July 19, 2004
The Forgotten - Out of Print
I've been meaning to do this album review forever, but I was having a hard time getting it out of my car cd player and anywhere near a writing surface....because it is just that damn good. And now it appears that I'm not going to go be able to go into much more detail than that: my ex has gone and made off with the thing (and doesn't seem to know what happened to it...yeah right!) because in all actuality it is ab-so-fuckin-loutely amazing! Comprised of bits and pieces of releases from 7"s and compilations, The Forgotten's Out of Print never once gets boring and is high energy and straight-up good fun from start to finish, quite a feat for an album with 18 tracks on it. Keep up the good work, boys!
review by Lucky Di Palma
Posted by Lucky at 5:32 PM
July 6, 2004
Fourth of July: Throw Rag at the Casbah
Is there a better way than declare your independence than celebrating the freedom to hear bands like Throw Rag, The Millionaires, Screamin' Yeehaws, and the Irish Brothers? Fourth of July 2004 set off fireworks at the Casbah in San Diego. Let Freedom Ring!
Opening band duties were capably handled by the Irish Brothers and the Screamin' Yeehaws, respectively. The Irish Brothers were high energy and rockin', while the Screamin' Yeehaws did just that with their "Southern Fried Dixie Punk." (L-R: Karl Irish, Keith Irish, Screamin' Yeehaws)
The crowd was explosive in more ways than one.(L-R: Amanda and friend; Franco; Sid and Kim)
The Millionaires felt free to dress like it was 1977, blending a sound that is part New York Dolls, part T Rex, part Bowie and part Queen, with some AC/DC thrown in for good measure. The crowd went wild!
In the end, Throw Rag could not be outdone! They played new songs that ignited the audience to a frenzy! Their performance practically set off fireworks on stage!
Photo essay and text by Wanda.
Posted by DJWanda at 11:55 PM
Hootenanny 2004: Horrorpops
Photo essay by Wanda.
Posted by DJWanda at 11:37 PM
Hootenanny: Best and Worst 2004
(L-R: Miss Erica and DJ Wanda; Courtney and Katie; Lovely Hour Glass Gals)
1) The weather this is what people move to California for perfect weather! Not too hot, not too cold, and very few annoying bugs, unlike our friends on the east coast. Yes, it was hot, but that soft breeze made things wonderful.
2) The location I am glad they moved back to Oak Canyon, but the traffic situation ye God! (see Worst) #1) Still, seeing the bands silhouetted against the hills (thankfully devoid of development for now) as the sun went down was a uniquely Southern California moment.
3) The vendors many more vendors than last year, with a good assortment of fun things to buy. And many independent vendors, rather than the usual corporate junk. Nice to see.
4) The lack of cell phone reception it was kind of nice to see folks without a cell phone stuck in their ear. The lack of reception forced everyone to talk to one another.
5) My friends, new and old even though I never managed to find the people I actually drove with, I did run into an awful lot of other folks that I know and like, some of whom I only see once a year at Hootenanny. This is what makes it so fun for me the people watching even above and beyond the band watching and the music.
1) The traffic what was up with the traffic backed up to the toll road? Get some rent-a-cops, get some more ticket takers, whatever it takes. That was a nightmare and totally deprived the bands of audience, since most folks were at least an hour late getting in. Why not just build the price of the parking into the ticket, rather than make everyone stop to dig for $5? Nice job, Bill Hardie.
2) The location while I love Oak Canyon, this was not an easy in/ easy out situation. The parking at Hidden Valley was much easier, as was entering/exiting. If you are going to have that many people at a venue like Oak Canyon, its got tp be thought through a bit more.
3) The lack of security now, I am not a person in favor of a lot of security, but I saw several pretty bloody fights with not one security guard in sight. And the door security very lax. Given our current climate of terrorism and fear, the fact that you can bring in a parasol, but not a ballpoint pen, is somewhat laughable. You dont have to be a national security expert to know that the combination of too much beer, sun, and loud music are going to make people violent. More security was needed, especially near the vendors, where I watched one guy get the crap beaten out of him by a girl.
4) The lack of cell phone reception I must be a big city girl, cuz I was frustrated by the inability to use my phone to find my friends. The lack of reception made it impossible to ever find the folks I came with, the folks I was trying to meet, and the folks who were trying to find me. This bugged me for about 20 minutes and then I got used to it. I remember life without cell phones.
5) The bands what can I say about such unoriginal booking? Sure, it was supposed to be the anniversary line up, so why not do the traditional headliners and then add some newer acts that folks actually want to see, especially on the smaller stage. How many times can one person see James Intveld, Russell Scott, or Hellbound Hayride? Why not add some bands from out of town? As one person noted, the best music seemed to be coming from the Guitar Center booth next to the KUCI booth. At least those musicians were innovative.
-- Article by Wanda
Posted by DJWanda at 10:46 PM