Live: Siren Solstice, Feed Me Jack

When it comes to music, I am a snob and a critic. I like jazz, but hate 98% of it. I also like indie-rock, but only about 5% of what I hear. I like most genres, but if I’m honest, I think that 95% of all the music being recorded is derivative and not worth [...]

Live: The Wild, You Blew It! and The Front Bottoms

I was nervous heading to The Crepe Place for what I thought was going to be an indie/folk show. My fears were assuaged while I was waiting in line, chatting with Annie about who she was there to see. The Front Bottoms are a punk band? *relief washes over me* So with my hopes renewed, [...]

Live: The McCoy Tyler Band

One thing we do for good friends, is make exceptions; try new things. Clinton Brown is something of a legend in my mind; the consumate professional. While my band, An Officer and Two Gentlemen, was recording, Clinton was one-taking compositions with tempo and time-signature changes. (I was endlessly tracking feedback overdubs) We lost touch with [...]

Show Review: The Men, Skin Like Iron, DNF and Destruction Unit

Highlights: • Destruction Unit’s on-stage antics • Seeing the frontman of DukeNukemForever get body-checked into an amp • Getting spit on during The Men’s intense set This June 25th show was on my calendar for a couple of months, but it wasn’t until a week before the show that it was announced this would be [...]

Show Review: The Backup Razor, Benedict Arnold and Trashkannon

When I heard that The Backup Razor was playing a show for their 5th anniversary as a band, I thought I had better get down to the Blue Lagoon to check it out. I mean, I had just interviewed Jesse, and realized I had never seen TBR play. Plus, somebody had to document the momentous [...]

Review: HowDareYou

Don’t even bother reading if you are easily offended… HowDareYou said they were recording their EP on Thursday. It was uploaded by Friday, and I finally got a chance to listen to it on Sunday. Having just heard their set on May 24th, all of this material is relatively fresh in my mind, and the [...]

Show Review: Retox, HowDareYou, Terrorshark

It’s an exciting (read: RARE) day for me when a band I like comes through town. Retox has been on my radar since Justin Pearson announced they were giving away a free EP last year. The 8-songs on that 7-minute EP (you read that right) were a welcome burst of speedy hardcore-punk to my ears, [...]

Interview: Jesse Cotu Williams

If you haven’t heard of Jesse Williams, you haven’t been paying attention. The guy is an institution in the Santa Cruz music scene, and he was hungry enough to respond to a little nothing blog for an interview. (Artists, if you aren’t hungry, you aren’t moving anywhere.) He’s generous, and had some valuable things to [...]

Live: Above the Storm

A friend recently told me that my blog wasn’t ‘bloggy’ enough. He was even friend enough to call the first feature on Above the Storm ‘boilerplate’. Well, if I’m honest, I was trying to be nice to a friend, whose band played their first show, and who I was so busy photographing I didn’t truly [...]

Above the Storm

About 2 years ago, Justis and I had a conversation about how to start a band. My advice (which I rarely take myself) was to start deciding on a name, producing a website, writing songs and recording whatever elements he could himself. If you build it, they will come. There is so much work to [...]