August 25, 2008
Alright, everyone. As it turns out, I was allowed to play 10 songs of my choice on Hunnypot Radio (August 18, 2008.) I decided to stay within the confines of “California Punk,” which I thought was very appropriate, considering The Germs were there…and a little more manageable for me, actually. I had to narrow it down some way. As promised, the following list is what I played. I will fill you in with lot’s of details about the tunes in the near future, since most of these songs are very rare and out-of-print. The last 2 songs have never been released.
1.) THE MUTANTS – “New Dark Ages” (1978) – 415 Records (Reissued on White Noise)
2.) SHATTERED FAITH – “Another Day Passes” (1981) – Posh Boy Records
3.) FLYBOYS – “Crayon World” (1979) – Flyguy Records
4.) TAZERS – “Don’t Classify Me” (1982) – Tazer Records (Reissued on Rave Up Records)
5.) NUCLEAR BABY FOOD – “Sex Fix” (1982) – Mystic Records
6.) VECTORS – “Death To Disco” (1979) – (Reissued on Rave Up Records)
7.) AKA – “Tomorrow’s Theme” (1981) – American Standard
8.) THE LEWD – “Climate Of Fear” (1982) – ICI Records (reissued on Chuckie Boy Records)
9.) THE MECHANICS – “Scream City” (1978) – Unreleased
10.) THE CROWD – “A Disturbing Peace” (1981) – Unreleased
Here’s some great news!!!
This show is permanantly available for your auditory pleasure on Hunnypot Unlimited’s blog, called “The Hunnydrip.” It’s an amazing listen from beginning to end. Here’s the link:
More info about this night forthcoming with pictures…
I have been asked to DJ an 8-song set on the Hunnypot Internet Radio Show THIS MONDAY NIGHT – August 18, 2008 – at 7:00PM (PST.) This will be an extra special night for me because The Germs will be there promoting their new biopic called “What We Do Is Secret.” Oh boy…lucky me!! I have the luxury of playing anything that I want, so I dug deep in my collection for some really rare and interesting stuff. I will be spinning songs right at the beginning of the show and will be sure to post my playlist after the fact. In the meantime, you’ll just have to be patient to hear some great stuff and learn a few things.
Hunnypot Internet Radio, a part of Hunnypot Unlimited, broadcasts live at www.hunnypotunlimited.com every Monday night from 7:00PM – 10:00PM (PST) and then it streams constantly on the website until the following Monday’s show.
Hunnypot Unlimited is an independent music publishing company located in Beverly Hills, CA. It was founded by music industry veteran John Anderson and Music Supervisor extraordinaire PJ Bloom (CSI: Miami, Nip/Tuck, HBO movies, etc.) These guys love music, have great taste and always champion new bands. Yes, they are awesome and so is the rest of their team: Manny Montiel and Stacee Coleman.
August 14, 2008
I went to San Francisco recently to approach a couple of bands and attend the “Pioneers of Punk” event at The Fillmore, which took place on July 26, 2008. Having gone to the first “Pioneers” show at the same venue last year, I knew what to expect. In fact, it was almost the same band line-up as last year. Nonetheless, I was very excited to see my 2 favorite SF Punk bands: The Avengers and The Mutants. Adding to the appeal of the night was never-before-seen concert footage from the legendary Target Video. The big question that I kept asking myself throughout the night was: “So, why is Flipper headlining over The Avengers for the second year in a row?”
“Pioneers of Punk” Band Recap (in order of appearance):
1.) TARGET VIDEO
Amazing live concert footage from the late-70’s and early-80’s that lasted for an hour. Too many classic Punk bands to mention. I vividly remember watching The Nuns with co-lead singer Ritchie Dietrick commanding the stage during “Child Molester” and “Decadant Jew” (For some reason, I always thought that Dietrick played a subordinate role to Jeff Olener in The Nuns…Boy, was I wrong) and former-Noh Mercy singer Esmerelda doing her borderline avant garde staple “Caucasian Guilt.” What a treat.
2.) NEGATIVE TREND
As a teenager, I was exposed to this band through my interest in singer Rik L. Rik. Rik was supposed to be the “New Iggy Pop” and he recorded a handful of songs with Negative Trend as his backing band. These recordings ended up on the “Tooth and Nail” (1979 – Upsetter Records) and “Beach Blvd.” (1979 – Posh Boy) compilations, both of which I still listen to on a regular basis. Negative Trend were a fine-yet-surprising addition to the line-up, but original singer Rozz was nowhere to be found, which was disappointing for me. Rik, on the other hand, was probably watching them play on a giant flatscreen TV from that big house in the sky and thinking to himself, “I wish I were there singing those great songs again.”
3.) THE MUTANTS
I’ll never get tired of this band. 3 lead singers (Fritz, Sally & Sue) and song arrangements that make Barry Manilow look like a novice. I’m gonna go “on-the-record” and make a couple claims here: Fritz Fox is one of the greatest and most unique vocalists to come out of U.S. Punk and Brendan Earley is one of the most underrated guitarists to come out of U.S. Punk. I’m dead serious about that. On a sad note, this may have been Sally Webster’s last performance with the group, so I feel fortunate to have been in attendence. We seem to be living in the “New Dark Ages” again, so let’s hope that Sally stays in the mix for future shows, etc.
4.) THE AVENGERS
One of the best performances I have seen from them since they got back together about 10 years ago. Penelope Houston is simply amazing and inimitable – she always has been and always will be. Greg Ingraham still plays guitar with more fire and passion than any pimply 15-year old who just discovered The Ramones. Greg was playing his black Les Paul through a Marshall JTM reissue on this night because his blackface Fender Bassman needs new capacitors. The Marshall JTM worked just fine, but nothing beats the piggyback Bassmans in my mind. Regular drummer Luis Illiades couldn’t make the trip from New York, but the fill-in drummer, Cary Lascala, did an excellent job.
Alright, I will admit…Flipper is a good band and “Generic” (1981) is a good album, but the key word on which to focus is “good.” Flipper has no business headlining over The Avengers for so many reasons. I will admit that Flipper had some “artillery” working in their favor though. First, Krist Novoselic is now the full-time bass player (Yes…the really tall guy from Nirvana) and, secondly, the promoter of this event was, in fact, Flipper’s drummer. So, you do the math. Flipper was “good” enough for me to NOT walk out on them this time and it was fun to see Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys…or is it now The Fake Kennedys?) join in on bass for “Sex Bomb.”
Overall, this was a very worthwhile and entertaining event for anyone interested in the origins of San Francisco Punk. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, so no complaints from me about having to make the trip. The big changes from last year’s “Pioneers of Punk” show were: (1) Negative Trend in place of No Alternative, (2) No Chip Kinman doing Dils songs with No Alternative and (3) Neil Hamburger taking over emcee duties for the late Dirk Dirksen. I tell ya, that Neil Hamburger has one of the best hairstyles known to man and he did a fine job filling in for Dirksen. As always, it was great for me to see Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham again. I’ve known Penelope and Greg for several years now and they both mean a great deal to me, on a musical and personal level. I’m normally not a “Can I take my picture with you?” kind of guy, especially with artists I’ve known for such a long time, but I made an exception this time around with Penelope and Greg.
Some interesting things to mention…
While speaking with Penelope at the After Show party, a very cool thing happened. Krist Novoselic came up and introduced himself to us. Apparently, Krist and Kurt Cobain were big fans of The Avengers and, in particular, the record label that released the lion’s share of The Avenger’s material, including the must-have “Pink” album (1983) – CD Presents. Honestly, it was surprising for Penelope and me to hear the words “CD Presents” come out of his mouth (I won’t go into the details here,) but I must say that it was an absolute pleasure meeting Krist. It was plain to see that he is still passionate about music and that he and Kurt grew up listening to the right records. On top of that, Krist was extremely nice and easy to talk to. Krist mentioned that he is recording a new record with Flipper and that it should be available sometime in the near future. I say, “Thank you Krist Novoselic for being such a nice guy.” I might even be willing to say that I like Nirvana now…we’ll see.
Ahh…The Fillmore…Bill Graham…the history…
While catching up with Michael Belfer (Guitarist: The Sleepers, Tuxedomoon) at the After Show party, something downright WRONG happened. The “Security” was trying to get all the “unauthorized” people out of The Fillmore and happened to notice that Belfer was not wearing a laminant (like the one I’m wearing in the Penelope photo above.) They asked him to leave and Belfer kindly acknowledged their request. Apparently, he didn’t move fast enough, so the “Security” grabbed him and started to shove him toward the stairs leading to the first floor. Belfer demanded, “Get your hands off me,” as if he were about the knock one of them out, but managed to keep his composure. He tried to explain that his ride home was at the After Show party with him and that he would leave as soon as he found her; Belfer’s ride eventually came to see what the commotion was all about. Well, the “Security” wouldn’t be reasonable and about 4-5 of them ganged up on Belfer, roughed him up a bit and then pushed him down the stairs like he was a piece of trash or some drunk, homeless hooligan. I kept shouting at them, “Leave him alone!!! He’s cool!!!” Shame on The Fillmore for allowing this to happen. Now, here’s the capper: right before the “Security” so rudely interrupted us, Belfer was telling me that he is in the process of moving back to friendly San Francisco from LA. Ahhh…the irony. Welcome back to San Francisco, Michael. They missed your awesome guitar playing and producing skills. Yes, I know that I put Security in quotations…I think for obvious reasons.
August 6, 2008
Perjection is very excited to announce its first signing: a brand new Los Angeles-based band called THE GOLDEN WARRIORS. This band is SO new that they have yet to play any shows and don’t even have a MySpace page or a functioning website yet. So…why did Perjection sign this band?
Well…let’s turn it over to Perjection Head Chris Cormier for some answers:
“The Golden Warriors and Perjection are a match made in musical heaven. I am very happy to have signed them at such an early stage and look forward to having them grow with us. I feel that they are very talented and unique in the creative dept., have the right musical attitude and share the same musical vision as Perjection. They are not interested in joining the cliched Silver Lake/Echo Park music scene…or any scene for that matter. They have a strong connection with music from the past and are very sure about where they want to take their music to make it fresh and exciting…and I absolutely love the name of the band and the concept behind it.”
More on the bandname with various details to come in a separate post. Trust us, it will all make more sense at that point.
Currently, there aren’t any photos of THE GOLDEN WARRIORS and the bandleader only wishes to be identified by his guitar rig for right now (see below.) His reason being: “As a guitarist, there comes a certain point when the ONLY thing that matters is guitar tone.” Makes sense to us. Stay tuned.