Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dumb Angel's Potpourri, Vol. 2

This month’s DUMB ANGEL blog features a mish-mash of cool happenings, groovy releases we’ve deemed worthy of (cyber) ink and a tad more of that lost coolness that we’ve dug up from the far corners of SoCal’s beach towns.

LET US TURN YOU ON . . .

Dig a few new releases that we felt were worthy of special attention…

A Review of Mama Guitar Holiday

In a world where so-called "rockers" often can’t name four Chuck Berry songs, an all-girl trio from Japan has found the Chuck Berry-meets-surf tone that absorbed the entirety of the Beach Boys’ 1963 garage-band opus, Surfin’ U.S.A. One listen to Mama Guitar’s "Ready to Go" from their newest EP, Mama Guitar Holiday, and you’ll realize that their sound is no mistake. "After Dark" is a breezy, summer-night instrumental, replete with Mama Guitar’s gentle ‘la-la-la’ harmonies, akin to Brian Wilson’s blissed-out "Passing By" (from the 1968 Friends album). In keeping the vibe of 1963 real, during the break of Holiday’s "When We Put Our Bikinis On," lead singer Jun asks, "Am I so cute?" To which the chorus of Iris (bassist) and Yoko (drums) scream, "Yeah!" Jun retorts, "But I don’t wanna go!" Chorus: "Why not?" Jun: "Because I’m fat!" Oh no… this is all by design, friends. The lyrics and music only gets groovier from there. Dig these lunar lyrics to "Tomorrow’s Sea":

It’s time to leave here,
We’re in the sea breeze.


Somewhere else we’ll go,
Anywhere you want,
Dreaming of tomorrow’s sea.


White sand, moon, stars and you,
Only that moment, all of them are mine.



Mama Guitar's Holiday




Dumb Angel co-editor Brian Chidester sat down with Mama Guitar for a little Q&A.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
Jun (Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter): Brian Wilson, King & Goffin, Greenwich & Barry, Phil Spector
Iris (Bass/Vocals): Shangri-La’s and more.
Yoko (Drums): The Beatles!

What inspired you to do MAMA GUITAR HOLIDAY?
Iris: It’s a secret!
Yoko: Peaceful days.
Jun: We just put together some summer songs we already had been playing, and added a few more new songs.

If you could play anywhere in the world, at any venue, where would it be?
Yoko: California's beach or big grasslands somewhere.
Iris: I want to go to anywhere we can go!

Do you have a boyfriend?
Jun: No . . .
Iris: It’s a secret.
Yoko: I’m married!

What kind of boys do you like?
Jun: I like people who are kind, friendly and funny.
Iris: Gentle, and who has nice smile person!
Yoko: A gentle and bright person.

Favorite thing to do on a date?
Iris: Lunch in the park.



Mama Guitar, Hamburg Tour



Favorite bands?
Jun: The Beach Boys, the Zombies, the Hollies, the Beatles, the Monkees, Four Seasons.
Yoko: Sly and the Family Stone, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Zombies, the Hollies.
Iris: Shangri-La’s, Kinks, Serge Gainesbourg.

Favorite singers?
Jun: Annette, Robin Ward, Shelley Fabares, Ronnie Spector, Claudine Longet, Yui Asaka, Brian Wilson, Colin Blunstone
Yoko: Colin Blunstone, Ronnie Spector, Carol King, James Brown, Bob Dylan.

Favorite album?
Jun: The Beach Boys Today!
Iris: Anna.
Yoko: The Beatles’ Rubber Soul.

Your hobbies?
Yoko: Collecting dolls and cute things, and shopping.
Iris: Making sweets, sewing and frogs… I’m keeping many little frogs!
Jun: Taking naps.

Favorite movie?
Jun: The Trouble with Harry
Iris: Anna, Betty Blue.
Yoko: Toto the Hero, Times and Honors, Buffalo 66.

Favorite TV show?
Yoko: Animation of the Beatles!
Jun: Sukeban Deka, Little House on the Prairie

Favorite food?
Jun: Steak, Potatoes
Iris: Ice cream and spicy food.
Yoko: Cheese, seafood, chocolate.

Favorite candy?
Jun: Yogurt flavored Chelsea.
Yoko: Milk-flavored soft candy.

If you were trapped on a deserted island with one person, who would that person be?
Jun: Msama.
Iris: My darling.
Yoko: My husband.




Favorite Sanrio character/animal?
Jun: Pigs, hippos and elephants.
Iris: FROG!
Yoko: I'm not interested in Sanrio character, but I love Monchicchi! It's a monkey baby's doll.

Personal plans for the future?
Jun: I don't have any yet.
Iris: For now, I want to lose my weight!
Yoko: I want to be an owner of a little shop and I want to be a tender mother!

Are hippies ever cool?
Jun: It's not really my kind of style, so I don't have an opinion.
Yoko: I think so!

Do you like what Gwen Stefani is doing with pop culture today?
Jun: I don't know her, sorry.
Iris: Sorry, don’t know her.

—Brian Chidester




Mama Guitar's Holiday EP



A Review of Jan & Dean’s Popsicle (CD Reissue by Sundazed Records)

This is as good a place to get started with Jan & Dean as any. It’s pure 1966 marketing, which in itself is an enlightened thing. The Popsicle album was released by Liberty Records that year after Jan Berry’s accident, and the Sunshine Pop single climbed immediately up the charts... the last real Jan & Dean hit, in sequence. But... get this... "Popsicle Truck" (as it was originally titled) had been released on the Drag City album in 1963. That's the beauty of Popsicle; Liberty found a bunch of album tracks of ambient merit for 1966, and just pumped ’em out there. One can immediately recognize the quality of Jan & Dean's work, that is, stuff lyin’ around on their albums that coulda been singles, or that worked in another time zone. It actually becomes a collection of their most interesting material outside of the obvious hits, and therefore a new listener can come to the group with the whole thing being a fresh experience.


Jan & Dean's Popsicle LP Cover, 1966



These great tracks are also sequenced in a groovy manner that makes for cool and casual listening. Side two runs through a vibe so lucid, it includes a Jill Gibson song, a Brian Wilson song, a Brian Wilson song, then another Jill Gibson song... all collaborations with Jan Berry (with pals Roger Christian and Don Altfeld pitchin’ in on occasion).

Once the side kicks off with a very, very Psyhedelic Surf Pastiche Washout version of the Beatles’ "Norwegian Wood" (love it when Jan Berry emulates and eventually uses sitars, like later on "Fan Tan," "Mullholland" and others from the still-unreleased Carnival of Sound album from 1968), it goes to the Jill Gibson/Jan Berry duet "A Surfer’s Dream." For my money, this is the most idyllic song of the whole surf shebang. Jill shows up again on the Brian Wilson/Jan Berry chillout "Surf Route 101", this time doin’ the sexy voice of the girl who tags along for a surfari . . . Jill intones "I dig your Woody, lover, let’s disappear." Next we cut to a brilliant, generally unheard Berry/Wilson rocker, "Surfin’ Wild," where Jan finally figures it out; "Well I know what I want, yeh, got it all planned, gonna surf all day then sleep in the sand." Sounds good to me.

The expansive Jill Gibson number "Waimea Bay" follows, showing Jan Berry already capable of arrangements on the level of what Brian Wilson would achieve by the time of Pet Sounds. This earlier production fits in with the 1966 feel perfectly.

Closing side two’s sequence is a nod to the fashion controversy of the decade, Rudi Gernreich’s topless bathing suit. That's another beauty about this LP. Jan & Dean got this wired during 1964 with "One Piece Topless Bathing Suit," which made for an even better environment on Popsicle, due to the growing promiscuity 1966 seemed to envelop. The greens and yellows so prominent in clothing and album covers that year are nothing more than a shift toward sunlight and lovers lyin’ around in the tall grass with marigolds all around them. "One Piece Topless Bathing Suit," the grand dandy of ’em all, makes for an optimistic closer, a good vibe, a good feeling, evocative of graphic design where sunlight through her tan hair became a stock, indelible image always harking back to that very 1966.


Jan & Dean's tour booklet, designed by Dean Torrence in graphics class at USC, 1965



Then you get side one, too. After the joyous vibraphone and nonsense backing vocals of "Popsicle" comes "The Restless Surfer," kicking in the feel of wanderlust right away. This Gary Zekley tune title is what I plucked as a non-de-plume when I wrote the liner notes for those Surfer's Mood albums way back in the early ’90s (another golden decade, for people who loathe hessians, like me). Dean’s falsetto on the end of "The Restless Surfer" may also rank among the top yearning vocal moments in rock ’n’ roll, fully encompassing desire in the heart of the protagonist.

Next up is another boss, neglected Brian Wilson/Jan Berry number "She’s My Summer Girl," originally the flip side of "Surf City" -- the first in a series of Berry/Wilson hits including "Drag City," "Dead Man’s Curve," "The New Girl in School" and "Ride the Wild Surf"... (which you may already have somewhere). "Down at Malibu Beach" is a casual Chuck Berry workout; guitarist Billy Strange gets to pull a few hot licks, and that’s followed by another Malibu callout on "Summer Means Fun."

Without a doubt, this a cooler version of "Summer Means Fun" than the hit by Bruce & Terry, or the Fantastic Baggys’ fine version (which shares the same backing track as J&D). Jan Berry’s lead vocal just seems to capture the meaning of the lyric better, and in this respect, he’s in league with early Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry... again, having a real feel for rock ’n’ roll at its source. "Tennessee" closes, and at first it seems out of 1966 feel, but it’s great to go back to this 1962 track and hear Plas Johnson’s "Surfer’s Stomp"-like saxophone solo. It’s a hark back to R&B vocal times in a way similar to what the Mothers of Invention would achieve when they recorded Cruisin’ with Ruben & the Jets in 1968. Already, the psychedelic world was ready for a throwback.

The only cut that seems to be missing from this slapdash affair is Jill Gibson's "It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3." But we won’t spend time second-guessing the uncredited Liberty Records employee who had the good sense to sequence this thing brilliantly otherwise. A year later, Paul Williams would write a review for The Byrds Greatest Hits in Crawdaddy! (later available in his book Outlaw Blues) describing the packaging and sequencing of this particular greatest hits package as an art form in itself. Popsicle manages that same artfullness for a collection of songs that, by Jan & Dean standards, would be their "underground" selections.

That packaging matched the gorgeous Watts Tower photographs of the 1966 Jan & Dean tour program designed by Dean Torrence — a precursor to his Kittyhawk Graphics work. In a year's time, Dean would be designing for the Turtles and did a similar tour program for the Mamas & the Papas. Jill Gibson also wound up in the Mamas & the Papas for a while (singing on the hit "Look Through My Window," and on plenty of the group’s second album). Popsicle, as packaging, can be seen as leaning in that direction, a sojourn both Jan and Dean would find on their own when recording the Psychedelic Surf Pastiche Washout masterworks Carnival of Sound and Save for a Rainy Day respectively. Popsicle, as music, shows that they had these expansive instincts with them during what may be considered, to some, as a more primitive juncture in their career. A time, however, that was high in both creativity and success.


If only their 1966 TV show pilot Jan and Dean on the Run would have been able to continue... a special nod here to "Time and Space" and "Capitol City" from that ready for Psych-Surf-Pastiche project. Oh well...

—Domenic Priore (with Mark A. Moore)

Jan & Dean at Simon Rodia's Watts Towers




RECURRING BALBOA THEME

The editors at DUMB ANGEL have dug up more goodies from the seemingly endless well of coolness that has come out of Balboa. In a now-recurring theme of this blog site, we present you with a pair of reviews, a batch of film glossies and a summary of DUMB ANGEL’s April 2nd gig, in the Newport/Balboa area (at Sid’s Blue Beet).


From the Balboa segment of Lord Love A Duck



Lord Love a Duck (1965)

United Artists, B&W, 105 Minutes
George Axelrod (Producer/Director)
George Axelrod and Larry H. Johnson (Screenplay)
Based on the Novel by Al Hine



Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld . . . punks in the classroom



The dark side, inner-workings of Beach Party-era star-making is just one of many social phenomena satired and deconstructed in the opulent, punk-spirited Lord Love a Duck. The hypocrisy and wasted time inherent to religion, the education system, psychoanalysis and used car sales are all equated; nothing is taboo. Roddy McDowall is a Dada-meets-Go Go version of the somnambulist in Fritz Lang’s The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari, one step ahead of everyone in his world. Tuesday Weld plays his foil, a High School vamp who is part and parcel to McDowall’s schemes. Harvey Korman (Blazing Saddles, The Carol Burnett Show) is typically despicable as the school principal. Students look bad-ass wearing sunglasses in class. Weld graduates from the lame rules of the Cashmere Sweater Club in school, and becomes a beach flick movie star, getting everything she wants through McDowall’s wise-guy maneuvers. On a trip to Balboa Island for Spring Break, the director of "15 beach movies" spots Weld and eventually turns her into a 16-year-old version of Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. There is much twisting, hully-gully-ing and watusi during the Balboa segment, and punk music is soundtracked by both Neil Hefti ("Batman" theme) and the Wild Ones, a New York City combo who were then house band at Arthur (they also made a great appearance in The Fat Spy with Jayne Mansfield, played the After Hours shows at Hullabaloo on Sunset in '66, and at the L.A. version of Arthur when it opened at 666 N. La Cienega Boulevard in 1968).
—Domenic Priore


New York Go Go in a Hollywood way, 1965




Tuesday Weld, mid-'60s




Back to Balboa, by the Stan Kenton Orchestra (1958)

Stan HentonIn 1958, Stan Kenton organized his latest version of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and took them back to where Kenton Mach One broke in 1941… the town of Balboa (and more specifically, the Rendezvous Ballroom). Back to Balboa was recorded live during the Kenton Orchestra’s last residence at the Rendezvous in 1957-58, and features a bevy of placid Lennie Niehaus sax solos, adding to the album’s overall lounginess. Label this another seaside tone-poem to be included in DUMB ANGEL’s ever-growing pantheon of Balboa LPs and singles. Several cuts feature the word "blue" in the title (a locale-description later employed by Joe Saraceno for his moody Mar-Kets hit "Balboa Blue"), while "Rendezvous at Sunset" wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the seasonal ’50s flick A Summer Place. The symphonic trumpet blasts that open the song (in classic Kenton pomp) quickly give way to a mellow moodiness rarely found in ’40s or ’50s Kenton. The dawn of "Champagne Music" had arrived.

—Brian Chidester


Dumb Angel Co-Editor Brian Chidester at Sid's Blue Beet. © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




The Orange County Launch Party for Dumb Angel #4: All Summer Long… Featuring the Ghastly Ones, the Boardwalkers and special guest Billy Hinsche, Sunday, April 2

Last night’s show at Sid’s Blue Beet in Newport Beach went off like a charm. The Boardwalkers kicked open the bill and impressed everyone with their fine-tailored surf instrumental skill. Billy Hinsche followed, providing the folk enlightenment for the evening. He performed "Two in the Afternoon," "Tell Someone You Love Them," "Lady Love" and "Thru Spray-Colored Glass" (the theme song from 1969’s surf movie soundtrack, Follow Me), plus songs from his career retrospective Mixed Messages. The show was closed with an absolute punk-out by the Ghastly Ones, who brought the house down with their organ-drenched, garage-fuzztone. Tunes from the Ventures’ psychotic Wild Things! album were performed ("Fuzzy and Wild"). Celebrities in the audience included Rockin’ Jelly Bean (from Jackie & the Cedrics), Darian Sahanaja (of the Wondermints and Brian Wilson's band), 1976 World Surfing Champ Peter Townsend (who doubled for William Katt in Big Wednesday) and Jim Frias (from the original 1964 Santa Ana surf band, the Nocturnes… also a short-term member of the Chantays and the Trademarks). Here’s a few pictures from Sid’s, we’ll have more next month.





The Boardwalkers: Dan Valentie, guitar; Mark Hoeschler, bass; Marty Tippens, drums — © 2006 William Robert Thompson. All Rights Reserved.




Boardwalkers guitarist: Dan Valentie — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Boardwalkers bassist: Mark Hoeschler — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Boardwalkers drummer: Marty Tippens — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




DJ Penelope Pitstop — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Billy Hinsche provides the folk of the evening, giving the night a Five Summer Stories legitimacy. © 2006 William Robert Thompson. All Rights Reserved.




Formerly with the Beach Boys during the mid-’70s, Hinsche’s band (Dino, Desi & Billy) recorded “Thru Spray-Colored Glasses” in 1969 for the surf movie soundtrack, Follow Me. Tonight he performed the song, for the first time anywhere, at Sid’s Blue Beet. © 2006 William Robert Thompson. All Rights Reserved.




Debbie Shair (Marizane, Candypants) and Darian Sahanaja (Wondermints, the Brian Wilson band) share a moment of meditation and reflection with Dumb Angel Co-Editor Domenic Priore — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.





Surfer’s mood with Billy Hinsche. © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




DJ Brian Chidester — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




DJ Penelope Pitstop confers with DJ Domenic Priore — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




Jim Frias (left), original Surf-era saxophonist of the Nocturnes (from Santa Ana), drops in to the Blue Beet . . . and was stoked to hear DJ Domenic Priore spin the 45 "Baha-Ree-Bah" by the Trademarks (another band he performed with back in the day). The Nocturnes' recordings can be heard on Rare Surf Vol. 2 (AVI), while the Trademarks were comped on Wail on the Beach (Satan Records) — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




The Ghastly Ones — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Go Go Dancers Kari French (left) and Monique groove with the Ghastly Ones — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




Boss Go Go: Monique — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




Boss Go Go: Kari French — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Go Go bohemia with the Ghastly Ones, shot from the 2nd floor crow’s nest. © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




Ghastly Ones organist: Dave "Captain Clegg" Klein — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Ghastly Ones drummer Norman "Baron Shivers" Cabrera steps out front, Trashmen style. ©2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Ghastly Ones bassist: Kevin "Sir Go Go Ghostly" Hair — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Ghastly Ones guitarist: Garrett "Dr. Lehos" Immel — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




Go Go Relief: Monique — © 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.




DJ Penelope Pitstop chats with Domenic Priore and Audrey Moorehead (the It's Happening crew) while friend Ingo Pfenning, visiting from Germany (lower right), checks out a Greater L.A. area environment that hasn't been seen since the release of How To Stuff A Wild Bikini in 1965. — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




We'd like to think Morey Amsterdam (as "Cappy") is looking down on us from above — © 2006 David Wilson. All Rights Reserved.




© 2006 Christopher Grisanti. All Rights Reserved.

34 comments:

Martin McIntosh said...

Hi Dom-
I've been totally digging your Dumb Angel blog. You have me dreaming of Modernist architecture, corn dogs and Mexican food, the sea breeze, surf guitar, bongo beats and wailing flutes, and the Californian sun. Your DJing blog had me out searching for surf soundtracks - I didn't get any, but did pick up a copy of the Brown "On Any Sunday" DVD. I love it! Endless Summer on
dirt.

Martin McIntosh, Outre Gallery, Australia

Mark A. Moore said...

From the Ghastly Ones Website:

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Newport Beach last Sunday! The place (especially the stage) was cramped as hell but it didn’t stop us from having a blast. My ears are still ringing from several mirrors behind the stage that reflected so much high frequency that it felt like power drills were being inserted into my eardrums! Ah, good times! The stage was so tight that Garrett and Dave set up on the ground face to face with the audience with their amps on stage. And with two lovely go-go girls gyrating by their side, it ended up feeling like something from Hullabaloo or Shindig. Good times, indeed! I want to give a special mention to some loyal fiends at the show who have been with us since the beginning, Brent and Mark Kanaster, Big Tiki Jeff, and some newer fiends like Damien and his lovely girlfriend Sarah, Markenstein, Ran and last but certainly not least, Kristena and Rudy Hernandez who come out to nearly every show. Also in attendance was our good pal Jellybean of Jackie and The Cedrics visiting from Japan, (if you get a chance check out his band, they’re one of our all time favorites), Dano from The Dynotones, a red hot surf combo from OC, and Jim Frias, legendary sax player of The Nocturnes. And once again, many of you mentioned you found us through MySpace. Very Cool. Finally, thanks to Dominic Priore and Brian Chidester who set up this bash to launch their magazine, DUMB ANGEL 4: ALL SUMMER LONG, an excellent publication on surf and hot rod culture. See ya at the next Shindig!

Otherside - Ken Worthing & Trev Eynon said...

Fantastic, Dom! Wish I'd've been there .. rather be digging the kewl scene in L.A., than be here in the U.K.

Ken Worthing, U.K.

Signed D.C. said...

Re: The Wild Ones..."The Fat Spy" is alright, but don't overlook (Wild Ones leader/Sybil Burton boyfriend) Jordan Christopher's creepy turn as Bogart Peter Stuyvesant in "Angel Angel Down We Go," a.k.a. "Cult of the Damned." Required viewing.

The Surfites said...

Very cool! Some really interesting reading. Think I'm gonna watch J&D's On The Run TV show tonight. Or maybe a Tuesday Weld movie!

Gaylord Fields said...

Damn, i wish i was there! But the blog entry was the next best thing -- i'm glad it was a success. Next time, i'm getting on a plane someway, somehow! -- Gaylord Fields, WFMU

Kelly Kuvo said...

Wow! It looks like it was a total blast. Congrats! -- Kelly Kuvo

Steve Stanley said...

Nice. Great photos. Wish I coulda been there. -- Steve Stanley

Art Fein said...

That's righteous, brother. Of course, the Japanese girl group took their name from Andy Griffith's song in "A Face In The Crowd." -- Art Fein

Jorge said...

Thanks for introducing me to Mama Guitar Holiday. Awesome band! -- Jorge

Jeff Horne said...

Thanks for sharing! Becky looks like a total badass! -- Jeff Horne

Anonymous said...

Nice Dom!
I was there in spirit -- and as you may recall, one of the best tunes in The Wedge repertoire was "Balboa Blue", revved up to go-go speed.
--Probyn

King Kukulele said...

Hey Brian,

I got the email about the blog and gig at Sid's... it looks great, I wish I could've made it.

Nick Campbell said...

What a great new blog, Brian!

I really enjoyed it and will return later tonight to savor it.
I'd love to get "Popsicle" by Jan & Dean on CD.

You look cool, Brian, and retain your youthful appearence (and I am certain, charm). Are any of these Mama Guitar albums available on CD, Brian?

Christopher Grisanti said...

Great show! The Boardwalkers were mesmerizing and the vibe was pure California.

Dave Beard said...

Great "Popsicle" review. Overall, everything is cool. I love the cultural Californai coverage you have, as well as the events that have been organized. Who knew it would be this cool in 2006 to hang with Dom and Brian and friends and have the chance to revisit old feels?

Makes me wish I lived in Calfiornia ...

Nick Campbell said...

Hi Brian:

I said I was coming back for more and glad I did. Loved Domenic Priore's stories, much like reading the liner notes on albums during the 50s and 60s. The entire experience was akin to a feeling like the yellows and oranges alluded to in the late 60's album covers. Never have got to Sid's Blue Beet and must drop in after checking out the photographs at Dumb Angel. It was definitely summer all over again. It's great to see all of your faces and the interest in the surfing scene that was much more than the soundtrack of our lives. Have to check out The Ghastly Ones sometimes in the future. But will definitely visit Sid's Blue Beet. Peace Out....

Mike Villano said...

Cool, daddy-o! Great live pix.

John Lane said...

Hi Brian,

I'm rootin' for the continued success of Dumb Angel!! You should be very proud of carrying the banner into the new century.

Take care,
John Lane

Hangee v said...

Those picture are great! WE love the Ghastly Ones!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice features as always! As a Mama Guitar superfan, here's a little more info about them. The Mama Guitar Holiday CD (7 songs) and 45 (4 songs) are available direct from the band on the Shop page on their website. International orders have to just email them to get details. They also have two great earlier albums, available on CD or LP from the Captain Trip website: http://www.captaintrip.co.jp/egs.html, where you can find them by looking under the artist index. I'm starting to sound like a shill, but I'm just a fan.

BTW, about the name, I'm not sure if it's related to "A Face In The Crowd". There used to be a series of Japanese kitchen toys for kids, called "Mama Stove" and so on, so maybe the name was related to that.

The blog really looks good guys,

-Randy

Jeff said...

Dominic,
Had a blast at your mag release party in Newport.With all the Great Bands. Hope to see you do more stuff with surf bands in the future. The Mag is killer I keep telling more and more people about it.
keep up the great work,
Jeff(bigtikidude)

Elaine said...

Hi Brian,

Love all of the pictures! The gals look especially cool in their outfits. Your blog makes me see all that I'm missing out there.

Take Care.

Steven said...

Love it, guys. Keep up the good work!

Jeff Larson said...

Thanks Brian - these are cool... love what you're doing - quality stuff.

Best, Jeff

Joe Romersa said...

Very cool guys! Mama Guitar, excellent! The Blue Beat photos are great too! Keep up the great work!

Joe Romersa
composer/producer/engineer
Shadow Box Studio

Malcolm Leo said...

Thank you, Brian. I always enjoy your stuff. Best to Domenic. It's time to do Sunset Stip 66-68.

Malcolm

Steve Kalinich said...

Great job, guys. You should consider doing something on P.F. Sloan... a huge presence in the '60s... more than people realize.

Love,
Stevie

Bob Hanes said...

I love it! Thanks for everything, guys! I drop by silently every so often.

The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, Church of the Harmonic Overdub

• B E N B E N E K • said...

looked like an exciting and eventful evening

bastardsalad said...

Really enjoyed reading about the Japanese ladies...it's incredible that people can still capture the feel of an era and movement.

Ron Morrison

user said...

Your latest issue is the topper-most!
Have told all my friends about it...yummy!

Waitin' for Brian to come back and play in GA

cheers!
Ward-O-Matic

Anonymous said...

Any chance of bringing Mama Guitar to the Pacific Coast?

Anonymous said...

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