Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Slingshot Reviews The Stowaways Issue #15

The Stowaways #15 ($2)
by Christopher Gordon
5082 Wendover Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

The Stowaways is a great punk zine because it's written by someone who goes to a fuckload of shows, so almost any DIY-minded (not necessarily just punk) band that passes through the Orange County / Los Angeles area has at least a passing chance at getting a show review. Unfortunately, the reviews aren't always very comprehensive (one act, for example, is acerbically dismissed as a 'fucking stupid band' with no further explanation), but the author's enthusiasm about the bands he loves often makes up for it. The zine also includes interviews with Elliot Babin (Dad Punchers, DNF, Touche Amore) and Kris Westreich (Collosal Wrecks) which was totally readable but sometimes suffered from Awkward-First-Date-itis (e.g. "Do you have any other siblings?") and a pleasantly incisive editorial about racism in the punk scene. I'll definitely be around for #16 (x.lenc) 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roman Candles Summer Tour + Tape


Hey Everyone Roman Candles is going on TOUR this summer to play Plan-It-X Fest. I'll be heading there and back with my friend Calvin Jalandoni who plays in a one-man, psychedelic, noise band. I'm really looking forward to it. Avocado Records is also putting out Riley Versus Jason In The Battle Of Gracious Living on cassette tape. It's coming with a full color 5-panel j-card. These are the real deal. They ain't no burger tapes baby. You can now buy it HERE. It comes with a digital download to for all you Ipod-toting indie-crushers. 

The tour dates below: 

Thurs. June 12 – KCSB 91.9 FM “5432fun!!”
Fri. June 13 – KXLU 88.9 FM “Demolisten”
Sat. June 14 – Fullerton, CA @ Comic Book Hideout 

Sun. June 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunksapce
Mon. June 16 –  Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Tues. June 17 – Omaha, NE
Wed. June 18 – Kansas City, Missouri @ Art Closet Studios
Thurs. June 19 – Chicago, IL w/ Justin Conway
Fri. June 20 – Indiana Plan-It-X Fest
Sat. June 21 – Indiana Plan-It-X Fest
Sun. June 22 - Indiana Plan-It-X Fest set time: 2:30 p.m.
Mon. June 23 – Nashville, TN
Tues. June 24 – Huntsville, AL @ 255 Pratt Ave.
Wed. June 25 – Mississippi
Thurs. June 26 – New Orleans, LA
Fri. June 27 – NOLA @ Mudlark
Sat. June 28 - NOLA
Sun. June 29 – Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
Mon. June 30 – Austin, TX
Tues. July 1 – El Paso, TX
Wed. July 2 – Albuquerque, NM
Thurs. July 3 – Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place
Fri. July 4 – San Diego, CA @ The Che Cafe
Sat. July 5 – Fullerton, CA @ Programme Skate and Sound w/ 
Sun. July 6 - KUCI 88.9 FM "Barbara Bush's Bathtime Breakdown"

Then I'm heading ON TOUR with Fugue: 

Sun. July 6th - Las Vegas, NV
Mon. July 7th - Provo, UT @ Muse Music Cafe

Tues. July 8th - Salt Lake City, UT
Wed. July 9th - Rexburg, ID @ Sammy's Sounds
Thurs. July 10th - Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209
Fri. July 11th - Spokane, WA
Sat. July 12th - Seattle, WA @ Hollow Earth Radio
Sun. July 13th - Vancouver, BC (just Fugue)
Mon. July 14th - Seattle / Tacoma, WA
Tues. July 15th - Olympia, WA
Wed. July 16th - Portland, OR @ The Laughing Horse
Thurs. July 17th - Eugene, OR
Fri. July 18th - Arcata, CA @ The Birdhouse
Sat. July 19th - Bay Area, CA
Sun. July 20th - Santa Cruz/Santa Barbara, CA
Mon. July 21st - Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Humboldt DIY Zine

Humboldt DIY put out its second issue of their zine. It's an anonymous community-based zine where anyone can submit whatever they want, so it's kind of a free-for-all mash-up of writings and artwork. I did an interview with Steve Lovett who owns and runs People's Records, which is Arcata's only record store at the moment. Steve also played in the band Raid, which is remembered for their involvement in the formation of the hardline movement. I think the interview was pretty interesting, and turned out alright. The zine overall is rad, and I think a huge improvement from the first issue. If you're interested in one, you can email humboldtdiy(at)gmail(dot)com. 


In other news my friend Alex Poska put out his first issue of his #diy4lyfe  zine, which he interviewed me for. He also made a tape comp with a bunch of the bands from the issue that you can grab from him. 

My friend Garrett La Bonte is also putting out a zine this week called Glimpses that has an interview with me in it. You'll be able to grab that from the Avocado Record Store within the week. He's having a release show for it this Friday. click HERE for the facebook event.