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Graffiti Blues Live At The Bull Bar

By Gary Schwind, published on Jan 11, 2008

In September, I interviewed Graffiti Blues. At that point, I had only heard the songs on their Myspace page. I hadn’t yet seen them live. Recently, I went to see the band perform for the first time at the Bull Bar in Long Beach.The Bull Bar, at the corner of 7th and Redondo, would be real easy to miss. It’s one of those fairly inconspicuous places and you could easily walk right by it. Even the website is fairly inconspicuous. It contains the logo of the bar, the address, phone number, and the slogan “Cold beer, good burgers.”Graffiti Blues went on around 10. One thing that immediately struck... (more)

Tags: music, electoral move, zeitgeist again, graffiti blues, retro rock

Toby Keith Plays A Japanese Guitar

By Gary Schwind, published on Jan 8, 2008

Alt-country has become an all-encompassing term for bands (like Wilco and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals) that mix country and rock. The Fallen Stars, a five-piece band from the LA/OC area used to think they were alt-country but found they just didn't fit that mold. So they created their own file under category: Americana Rock. Bobbo Byrnes and Gregg Braught of The Fallen Stars sat down with me to discuss why they think the band is not alt-country.

Bobbo Byrnes (B): Don’t say nothin’ stupid now.Gregg Braught (G): Then I better not talk at all. I’ll just sit here quiet.(B)... (more)

Tags: myspace, music, fashion

Women, Booze and Damnation

By Gary Schwind, published on Dec 24, 2007

Bastard Winos is a four-piece rock and roll band with one foot it classic country and the blues. At the Blue Cafe in Huntington Beach, the band discussed wire hangers, developing their sound, and what it means to be a bastard wino. I’m going to direct this first question at you, Harlis. I want you to tell me about your previous bands Barrelhouse and Thrill Deluxe. And I have been instructed by Odessa (P. Coaltrain, formerly of Barrelhouse) not to let you downplay either of those. (HS) Oh shit! Odessa! Barrelhouse was a straight soul band. I molded it after Otis Redding. He’s my all-time... (more)

Tags: photography, myspace, music

File Under: Good Vibes

By Gary Schwind, published on Dec 19, 2007

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley got together to play the theme from Shaft? Wonder no longer because that's the sort of sound you get from Qwiksand, a four-piece funk/rock/reggae band from Orange County. How did the current incarnation of Qwiksand come about? Good question. I made some calls, I ran some ads in OC Weekly and local classifieds. We went through probably a couple dozen people that I thought were good musicians. I tried to visualize myself being in a van with that person for more than three or four weeks at a time. I ended up hooking... (more)

Tags: myspace, california, music, restaurant, education

I Get to Make the Music I Love

By Gary Schwind, published on Dec 12, 2007

With all the references material things, popular hip-hop can seem more like an ad campaign than a style of music. Orange County independent hip-hop artist wants to bring the social conscience back to hip-hop. What's the story behind the name Oddity? Out of my squadron of people, I was always the strange one, just a little different. My friend who I grew up with, Castor, he gave me the name. He used to call me odd. We started getting into music around sixteen, about ten years ago. It went from odd to Oddity. Plus, a lot of hip-hop is just bland and materialistic. Being different, separating... (more)

Tags: socially driven hip hop

Full Contact, Girl-on-Girl

By Gary Schwind, published on Dec 7, 2007

Three members (Brik Wall, Vicious Ness, and Kina Wahine) of Orange County's only flat track roller derby league met up with me before a practice to let me know, in an exclusive interivew, what the OC Roller Girls are all about. So who are the OC Roller Girls? (KW) A bunch of awesome women that kick butt. I’ve been skating with the OC Roller Girls since July now and it’s just been a really good benefit. I love skating with them. The club seems like it’s come a long way from where it started. It’s been a really good opportunity. All the girls are great and the league is very positive.... (more)

Tags: myspace

Tin Foil Heroics

By Gary Schwind, published on Nov 27, 2007

Do you ever get ridiculed when you put on your foil hat? Well, you wouldn't if you were at a show of Orange County "spacewave" band, Supernova. You'd be one of many in the foil-wearing Supernova army. How did you assimilate to life on earth after crash-landing from Cynot 3? The good thing is we look like humans. The other good thing is that our spaceship is a van. We fly our vans, but here people drive them. The wheels for us are just the landing gear, but to not freak anyone out, we figured we’d just drive around in our spaceship. Also, we noticed people don’t value tin foil very highly... (more)

Tags: movie, california, music, al gore

Somaya Reece, Renaissance Woman

By Gary Schwind, published on Nov 23, 2007

Somaya Reece could be the hardest-working woman in show business. She has appeared on Entourage, magazine covers, and has a weekly radio show. In addition she was recently named one of the 15 Most Beautiful Latinos of the Year by People's Choice. I asked her about her self-portrayal, travels and charity work. On your MySpace page, you show lots of pictures of yourself without makeup and you make a point of showing that you are a woman with curves. Why is it so important to present yourself this way? The media portrays women in a very bizarre and twisted light. They tell us to lose weight... (more)

Tags: myspace, environment, hollywood, music, japan, korea

Songs You're Really Going to Love

By Gary Schwind, published on Nov 13, 2007

The Growlers are a five-piece band that believes in jamming and generous doses of reverb. I met up with them at their studio in Costa Mesa. Your influences seem pretty vast. How does a typical Growlers song come together? (Brooks) Very basically. Sometimes in a free jam with a riff, and then everybody adds from there. Sometimes Matt writes something separately. Sometimes we’ll all just go into one room and jam all night, and record it. There’s a lot of recordings where we just jam all night and have all these potential songs. When we do something like that, it’s really free-form. We’ll... (more)

Tags: myspace, music

Music is My Savior

By Gary Schwind, published on Nov 3, 2007

Three punk rockers start a jam band. It's hardly the beginning of a joke. It's six-piece Orange County band, Mama Hagglin. Describe your sound for someone who has never heard the band. It reflects that late 60s/early 70s jam style rock. With three new band members, we’re not jamming like we used to, but we are a jam band and we love to sustain songs. It’s very late 60s/early 70s jam sound, kind of affected by the delivery of the core of the band, we’re three punk rockers. And I think that we are trying our best to make this our own thing. It’s not deliberate with any genre or style,... (more)

Tags: music

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