Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Halloween Party Goodness

My little Samsung digital camera takes shockingly good video (and sound). Here...oh, nearly a week after the fact is the last few minutes of the Beggars set at the Ferndale Public Library. Please enjoy, and excuse my uncontrollable participating in the chanting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Party Recap

Wow. Wow! WOW!

The Library's Halloween Party was a resounding success. Over eighty kids entered our costume contest, so if you do the math...that's a lot of people.

The Beggars outdid themselves. A few of their songs were rewritten to be holiday and audience appropriate. There was "Stop, Drop, Tootsie Roll" and "Snickers, Skittles and Twix". They were in costume and threw treats to the audience. It was a brilliant show, and proved that you don't need booze to enjoy a good rock show.

Carjack not only put on an awesome show, but he really made the night by bringing along some fantastic lighting. The place looked more like a venue than a library meeting room. Carjack donned a wolfman mask and put on his trademark energetic show. The crowd even demanded an encore!

The best part about this for me is that it happened in a library full of people of all ages. The event brought together a ton of people, with one purpose: having fun. And it looks like it was successful. Thanks to everyone who helped out with this: candy donors, the bands, volunteers, staff members, and attendees!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Madness at the Library

So our big Halloween party is TOMORROW! You know you want to see what The Beggars and Carjack do to the place.

Doors are at 6:30 PM. The Beggars will go on around 6:45 PM and Carjack will go on around 7:30 PM. If you haven't yet, let us know you're coming on Facebook.

You don't have to be a Ferndale resident or a member of any library to come. Also, it's free. You might want to bring a buck or two for our raffle and possible Carjack and The Beggars merch, though.

This is a really big deal for us here at the library...and frankly for me. I've been wanting to have bands in this joint for awhile...and to see that it's not going to be a one time thing is really exciting!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Can I slide this in while it's still Monday...we'll see.

I went to the Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor CD Release and enjoyed myself immensely. The screen-printed CD sleeves are gorgeous and the hand-illustrated CDs are alternately awesome and hilarious. Please go to their next show and pick one up, along with an LP and a supremely sweet T-shirt.

Below are my pictures....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October 13, 2009: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

There’s no better way to debut a new band name than with a new album. Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor (formerly Sik Sik Nation) has done just that, with their new, self-titled LP. The album comes out today and is available here for download. If I were you, I’d also go to the release party this Saturday at the Majestic Café to get a limited edition LP or CD. The CDs have been hand-illustrated by the band and the sleeves are beautifully screen-printed. Plus, seeing them play is always worth it.

The music on this album feels refined, giving us a clearer image of what the band has been wanting to do. There is less of the musical “space” found on Eight Styles to the Unholy, and therefore Sisters is punchier, and more forward. The atmospheres that are created here feel charged, ready to explode.

Moodiness abounds, and it’s the variety that feels dangerous and cool, sneering and mysterious. Morrow’s growling vocals and driving guitar, Sawoscinski’s pounding crashing percussion and Oppitz’s thumping running basslines weave a dark cloud that you want to get lost in.

This is psychedelic rock that is perfectly balanced; it doesn’t fall into the trap of making twenty minute tracks filled with pulsing noise and the occasional shouted word. It chugs and wobbles, creates moods and shifts around you, but there’s a heartbeat at the center, keeping it grounded.

My favorite track is “All You Lovers”. It starts with this shifting reverb guitar, and then the beat comes in, making me bob my head, and it’s got me. Even before that distant shout sounds. It’s got the feel of your favorite 70s rock song, something you’re always excited to hear. The riff is catchy, the bass thumping and the vocals feel like a command.

Release party is Saturday, October 17th at the Majestic Café with Wicked Hemlocks and Friends of Dennis Wilson. Go to it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009: Space Night!

Saturday Night was the Johnny Headband EP release party at the Magic Stick. Otherwise known as Space Night. Aluminum foil accessories abounded and old bad sci-fi movies were projected behind the bands. Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship played their spacey rock, Silverghost debuted a new song and Johnny Headband didn't have to cajole us too much into clapping, singing and yelling along. I snagged a copy of the EP for the library, so you should come in and check it out. Please allow my pictures to do a better job telling you how the show was.

Space Night Randomness

Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship


Johnny Headband