The Charleston celebrates Two Years

4 Apr

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~ Y.I.A. @ the Chuck’s Grand Opening, 2008 | Angel Perry ~

Two years may not seem like a long time, but for many all ages venues it’s a lifetime. Bremerton’s Charleston Music Venue turns two this month w/ a slate of special birthday shows.

It all kicked off last night (April 2 — Barbie’s Barfday Bash/The Assasinators CD Release Show), goes on tonight (April 3) with the Chuck’s official birthday bash featuring Boise, Id. bands N.F.F.U., Pull Out Quick, Adamant Allies and A New Agenda w/ a re-birthed Project 9, and continues next week as the bodacious Hell’s Belles celebrate their 10th anniversary, April 10 at the Chuck.

See more on those shows and more scattered throughout this month’s Smokestack — out now in print and in the digital archive.

For more on the Chuck — and the Callow Avenue venue’s inspiring story of ambition and unity in the face of authority — see this month’s feature, a gonzo retrospective on Bremerton’s 21st century all ages music scene through the eyes of Angel Perry… Continue reading

The Assasinators Unleash ‘Weaving Spiders’

2 Apr

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~ Get the new Assasinators album tonight (April 2) @ the Chuck ~

‘Who wants it?’ Assasinators’ guitarist Parris Shepherd held up a shrink-wrapped copy of the Assasinators’ new album ‘Weaving Spiders Come Not Here’ in front of a frenzied packed house at the Charleston last month, mentioning their upcoming CD release show April 2.

“I wanna see blood and you can have it,” he added in a half-sarcastic tone.

“No, no, no,” lead singer Paul Koresh butted in half-sincerely, shaking his head, walking upstage. “We don’t wanna see any blood.”

“No, I wanna see blood,” Shepherd contended. “I don’t even care if it’s your own blood.”

It’s hard to tell whether they’re joking or not. Continue reading

Tumbledown Returns

2 Apr

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~ Mike Herrera of Tumbledown | iPhone ~

Tumbledown’s two-dozen-show, monthlong tour to and from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas came to a close this week as the band returned to Bremerton March 31.

We catch up on the 900-some-mile drive across the desert from San Antonio to Arizona and the band’s West Coast conquests in their latest and last NXSW Tour Diary. And the band will be catching up with everyone at a homecoming show w/ The New Old Stock and Handlebar Mustangs at 9 p.m. April 2 @ Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. The show is 21+, $5 cover.

Then next week, Tumbledown tumbles back onto the road for another North By Southwest Tour — this time for their first few shows south of the border, April 7-17.

Find more Tumbledown @ www.tumbledownhq.com.

Hermes Goes to Houston

24 Mar

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‘Everybody Else Was Having A Bad Day’

~A Short Story by John Diaz~

Hermes Vasques dreamt of freshly lain foundation bricks. The mortar bulged under the weight of new layers, which he carefully trimmed with the edge of his trowel. He stacked basalt bricks, one atop the other in the morning Texas sun. He felt good knowing that by high noon, his garage foundation would be complete. Suddenly, the structure started to collapse. He fell backward as bricks toppled into his lap.

Hermes awoke with a start.

A child of six or seven years was standing on his legs, climbing to a folding table behind him. A younger girl was hiding below the table, giggling. Hermes scooped up the child by the thighs and the jacket, and gave him a gentle toss onto the table. The kid landed on all fours, squealing in a mixture of protest and delight. Hermes stood up and straightened his shorts and shirt. Brushing away the imaginary kid dirt, he maintained an indignant posture. Over the top of the smaller dryers, he could see the two larger dryers that contained his laundry. Hermes’ two towels, sleeping bag, work pants and blue terry cloth bath robe were dry . . . Continue reading

Multiple Kitsap bands hitting the road, that is rad.

17 Mar

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~ Generation Decline @ Libertatia, California, 2009 | Photo: oldhcdude ~

The return of the sun always seems to invoke a little wanderlust around this time of year. In the Kitsap music scene, the coming of spring brings a flurry of tours and abounding albums from local bands. One of the most epic — Tumbledown’s 7000-mile journey to and from SXSW is featured on this month’s cover — but they’re not the only ones getting out of town. . . Continue reading

The Art of the Hot Dog

16 Mar

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~ A creative take on the steadfast hot dog stand. | Retro Dogz ~

There’s something universally basic about a good old-fashioned hot dog. Sausage. Bun. Simple.

No silverware. No plate. Whatever condiments you choose.

But what sometimes gets lost in the simplicity of a sausage on a bun, are the endless possibilities. . . of a sausage on a bun. Which is where Retro Dogz — a downtown Bremerton Hot Dog Cafe, or Parlor, if you will — is picking up. . . Continue reading

Tumbledown’s NXSW Tour Diaries

9 Mar

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~ Tumbledown, smokestacked | Photo: Jered Scott ~

Mike Herrera’s Tumbledown — the Bremerton-based pop-punkabilly/country western-y side project of the bassist and lead singer of MxPx — is winging it’s way through the American midwest, onto the Lone Star State, across the desert and back up the West Coast on a month-long tour to-and-from the South By Southwest music mecca in Austin, Texas this month.

We feature Tumbledown in our latest print edition, dedicated to The Touring Musician — [see that here] — and we’ll be following the band vicariously through a short series of gonzo tour diaries, photos and ephemera in Tumbledown’s NXSW Tour Diaries.

Find more Tumbledown @ www.tumbledownhq.com.

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