Saturday, December 1, 2012

HUBY reviews Roman Candles Gracious Living 7"

Huby issue 2 has a review of the new roman candles 7" gracious living b/w yellow smile.

Roman Candles: 2 song ep; Gracious Living, Yellow Smile

I've never listened to Roman Candles. I've never seen them live (acoustic or full band). So I was excited to hear this vinyl. This two song ep derives from deep Folk Punk influences about one's surrounding environment. After a couple listens, I really fell in love with Yellow Smile. It's a fun song that has a really cool guitar line. It's pretty rad. As for the first song (gracious living), well there just wasn't anything special to have me reciting it in my head. The same goes for the paper fold. I don't really care about appearances but almost the entire package is red. Next time I would add some different colors to entertain the eyes. It's still a good introduction to the band and I can't wait to hear more songs in the future.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Razorcake reviews The Stowaways Issues 11 & 12


Razorcake reviewed The Stowaways Issues 11 & 12
I still have 4 copies of issue 12 lying around. email me if you want one. (11/21/12)

I opened issue #11 to find Christopher personally thanking me for my criticizing his full-size, stapled layout in an earlier review. But he says he wants to stick to the size because he likes it and it’s easier to lay out every month. First of all, Christopher, it’s your zine and you can do whatever you want with it, I’m just here to say what I feel. Second, if you’re doing a zine by yourself every month it’s pretty ridiculous for me to critique whatever corners you choose to cut. That said, I’m glad to be witness to the beginnings of this zine (at issue twelve, it’s only a year old) and I hope to see where this one goes. Each issue is mostly reviews: show reviews, then record reviews, and zine reviews by the ever-enthusiastic Christopher. It’s an un-ironic, un-jaded breath of fresh air and although there’s nothing I am more uninterested in than show reviews (at least until I get that time machine working), he manages to offer a bit of personal insight and criticism to personalize them, such as commenting on the machismo attitude of one of the bands he sees and how it makes him feel uncomfortable. I’m most partial to his zine reviews, though. I have the same criticisms of his interview style (in #11 he interviews Wild Moth, in #12 Ten Thousand Leagues) as I had with earlier issues. The questions are dull and unchallenging; they’re about stuff like when the band got together and about their next record. I think interviews should be written as if the reader never heard of the band, because I haven’t. So I care very little about when their next record is coming out or why someone quit the band, and I’m left with no desire to seek to them out. Otherwise, The Stowaways is kicking ass in its twelfth issue and first year. -Craven Rock (The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Rd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

terminal boredom reviews 'this one's for terminal boredom'



Terminal Boredom reviewed the most recent roman candles tape.

Roman Candles "This One's for Terminal Boredom" cassette
When I last left the Roman Candles, Christopher had just graduated and told me that that he had sent their last tape for review. End of story, thank god. But the kid is a liar and has also name dropped us in the title of their latest and greatest. Thanks a lot bud. Just make sure to remember me if you become the next Mountain Goats or whoever. This one is all acoustic whimpering, recorded in a post-college depression. My only advice this time is, yes there is life after college, but you sound like a total pussy here. Get tough buddy. You live in SoCal, I want you to go to the Burger Records shop and hang with those dudes, get some trim, party and take some notes on what they're doing. They can help you out of your funk, I'm sure, and also show you how to make tapes that will sell. Power pop, pizza punk, surf garage, whatever, you just gotta do something other than this...(RK)
(self-released // fuckthestowaways.blogspot.com)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wild Moth - Patience (Music Video)



joe hughes use to sing in koalacaust. he now shoots a lot of local bands, and made this music video for wild moth. i feel like as far as friends' bands go, this is one of the better music videos i've seen. needless to say, i was really impressed. i'm curious what he'll do next.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #11





















Maximum Rocknroll #353 - Oct - 2012
reviewed the stowaways issue #11

THE STOWAWAYS
#11 / no price listed 8.5 x 11 - copied 26 pgs

Back and bigger than ever, The Stowaways remains a cool zine for the particular (L.A./SoCal) scene. There are plenty of show reviews from a variety of venues and musical styles (well, in the punk/indie continuum) and now there are more, and bigger, photos. There's an in-person interview with SF's Wild Moth, which came out well. Music reviews finish it up. One thing I like here is the amateurish substance-over-style enthusiasm - the bands matter way more than photo resolution, clever layout or even having something on the back cover. (JM)
5082 Wendover Rd / Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jerk Store #11 reviews Roman Candles 7" / Stowaways 4,5,6 & 7




Roman Candles – Whatever Happened to Vallejo By Knife? 7”
Nice two-tracker of what I would loosely describe as acoustic punk with drums, the kind you might well expect fans of PLAN-IT-X or the Valiant Death distro (as it was) to be into. That’s not to say it’s poorly recorded or insufferably twee (as some of that scene’s stuff can tend towards), but you get my drift. It’s just a shame there’s only two songs here, each side is over too quickly. YOUNG FOOL / THIS SIDE THAT SIDE


Stowaways, The - #4, 5, 6, 7, A4 – 12 pgs
Got sent a whole wad of these at once, which is good for seeing how the ‘zine progresses (or doesn’t) issue to issue. Chris the editor seems to be putting these things out monthly, which would explain the ultra basic non-layouts and barely used capital letters, haha. Maybe four weeks just isn’t long enough to make a decent looking ‘zine? Each issue has some record reviews, live reviews, and an interview or two. More like a scene newsletter I suppose. Funny to read how in love with JOYCE MANOR this guy is, I guess that’s why in his review of Jerk Store he complained that my JOYCE MANOR interview was crap and I shouldn’t have bothered printing it. Well no shit, I ran it to make them look stupid for giving up halfway through. Guess that failed then! Anyway, a little more time spent in formatting and spellchecking would go a long way to making this thing more readable. Not to mention typing up tour reports rather than scanning in the pages of someone’s notebook. It might save time at your end dude, but trying to decipher what looks kinda like the scribblings of a retard made me not want to read past the first line. Aside from all this, it’s interesting to read a ‘zine that offers such a regular snapshot into a person’s perceptions of a scene and music. Just needs more “computers” and “tiny print”, haha. 5082 Wendover Rd, Yorba Linda, ca 92886 US


Friday, September 21, 2012

Razorcake Reviews Roman Candles "This One's For Terminal Boredom"





Razorcake reviewed the most recent Roman Candles tape "This One's For Terminal Boredom"
I still have a few copies left. if you're interested, just email me romancandlesmusic(at)gmail(dot)com

There’s a classic scene in the movie Animal House where John Belushi’s Bluto character comes across a young man at a toga party earnestly strumming away on an acoustic guitar to a group of enthralled co-eds. In a fit of pique our hero grabs the guitar and promptly smashes it to pieces. Besides being one of my favorite movie moments, this guitar killing is the feeling that overcomes me while listening to this cassette. Seven songs of Townes Van Zandt depression channeled through Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen vocals. I thought perhaps lyrics like “I want to star in an Airplane movie” signaled some humor; after all who wouldn’t want to star in a movie with the late, great Leslie Nielsen? But alas no, our bard wants to star in a movie played on an airplane, which no one in fact watches. This is someone’s creative effort written self-admittedly during or right after college amidst a bout of depression. If poorly recorded acoustic ballads of sadness, love, and loss are your thing, this might just be right up your alley. –Mark Twistworthy (Roman Candles, Self-released)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Roman Candles Record Release Show


I have a new 7" coming out. It's a two song 45. Gracious Living b/w Yellow Smile. 100 pressed on clear red vinyl. 10 test presses. I'm really stoked. I got some friends to play the show. It's free, but please bring some money for tooth soup. they're on tour from bloomington indiana. it's chris clavin's new band (plan-it-x records). come one come all. all ages 9pm

Burger Records
645 South State College Boulevard
Fullerton, California 92831 


The 7"s are in. I'm stoked on the way they turned out. They will be available at the show. See ya there. 


Monday, September 3, 2012

Merry Christmas September 2012 Fan of the Month!


I would just like to take this moment to say that it's a real honor and a privilege to be awarded the MERRY CHRISTMAS FAN OF THE MONTH award for September 2012.

They have a new album out. You can buy it HERE.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Stowaways Issue #12 out now


The Stowaways Issue #12 Out now
Included is an interview with ten thousand leagues,
show reviews, record reviews, zine reviews, a film review, and a letters section

send $1, trade, or stamps, to
5082 wendover road
yorba linda, ca 92886

*all back issues are sold out
there might be some copies of issues 7 and 8 available
through black pelican. send cole an email at
contact(at)blackpelican(dot)info  if you're interested.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #9

Maximum Rocknroll #352 - Sep -  2012
reviewed the stowaways issue #9. i don't have any more copies, but this is definitely one of the best interviews i've done. and if you can borrow it from a friend, or find it somewhere i would hunt it down.

THE STOWAWAYS #? / $1
8.5 X 11 - copied - 12 pgs
Guy who loves hard rockin', uses ALL CAPS for GREAT EMPHASIS and seems a little unsure in his tone. (I want you to find thyself, man. And maybe it's in the show reviews. The show review format allows you to really shine, saying what you really feel and shit.) He interviews Justin Conway of the band Tiny Lungs, for six full-sized pages, about growing up, music, about being gay as fuck in high school, about later when he was just pretending and says 'no homo' when saying he was inlove with his friend Brian. And Connor Oberst. Who knows, right? Glad Mr. Zine puts his foot down about not reviewing CDRs. Kinda makes the record review section truly succinct. Like this: "they are just non-stop rockin', they're kind of a metal band, and then not, they're kind of a straightforward rock'n'roll band, and then not...just be prepared to have your face melted." Maybe the best thing about it is that it arrived with a significant amount of the corner ripped off, so I have to supplement parts of the writing with whatever I want. (JB).
5082 Wendover Road / Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Sunday, August 5, 2012

oc weekly reviews 'this one's for terminal boredom'


oc weekly reviewed the new roman candles tape:


Somewhere up in Yorba Linda, a cassette scene based around releases and associated blogs and shows continues along, not quite under the radar but perhaps just off in its own universe.  (Don't look for an online version of this -- there are fifty copies and that's it.)  Christopher Gordon, main man of Roman Candles, continues his own particular path with his latest offering, seven short songs recorded on his own over the past summer -- though a line like 

"You can see the fireworks/from the happiest place on earth" takes on an unexpected resonance after this past week's anger and outrage in Anaheim.

This One's For Terminal Boredom never hides the heart on its sleeve, but that's been the goal of Gordon's music from the start, already looking back on everything with nostalgia and nervous reflection even if it's just no longer being an undergrad. That Roman Candles here follow in the footsteps of early Mountain Goats and Bright Eyes -- quick guitar playing, wounded feelings, direct-to-boombox aesthetics -- is clear enough. With the liner notes indicating that the songs were recorded during a depressive stretch, one could almost whisper the word 'emo' -- at least in a late '90s sense. When he's at his most strained and strident, Gordon's voice is a love it or hate it deal much like his forebears were, with the all a capella "Pancake Mountain" providing the initial taste test for any listener.

"Spring Afternoon," with its barely there arrangement, finds him finding just enough of a calm balance between his wayward impulses. At one point, he calmly sings "I want to star in an airplane movie/That only gets played in the sky." It's the kind of image that shows there's a little something there that is still in the process of coming into its own.

....
send $3 to
roman candles
5082 wendover road
yorba linda, ca 92886

if you'd like one. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Stowaways Issue #11 Out Now


The Stowaways Issue #11 Out Now
Features an interview with Wild Moth
show reviews, record reviews, zine reviews, and a letter section

send $1 to
the stowaways
5082 wendover road

yorba linda, ca 92886

Monday, July 23, 2012

Throat Culture reviews Roman Candles 'Whatever Happened to VBK?' 7"



Throat Culture issue 11 reviewed

the roman candles 7"

Roman Candles - 'What ever happened to VBK?'
(Young Foole / This Side That Side)

What did ever happen to VBK? Stuff like this makes me wish I was more punk, hadn't cut my hair, and was cool, but then it reminds, who the hell is 'punk'? And screw being cool!! But most of all, just like their 'punk belongs to us' tape, this makes me wish I could actually play. The Roman Candles are really so damn good, and this 45 is a testament of that exactly. Fast and jumpy, while being smooth and classy. Poppy punk fun! I'm sometimes like 'Bass, whatever.' This makes me be like 'Whoa, this here bass thing is pretty dang cool!' Harmonica shred and what not, so good. I like the full band sound & I NEED to see 'em live. Come over? Please guys!! The first tune reminds us it's all okay to scream out, play loud, and be ourselves. Punx. The second is all about religions and cults, both? Same thing? Total twistin' tunez!! (four or five bucks??)

Write for a copy:
Aztec Records
5082 Wendover Rd.
Yorba Linda, CALIF., 92886
U. S. A.

...
Thanks Robert!
to pick up a copy of Throat Culture send $1 or a letter or whatever to
Gonk Publishing
2700 White Ave. #3
Chico, CALIF., 95973
United States of America

Sunday, July 22, 2012

roman candles show 7/27/12


Playing in l.a. at the tribal cafe on friday with some friends.

here's the facebook event. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Razorcake reviews the stowaways issues #5, #6 and #7

Razorcake #69 - Aug and Sept
reviewed The Stowaways issues 5, 6, and 7


STOWAWAYS, THE #5
Full-size, copied, 17 pgs.
The layout for this is pretty goofy: full size and stapled in the corners. But it fits the feeling of the zine: youthful, raw, and full of excitement about music. It's filled with local show reviews, a tour journal, and an interview with Creatures. I'd say it's worth it if you want to feel all warm and fuzzy about DIY music. The writer's voice is disarming and loveable. - Katie Dunne (The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Rd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886)

STOWAWAYS, THE #6
8 1/2" X 11", photocopied, 8 pgs
Christopher, fold your zine! You've already been scolded for this in this very publication! You have no excuse! First of all, a stapled, 8 1/2" x 11" zine consisting of six pieces of paper is easily destroyed in the mail, in a backpack or just about anywhere. On top of that, there's enough content here for several more pages of a half-size zine, making for a more attractive, less thrown-together-looking, thinly-spread package. Aside from the aforementioned annoyance, I'm a fan of The Stowaways. There's a certain charm and love of life to Christopher's writing. My favorite part is the show reviews, where he manages to talk about anything but the band that played, focusing, instead, on human interactions and hanging out that happens as a result. His reviews of stuff like records and zines are really fun and awesome to read; I can't explain how or why, they just are. He's just got a certain breezy, carefree style of writing. I was left wanting him to review everything. His lunch. His town. His parents. His shoes... well, all right, that's enough. I just wish it were longer because I really liked it. That's all. His band interview, however was a poor way to translate his passion. He comes off like a star-struck fanboy. He's super excited about the band, Moses Campbell, but the questions are about boring shit like where they recorded their album. He needs to step up his game in this area or cut the interviewing out altogether. Otherwise, totally recommended. So, order this zine and hope it holds up in the mail. While you're at it, get the Roman Candles tape. It's the guy's singer-songwriter project and it's good. -Craven Rock. (The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Rd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886, romancandlesmusic@gmail.com)

STOWAWAYS, THE #7, $1, 
8 1/2" x 11", 20 pgs.
Sloppy cut-and-paste fanzine out of Yorba Linda, California. This thing comes out like, every two months or somethings, which I totally admire. This issue doesn't break any new ground - show, record, and zine reviews, an interview with the band Merry Christmas. I think that's fine, but I wish it did more with all this stuff. The Merry Christmas interview seems specifically designed to bore the shit out of anyone who isn't a rabid fan/personal acquaintance. The reviews are pretty good, and if you're coming to this looking for perspectives on music and zines then that may be what wins you over. For me, it was the badass fan letter from a prisoner in the back, brimming with humor and punk. -Dave Brainwreck (The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Rd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Contest to win FREE recording at Dub Narcotic Studios in Oly WA

So here's the deal, K Records is giving away free recording time, you can enter and also help me out by using my "narcode" as your access to the contest.
Mine is ( DubNarcoticsDelight )


Here is the link for all the deets: http://krecs.com/dub-narcotic-studio/dub-narcotic-studio-time-giveaway/

Thanks!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

roman candles show thursday 7/19/12


playing a show on thursday july 19th 
at the vlhs in pomona with 
summer vacation
waxahatchee
swearin' and 
colossal rex


i'm stoked. 


here's the facebook event.


8pm $5 email 
email: aaronkovacs.lr@gmail.com
for the address

Monday, July 16, 2012

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #8



reviewed the stowaways issue #8. i don't have any more copies, but i dropped some off around l.a. at the end of june to places like origami vinyl, vacation vinyl, the last bookstore, family bookstore etc. good luck i guess? In the zine it says my zine is 8 X 5.5 it's 8 1/2 X 11. oh well. 

THE STOWAWAYS #8 / $2 ppd
8 X 5.5 - copied - 15 pages
Christopher Gordon does a great job producing this jam-packed little DIY zine, straight out of sunny Southern California. He starts off with entertaining show reviews then dives into an interview with Jason Schwartz from Orange County's own HC band Media Blitz. Ten or so record reviews are included as well, and range from Ghost Mice to Reality Problems. And the zine is rounded out by letters from punk CA Penitentiary inmate, Brody Davis, whose colorful writing style is surely not to be missed (if you're reading this Brody, Hello!) (DJ)

Christopher Gordon / 5082 Wendover Road / Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Sunday, July 8, 2012

roman candles show on monday 7/9/12



Roman Candles show in L.A. on Monday. It starts at 6:30 Sharp. I will be there at 6:00. and I'm assuming i'm playing first, so please come early. It's still a secret location, but if you'd like the address email me romancandlesmusic[at]gmail[dot]com


this is definitely the most excited i've been for a show in awhile. it's a solid line-up. come early stay late.

i'm also putting out a tape for the show. it's got seven new acoustic songs, one of them even has some accordion on it for you diehards. the tapes are limited to 50 copies. i have 45 left as of now. i'm giving them away for free at the show, so this is a one night deal. if you really can't make it to the show, and you want one just email me. we'll figure it out.


Roman Candles: This One's for Terminal Boredom /50

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I'm dj-ing a black pelican show on saturday


i'm dj-ing a show on saturday in costa mesa at the avalon bar. i'll be spinning records before, in between and after the bands. i've never done this, i'm kind of excited. expect some sam cooke, pavement, op ivy, robert johnson, obscure l.a. bands like the mezzanine owls, and everything in between. BLACK PELICAN


here's the event. p.s. that bandcamp link for white night is not the white night that is playing. the white night that is playing is an awesome pop-punk band from fullerton, ca. 


the address is 
820 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627



i'll be there at 8:30. come hang out.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Roman Candles show 7/1/12 in riverside



i'm playing a matinee show with spoonboy on sunday in riverside. it starts at 1:00 p.m. i'm playing first. i'm really excited to get to play with him. 
it's at the 
.. Blood Orange Infoshop. 3485 University Ave. (look for the red sign on Lemon), Riverside, California

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

the stowaways issue #10 out now

the stowaways issue #10 out now.
this has an interview with calcualtor.
show, book, music and zine reviews.

send $1 to: 
the stowaways 
5082 Wendover Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886


THIS ISSUE IS SOLD OUT
sorry

Friday, June 22, 2012

the stowaways issue 9 out now


The Stowaways issue nine out today. i'll be at the calculator show tonight if you'd like to pick one up from me:

this issue was put on hold for a couple of weeks, but i'm glad it's finally out.
it's got an interview with justin conway from tiny lungs.
we got really drunk on memorial day, and recorded an interview.
i think it's the best interview this zine has ever printed.
it's really honest. it's great.

the zine also has the usual show reviews, music reviews,
a few zine reviews, and a letter section.

if you'd like one send $1 of well concealed cash to:

the stowaways
5082 wendover road
yorba linda, ca 92886


THIS ISSUE IS SOLD OUT
sorry


Thursday, June 14, 2012

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #7



Maximum Rocknroll #350 - JULY -2012
reviewed the stowaways issue number seven. only two copies left.
some copies might be available for free at mass media records
or for sale through black pelican.

THE STOWAWAYS #7 / $1
8.5 X 11 - copied - 18 pgs
This SoCal-focused zine has been coming out with striking regularity. The music covered is indie and punk; local, smaller bands mostly. This installment features a long, in-person interview with Merry Christmas. The reviews are pretty well done. If this is your scene this would be a good zine to check out. (JM- Jeff Mason) 5082 Wendover Rd. / Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

roman candles show on friday 6.08.12


I'm playing a show on friday with canyons, honest abe, viking moses and teenage mysticism at the night owl in fullerton. it's free / all ages and starts at 6:30.

for more info: here's the facebook event.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

zach riccobono

hey zach, you sent me money in the mail for some zines. you wrote your return address in crayon, and i couldn't really read it so i guessed. i mailed the zines to you, but it turns out the address that i guessed was incorrect so they were returned to sender. i'm down to send you your zines, so if you see this, please email me your address, or next time don't write in crayon, or if you do write in crayon make it legible.
sincerely, christopher

romancandlesmusic@gmail.com

*FOUND 6/27/12

Thursday, May 17, 2012

roman candles show 5/19/12

I'm playing a show @ the lovely bad pad on saturday to help send the lovely bad things to spain.
$3. 6 p.m.

HOUSE SHOW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE LOVELY BAD THINGS TO GET TO BARCELONA, SPAIN TO PLAY PRIMAVERA SOUND 2012!

THERE WILL BE A DONATION FOR THIS SHOW SET AT $3 :)

BANDS CONFIRMED SO FAR!

COSMONAUTS!
FEEDING PEOPLE!
LOVELY BAD THINGS!
WYATT BLAIR!

ACOUSTIC SET BY:
CHRISTOPHER GORDON!

MORE TBA
YOU KNOW THE DRILL BE COOL RESPECT THE PAD DON'T BREAK SHIT BYOB ETC ETC. MORE INFO TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!

PLEASE GO TO 
http://www.indiegogo.com/lovelybadthingsprimavera TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CONTRIBUTING!

THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Razorcake reviews Roman Candles' Last Exit to Berkeley tape



razorcake reviewed the most recent roman candles tape. thanks craven. 


Mr. Candles (a.k.a Christopher Gordon) says, “these songs are mostly about graduating from college and not wanting to.” His songs tend to have the same level of self-effacing modesty as that introduction, which is their charm. A little more life experience should make Mr. Candles a pretty solid lyricist. I hope that doesn’t sound condescending, because these songs are clever, humorous, and charming. Also, check out Mr. Cand... er...Christoher’s zine The Stowaways. –Craven (self-released, romancandlesmusic@gmail.com)




[you can pick up the tape HERE, or send $4 well concealed cash to roman candles / 5082 wendover road / yorba linda, ca 92886] 

Monday, April 30, 2012

issue 8 of the stowaways out now


send $2 to:

The Stowaways
5082 Wendover Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

it has an awesome interview with jason schwartz from media blitz
as well as show reviews, records reviews, zine reviews, and a letter section

and *bands* or *people* feel free to send me cd's, records, tapes, zines etc.
i'll review anything you send me i promise. just no cd-r's. cd-r's suck.

thanks -christopher


THIS ISSUE IS SOLD OUT
sorry

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

mass media records now has some issues of the stowaways

Mass Media Records located at 614 E. 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 has a few copies of issues 6 and 7 of 
the stowaways to give away for free. 
they're a really cool record store in 
santa ana with a good punk vinyl selection. 
check them out.

Monday, April 16, 2012

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #6

Maximum Rocknroll #348 - MAY - 2012
reviewed the stowaways issue number six. pick up a copy.

THE STOWAWAYS #6 / $?
8.5 x 11 - copied - 12 pgs
There's not much happening here, it's on the shorter side and not super-engaging, but it has some character and distinctiveness. Show reviews describe the events surrounding the gig (we went for beer, etc.) at least as much as the show itself, but not much escapes the mundane. He interviews a band that sounds like Bright Eyes, who I don't think are punk, but the interview is done in person and is OK. There are music reviews as well, including a demo and some punk shit. This zine is better than this review makes it sound, but not a lot better. (JM) 5082 Wendover Rd / Yorba Linda, CA 92886 / fuckthestowaways.blogspot.com

Monday, April 9, 2012

Issue 7 of the stowaways out now




send $2 to:

The Stowaways
5082 Wendover Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

it has an awesome interview with merry christmas
as well as show reviews, records reviews, zine reviews, and a letter section

and *bands* or *people* feel free to send me cd's, records, tapes, zines etc.
i'll review anything you send me i promise. just no cd-r's. cd-r's suck.

thanks -christopher


THIS ISSUE IS SOLD OUT
sorry

Saturday, March 24, 2012

zine update - inventory 4/30/12

issue one - sold out
included an interview with joey siara of the henry clay people
a tour diary with justin conway from tiny lungs
show reviews and record reviews

issue two-sold out*
included an interview with sean borhman of thee makeout party! / burger records
show reviews and record reviews

issue three - sold out
included interviews with loughton and summer vacation
show reviews, record reviews, and a letter section

issue four - five copies left
includes an interview with joyce manor
show reviews and record reviews

issue five - sold out
included an interview with creatures
a tour journal with jason schwartz from media blitz
show reviews, record reviews, and a letter section
(a few copies available online HERE)

issue six - twenty copies left**
includes an interview with sean solomon from moses campbell
show reviews, record reviews, a zine review, and a letter section

issue seven - out now - nine copies left**
includes an interview with merry christmas
show reviews, record reviews, zine reviews and a letter section


*free copies of issue two might still be available at burger records in fullerton
**free copies of issues six and seven might still be available at mass media records in santa ana 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Razorcake reviews the stowaways issues #3 and #4


Razorcake #67 April - May 2012
reviewed the stowaways issues three and four.

STOWAWAYS, THE #3, #4, $?,
11" x 8 1/2", 12 pgs. each.
Two issues here of a Southern California punk fanzine with a terrible, frustrating layout/binding. Multiple double-sided pieces of paper stacked on top of each other, then stapled a few times along the left side. So the pages rip out easily and a lot of the content that runs along the left edges gets bound to each other -- not so readable. In many ways, this zine has a lot of stuff going for it. THe semis-local focus here is a good way to ground a music-based fanzine and give it its own flavor. The editor clearly has a fair amount of steam under his ass (he mentions that the four issues out thus far came out this year). Mainly his efforts take the form of band interviews, here with Summer Vacation, Loughton, and Joyce Manor. The interviews have a nice, conversational feel to them, but the questions are pretty ho-hum. Like, separate band interviews that almost read as interchangeable. (So, you singed to this semi-big punk record label? What's that like? You like that label a lot, right?). It seems like this guy is capable of digging deeper into these bands, and could make for a very good interviewer, but as it stands I'm not compelled. -Dave Brainwreck
(The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886)

MRR reviews the stowaways issue #5

Maximum Rocknroll #347-APR-2012
reviewed the stowaways issue number five. pick up a copy.

THE STOWAWAYS #5 January 2012 / $1
8.5 X 11 - copied - 20 pgs
Complete with show and record reviews, Media Blitz tour journal, letter section, and an interview with Creatures. Christopher accepts tapes, records, and CD for review, so feel free to send them in. Show reviews consist of musings about how a band's "drum set really sucks" or a venue being "the lamest frat boy college bar." My recommendation would be to talk more about the music versus how dumb you think a band's a name is... but on the flip side, the music reviews are spot on. There is a heavy focus on mundane details like the aforementioned from the reviews, but the reviews give a clear picture of what a record will sound like. I undertand this zine is on the newer side, so keep it up. (AE) Amelia Eakins
Christopher Gordon / 5082 Wendover Road / Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Saturday, March 17, 2012

brown and blue - you only wanted strength video

Brown & Blue - You Only Wanted Strength from Ryan Baxley on Vimeo.


brown and blue just put out a 7" as apart of mountain man records single series.
here's their video for one of the songs on their single.