Sunday, January 31, 2010

Parafora Presents: 3 Year Anniversary Party

This past Tuesday we put on the 3 year anniversary party for Parafora Presents: at Backbooth. I've only been working with these dudes for about 2 months, but I am really having fun contributing (I think) to our local music scene. Parafora Presents: was started by Chris Anderson, and he put together an amazing lineup for Tuesday: Monotonix, Surfer Blood, The Tenant, Yip Yip and Basements of Florida. The show went off really well, so thanks a million to all of our friends who came out to support us, it was great to see everyone out supporting the bands.
Basements opened up by playing on the floor while people were still filing in (before the place got completely packed the fuck out). For those of you not familiar with Basements of Florida, they feature three bass players (Patrick O'Neal, Phil Longo, Henry M**$) and two drummers (Tyson Bodiford and Jeff Ilgenfritz) which of course sounds over the top in theory but in execution it works, due in large part to the fact they are all excellent at what they do. Playing on the floor works for them. . . and definitely added to the intimacy of the experience watching them that night. They're playing February 21 at Will's Pub for a Haiti Benefit show, check it out.
Basements was followed up by Yip Yip, which I guess you would call, "experimental." Lots of cool synths, an electric saxophone, drum machines and crazy costumes. The music is replete with a quirkiness that was matched by their stark white attire with white specs and black berets. I described their music as The Mephiskaphales on acid, mostly due to the electric (or should I say electrified?) saxophone and bouncing beats. It's an acquired taste. Kind of like LSD. Their next show is February 16 at BBQ Bar if you want to get nerd zapped.

In a drastic shift in atmosphere, The Tenant was up next. I think Brad Register's smooth vocal delivery was about as big a juxtaposition to Yip Yip's electronic acid trip as could possibly be found, but it worked. Honestly, I am into diverse shows. I enjoy seeing bands play together that you might not always consider obvious. They had a solid set, especially considering Brad lives out in Austin, Texas now and they clearly cannot practice on a regular basis. They didn't even miss a beat when drummer Chandler Strang's kick drum had to be swapped out (yeah, I made that joke.)

Surfer Blood came up next. Pitchfork loves this band, so I am sure there are some people out there who have a preconceived notion that they are a cliché hipster band with no substance. If you are of this opinion, you are only doing your self a disservice because these kids really do bring it and it is not contrived. Phil Longo, known more for his punk rock musical background than liking the "new in thing" said it best during their set:
"I get it. It's real, you know?"
In other words, not gimmicky.
I think it took them a couple songs to hit their stride, but once they did they delivered in admirable fashion. I think frontman John Paul Pitts' affable demeanor alone probably won over some of the skeptics that were inevitably in the crowd that night, but if it didn't I think their brand of reverb laden guitar hooks had to win over quite a few others. They're playing again at Backbooth February 16 with Turbo Fruits and Holiday Shores. If you missed them Tuesday, don't miss them this time because they won't be back for quite a while. The February 16 show will be their first show of a two month long North American tour.

Monotonix. Holy shit. This show was my first time seeing them. I've heard that they were "crazy" and "put on a good live show," but holy shit. These guys aren't just musicians, they are fucking performers. The fact that Backbooth was packed out with wall to wall people only served as a greater platform for them to blow my mind. During the first song, vocalist Ami Shalev did a stage dive, and crowd surfed from the stage all the way to the opposing wall of the venue and back. What the fuck? Who does that shit? Monotonix. Like Basements of Florida, they chose to set up amongst the crowd on the floor, which is intensified when you consider the crowd was already about 400 plus by this point. Guitarist Yonatan Gat ended up standing on the banister and playing there, as it was the only safe place not on stage that he could go. Shalev even managed to climb on to the balcony above the sound booth, and ultimately led a crowd of people out the front door, where he climbed a street sign (what the fuck?) and then dove into the crowd. I can only hope that I one day see another band perform like that (and not look like douchebags) because I doubt it will happen. I should also mention that the next night, Shalev injured his leg at a show in West Palm. They cancelled one show, but plan to continue touring. What the fuck?

I'm waiting for some more pictures, so if you have any please send them my way!
Montonix photo credit: Norrel Blair. Surfer Blood photo credit: Christopher Keith Garcia ( Yip Yip photo credit: Christopher Keith Garcia. The Tenant photo credit: Bryne Yancey

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tonight will be awesome

So awesome I'm using a picture to demonstrate:

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Pretty stoked, I talked to Bryne Yancey of and and it looks like he is going to start working on the blog with me. It will be awesome to have another person contributing. You may even start finding it interesting.
Really excited about Casiotone for The Painfully Alone Sunday, and the Parafora Presents anniversary party Tuesday (Monotonix, Surfer Blood, The Tenant, Basements of Florida, Yip Yip,) if you plan to go I recommend buying a presale ticket, because a lot of them are being sold. Both shows are at Backbooth.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Support your friends!

I felt like this would be an appropriate post for this blog. Earlier on in the life of the blog, I interview my good friend Josh Mikel, aka Sharkguts. He is a great artist, and I just ordered two of his prints for my bare bedroom walls:

Pretty stoked on that. Also pretty stoked that his band moved to Austin, TX, because now I have a reason to visit. Which I definitely will be doing in the near future. Actually, I think I will be visiting a lot of places this year. Where should I go?
I also swear to God I am working on more interviews. I'd also like to have another contributor to the blog if anyone is interested. I want to keep it all positive, and related to independent art and music. If you're interested email me, Also, I was wondering if anyone has a copy of Sony Acid Pro or Ableton Live they would let me "borrow".

Monday, January 11, 2010


Whoa. 2010 has been fucking BUSY. "The day job" has picked up/gotten busier again, and has been a lot of fun. I also work part-time for Parafora Presents: and I also started working on my Master's Degree again. Doing hw is weird, and doing show work is fun. How I still find time for outdoor fun is beyond me, but I seem to be doing OK.
The holidays were amazing, got to hangout with some amazing people who don't live here anymore, like Robin, Laura, Dina, etc. Took a toll on my wallet though. Also got to have some hang time with my Grandma. She is 90, but she is still smart as a whip. Another highlight was New Years, my friend Bryan came to town from Sarasota. Love that guy. We always manage to end up singing along to Face to Face (which I couldn't get to load on the jukebox the next time I went back. I think they took it off?!)
2009 didn't necessarily end the way I wanted it. 2010 is at least starting the way I wanted it to. Swim.
Anyways, I wanted to make a post because Parafora Presents: has some interesting shows coming up, and I made a mix of some of the upcoming bands. Here is a track list:
1- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (1.24.10)
2. An Introduction to Sunshine (1.16.10)
3. Dead Confederate (1.19.10)
4. Surfer Blood (1.26.10- Parafora Presents: 3 year anniversary)
5. Cold Cave (2.09.10)
6. Nite Jewel (2.09.10)
7. The Tenant (1.26.10- Parafora Presents: 3 year anniversary)
8. Surfer Blood (1.26.10- Parafora Presents: 3 year anniversary)
9. Monotonix (1.26.10- Parafora Presents: 3 year anniversary)
10. Warpaint. (2.19.10)
11. Evan Dando (2.13.10)
12. A Place To Bury Strangers (4.04.10)
13. Akron/Family (2.19.10)

So go listen to it. Email if you want a DL link. Maybe you will find a band you like that you haven't listened to yet.

Supposed to interview Tony Weinbender, Chris Anderson, Wayne (the sound dude at The Social) if I ever find time to write up some questions. And hopefully Davey from Of Montreal if he has time and agrees to it. Oh, and my room is a pig stye. Anybody wanna clean that shit for me? (hey, something has to give, and I hate cleaning.)
Also, I found a cool review of a show I booked over in Tampa, with Look Mexico, Mike Dunn and The Kings of New England, Andy Matchett & The Minks, and The Equines. Check it.

Upcoming shows from Parafora Presents:
1.16.10: An Introduction to Sunshine, Andy Matchett & The Minks, Lonesome City Travellers, The Equines
1.19.10: Dead Confederate, Great Deceivers, Bananafish, The Beauvilles
1.24.10: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Emily Reo, Guests
1.26.10: Parafora Presents: 3 Year Anniversary Party. Monotonix, Surfer Blood, The Tenant, Basements of Florida, Yip Yip
1.28.10: Smashing Pumpkins cover set by Mumpsy.
1.29.10: Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, King Bee
2.09.10: Cold Cave, Nite Jewel, Technobox, Emily Reo
2.13.10: Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads), Sterling Schroeder & The Chosen Ones, Guest
2.19.10: Akron/Family, Warpaint, Queen of Spain
2.23.10: Rachel Goodrich, Bananafish, Guest
3.15.10: Leatherface, Yesterday's Ring, The Attack
4.04.10: A Place to Bury Strangers, Guests