Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dirty Bag of Dukes

Costa Rican Musicians Demand Respect of Intellectual Property Laws from The Tico Times. It's just a little news brief, but these cats were cool.

Here are a couple of CD reviews I did for SLUG earlier this year.

Potential Wasteland
State of Mind Recordings
Street: 05.28
Reviver = American Nightmare + Suicide File
Reviver is indisputably one of the hardest-working bands in Utah, and their dedication shows in this latest EP. Potential Wasteland is a hardcore tribute to doing exactly what it is that you want to do without letting the totalitarian structure and guilt of the surrounding system hold you down. The EP is fast as hell and surprisingly melodic without being too embarrassing, and the whole thing is full of moving lyrics that range in emotion from furious and frustrated to triumphant and hopeful. Turn your volume to at least seven and lock your door so your roommates don’t walk in on you room-moshing. –Nate Perkins

Strange Boys
Be Brave
In the Red
Street: 03.16
Strange Boys = Mojomatics + King Khan and the Shrines + Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
You know that immediately post-orgasm buzz where just the smallest amount of further physical stimulation will send you over the edge into an uncontrollable, mushbrained fit? That’s how singer Ryan Sambol pushes out every word—like it feels so good it almost hurts him. His sensual howls are backed by beautifully sloppy guitar parts and low pressure drumming that hints that the whole experience is just seconds away from falling apart completely, but by some miracle, it never does. Though much of the album is plagued with that indie/neo-folk-influenced, softly strummed “quiet is the new loud” mentality, it redeems itself with a handful of solid garage tunes, all of which are infused with soulful blues and traces of bluegrass. Be Brave is full of the kind of dirty harmonica and saxophone solos that you might hear on a Jonathan Richman record. The loving, clever lyrics peak in the song “Laugh at Sex, Not Her.” (Urban Lounge 03.08) –Nate Perkins

Friday, November 12, 2010

Egg Raid on Mojo

I spent all last weekend at the site of the recent mudslide in the hills of Ezcaz├║. I´ve never seen anything like it in my life. I´m pretty pleased with the way this came out. The article, that is. Not the disaster. Amid Death and Disaster, Neighbors Move on from The Tico Times.

Here´s some good, ol´fashioned Tibetan Buddhism for ya. Tibetan Rinpoche Teaches "Great Perfection" from The Tico Times.

Chilamate Rainforest Retreat is an Eco-Eden from The Tico Times. This joint is wonderful.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Buy Local, Dudes.

Here's a quick one for ya.

Collective Bridges Producer-Consumer Divide from The Tico Times.

The next post will have articles about Tibetan Buddhism and the Escaz├║ mudslide. Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two Old Gems

Here's a CD review of a miserable band called Storming Stages and Stereos. I had forgotten about it, but I ran accross in SLUG.

Here is a comment that one of the band members posted:

"Posted on April 29, 2010 by Dick
When will slug actually get open minded reviewers? If the only ska band you know is RBF..then i suggest you quit your job. Learn the genre before you try and review it."

I guess 10 years of listening to Prince Buster, The Skatalites and The Maytals doesn't count. Since when is RBF ska, anyway? Learn the genre before you try to play it, dudez.

I also did one for Blitzkrieg Witchcraft that issue. The response was a little more positive even though the review was probably overly harsh. Good sports.

Notice the review of my old band, Tijuana Bible, right under the SSAS review. Right on.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween, Zine and Coffee

Halloween in CR: Scaring up Business from The Tico Times. I'm stoked about the Marx and Megadeth allusions.

Fungus Affects CR Coffee Crop from

It's also worth mentioning that I have a blog for my zine, Music That Doesn't Suck. Check it out to see previews of issue #6 and a PDF of issue #5. I have fiction and band interviews in there, and there's a bunch of great stuff from other really talented writers and artists.