February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Who am I talking about you may be asking yourself right now, the answer to that question my friends is very simple: THE B FOUNDATION!
This weekend was so dubby and raging that I cannot even begin to describe it! But I think I will start with night number one of the Winter Blackout Tour in San Luis Obispo with my bFff Emily (duh). Despite the rain, and cold, and very very VERY anticlimactic cheese quesadilla this show was going to be completely bonkers, and I would like to think I had a part in it :) See I may have suggested some awesome songs that should really be on the set list, and most of them made it on there and The B Foundation had the most ROCKIN’ show I have ever seen! But I’m getting ahead of myself because I totally and completely forgot about The Holdup.
Opening up the show, the San Jose natives looped in their dubby sounds and lit up the blacked out crowd with all of their big songs like “Alone With You,” “Summertime Baby,” “Good times,” “Drunk Texting,” and the song of the weekend “Obsessed With Success.” That song was on repeat all day and all week leading up to the show, and after this weekend (especially after hearing all of the silly remixes) I can say that my love for “Obsessed With Success” has been consummated and we need a little break. Other than that all of The Holdup’s songs were fantastical…just like they sound on the cd, and they definitely put on quite the rockin’ show :)
Now I know that this tour was a headlining Expendables show, but The B Foundation was who I was most stoked to see. I just love those four so much and just have so much respect for how much time they dedicate to their craft.
Drumroll now people…because I am about to go crazy in telling all of you lucky souls about how AMAZAZING The B Foundation’s set was; and I think all I have to say for the die-hard B fans to understand the epic-ness of this show is “they opened with ‘The Cure'”! Yeah, I know, I was beyond stoked! One of my favorite B Foundation songs! Those lyrics, and just the kick ass surf rock mentality of it was all I needed to be satisfied with their 1o song set list :) Thankfully the show didn’t slow down after the hard hitting opener…followed by songs like “Rincon,” “Too Damn Tough,” “Belly Floppin,” “Go Away” (surprisingly no mention of a Dirty J look-a-like), “Dirty Girls,” and last but not least (that I can remember a week after the fact at least) is the new song sure to be the next big hit for these guys! I present to you all a teaser of The B Foundation’s rocking new song “Indo Addict”:
Another catchy, heavily rocking tune sure to be stuck in every audience member’s head; “Indo Addict” is just too perfect! The perfect blend of some reggae hints and goodies, and then the hard hitting guitar riffs and bassline remind you that you are not at a Trevor Hall show….you’re at a FERAKING B FOUNDATION SHOW and things are going to get sweaty!
And now some pictures of my favorite rockstars, doing what they do best….rocking people’s socks off at SLObrew!
Let’s just say…SLO will never be the same after that show! I swear there was a pit almost the entire show, people got really into the “when your licking my ass…” take on “Too Damn Tough” and all of my begging and pleading for a ROCKING show was rewarded with the most epic set The B has yet to put on! I mean if you don’t believe me, I’m sure there’s video of Pat jumping into the pit during the other new punk rock song (sorry…didn’t catch that title) while Jason and Tyler provided us all with a raging awesome guitar and bass hero jam session! And to top it all off, as if it wasn’t already amazing, Emily and I got our onstage shout out before the boys whipped another oldie but goodie that we requested “Deerpark and Madison” <3 <3 <3!!! Just epic…really that is the only way I can describe SLO night one of B Foundation greatness (well I guess onsie pj, indo boarding “Obsessed With Success” karaoke party would also describe it…but you had to be there)
After the greatness of a “rage all night” show in SLO and a wake up call thanks to The B Foundation’s favorite song, “Obsessed With Success,” Emily and I were looking towards a night of sleep and relaxation…JUST KIDDING we were in Narnia, JUST KIDDING we were in New York, JUST KIDDING we were Hollywood bound! For realz, we were Hollywood bound thanks to a certain magical fairy that was able to sneak us in on a list so that we could spend our Sunday night raging and rocking out just one more time with these 4 wild and crazy kids.
But the best part of all of Hollywood, was a reunion with our buddy and merch man extraordinaire Dave Hawes (who some of you might recognize as the Cast Away Tom Hanks look-a-like from The B Foundation’s “Too Damn Tough” video!)
It was nice getting to see a second show, especially being able to see the 4 B Foundation boys crush a sold out show at the great Roxy venue…not as loud and crazy as the night before in SLO, but then I am a little biased since I had a little say in the epic greatness of SLO’s set list :) Here are a couple more pictures of my boys rocking the stage together for the last time! I know Joe Fikany Jr will be a great addition to the band for the Spring Harvest Tour and beyond, but for now…here are the O.G. warped tour brothers from another mother rocking it as always on the Roxy’s stage in front of a sold out crowd!
Well, I had more, but apparantly the uploader is having a bad day and doesn’t want to play nice with me…that’s ok, I finally got some good pictures of Jason at this show…and those two are probably the best/coolest :) Anywho…..
You can’t really complain about life when you are with your best friend (and future roomie!!!! AHHHH so excited) and you get to see faces that make you completely forget about the stress and yukiness of reality. So excuse while I light this spliff and thank my B Found Homies for their awesome-ness (yes that was a reference to “Spliffed”…don’t hate on my corniness!)
Jason, Pat, and Ian!!!! You three are beyond awesome :) I love all of our inside jokes and silliness, and want to say thanks for all of the silly memories that allow me to laugh when I feel like school has taken over my life and turned me into a sad little robot! I can’t wait to see what the Spring Harvest Tour has in store with the new guitar hero that I am sure will totally rock everyone’s socks off! <3 all of your goof ball faces and think that we should have more Holdup Karaoke nights when you come through SLO :) See you soon!
Tyler…YOU ARE SO AWESOME! Hands down the coolest kid I have met in my entire life, and probably the best kickline dance partner with the sweetest crazy knees dance moves :) I know that nothing but good will come to you in the future and Emily and I will be sure to realize our Chubby Salamander Bar dream so that you can start it off with a lovely acoustic diddy :) And I mean I will see you January 1, 2012 at 5pm in Sedona, Arizona for the wedding…hahahahaHAHA I mean I have to be there since you are marrying my best friend and roommate!
And last but not least on my thank you list for the epic weekend is my bFff and other half to the dynamic duo…EMILY!!!! You are the “Eh Brah” to my “Party”…you’re so dubby, and are the only other person on this earth that will delay answering a phone call just so we can sing out the song for half of the chorus! Thank you thank you thank you for being my driving buddy, raging buddy, and bestest of best buds for our epic weekend of no school talk and pure fun :) ps…SLO is nowhere near ready for us to dominate next year :) SO EXCITED!!!
NOW IN CONCLUSION for all that are probably gagging from my cheesy but necessary thank you’s….
“Music is the key to my soul, that’s why I’m breathing” and The B Foundation will forever be one of many bands to provide those tunes I turn to to remind me of silliness and good times :)
And if you have never heard of The B Foundation before or are thinking right now “man I want in on this awesome raging party of fun” come to a date near you on the upcoming Spring Harvest Tour! I’ll be in SLO and hope to see lots of fellow B Found maniacs there!!!!
Until the next time when they rock my socks off yet again…
and just in case The B Foundation needs their fix…here it is….try not to sing too loud hahaha
November 8, 2010 § 5 Comments
So, are you ready for a long one people? Are you ready for some PEPPER people?! Well sit back, cuddle up to a warm mug of hot cocoa and let’s do this people!!!
I don’t know if you were aware but I think that everyone on this planet is actually born in two’s. There are two of you out there, walking around, listening to the same music, doing the same sort of things, with the same personalities (not necessarily looking identical) just waiting to one day randomly find each other on a social network crazy contest winning website, to find yourself a new bFff (Best Fantourage Friend Forever!). My bFff is Emily, and we hadn’t seen each other since seeing The B Foundation together back in August in Santa Cruz, and have been planning this epic Pepper concert weekend since like September. So now that you know that background, here is the rest of the background leading up to the show, the show, and other bFff deboucheries :)
Two weeks ago, I woke up and felt like HELL! I have NEVER EVER had this awful of a cold that lasted, and got worse, for so long! I was out of comish for a solid two weeks, and the two weeks would come around right in time for my weekend plans with Emily. Last week, starting Monday, I started to go into hibernation mode. My days consisted of waking up, going to class, doing homework, then sleeping…A LOT!! I literally snoozed my life away for an entire week to get better in time for Iration’s show in the UU on Thursday, and most importantly my roadtrip and Pepper fun weekend with Emily. Safe to say, Thursday I was probably about 70% better, raged for Iration, and then Friday rolled around and I was back to around 80% perfect. All that was left to do was pack up the car and head out for my 6 hour adventure drive up to Ukiah to be re-united with my bFff!!!!!
The drive was dreadful! I had this feeling that google maps gave me an assbackwards route and that I should have printed out the alternate route just in case, but I was almost out of ink and decided this route was the only route, unfortunately. After an extra hour of traffic and hour of being lost in translation trying to find the stupid golden gate bridge in San Francisco, I FINALLY made it to Ukiah!!!!!! After a 6 point turn and a 5 minute attempt at parking my car (yup it was one of those nights! But I blame Emily! Once somebody is watching me drive I swear it makes me take forever to do the simplest thing!) it was finally time for us to get stoked for Pepper! Problem was it was 11pm now, and we were STARVING! So what do bFff’s eat when their tummies are a rumbling?……
This bohemoth of a sandwhich is a grilled cheese with mozarella sticks and a side order of fries…but we got seasoned fries instead of those in that picture that were way better, all for 4 dollas! Cheap, and a ginormous food baby in your gut! So then we went back to Em’s humble abode, and SNOOZED hardcore! Woke up in the morning and then it was on like donkey kong!!!!!!!
Morning breakfast for bFff’s:
-youtube videos! hahahahha want to know the winner?
We like tutles, and we LOVE Pepper!!!!!!
Day of Show:
We didn’t whip our hur back and forth, but we dried and straightened it :)
Then we packed up the car and started out on a smooth sailing car trip to San Fran…JUST KIDDING we flew in a plane, JUST KIDDING we rode on a unicorn JUSTKIDDING!!!!
The drive was not fun. It was like a 15 point crazy turn out of the the garage, then a pulled outer groin hopping back into the car, trip to the work, food at jack in the crack, traffic for days, the FINALLY getting to San Fran.
After a fun dinner, a little garage door drama (hahahahhha Emily is so SWOLLL she bend the door’s track! hahahahaHAHAHAHA) we were at the Warfield, with our guest list tickets, glow necklaces, just trying to avoid the creeps on the streets and get inside to claim our front row spots to RAGE ALL NIGHT!!!!
Glow sticks on to catch some attention and our song title requests (“Splooge” and “Wet Dreams”….dirty…I feel so dirrrrty!) we took a seat to our spots against the security gate where Kaleo Wassman would be rocking out, right above us in a matter of 2 hours for another 2 hours of an amazing show! But I’m getting ahead of myself!
This band is so FANTASTIC!!!! I can’t understand a word in any of their songs besides “fuck” and “athority,” but they are SO ENTERTAINING!!! Their lead singer will spin on his head, dance around the stage like a crazy maniac, and jump into the crowd to get the pit started! Along with beer bongs for the guitar player, bass player and drummer! CRAZY FREAKING MANIACS!!!! I love seeing them! they are hilarious and so ridiculously entertaining that all Emily and I could do was LAUGH! They were AWESOME!!!!!
First, can I just say that Fishbone was EPIC!!!!!!!!! But this crazy kid, sneaky little terd, would do this little move that always ended with either me and Emily holding him up so that he wouldn’t fall and eat epic shiz, or he would surf the crowd and ended up with his ass on my head trying to make it back onto the stage. But was an EPIC show!!! His moves are white hot, and his suspenders and crazy shoes were off the hook! LOVED THEM!!!!
and now….drum roll please…..
PEPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE A SURGEON! OWWWW! CUTTING FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!!!!!! LIKE A SUR-UR-URGEON!!!!!!!! Sexiest, craziest, best surgeons I have ever seen! The show was EPIC! They did voice over’s for the opening of the show and for the encore. They played EVERYTHING! Stormtrooper, Stone Love, Too Much, Wake UP, Freeze, No Control, Crazy Love, Give it Up, Ashes (with I don’t want to go! I don’t wanna go oh oh oh! because the show was that epic!) The Mirror, The Office, and of course……
We were raging so freaking hard that I think I caught Yesod’s eye and got him even more stoked because of the level that I was at of STOKE and sheer happiness :) hahahaha Literally this was the best show I have ever seen them play. It was the 6th time I had seen them and they blew my mind! I’m not going to lie Ihave 2 complaints though….
1) I’m not a fan of the new version of “Wanted.” Just because it is my favorite song and they slowed it down so much that I couldn’t find the beat and it looked like I had no idea what the lyrics to my favorite song were.
2) They had a strict set list….what the hell?! The reason why I can justify going to see Pepper two nights in a row is because of the fact that it’s a different show every night….not anymore :( I hope they change back to taking audiance requests because that is WAY more fun!!!! We made our signs and succeeded on getting them in Kaleo’s hot little hands, but they never played it :( so we were mos def bummed out! Their only saving grace was that the set list was packed full of good stuff!
Their set was insane! Totally surgically pimped out! The coolest part was the heart graphic on Yee’s drum set!!! Other cool parts were the wheel chair that helped Chuch from Pour Habit onto the stage in his tidy whities, and Bret to have a surprise attack during Point and Shoot! Oh and Dr. Coach! hahahahah oh my fudging goodness he was HILARIOUS!!!!! I can’t repeat what he said because it was oh so salacious and only works and sounds less awful if he is saying it with his glasses and lab coat :)
Kaleo was such a guitar hero all night long, Yesod KILLED IT on drums (as usual) and Bret was rocking the bass so hard all night long!!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!!!! And this show I changed up the usual position in the audiance. I usually am right near Bret as close to the middle as possible, but this time we could only be right underneath Kaleo for 2 hours! ROUGH right?! hahahaha I wasn’t complaining! We got the tipsy guitar hero sexy staredowns that every girl who ever stands under him gets all night long, and he even gave me and Emily a shout out since we were those crazy pepper fans who brought signs to request songs! Plus I think he just liked that we picked the dirtiest song titles possible! It’s not our fault that our favorite songs that we have never heard live are “Splooge” and “Wet Dreams” !!! They are the ones who write the songs! I think he was really contemplating on playing “Splooge” because we were begging him all night, and he definitely noticed, but Bret started singing “Wanted” instead :( bummer…so so close! But seriously…this was THE BEST Pepper show Ihave ever seen…EVER!!! The songs, the set, the theme, god it was just amazing!!!!! But then, they are my favorite band, so every show is always a highlight of my quarter; but this was still just the best, I don’t know how to explain it to anyone but they were just AMAZING!!!!!
Want to see my favorite picture of the night?
I’m going to go with the fact that we are all somewhat Pepper fans here, so all I have to say is that this was taken during “Give it Up” after Emily and I caught Kaleo’s attention and told him to get on his knees (oh yeah oh yeah we’re beggin you darling please!) and as you can see, he was stoked to oblige :) AMAZING!!!!! Then the boys played “Ashes” and we know that it was unfortunately time for them to finally leave us after 2hours of epic awesomeness! And as they were leaving, Kaleo tried taking his mic out of the stand to put it in the audiance to get us yelling our favorite swear word to end the show, and then in slow motion I saw the tipsy guitarist’s stand slowly come crashing down onto my head…ouch! But how can you be in pain when it was caused by one of these kids? You can’t is the true answer :)
Then it was out to have a little more city fun, breakfast with funny icky stories and laughs about the garage door mystery, and is was back to Ukiah for some In and Out, and then bye bye to my bff :( It was sad….I teared up a little :(
I MISS YOU BFF!!!!! We need to do this again like pronto but next time during like a vacay, like spring break or Summertime (even though we already have plans made! hahah wink wink) because us not being together for more than like a month…is WAY TOO LONG!!!!! Miss you times infinity plus one and thank you so so very much for the amazing weekend of no homework, lots of laughs, funny stories and hilarious epic amazing memories :) YOU ARE THE BESTEST MY BEST FANTOURAGE FRIEND FOREVER!!!!!!!
And to end this amazing blog I give you team Emily and Courtney:
If you ever go to a Pepper show that we are at, keep a look out! We’ll be the ones on the security gate in the front row, glow necklaces in tow, paper song request signs, just RAGING like maniacs to one of our favorite bands (my favorite :)).
THANKS PEPPER FOR YET ANOTHER AMAZING SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
BUT IT SO IS NOT!!!!!!
I drove 6, count ’em, 6 hours to spend a fun filled weekend with my BFFF (Best Fantourage Friend Forever) so we could:
1) ingest the most delish fat kid 4 dollar meal at Dennys last night at midnight
2) go to the city to be with our people….the weird kids
3) oh and, no big deal or anything….but
WE GET TO SEE PEPPER TONIGHT!!!!!!! SO STOKED TO HEAR THE NEW SONGS! SO STOKED TO SEE THE COSTUMES, THE THEME, FISHBONE, POUR HABIT!!!!!!
Sorry about that music-gasm, I’m just so excited, and I just can’t hide it!!!!!
October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
It’s a game called fantourage…well actually it’s a website and I am OBSESSED with it! My best fantourage friend forever (and future business partner…The Chubby Salamander is going to be off the chain someday!) has already fought it out and won the war to get two free tickets for us to rock it with Pepper on November 6th in San Francisco, but I want MORE! I really would like to bring my roommates/some other friend so the Pepper roadtrip can be just that much more epic!!! So are you down to help a soul sister out? Here’s the easy play by play of what you have to do to help me out :)
1) click this link –>
“So many hours I have spent, stalking all my friends, you know I’m addicted to the book, to the book, to the book” – Kelly James
October 3, 2010 § 2 Comments
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Kelly James.
He sings, he freestyles, he plays guitar, he makes amazing music, and is just totally wicked rad awesome! (see Team Canada, I found a time and place to use what you call my “california” slang)
This kid is really awesome and I am so glad we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see his set. I mean we literally walked up when he started some crazy freestyle about some chick in a yellow top, then he went to add in Team Canada (since we all had our t’s on), and just jammed out a freaking great set; including a very nice cd give-a-way at the end (seriously thank god he did that, because I am TOO broke to buy it myself!). In the middle of all of this, we were literally claiming our spots for Passafire on the stage to the left, but still couldn’t stop jamming and dancing along to the catchy rythms and smooth lyrics of this fine gentleman.
I would compare his sound to be along the lines of Tyrone Wells, mixed in with a little bit of Asher Roth…as you can see, his sound is something you just have to listen to whole heartedly in order to really give a chance. But trust me that once you do, you won’t be disappointed! My advice to you, is to listen to this here diddy I have so conveniently posted below, then go to iTunes (if he is on iTunes…he should be) and look up his album “Breaking Free.” Next step, BUY THE ALBUM! I popped it into my car when I was driving back to SLO from Santa Barbara and seriously was hooked after the first song! The cd has a little of everything, lovey dovey songs, songs about wanting a girl, songs about how (no joke) “guys can be dicks”…yes he admitts it…and just good catchy tunes about getting your party on, stalking people on facebook (hence the title) and just doing ordinary little life adventures.
So now, setting up this song……How many of you have a facebook? Out of those who said yes, how many of you have fallen into the facebook “creeper” role at least a couple times? Don’t lie to yourself, we all do it! Someone posts a picture, and you then procede to look through their entire album, all their profile information and GOD FORBID someone’s relationship status changes you have to continue to creep even harder finding out who this other person is! It’s seriously a social media disease, and there is no way to avoid the phenomenon, it just happens. This song is literally all about that! See this guy isn’t affraid to just come out and admitt that he is normal just like the rest of us, and is a facebook creeper from time to time :)
ENJOY “The Book” by the totally wicked rad little discovery I made a West Beach, Kelly James!
October 2, 2010 § 1 Comment
TEAM CANADA EH! hahahhha
So, if you didn’t already know, my last big purchase of the summer, before I went into budget crisis mode was a ticket for Saturday of West Beach Music Festival, where I was going to ROCK and RAGE all night with my favorite duo from Canadia! Bob and Nikki are seriously the coolest people I know, and after last weekend, I truly see them as more than just musical compadres, but as my honorary brother and sister :) Oh yes, mushy gushy moment because they are that cool! Example, they got guestlisted (since they’re kind of a big deal) and decided to BUY me a ticket to the Friday lineup of festivities :) THANKS AGAIN! So after class on the first Friday of the quarter, I hopped into my sweet ride and made my way to Santa Barbara for 2 days of non stop concert fun with my Canadian counterparts!
SO MANY GOOD BANDS were at west beach that it would seriously take hours and hours, and pages and pages, of writing to put down a review of each and every one of them…so instead I’ll leave you with some pictures of the highlights (in my eyes) and a video recap of the weekend :)
If this is not enough to satisfy your West Beach reviewing needs, then go on my facebook and look at the entire album filled with more pictures from the entire 2 days!
Still bummed we didn’t get more pictures of the epic non concert moments! Like the pizza brawl, tin foil hats, and Bob’s dirty beaver! hahahah (mind out of the gutter people! “the beaver” was the filthy joke of the weekend, but was really Team Canada’s new promo logo, which is simply a rasta beaver…as in an animal…just thought I’d clarify). Thank you again to Bob, Nikki, Aaron and Jamie for the fun weekend! And a special thanks to Radical RP who is just straight up rad! hahaha
So now, the recap video, so you can all see a little more in depth recap of all the AMAZING acts that went down last weekend :)
Such an amazing weekend with Team Canada Music :) ugh! MUST happen again!
ps…This is the last blog of the night, so tired, and about to snooze it at 10:12 pm :) I’ll have 2 more posts that you advid readers need to remind me to write about Kelly James and a review of his West Beach Set and AMAZING CD, and a Rebelution review of their sold out show at Downtown Brew (now SLOBrew) that I got to get into (fo free!) thanks to RP! Untill then, keep it rocking people!