Jun 30, 2012

With the Band

You're going to be seeing a lot about the Thousand Oaks BandTree Reunion here (Help! Is it Bandtree, BandTree, or Band Tree? I've seen it spelled three different ways!) in the next couple of months, so you might want to do yourself a favor, and just plan to go, damn it!

Since "Band Tree I" in 2005, the man behind these reunions has been Jim Rolfe of the Unsound SoulsJust SoundChildren of the Mushroom, ColoursLady, and God only knows how many other great T.O. bands, and an amazing guitarist and songwriter (check out his song, Turn Around).

Last week, I received an email from Jim, who asked if I'd like to help out with this year's Reunion, and I jumped at the chance! "Are you kidding?" I thought. "I'm there, dude!" I don't know what I can do from where I live some 1,400 miles away, but I'm pretty good at promo and web design. And I have a whole lot of enthusiasm, especially when it comes to our Gold Coast bands and musicians! I'm now thinking that, depending on when everyone else arrives in T.O. and when I could be of most service, I might just change my plans to spend the week before the Reunion in California, instead of the week after it. That way, I'd be there to help out before the event. Anyway, if you're reading this, Jim, let me know what I can do; I'm really on fire about this thing!

Now, to the rest of you guys... If you or your band would like to be interviewed while I'm out there, let me know and we can arrange to do that either before the event, or while it's going on.

I believe I've gotten this blog where I want it to be. I definitely want to bring back the monthly Spotlight Band feature, but I need birth dates, obits, pix, and any other news you have.

And now, here is a link to pictures of BandTree 2 and 3. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Jun 27, 2012

Look at What's Up for Bid on Ebay...

An original recording of August Mademoiselle and You Can't Erase a Mirror (Soho) by Children of the Mushroom. Fantastic 1968 monster garage psych 45.

The A-side, August Mademoiselle, is an uptempo organ/guitar tune with great vocals and trippy lyrics, and it features an excellent psych guitar break. The B-side, You Can't Erase a Mirror, is a tripped-out moody psych killer track with a nifty phased guitar break and fantastic atmosphere. One of the best moody psych songs ever made!

Click here for more info, or to join in on the bidding. Good luck! (You can hear both songs on the Videos page.)

Jun 14, 2012

A Teaser

Pssst... Guess what's coming to the Gold Coast over Labor Day Weekend? No details at this time, but I think, if you keep your eyes on this website, some info may be leaked very soon. Hoping so, anyway.

I'm already making plans to attend this event as both a birthday pressie to myself and a chance to interview some of the musicians for my book.

Hey... does that mean I can write it off as a business expense? Let's order champagne!

P.S. While you're waiting for Band Tree, why not join the event's Facebook page?