It is with a heavy heart that we report the impending closure of Bernadettes on Main, in downtown Ventura. A notice on the quaint venue’s Facebook page announced it lost its lease and the last day of business will be Monday, Nov. 5. Earlier this year, Bernadette’s future came into question when its entertainment permit was in peril due to residential neighbor complaints of noise. There were rumors that it was actually only one or two people who were complaining due to a personal beef with the venue. Owner Bernadette “Bernie” Rothstein soldiered on despite the adversity, and regulars remained loyal , but, sadly, it wasn’t enough to keep the cozy bar/café in business.
Ever since they added a whip to their stage repertoire, The Pullmen have been on a serious winning streak. New music, a new music video and an upcoming out-of-town show with Street Dogs plus a hometown show at Bombay(formerly Bar and Grill, recently changed to Burgers-Bar-Music). If band members are looking a bit spiffier these days, it might be related to recently teaming up with surf-hipster shoe manufacturer Sanuk. The Pullmen also made the roster for this year’s New Noise Music Conference and Festival in Santa Barbara Nov. 8-10. Other locals on the New Noise bill include Howlin Woods, PK and T.F.W. on Nov. 23.
SHARING THE LOVE
Local power violence trios Hipster Trash and Sordo have released and sold out of a cassette split. Hipster Trash was also recently featured on the USA Powerviolence Comp VOL.1. Rumor has it that Sordo is reorganizing, but the noise/violence scene is an insular and heavily guarded one, so who really knows.? Speaking of cassettes, Burger Records has added Seth Pettersen to its inventory with a Natural Machine tape available for only $3.33.
From musty basements to breezy hilltops, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is celebrating five years of making beautiful music. In honor of this milestone, the band’s first record, Short Songs, is available on its bandcamp page. Tall Tales’ Trevor Beld Jimenez is busy getting the seasonal singles ready for vinyl, which will be the first time anything by Tall Tales has been released on tangible media. Additionally, he’s recorded a bunch of demo versions of songs that will be properly recorded at a later date. For now, they are available on bandcamp as an album titled Unknown Futures.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Last month we mentioned that Angie’s Curse was pinning some hopes on a Kickstarter campaign, and we’re happy to report that the band made its goal and then some, raising in excess of $2,600 toward recording costs. Everyone’s favorite glitter punk Zachary James also completed a successful fundraiser for a glitzy pressing of his outta sight new record with The All Seeing Eyes titled SPACE CASE. According to the official description, it will be the first time a “galaxy” record will be produced, “primordially created with the cosmic colors of black, blue, white, purple and pink all swirled together, and dusted with silver glitter to resemble the stars of the Milky Way!” In the true vinyl tradition SPACE CASE will come with a 12-by-24-inch fold-out poster print of original hand-drawn artwork by James’ better half, Alexandra Starlight, and, get this, signed in galactic silver ink!
Officials from the Ventura County Fairgrounds continue to ignore VCReporter’s requests for a statement about the Monster Jam Fest, which was forced to move its metal lineup to the Ventura Theater last weekend following an attempt by the Fairgrounds to censor one band’s set. In yet another strange twist, P.O.D., the band whose song “Youth of a Nation” caused — according to promoters — the event to lose key financing, pulled out of the show altogether at the last minute, leaving the meager assembly of fans in the lurch. Why can’t we have nice things in Ventura?
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.