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Hard French Winter Ball in Santa Cruz, February 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 20, 2013 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's good friends over at Hard French, the all-vinyl 60′s soul dance party experience, present their third yearly weekend Winter semi-formal getaway by the sea. Join them on Saturday, February 2nd for the Third Annual Hard French Winter Ball, an extravaganza made of live performances, all-vinyl soul music, and a formal dance party at The Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom -- a turn of the century grand ballroom on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

Check out what the Winter Ball has in store for you this year:
The Hard French DJs Brown Amy & Carnita
Live singing performances by Dulce De Leche, Rotimi Agbabiaka, DavEnd, and Ebony Jett
Special guest performance by Glamamore
Coronation of the Hard French King and Queen hosted by Lil Miss Hot Mess
Photobooth by Shot In The City, design by Tommy Tuff
The Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes

Get your tickets now for the event of the season.

And nominations are now open for King and Queen, click HERE to vote! Nominations end on Wednesday, January 23rd.
 

HARD FRENCH WINTER BALL 2013: ¡SACAMELO! from Dirtyglitter on Vimeo.

Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire and Howlin' Rain Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, August 1, 2008 02:19pm | Post a Comment
ethan miller, comets on fire, howlin rain

Ethan Miller
is one of the Bay Area's best musicians. He formed the psychedelic/noise, super intense comets on fire, ethan miller, utrillo kushner, ben chasney, ben flashman, noel von harmonsonband Comets on Fire in Santa Cruz in 1999. The group has met with much success-- Comets was signed to Sub Pop, has toured all over the world and released four great albums. After relocating to Oakland, around 2004 Ethan brought together another outlet for his creativity, the riff-heavy Howlin' Rain. Howlin' Rain has released two exceptional records and was recently signed to musical luminary Rick Rubin's label American Recordings, which should bring the group's heavy rockin' sound to even higher highs. Check out Howlin' Rain's performance at Amoeba back in March here.

What follows is my recent chat with Ethan about songs that make him cry, his old piano teacher, and why the studio is what really windshowlin rain ethan miller his clock.

Miss Ess: Is there someone in particular who recognized and nurtured your musical interest/talent when you were young?

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Still Crazy After All These Years: Gary Higgins & Mark Fosson

Posted by Miss Ess, May 3, 2007 09:15pm | Post a Comment

gary higginsSpeaking of radical upcoming shows, did you know that underground heroes Gary Higgins and Mark Fosson are coming to town for their first San Francisco appearances, despite the fact that their records were made oh, about 30+ years ago?  Yes, they have been revived, thanks in part to the vigilant Zach Cowie in the case of Gary Higgins, and thanks to Mark Fosson's cousin Tiffany Anders in his case, each of whom rediscovered the records that never got their due: Mark Fosson's Lost Takoma Sessions and Gary Higgins' Red Hash, and managed to get them released on the illustrious Drag City Records

mark fosson the dakota sessions
Mark Fosson's songs were recorded for John Fahey's label in 1977 but were actually never released cause the label dissolved soon after.  It's super fitting that Fosson's record was gonna come out on Fahey's label cause he's a definite influence.  He plays the 12 string guitar and his songs are all instrumentals and beautiful! 

Gary Higgins' story is a little more complicated.  In 1973 he recorded his album Red Hash, put it out on his own label, promptly got arrested for pot possession and spent a couple of years in the pen; Thus he was unable to tour or promote the record, and thus the record made pretty much no mark on the world at large.  True to its title, Red Hash is definately a stoner folk record.  There's much hypnotic repetition, lots of hippie-isms and a lotta acoustic guitar hooks. 

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