Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AFS v. 229½ ~ XYX live on KDVS!

XYX is closing out their first California tour with a live performance on Freeform KDVS in Davis tonight. I'll tell you all about the tour when I can get a handle on post-tour life, but we had a great time. Look back here in a day or two for the tour diary. For now, download this episode of Mick Mucus' "Hardcore Party: The Chicken Years", and catch XYX's live in-studio performance at approximately minute 36....

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No Va Conmigo / Teatro Negro
Momento Acido Contemporaneo
77 Dias
Nunca Nunca / S.P.Y.

Also, if you have any pics or videos of the shows on this tour, please send 'em to me so that I can post them here!!!

rickele (at) gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

AFS v. 229 ~ Coyote Hungry!

I skipped dinner to blog (verb, transitive) you these important announcements....

(1) Freeform KDVS and Art for Spastics "Coyote" Services presents...

XYX, from Monterrey, Mexico, throughout the state of Califas, Áztlan--California, dig?--from Monday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 28. XYX are a tremendous two-piece noisepunk unit of awesome fury and femininity who combine aggressive, relentless pummelling action with partyhardy pulse and creative effects sorcery that adds a psychedelic edge. Sorta kindred to The Mayyors in that sense! Check below this playlist for the full tour schedule (don't trust the playlist on the flier; there's been a lotta last-minute shuffling, sorry...)

(2) Speaking of relentless pummelling action....My special in-studio guests this week are Pigeon Religion, from Phoenix, Arizona. These guys writhe and seethe to weave a maelstrom of muscular rhythm and creepy crawly sinews of scrawly guitars. Rather agonizing! They're touring now, heading north to Oregon and Washington before returning via the inter-mountain West. They pack incredible power, perspire by the bucketload, and put on a riveting show to watch.....surely, you'd never expect a band this heavy to have a stand-up drummer. Their full live set can be heard beginning around minute 20 in this podcast. It's highly recommended for fans of AFS faves such as The New Flesh, Hammerhead, Gob (Reno), Mercury 4°F, etc.

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RED MASS | Refrigerator | 10" | Red Lounge *new
BLACK TIME | Radio in the Dark | split LP w/ Ty Segall | Telephone Explosion *new
BLACK TIME | You Don't Love Me
FAG COP | Attack of the Killer Bong Rips | random CDR promo | no label *new
FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS | Why Are You So Afraid? | Who Said These Were Happy Times? | Going Underground/Square Wave *new
~~~~live in Studio A~~~~~
PIGEON RELIGION | Crystallized Meth
FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS | Retreat | Mirror of Fear 7" | HoZac *new
BILLY BAO | A1 | May 08 | Parts Unknown *new
THE MAYYORS | The Crawl | Deads 12" EP | Hurling Man *request *new
XYX | Anel and Her Problem | Sistema de Terminacion Sexual 7" | SS Records 2008
XYX | Momento Ácido Contemporáneo | Momento Ácido Contemporáneo 7" | Skulltones *new
DMPH | Sacramento | Parties Hard 7" | Weird Forest *new
BLACK PUS | Bark of the Tree | Down Down the Drain 7" | Skulltones *new
KK RAMPAGE | No Sign of the Sun Returning | v/a: Tarantismo Summit Vol. 1 | Rampage *new
TV GHOST | Prodrome | The Fiend 7" | Columbus Discount *new
KOUNT FISTULA | Jaws V | Magick Sex World 2xCD | Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
KOUNT FISTULA | Rawdy Randy Plant
L.D.S. | Graveyard | Nightmare | Underworld 1986
SAND IN THE FACE | I Wanna Be Dead | v/a: Master Tape vol 2 | Affirmation 1983
ANTI-BODIES | After Life | v/a: Master Tape vol. 2 | Affirmation 1983
THE LEWD | Beyond Moderation | American Wino | I.C.I. 1982
THE BREAKOUTS | No More | No More 12" EP | Accelerator 1983
BAD POSTURE | Time for Smack | Bad Posture 12" EP | Irresponsible 1983
CHRONIC SICK | Public Suicide | The Cutest Band in Hardcore 7" | Mutha 1982
RATAS DEL VATICANO | Obsesionado | Mocosos Pateticos | Siltbreeze 2009
HIGH CASTLE | Are Fixed Gear Tricksters the New Rollerbladers? | You're on Your Own Way | Zum *new

"Art for Spastics" will not continue as normal for the next couple of Monday nights because I will be personally roadie-ing XYX all over the state for their first West Coast tour in support of their second 7" vinyl release...Momento Ácido Contemporáneo on Skulltones. Limited to 400 copies, this tour will be your best chance to pick up this fantastic follow-up to last year's debut on SS Records, which topped several year-end favorites lists.

Mon July 20 in Sacramento @ The Hub
1819 23rd Street
w/ Vol. 4, Nice Dresses*

Tue July 21 in Oakland @ Mama Buzz
2318 Telegraph Ave. (7-10pm only)
w/ Rank/Xerox, Hot Summer

Wed July 22 in San Francisco @ Balazo/Sub-Mission
2183 Mission Street
w/ Brain Killer, Acephlalix, Steeples

Thu July 23 in Los Angeles @ Mr. T's Bowl
5621½ N Figueroa St
w/ Wounded Lion, Woah Hunx, co-DJ'd by DJ Eric on Anomalous L.A. and me(!)

Fri July 24 in San Diego @ Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
w/ Spirit Photography, Blue Jungle, BRAAIINS!

Sat July 25 in Calexico @ La Hamaca
221 Campillo
w/ Ronni No Good, Juan Zirerol, DJ Slumpy Lover

Sun July 26 in Los Angeles @ L'Keg Gallery
311 Glendale Blvd. (early 2pm show/"post-hangover party")
w/ Blue Jungle, Gestapo Khazi, DeHombres, Gossip Tree, Mikki and The Mauses, Cobalt Cranes, Peg Leg Love
(open bar w/ Mimosa and Sangria- all you can drink deal for $8)

Mon July 27 San Francisco @ El Rincon
2700 16th St
w/ Hank IV, the Drums, High Castle

Tue July 28 live on KDVS 90.3 FM
during "The Chicken Years" w/ Mick Mucus, 9-11 pm

* yeah, that's my new band with Julian from Mayyors, Kyle from Ganglians, Andrew GGreen, and Dylan from high school. We surprised ourselves at our last show...We are surely ready to be seen now!

Check out a taste of XYX live...

Also, when I resume "Art for Spastics" on Monday, August 3, KDVS "Coyote" Services will be bringing another incredible band from Monterrey, Mexico...Siltbreeze recording artists and punk psychopaths Ratas del Vaticano!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

AFS v. 228 ~ Sac-Wide Four Loko Shortage!

Four of the world's partyhardiest bands converge on the DAM House in Davis (503 E Street) on Saturday night, July 11, at 7:00 ('til the strike of 10pm), including the preeminent partyband of planet Earth, the Coconut Coolouts! Personal & the Pizzas and The Pizzas are a match made in partyheaven, and The Four Eyes are masters of the world's most charming brainworm of a song..."Hat Nerd"! A whole new generation of Aggies've gotta pass the rite of memorizing the lyrics and singing along. This is only day five of a seven-day-in-a-row feat of strength wherein at least one rad show is happening in the Sacto/Davis area. See below playlist for more info, plus features on some records to trip out to after you're partysore...

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COCONUT COOLOUTS | Coconut Weekend | Party Time Machine | Xeroid/Haunted Horse 2007
LE FACE | Salvador Dali | Isolation | Dead Beat *new
FAG COP | Dope Womb | random CD-R promo | no label *new
MILK MUSIC | Nervous Wreck | Milk Music CS | no label *new
HANK IV | Dirty Poncho | Dirty Poncho 7" | Plastic Idol 2007
SEX CHURCH | Ghost | advance tracks & demos CDR | no label *new
LEGENDARY WINGS | 20,000,000 Miles to Earth | v/a: I'd Buy That for a Dollar vol. 1 7" | UFO Dictator *new
ELECTRIC BUNNIES | Rest Your Head... | split 7" w/ Pink Reason | Die Stasi *new
DEAD AT 24 | When Delirium Comes (It's Probably Just as Well) | Blast Off Motherfucker! | Ride the Snake *new
HIGH CASTLE | Solomon | You're on Your Own Way | Zum *new
MANIKIN | Mirrors | Stop the Sirens | Super Secret *new
TRIPOD JIMMIE | Nu Spartans | Long Walk Off a Short Pier | Do Speak 1982
ANIMALS & MEN | Dreaming of Babylon | Animals & Men 12" EP | Convulsive *new
THE REBEL | Riding in the Sun | Aiming Low 7" | Lexidisques *new
39 CLOCKS | Dom (Electricity Elects the Rain) | Zoned | De Stijl *new (orig 1982)
MOON DUO | Love on the Sea | Moon Duo 12" EP | Sick Thirst *new
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING | Demon's Demands | Demon's Demands 7" | Iron Lung *new
SUPER WILD HORSES | What Started the Noise | 6-song 7" | Aarght! *new
SILVER SHAMPOO | Dogs | Jethro Skull 7" | What's Your Rupture? *new
THE FOUR EYES | Hat Nerd | Hat Nerd 7" | Sacramento 2000
CHEAP TIME | Woodland Drive | Penny and Jenny 7" | In the Red *new
FLIGHT | Flowers | Flowers 7" | Sweet Rot *new
WOVEN BONES | Your Sorcery | Your Sorcery 7" | Sweet Rot *new
TY SEGALL & MIKAL CRONIN | Pop Song | Pop Song 7" | Goodbye Boozy 2009
TY SEGALL | No No | Cents 7" | Goner *new
TY SEGALL | 86'd | Universal Momma 7" | True Panther Sounds *new
CAPPUTINI I'LIGNU | Digging U a Hole | 4-song 7" | Shit Music for Shit People *new
CHEATER SLICKS | II | Bats in the Dead Trees | Lost Treasures of the Underworld 2008
HAMMER OF HATHOR | Lady Hermit | Tooth Eeth or Teeth Ooth | Shimmering on a Dim Tide *new
MUDBOY | Thaw | Music for Any Speed 7" | Lexidisques *new
AFCGT | Mensbatsu Tu/Penniless | AFCGT 10" | Dirty Knobby 2009

If you're in the Sacto/Yolo vicinity, this week and next are gonna be another ridiculous Feats of Strength made possibly largely because Freeform KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis plays all these bands and makes things happen (in fact, most of these were booked by KDVS personnel)....

KDVS Presents
Tuesday, July 7 @ Haussler House
7pm, 1818 Haussler Drive in Davis
Le Face (L.A.)
B-Lines (Vancouver, BC)
Gestapo Khazi (LBC)

Tuesday, July 7 @ Blue Lamp
9pm, Alhambra at N Street in Sacto
Reverend Beat Man (Switzerland)

Sacto Funmaker Bosses present
Wednesday, July 8 @ Funcastle
8pm, 2309 L Street in Sacto
High Castle (ex-Child Pornography/Duchesses/Hips/etc.)
Nice Dresses (a Mayyor, GGreen, Dylan from high school, & me drumming)

Record Club presents
Thursday, July 9 @ Blue Lamp, 9pm
Th'Losin' Streaks (unrivalled explosive power in the trad garagepunk game!)
In the Dust
Van Pham

KDVS & Cool As Folk presents
Thursday, July 9 @ Luigi's Fungarden
8pm, 1050 20th Street in Sacto
Nick Jaina (PDX)
Garrett Pierce (He's back!!!)
Sea of Bees (Joolzzz!!!)

KDVS Presents
Friday, July 10 @ The Hub
8pm, 1819 23rd Street in Sacto (btw R & S)
AFCGT (A Frames + Climax Golden Twins)
The Hank IV (definition of "nailing it")
DMPH (7" release!/Stockdale/Corcoran + Derek of Oaxacan)
Art Lessing & Flower Vato Quartet (world-class psych)

KDVS Presents
Saturday, July 11 @ DAM House
7-10pm, 503 E Street in Davis
Coconut Coolouts (Seattle)
Personal & the Pizzas (NJ)
The Pizzas (Sacto)
The Four Eyes (hat nerds!)

KDVS Presents
Sunday, July 12 @ Cypress House
5pm, BBQ!, 1114 Cypress Lane in Davis
Pumice (New Zealand)
San Francisco Water Cooler
Joe Finkel
(last show at this house)

KDVS Presents
Monday, July 13 @ _____?
I think it's at a house in Davis...
Meth Teeth (PDX)
+ ???

BOLD denotes extremely highly recommended by my damn self!!!

When you're completely partyspent after this cavalcade is through, recharge with a couple of cool, trippy new records that are recommended for deep listening...

I've heard several murmurs among fans of Wooden Shjips that folks are digging the last few EPs much more than the LPs. I've gotta agree...especially in the case of Dos. But I'm really enjoying this new Moon Duo 12" EP which combines two sidelong songs at 45 rpm for maximum crispness, clarity, and volume. Scantly packaged in a blank white sleeve stickered with a moon photo and the number "2", this EP conjures up the shady mystique which the band had built on the strength of their first two releases...the ultra-minimalist debut 10" and the cover-less Dance, California 7". Hearing the world after the brisk and bright "Love on the Sea", it's like looking at life after staring at the sun through the blades of a fan...except it's more like an enhancement rather than a debilitating impairment. Guitars and keys enmesh so perfectly and relentlessly that the steady locomotive riff is emblazoned in your mind, heightening the perception of moments when either instrument goes even slightly out of phase with the other. One little teeny thing can be made to seem so large....kinda like what I've read about how L.S.D. works. For a "straight-edge ""youth"" such as myself, this is a pretty cool trip (maaannnn!!!). As for how you get your grubby little mitts on this, your guess is as good as mine. The band website makes no mention of this record in the discography, and the label website is no longer informational in the least. GOOD LUCK!!! UPDATE: Thanks to anonymous commenter for setting this straight....This is not a Wooden Shjips records....This is a band featuring guitarist Ripley of the Shjips called Moon Duo. I was completely thrown off because the package arrived at KDVS addressed from "W. Shjips". Still, this is most highly recommendable to fans of the Shjips' EPs!

From Portland comes the first vinyl full-length by a duo of experimental musicians called Hammer of Hathor. I have seen Heather Vergotis skronk supremely on a baritone sax that's over half as long as she is tall in bands like Evolutionary Jass Band and Fly!Fly!Fly!Fly!Fly! (she's also done stints in Jackie O. Motherfucker). Mark Kaylor has performed in AU, Ghost to Falco, Portland Bike Ensemble, the Oregon Artificial Limb Co., and the rather creative sorta-HC band Cells. I first took a keener interest in Mark when I saw him perform in a duo called Haiku Ambulance which conjured ghosts in feedback so awesomely when they performed in the echoey Fools Foundation (r.i.p.) in Sacramento a few years ago. I first saw Mark and Heather perform together in Cex Fucx, rather the psych jamrock dance-party vibe-charmer band which also featured Gabriel Mindel of Yellow Swans. I feared that it would be way too cheesy, but there was a cumulative effect of awesomeness that broke like a wave over a crowd of sweaty kids at Funcastle last year. So, I've seen these two do it all in so many different bands, I never know what to expect next when they appear in new formations. To be sure, I did actually buy the first Hammer of Hathor tape at that Cex Fucx show, and due to the lossy type-I cassette format, it was probably the one thing that I've heard from either of them which failed to leave much of an impression on me. But the sound of Tooth Eeth or Teeth Ooth--produced by Mike Lastra at Smegma Studios--is very detailed, separated yet synergistic, timbrally rich (and thereby vibrant), and increasingly rewarding upon repeat listens. As an improvisational record, the album's neatly composed and interestingly paced, too...two songs per side; one more demanding and confrontational workout (A-side begins with hints of lurching doom; militaristic rigor on B) followed by a soothing meditative piece of audio-Calgon to sweep you into a dreamstate. Look for it wherever you buy Mississippi Records releases....this is distro'd through them.

Now, finally......back to that Sacto-est of Sacto party anthems..."Hat Nerd" by The Four Eyes...It really is a must that every partygoer prepare for its power. This song is never gonna leave your mind once you let it in. Let Mrs. Hart's fifth-graders show you how uncool it is to have the heart of a Grinch!