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3/09/07:

 

     2007 is off to a roaring start here at Earache Central.  We played a great private teen birthday party for our young friend Camillo, from The Minors.   It was a moment that could have been very Spinal Tap but turned out to be a pure joy.   The opening band was the First Time Offenders and members ranged from 13-15 years old.   It was their first live show ever and consisted entirely of covers.   A little stiff at first but they loosened up as the crowd did.   I was impressed by their singer, who had a good energy despite his obvious nervousness.   It was a super cold and icy night but we turned up the heat and set that little garage on FIRE!   The great thing about teenagers is they’re so honest when it comes to what they like and don’t like and this awesome crowd let us know they liked it a lot.   Spurred on by their energy we played an extended set and even dusted off our sentimental hit ‘Happy Birthday Motherfucker,’ much to their delight.   The difference in ages showed at the end of the night though when we were loading out gear trying v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y not to slip on the ice while at the same time a bunch of teens were playing football on said ice.   We are also available for Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

     We had a really great time doing another live in-studio performance on
KEXP.   Everyone at the station was so friendly and down to earth.   They made us feel really at home and we returned the favor by rocking the hell out of the airwaves for them.   They have it posted online in their live performances section, and portions of it as well as material from the new album have been featured on several of their recent podcasts.   Information on both can be found at KEXP.org.

     Next we played at the Silver Platters grand opening of their new store at the old Tower records location on Queen Anne . We were really honored to be part of the celebration and glad to see an independent music store replace a big commercial one.   Hooray for the little guys!   Despite not being much attuned to playing before dark or in daylight hours in general, we turned in a monster set by all accounts, one of my favorite sets ever.   It was cool to play to a different crowd of people who were also highly receptive.   I know we made more than one new fan that day and we appreciate your support.   Special thanks to Jim from The Valley for lending Steve some of his gear, and to the awesome staff of Silver Platters.

     Our
Audioasis gig at the High Dive was nothing short of a total blast.   After navigating the complicated load in/load out situation involving six bands at once, it took Steve so long to park (@#$*% Seattle!) that he walked in just in time to play! Undeterred by such nonsense he drove the band like a locomotive through another hot set to a fully packed house.   The show was a charity event for Elderhealth NW, a wonderful local organization dedicated to improving the lives of the elderly.   Ever the activists, we were glad to support this great cause.

      If you notice them putting a new roof on The Comet that’s because we tore the old one off!   In a haze of hot dog smoke from the grill outside, Shark Lake got things started with a loose but rocking set that everyone seemed to enjoy.   The Whore Moans – well where do I start with these guys – 100% pure ass kicking rock and roll.   The bass player and one of the guitarists were having a hot dog eating/drinking contest that did little to impair their screaming high energy set.   The crowd went nuts, we went nuts.   Great songs, great execution, and as it turns out: really nice guys.   Good times.   The house was so packed you could feel that old floor moving up and down with the frenzied crowd.   Never ones to turn down a frenzy, we set up quickly and kept the groove going to the mutual delight of all parties.   It was one of those great nights that make up for all the shitty ones, high octane all around!   It would’ve been a near perfect evening if Officer Buzzkill hadn’t decided to start hassling us.   We were parked outside The Comet as tight to the curb as possible with our hazards on when this pig rolls up beside us and just sits there, effectively blocking traffic.   Steve tried to ignore him since we weren’t doing anything illegal, but that just made him more uppity and he signaled for us to move.   Of course as soon as we did he pulled us over, again blocking traffic, to say that we were blocking traffic even though we never were.   Steve just dished back every bit of attitude he tried to serve us because we knew he had nothing on us.   After the usual illegal background check for warrants without justifiable cause, he ‘let us off’ with a warning, then sped up the street to block traffic again whilst hassling someone else.   Just another bullshit power trip by another little pig with a gun and a badge out to waste our time and tax dollars.

     Now our big news (drum roll please): Oni Timm is now officially in the band!   After almost a year of looking for someone who could match his chops we finally coerced the SOB into joining.  We’re excited to have such an accomplished musician in the band and even more excited that we don’t have to end the awesome rapport we already have going.   This is the strongest lineup we’ve ever had and we’re all looking forward to making more great music together.  We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our ad and to those who auditioned with us.   I’d especially like to thank Ms. Sam Wilder who put up with our wacky schedule and was so, so close to being an Earache.   She’s a very talented musician and an all around great person who we enjoyed meeting and playing with.   If anyone out there is looking for an ace bass player we’d be glad to put you in touch.

     As if that wasn’t enough good news to float your pickle, we’d like to congratulate our own Steve Jones and his wife Jane on the birth of their son: Barrett Mclaen Jones, born on March 7  at a whopping 9lbs 2oz!  We’ll be laying low for the rest of the month while Steve adjusts to his new role of Daddy-O, but we’ll be ready to burn it down again in April.   In the meantime, check out our new ‘video’ (in the 'video' section) on our myspace page.

 
Remember:  there’s more to life than rock and roll, but not much.
 

Until next time, Live Free – Fizzy Lipton, Minister of Propaganda

 

HEAVY ROTATION

 

August:
The Dream Syndicate – "The Days of Wine and Roses" Self titled EP
Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers – "Natural Boogie," "Genuine Houserockin’ Music"
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – "Get Happy," "Armed Forces"
Agitpop – unreleased tracks from upcoming album, B-I-G comp tape
 Ike & Tina Turner – "Festival of Live Performances"

 

Oni:

Thrill Kill Cult -" Sexplosion"
Residents - "Not Available"
David Bowie - BBC sessions (Velvet's  covers!)
Santo & Johnny - "Come in/Off shore"
Epileptics - "System Rejects"

 

Steve:

Masters Of Reality - "Live At The Viper Room"
The Raconteurs - "Broken Boy Soldiers"
Dig - "Radioactive"
The Pink Spiders - "Teenage Graffiti"
Reigning Sound - "Too Much Guitar"

 

Zak:

The Hands - "So Sweet"
Slim Cessna's Auto Club - "Jesus Let Me Down"
The Cars - "The Cars Greatest Hits"
The Birthday Party - "Hits"
Adam and the Ants-  "The Peel Sessions"

 

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