sharks Keep Moving (Jay Clark), and the Bee Hive Vaults (Nathan Thelen and Nick DeWitt) came together in what began as a side project and has since escalated into PGMG getting signed to indie powerhouse, Matador Records, and going on a couple giant tours. Zollo (Vocals) who once lent her vocal chords and youthful optimism to The Death Wish Kids has not only grown as a vocalist but as a songwriter as well. Even on their eponymous debut, when Zollo sings (on “3 Away”), “Too often we sit back and take what life gives us/like holding a bad hand of cards/always folding instead of raising the stakes/never wanna bluff and go for it/afraid that you’ll lose all you’ve got,” you can hear an intelligence and positivism in the lyrics that has rightfully established PGMG as a band to watch.

PGMG released 5 various single 7″ and a box set of 7″ after the first EP, most of them on Dimmak Records and respectively on Lookout! Records in colorful vinyl. It’s that aesthetic of individualism they hold dear through hard work and lots of touring, that PGMG eventually released the full length Health. Health featured a more mature PGMG with the same rock and roll attitude that made their previous records good. The track, “Speakers Push the Air,” is a rock and roll anthem that should be played whenever one gets discouraged about music. Essentially, music that makes you think, wow what a concept!

Soon after the release of Health, PGMG went on a giant tour, supporting great bands like Les Savy Fav and began work on their current release, The New Romance. The record, produced by indie veteran Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Les Savy Fav), plunges into familiar territory without rehashing old material. The latest single, “This is Our Emergency,” from the record has been getting some play on MTV2 and on college and alternative radio.

Drummer Nick DeWitt has the charisma and chops yet drums aren’t the only instrument in his repertoire; DeWitt also played keys for Seattle rock outfit, The Murder City Devils on their final tour. He began on the guitar, learning songs from tablature books such as Metallica’s Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All. His friends who played guitar turned him on to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, where he says cryptically, “I learned some weird things from them.”
When he was younger he wanted a Tama Rock Star Drum Kit, but his brother talked him into buying the Gretsch kit he plays now. “I’m thankful he steered me in that direction, especially now, it’s much nicer. I still have it and I still play it. I started playing when I was 15 and it was perfect for me. I had some attention problems over the years – I’m a selective listener I guess. But it helped when I started to play.”

DeWitt’s influences vary as much as the tempo changes in a Pretty Girls album track. The idea that all the members of PGMG have come together from different musical backgrounds holds true, especially for him. “What initially got me interested in playing music on my own was Metal. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, that kind of stuff. Megadeth and Anthrax. Really operatic types of stuff. When I was younger, it was more of the technical drummers that inspired me like Neil Pert (Rush) and Bill Bruford (Yes)-anything that was especially technically derivative. It wasn’t until later that I started to appreciate creativity in spaciousness and simplicity. The things that I appreciate now are so much different. Metal drummers were part of the building blocks of what I appreciated later.”

Eccentricity in taste is what makes Pretty Girls Make Graves so unique. Each member brings something new and exciting to the table, combining influences and technique to create interesting new arrangements. Variant music genre’s was part of DeWitt’s childhood. “My dad played a lot of jazz when I was growing up. Dexter Gordon, Donald Byrd. I really love Chico Hamilton. A lot of the Stan Getz samba stuff.”

It is somewhat difficult to properly pigeonhole PGMG into any given rock style, as it should be with any good band. One can’t pinpoint the exact style without skewing the actual feeling of the music. It was similar on the first PGMG record and has evolved on Health and now on The New Romance. It’s in those early songs that the foundation was laid, of which drummer DeWitt says, “I don’t think we had any real idea of what we wanted to do when we first started. That early stuff sounds so foreign to me, it was almost like we hadn’t considered taking it seriously. I think that is apparent with the direction we’ve taken and the thought we put into the songs. We spend a lot more time picking apart each other’s songs, and we’ve also learned to work with one another especially well. Progression can be attributed to several different factors. When we came together we weren’t all close friends so we didn’t know where we each [of us] came from musically, now that we’ve spent so much time together and worked together-its part of the process.”

For more on Pretty Girls Make Graves, please visit www.prettygirlsmakegraves.com

For more on Matador bands, please visit www.matadorrecords.com

Mike Watt and Missingmen at Adams Ave St. Fair

You Should plan accordingly and go and see Mike Watt.

If you haven’t seen We Jam Econo: The story of the Minute Men doc yet, do yourself a favor and stop watching Top Chef, go put it on your netflix queue or steal it from Sun Video, it totally fucking rules.

On that note, if you haven’t read Our Band Could Be Your Life go out and buy it right now. Michael Azerrad gives a detailed account of a dozen of the most influential bands of our generation; Black Flag, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Butthole Surfers, Minute Men (saddest story in that book), and more.

saturday, september 29 at 6:30 pm
at the adam’s avenue street fair
http://www.adamsaveonline.com/streetfair

http://www.myspace.com/missingmen

Critical Mass Ride Tonight: Sept. 28th

Critical Mass Bike Ride,
Meet at Balboa Park Fountain by the Science Center at 7pm.
Bring your Bike, Bring your friends.

Recommended,
Video/Cameras, Helmets, Lights, Bells, Whistles and Train horns.

400 Riders Last month, who knows how many we will have now.
Spread the word! We must be heard!

In Regards to Last Months ride and subsequent arrests:

Don’t forget, Cops are not your friends. They instantly dislike you because you represent a logistical nightmare. They don’t care if you are a nice person. They don’t care if you pay taxes. You are a threat. They get paid shit to take a lot of shit the least of that should be from us and the joy from having a badge and a gun can manifest in different often violent or dominating ways. Stay on the right side of the road, don’t fuck with motorist. Peaceful civil disobedience is still disobedience, don’t give them an excuse to arrest you! Cyclist are held accountable by laws just like other citizens, its good to reclaim the streets just remember the streets were made for cars. know your rights! you can find them here Have Fun!

Fkenal’s newest single posted

So Cabron’s singer, Leo is in another band when he isn’t getting drunk with us, he’s doing mild hallucingens with Fkenal. Here is a post from him that i’m reprinting here. They are fucking awesome!

Check out the new song Fkenal (leos other band he plays bass in) posted:

Our first single from our two-track 12″ release (in-media res, Be-Side records)…
fkenal
besiderecording

New songs from our upcoming EP…
cabron

Both bands have upcoming shows so check that out too.
Let’s see, what else…….?

Oh yeah, eat shit!

Love,
Leo

Minus the Bear

Another vault feature from 2004. This was before MTB became the underdog darlings they are today. I had been a huge fan of Botch and Sharks Keep Moving and when I first heard Highly Refined Pirates I was impressed. I remember Paul at Double Entendre in Denver not being too stoked with their blatant lyrical male chauvinism but being a fan of Bukowski I thought it was clever and mostly character driven. You should do yourself a favor and go and pick up Planet of Ice. It rules.

Minus the Bear hails from Seattle, WA, a place well known for its slew of innovative bands.  Not the kind of bands every grandmother and flannel shirt purchaser of the early nineties knows about though.  Bands of the North West coast like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Murder City Devils, Undertow (RIP), Pretty Girls Make Graves, Integrity (RIP) and many more notable bands that have scarred the underground, ripping open new wounds to let in the knife of creativity that so often stagnates in the emergency room hipness of New York City and Los Angeles.

Minus the Bear, a veritable host of past indie rock members from bands that had great influence like Sharks Keep Moving (Jake-Vocals, Guitar) and Botch (Dave-Guitar) and Kill Sadie (Erin-drums, Cory-bass).  Dave was a trombone player in the 6th grade and Jake was an avid fan of music from an early age, his influences were from his older brothers friends.

“I took lessons for about three months or so, but that was about it.  I never really learned how to sight read or anything.”  Dave says on his early years as a guitarist, prior to playing guitar in Botch when I caught up with the band at local San Diego live music hot spot, The Casbah.

Jake had a similar upbringing in the guitar world, “I started playing when I was about 12.  The lessons I took, I would just bring in some Metallica songs and the Teacher would just show me how to play the songs.”

Minus the Bear was started as a side project of all the members and initially was just an outlet and break from the other bands they were in though eventually it culminated in a fulltime band as the other bands dissolved.

Minus the Bear’s music is what the logical progression of musicians from former bands should be, progressive.  In that it’s not just a new name with the same sound, or some alliance of musicians that just want to redo what they had done in their former bands.  Relive their glory days so-to-speak. According to Dave, “it’s a different kind of energy (from Botch). You can still get the same kind of intensity out of it whether its playing and going ape sh*t like in Botch or if its playing in Minus the Bear where its more feeling.”

Don’t count Minus the Bear out from the 9-5 world.  While the young insta-punk bands get signed with major label contracts, cash advances and paid tours and merch, Minus the Bear continues to “keep it real” although, admittedly, they would like to see that aspect change.

“We’re trying to (transition) make this (band) a full time gig, but the level we are at isn’t such that, we can make it as a full time band,” says Dave.

As far as major label signing goes, Jake speculates, “Any deal with any label regardless if it’s an Indie or a Major, it just depends on the deal.  If the deal is good and the contract is good than we would consider that.  If we like the bands and music the label puts out then we would definitely consider it.”

Minus the Bear rock the Casbah in San Diego and continue on their West Coast Tour then finish and move on to play five dates in Japan.  Dave is one of the most amazing guitarists to see live and without the light show from the Botch days hindering the performance viewing, it’s worth a look.

Check them out at http://www.minusthebear.com