Monday, November 1, 2010

of Montreal + Janelle Monae = Sensory Overload


On Friday night at the Warfield [Oct 29, 2010] not only did I get to see of Montreal for the SIXTH TIME (yep) but I saw Janelle Monae for the first.

Between the fish-headed, gun wielding robots (pictured left) to dancers dressed as nuns, pigs, kids with skulls, a dragon, confetti and feathers, the night was totally sensory overload!

Seeing shows like this in SF however makes me wish that Sacramento could bring this kind of event to one of our venues. of Montreal has performed here once before (at Sac State actually - thanks to the amazing folks at Unique). But, I'd love to see a show like this at Memorial, hell, why not the Convention Center or on a smaller scale, Harlow's?

Don't get me wrong - some GREAT shows have been put on at most of those places. But this - this doesn't happen everyday.


Watch a LESS SFW video of "Sex Karma" + "Girl Named Hello" 

I'm telling you - if you haven't seen Janelle Monae live - do it and do it soon. I had a feeling she was going to put on a great show. I mean, I saw her perform "Tightrope" (LIVE) on Letterman before her album was released and figured - yep, I was going to be blown away.

But by her intro, the Archandroid's warning from the future, I knew this was going to be not just a concert, but a full experience that I would never forget.

She sang many of the hit tracks from her album, and somewhere in the middle of her performance she came out and performed a heartbreakingly beautiful take on Michael Jackson's favorite "Smile." The crazy San Francisco stopped jumping and pushing and screaming, and we all just stood there and took in the quality and caliber of her voice. No words could describe it.





I know of Montreal isn't everyone's cup of tea. I guess it's the spirit of this show that I wish people in Sacramento could experience not just more often but more easily. Not everyone can drive out to SF for every great show - so how about we start petitioning bigger indie bands who are known for their performance art (not just their music) to come and perform in our humble little big city?

Post messages to their Facebook walls, tweet about how great Memorial and Harlow's and the Blue Lamp are, and maybe bands like of Montreal (or do I dare hope for Flaming Lips???), or outstanding singers like Janelle Monae would be more inclined to make a pit stop on their way in or out of the bay.

It couldn't hurt.


For more pictures from this show, check our Facebook Album!

FRESH TRAX [6]

Deer Park Avenue = Sarah and Stephanie Snyder
Sister duo, DPA, has a diverse musical and cultural background that has influenced their sound. After living all over Europe, and performing in multiple bands, in Sacramento they go by Deer Park Avenue, the name of a street they used to walk down in Long Island.

Their power pop is commercial friendly, yes, but smart. With a sophisticated sound and a knowledge of the business, DPA has not only released an EP City Streets (available on iTunes) but are now back in the studio recording more new material. They are the number one Sacramento band on ReverbNation's charts and I think we can expect a lot more from these two in the near future!


Get More Deer Park Avenue News on: Facebook | MySpace | Twitter | ReverbNation.

Friday, October 29, 2010

FRESH TRAX [5]

What can say about this experimental indie pop band from Placerville except - "where have they been all my life?"

Lead by singer/songwriter Jocelyn Noir (her Goth alias), their sound (or perhaps her sound) is haunting, electrifying and extremely entertaining. One minute they sound like a country influenced folk band, and the next like Joy Division's feminine reflection.

Alak's EP I Don't Feel Anything and their full-length Clarinettis Qoonotations are available for "Name Your Price" on Bandcamp!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FRESH TRAX [4]

Taken at DOOMbird's album release show
at Harlow's on August 29th, 2010

After the free release of their debut self-titled album, indie folk/pop band DOOMbird hasn't been performing as often. 

Luckily, I just found out they are on the bill for the Mister Metaphor Reunion Show coming up Nov. 6th at the Townhouse Lounge. Phew! And they have another show in SF with The Definite Articles on Nov. 19th. Until then, here's my favorite song by DOOMbird:


 02 Naked - DOOMbird by Paduta 


Keep Up with DOOMbird on MySpace | Facebook | DOOMbird Official.

Happy Halloween(s)!

Death Star Pumpkin found @ Bloomington Area Music
As a kid, I thought it was pretty cool having just the one Halloween, but apparently adults get to have a bunch of Halloweens that all fit their schedules.

This year, All Hallow's Eve is on a Sunday and for us grown ups with Mon-Fri (9 to 5) type jobs that . . . doesn't quite work.

Thankfully, there are a ton of Halloween themed shows/dance parties/costume contests going on throughout the Sacramento area that you non-kids are bound to find something to do.

And to help you, I've put together a Halloween guide for you to help you make a decision!

FRIDAY
Dance Party:
Fuck Fridays and Scion are presenting a two-floor Haunted House at the Townhouse Lounge. Downstairs DJ Shaun Slaughter will be spinning electro/house/dance music and Portland dance band STRENGTH will be performing live as well. Upstairs DJ Roger will be spinning and there will also be a special performance by San Francisco's Still Flyin'

Tickets are still available at Bows and Arrows in Midtown but not for long. Get yours now and soon because it guarantees entrance into the party.

Indie Rock/Pop:
Old Ironsides | 10th and S | $7 



SATURDAY
Dance Party!
The Nightmare on **th Street -- 10 PM - 5 AM
DJs Whores and Riff Raff, Unite, Kris Ward and many many more performing in a secret space - 2 rooms totaling 10,000 sq. feet!
(location to be revealed...)

Punk/Metal/Rock

Zombie Holocaust -- 9 PM - 2 AM
Drastic Actions, The Number Thirteen, Lessons in Failure, Black Mackerel, Psychosomatic -- Costumes Mandatory!
On the Y | 670 Fulton Ave. | Sacramento 

Octoberween -- 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Dirty Filthy Mugs, Skouts Honor, Nate of America, Point of View
Plea for Peace Center 630 E. Weber Ave. | Stockton

Mellow/Folk/Pop
It Was the Night Before Halloween . . . -- 9 - 11:30 PM
David Houston, Christopher Fairman, Earl Brooks
Luna's Cafe and Juice Bar | 1414 16th Street | Sacramento


SUNDAY
Games, Costume Contests, Prizes, LIVE stage shows and a screening of "Trick or Treat" (1986).
Crest Theater | 1013 K Street | $10

Local bands performing classic songs by their favorite dead rock stars: Breaking Glass, Jet Black Popes, and more!
Old Ironsides  | 10th and S | $8

Townhouse Lounge | 1517 21st Street 



Whew! I'm sure there is a bunch more going on! 
Hope you find something fun and SPOOOOOKY to do this Hallo-weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FRESH TRAX [3]


I met Storyteller back when we were both DJs at KSSU. He played tons of great electronic/techno/house music like Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, you name it - he had it and most likely, on vinyl.

I was excited to see that not only does he remix tracks but that he has some original compositions as well. And, keeping in theme of his name, Storyteller organizes all his music into books and chapters.

Listen to more of his music and download tracks at:


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FRESH TRAX [2]

I have been meaning to get around to this psychedelic indie band for a while now and after I listened to their self-recorded and released album Psychemancer I knew I had to tell you all about it.

First off, these guys are still in high school. And I know there are lots of young bands out there, especially in Sacramento, but Dead Scott has a serious sophistication of sound. Think Pink Floyd meets Ziggy Stardust in a bar and they head over to T Rex's garage to record some songs...while still in high school.




 09 Moon Beams by Sage Cummins 

I think they have some serious potential so I was bummed when I saw a post on Facebook that said they had given up trying to make money off their music. Dead Scott seems to me like a band a small indie label would love to promote. I hope they keep trying.

You can download the entire album for FREE on SoundCloud!

Like what you hear? Send them a comment on MySpace or Facebook!

Get Punked!

I've noticed since moving to the area that Sacramento has a seriously strong and deeply rooted punk scene. I mean, we have 7Seconds, The Secretions, Kepi Ghoulie - perhaps the Unholy Trinity of the genre for our region.

Now, I'm not going to pretend that I know a bunch about punk music, because I don't. I respect it - any band that can name themselves Grave Babies, or the Queers deserves a fair amount of reverence from folks like me (indie pop, dance music, of Montreal fanatics).

Aside from their awesome names, punk bands are great about creating distinct flyers for every single show and they promote (especially online) like crazy! But the best place to find out what's happening in the punk scene any day of the week is Sacramento Punk Shows

They are on top of promoting local shows - in fact they were months ahead of everyone else with Wild Flag's show at the Hub. I wouldn't be surprised that the reason why it's sold out already (yup, sorry folks) has something to do with whomever keeps up on their punk homework at Sacramento Punk Shows.

Just check out their most recently updated show list:

TUES, OCT 26
Carry the Torch + It Prevails + Havenside + Above the City. 6 pm @ Fire Escape, 7431 Madison Ave, $5, all ages.
WED, OCT 27
Dogfood + Shitty Ramones + Hybrid Creeps + Rob 86. Powerhouse Pub, Folsom 21+, Free.
THUR, OCT 28
Eat Skull + Ganglians + Buk Buk Bigups. 8 pm @ Luigi's Fun Garden, 1050 20th St. all ages.
FRI, OCT 29
Dreaming Dead + Exhausted Prayer + Hoopsnake + Killgasm + New Plague. 8 pm @ On the Y, 670 Fulton Ave. $6, 21.
Support the Rabid + No Beatings from Holly + We Are Rayged. 8 pm @ 300 Room, 300 West Capitol Ave. All ages. $2.
Evil Plan + The Nothing Society + Ventura + Fuel the Change + Heavy Liquid. 6 pm @ Club 916, 5525 Auburn Blvd. $10, all ages.
SAT, OCT 30
Psychosomatic + Drastic Actions + Black mackerel + Lessons in Failure + Number 13. 8 pm @ On the Y, 670 Fulton Ave. 21+, $10, Zombie Holocaust, wear a costume.
Hubraiser -- Halloween Fundraiser for the Hub w/ G Green + Buk Buk Bigups + Los Misfits. 8 pm @ Hub, downtown, 21+, $7.
SUN, OCT 31
The Lurking Terror + The Left Hand + Skry. 6 pm @ Fire Escape, 7431 Madison. $8, All ages, half off if you dress like a zombie for the zombie video shoot.
Rumors of a punk rock halloween basement party @ Casa de Chaos.
WED, NOV 3
Title Fight + Balance & Composure + Story So Far + American Scene + Build Us Airplanes. 6 pm 
@ Ruggles Warehouse, 3130 Branch St. All ages, $10-12.
Elitist + Larry David + Rotten Funeral + Rape Whistle. 8 pm @ Hub, downtown, all ages, $5.
THUR, NOV 4
A Single Second + DC Fallout + Walking Dead. 8 pm @ Shaker's, 5941 Sperry Dr. $5, 21+.
Lesbian + Times of Desperation + Acid Cop + Majesty. 8 pm @ Hub, downtown, all ages, $5.
FRI, NOV 5
Call to Preserve + Venia + Dead Icons + Havenside + Bull True + These Nightmares. 7 pm @ Studio 21, 4175 Cincinatti Ave., Suite 200, Rocklin, 95765. All ages, $8/10.
Warm Climate + Grave Babies + build Target. 9 pm @ Hub, downtown, all ages, $5.
SAT, NOV 6
Last of Lucy + Super Happy StorytimeLand + Kennedy Veil. Hub, all ages. $5.
SUN, NOV 7
Personal and the Pizzas + Mean Jeans + Scumby. 9 pm @ Hub, downtown, all ages, $5.
WED, NOV 10
Total Chaos + Psychosomatic + Twitch Angry + Stubenate + The 32s + Slip into Coma. 7 pm @ Club 916, 5525 Auburn Blvd. $10, All ages.
Bastards of Young + Carpenter (Vancouver) + Drastic Actions. 9 pm @ Press Club, 21st and P. $5, 21+.
Cruddy @ Hub.

And that's not even all of them! Check out the rest >>HERE<<

So if you're looking for a punk show in the area, go to Sacramento Punk Shows first: 

Monday, October 25, 2010

FRESH TRAX [DEBUT EDITION]

Okay, I've featured Mike Colossal a lot - but I couldn't think of anyone better than him to start off our newest feature. In my opinion, his music is all about that DIY, independent spirit. He mixes, records, and promotes his music on his own.

Here's a track that is not only FREE to download, but also exemplifies his well trained ear for music of many genres and his skills as a master (and Sammie nominated) turntablist.




Find out more about DJ Mike Colossal:




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fresh Music Every Day!

I got a message on Facebook from one of our Padutans - she admitted that she hadn't heard of ANY of the bands we've featured thus far before until I posted something about CAKE on Wednesday.

While I was writing my reply, I had a revelation of sorts. 

That's the point of Paduta - to expose folks to new music they've never heard of before, every day!

At the same time I realized that I haven't been doing the best job keeping our word to bring you fresh music on a daily basis. With our site still under construction, the push to post a new daily track to our social networking sites hasn't been on my list of top priorities.

UNTIL NOW!

Starting Monday, I plan to a share a new track EVERY DAY, a feature I plan to call "FRESH TRAX," with you here on the blog, on Facebook, MySpace, and yep, Twitter --- music from independent artists locally and hopefully soon from around the globe. 

How will I do this? 

Check this out!


Starting TODAY I invite any independent artist who reads this to post their tracks to our brand new SoundCloud Drop Box! 

I've already had a few musicians do this and I'm hoping more will be inspired to do so. 

All you have to do is click the "DropBox" tab on our Facebook page . . . 

Then Click "Send your tracks" and you are all set!

[*NOTE* Tracks will NOT be available for the public to download for free unless otherwise specified by the artist.]

Once I get your submissions, I will review and post them to our social networking sites with a blurb about you, your music, and where they can hear and/or buy more!

So it's a win-win all around. Paduta, while under construction, will continue providing a service that exposes you to new music every day and independent musicians will get that little extra support they need to write and record tunes on their own!

If you're an artist and have any questions drop us an email, or send us a message on Facebook!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nebraska Mondays

I was completely blown away by the performances at last night's Nebraska Monday at Luna's Cafe in Midtown. 

I didn't even know what to expect. I heard about the weekly Monday night jazz/spoken word/experimental music series only because my boyfriend was scheduled to DJ in between sets.

This went beyond expectation. 


The caliber of musicians, the price of the event [ranging anywhere from $5 and up - basically whatever you can spare], and the spirit of the room and venue made this probably one of the best night's I've experienced since moving to Sacramento.

I'll go into the separate performances in a bit, but first I have to talk about the intimacy of the setting. Luna's Cafe and Juice Bar is by far one of the best venues for this kind of music in the area. It's small, warm, and inviting. Not to mention they have an amazing menu with simple dishes [veggie/vegan friendly] that won't break the bank. For $10 you can pay to get in, order a nice glass of wine, and enjoy music I promise you've never heard before.

Hosted by jazz musician and one-half of the talented duo ElectroPoetic Coffee, Ross Hammond booked three acts that all embodied the creative essence of musical exploration.

First up was Daryl Shawn, a solo artist and guitar player who began playing at the age of 16, and continued his musical education at the Berklee College of Music. His influences range from jazz to African and classical.

Last night, he strummed, recorded, and mixed his music live using a pedal, and an audio and mixing board. He twisted and distorted his recordings and ended up sounding like a full experimental band!




Ken Kawamura - Saxophone; Tony Passarell -
Saxophone; Gerry Pineda - bass; James Neil - drums
The Ken Kawamura Quartet followed up with some of the best saxophone solos I've heard in a really long time. Each solo explored an extensive range of notes and technique.

It was moody, exploratory, at times explosive jazz. It was Lynchian. It was Fred Madison at the Luna Lounge. *Note* Ken Kawamura hadn't named his last two pieces and decided at that moment to name them both "Revenge" - dedicated to his ex-girlfriend.




Last up was the Steuart Liebig Trio, which consisted of Ross Hammond on guitar, Tom Monson on the drums (BTW - he's the drummer for CAKE right now), and of course Steuart Liebig on bass.

Liebig was a thrilling bass player who has a full and varied musical career, and who also had quite the electronic set up for just one instrument. He had at least 8-10 pedals that he used to distort and the change of the effect of the bass sound.

What was extremely inspiring about this performance were the solos of all these musicians. Their entire set was evocative, and really showcased their individual as well as collective talent.


If you are looking for something, ANYTHING, to do on a Monday night, please check out Nebraska Mondays at Luna's Cafe. Every week there is new line up of exciting music, and poetry/spoken word performances. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

>> For more photos from last night, go to Paduta's Facebook <<

Monday, October 18, 2010

Neo Crocker | A Modern Culture Party (Recap)

The view of the Neo Crocker Modern Culture Party
Okay so I got lucky . . .

I got a free ticket to the first major event at the new Crocker Art Museum since the grand opening. It was a hefty ticket price [$75 presale/$95 at the door] and it wasn't until I arrived that I understood the high cost.

When you walked in, in front of you short films were projected on one of the sides of the museum. DJ Shaun Slaughter was spinning records as fire dancers performed on the main stage.


There was laser show, a huge bar, waiters walking around with delicious hors d'oeuvres, and this is just what was going on as you arrived! 
Guests were dressed up and I'm not only talking about looking fancy - some folks were wearing extremely eccentric and artistic outfits - one man wore a jacket covered with watches.


A few separate events were going on inside the museum itself as well. On the ground floor early on there was a fashion show and music.

RJD2 (picture left) opened his show at 11 PM with the Mad Men theme "A Beautiful Mine" and continued for the rest of the night performing his other popular tracks and doing some classic DJing as well as the rest of us danced our butts off!

As awesome as all of this was (and oh, it was!), I was most impressed and moved by ElectroPoetic Coffee's performance on the third floor - which happened to also be in my favorite room in the new museum.



This extremely creative duo is made up of jazz musician/guitarist and host of improvisational music series Nebraska Mondays at Luna's Cafe Ross Hammond and poet/spoken word artist and neo folk singer NSAA (pronounced "en-sah-ah").

The combination of moody electric guitar and smart, insightful poetry in the art museum setting created a memorable experience that was extraordinary and memorable. One of the audience members was actually moved to tears by ElectroPoetic Coffee's music and words. I highly recommend checking out this duo as well as their separate work.

See them soon at:

Phono Select Records
Tuesday | Oct. 19th | 7 PM

24th Street Theater (LA)
Friday | Oct. 22nd | 7:30 PM

Sol Collective
Saturday | Oct. 30th | 9 PM


All together the event was exciting and vibrant. Keep an eye out at Crocker's website to see when new events and shows are happening!


>> Check out the rest of our Neo Crocker photos on Facebook <<

Thursday, October 14, 2010

LoveLikeFire Coming to Townhouse THIS Saturday!

Once again, Clay Nutting and Adam Saake of Concerts 4 Charity: Sacramento have outdone themselves with another killer line up.

San Francisco's LoveLikeFire are being joined by I'm Dirty Too, The Dreaded Diamond and The Kelps at the Townhouse Lounge on Saturday night [October 16th | 9 PM]. Along with these amazing bands, DJs will be spinning records in between sets and probably upstairs as well.

As with all of C4C's shows, proceeds will go to their organization which helps raise money for music and arts education for kids in the Sacramento area. So YOU get to rock out for a great cause.

To give you a better idea of what you can expect from the show, here's a little breakdown . . .



LoveLikeFire = Ann, Dave, Eric, and Marty

What is most amazing about LoveLikeFire isn't just Ann Yu's vocals (though they are powerful) or how catchy their tunes are. 

What impresses me the most about this indie band by the bay is that many of their successes they achieved on their own. They self funded two EPs, and booked themselves on regional and national tours (at huge festivals like CMJ and SxSW, and have performed with bands like Black Kids, Mates of State, and Cloud Cult).

In 2008 they were signed to UK label Heist or Hit which helped them release their first full length album Tear Ourselves Away in 2009 and currently they are on a West Coast tour and will be performing multiple shows with Film School (LA).



  LoveLikeFire - Signs by Paduta



Sacramento's I'm Dirty Too is a two-piece consisting of Jess Gowrie (she played drums for the black metal band Red Host from 2006-8 with Chelsea Wolfe) and Zac Brown (Dusty Brown, DOOMbird). They say their name pretty much describes their sound which is good old fashioned "dirty guitar, fuzzed out bass, intense driving beats" garage rock.

Check out their MySpace to hear a few tracks - I personally recommend "Screamer."
Dreaded Diamond = Juli Lydell, Tyler Lydell,
and Addison Quarrels



A few weeks ago, I received an excitable Facebook message from Clay at C4C about The Dreaded Diamond and this is what he had to say:

"Dudes,

This band is going to EXPLODE and we can all say we knew it first."



Well said, Clay.

The Kelps = Tony Reyes, Cory Baringer,
and Cameron Betts
The Kelps are a nice late addition to this already awesome line up. I think they have the energy to balance out the mellow tunes of Dreaded Diamond and to compliment I'm Dirty Too.

They were also one of the nominees for Outstanding Indie for this year's Sammies.

They describe their music as blues inspired "indie" but by no means do they wished to be defined or CONfined by any genre:

"Music isn't confined by genres. Music isn't confined by audience. Music shouldn't be confined at all."


 


Hope to see you all at the Townhouse Lounge on
Saturday night for this great show for a great cause!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

PUNK SLAM!


Oh yes...

It's that time again.

Once again, Sacramento State University's Unique Programs with KSSU, Sac State's Student Run Radio Station, are putting on another PUNK SLAM!

In 2008, I got to witness first hand the pure awesomeness that is punk music and pro wrestling together, simultaneously, in the University Union Ballroom.

I really hope they still have some of the KSSU DJs doing the color commentary.


Punk Slam 2008


This year the Supreme Pro Wrestlers will be body slamming to music by:

<a href="http://bastardsofyoung.bandcamp.com/album/california-redemption">California Redemption by Bastards Of Young</a>


This is bound to be a killer event so don't miss it!