Sunday, December 26, 2010


Sorry for being pretty inactive about this whole blog dealy, just been lazy about it but there will more posts coming up regarding pictures of shows I went to, distro list, second installment of last year's Portland trip and possible label releases. For now, here is a pretty fucked up list of upcoming shows. Everyone is coming to town so by all means come out to as many of these shows as possible.

December 2010
27: Summer Vacation w/Roman Candles
@ The Tribal Cafe, LA
28: Ten Thousand Leagues w/Burn Idols and Ruined Tongue
@ Manchest/Hindry Warehouse- 1019 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
29: Ten Thousand Leagues w/John Cota, Ruined Tongue, Badmouth, A Nation Sleeps
@ Cobalt Cafe- 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park
30: Ten Thousand Leagues w/ John Cota and Calculator
TBA, Los Angeles
31: Ten Thousand Leagues w/ John Cota and Calculator

January 2011
1: Ten Thousand Leagues w/John Cota, Calculator, Burn Idols and Capsize
@ Che Cafe- 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla
1: Joyce Manor w/ Dead to Me
@ The Warehouse- 12th/G, Chino
4: Algernon Cadwallader w/Big Kids, Joyce Manor and Koalacaust
@ Che Cafe- 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla
5: Algernon Cadwallader w/Big Kids, Joyce Manor and Koalacaust
@ The Warehouse- 12th/G, Chino
6: Algernon Cadwallader w/Big Kids, Joyce Manore and Koalacaust
@ The Cabin, Garden Grove
7: Joyce Manor w/ Summer Vacation, Media Blitz and more TBA
@ House Show, Garden Grove, more info soon
8: Jandek
@ UCI Note: for more info visit Acrobatics Everyday
8: Ten Thousand Leagues w/Matsuri, Ordstro, Adobe Homes, Innards, Burn Idols and A Nation Sleeps
@ MeowMeowz- Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
9: Ten Thousand Leagues w/Burn Idols
@ The Blvd- 2631 Whittier Blvd, Boyle Heights
11: Vaccine w/ACxDC, Hordes, Seven Sisters of Sleep and Lumber Lung
@ The Blvd- 2361 Whittier Blvd, Boyle Heights
15:  Joyce Manor w/ Touche Amore and more TBA. NOTE: This is Joyce Manor's record release show!
@ The Blacktop- Carson
16: Graf Orlock w/Touche Amore, Ghostlimb and Death Hymnn Nine
@ The Smell- 247 S. Main St, LA
19: Caravels w/Ten Thousand Leagues and Octaves
Manchester/Hindry Warehouse, LA
20: Kimya Dawson w/Defiance Ohio and Jehovas Fitness
@ Che Cafe - 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla
20: Caravels w/Ten Thousand Leagues and Octaves
@ Back to the Grind- 3575 University Ave, Riverside
21: Caravels w/ TBA

Please check out all these bands:

That is it for now, Im pretty sure Im missing some more shows to post but if I remember and its not to late I'll add them on. Also, I want to do a Fort Rodolfo release type thing. I know there were other people takin' photos and filming the bands, if you have or know someone that did PLEASE send it my way to Lastly, I'll let you go with this video of 1994! playing King King Stompin Man @ Fort Rodolfo.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oregon Trail 2009, Part 1.

(Somewhere in Downtown Portland)

Last Summer Omar, Eric and I went on a 12 day trip to follow 1994! on their West Coast Tour with Spires. On this trip we brought only the essentials: three bikes, clothes n' shit, assorted instruments(train whistle, maracas and a harmonica) we would use to make noise for a mile after every 100 miles that Veronica(my volvo) successfully brought us closer to our destination, cassettes and a giant jar of peanut butter. This was a month prior to Omar and I leaving for the East Coast to see 1994!, Be Happy Fest and Malegoat. You can read about those series of posts here. Disclaimer: Those posts are riddled with grammatical errors. I'll write about the shows and post pictures of this trip soon-ish.


            This is what it looks like entering Oregon around 5 or 6 in the morning. This was also the worst part of the trip, sleep deprivation, the fear of running out of gas(Veronica was somewhat unreliable), GPS that served us best at getting us lost, abandoned gas station that look haunted and sustaining our senses with those huge cans of Monster energy drinks and Sunchips we would later nickname Crack n’ Snax.

            So I dont really remember what we did each day but I can tell you this, it was an amazing stay. We made it a point to eat vegan burritos and drink horchata everyday, holy shit does Portland have making burritos down to an art. We went record shopping(I think I came home with about 27 7"s and 10-15 LPs) and went shopping at Powell's Books. The best one is in downtown, why? SIX STORIES OF BOOKS, THATS WHY. So many awesome restaurants EVERYWHERE. If you happen to be in Portland on a Wednesday, you should stop by Hungry Tiger Too because they serve $1 vegan/corn dogs and PBR tall cans. Also, if you beat the record for eating the most corn dogs you get a shirt and free beer every time you visit. At the time the record was 24 corndogs, I had a measly 13 and a half. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and trade those corn dogs for the beer. As soon as Eric and I left it became apparent that I must have been the most inept sloth in Portland and passed out on the side of a street for a half an hour. The cause: food coma.


(Pretty self explanatory)

            My favorite part of Portland was being able to ride everywhere and anywhere and not have to worry about cars. Since it’s a super green city, everyone rides and the motorists are respectful to cyclists and just about every storefront has a spot for you to lock your bike. Riding across all the bridges was a lot of fun. We crossed every bridge we could and circled bodies of water forever into the night.


(Omar and Eric)

(Me, photo by Omar)

            We stayed at one house for two nights that hosts/ed shows. This was also the house Kidcrash would practice at which made waking up on the first day pretty awesome. I don’t remember much of the people at the house but one of the girls at the house said ‘take it easy jotos’ just as we left for a ride, that shit was hilarious. We would also play Mariokart 64 and kick the shit outta her while we were drunk. On one of those nights I would give Omar a piggyback ride to the nearest liquor store for booze and chips, this was however a fruitless voyage because we went at some ungodly hour of the night.

            After that house, we stayed with a friend of Omar’s named Morgan. He and his roommates were great, they took us to Sauvie Island for some swimmin’, showed us a record store that specializes in what we fancy, a park with roses and set up a tent in the backyard for me to sleep in due to my allergies and their house being populated with cats. The days we were at this house Omar introduced me to his friends Teagan and Kayla. All five us were at a party where there was a dude who kept on throwin’ up the horns while saying ‘Just play one Morrissey song!’ and was trying to kiss Teagan and kept telling her she was a super model. Whoever this guy is, I like his style. Though they were unsuccessful, I should probably practice his methods.


(Our bike and then some over at Morgan's)

            Shortly after this night, we would have to begin our trip back homeThankfully, Teagan put us up for the night in Salem, Oregon. This town is apparently a breeding ground for juggalos. I had an encounter with two, I managed to survive. Here we met Leo, he is one of THE nicest people I have met. He’s also a great artist. At our stay in Salem we all piled up in Veronica and headed out for Silver Falls to walk on a trail in a forest where eight waterfalls reside. After this small excursion, we left Salem for Phoenix to stay with my friend Matt. On our last night in Oregon we would drink beer and watch Holy Mountain.

(Omar climbing and Teagan looking)

(Eric, Leo, Teagan and Omar, we were sitting at the edge of a waterfall that was nearly 100ft... I think)

(At the bottom of the waterfall)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fort Rodolfo R.I.P. 2009-2010

This is a notice I got this afternoon from our property's Interim General Manager

I have seen your notice for the party with bands, on the web site that you are planning tomorrow, Saturday, 31, 2010. This party is against the governing documents and thus you cannot hold this party. The police will be called if any band or people show up for your party.

Please be advised that you have been warned.

Interim Gerneral Manager'

and this is the e-mail I recieved from our Property Manager:

'Just received complaint from HOA for a party and noise if they add a fine it will be deducted from your security deposit'

Im sorry to everyone who was looking forward to our last Fort Rodolfo shows. We all knew it was going to end but not like this. It would be selfish of me to host these shows because this may affect my roommate's security deposit refund, I hope you understand.

This is pretty upsetting however, THANK YOU for coming out to the shows we've set up and thank you for your canned food donations. Rest assured I will make sure they will be donated to the Santa Ana Food Not Bombs. It was a blast and couldn't have been without YOU. I will let you all know when I find a new space to host shows again after I move, keep your ears to the ground for the zine too. Once again thank you and Im sure I'll continue seeing all of you at other shows.

It'll never be over baby blue,

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fort Rodolfo: Not Small Enough. Show II.

Everytime we have shows at our pad, the shows get more and more wild. Fun times were sure to be had when I saw all these wonderful faces pull up in front of my house. Also, any band that tours with a cooler filled with ice and beer and toss around a volleyball by all means know fun.

Despite the fact that only nine people showed up for the show(Integrity AND Gehenna played the same night apparently, shit) we had a wild night of rock n' roll.

Satie is former members of Growing Pains/Cunyet Arkin and a current member of Maladie. Really heavy, really fast. Listen to the them right... now.

This is Maladie, no not Malady. These guys are better.

I have a bit of a history with these individuals. Let me say this about the Tijuana kids I know: They are very kind, well organized with hosting and promoting shows and fests and also have a tight knit community of friends I could only wish to be more involved in and when it comes to making music they have created some of the most cathartic and genuine bands I have been lucky enough to witness first hand. So for me, setting up this show and knowing that these great friends of mine would be playing gave me that typical sense of pride of 'giving back to the community.' With that said, please support: Maladie, Satie and anything on Nuestra Lengua Records. I love you all so much. p.s. This was also the record release show for the Maladie/Drowning With Our Anchors 10" split, record of the year? I think so.

We Were Skeletons are from Lancaster, PA. I was a introduced to them by my friend Omar who had me listen to their Summers demo. Since then, every release they've put out gets better especially with the new full length that was put out by Top Shelf Records just in time for their first US tour. These fine cats remind me of a young Off Minor with no signs of lacking experience playing live. Check out the newest LP. Did I mention Will Killingsworth did the recording?

When I graduated high school my friend asked me to go on tour with his band. During the two weeks I was with them my favorite show was in Reno, NV when we opened for D'amore and Towers. I had no idea who D'amore and Towers were at the time but I knew by the end of the night I would continue listening to these bands. Five years later, Towers were back again on the West Coast doing a tour with Dogs of Ire in support of their split. Has anyone tried collecting the Towers discography? Its fuckin' impossible. ANYWAY, Towers are often described as a 'psychedelic nightmare' and on their myspace under 'sounds like' is a picture of a modern day city in ruins. Both the phrase and the image fit this band perfectly.

Lastly, Dogs of Ire took the floor and created a plate tectonic disrupt. The first time I saw them the power went out a few times during their first song so when the lights went out at the last note of their first song due to their Earth shaking riffs, it was no surprise. The night continued in darkness with endless crowd surfing, shirtless dudes and smiles. Get a copy of the split they just did with Towers, its awesome.

Once again thanks to everyone who came out, all the bands who were on tour that gave Fort Rodolfo a chance and again to my neighbors for being solid and telling me 'the bands sound great, the vocals however would be better if they didnt scream so much' and for donating cans of food for Santa Ana Food Not Bombs.
See you space cowboy,

p.s. Come out for our next show!

7. 31.1o Saturday. $4, 2pm EARLY SHOW.
Ordstro (Oakland, CA)
Miischa (Hagerstown, MD)
Burn Idols

Fort Rodolfo
23462 Caminito Lazaro
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fort Rodolfo: Not Small Enough. Show I.

Oh man, so on Friday we had the best show yet. After a few changes the final line-up for night was: Brahmans, Wilderness, Joyce Manor, Big Kids and lastly 1994!

Brahamans came through and delivered us their first presentation in front of a live audience. It was pretty tite. Brahmans this night was Shane and Julian, they reminded me of a young Upsilon Acrux or Planets, their set was fast, distorted and no vocals. With a little more practice this band can really bring on the maximum shred. I really hope this band records soon.

After Brahmans, Wilderness graced the floor with their wild-style of punk, dance, riot grrrl hits laced with sweet riffs and sassy vocals. Wilderness is Laura, Andy, Danny and Andre from West Covina. They played a handful of songs and showered us with silly string. Please check em' out, theyre one of my current favorite local bands and their next show is their CD release show so go!

Third up was Joyce Manor, theyre sweet dudes from Long Beach and can really play some good pop punk to drink to. What other redeeming qualities do they have? Well, they're putting out a 7" split w/Summer Vacation, just got signed to 6131 and also have an affinity for The Smiths.

Now consisting of two members of Spires, Big Kids was originally Jason(Spires) on guitar and Al Paca on drums and shortly Chris(Spires) also joined for second guitar. Well, on this night Jon from Ed Hoculi took part in this rock n' roll entity too by playing bass. Pop punk with heavy riffs \m/

1994! need no introduction but I'll give you one anyway. If you know me, I've talked my ass off about this band. This is the band Omar, Eric and I took 12 days off from 'life' to follow up and down the West Coast on their tour w/Spires last year. Then a month later flew out to the East Coast(best week of my life, read my earlier posts if you care or have the time) to see them a couple more times as well as going to other shows and Be Happy Fest in Philly. Finally my beloved tios were back and playing their first show of the tour at Fort Rodolfo. 1994! is Chris(guitar) and Mike(drums). Theyre often compared to Tiny Hawks because theyre a two piece that carry the melodic and abrasive qualities as well. With that said, just listen to them. While youre at it, listen to Boyfriends which is basically 1994! plus two dudes with all four playing slower and cuter.

 Anyway, after the show we all partied, went out and got vegan fish tacos and a handful of us stayed up til sunrise. Once I woke up I made vegan pancakes for everyone with blueberries and strawberries for toppings. Apparently, some neighbor from another street called the cops but they didnt show up til' about two hours after the show. Pfffft, way to go. I want to apologize for the quality of these photos, Im not used to taking pictures with a digital camera.

Thanks for coming out and making this night amazing. Come out for July 17th!


Friday, June 11, 2010

All Day Fun Day July 3, 2010

Hey kids, my good friend Jason set up this really amazing fest called ALL DAY FUN DAY! The line-up is pretty solid. The flyer is pretty self explanatory except it doesnt mention how much it is to get in. Im thinking its $10. Im not too sure but I'd go regardless if I didnt live so far and without any real means of getting there. By all means go if you are in the area!

here are links to all the bands:

Mothercountry Motherfucker

All Day Fun Day!
The Continental Club
1658 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

I couldn't find any links for Mothercountry Motherfucker so if anyone has a link to anything of theirs, send it on over.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Have nothing to do this Summer?

Here is a list of bands coming through town. When I mean town, somewhat locally within a 70 mile radius because their is hardly anything going on in Orange County. Most of these bands are in the punk/hardcore genre or what have you. I'll be posting more shit on here too. Keep in mind I dont have internet so I dont get to go 'online' as much as I'd like to. In other words, bear with me.

7.28 Wednesday. Che Cafe, San Diego.
7.31 Saturday. TBA.
8.07 Saturday. Kinda Like  A Fest 6, Half Moon Bay(I know this is nowhere near here but I've gone to this event the past two years and its ALWAYS a good time).
8.13 Friday. TBA, LA.

6.12 Saturday. Che Cafe, San Diego.
6.14 Monday. Vacation Vinyl, LA. 7pm EARLY SHOW.
6.14 Monday. The Smell, LA 9pm LATE SHOW.
6.15. Tuesday. Hyde Park Half, Inglewood. w/Dangers

1994!/Big Kids
6.25 Friday. The Seldner House, LA.
6.26 Saturday. Back to the Grind, Riverside.  w/Rogue State and Summer Vacation.
6.27 Sunday. East Side Cafe. w/Summer Vacation and Color Chromatic.

We Were Skeletons
7.16 Friday San Diego/Riverside
7.17 Saturday. Fort Rodolfo, Laguna Hills. w/Maladie, Satie, Towers and Dogs of Ire.

Good Luck
6.02 Wednesday. Che Cafe, San Diego.

7.17 Saturday. Fort Rodolfo, Laguna Hills. w/ Satie, Towers, Dogs of Ire and We Were Skeletons.
8.15 Sunday. Back to the Grind, Riverside. w/Rogue State and Nunca Invierno.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fort Rodolfo Summer 2010

First of all, sorry for my lack of posts. We haven't had internet at the Fort in quite sometime now. Im currently at the El Toro Library using their wifi and to tell the truth I just might spend my summer 'in a dusty library.' ANYWAY, while Im here Im going to give you the scoop on what is going on at Fort Rodolfo this Summer.

June 19th, Saturday 6 pm CANCELED.
Too many bands keep dropping this show. Sorry.

June 25th, Friday 6pm $4 w/ canned food(optional)

1994!(Lancaster, PA)

Big Kids(Oakland, CA)

Joyce Manor




*Summer Vacation is not playing anymore, sorry.

July 17th, Saturday 6pm $5 w/canned food(optional)
Towers(Philly, PA)

We Were Skeletons(Lancaster, PA)

Maladie(Tijuana, Mexico)

Satie(Tijuana, Mexico)

Dogs of Ire(Riverside, CA)

July 31, Saturday EARLY SHOW


+ some very special guests

There you go, these are the shows for the summer. Canned food is optional, not mandatory. However, every can that is collected is going to Santa Ana Food Not Bombs. As I've said before, I'd like to thank my neighbors who put up with our shinanigans. With that said, Im going to revise the rules at Fort Rodolfo.
- Respect our neighbors and their property, if it wasn't for them I wouldnt be able to host these shows.
- Shows start on time and must end at 10pm
- as you can see, alot of these bands are coming far from home. Therefor, please pay the full price. Rest assured, shows are no more than $5. Exact change is advised. Canned food is optional.
- No smoking in the garage.
- Refrigerator is off limits, this has been a problem before. If you dont live at the Fort, you have no business in the fridge.
- Show respect to your show attending comrades and hosts.
- No drama.

Thank you for spending your time reading the updates. Come out and have a good time and make some noise. Flyers will be up soon.
Rock n'roll,

Fort Rodolfo
23462 Caminito Lazaro
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

People Stuff, Pt. IV

- This is our last full day in Philly, when we woke up Maddie took us to the zoo to fly in the hot air balloon. Unfortunately the weather was 'hazardous' so we didnt get to go up :/
- Maddie then dropped us off at a record store, I dont remember what I found their this round other than Melt Banana, Mclusky and You and I CDs.
- Once we were done, we went to some other record store. Let me start by saying this, GOLDMINE. About a hundred dollars later I walked out with original pressings of  Clikitat Ikatowi's River of Souls, Ordination of Aaron's Immersion in a 90 mph world, Food Not Bombs Comp(feat: Swing Kids and Indian Summer), Ringfinger's Decimal, Antioch Arrow's The Lady is the cat and In love with jets, I Can't Live Without It comp (feat: Botch, Guyver-One and In/Humanity) LPS, a Kodan Armada/Whats yr damage split 7" and a Inhumanity 7"
- Damn, I'm trying to remember what we did afterwards... I dunno but we went to Brooklyn, New York to see Hop Along.
- If you aren't familiar with Hop Along, do yourself a favor and listen to Francis right now:
- So Francis was playing as a full band again, I guess she does that now and did a back to back set with Nether Friends. I dont remember them too much but they played pretty well. Anyway, Francis played and dedicated a song to us then finished her set with Beyonce's Single Ladies(Put a ring on it)
- After the show we made it just in time to buy a pastry from Food Swings(awesome NY vegan goodness) and bring some back for Francis and Mark.
- We went to a White Castle, I gave into temptation because we dont have those in CA. Then we got pizza for the last time. At this particular pizza parlor, there was a dude who had the Edward Rob Pattinson 'look.' Anyway, Edward was way out of his element(or too belligerently in his element?) stooping over the counter and running around in the kitchen getting  yelled at. Oh Edward.
- The ride home back to Philly did not lack the much needed 90s hits.

(Omar with side burns to die for and me with shorter hair at the zoo in Philly. Photo by Maddie)

This is the day no one wanted to come.  Maddie took us to an Ethiopian restaurant and at this point Im broke as a joke so I get mango juice. We went to the airport and did our routine good-byes. About 6 hrs later, I was on the exact opposite coast. The night before we were at the foot of the Atlantic and now I was sleeping by the Pacific.

Thank you Omar for taking me to the East Coast and fronting the money for the plane ticket I still owe you for. Maddie for being the sweetest of all hearts mainly because Eva is an adorable dog and for letting us stay at your place, drink your booze and drive us around. All the following bands for either housing us, driving us around, playing a show we went to, partying in your house and with us, drink your booze and for being a band: 1994!, Boyfriends, MALEGOAT, Algernon Cadwallader, Hop Along, Spires, Elder, Teenage Cool Kids, Daniel Striped Tiger, Apeshit! and Ed Hoculi.

To all the new people I met along the way whether in a fleeting moment or in a drunken haze or both, I hope we stay friends/keep in touch. In order of appearance. Maddie(PA), Joey(MA), Bean(PA, next time we're in New York fuckin' party with us), Dizzy(NY), Mowgli(KY), Gregory Labold(PA, thanks for talking some sense into me), Raf(PA) Francis and Mark Quinlan(PA), Yosuke, Masa, Jun, Hajime, Kazuke(Japan), dude who was in Street Smart Cyclists and now in Snowing(we need more Smiths/Morrissey talks), Matt=Tank for telling me I have pretty hair(I still do), Matt G.(PA, thanks for the burrito) and lastly EVA!

All you cool cats and dog should write me a letter, that would be a pleasant surprise.

Paul Chacolla
23462 Caminito Lazaro
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Monday, March 29, 2010

People Stuff, Pt. III

- Our beloved Joey after providing us a night of endless laughter and endless dart games always resulting in who can throw the worst, Joey leaves to go back home in Boston. I was too tired to go with him to the train station.
- Omar and I woke up hours later to take the train to Lancaster to visit Uncle Chris and Uncle Mike (1994!/boyfriends), Uncle Mike is a no show.
- We found a comic book shop across the street from the station, I bought some gifts here. Shit was tite. 
- Uncle Chris showed us around, we ate pizza, bought records and drank beer back at the house.
- We played with an awesome dog, listened to good music, ate homemade food(?), Raf gave us the new We Were Skeletons album(MARVELOUS), drank more beer on a three-story roof, talked about 'life', went on a conquest for more beer, gave Uncle Chris a hug at 5am and went to bed.

- Omar and I woke up and we went off to Senorita Burrita(s)? for some awesome burritos made by Uncle Chris and Matt
- Stryper(the Christian glam metal band from the 80s) was unloading their bus and were playing across the street from the burrito shop that night. Most of wished we were going there that night instead.
- Omar and I walk to the train station and took the train again to Paoli, PA where Maddie would pick us up and take us to Baltimore for the 1994!, Spires, Teenage Cool Kids show.
- Then we saw said show, got pizza and said our good byes to friends and 1994! and Spires.
- We drove back to Philly, this was one of those 'it was a really nice drive' kinda drive. 90s pop hits were to be played endlessly.

People Stuff, Pt. II

 - After regrouping, we take the train back to Philly. I drunkenly slept in a railcar.
- We arrive just in time before Be Happy Fest starts. Here is the line-up from what I remember. Algernon Cadwallader, Malegoat, Teenage Cool Kids, Daniel Striped Tiger, 1994!, Elder, Best Friends and some more bands.
- After the fest we go to Maddie's and freshen up a bit.
- We head for South Philly to Big Mamas Warehouse where Algernon Cadwallader, Malegoat(an awesome band from Japan!) and our dearest friend Uncle Chris from 1994! party hearty into the wee hours of the morning. Lots of rock n' roll fun, met new people and jammed til our hearts' content.
- I also failed at learning how to saw anything in Japanese.

- Woke up on a couch confused.
- 14 people pile in a minivan.
- We all left Big Mamas to run up the same stairs Sylvester Stallone ran up in Rocky!
- Everyone was hungry so we got pizza.
- Omar, Joey and I hang out around Philly looking for record stores. A Vagabond comes up to us and says 'What does the left butt cheek say to the right butt cheek? If we stick together, we can stop this shit.' We gave him a few dollars, wouldn't you?
- Maddie, Joey, Omar and I go to Baltimore to see Algernon Cadwallader, Malegoat and Elder. We missed Elder but made it in time for Malegoat's last set in the U.S. before heading back to Japan. Masa made a point to inform the crowd that he loves pizza, oh you!
- Everyone says good-bye, exchange gifts and contact information. I will always love these people.

(left to right: Joey, Mowgli, Kazuke, Peter, Gregory, Uncle Chris, Jun, Craig, Hajime, Yosuke, Me. Bottom row: Omar and Masa)

People Stuff, Pt. I

This trip was the real thrill seeking, revaluate your life, non-stop show attending, record shopping, constant beer drinking, pizza eating, walk til' your soles couldn't take anymore week long test of endurance for the sake of rock n' roll fun. This trip is about Omar and I adventuring the East Coast, I will post a series of these. Yes, I should be asleep but I can't sleep cause Im sick. Suck it.

- Stayed up all night drinking and was picked up for our flight at 4am
- Woke up in Texas confused hours later.
- Arrive in Philly a few hours later and picked up by my soon to be friend Maddie.
- We stop for pizza.
- Go to the OX in Philly for a Boyfriends, Spires and Ed Hoculi show.
- Reuniting with our friends in said bands on a roof drinking beers, brings a  warm fuzzy feeling inside.
- After the show we grab a bite again and go back to Maddy's for some shut eye.

(Boyfriends @ the Ox. Philly, PA. Photo by Al Paca)

- Wake up and get into Maddie's car because we're headed to New York for three shows in one day!
- In the middle of  New Jersey our car breaks down and we wait for four hours until AAA shows up.
- We took the train into New York. Arriving in the Big Apple in from the subterranean level then heading up is the most cinematic experience of my life. It took me a second to realize what was going on. Every building is big, every other car is yellow and everyone had somewhere to go.
- Missed the ABC No Rio show due to car troubles.
- Went to Brooklyn to see 1994! and Spires at the Glass Room?
- With the Algernon Cadwallader/Malegoat show a few blocks over at the Stolen Sleeves Collective, we go off to that show.
- On the way there, I bought Amelie off of a girl in a shady street selling her DVDs.
- Made it in time for Algernon/Malegoat and leave to catch the rest of the first show.
- We arrive but we miss 1994! and Spires however we made it in time for APESHIT!
- APESHIT! fucking ruled.
- Omar and I go off and get drunk and meet our friends at the Pita Palace around 3am.
- I met the most beautiful girl with a washboard named Dizzy, we talk and part ways shortly.
- Omar and I continue getting drunk and part ways with our friends in Manhattan.
- Our new mission is to continue eating pizza, drinking beer and watching the sunrise in Central Park.
- Mission accomplished at 6:28am.

(Shitty cell phone pic taken by yours truly)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Life is but a dream.

So in October of 2008 Ian Mackaye was doing a Q+A tour and made a stop at UCI. I was lucky enough to catch him speak and be able to record him. Ian Mackaye with an amazing punk resume is a man who needs no introduction, for those not well versed with his accomplishments look up: Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records. With that said download the Q+A below the photo and share it with your friends.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fort Rodolfo

So at my current residence we try host shows whenever we can. So far we have had two successful shows. In my book, successful is when no cops show up and no drama.

Our first show was last October for Blackbird Raum and Warscroll. Im not well versed witheither of the two but my roommate had set up that show and it was fun. The neighbors weren't notified but they were okay with us having shows as long as we let them know in advance.

Then for New Years Eve I set up a show for Deers!, Burn Idols and Ordstro. Shoot it Up and ghost fucking stories were supposed to play but they/we kinda fell through. Regardless, this show was GOOD TIMES. Show ended perfectly on time and it was nothing but party and wait for the new year.

Soon I'll have photos of the actual shows to put up. As for what else is going on in this house is, I'm slowly compiling some writing that I want to self-publish in a zine I'm starting titled Dancing In Bathroom Stalls. Yes, that is the title of this blog too but I'm going to begin placing writing from the zine up on this page for those who don't get a copy(also, listen to At the Drive In's Ticklish). Another thing I'm doing within the confines of my white walls is trying to run a label/distro called I Rest Easy Records(listen to I rest easy, your ship has sailed by Furnace). Eventualy, I'll put up a post of what I currently have in stock. Lastly, a friend of mine and I are going to try to run a short wave radio station held in my room. We'll spin some records and talk about whatever we have on our minds. Hopefully, we'll be able to broadcast live shows and also have acoustic acts play in my room as features here and there.

Yea, this is pretty much what I have going on in here. I suppose I should post some rules for when we have shows at Fort Rodolfo:
- Shows will never be more than $5
- No smoking in the garage
- Refrigerator is OFF LIMITS, seriously don't eat/drink my and my roommates food. We don't do that when we go to your house.
- Show respect to your show attending comrades.
- No drama.

I should probably add 'Have Fun' as a rule but ehh, just come over and have a good time and keep your ears to the ground on the projects happening in this house.

Fort Rodolfo
23462 Caminito Lazaro
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Monday, February 15, 2010

You ask if I'm free for a walk by the sea.

I've been listening to a band called Black Tambourine alot lately. They were a shoegaze band from Washington D.C. who were on Oakland based label Slumberland Records(current home of New York's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) in the early 90s and only put out a handful of releases. I was checking out the Slumberland website and found out that on March 30 they'll be releasing a vinyl version of Complete Recordings with extra unreleased songs featuring covers of Buddy Holly and Suicide. Mark your calendars because this a must have for any shoegaze enthusiast.

I dont remember how I came across this band but my first impression of them was My Bloody Valentine during Ecstasy and Wine, Meat is Murder-era Smiths, Love and Jesus & the Mary Chain. With bands like Vivian Girls its easy to say they are pretty highly influenced by Black Tambourine. My favorite songs would have to be For Ex-Lovers Only, I Was Wrong and Drown. 

Looking for info on this band becomes a bit repetitive because it seems like everyone just 'copy pastes' the same description so I'll let you look up their myspace or whatever. Anyway, check em' out and buy the vinyl release from Slumberland. This is a record that I personally consider as a must have.