Uncle Andy (aka Producer Becky's brother) sits in on a Dorktown for the first time and tells tales of things. Things such as:
Growing up in Fresno, Portland culture and beer, the art of train hopping, the Ditch of Yosemite and the "weird" folks you see hiking Yosemite high country. Plus, Timmy T, camping stories and Producer Becky's nickname she doesn't want you to know.
Normally we ignore the hell out of lists and where Fresno is on them... alright, well, we don't ignore them, we just pretend to. But when we see one that has cities like Boise, Spokane, CHICO, Modesto, San Luis Obispo, Reno, Monterey, Sacramento and... (wait for it) BAKERSFIELD on it and NOT Fresno, we admit to paying attention.
This list comes from the Fixie Bike Index. From what we gather, it takes the amount of fixie bixes per capita and equates that to how "hipster" a city is. That's really about as acurate as anything could be when you think about it.
So how in the FUCK is Bakersfield, BOISE and Modesto more hipster than us?
Sure, maybe it's a good thing -- really we don't know. But you do think of a city being cooler if hipsters think it's cool (sadly). Plus, we have made nice strides in being a good biking city, you'd think there would be some stats to back that up -- or a spot on a bullshit list somewhere at least.
Not that you noticed but the posts on here were a little light this week. Sadly we don't even have the nerd excuse of playing too much MW3. We just suck some weeks. Lucky for us there is a lot of music happening this weekend to make the blog appear relevant - if only briefly.
MEZCAL LOUNGE: Either we need to be seeing more shows like these in Fresno ... or maybe we need to start noticing more. Either way looks like a hell of time with funk-rock-rap from Argentina with Timmy O' Tool (shared stages with Tom Morello, Fishbone and more), Outernational, Intruder Intrusos and Ezequiel Aragon:
Biking updates for the cycling Fresnan as we continue to inch closer to Portland status.
>>>Availible now on the I Bike Fresno website is their new flashy bike light. Being seen at night is good and it'll give Fresno asshead drivers one less thing to yell at you about as they swerve to hit miss you. For every one you buy, a matching light is donated to a kid through OffTheFront.org.
>>>DIY music venue, The Bel-Tower, is looking for some help with a bike rack. They (along with other music venues like CYC, Audie's and Fulton 55) are pro cycling-to-shows. But, they don't have the immediate means to buy or build a suitable bike rack for the place. If this is something you think you can help wtih (we're looking at you, Mr. Archop Dude), hit them up: firstname.lastname@example.org
We seem to remember, sometime fairly recently, that the Fresno Bike Kitchen was just a dude in a garage fixin' bikes. Well, it still kinda is... but it's much more than that and on a bigger and cooler scale than we had thought as this slick-ass commercial indicates:
Portlanders on Facebook seem to be taking the joke in stride and enjoying the spotlight - being proud of their weirdness. Not sure if Fresnans could take the parody-ing as well if there was a show making fun of us called Freslandia... Fresnanders... Fresnoice.
Nah, we could take it. We is alls grows up nows. In fact, there SHOULD be a comedy show based on Fresnans. It shall be called "Frestopia". It will have Fresnans with multiple barbecues for cooking tri-tip AND asada for tacos. It will have NE Fresno Soccer Moms roaming River Park for 10 minutes looking for the magical perfect spot. It will have Tower Rats asking people for change so they can go buy weed. Tagging Crews will be setting fashion trends and will be the mob of Fresno ... wait wait, this "Frestopia" show is gonna suck. Scrap it. But "Portlandia" looks good.
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland? The dream of forever is alive in Fresno.
Our podcast has finally returned from a long podcast sabbatical (drying out period). It's going to be another classic Dorktown with audio difficulties, no production, beer drinking and Fresno talk.
Like always, this in NOT Safe For Work or monkeys. Pre-listening sorrys for Producer Becky's mic not working throughout, and no production value (no songs, sound effects, opening or closing music) due to a bad computer.
You won't be wanting to use The Brothers Young's music to keep you awake driving down 99. But their Dirty Portlander hippy tunes serve well for a relaxing little video that was shot at Fresno's own Audie's Olympic last Friday night:
If you've been driving around Fresnerd lately, you may have noticed a number of lanes being given away to bikers. Hey, Wishon and Van Ness didn't need so many damn lanes anyways.
So, Fresno's getting all hardcore with the bike lanes. Sweet, gotta like it - closing the bike-friendly gap between us and Portland. Well, maybe the old Land Of Ports is hearing our footsteps 'cause now Portland's upping their bike-lane-game. Their going all, freaky mega-lane:
It's May and it's National Bike Month. Or as Portland calls it: The Holy Month. While Portland may be the bike capital of the west coast (for now), Fresno is building up to at least be in the same class.
We've got a large gap to close but Fresno bike nerds, more specifically the folks over at ibikefresno.org, are working hard to see that we're in the same class as those damn snotty Portlanders - only without the snotty.
Won't be your normal indie rock bands, aka Indie Tuesday, at Starline tonight (there will be beats and stuff with Robopop, Keenhouse and The Outfit). But there is still plenty of live music to enjoy on this fine Tuesday in Fresno.
Floater has been playing in Oregon for 15 years and is highly acclaimed up there. They've played CBGB's, The Roxy and has had their song "The Sad Ballad Of Danny Boy" heard on national radio through the old Z Rock. Check out this nice video from Floater called "In Transition"
Over in Chinatown and starting a little earlier, the CYC has hardcore band from Worcester called Bane. Seems appropriate that Bane is playing in Chinatown since they are actually going to China one more show after this one. Also there is LA's Alpha & Omega, Fresno's Lifeless and Vi-Town's Rodney Strong:
The one touring act on tonight's bill, Prize Country, is from Portland. Yeah, we know, fuck'em right? We hear ya. They're from Portland for creeks sake! But wait now guys, let's hear them out, they may not be, like, so Portland-y:
Well hey, they sound pretty post-hardcore enough for us to check out tonight. Show is at Starline, starts at 8, only 5 bucks.
The Fresnan is a blog drunk on Fresno's sweet sweet booze.
We like posting about local music and random Fresno culture junk. We like Downtown, tri-tip, South of Shaw battles, tamales and remembering when there was a fig orchard at Herndon & Palm. We like to occasionally go to River Park but tell people we never go there.