>>>Fierce Creatures continues their hot streak as their EPis being sent out to college radio stations throughout the country. Any college town will now be able to request them some Fresno Fierceness: The Syndicate. Enjoy some new Fierce Creatures shot in Vice City:
>>>As we continue to be bitter about Myspace's worthlessness and Facebook's Walmarting of the Internet, we're left searching for a good website to keep our love of local bands organized. Well then, welcome the return of Reverbnation. This website, solely for bands and fans, has been around awile but has only partially caught on. Hopefully now bands and fans will give it a rebirth and help the local charts make a little more sense.
In case you didn't catch Dale Stewart posting this himself over at Fresno Famous, a very cool baby tiny punk documentary about local punk legends, Capitol Punishment, was just released. If you like punk or Fresno music history, it's pretty awesome. We just wish and hope there is a part 2,3 and 4 coming out:
Rademacher's Malcolm Sosa has a new band called College Kids. Fans of local indie lords, Rademacher, need not worry. Rademacher is still there and fine. This is just a new project of Malcolm's, one with friend Kim Haden (formerly of LIGHT FM and now performing with YELLOW ALEX).
They've got a one song officially release and Fresno worthy called "The Big Fresno Fair". It's got a special appearance by Blake Jones and his Theremin. You can download it for your local collection here:
>>>One of Fresno's all-time awesome bands, MoFo Party Band, is on a European tour (these are the things that make you "all-time" ya see). And on one of their stops, they visited Fresno's German sister city: Munster. The above pic is them with Munster's Mayor, being all Fresno ambassador-y and stuff. Pretty sweet. Maybe Munster can send a badass band our way sometime.
>>>You don't see a lot of Northerners (North Fresnans) checking out local music shows in the Tower or Downtown - you can spot them, you know it's true. So, it leaves one thinking "Maybe they just go to the big Save Mart Center shows and don't like the small shows." Well we found that to not be true because there were a lot of Northies at the grand opening party/music fest of Eureka Burger. A show complete with Tower regulars Strange Vine, Patrick Contreras and Say Swear. So the whole Tower/Downtown folks stay south of Shaw and North Fresnans stay north, thing, is alive and well and probably not going away anytime soon.
>>>Eli Reyes, drummer for Fay Wrays, was recently featured on the blog: The Taste Of Sound. It's a hyper focused music blog that asks musicians food related questions... so maybe it's a food blog then. Whatever. We learned Eli's favorite food is Mexican and he likes bacon, potatoes, tortillas, and salsa for breakfast - such a Fresnan, Eli, such a Fresnan.
The Fay Wrays have a topass looking show coming up next week (too bad it's in Clovis). Killer flier:
>>>In case you missed the big Shiver Fox CD release show at the Tower Theatre last Saturday night, or simply forgot to walk out with a CD, there's a Internet-y way to get the album right now. Just look below and download the crap out of "Ride It" (or just continuously play it for free):
Look how happy Fresno's post-punk dudes the Fay Wrays are. You don't want to make them sad do you? Good. Then all you have to is go here and look to the left of the page and vote for Fay Wrays. That's it. Your good Fresnan deed is done for the day.
The Fay Wrays are hoping your vote will help them win a slot on the Free For All Festival down in So Cal. Voting ends on Sunday at 5:00 so hit it up now. This is what they could be a part of:
Local rock band, Down Word, just got done with a video for their song "Motion". It's directed by E. Rose of Cali Mic Check, shot and edited by Side B. Don't watch if crimes against computer keyboards offend you.
The drawbacks of the all ages music venue, Kuppajoe's: No indoor seating, small, no booze and no cussing allowed from the artists (probably only the bands realize that one).
The positive stuff: Good local and touring bands play there consistently. Much like last Friday when Atascadero/Los Angeles indie-alt band, Lakes, came through and sounded nice:
Guess we should just shut up and let the kids have their venue, but speaking from the well-over-21-but-still-love-live-bands crowd, it'd sure be nice to see the quality bands Kuppa gets, while having a beer.
Rademacher frontman Malcolm Sosa recently talked with the Los Angeles blog, Radio Free Silver Lake, giving So Cal folks (and now Fresnans) an update on what's been going on with his band. Two words: Lineup changes. But what else is new with those guys!? If there were records kept on things like Fresno band lineup changes, Rademacher would be Wayne fucking Gretzky.
The extent of the Rademacher "family" is not all we learn, Malcolm fills RFSL readers in on what's next for the band, his take on the Los Angeles scene and more. Check out the post here.
Then, check out the current Rademacher lineup for yourself at Tokyo Garden on Thursday:
Not sure if you guys have noticed but there is a pretty damn huge local rock show happening this Saturday. It's not happening at Audie's Olympic. Not at Starline. It doesn't involve the Crossroads nor Tokyo Garden or the CYC, Babylon, Club Retro or even Kuppajoe's. No, this one is going big time: Tower Theatre:
We're struggling to remember a full bill of local rock acts (outside of Rock Of The Tower) playing a Tower Theatre show. Should be interesting to see how many folks they get in there. Hopefully it will be a large enough success that this kind of show will be a regular Tower Theatre occurrence.
Aaron Espinoza. He's a Fresno native, Hoover High kid and leader of L.A. indie rock band with the Valley inspired name, Earlimart. He recently added another band to his hipster arsenal called Admiral Radley. It's compiled of other indie rockin folk too but we're not sure who those folk are but we get the feeling we're supposed too.
We know all this because of a Twitter tipster and because Pitchfork has already written about it. When the coolest music website around is writing about a Fresno native, we are forced to take note. But as Pitchfork's Tom Breihan points out, Aaron and his friends may just be dickin' around:
"They've also posted a stream of a new song
called "Nuthin'" to the website. The song
is about 20 seconds long, and it consists of the band's members
harmonizing the song's title three times. Evidently, they're not taking
this new enterprise too seriously."
Admiral Radley is at least taking things serious enough to go out on a little tour (unfortunately that tour doesn't involve Fresno at this time) and claim to have an album coming. Plus, they have t-shirts. Printing shirts always mean business, right?
*Sorta related: An interview we did with Aaron Espinoza a while back can be heard by listening to this Flowing With Famous.
A couple big moments are happening this week for Fresno rapper Fashawn (besides turning 21). His new album "Boy Meets World" is released Tuesday (to places like Best Buy and Amazon) and his big Tower Theatre show is Saturday. The Tower show should be packed and will likely be his last in Fresno for a while as he continues his tour with Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan after Saturday.
So, is it happening? Is a Fresno music artist finally about to "make it"? Everything points to yes at the moment (knock on wood).
While we have a debate in our head whether Fashawn "making it" is the same as a Fresno band "making it", we wish best of luck to Fash' and hope he stays the nice dude that everyone in town says he is - no mater how big he gets.
Fresno's Motel Drive (awesome Fresno band name) have been playing a lot this year and impressing everyone along the way (well, for the sake of this set-up, everyone). Recently they visited KFSR studios to record "Drifter Blues" for listeners and us to enjoy:
For those of you hitting Santa Cruz September 3rd you can catch Motel Drive at Coasters. Or in town at Audie's September 11th and (among others) a fest-y date October 3rd.
The Fresnan is a blog drunk on Fresno's sweet sweet booze.
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