Friday, May 30, 2008

Weekend shows and music comments

This column is going to be a little more retrospective than previous columns.

Since I’ve talked about Roller Derby here before, I just thought I would give my readers a review of how the first bout went.

It went so well that they sold out and I couldn’t even get in to take a peek around when I flashed my press pass. Fortunately, my photographer got in and took some lovely pictures, which can be viewed on The Eureka Reporter’s Web site. As I walked away from the building, I heard the cheers and a muffled voice over a loudspeaker. I was so disappointed. Next time (in five weeks), I’ll have tickets purchased the moment they go on sale.

As for shows… let’s look take a look at the lovely events happening this weekend.

Apparently, there’s a new band out of Arcata called Blame the Factory, and they are playing with Shay’s Rebellion at Central Station in McKinleyville on Friday night. It should be worth going to just to check out the new meat, so new they don’t seem to have a MySpace.

On Saturday at the Alibi, Speaker Speaker from Seattle will grace the scene with driving indie pop, (3208 My Space friends). That show is 21+ and starts at 11 p.m.

Around the corner at Jambalaya, Universalia Jane will perform her melodramatic songs, the Rubberneckers will encourage people to drink and dance and Pants Pants Pants will please the crowd with electro-pop ballads (1063 MySpace friends). Fun times; get your dancing feet moving. That show starts around 10 p.m.

Skipping ahead to Tuesday, at the Little Red Lion, New Mexico-based rock group, Super Giant (9,361 MySpace friends) will be playing with L.A.-based metal group HDR (1,838 My Space friends) and Vancouver, Canada-based band, Pride Tiger (5,693 MySpace friends).

On a larger, more national scale, the album I can’t stop listening to is MGMT (groooooveee, electronic dance awesome, from Brooklyn, New York — 57,547 MySpace friends). I acquired this album from a friend a couple weeks ago and when I bought tickets to “BFD 08” (a one-day music fest at the Shoreline Amphitheater on June 7, tickets are only $10.53 to see lots of bands), and MGMT (pronounced Management) was on the lineup (along with Flobots, Moby, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, and Flogging Molly).

So, my friend gives me this album and I fall in love with “Electric Feel.” Every time I get in my car, I consider putting on a different album, or even listening to the whole album through, but I usually get stuck listening to “Electric Feel” on repeat and grooving my heart out.

If you care about what I say at all, go to www.myspace.com/mgmt and check out “Electric Feel,” or call your friendly KSLG DJ and request it because they’ve put that on heavy rotation as of late.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading and as always feel free to send your comments, questions, compliments, critiques to Mstone@eurekareporter.com

(Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)

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