Sunday, January 25, 2015
Slingshot reviewed issue #16 of The Stowaways.
The Stowaways Summer 2014 Yorba Linda
5082 Wendover Rd. Yorba Linda CA 92886
A chronicle of the punk scene with emphasis on people activated by the DIY side of it. It has up till now been covering the dispersed LA area. In this issue the editor has relocated to the Humboldt area of Northern California - and surprise surprise, there is a healthy and vibrant scene to be found there. The amount of shows each issue records is impressive. A bit more elaboration on the bands' sound and message could further the cause here. Also what makes this kind of journalism alive is vivid descriptions of the characters that populate the shows - which Stowaways could use more of. The zine is starting to look sharper since its early issues with large photos to spark the imagination. Also to keep you seated is interviews and reviews all of it done with care.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
MRR Issue #377 Oct. 2014 Reviewed Roman Candles "Riley Versus Jason in the Battle of Gracious Living"
ROMAN CANDLES Riley Versus Jason In the Battle of Gracious Living - Angsty, entirely acoustic folk pop. Like if MODEST MOUSE were beat up in an alley and still will not stop playing. Getting political satire is best when sung earnestly. Check out TOM PAXTON's album One Million Lawyers and Other Disasters. I preferred the softer ELLIOT SMITH style guitars and softer voice that still carries a sense of humor. That thing that contemporary acoustic folk guys do with their voice to sound, oddly quirky and charming? Yeah, don't do that. Be Yourself. First song second side about cuddling on the couch alone and smelling a memory at the mall or something? That had a sensitive touch. Can someone hand me a DISCLOSE record please? Hand me something maximum. The hippies lost, ROMAN CANDLES. Get a band, sir! (Jason) (14-song cassette, lyrics included, www.plan-it-x.com)
You can buy the LP from No Idea HERE. or K Records HERE.
and the cassette tape from Avocado HERE.
and for digital download click HERE.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I realized I never posted about this, but I recorded a song with Garrett La Bonte on his 4-track this summer, and my friends Nik Soelter and Mark Chen put out a compilation tape with a bunch of bands from California on it. You can check out my song HERE. And you can pick up a tape from Mark over at KYEO SPEAKS.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Roman Candles is going to be on this really great comp. The song, "house show" which I recorded with Garrett La Bonte on a four-track at the beginning of the summer is gonna be on this awesome comp with other awesome bands including:
Super stoked to be a part of this thing. You can donate to the Kickstarter by clicking HERE.