Goodbye, Jimmy Adams; new music from Shaky Feelin’; and playing for people with autism
By Michel Miller 08/23/2012
Releasing805 purveyor of doom Sutratma will be selling hand-numbered copies of its debut self-titled album at Bombay Bar and Grill on Aug. 30 where it will share a bill with Ides of Gemini and Crimson Scarlet. If the stars align, there will also be T-shirts. Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes has finished mixing its second album at Henson Studios. James is shopping it with fingers crossed for a Halloween release. (Speaking of Halloween, Creature Feature recently had a song featured in an overseas commercial for the TV show The Walking Dead.) Hip-hop artist Kapeesh, a Ventura County native and L.A. transplant, has released his wrenching record Pretty Blues with a poetry chapbook to accompany it. Give it a look-hear at kapeesh.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-blues. Catholic Spit has made pre-orders available of its first official release, a 7-inch vinyl pressing of “I’m Your God Now” and “Die Alone.” The band is offering a sweet little package deal for $11 that includes stickers and other goodies. Get it at catholicspit.bandcamp.com. Melodic punkers NO///se will celebrate the release of their debut record at Billy O’s on Sept. 5 with Massenger. Shaky Feelin’ will release its long-awaited debut record on Sept. 7, with a show at Good Bar. The band is currently on a brief tour of the Southwest and Midwest. D on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers debuted its video last month for the song “Careless.” The impressive video, shot in various Ventura locations, including Bombay Bar and Grill, was produced by Gravity Free Productions. The Pullmen unveiled its spooky video for the song “Ramirez” at Indie West Fest. You can see it by adding The Pullmen on Facebook or searching it on YouTube. The first official video from Aaron Orbit’s Sunday Morning Murder Songs is out and it’s very cool, of course. Shot in black and white on the beach in Ventura, the video for the song “Prove Me Wrong” — which was also featured in the VCReporter Protest Song Project last year — can be seen on YouTube or by scrolling here.
Making It HappenVentura County musicians are singin’ the blues — in a good way — since the Ventura County Blues Society (VCBS) began staging matinee concerts at The High Street Arts Center in Moorpark. The monthly Sunday Blues Concert Matinee series showcases local talent in a party atmosphere with food and cocktails with proceeds benefiting various nonprofit groups. Performers have included Alastair Greene, Mikey Mo, Chris Cain and Kelly’s Lot. The VCBS will be holding a “band challenge” on Saturday, Sept. 29, in order to choose the band that will represent the society at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. All bands are welcome to submit a video link or audio link with photos and a band bio by Aug. 31. For more information, visit www.venturacountyblues.com.
Living the Dream
Ventura County’s music community is nothing if not charitable. A concert to raise awareness about autism called Be the C.A.U.S.E. will be held at Zoey’s on Sunday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m. Organized by Jaison Henderson of Rubberneck Lions, it will feature performances by his band plus Aaron Orbit, Matt Zeltzer, Mikasa and Bearkat. Proceeds will be donated to the Center for Autism Understanding, Support & Education Inc. (C.A.U.S.E.)
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