Thursday, December 31, 2009
Make it your New Year's resolution to get off the couch and support local bands and bars. Local shows are considerably cheaper to see than the big touring bands come through town at concert arenas and amphitheaters. A whole night out at a local bar usually only costs a few bucks for cover and the price of a few beers.
So make the effort to go out the support these bands this weekend. Just don’t forget your earplugs (one of my new year’s resolutions is to protect what’s left of my hearing!). See you there!
Click here to read on and find out about the local shows this Thursday, Friday and Saturday!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The solution (which I'm listening to right now): Thee Charm School Holiday Blowout, as advertised on Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys' Myspace: Tune in Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. California time at http://www.luxuriamusic.com/ for a special holiday edition of the most salacious on-line radio show "Thee Charm School" (described as "exotica, lounge, space age bachelor pad, bossa, soft-psych, go-go, latin jazz, sophisticated rock and surf music" but also with a good dose of blues). It is the perfect soundtrack for all holiday celebrations, including family gatherings, gift exchanges and lovemaking!!I’ve already heard "Santa Claus Wants Some Loving," "Santa Got Drunk," “The Santa Claus Boogie," and "Back Door Santa." It’s great to hear something other than “Winter Wonderland!”
Click here to read more on Examiner.com, and get the scoop on post-Xmas rockabilly/psychobilly shows on Saturday.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Christmas is almost upon us, so if you’re dreading all that egg nog, fill your belly with beer this weekend at these zombie-riffic psychobilly shows this weekend.
Click here for info on this weekend's shows.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There's still time to pick up some cool holiday presents for your psychobilly friends. If you're stumbling for ideas, here are some suggestions:
Anything with zombies or monsters is a great idea. Why not have Halloween on Christmas?
- The Art of Ghoulish Gary: Check out his prints of “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Monster” himself, and Edgar Allen Poe. I really like his tribute to “Thriller” – a print of Vincent Price looming over an army of zombies led by Michael Jackson. He also has a series entitled “Pray for the Monsters” featuring the praying hands of Frankenstein's Monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Wolfman, and The Mummy.
Check out Ghoulish Gary’s prints here, and be sure to note the special instructions if shipping to the U.S. (Thanks to The Creepshow for posting this link on their Myspace bulletin).
For more gift ideas... for fans of pin-up girls and roller derby, click here to read the rest of the article on the Examiner website.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Starting to get in the holiday spirit? Go out and celebrate at some of this weekend's psychobilly shows. Or go do some holiday shopping at the Mooneyes Car Show in Irwindale on Saturday.
Click here to see the list of upcoming shows.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Great shows coming up this weekend to ring in the holiday spirit.
Start with the Very Merry Black Christmas show at Spike's this Friday, featuring Phantom Rockers, Henchmen, Black Rose Phantoms, and The Vagrant Dead.
Click over to Examiner.com to find out all the details for this show as well as many others this weekend (including Gamblers Mark, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, the California Roll Car Show with live music by Sugar Daddys, and the First Annual Rude & Crude Ska and Rockabilly Fest).
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Elvis was hanging out with his fans when I got there. Not THE Elvis, the man from Memphis, of course, nor Bubba from the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series (if you’re a fan, you know which character I mean), but Elvis Suissa, guitarist and singer of rockabilly/psychobilly band Three Bad Jacks. He’s seriously committed to meeting his fans before and after the show.
This new Elvis does remind me a little bit of The King. In the 1950s, kids swooned and fainted over Elvis; today teenage girls stare up into Elvis Suissa’s puppy dog eyes as he sings his most requested love song, “It’s Forever.”
The similarities don’t stop there. I received a range of responses when I asked people why they liked Three Bad Jacks so much and these quotes remind me of what fans used to say about the previous Elvis. Briyana and her friend Jessica liked “how the cute love songs sound like old school rockabilly;” Marina, Isabel and Jasmine told me that Elvis is a “total crowd-pleaser” and “his voice can do so many different things;” and Caesar Rodriguez (who has been a fan of Three Bad Jacks for 15 years, since he was 8 years old) and friends Eustacia and Brandy think the “band is awesome” partly because “the lyrics are so good, with so many different meanings.” Then there were all the girls who told me they love Three Bad Jacks because, well, “Elvis is hot.” So, I guess the two Elvises really do have quite a lot in common.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Grease your hair back and put on your mouse ears. Join rockabilly and psychobilly fans for the second annual “Rock Around The Park” event at Disneyland tomorrow, Saturday November 14, 2009.For the complete schedule click here
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Chop Tops, The Rocketz - their 'Helloween' shows were a success; see them this weekend in So Cal
is clearly one of the only places to go if you’re a bit too alternative for the Stanford party scene. The architecture and décor of the place is really interesting. Over a hundred years old, this spacious saloon has been a bank, a city hall, a police station/jail, and a public library (there’s a bookshelf of law books on the upper floor you can browse through). The downstairs bar features real Tiffany stained glass windows and lamps, and the upstairs bar was brought over from England, so the bartender told me. So even though I had my doubts about seeing a psychobilly show in Silicon Valley, I was pleasantly surprised with the venue.
On Thursday October 29, The British Banker’s Club kicked off the first of a three-night series of Hell-O-Ween shows, headlined by The Chop Tops and featuring a diverse line-up of other California bands: Death Valley Drifters, The Strikers, No Dice, and The Rocketz.
Every one of these bands has upcoming shows this weekend, November 13-15 (check out the bottom of the article for listings).
Monday, November 9, 2009
Bettie Page: Not the girl next door
“I was never the girl next door,” said Bettie Page. The famous pin-up model from the 1950s, who passed away in December 2008, had a tremendous impact on women, and on men’s ideas about women, throughout the decades. But nowhere is Bettie Page more adored than within the psychobilly subculture.
Psychobilly women who adopt Bettie Page’s look don’t want to be the girls next door either. They portray an overt feminine sexuality that seems at first glance to be directed towards pleasing the male gaze. They like looking good and enjoy being looked at. They spend hours before a show getting “dolled up” in anticipation of being on display that night. The men in the psychobilly subculture frequently tell me how much they enjoy the fact that women put so much effort into looking sexy.
But are psychobilly girls reproducing the sexual objectification of women by catering to male desire, or is there an active construction of alternative gender roles taking place here in which pin-up girl sexuality represents an empowered feminine identity? I want to consider the way psychobilly women who amp up their femininity cleverly navigate a fine line between being objectified and harnessing their sexuality out of their own intentions.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The melody rings out from the guitar, the slap of the bass kicks in, the drums hammer away, and suddenly you’re tapping your foot and bopping your head to some of the fastest rockabilly you’ve heard.
And one thing’s for sure – you can always count on Three Bad Jacks to take it up even one more notch. At The Blank Club in San Jose last Friday, lead guitarist and singer Elvis frequently spurred the trio to faster and faster speeds, giving fans a real treat. In fact, the bassist was playing so fast that his hand was simply a blur in the air.
They’re also known for fiery performances – literally: they play loud, fast, and hard even as flames lick their instruments. Inspired by the sensational showmanship of rock ‘n’ roll greats like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, Three Bad Jacks always puts on a great show.
Three Bad Jacks lights it up (whoisjoel.com)
Watch Three Bad Jacks' video for "Crazy in the Head."
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