Death Valley Girls are proto-punks of the modern age; so raw that their sound seems inspired by the ‘caveman rock’ of the Troggs. Their debut LP Street Venom (Burger Records) doesn’t seem to fit any neatly constructed genre; it’s stripped-down motorbike rock ‘n’ roll shrouded in mysterious overtones and a ghoulish blend of bluesy psychedelia and ’60s garage fuzz. Bonnie Bloomgarden is the leader of the pack. Laura Kelsey (formerly of surf/garage girls The Flytraps) plays Mo Tucker meets Nick Knox style drums and Larry Schemel who played in the last incarnation of legendary L.A. punk pagans The Flesh Eaters plays fuzz-heavy guitar like he just might be the bastard son of Davie Allan, you’d be hard-pressed to find a meaner one than the opening riff for “No Reason,” the most menacing song from DVG’s debut album Street Venom. It basically sounds like Larry plugged his guitar straight into a hornet hive and then kicked it. When the rhythm section kicks in it gives the song a sinister kind of rumble that would make Link Wray proud. Bloomgarden’s snotty, bratty vocal sneer cements their sound with old-school girl-gang attitude.
“T’was from the sands of Laguna Beach where Tomas & Wyatt and fellow Elevator repair service colleague met through a dolphin’s cry in the midst of the night, waning-moon present and shimmering across the moonlit sea. The 3 most watery human beings then started to “jam” as a guitar-less mind exploration voyage through the realms of time and space itself. Through their arduous adventures an EP was conceived.. “Staring at the Sun.”, about the mind and how a human being can go through stages of love & post-psychotic-ness. They have lately returned to live and frolic in and out of the sepulchral smog of los angeles, currently working on more tantalizing tunes towards a full length LP to be released in the next coming of moon phases…. Mr.Elevator & the Brain Hotel.”
I first caught up with Mr.Elevator & the Brain Hotel when they were playing with the band, Feeding People. Then as now, they not only inspire they motivated me to get back into playing my own organ and picking up my guitar.
Expect to see and hear more about these awesome musicians and people.
If you listened to her sing the night of the Oscars then you know this girls has talent. Lady Gaga also has talent when it comes to transformation. Does she do all this on her own or does she have help? It does not matter. After all, we are all the net sum of all we do and if it doing it with the aid of others helps us transform then so be it. Hats off (I mean, shirts off) to this awesome woman of change and transformation.
This is the first post of a brand new direction for this website. I am changing the name to “Coming Up Magazine” (Formerly “Coming Up”). Coming Up Magazine , or C.U.M. for short, is about the people, places and things that are shaping our world , particularly about the artist, musicians, writers, magazines, what ever it might be, that is on the Up Swing. A sort of reflection and review of aspiring new bands, talent, brands, that are raising the bar and rising to the new occasion to inspire and motivate the next generation of humans. I doubt if politicians will be found here, but who knows.
This generation needs change masters and innovators. Individuals who sacrifice all to be better humans and the best at what they do.
Feeding People’s Island Universe is a strange and creative music video that shows the creative genius of the writer, Louis Filliger who departs from the traditional garage punk stuff of his earlier works to a deeper and more loftier sound that will get you to wonder if he is mad or simply fucking with your mind.
Jessie Jones’s vocals is a lovely blend of innocence and scorn as she sings, “Forever… Forever..” to the 60’s retro guitar licks of Filliger as he smashes into your frontal lobes.
Yeah, it’s been a while. Way too many projects and responsibilities to keep up the ole’ blog. I have sort of been floundering, creatively speaking. I also had so me website setbacks using Word Press as my authoring tool for another one of my sites so I was a little hesitant to invest too much time writing if in the end it was jacked by hackers.
I just upgraded to the latest version of Word Press so I am hoping it’s more reliable and less likely to be attacked. Jeesh, it’s been a year or more since I wrote last. I feel like my brain needs some WD-40. What’s new with you? Are you still there? What’s up with the intra-net already? Seems like tons of shit going on. On one hand there are some awesome shit coming out of the sciences, what with new voyages and discoveries in outer space and comets and stuff and millions of new galaxies and super earths, hell I can’t up. On the other hand same old violence BS in the world. Fucked Up. Period. Beheadings and more. Yuck. Lying ass news men. Okay where is this going? I don’t know. No where. Floundering in the wind. Kiss me. Kiss my ass. Wait. Huh. What? Yeah, alright already. It’s late and my favorite show is coming on. “Better Call Saul”. Now that’s groovy ass shit. Hey look at me! Look what I can do. Never mind. Stay where you are. Okay. Glamour shots. Nope. Not on your life. Better call Saul. Now there is one funny kind of guy. How would you like to live in the back of a nail salon? I lived in a pantry in a kitchen once. That’s sucked. But hey, you gotta to do what you gotta do.
Are you ready? Perhaps.
It’s important you warm you brain up.. La La La La la.
Thought for the day, ” It’s never too late to wake up” . I will muster the courage to speak my mind regardless of how pointless it might be or become. For I am the gross sum of all of the best and worst possible worlds.
This Wing Chun Documentary explains the benefits of Wing Chun and how it can help you in many different ways.
It is the third martial art styles I have studied and perhaps the most effective. In a nutshell it teaches maintaining direct center against your opponents and minimizing effort.
The earliest known mentions of Wing Chun date to the period of Red Boat Opera.
The common legend as told by Yip Man involves the young woman Yim Wing-chun, (Wing Chun literally means ‘forever springtime’ or ‘praising spring’,) at the time after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple and its associated temples by the Qing government:
After Wing-Chun rebuffs the local warlord’s marriage offer, she says she’ll reconsider his proposal if he can beat her in a martial art match. She soon crosses paths with a Buddhist nun–Ng Mui, who was one of the Shaolin Sect survivors, and asks the nun to teach her boxing. The legend goes that Ng Mui taught Yim Wing-Chun a new system of martial art that had been inspired by Ng Mui’s observations of a confrontation between a Snake and a Crane; this then-still nameless style enabled Yim Wing Chun to beat the warlord in a one-on-one fight. Yim Wing-Chun there-after marries Leung Bac-Chou and teaches him the style, which is later named after her.
Since the system was developed during the Shaolin and Ming resistance to the Qing Dynasty, many legends about the creator of Wing Chun were spread to confuse enemies, including the story of Yim Wing Chun. This perhaps explains why no one has been able to accurately determine the creator or creators of Wing Chun. From Wikipedia