Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


pictures taken by Bre Petraborg

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

We really had fun playing last Sunday's show at The Eagle Rock Bowling And Drinking Club. We are grateful to be able to borrow drums from Lee of the badasses, Bastidas who rocked the house as usual. They played some of their early songs which was awesome. I was personally glad that they ended their songs with one of my personal faves "Mediterranean Oasis". We went on after them and got our songs working one after another. Rhea got crazy on "Automatic/Dramatic" and i had a few little glitches here and there especially with the loopers which I'm still getting used to but we managed through it all and was lucky enough to be followed by the amazing Kid Infinity who always knew how to get the party moving. This was the first time that I actually saw Ryan performing without his glasses, which he said he lost. Well, hope he gets one seen! Because those damn lights rock the hell out of yer brains!

Freakstik was also playing music in between sets with his new set up which is very ergonomic for shows since he said that its kind of pointless to carry loads and loads of records and spin in between bands for 15-30 minutes. So, Don being the "Macgyver" that he is devised a set-up that all fitted in what seemed like a make-up box. It's practically two I-pods connected to a mixer and voila! He's got the most practical DJ set-up that he can take with him all along. I know that some purists will whine and bitch about how its not the same as having actual records. Of course its not the same! But who cares? Do people really care if its an actual record playing in between bands during shows? I'm sure everybody is pretty occupied drinking and talking most of the time that all the effort bringing stacks of records seems too much. Anyways, if you see Don playing music in one of them shows, check out his set-up and give him a big wet kiss on the lips for setting up this awesome show with Janine and Marie who keep the Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking club going.

Anyways, we are now looking forward to the completion of "Dirty Pop Songs" and the Halloween Haunted Party at Ixchel's which will be awesome becoz everyone will be in costume!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


this will be rad! i betcha!

Friday, October 17, 2008


After going to a film showing of independent films and video from the Philippines, we dropped by The Echo Curio to pick up Rhea's camera bag that she left there the last time we were there and somehow, we were glad to catch the set of Crooked Cowboy and the Freshwater Indians who was really fucking amazing. I think their songs evoke a spaghetti western apocalypse. I would say there are very steam punk elements about it.
Honestly, I'm not so much for all the western flair that's been really popular with a lot of indie rock bands flirting with Americana and evoking Grievous Angel as if they are the first to d o it but i would say that this one is nothing like those crop of bands because from the moment they played their first song with two bass guitars, i knew their music was truly unique. and i just found out that they just recently played at the Echoplex with 40-piece Orchestra. I guess i totally missed that one but i would love to check them out again soon.

Anyways, we ended up hanging out at the Curio longer than we thought. The eccentric performance artist named Joe was there. He informed us that they might have some artspace opening up soon right by our side of the tracks. These are some of the guys that used to run the notorious Zamakibo. Now that is something to really look forward to!

Rhea and I also ended up meeting Ethan Port from the art-punk pioneers,Savage Republic who just recently reformed again to play a show at the Echoplex (Savage Republic was billed with Chrome, who cancelled on the last minute!) He was telling me about this other project he does called F-Space which uses pretty much a lot of the pyrotechnics that SR used to do back in the days. From what he told me it sounds really interesting. So I'm going to check those guys out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Optimism is a political act.

Entrenched interests use despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change. They encourage modes of thinking which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to present even the opportunity for change. It is a long-standing political art to sow the seeds of mistrust between those you would rule over: as Machiavelli said, tyrants do not care if they are hated, so long as those under them do not love one another. Cynicism is often seen as a rebellious attitude in Western popular culture, but, in reality, cynicism in average people is the attitude exactly most likely to conform to the desires of the powerful – cynicism is obedience.

Optimism, by contrast, especially optimism which is neither foolish nor silent, can be revolutionary. Where no one believes in a better future, despair is a logical choice, and people in despair almost never change anything. Where no one believes a better solution is possible, those benefiting from the continuation of a problem are safe. Where no one believes in the possibility of action, apathy becomes an insurmountable obstacle to reform. But introduce intelligent reasons for believing that action is possible, that better solutions are available, and that a better future can be built, and you unleash the power of people to act out of their highest principles. Shared belief in a better future is the strongest glue there is: it creates the opportunity for us to love one another, and love is an explosive force in politics.

Great movements for social change always begin with statements of great optimism.

Alex Steffen in March 2008
Via World Changing

Friday, October 10, 2008


Sooner or later, we are planning to have people play and sing with us. Well, that is if they are willing to learn the songs that we make. We just wanted this to be fun for everyone. Anyways, here is the lyrics to band together in case anyone is interested to sing along with us in future shows. We will be posting more lyrics soon for everyone to familiarize and learn!


Well she was born in East Los Angeles
She took a train just to see where it would end
She went away looking for the summer
From my home to yours until she lost it
Always tired and always busy
Always saying she's gonna miss me..

Forget the sales! Forget the rentals!
Forget the lessons! Forget the songs!
Lets band together in jubilation!
In exaltation! while we can!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bitchin' New Video

Here is a video we just made for "Band Together".

We are almost done mastering the 5 songs that will be going in the "Dirty Pop Songs" EP. We are excited because we are doing this one ourselves and having the grandest time with it. Hopefully, we can make more records in the future.

Thursday, October 2, 2008