Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Whats to be Nervous about?

We all love Louis XIV right? I might not, it's your generic pop rock of the early 2000. It helps to know people if you want to make it big and tour with The Killers; Right? Of course who doesn't like the Killers? I don't. I'm sure there are your mass amounts of people that say, "But their first album was so good." Sure if you don't know about music you can totally say that. However, Brian Karscig started a new band. Not that excited to see The Nervous Wreckords. I had no expectations. The whole time I was thinking it was another mid 2000 pop rock band that has all the girls prancing around like tarts just for attention of the hot rocker boys. I was actually right. However, one song had me tapping my feet.

If out of your entire set one song had me tapping my feet. I feel you did a horrible job. Thats' just me. I do not like pop rock. Nor did I ever like Louis XIV. Congratulations to Brian Karscig for another generic cookie cutter band. All very talented musicians. The stage presence was there. It just sounds the same as every other radio played band.

3rd Annual Zombie Birthday Bash!

Rockn Roll and Zombies! What more can this chick ask for. Maybe a new bass, but that i already received from Daddy D. A black fret-less Fender Jazz Bass!!! How excited I am to write about this show. Main reason is... I booked it. The first of many shows by RRNLSG. Also, the fact that it is a celebration of me turning one year older.

The line up is great. It's The Tighten Ups, Fing, Desert Diamonds and Hotel St. George. 4 great San Diego bands. All SDMA nominees. Which we all know is the day prior to the Zombie Fest.

The first one started as a pub crawl. Most of the bands that are playing have been to the other two. They all started at Ritual Tavern and ending with awesome bands at Bar Pink. This year i thought of making it much more special than dinner and walk to bar pink. However have the party at one venue with 4 awesome bands! Thank You Ruby Room! Sept 11 at Ruby Room door open early. Bands start at 9:30 rumor has it that I might be singing with one of the bands on stage. OH NO! I haven't sung in a band in over 6 years. Lets hope my voice is up to par for this one.

Since the Zombie Theme is reoccurring; I decided to put a twist on it this year. Cowboy Western Zombie. The dance floor will be covered in blood. While all dancing zombies will be in gear. The Ruby Room will have a 2 dollar drink special all night! Come on down the Show is free! Join me and some awesome bands to celebrate an awesome birthday! (dressing up is optional but you wont be as fun as if you did dress up for this! )

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Its a Variety Show!

Why is it that Tim Pyles always books the best variety shows in San Diego? It seems that when Pyles does the 9.49fm shows at Casbah it's the best variety show of the night. It is the last Sunday of the month. Free show sponsored by 9.49fm and FREE food from Lucha Libre. What more can you ask for? Oh, I know, great music!

Last show of August was one of the best ones I have encountered. Mutanspaceboy, John Meeks and The Gift/Cursed. There was an opening act. A bunch of kids. Really it was two kids around the age of 15-17. I can not recall the band's name.

After my hellos all around the venue. John Meeks and his amazing band went on stage and started the sweet sounds of guitar and melody. John Meeks is in a class that has been growing as the years go by. Americana. Yes, Americana; I didn't say country. Country to me has taken a very derogatory meaning. When I think Country, I think of Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, and Reba McEntire. When I think of Americana names such as Johnny Cash, Gram Parson, Hank Williams come into mind. The great story tellers of America. John Meeks falls under that category. They played a great set. With a couple of fumbles in between, like crackling of the voice, and forgetting of a few verses. No big deal. They are semi professionals and still made it sound great. As I talked to Meeks after the show. I made a suggestion. I believe they should have a stand up bass player to complete their sound and look. No offense to Brad Lefkowits. He is amazing on his own. I just dont think they mesh well.

The next band up was MutanSpaceBoy. Its a genre of their own. Gabriel Sundy is a baritone sax player. A good one as well. When meeting Gabriel the first time at Ruby Room, he handed me a cd to check out and review. Well, to be honest. I never reviewed it. It wasn't reviewable in my opinion. Seeing this band live has changed my perspective on how I listen to MutanSpaceboy. They were a rockin electronic jazz band. Gabriel Sundy does an amazing job with the interchanging of of sax and guitar.

Finally the Gift/Cursed took on the stage. Go Noel Jordan. I've known this man since I was a photographer and merch girl ten years ago. Yes, his vocals are the same. He is still rocking as hard as i remember. But now he is going for the gold!

This was a solid show as far as I am concerned. Some kinks of course could have been fixed but no one is perfect and thats the way rockn roll should be imperfection.