Archive for July, 2014

Cooler temps in Destin

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After some rain on Monday we have had several days of perfect weather here in Destin. The humidity is way down, temps are a little lower and the sky is a perfect blue. The morning lows have been in the low 70’s with the upper 60’s a little inland. We are still hitting almost 90 during the days but with the lower humidity it feels great.

It is obvious this week the tourist season is starting to wind down. Most families are now back home starting to get geared up for the back to school time. I have been able to get home pretty easily this week which is nice. The parade and fireworks still draw big crowds but it’s getting better. This is getting to be the best time of the year in Destin where the locals can have our town back! LOL

This week Sunshine Cindy and I only got out one night as she has been helping Tiffany get ready to move. We went to Hooters on Wednesday. It’s close to the house and they have a big open air deck that is nice. We had a nice relaxing time as they were not too crowded. We had wings, beer and sliders…a good way to enjoy the night.

This seems to be the summer of sharks around the Emerald Coast. I saw a cell phone video that was shot at Crab Island earlier this week showing a Hammerhead Shark swimming around in the shallow water. It’s not the first time we have had sharks swimming around Crab Island but it always gets a lot of attention when they do show up. The same day that video was shot another Hammerhead Shark was spotted in the gulf in Navarre. This shark was in the shallows next to shore. The lifeguards were able to get everyone out of the water. Most of the time the Hammerheads will not bother people as long as they don’t have something on that flashes in the sun. Of course I would rather just watch them from shore!

We don’t have a lot of plans for the weekend. Could it be we relax this weekend? I doubt it but then when we get out and about that is relaxing! You can find all the weekend activities going on here:  http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Weekend-Update.html 

Get out and enjoy all the Emerald Coast has to offer. See ya Monday!

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Two Years Without Tony Sly

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The punk rock community was heartbroken to learn of the passing of No Use For A Name frontman, Tony Sly, two years ago today. The singer died peacefully in his sleep, but that does not stop the heartache of the band mates, peers, and fans he left behind.

As a memorial to the late artist, Fat Wreck Chords released a two-disc tribute on October 29, 2013. The album features legends and newcomers alike singing some of their favorite No Use songs including Strung Out performing “Soulmate”, Bad Religion with their rendition of “Let It Slide” and NOFX with “The Shortest Pier”.
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The album is available in all formats and proceeds will benefit the Tony Sly Memorial Fund to help benefit the two daughters he left behind. The record is available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats by clicking HERE!

To commemorate Sly, PunkRockRadio in Australia is airing a two-hour special beginning July 30th at 7:00am (Pacific Standard Time) and broadcasting through August 6, 2014. The show includes interviews with various people from Tony’s life. Expect shared stories, some laughs, and cover songs from El Hefe of NOFX, Annie DeTemple of Old Man Markley, and Sam King of the band Get Dead. We will also be fortunate to hear from Tony’s wife, Brigitte Sly, and his brother, Jon Sly.

Be sure to tune in to Australia-based Punk Rock Radio at PunkRockRadio.net during any of the following show times:

*All times PST
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
7:00am – 9:15am
5:30pm – 7:45pm

Thursday, July 31, 2014
3:00am – 5:15am
9:15am – 11:30am
2:30pm – 4:45pm

Friday, August 1, 2014
12:45am – 3:00am
8:45pm – 11:00pm

Saturday, August 2, 2014
4:45am – 7:00am
7:00am – 9:15am

Sunday, August 3, 2014
7:00am – 9:15am
5:00pm – 7:15pm

Monday, August 4, 2014
2:45pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
1:45am – 4:00am
9:30am – 11:45am
11:45pm – 12:00am

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
12:00am – 2:00am
7:00am – 9:15am
5:30pm – 7:45pm

Related Links:
Punk Rock Radio
Purchase Album via Fat Wreck Chords
Donate to the Tony Sly Fun to help his two daughters

Article by: Blake Taylor

Watch: Thomas Oliver – “International You Day” (Tribute to Tony Sly)

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Authority Zero: 2014 Fall Tour

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Starting Sept 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada, Authority Zero will embark on their Rise to Fall Tour. Their tour will wrap up after 5 weeks on October 31st in their hometown of Mesa, Arizona…
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About a year ago, I saw Authority Zero at the Hard Rock Café with Ballyhoo! and Versus the World during their Summer Sickness tour. I gotta be honest because the venue is definitely not the biggest Hard Rock in the world, and feels more like a dining establishment until they clear all the tables off the main floor. BUT, Authority Zero rocked the house, didn’t show their age, but proved why they’ve been together for 2 decades and have been touring for 20 years.

Since that run of 44 shows that led into mid-summer of 2013, the fellas from Mesa, Arizona have done a fall run in Canada for 9 dates, a winter tour with Guttermouth for 12 dates, a reunion tour with The Ataris for 20 dates, and are currently on a European tour for 29 dates. Clearly AZ is a hardworking band that plays for the love of music.

With about 115 shows in the last year, Authority Zero has recently announced their Rise to the Fall Tour 2014 upon the return of their European Tour that they’re currently on. The tour will feature 36 stops throughout the States, including many of the same markets that were hit during The Ataris Reunion Tour earlier in the year.

Their latest album “The Tipping Point” was released over a year ago, but you can still read about the release and hear what lead vocalist Jason Devore had to say about it right HERE!. But for now, make sure to catch Authority Zero coming to a city near you!

Authority Zero Tour Dates

Authority Zero Links:
Authority Zero Website
Authority Zero Facebook

Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Authority Zero – “Today We Heard the News”

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Radio Show and Some Bad Business in Key West

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RADIO SHOWS
As I mentioned in a previous blog, my girlfriend Dani Hoy and I are doing not one, but two radio shows all of the sudden!

Stop by our pages on Facebook for each show, which will have airing schedules listed. I know a lot of you are in Europe, the times posted are Eastern Standard Time, which is -5 hours GMT and -6 hours for the continent.

For the Key West Beer Tales – The Sum of All Beers:
https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestBeerTales

For the The Key West Music Show – Conch Rockin in the Keys:

https://www.facebook.com/TheKeyWestMusicShow

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SOME BAD BUSINESS IN KEY WEST

I really don’t care what people do behind closed doors. That’s their business, not mine and frankly, I have a lot more to be concerned about than being a busy-body, sticking my nose into other peoples personal affairs.

However, if it’s a business and when the buisiness is being unethical, that’s where I draw the line, especially if it’s a detriment to the town of Key West.
The Key West Adult Entertainment Club ( formally The Scrub Club) at 1221 Duval St. seems to always be in the news… albeit not so much in the LOCAL news and the news is ALWAYS bad. Very, very bad.

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Lets set the stage: The Key West Adult Entertainment Club is a strip club that features only private rooms.

The story here is always exactly the same. A customer goes in, must sign a waiver and is charged something in the range of about (hence to referred to as “@”)$200. After that runs out, everybody is naked and the guy hasn’t achieved what he went in there to begin with for. They have an ATM, but it’s down the hall. The guy being naked, takes the advise of the girl there and gives her his card to take out an additional amount of agreed money. Lets say it’s another @ $200, for arguments sake. He stays in the room and she goes and gets his @ $200 from their ATM. Naturally, he doesn’t see that the ATM fee is not$2.50, $3.00 or $4.00, but rather@ $50.00! The girl will NEVER come back with a receipt either. “Oh! I forgot to get your receipt and the transaction’s already closed” Of course if they did the customer would see the @$50 ATM charge.

 Now here comes the fun part. Every report carries the same M.O. Only the amounts are different. What they are said to do next is put in for another withdrawl! There’s another $50.00 fee and the ammounts withdrawn reports say are $600.00, $800.00, $1000.00, $1,500.00, $6,000.00… and so on! Meanwhile, the guys, more often than not, find out about this after they get back home, to Chicago, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans… You’ll see it in their local papers and once in a blue moon, maybe, just maybe, in a Key West paper, albeit, just in passing. Every report says that it cases are being investigated, but that no charges have been filed.

It does seem odd that all of these cases that pop up continuously, from all around the country, never have anyone charged. While I grant you for thinking that the clientele are pretty stupid for giving out their ATM codes to begin with, one has to consider the fact that A) the establishment knowingly is stealing their money and no doubt violating the trust and responsibility issues of having an ATM, a.k.a. a remote bank, there on premisis and in their control in first place B) The clientele is usually inebriated to some extent or another, C) At this stage of the game they are 75% – 99% of achieving nirvana and in their condition, clearly not thinking rationally. I’m amazed that the city of Key West doesn’t have the owners tared and feathered, then run out of town. However, they continue to operate.

There are police cars, often two or three, there responding to  issues there at minimum of once a day.

The word of mouth is perhaps the worst. What happens here is that these people go back home after being fleeced by this rat’s nest, and allow me to ask the question: Do you think they’re thinking of coming back to Key West? I doubt it. Likewise, can you imagine what they might be telling friends and acquaintances  of their overall experience in Key West? Granted, they may refrain from where they had their disastrous experience at this slut hut, but believe me, they’re not trumpeting the fabulous virtues this town actually does have to offer.

Additionally, having known a previous manager,  I was brought up to speed on a few things. They put up for housing a lot of their female employees. There are “requirements” they have to follow in the business and if they didn’t fulfill these “requirements” in any way, they are “fined”. The fines would be levied on them for being late, not hanging out on their front porch hoping to lure in customers, not doing their required one hour strut down Duval St. in attempt to solicit additional  business ( this is illeagal, by the way) , and for not moping up the floor after their customers achieved what they went there to begin with for.

Really.

There were cases when he worked there where some of the girls owed more than they actually made! Additionally, as they actually housed the women, they had them entirely over a barrel, so to speak. The girls didn’t have any money, as they had to pay off their fines and the establishment applied and deducted them against their earnings. How can they leave? They can’t. So they’re stuck there. Yes, this is happening in the United States, not a back alley brothel, where the streets smell like urine, in Bangcock, Calcutta, Shanghai, or Mumbai. It’s happening in Key West folks. This is a problem. This is a major problem.

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/07/radio-show-and-some-bad-business-in-key.html

Gulf Coast Cowboy: July 30 – 7pm CST

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Welcome back to the Gulf Coast Cowboy! This week we’ll be interviewing J. Michael Laferty about his Trop Rock Song of the Year nominated “All Over Tan”. Come to find out, there’s quite a selection of songs regarding your tan, so we decided to play a few. Don’t forget to visit TropRock.org and vote for your favorite song of the year. We wouldn’t be upset if you voted for KBEC as your favorite radio station! Join us on Wednesday, July 30, at 7pm for your weekly dose of the beach.

Track Listing

1. Shake the Sand – Luke Bryan
2. Six-Pack and a Tan – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
3. Suntan Lotion  #9 – Jim Morris
4. Working On My Tan – Bob Karwin
5. All Over Tan – J. Michael Laferty
6. Nothin’ But A Suntan – Mark Willis
7. Cowboy Boots & Bathin’ Suits –  Jerry Jeff Walker
8. Stranded On A Sandbar – Jimmy Buffett
9. Tan Lines – Brad Wolf
10. Counting Sunsets – The Caribbean Cowboys
11. Last Day On The Island – Dani Hoy
12. Latitudes & Attitudes – Eric Stone

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Buffett sells minority stake in Margaritaville

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From ColumbusCEO.com: “Raine Takes Stake in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

In its four years of existence, the Raine Group has kept plenty busy with media and telecommunications deals. But its latest investment will tie the firm to a company best known for promoting lazy, boozy afternoons on the beach.

The firm disclosed in a letter to investors on Sunday night that it had taken a minority stake in Margaritaville, the restaurant operator and brand licensing company named after the hit song by Jimmy Buffett.

According to the letter, Buffett’s company generates more than $1 billion in annual gross sales.

Now it has bought a stake in Margaritaville, which runs restaurants in nearly two dozen resorts where one would reasonably find tourists kicking back with tequila, and which licenses out the name its majority owner made famous.

The company has had a few setbacks, including the recent announcement that it will close its casino and hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. But Raine told investors that it believes its latest acquisition has “an incredibly strong built-in audience” and has room to grow.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/30/14100/

Billboard Article on Margaritaville TV

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Billboard.com has a news article: “Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV.

The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000 viewers for each of its seven broadcasts so far. “The feedback from that has been unbelievable,” says Buffett. “There was one element of my inner circle that thought we’d be cannibalizing ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven’t had one person say they’ll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can’t get to a show that absolutely love the fact we’re doing it. My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they’re having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation.” And, Buffett adds, “I think it’s the way you’re going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We’re taking off a little more time every year. We’re not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we’re not playing around where they are.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/30/14098/

Live: Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival (7/25-26/2014)

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Date: July 25-26, 2014
Line Up: Josh Heinrichs w/SkillinJah, New Kingston, Indubious, Vally Green (w/KBong) High Ceiling, Yogoman Burning Band, The Highlife Band, Two Story Zori, Positive Rising, The Approach, Mighty High, The Vibe Project, Tribal Order, Wet City Rockers, The Hookys, Big Blue Van,
Soulistic Gypsy, The Mystic Arrows, Steady Riot, Dimestore Prophets, Juice Band
Location: Carnation, WA

Here is festival co-organizer, Mike Drumma, with his girlfriend Becky. He and bandmate Bill Ulsund found a picturesque setting to bring the best local Northwest reggae bands together with a few guest appearances to sweeten the mix, including Josh Heinrichs, K Bong, New Kingston Indubious. Only three months of planning had culminated into twenty bands, two stages, a beer garden, merchandise vendors, a plethora of porta-potties, and campsites a plenty.

The farmland was something out of a Bob Ross painting with cheerful clouds and people turning their sorrows and worries into beautiful birds and upbeat vegetation. The main stage was positioned in the corner with the rustic barn in the background.

Mike admitted that he had never been to a festival before, so what better way than to create your own? Luckily he has an amazing support group and was able to enlist the help of Lindsay Love and an army of dedicated reggae loving volunteers who remained hard at work until the last piece of trash was removed from the property.

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Review: Rx Bandits – Gemini, Her Majesty

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Rx Bandits – Gemini, Her Majesty
Track Listing:
1.) Intro
2.) Ruby Cumulous
3.) Wide Open
4.) Stargazer
5.) Fire To the Ocean
6.) G2G
7.) Will You Be Tomorrow
8.) Meow! Meow! Space Tiger
9.) 1995
10.) Penguin Marlon Brando
11.) Future, Buddy

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Record Label: Mash Down Babylon Records
Official Website: RX Bandits Website

Group Background:
The Rx Bandits were thrust onto the scene during the third-wave ska resurgence of the 1990s. Hailing from Southern California, members of the Rx Bandits have received critical acclaim for their live performance and technical ability. With over twenty years of experience, The Rx Bandits have evolved into the progressive four-piece rock band they are today having just released their seventh full-length studio album.

Known for their passion and energy on and off the stage, the Rx Bandits are not afraid to try something new in the studio. Each album has its own distinct sound with the abilities of each member improving from the previous record. The band apparently had enough of being signed to another record label, so they took matters into their own hands by starting Mash Down Babylon Records for their 2006 release …And The Battle Begun. Their dedication over the last twenty years only makes their fan base more dedicated.

Album Review:
Within three minutes of “Ruby Cumulous”, Chris Tsagakis has already hit nearly all pieces of percussion, Matt Embree uses his guitar to tell new fans that he doesn’t write your average cookie cutter riffs, Steve Choi makes his multi-instrumental presence known, and Joe Troy marches his bass right along.

The precision Matt Embree puts into each note chord makes the bond between him and Steve Choi evident. The album takes a uplifting, melodic soulful turn with “Wide Open” followed by “Stargazer”, the inspiration for the cover art and title. We also hear a little more pronounced bass from Troy in “G2G” along with more beautiful vocals that connect the various tempo changes.

All of the lyrics have been well placed, intelligent, unmatched by any current band out there. Embree has always had a special sense of writing from a humanistic point of view. His passion is recognizably apparent. He takes full advantage of his vocal range when the album slows with “Will You Be Tomorrow”.

A perfect example of the entire bands individual talents is heard in “Meow! Meow! Space Tiger” with a catchy chorus, and a crisp drum track hit with confidence, deliberateness and syllable is sung with confidence. Chris is a genius behind the kit as he never takes a break and I would not be surprised if his drum tracks were all laid down in one take.

The album culminates with all the talents of each member. Whether or not the Rx Bandits intend to focus on their studio performance without too much consideration for how these songs will sound live, I believe they will work their way into the Rx Bandits permanent set-list and be welcomed with open arms from fans old and new.

We live in an age where music fans are bombarded with one single at a time via the radio or music apps like Spotify Pandora. The band tells a story that flows with cohesive fluidity through the duration of the record and the engineering on this album is near perfect. The producers did a phenomenal job with the mix, allowing us to hear each instrument and voice clearly.

Many of the songs are unconventional for the common music fan that is used to simple beats with only a few chords to its complexity and creativity. Gemini, Her Majesty, is full of tempo changes that contribute to a collection of tracks that touch on many basic human emotions. It is obvious the RX Bandits have put a lot of hard work into the album’s composition.

Written Reviewed By: Blake Taylor

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer, expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, not the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

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Living and Playing in Destin

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Sunshine Cindy and I had another fun weekend in Destin. It started out Friday night with a Parrot Head party at KC’s Sandbar and Grill in Fort Walton Beach. We love KC’s. It is as close to a “Key West” open air feel that you will find around here. I got off work a little early so I could get home and then get back to Ft. Walton. Good thing I did that as a wreak on the Brooks Bridge left traffic backed up all the way to Destin after we got there.

Mike and Bev are the owners of KC’s and good friends of ours. They went all out for the Parrot Heads doing a pig roast, drink specials and music by Jan and Kenny. Even with the traffic a good crowd of almost 100 people showed up. The weather even held up. It looked like we were going to get hit with a thunderstorm but it somehow just missed us. Mother Nature was on our side! We left and headed back to Destin. We made a stop at The Legion for Karoke. Judie, Kelly, Steve, Dottie and Capt. John all showed up too. It was a small crowd but we had fun. Finally, when we got home we sat on the back porch having some Rum Jumbie and enjoying the night.

Saturday was very laid back for us. Most of the day was spent doing Mambo work or just relaxing. Finally about 3:30 I headed to Landshark Pizza for a while. Sunshine Cindy didn’t want to get out so I went by myself. The place was packed. I got the last seat at the bar. A couple of guys were sitting next to me watching a baseball game. One guy was a Baltimore Orioles fan. I have never seen someone get so worked up over a mid season baseball game as this guy did watching his Orioles. It was pretty funny actually.

The crew for the evening started coming in including JD. JD plays music on the side around town. Friday night he was at Funky Blues Shack. We are going to start promoting JD on our Crab Island Mambo web site. He is a hard working guy just trying to make a living. We hope we can help him take off.

I got home early and Sunshine Cindy and I spent the rest of the evening watching TV. I guess sometimes we have to be an old married couple!

Sunday was a full day out. It started with breakfast at a new place in town, The Breakfast Table. It’s located on Hwy 98 across from the Inn on the Harbor. The place is decorated nice but the food was nothing special. From there we went to the Red Door Saloon on the harbor. They do beer specials on Sunday that are so good you could not drink that cheaply at home. Jan and Loujean joined us for a while. Sunshine Cindy ran into her old hair dresser. A bunch of bikers were there as it was a nice day for a ride.

When we left there we walked down to the Shark Shack. We talked to Tom at Harbor Gifts for a while. Becca was working the bar and a decent crowd was there. We then went back down the harbor to the Boathouse. We got a table up front by Kelly Byrd to listen to him. Paige took care of us. I had oysters and gumbo. It was great! Sunshine Cindy had a hot dog. Gigi came by to say hello. Maynard stopped in and saw us and said hello too. It was a nice relaxing end to the day and weekend.

It looks like a nice week is in store for us here on the Emerald Coast. The weather is supposed to be good. Sunshine Cindy and I are getting close to announcing our musical lineup for next year’s 21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful Trop Rock event in Put in Bay, Ohio. It’s going to be awesome!!! You will want to be there. Details soon!!!!

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!

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