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Kendle Sings Bad Touch and Other Silliness

Hello there! Long time no see. We’re now 3/26 or ~11.5% of the way to our goal I laid out last post, oh so long ago. Not so bad.

Still, since I haven’t posted since January, here’s an embarassing video of my friend and me singing Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang at his going away party:

I think that was punishment enough.

Anyway, on the HEP front, we’ve been working on how we want to structure our online creative presence. While I have been sitting on my lazy ass, L has been blogging up a storm over at From Honolulu to Eternity. Now that I have finally started moving again, I’ve been working on some projects that I think will be great for HEP, but I’ll post more about those when they are a bit more developed.

So, there are some shows going on this weekend that we should talk about:

Downbeat Lounge (who we should be profiling soon) is presenting Drunken Lullabies, an showcase of local bands playing classic and contemporary Irish music. Starts at 9pm tonight and is free, like most Lounge shows.

Friday Night Freak Beat is also happening tonight  at 9 down on Kapiolani at Edge Bar. Blood Cave, Emu Attack, and Birds of Paradise are playing as well as friends Annie, Travis, and Corby DJing vinyl. This show is also free and will be open to 18+ for you youngins’.

Finally for tonight, Kaleidoscope is having a special event named “The Hot 4“. These four are Melaniie and the Mel-Tones, Dischord and Rye, DJ Jet Boy, DJ Ross Jackson. I’m in it for the John Ridgeway. You can find this one at  Thirtyninehotel at 9, though it’s gonna cost you $10. Totes worth it in my opinion.

The big event for us this weekend is Metric at the Republik. BAMP really does bring great music out our way and Metric will be the first time I’ve actually been able to get out to enjoy it. It’s a bit steeper at $35 ($45 for risers), but should prove to be a great time. Make sure to get your tickets at Flavorus. Seek us out in general admission and say hi! I’ll be the one in the tie. Lounge opens at 6pm and show starts at 8.

If you are more interested in a sexy show, tomorrow night will also see the always great Cherry Blossom Cabaret hosting a Mad Hatter’s Hat Party! These lovely ladies host a great Speakeasy every month and the few I’ve been fortunate enough to attend have been the best of times. It all goes down at Mercury Bar at 9pm. $10 at the door, or $8 if you play along and wear a hat.

Let’s end this silliness with a classic:

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Music Scene Updates!

So, there has been some news since we put together our last post on Gnarwhal’s Record Release party. Let’s get to it:

1. Coral Stabz is more or less through. I spoke with Travis about why the band was breaking up and he said that it was simply because they feel they had explored all they could with the style. When asked if this was the last we’d seen of Coral Stabz, he responded that it was likely they would play their songs again since the two of them are starting two other bands together. I think this is something we can all pin our hopes on.

2. As if the news above wasn’t bad enough, Gnarwhal has declared they only have four more shows remaining. It appears that Erica is planning on moving back to San Francisco, ending the run of this band at its peak. I’ve yet to catch up with Adam and Nick and see what their plans are.

3. New bands! During our four month Chi-To hiatus, it appears that the scene has grown with the addition of many new bands. With titans like Red Rocket, Coral Stabz, and Gnarwhal on the out, it will be interesting to see which of these bands will step up to replace them. And, of course, we’ll be there to report when they do.

With the news out of the way, let’s talk about upcoming shows.

Friday, May 11th at Coffee Talk with Gnarwhal, Shopping List, Mano Cane, Broke Aesthetic, and The Italian Brains. This is an all ages show. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the cover is $7.

Friday, May 11th at ThirtyNineHotel: Kaleidoscope with Gnarwhal and DJs Ross Jackson And Davey Shinding. Yes, this is Gnarwhal’s second show tonight. Starts at 9 PM.

Monday, May 17th at SOHO with Men and Gnarwhal. Gnarwhal’s second to last show! Don’t have any more info, so why don’t you bug Gnarwhal on their Facebook?

Monday, May 17th at Manifest with I Tramonti, Harshist, Illectrix, Siblings, and Pharaohs. I’ve heard great things about Harshist and Siblings are always a good ride. Starts at 7 PM, cover unlikely.

Saturday, May 19th at Mercury: Morrissy After Party with Dead Dead Millies, Travis D Wiggins & The Second Hand Emotions, Stephen Augustin & The Fourth Wall, and DJs Papi Chulo and Haircuts for Men. Travis has this to say about the show: “TIP YR FUCKING BARTENDER AND DON’T CALL HER “BABY” UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET STABBED IN THE FUCKING NECK.” Starts at 9 PM.

Thursday, May 24th at Mercury: Gnarwhal’s last show with Dead Dead Millies, Harshist, Gnarwhal, and DJ Jet Boy/Jet Girl. I wouldn’t miss this one for the world. Doors at 10 PM, but get there early to shower them with goodbye gifts.

Years End List! (Part 5: The End of the End)

Okay, here it is: the last vestiges of 2011. I hope you’ve enjoyed our run down of the year Spin Magazine called the Great Big No. Here’s to a better 2012!

Top Five Honolulu Shows I Attended

5. Ramblin’ for Raegan: This show was amazing. While we didn’t cover it here at HEP, L did at her own blog. The event was for the charity of Raegan, a five year old girl who tragically lost her father a month prior. Narwhal rocked the house and it was the first time we saw Discord & Rye doing their sexy thing. Ong King is a great space for a show and the art that was up was an excellent time filler between bands.

4. At Sea Returns: At Sea, a post-rock band that had been on hiatus for four years, returned in a big way in July. Supported by the equally awesome “space rock” band Clones of the Queen, they packed thirtyninehotel fuller than any show I’d seen before or have seen since. This was certainly a special performance that I’d have been loathe to miss.

3. Young Fangs Anna’s Show: This show was actually a surprise. We hadn’t seen Narwhal for almost a month and went to hit up their first show back. That show happened to also be the final one in a mini-tour for the Alaskan Indie band Young Fangs. Add Siblings and campfire to the bill and you have yourself an excellent evening.

2. Black Square CD Release Party: If you’ve been keeping up with these lists, then you’d know that I listed Black Square as the fourth best band I heard this year. This show was where that all began. The epic four hour show included sets by Upstanding Youth, Raised By Wolves, Narwhal, and, of course, the China Town powerhouses. It had everything you want in a release party: crazy performances, merch of every variety, dancing, and alcohol. Much alcohol. I think my body was running on beer alone since I sweated all the water out in the mosh pit that opened up.

1. Halloween Party at White Tiger Lounge/Orphanage/Dollhouse: Before October 30, 2011, I thought I knew what a house show was. On that night, however, everything I had ever attended before began to look like Uncle Fred with a guitar at the family reunion. Siblings and Narwhal turned a quaint living room into a battleground full of screaming, jumping, moshing characters in various stages of costume. The brightest moment for me was actually captured on tape by Travis. “Tell Me” is, bar none, my favorite song to hear live. We did it harder and crazier than we ever will again. Having this much fun should be illegal.

 

Well, that’s it folks. Thank you for a wonderful 2011. Let’s all hope the world doesn’t end before we can do more of these lists next year!

PBR & Bacon

After a fun-filled night of excellent music and exquisitely cheap beer at this week’s Kaleidoscope, Kendle and I made our ritualistic stop at Downbeat Diner.  Drunk on the rebellious energy that Siblings inspired during their set, we decided to branch out from the mozzarella sticks and order the menu item that I’ve been lusting over for the past month: PBR & bacon.

(Note: This is the part of the post where I cue the angels’ singing.)

At around 432 calories (I’m glad we shared) and five trillion grams of awesomeness, I’m not sure I can handle this “snack” after every outing.  But that doesn’t mean I won’t want to.  Imagine a salted, oily, crunchy stick of delicious fried meat being washed down by the enhanced water that is Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Now that you’ve imagined it just tell me you don’t want to immediately pop down to Downbeat and make that dream come true.  I wonder if the founders of Pabst Brewing Co. back in 1844 could have fathomed that a) their beer would not only win a blue ribbon but b) would also become a part of this heavenly combination.

Not only was it an amazing mouth-experience, but apparently this combination of cheap beer and fried pork makes Kendle and I (brace yourselves) double hipsters.  DUN DUN DAAAAAAAH.  That’s right.  According to Mr. Brendon David of brendondavid.com, “This new found affinity for a fatty, salty strip of pork is akin to hipsters ordering PBR at the Ye Olde Hipster bar in the city of your choice.”  And you know what this HEPster has to say about that?  Call me whatever you want, just give me more PBR and bacon.

P.S. I am tempted to write to Pabst Brewing Co. and submit this heavenly combo to their Drink & Draw PBR Art Gallery.