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The Pier’s Halloween Show Locator!

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Happy Halloween! If you do not have plans yet, you will now…The Pier’s Weekend Show Locator is back with this year’s Halloween edition and everything you need to know for a fun-filled weekend. Parties, bashes, festivals and costumes galore this weekend with Dirty Heads, Rome, Less Than Jake, The Green, Rise Against, Foo FightersSlightly Stoopid, and even Slayer for you headbangers.

Parties abound this weekend for the Halloween festivities no matter what city you live in. But those in Central Florida should be stoked for Fest 13 taking place over the next three days throughout the city of Gainesville. It can be difficult to wrap your mind around The Fest at first but according to the official website, “THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL.” But The Fest has much more this year including a flea market, art show, and the 20th Anniversary Tour of the live monster wrestlers, Kaiju Big Battel.

The Fest is huge! When all is said and done, 365 bands will have played at 12 venues this weekend in Gainesville between today and Sunday. Some proper show prep is important with such a massive lineup and The Fest has made it very easy. In addition to a detailed website, attendees can also use the Official Fest 13 Mobile Apps to supplement the festival experience. Both the site and apps provide a detailed venue list and lineup schedule to help decide whether to attend Less Than Jake, Descendents, Hot Water Music, or one of hundreds of other bands. But there’s more than just punk to choose from…

Hot Water Music fans were excited for the band reuniting in 2012 and probably equally as excited to hear Chuck Ragan will be keeping up his solo ventures. Chuck will also be performing this weekend with his other band, The Camaraderie featuring the amazing upright bassist Joe Ginsburg and impressive violinist John Gaunt. Festival-goers can also catch fellow Revival Tour artists and many other acoustic, folk, and alt-country sets including Tim Barry of Avail, Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, and Chris Cresswell of The Flatliners. Make sure to check the website and mobile apps to stream and download free music from many of this year’s bands; Fest Radio and the official Fest 13 Comps (see below) are available for streaming and download so attendees can get familiar with the bands before the show.

Remember to come by here every single Friday to see what shows are going on for the entire weekend. You may also view our built-in Show Locator, where you can search by artist view all of their upcoming shows, with options to purchase tickets for select shows!

The Pier's Halloween Show Locator

Friday, October 31st  

Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest 2014 featuring De La Soul, Heavy Petty, and others
@ Downtown. Austin, TX *5pm

Dirty Heads w/ Rome
@ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Hampton Beach, NH (Sound of Change Tour)

Fest 13 featuring Less Than Jake, Descendents, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Dave Hause, Tim Barry, Chris Cresswell, and others
@ Various Venues. Gainesville, FL

Fishbone w/ MarchFourth Marching Band, DJ Quickie Mart, and The Scorseses
@ The Joy Theater. New Orleans, LA *10pm

Fortunate Youth w/ The Expanders and Thrive!
@ Backstage Bar and Billiards. Las Vegas, NV (Fall With Friends Tour)

Halloween Party featuring The Steppas with Micah G and Loeka Longakit
@ Coquis Hideaway Parking Lot. Hilo, HI

Hella Fresh Fest 2014 featuring Zion I, Los Rakas, Dizzy Wright, and others
@ Oakland Metro Operahouse. Oakland, CA

John Brown’s Body w/ Sensamotion
@ North Star Bar and Restaurant. Philadelphia, PA (Fall Tour)

John Butler Trio w/ Monica Heldal
@ Stubb’s (Outdoor). Austin, TX (Flesh and Blood Tour)

John Wayne and the Pain, Bumpin Uglies, and Suze
@ Armadillo’s. Annapolis, MD

Matisyahu w/ Radical Something and Cisco Adler
@ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. San Antonio, TX (Built To Survive Tour)

Night of the Living Dead Halloween Party featuring Authority Zero, The Bastard Suns, and others
@ Club Red – East Theater (NEW LOCATION). Mesa, AZ

Roots of Creation with The Funky Dawgz
@ The Spot Underground. Providence, RI

Spiritual Rez
@ Java Barn. Canton, NY

Steel Pulse
@ La Trastienda Club Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay

Stranger Band
@ Manchester 65. West Warwick, RI

Sun-Dried Vibes
@ Madison’s on the Corner. Fort Mill, SC

Suwannee Hulaween featuring Thievery Corporation, The String Cheese Incident, and others
@ The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

The Aggrolites
@ Hafenklang. Hamburg, Germany

The Dead 80s Halloween Party featuring Ballyhoo!, Tribal Seeds, and Gonzo w/ Beyond I Sight
@ Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore, MD

The Green with Eli-Mac
@ The Republik. Honolulu, HI

The Supervillains with Through the Roots
@ Freebird Live. Jacksonville, FL (Fall Harvest Tour)

Voodoo Music and Arts Experience featuring Outkast, Slayer, Rise Against, Fishbone, and others
@ City Park. New Orleans, LA *10:30am

Wookiefoot Halloween featuring Kinetix and Dead Larry
@ Cabooze. Minneapolis, MN

Ziggy Marley
@ Ovations Live! At Wild Horse Pass. Chandler, AZ (Fly Rasta Tour)

Saturday, November 1st

Chive Fest Costume Contest featuring John Butler Trio, Jake Owen, Manchester Orchestra, and others
@ Southfork Ranch. Dallas, TX *1pm

Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest 2014 featuring Fishbone, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and others
@ Downtown. Austin, TX *12pm

Dumpstaphunk
@ Blue Nile. New Orleans, LA

Dynamite Ska Festival featuring Roy Ellis with the Fantastic Magic Touch, The Aggrolites, and others
@ Felsenkeller. Leipzig, Germany

Fest 13 featuring Less Than Jake, Descendents, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Dave Hause, Tim Barry, Chris Cresswell, and others
@ Various Venues. Gainesville, FL

Fortunate Youth w/ The Expanders and Thrive!
@ The Date Shed. Indio, CA (Fall With Friends Tour)

Freakfest 2014 featuring Atmosphere and others
@ State Street Capitol Stage. Madison, WI

Halloween Bash featuring Perro Bravo and C-Money
@ Winstons. San Diego, CA
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Halloween Bash featuring The Hip Abduction
@ Guanabana’s. Jupiter, FL

Halloween Party featuring The Steppas with Micah G and Loeka Longakit
@ KBXtreme. Kailua-Kona, HI

Iration w/ others
@ Manchester Academy. Manchester, UK

John Brown’s Body w/ Thunder Body
@ Water Street Music Hall. Rochester, NY (Fall Tour)

John Wayne and the Pain and Bumpin Uglies
@ The Legendary Dobbs. Philadelphia, PA

Kimie w/ Kuhio Travis
@ Surfer, The Bar. North Shore, HI

Matisyahu w/ Radical Something and Cisco Adler
@ House of Blues. Dallas, TX (Built To Survive Tour)

Plazaween ‘14 featuring The Supervillains, Through the Roots, and others
@ Wall St Plaza. Orlando, FL

Roots of Creation with The Alchemystics and Sparkplug
@ The Stafford Palace Theatre. Stafford Springs, CT

Run With Los Muertos featuring B-Side Players and others
@ Downtown. Coachella, CA

Spiritual Rez
@ The Dock. Ithaca, NY

Sun-Dried Vibes
@ The Gin Mill. Charlotte, NC

Suwannee Hulaween featuring Nahko and Medicine for the People, Thievery Corporation, The String Cheese Incident, and others
@ The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

Tarrus Riley and the Blak Soil Band, Alaine, Morgan Heritage, and Jemere Morgan
@ Central Florida Fairgrounds. Orlando, FL

Team Parker 4Life Benefit Show featuring Slightly Stoopid
@ Sycuan Live. El Cajon, CA

The Expendables w/ Pacific Dub and Mod Sun
@ Mystic Theatre. Petaluma, CA

The Green with Eli-Mac
@ The Republik. Honolulu, HI

Tribal Seeds w/ Ballyhoo!, and Gonzo w/ Beyond I Sight
@ Marlin Room at Webster Hall. New York, NY (Representing Fall Tour)

Voodoo Music and Arts Experience featuring Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and others
@ City Park. New Orleans, LA *10:30am

Vorterix Reggae Fest featuring Steel Pulse, Cultura Profetica, and others
@ Mandarine PARK. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wookiefoot Halloween featuring Cas Haley, New Reb, and Tubby Love
@ Cabooze. Minneapolis, MN

Ziggy Marley
@ North Park Theater. San Diego, CA (Fly Rasta Tour)

Sunday, November 2nd   

Atmosphere
@ Blue Moose Trap House. Iowa City, IA (North of Hell Tour)

Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest 2014 featuring Dirty Heads and others
@ Downtown. Austin, TX *11am

Fest 13 featuring Less Than Jake, Descendents, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Dave Hause, Tim Barry, Chris Cresswell, and others
@ Various Venues. Gainesville, FL

Festival Coordenada Gdl featuring SOJA and others
@ Parque Trasloma. Zapopan, Mexico

Fortunate Youth w/ The Expanders and Thrive!
@ The Observatory. Santa Ana, CA (Fall With Friends Tour)

Matisyahu w/ Radical Something and Cisco Adler
@ Stubbs. Austin, TX (Built To Survive Tour)

Suwannee Hulaween featuring Thievery Corporation, The String Cheese Incident, and others
@ The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

The Aggrolites
@ Yaam. Berlin, Germany

The Bastard Suns
@ Mission Tobacco Lounge. Riverside, CA

The Supervillains with Through the Roots
@ Propaganda. Lake Worth, FL (Fall Harvest Tour)

Tribal Seeds w/ Ballyhoo!, and Gonzo w/ Beyond I Sight
@ Fete – Lounge. Providence, RI (Representing Fall Tour)

True Press
@ Typhoon Saloon. San Diego, CA

Voodoo Music and Arts Experience featuring Foo Fighters, John Butler Trio, Awolnation, Gogol Bordello, and others
@ City Park. New Orleans, LA *10:30am

Ziggy Marley
@ City National Grove of Anaheim. Anaheim, CA (Fly Rasta Tour)

-If you’re a group that would like to be included in The Pier Weekend Show Locator, submit your shows in a direct email request to Eric@ThePier.org before Wednesday of each week to make our weekly Friday publish!

Show Locator Article By: Eric Schoep

Check out the weekend’s posters…

Ziggy Marley Fly Rasta Tour Voodoo Music and Arts Experience Tribal Seeds The Expendables Team Parker 4Life Benefit Show Tarrus Riley Spiritual Rez Run with Los Muertos B Side Players Plazaween Night of the Living Dead with Authority Zero Matisyahu Built To Survive Tour Manu Chao Kimie Miner John Butler Trio Flesh and Blood Tour Hella Fresh 2014 HB Surround Sound Halloween Party with The Steppas Halloween Bash with Perro Bravo Freakfest with Atmosphere Fortunate Youth Fall with Friends Festival Coordenada Fest 13 Dynamite Ska Festival Dumpstaphunk COTA Fan Fest 2014 Chive Fest Costume Contest Ballyhoo! The Dead 80s

Fest 13 Comps 1-5 Free Listen and Downloads…

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Still in Key West

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Things have been hectic but we are having a great time on our trip. We have been to the Punta Gorda area and then drove down to Key West on Monday.

The weather has been perfect, the music off the hook and friends from all over the country make this a perfect vacation.

Our “Crab Island Mambo Welcome to the Island Party” on Wednesday was a fun time. We had several hundred friends show up to party with us. We will do it again!

This is a short update today. No pictures and nothing about Destin but we will get back to our regularly scheduled program next week. See ya then!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/still-in-key-west.html

Buffett rallies voters for Gwen Graham

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From Tallahassee.com: “Buffett rallies Tallahassee voters as early numbers come in

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought some beach-filled flair to congressional candidate Gwen Graham’s campaign Wednesday.

Less than a week until the Nov. 4 General Election, the over-40 victim of fate fired up a Hawaiian-shirt and lei-festooned crowd of more than 500 in Tallahassee.

“It’s pretty simple, enemy of the ocean or the great Gwen Graham,” Buffett said standing with Graham and her father Bob Graham before playing. “A great Florida family of public servants and that’s why I’m here.”

Graham faces Rep. Steve Southerland R-Panama City to represent Florida’s 2nd Congressional District in what has become one of the nation’s most heated House races. Southerland is seeking his third term.

Buffett, who dropped several Graham references into his songs Wednesday, is the latest in a list of stars tapped by Graham’s campaign for support and to encourage early voting in the closing weeks. With early voting numbers already being analyzed the race has only gotten hotter.

Also a Video is available at WCTV: “Buffett Backs Congressional Candidate

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/30/14186/

Perro Bravo’s Upcoming Nov. Shows!

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Perro Bravo is on the loose again! They’re the non-headlining band that caused a massive encore at the California Roots Festival earlier this year w/ the Skunk Records 25th Anniversary. They will be embarking on a tour next month. They’re from the same city that saw the rise of Sublime and Skunk Records, the infamous L.B.C.

They’re hitting the West Coast of California during the month of November for a few shows. Although it’s a short five show run, it’s going to be a fun time for everyone involved. The tour begins in Long Beach at Alex’s Bar where the band will be performing a special show to commemorate the life of the late Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. That very same day the band will be traveling to San Diego to play 1654126_10152231772543118_302311649_nat the iconic Winston’s bar in Ocean Beach. Opening for them will be Ocean Beach’s C-Money and The Players. C-Money was the trumpet player for Slightly Stoopid, who like C-Money, are also from Ocean Beach.

[Related: Rest In Peace Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens]

After that, Perro Bravo will head northbound to play at Old Princeton Landing in Half Moon Bay, California. Burnt and Nesta will both be opening for that show on Saturday, November 8. The next day Perro Bravo will be playing Old Cayuco’s Tavern in Cayuco, California for an early afternoon show.

The short little run will end back in Southern California at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on Friday, November 14.

The three-piece band, from Long Beach, California, has been playing together for years. However, they’ve played under the name Perro Bravo since 2010. The band has two vinyl-only releases under their belts, with a third in the works. The band managed to sell-out every show during the Skunk Records 25th Anniversary run earlier this year, which ended at the California Roots Festival in Monterey, California. Most recently, the band was featured on the Head Same Remains The Change, Vol. 6 that featured the iconic “Livin’ In Time (Headchange Remix),” and “Make a Change (Headchange Edit).”

Unfortunately for all you young readers out there, every show in this run will be 21+. Those lucky enough to be of age will undoubtedly get a glimpse at a couple of unreleased songs that will make their way unto the new album. Speaking of the new album, Kyle McDonald from Slightly Stoopid recently made his way up to Long Beach from San Diego to collaborate on some tracks. That alone should give fans another reason to be excited.

Upcoming Shows:
Nov 1st @ Alex’s Bar. Long Beach, CA (1:30pm – Ikey Owen’s Tribute Show) 21+
Nov 1st @ Winston’s. Ocean Beach, CA (w/ C-Money. 9:00pm 21+ $10)
Nov 8th @ Old Princeton Landing. Half Moon Bay, CA (w/Burnt Nesta. 9:00pm 21+)
Nov 9th @ Old Cayucos Tavern. Cayuco, CA (4:00pm 21+)
Nov 14th @ Saint Rocke. Hermosa Beach, CA (w/ C-Money. 9:00pm 21+)

Related Links:
Perro Bravo Website
Perro Bravo Facebook
Miguel Happoldt Interview Pt 1
Miguel Happoldt Interview Pt 2

Article By: Juan Barragan
Photo By: David Norris

Listen: Perro Bravo – “False Preachers” (Demo)

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Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP

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Based in Tempe, Arizona formed in 2007, Katastro has been playing the Southwest music scene gearing up for their fifth release with their newest 9 track EP titled No Mud No Lotus. The EP is due out, next Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014.
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For this release, Katastro chose to work with producer Curtis Douglas (The Maine, Eagles In Drag, This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sarah Robinson, The Midnight Special) at Red Mountain Studios. Douglas had this to say about Katastro’s new EP: “With this record we set out to produce an album that would take them further (musically) than their previous stuff, while not messing up their sound, making sure we do it justice. They’re an amazing band, and great guys to work with. They should be bigger.”

The album and title are a recreation of Katastro in which singer, Andy Chaves, says: “We’ve been through so much heavy stuff as a band, that we just let that all come out in these songs. The album title gets right to that — the Lotus flower grows in the mud, then turns into something beautiful.”

To follow up the release of their new EP, Katastro is going to be heading out on tour with Santa Cruz reggae rockers The Expendables for the entirety of their nationwide Winter Blackout Tour that you can read about right HERE!

Right now, fans can pre-order the new release on iTunes and will get an early download of the song “Better Half of Los Angeles”. Click HERE to pre-order…

Katastro Tour Dates

Katastro Links:
Katastro Website
Katastro Facebook

Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Basement Floors”

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Video: Squidly Cole – Black Pain

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Squidly Cole, drumming legend for artists like Stephen Marley Barrington Levy, has released his first collab video with Raised Fist Propaganda. Directed by Jeffro (Jeff Pliskin), the video was shot while on tour with Slightly Stoopid NOFX. Enjoy the video…

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The Expendables Announce New Record and Tour

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After much anticipation, The Expendables have just announced the initial details behind their upcoming record, along with releasing a FREE download of the albums first single a long with their upcoming tour dates details!SandInTheSky

Titled Sand In The Sky, The Expendables’ new record will be the band’s 6th full length studio album. Following 2012′s acoustic hits album, Gone Soft, and 2010′s Prove It, The Expendables will release their latest full-length January 13th, 2015. Along with this announcement, the band has revealed the cover art illustrated by Santa Cruz artist Kevin Walsh as well as an iTunes pre-sale start date on Nov. 13th, 2014

The Expendables have also released a FREE Download and a lyrical video for the first single off the new record. Titled “Starry Night” enjoy the track and video below.

Back in June, the band made posts from the studio officially affirming work on a new album, but has been a while since fans have heard many new tunes. Over the past four years, the band has had plenty of time to write new music. The band has been working out new material, tracks like the mellow “Music Moves Me,” “Black Heart” and the heavier “Antisocial.” Recently, during their live set the band has been adding “Up All Night” and the now released single, Starry Night. Soon, fans will be able to finally hear everything The Expendables have been working towards.

On January 13th fans will be able to hear the full studio record, then starting January 24th, fans will be able to hear these new tracks live when The Expendables take their music around the nation. The Winter Blackout 2015 has been scheduled and it is coming to over 35 cities between the end of January into March. Joining The Expendables this year will be Ballyhoo! on select dates (1/29-3/7) and Fortunate Youth on select dates (1/23-1/28, 3/12-3/15). Katastro will be playing the entire tour! A few more dates will be announced soon and tickets will go on sale November 7th.

For more about these bands their music and information about their tour dates, check out the details below.

The Expendables Tour Dates

The Expendables Links:
The Expendables MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
The Expendables Website
The Expendables Facebook

Ballyhoo! Links:
Ballyhoo! MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Ballyhoo! Website
Ballyhoo! Facebook

Fortunate Youth Links:
Fortunate MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Fortunate Youth Website
Fortunate Youth Facebook

Katastro Links:
Katastro Website
Katastro Facebook

Article By: Aaron Solomon

WATCH: The Expendables – Starry Night Lyric Video

WATCH: The Expendables – Starry Night – Audiotree Live

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The Pier: Album & Cover Art History – Volume 2

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The Pier: Album Cover Art History Vol. 2

Welcome to The Pier’s Album Cover Art History – Volume 2 as we take a look at another five iconic album covers releases with their concepts back-story. In case you missed Volume 1, you can read that by clicking HERE!

In this feature, you’ll read how the album’s art has more depth to its meaning than just cool visuals thrown together. They’re cultural statements bringing the visual aesthetics to the music further branding the band. There are great stories to these covers the albums. It pulls the curtain back with how the aligning art plays an integral part to the overall meaning of the album.

Enjoy the read below let us know in the comments which Album Cover Art you’d like us to explore in the future! If you find you’re not familiar with or don’t own any of these albums, then we encourage you to read this feature as a recommendation of what to add to your music collection!

Coming Dec. 2nd, 2014, we will publish Volume 3 – Stay tuned!

Sublime – Robbin’ The Hood

Record Label: Skunk Records
Release Date: March 1st, 1994
Sublime_RobbinTheHood During the early 90’s, taking still shots from video was considered a new technology. Sublime producer, Miguel Happoldt, decided to tap into this new science with the cover of Robbin the Hood. Using a still shot of Opie Ortiz from the group’s music video, Miguel gives inspiration to the idea saying that, “(The artwork) probably had a lot to do with our friend Greg Abramson, because he had made the video for the song ‘Secret Tweaker Pad’. It was at the end, with the still shot Opie Ortiz saying ‘Runs like a beast’. Well, it was new science at the time to make stills from video, so Greg had made a bunch of them and he just brought them over. When we were at Kinko’s, all of us just laughed and put it on the cover.”

Home computers weren’t common in the early 90’s, as Miguel explains “We did everything at Kinko’s back then. Nobody had a computer we didn’t have anything. With ‘Robbin the Hood’, we were homeless, we had nothing, we didn’t have a place to live. Spending the day at Kinko’s was great, it was air-conditioned.”

Opie Ortiz, who painted designed the Sublime 40oz to Freedom sun, would now find his face on the cover. Opie reflects that, “You’re searching for something that you want to be cool and I think that’s where Miguel comes in, where his ideas are different from ours! He wanted Robbin the Hood to be more underground looking.”

In true underground fashion, Robbin the Hood was recorded in living rooms around Long Beach, CA. Of the 22 listed tracks, there were 13 4-track recordings that spotlight the early foundation of Sublime’s music. This includes the song “Lincoln Highway” that would later evolve into “Santeria” a fan favorite from the self-titled album. You will also notice a guest appearance from Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, on the song “Saw Red” in a not so Holler Back fashion. The album was first released independently under Skunk Records and later re-released under Gasoline Alley/MCA Records.

Opie continues, “My favorite Sublime album and not because I’m on the cover, is ‘Robbin the Hood!’ It developed the rawness of what Brad’s ideas were. You can hear him, raw on those 4 track recordings.”

What makes the album unique, contributing to it’s underground appeal, was the mysterious case of Raleigh Theodore Sakers and his psycho semantic rants that make frequent appearances throughout the album. No one really knows who Raleigh was, but he showed up on a random tape that ended up being sampled. Miguel explains, “I don’t really know where the tape came from, it just sort of started circulating and then we just thought it would be funny to put it on the album. I guess for some people, it makes the album even greater, but it’s not exactly a family affair.“

Written by: Mike Patti

Watch: Sublime – “STP”

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NOFX – Pump Up The Valuum

Record Label: Epitaph Records
Release Date: June 13th, 2000
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The millennium was a good year for Punk-rockers NOFX. That year NOFX booked their 3rd headlining spot on the Warped Tour along with a huge international tour. All in support of the band’s eighth studio album, Pump Up The Valuum, their last release through Epitaph, before signing with Fat Mike’s own Fat Wreck Records.

A play on words, the title altered the spelling of Valium to avoid legal issues. After a long 3 months of recording 22 songs for the album, 8 tracks ended up canned, leaving an album that featured some of NOFX’s more shocking lyrics. Though the title track was cut, blunt drug references and sexual references fill the record’s 14 tracks.

Fat Mike explains “I guess a lot of the songs on this record are about drugs. I guess that’s because we like drugs and like singin’ about them even more.” Musically, the tracks don’t include any Ska, Reggae, or Jazz, just Punk and a bit of Polka. Mixed by Ryan Greene, the man at the helm of many Epitaph and Fat Wreck albums, Pump Up The Valuum has that signature sound Greene was able to boil down to a science.

Released initially as a blue color vinyl, a limited number of clear vinyl was also distributed. The albums cover art was created by Tim Burton’s younger brother, Danny Burton. The meaning behind the art as Fatty describes, “it’s just a pervert nurse handing out drugs. Its the kinda thing I’m into.” No word on whether or not the Red Cross is into it, as the nurse is sporting a Red Cross nurse cap.

Written by: Aaron Solomon

Watch: NOFX- “Dinosaurs Will Die”

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Fishbone – Truth Soul

Record Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: September 13th, 1988
Fishbone With humorous yet socially conscious lyrics, and the use of trumpet, saxophone, and heavy bass lines, Fishbone became one of the first profound ska bands of the ‘80s ‘90s. They developed a very strong cult following in the ‘80s and were able to reach some mainstream success with the release of their second studio album in 1988, Truth and Soul, reaching #153 on the Billboard 200 charts. Truth and Soul was critically acclaimed for Fishbone’s ability to add a heavier rock component to their sound, but it became the socially conscious lyrics that made the biggest impact on the band’s direction.

After speaking with bassist John Norwood Fisher, who filled me on the details of the album. The cover which boasts a literal fish bone wrapped in a circle with the colors black, green and red actually “represented our place as American blacks and [black history], who we are, the culture of what it was.” Originally on the vinyl, the logo was actually raised “with the band coming up with the concept of giving the album a ‘spinal tap’ like feel.” The Fishbone logo for Truth and Soul was designed by producer David Kahne, who also worked with the band on EPs Fishbone, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Set the Booty Up Right, and albums In Your Face, and The Reality of My Surroundings. “He designed the logo on one of those old Macintosh computers” says Fisher.

With an overall assumption that the album took on a more serious tone, Norwood comments “The logo came as the symbol of satisfaction, a dinner plate. You ate all the fish and all that was left was the bone. There was definitely a more a serious aspect.” However he filled me in and told me that the album’s title “Truth and Soul” was based on the 1969 movie Putney Swope, written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. Fishbone’s 1988 release was named after the fictional business in the movie, titled: “Truth and Soul, Inc.” Norwood jokes “we couldn’t completely lose our humor and decided to name the album after that movie.”

It seemed to be a new direction for their music, and added a new creativity that fans really latched onto. But it was more then that, in fact Norwood comments “we were super fans of the music our selves. We participated and played, but we also admired a lot of other bands and peers like, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Untouchables, and Steel Pulse.” Through their early reign in the late 80s and 90s, Fishbone and their Truth and Soul cover art became more then a an album, it became a symbol, representing a movement, and above all, I think that’s what they really wanted.

Related Fun Fact: The 1989 movie, Say Anything staring John Cusak as “Lloyd Dobler”, holdies a boom-box over his head, blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” during the movie’s most pivotal scene, professing his love to a girl outside her window. In the movie, everyone hears Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” but during the filming of the scene, John Cusack is actually blasting Fishbone’s “Bonin’ in the Boneyard”. When the movie was put together, it was decided that Fishbone’s song didn’t make sense for the scene and that Lloyd Dobler just looked like a crazed Fishbone fan outside this girl’s window. So they over-dubbed Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, instead.

Written by: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Fishbone – “Bonin’ In The Boneyard”

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Easy Star All-Stars – Dubside of the Moon

Release Date: February 18th, 2003
Record Label: Easy Star Records
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Covering one of the most loved albums of all time is a bold and challenging task. But, of all bands to do it, the Easy Star All-Stars dedicated an immense amount of energy for four years to do it right, and it certainly paid off. Their magical reggae twist on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon brings a new laidback style—bong sound effects and all.

The idea came to the band as co-founder, Lem Oppenheimer, was walking around NYC, bouncing from record store to record store trying to sell one of their first releases. Lem explains: “I was listening to Dark Side of the Moon and it occurred to me that it could make a cool reggae cover album. After discussing it with my partners Eric Smith and Michael Goldwasser, we all thought it could work.”

The process of making this idea a reality involved getting approval from Pink Floyd, fine-tuning the arrangements, recording, and then scraping together enough money to pay for it all. Lem explains the group’s dynamics during this time: “Up to that point, Easy Star All-Stars had always operated more as a collective of musicians who we called on for sessions or for live shows. It was kind of a catchall name for our house band, but it always had Michael on guitar and Victor Axelrod a.k.a. Ticklah on keys. After that record came out, that was when we formalized a touring band version of ESA to support the record, and many of the musicians who played our first gigs in 2003 are still playing with the band today.”

Getting the cover artwork right was crucial for the album because of the fame and recognition the Pink Floyd artwork has gotten all over the world. This popularity also meant that it was impossible for the band to get permission from Pink Floyd’s design team. The band wasn’t going to let that hold them back and Eric Smith and Lem worked with their friend Retsu Takahashi in order to rework the image to capture the essence without infringing on copyright.

“Our concept of the eclipse worked well, as it tied in with the album lyrics, while still giving us the classic, mostly black feel of the original. We kept a beam of light splitting into red, gold, and green to evoke that aspect of the cover. Then we spent a LOT of time figuring out the text/font treatment, like how the color gradient would go across the letters, etc. In the end, we managed to create something that was timeless in its own way.”

This album was a huge success and lasted on Billboard reggae charts for more than 7 years and sold over 85,000 copies. Dub Side of the Moon also spurred several other reggae tribute albums such as Radiodread, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, and Thrillah. To keep the album alive, Easy Star All Star is releasing a Special Anniversary Edition of the record on July 22, 2014 with bonus tracks and a brand new cover.

Written by: Erin Walsh

Listen: Easy Star All-Stars – “Any Colour You Like”

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Operation Ivy – Energy

Record Label: Lookout / Hellcat Records
Release Date: March, 1989
OpIvyEnergy by Operation Ivy is an essential addition to any ska or punk fans collection. Energy’s timeless presence bridges the gap between all sub genres of punk rock while keeping everyone in the scene accountable to the underlying message and lifestyle that seems to diminish with each passing year.

The Berkeley-based ska punk band formed in 1987 and has since gained worldwide notoriety since they disbanded. The album credits the other band members as “Lint” and “Matt McCall”, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman from Rancid, and Dave Mello on drums. The name Operation Ivy originated from the series of two 1952 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands amidst rising tensions with the Soviet Union. The first test was a “Mike” was 10.4 megatons on the surface while “King” was a 500 kiloton free air drop.

Operation Ivy front man Jessie Michaels designed the front and back cover graphics for the pivotal punk album. The piece portrays an almost surrealist dream sequence from a mountainous region to facial sketch with near-tribal elements to it. The work gives off the feel of an artist with a steady hand and knows exactly what he wants out of the finished product. The sketches range from a seemingly peaceful and serene environment and evolve into a chaotically complex atmosphere. His shading and line work is extraordinarily complex that are only accentuated by the lack of color.

Ripping off the solid black cover has exposed the artwork and the iconic operation ivy persona has ripped his way through the sketches. The central figure of Energy became a logo synonymous with Operation Ivy and has dawned the vests and jackets for countless fans on patches and pins. The lettering is that of a sketch artist that has been doodling since he could pick up a pencil, it is unlike any other band logo and will never be re-created. The multiple layers exposed on the cover give a hint into the complex and artistic mind of Jessie Michaels. The album artwork is a great example of the complex legacy Operation Ivy has left on the punk rock scene with only one album to tell their story.

Related Fun-Fact: On September 17th, 1997, a Tribute Compilation was released titled “Take Warning: Songs of Operation Ivy”. The tribute compilation featured an array of artists covering songs from the sole Op Ivy Release with such artists as Long Beach Dub Allstars, Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats more. Long Beach Dub All Stars covered Op Ivy’s “Take Warning” was the band’s first official release recording since forming, following the untimely passing of Sublime’s lead singer vocalist, Brad Nowell.

Written by: Blake Taylor

Listen: Operation Ivy – “Take Warning”

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2014 Tour Ends in Las Vegas

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The set list from the show is now available. Some additions to the set list included the debut of the song “Sailboat For Sail”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

On Thursday night Buffett performed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley CA, the set list from the show is available.

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Buffett politely declines class reunion

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From Gulflive: “Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett politely declines class reunion invite, but sends video

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946, but moved away with his family to Mobile before starting school.

If the world renowned singer/author/entreprenuer/actor would have remained in Jackson County however, he may well have been celebrating his 50th reunion with his former classmates this weekend.

And his relocation at such a young age didn’t stop one member of the Pascagoula High Class of 1964 from reaching out with an invitation.

Danny “Toad” Smith, one of the committee members for the reunion, sent Buffett a message earlier this year through mutual friends to gauge his interest in attending the event, even though Buffett never attended school in Jackson County.

Smith got a bit of a surprise as a response.

“He sent us a 45-second DVD, recorded on his boat while he was tuna-fishing in Nantucket Sound,” Smith, who like Buffett was born in 1946 at the old Jackson County Hospital, said. “I had no illusions about the probability of his attending, but figured, what the heck, what if he happens to be in the area?

“Along with his regrets that he couldn’t attend he sent his best wishes and mused that had his father had not decided to move to Mobile when Jimmy was five, he might well have graduated with us in 1964 at PHS rather than McGill lnstitute in Mobile.”

Smith, through the help of a friend that works behind the scenes at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, was able to get a Pascagoula High School Class of 1964 T-shirt to Buffett after his show at the Acura Stage in 2012. Normally reluctant to take such gifts from fans, he accepted the shirt since it came from Pascagoula.

Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula on Parsley St., “free of the grasp of the Mobile parochial school system.”

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