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Horace Panter Exhibition – at The Artists Gallery – Aberdeen, UK – October 27 – November 27, 2012

October 27, 2012

Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012Horace graduated in 1975 with a degree in Fine Art from Coventry’s Lanchester Polytechnic. Although most of his career had been defined by his involvement in music, art has always been in the frame!

 

As bassist with the Specials, Horace spent lots of time touring. Over the last 3 decades this has given him the opportunity to visit some of the world’s best art galleries and to view some of his favourite paintings up close and personal. As well as bringing home piles of laundry, his bags always bulge with new art books and hundred of photographs, have all inspired his current work and influenced its development over many years.

Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012

After spending 10 years as Head of art in a school for autistic children, Horace decided it was time to dedicate some of his time to producing his own work.  Some of his recent work is based on drawing he did 10- 15 years ago which have only just been realised as paintings. With the Specials reforming in Late 2009, he had the opportunity to really nail this ambition! It was not until November 2011 that he had his first public exhibition at the Strand Gallery in London.Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012

It was great to see Horace take his art to Aberdeen, and come up in person to spend time in the gallery and launch night.

Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012

Quite a few people braved the snow that had descended upon Aberdeen that day, and Horace chatted to people about his painting in depth, you could see his passion about his art, as explained from the start process to the finished article.

Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012

There were people there for the art but also fans of the Specials just to meet and chat to Horace, a surprise visitor was Mickey Foote who produced the 1st Clash album, and who Horace hadn’t seen in 30 years, if my mind remembers correctly. The Galleries other rooms was open too, there is a music room , where there is music posters by the rolling stones and other bands , a full size drum kit that belonged to Bill Legend T-rex drummer.

Horace Panter Exhibition - at The Artists Gallery - Aberdeen, UK - October 27 - November 27, 2012

This gallery is worth a visit, get along!

 

 

More photos of the exhibit can be seen HERE

 

-Dod Morrison-
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Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks – at Riley’s Tavern – Bakersfield, CA

September 26, 2012

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CAWhile most of Bakersfield was wasting their time shoving funnel cakes in their face, watching dated bands, and standing in line for overpriced beer at the Kern County Fair, some of us said "FUCK THAT!" and made our way to Riley's Tavern to check out some real circus side show freaks. 


7 foot 3 inch, George The Giant has been featured in several movies and shows. His part in Tim Burton's "Big Fish" as "Colossus" and appearance on "America's Got Talent" have earned him some fame. Aside from his mainstream success, he is a true performer and is actually one of Bakersfield's own.

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

The crowd sat on the floor surrounding the small stage with looks of horror, disgust, and laughter as George and Robin performed an array of tricks including, the human block head, where George took a nail and hammered it all the way into his nose and sword swallowing where Robin deep throated an at least two foot long sword. 

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks join forces to entertain the masses with a great set of side show tricks and cheesy humor. The two men put on an amazing show and vibe off of each other perfectly. You can tell that George is the peanut butter to Robin's Jelly. Their performance is Circus of Horrors meets Jack Ass, except a cleaner version of both that you could easily take your family to see. What ever the case, the flyer should have a disclaimer saying "Folks, don't try this shit at home!"

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

More tricks included a bed of nails, a bed of blades, drinking milk through a bendy straw (through his nose!), walking on glass, swinging a soda can from chains attached to eyelids, and many other visually stimulating acts. They engaged the crowd even more by pulling up people from the audience to participate. 

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

They ended the night in a blaze of glory with robin's fire breathing act and with a bang as George put his goggles on and lit a row of fire crackers on his chest.  

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

After the set was done, the two men invited the show goers to stand in line and staple dollars to their chests and backs. The big spenders with at least a 20 bux could staple their bill to the foreheads of either performer and even received a yellow George The Giant T-shirt as a souvenir.

Freak Fest with George The Giant and Master of Mayhem Robin Marks - at Riley's Tavern - Bakersfield, CA

After the show, DJ Josex did what he does best and kept the night rolling with a great mix of music.  What a great reason to come out on a Wednesday night.  It was a total blast!

If you plan on making it up to California's "Great America" in October, be sure to catch these awesome performers do their thing, they will be there all month!  For more info on show times click HERE

You can also keep up with George The Giant at http://www.georgethegiant.com


                             More photos of the show can be seen HERE

-J.Moncrief-
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Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party – Featuring: Running Scared – and Carcinogenz – at Going Underground Records – Bakersfield, CA

September 22, 2012

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012September 22nd proved to be quite an eventful evening for Bakersfield. Along with the KSVG 89.7 Savage Radio benefit show and a kick ass Skinhead Reggae show with local band The Tarfons, Going Underground Records were celebrating their 11th year in business. Starting at 4pm and going til 8pm, there were live bands, DJ's and plenty of great deals on new and used records.

Ronald Ramirez opened Going Underground's doors when he was only 21 years old. In a world where records stores don't last for too long, it's obvious that owning a record store may not be the easiest way to make a living. Bakersfield has seen many come and go over the years. However Going Underground has stood the test of time.

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012

The small shop is filled wall to wall with a huge selection of vinyl, patches, T-shirts, magazine's, pins, and lots of other goodies. 11 years in the business is a great reason to celebrate. Local bands Running Scared and Carcinogenz performed in front of the store and various DJs spun some great Punk mixes as people of all ages thumbed through records and talked music politics. 

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012

Going Underground Record Store 11th Anniversary Party - Featuring Running Scared - and Carcinogenz - at Going Underground Records - Bakersfield, CA - September 22, 2012

People like Ronald are unsung heroes of the music scene and music lovers. If you ever are rolling through Bakersfield, I would suggest you put "1822 G St Bakersfield, Ca" into your map app and swing by to find some treasures at amazingly affordable prices. Support your local record stores so more shops like Going Underground can keep serving the music community.


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  More photos of the show can be seen HERE

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Heresy Presents: DEAD AIR – KSVG 89.7 Savage Radio Benefit – with Peeling Grey – Mordacious – One Last Caress – and DJ Thad – at Riley’s Tavern – Bakersfield, CA

September 22, 2012

For those Bakersfield natives who are feeling as starved for good alternative music as the next small town, have we got some good news for you! Thanks to Jake Chavez and Greg Looney's tireless efforts over the last few years,  KSVG 89.7, aka Savage Radio, Bakersfield’s newest non-profit public radio station, promoting arts, educational programs, and yes, true alternative music, will be invading the airwaves very soon (November 4th, 2012 to be exact).



To help get the fluids bubbling, Savage Radio joined dark forces with Heresy, Bakersfield’s only gothic/industrial night club, to raise money for the station.  “Dead Air” was not a night to be missed and an all out party full of punks, deathrockers, rivetheads, goths, and weekend warriors. 

Hosted in Riley’s Tavern’s back bar, the dance floor and the dimly lit room are no strangers to the “alternative” crowd.  Every month, Heresy takes over the club and hosts a dark night of pounding industrial, gothic, deathrock, synth-pop, and dark wave music.  The brain child of DJ/promoter Mike Fowler, aka “The Good Reverend” and promoter Shila Fowler, Heresy has become a prominent cog in the machine that keeps the underground scene in Bakersfield rolling.

“Dead Air” was no exception.  With walls oozing ornate, gothic decor and lasers blazing through the fog, it was easy to lose yourself in the atmosphere of the night and wonder “Wow! Am I in Bakersfield?”  The crowd poured through like a murder of crows and kept the scene cool as Heresy DJs thad and The Good Reverend kept us all warming up the dance floor with underground music that you will not hear in any other club in Bakersfield.  The out of town live acts contributed largely to the awesome atmosphere of Dead Air and brought a good variety of alternative sounds to the fundraiser.

First up was One Last Caress, hailing as Fresno’s gothic horror band of face-painted freaks.  They offer a dark, high energy deathrock sound, with enough punk attitudes to get a pit going throughout their set.  What a way to get the party started!

Next, Mordacious and Vektor from Lancaster, in their true rivethead fashion, had the whole club moving.  Heresy club goers had been waiting for this act to come and perform, and it was definitely well worth the wait.  They brought presentation and hard industrial dance beats that had party-goers dancing non-stop and wanting more.  I mean they brought it!

Los Angeles’ Peeling Grey, ended the live music beautifully with their true post punk rock, a sound you seldom have the opportunity to hear live anymore.  Front man Andy Smith, staying true to his old school death rock look, connected with the audience, while performing some songs from within the crowd. 

DJ Thad ended the night, keeping the dance floor moving with his years of DJ skills, throwing down some more stomping industrial beats.   

Most of the Heresy regulars were in attendance, along with many new faces to the club.  This event created a sense of unity among the alternative crowd, locals and out of towners alike.  And let me say that looks can be deceiving with this dark and spooky bunch, as they are very fun and friendly people.  

To sum it up, Bakersfield’s alternative music scene is coming back up, largely in part to Heresy and KSVG 89.7’s arrival on Novemeber 4th, 2012.  Pretty soon, listeners will be lucky enough to enjoy a different kind of program including Princess Darkness’ dark alternative show streaming bands like The Cure or Siouxsie and the Banshees (perhaps even some exciting local guests) and a gothic/industrial music program on Savage Radio, hosted regularly by Heresy’s own resident DJ, The Good Reverend to include music by Bakersfield’s own Burning Image and LA’s Gentlemen Junkie.  Also, whether you are a local or lucky enough to be traveling near Bakersfield on a night of Heresy, do yourself a favor and stop in for a dance. You will be very welcomed by the coolest freaks.

Stay tuned in with KSVG 89.7 Savage Radio HERE

Check out what our friends at Heresy have going on HERE


                             More photos of the show can be seen HERE

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We Got Power! “We Survived The Pit” Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents – Saccharine Trust – The Last – White Flag – and Dead Issue – at Track 16 Gallery – Santa Monica CA

September 8, 2012

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and PhotosThis show could have happened 30 years ago. This was Jordon Swartz & Dave Markey’s “We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" event and book release. The show featured : Dead Issue/ White Flag/ The Last/ Saccharine Trust/ and Adolescents. This event was a 30 year remembrance of L.A. Punk as seen through the eyes of Jordon and Dave.

Half the fun was walking through the crowd of over 1,000 people and meeting up with old friends you haven’t seen in years. The event offered 5 rooms which offered movies/flyers/set lists/ and dozens of old photos of scenesters hanging out and shots of live bands. I  was 19 again looking at all the photos and flyers of the pastWe Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

The first band up was Dead Issue, originally from Palm Springs. The W.G.P. people had this special connection with P.S. in 1981, with his then Punk band Mutual Hatred. This line up featured younger members along with some O.G. members. They sounded tight with a metal edge.

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

Next up was White Flag: Original singer Al-Bum was crowd surfed to the stage. Also featuring original White Flag member Pat Fear and Mike Glass from Sin 34. They play a hard fast energy filled set.

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

Next up were The Last, they sounded great, I don’t understand why they don’t play more. The Last were the first Punk band out of the South Bay area. They played a short set, but played all their classics.

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

Next was Saccharine Trust: They sounded great as well, playing all the songs off the Paganicons LP. Joe and Jack are a great vocal team and tonight proved it once again

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

Finally up to finish a killer night was the mighty Adolescents: They started off with “No Way”, my favorite Adolescents tune. They also played new songs (Operation FTW/ Lockdown) that sounded great and fit perfect with there old tunes. Tony still sounds great on vocals along side with Steve Soto on Bass.

We Got Power! "We Survived The Pit" Book Release: Featuring Performances by The Adolescents - Saccharine Trust - The Last - White Flag - and Dead Issue - at Track 16 Gallery - Santa Monica CA - September 8, 2012 - Show Review and Photos

A big thanks to Jordon and Dave for a memorable night!


              More photos of the event can be seen HERE



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IRIS Nights Lecture Series Featuring Edward Colver – Who Shot Rock & Roll Exhibit – at The Annenberg Space for Photography – Los Angeles, CA

September 6, 2012

The Annenberg Space for Photography is hosting a great exhibit called Who Shot Rock & Roll. The exhibit features 166 prints from iconic photographers such as:  Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Ed Caraeff, Stephanie Chernikowski, Danny Clinch, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Godlis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Dennis Hopper, Richard Kern, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Laura Levine, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Ryan McGinley, Shawn Mortensen, Marcia Resnick, Stephane Sednaoui, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson, Guy Webster and the legendary Southern California Punk Rock photographer Edward Colver.

Thursday, September 6th as part of the IRIS Nights Lecture Series, Edward Colver came to the Annenburg to give a lecture on his photographs and the stories and techniques behind them. Out of the 3,000 people that tried to RSVP for the event only 250 actually got tickets and his lecture sold out in less than 5 minutes.

As I walked up to the front doors of the Annenberg, the first thing I saw covering the entrance was Covler's famous photo of Henry Rollins smashing a mirror, that was used for Black Flag's "Damaged" album. I knew I was at the right spot.

Photo by Edward Colver



Edward may not be known for his public speaking abilities, and while he may have been soft spoken, he seemed to draw the group of listeners in even closer with is mannerisms. For an hour and a half he went through a slide show of his work, including live concert shots, studio shots, his art pieces and even included really cool photos of structures. He had great stories behind most of his photos and did a great job explaining some of the DIY techniques he used to set up his shots. He came from a time when photoshop was nonexistent, everything had to be gotten IN-CAMERA. There was no instant display to show you wether your exposure was correct. At times he would shoot several different exposures, then develop them on location (in alley ways even) to find out which one was right. He switched rolls of film IN THE PIT. No auto focus.....a 35mm camera with a 50mm lens. The thought boggles the mind of faux-togs today. 

Edward especially amazed people with his account of events and the people he photographed. Dates, times, and names. These were moments and people in Punk Rock history that were immortalized on film and he "remembered those that have passed & mentioned them." He did not just photograph musicians, he photographed and was an active part in a movement.

After the lecture there was a brief Q&A and Edward stayed after to chat with fans of his work and sign album covers and his book for those who wanted an autograph. 

It was a great time for all who were lucky enough to get in! Cheers to The Annenberg Space For Photography for hosting such a cool exhibit and lecture series. The exhibit will be going on until October 7th. So if you haven't had a chance to check it out, do yourself a favor and take a trip over to do so.

For The Annenberg Webpage and more info on Who Shot Rock & Roll click HERE

To view Edward Colver's webpage or purchase his book click HERE



              More photos of the event can be seen HERE



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