War Bus Commando

Posted by phil blankenship, May 14, 2007 01:40am | Post a Comment

Trylon Video TRB 006

roller derby! denver!...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 13, 2007 10:14pm | Post a Comment
So I am a big fan of the roller derby. And I am so excited there are roller derby leagues popping up all over the country. I have been to the B.ay A.rea. D.erby Girls events out here in the bay area a couple of times. They have had some bad news lately. They lost their old place where they had the events and are on a search for a new venue. I have heard that they will be having it at the Cow Palace soon! They are having a fundraiser soon so check our their website.

We were looking for something else fun to do in Denver and happened to find a flyer for the derby girls at  Wax Trax. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls were playing against the Salt Lake City team. It was the 5280 Fight Club vs. Salt City Derby Girls. We were staying with my boyfriend's sister in Denver. And we knew her and her husband were gonna love some roller derby. I only wish we would have brought their daughter who is almost two. She is for sure a roller girl in the making. So of course, we had to go to the roller derby. I wanted to know if the kids in Denver were as crazy for roller derby as they are out here in the bay area. They had a really nice venue for their derby in Denver in the Stapleton area. It made me a little jealous for the ladies back here. It was very similar to the bay area derby. It was a rowdy crowded event. Just a little less rowdy and a little less crowded. Possibly the only improvement over the bay area was that you could hear the announcers. But I don't know if this was because they had a better sound system or if there was less people yelling.

The Denver girls were really awesome and beat the Salt Lake City girls pretty badly. These girls are seriously awesome. They take the sport really seriously but also have a lot of fun with it. It is hard to explain if you have never seen a roller derby before. So you just have to go. I am not really a big fan of organized sports. You will never find me at a football or baseball game. But this is different. It is so much more than just a sport. I also do love the referees for the roller derby. In Denver there is actually a party bus that will take you to and from the event. Its only like 20 dollars and you get a ticket to the show and free beer on the bus!

moz in denver

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 13, 2007 07:59pm | Post a Comment
I just got back from my trip to Denver! We went and saw Morrissey on Wednesday night and stayed through the weekend. For some reason I thought it was going to be cold. I always think that places that snow during the winter remain cold through the rest of the year. But I was wrong. I know it was only like 85 degrees, but it was totally hot. I kind of like to complain about the weather. But Denver was nicer than I thought it would be. The show was in the hipper part of downtown. One of those neighborhoods where hipster meets homeless. Just as I'm sure the people of Dallas don't really live like the cast of the TV show "Dallas," the town of Denver was not much like "Dynasty." However, it was a very comfortable city. Even though I kind of freak out when I am not near the ocean, I did feel surprisingly calm. We had a chance to spend some time in Denver and even made it over to Wax Trax Records to do some shopping.

The show was at the Fillmore. I was expecting it to be like the Fillmore in San Francisco. It was not. It was a good size venue. A big stage with the feel of a high school basketball stadium. There was seating along the sides and a VIP balcony. My friend Erika hooked us up with some tickets so we actually got to be in the VIP section! So when we got there we went upstairs and the usher ladies told us we actually had our names printed out marking seats for us. The Fillmore was actually really comfortable and casual. I often get stressed out in big venues. But the staff was really nice and even though it was crowded, I didn't feel crowded. It kind of felt like home. He has taken Kristeen Young with him on tour. I was not really into her at the Pasadena show. But I actually started to like her at this show. It is just her on keyboards and a drummer. She is for sure a unique lady and kind of intense.

This is seriously an awesome Morrissey tour. We had just seen him a couple of months ago in Pasadena. The show was pretty much the same. Awesome! His band sounds really good right now and he looks great. And he actually seems to still be having fun after all these years. Morrissey fans are known for their obsessiveness and it doesn't really matter what city you are in. It made me very happy looking across the audience. I felt like I knew all those people. I knew they had similar high school experiences as me. I knew Morrissey had been there for them as he had for me. Its like we all had a common experience because of him. In a weird way it made me feel connected to the rest of the world. He played a bunch of Smiths songs. Since we will never probably see a Smiths reunion, I'll take what I can get.

Here is what he played at the Denver show...


It was a little surprising that nobody jumped on stage. I don't know if the security was just really good or the crowd was just not as adventurous. But he did engage the crowd and touch a few lucky fans. He only took off his shirt twice this time. I think he took it off like 4 times at the Pasadena show. Seeing Morrissey live is really a special thing, I still remember the feeling I had when I first saw him like 17 years ago. The feeling was very similar at this show. He seriously has a power over his fans. I was really getting mad at him for not coming and doing tours in the US. I am so excited that he is doing a full tour of the United States. While a lot of people will be seeing him for the 5th or 35th time, I know there will be a lot of people out there seeing him for the first time. And it is an experience that everyone should get to have. I really do love Morrissey. Seeing him in Denver was awesome. And the Denver Airport was really impressive. Its like the biggest airport in the world and it even has its own subway that takes you to the gates after you go through security. And there is like an entire mall with a food court inside the airport. But like the Fillmore where I saw Morrissey, it was very comfortable and easy going. I just got to get back to Denver and see a show at Red Rocks. Cause that place looks amazing.

The Patriot

Posted by phil blankenship, May 12, 2007 01:34am | Post a Comment

Vestron Video 5193

The Employee Interview Part IV: Obsolete

Posted by Miss Ess, May 11, 2007 05:35pm | Post a Comment
9 years of employment
Visual Merchandiser

Q:  What's the first music you remember hearing as a kid?

O: The Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord.

What is the first album that made you super into music?

It was probably that Moody Blues album.  When disco rolled around I was hooked.  I was 7 years old and hooked on disco.  I loved Donna Summer and The Village People.  I was so into The Village People.  I thought they were a real representative of people in society getting together, getting along and making disco music, that The Village represented America and in this "land of the free", a cop, a sailor, a construction worker, an indian, and a leather daddy could get together and rock!

Pretty deep thoughts for a 7 year old.  Impressive.  What was your first live show?

Unfortunately General Public.  My mom dropped me off with my friend at the Universal Ampitheater at Universal Studios, California!  It was the only place I was allowed to see my first concert, being 15.

When did you start creating music and why?

I think I started creating music on my tape recorder as a kid.  It wasn't till I moved to San Francisco in my early 20s that I met more like minded people to create music with.

What was your first band?

I would say The Agent for Allied and The Subtonix at the same time.

So you were not faithful?

No I wasn't, I was seeing two different bands at the same time.

So what did you play in each band?  What did they sound like?

I played keyboards in The Subtonix and we were compared to everything from Christian Death to X-Ray Spex.  The Agent for Allied featured Brad Schelden on keyboards and me on vocals.  We were influenced by Echo and the Bunnyman, The Chameleons, and Tuxedo Moon

What were your vocals like?  That musta been awesome.  What were Brad's outfits like?

People told me I reminded them of Rozz Williams of Christian Death and Yoko Ono, mostly.  Brad pretty much dressed the same as now, but with more black and he was clean shaven with jet black hair.

Yoko Ono!  And Brad with black hair!  This sounds phenomenal.

We were pretty phenomenal. 

Sorry I missed all that. 

I think you were in Santa Cruz or under age.

Don't remind me.  What is your current project called anyway?


What is your favorite venue to see a show at in town?

The G3 Lounge on Geary and 3rd Ave.

What goes on there?  I've heard people around here talk about it but I've still never been.

These people EXP FOLX put on fantastic Noise events.  You should check out their myspace page at

What's your favorite venue to play a show at?

I recently played at the above venue and it was great!  Very glamourous and classy.

Just like you!

Thank you, as are you.

Best local band?


Favorite Scottish band of all time?

Wow!  That's a tough one.  Off the top of my head I'd have to say Strawberry Switchblade or early Simple Minds, pre Breakfast Club soundtrack.

Of course, understood.  What's your favorite record today, right now?

Favorite record that I keep playing right now?  Let me think, what am I playing the hell out of?

Right now today I keep listening to Antony for some weird reason.  I haven't listened to his record since it came out but because I heard the new Bjork record in the store with his voice I thought of it and threw it on [Antony's I Am A Bird Now].  I love his voice so much and all the drama in his records.

I think Antony's simply divine!  As of right now I keep playing Simple Minds, Celebration.

Do you have a musical guilty pleasure you'd care to comment on?

Samwell, "What What In the Butt".  It's been flagged on YouTube for explicit content.  It's rather tame though.

What about all those times we've watched R. Kelly videos?

That was for art!  He is a modern day Orson Welles, keeping people riveted to the radio.

Something about him is definitely riviting.  Speaking of R. Kelly, do you think it is at all easier for women trying to create music these days than it has been?

Yes and no.  I think women still have to deal with people thinking they can't play their instruments or write songs. 

Very true.  Do you listen to cds, vinyl?  Why?

Both.  All forms are fine by me.

Name a great record you think most people have not heard of before and tell them why they should like it!

Lansing-Dreiden's The Incomplete Triangle.  It's really beautiful and varied, sometimes it sounds like some Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" type thing, other times like New Order and other times like some old tyme punk.

What is your favorite:  creating music or playing or recording?

Creating and playing.

What's been your best find here at Amoeba?

The Naked Civil Servant, the film about Quentin Crisp's life starring John Hurt.

I love Quentin Crisp, I haven't heard that name in ages!  Now, what is your favorite part about working here at Amoeba?

I love seeing the younger generation getting excited about music.  Their innocence and enthusiasm is refreshing.

So your record is dropping in the fall, right? 

Indeed it is.  Check for all one needs to know!

Thank you for your time.

Thank you for your time.
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