Club wars, Punk Rock Bowling and new music
By Michel Cicero 06/07/2012
Releasing and RecordingSinger-songwriter Elijah Behar (Hindu Kush/Marquee) has finished his brilliant experimental folk EP Hollow Body. The Ojai native who now resides in Santa Monica played Zoey’s last weekend and will be playing a number of dates in the L.A. area. The recording is available at www.elijahb.bandcamp.com and iTunes. The shoegazing Captions released its first EP, Think, Thunk, Thought, now available at www.captions.bandcamp.com. Ventura’s Massenger, featuring Seth Pettersen, Mike Gleeson (Glass and Ashes, Lovebird) and Sasha Green on vocals has released its infectious, garagy pop/surf/psych self-titled debut CD, which is available at www.massenger.bandcamp.com and at live shows — good stuff! Pettersen is also putting the finishing touches on a solo record set for release in July. Semi-melodic punkers No////Se finished a full-length, self-titled record with fall releases set for Europe on Yo-Yo Records and the U.S. on Challenge the Throne/Rotten to the Core. Sunday Morning Murder Songs, the debut CD by Aaron Orbit (Le Meu Le Purr) is generating some buzz. Download it on iTunes to hear what all the fuss is about. Hiding Inside Victims is hiding inside the studio, working on its first record following a recent Battle of the Bands win. Congratulations to the crustcore ensemble’s singer and former VCReporter music columnist Chris Mastrovito and his wife, who became parents this month.
Late last month Gypsy Death Star signed a deal with Werewolf Heart Records (could there be a more apt name for its label?), which was started by actor Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, who play together in the band Dead Man’s Bones. Head Wolf Tim Anderson says, “We are beyond excited to welcome Gypsy Death Star to our family. We have big plans for them in the near future.” GDS will enter the studio sometime this month.
Guitarist Bruce Kimmell (Shades of Day, Slim Trio) has relocated to Nashville, also the new home of Softsilence, who visited Ventura a couple of weeks ago. Ventura diva Delaney Gibson, who relocated to New York City more than a year ago, recently moved to Austin where her significant other landed a job. Guitarist/vocalist, radio DJ and self-described stationary object at Buffalo Records Josh Hayes (Glass and Ashes, Lovebird, No////Se) is leaving our fair city to continue his education in San Francisco. He says he’ll be returning regularly for band stuff and we’re holding him to it. We asked the Magic 8 Ball if he would find happiness in the Bay Area and the answer was “Absolutely!”
On the Move
Singer-songwriter Matt Zeltzer has been well-received in Portland, where he’s been playing a slew of shows before returning to the 805 for a show at The Tavern on June 9. New Liberty embarked on a two-week tour of the Southwest last week. After a successful trip to SXSW earlier this year, the band was asked to return to the area. In addition to dates in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California, they will perform at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, the fourth largest such rally in the country.
Minor discord has erupted in clubland, resulting in a few changes and various unpleasantries. New kid on the block, The Tavern (formerly Candlelight) has started a blues jam on the same night as Bombay Bar and Grill‘s blues jam. Presented by the Ventura County Blues Society, The Tavern blues jam is hosted by Tommy Marsh, who had been hosting the Bombay jam until very recently. Marsh told VCReporter that while he absolutely loved doing the jam at Bombay, The Tavern basically made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Bombay’s management declined to comment, but it appears that the venue’s feathers weren’t too ruffled. (Hang tough, Bombay.) Meanwhile, over in Midtown things heated up at Billy O’s last month when the owner decided to play a more prominent role in booking, enlisting the services of Santa Barbara promoters Electric Sex. Numbskull Productions had been booking the lion’s share of shows there during the past few months, bringing in-demand musical entertainment otherwise unheard of at a neighborhood bar. While Numbskull will continue to produce shows there on an occasional basis, they will be far fewer than fans have become accustomed to. Bernadette’s is fighting to keep its entertainment permit, as the city is recommending it not be renewed this summer based on noise complaints from neighbors. The Downtown Ventura Organization is working with both parties to help the tiny, beloved pub weather the storm. Show support and stop in for a beer.
The 805 flexed its biceps at the 14th Annual Punk Rock Bowling event in Las Vegas last month. Some 20 local teams finished in the top 60 out of 252 teams. Taking second place was Tina’s Nightmare, while Pindejos (Dave Hawk , Jimmy Bradman, Missy Gibbs and Andy Proctor) took home a ninth place trophy and some sweet cash. Other locals representing were The Pullmen, Stop Breathing — which also performed — and Ill Repute (13th place).
Winning (and stuff)
NoteWorthy is a monthly column dedicated to developments in Ventura County’s music scene. If you have a tip, write to Michel or give her a call.