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