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Bay Area Bands Plan Benefit for Sandy Devastated Norton Records

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2012 09:12am | Post a Comment
     

As reported here on the October 31st New York State of Mind Amoeblog NYC indie record label Norton Records was among the hard hit victims of Superstorm Sandy and at that time were reaching out to folks in the immediate area to help out in their recovery. The beloved label's Brooklyn warehouse suffered what they described in the days following the storm as "devastating destruction" (see the video by Dust & Grooves above to get an idea) from Hurricane Sandy that they sadly reported "destroyed most of Norton's catalog stock."  The revered record label, that celebrated its 25th anniversary this time last year when they revived the career of Dave "Baby" Cortez. boasts a rich and extensive catalog with lots of great  obscurities and a list of diverse artists that includes Esquerita, Charlie Feathers, Figures of Light, Flat Duo Jets, Rudy Ray Moore, Doug Sahm, Gene Vincent, Gino Washington, Andre Williams, Link Wray, and Roy Loney.

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Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies Presents ART WORK 2.0 Tonight @ Mini Bar In San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2012 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Most may know longtime San Francisco musician Cyril Jordan as the guitarist and founding member of the Flamin' Groovies but, ever since his early protopunk, power-pop group started out in the mid sixties,  Jordan has also been an active graphic artist too with his prolific illustrations dating back decades to those early days of his band and including various album covers' artwork and even such early era Flamin' Groovies concert showbills as the one right from legendary Fillmore, San Francisco rock venue The Matrix.

Additionally with a flare for vintage comic book cover recreations many of his illustrations are reworkings of many classic comic book covers. In fact in 1989 Jordan's comic book inspired illustrations landed him a deal to provide artwork for a Walt Disney comic book published by Gladstone Publishing. And in the two decades since the Groovies disbanded Jordan, who currently plays guitar in Magic Christian, has given even more time and energy to his art, presenting / curating various art shows including one last month in San Francisco at the Mini Bar.

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