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One Thousand One, One Thousand Two…

Oh, sorry, I wasn’t expecting you. I’m just working on my guns a bit (I don’t know if you heard me, but I did over a thousand).

Well, since you’re here, why don’t we talk a little? Have you heard about Harshist recently? They’re blowing up all over the place! Every time I check up on them, they’re putting out a tape or touring my hometown or something else awesome. Certainly an excellent beginning to this newish band.

I tramonti just released an album tonight at a pretty excellent Mercury shindig.  We missed Emu Attack and Harshist, but did manage to slide in before Siblings hit the stage to melt some faces.

I miss Gnarwhal. Luckily, vets Adam and Nick are rolling around with new bands Beaman and Francis Knife, respectively. You might have seen pop-punk Beaman in your Honolulu travels. Did you know they’re releasing a 7″? Well, now you do and can join the party for it. And guess what? Francis Knife will be playing, too. Temple Fugate and TV Microwave are even more icing on this musical cake. Won’t you partake?

So, I’d love to leave you with a promise that we will post more often, but let’s be frank: my reputation for fulfilling such promises is in shambles. Instead, I’ll promise that we will attend more shows. Hopefully, more shows equals more HEP. And I hope more HEP is good for all of us.

That’s all for us here at HEP. You stay classy, Honolulu.

P.S.: All of you who recognize and thank us at shows are a huge boon. Blogging can be painful work, especially since we rarely see our posts commented on or shared. Seeing the faces behind those view counts rocks us. Huge thanks to you guys and gals.

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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.

Year End List! (Part 1)

Happy New Year! Of course, kids, it’s time for those lovable Year End Lists where one person decides everything that was great during the whole year and everyone else can complain about how wrong they are. This year, we’re going to stop complaining and undertake the surprisingly difficult lists ourselves.

Here’s how this is going to work: We’re going to do five ‘Top Five’ lists spaced out over five days; one today, one tomorrow, and so on. These lists  have all been painstakingly compiled by Kendle with L in an advisory/veto role. So, without further ado:

Top Five Biggest Music News Stories

5. White Stripes Abruptly Break Up: Despite Jack White’s heavy commitment to  the Raconteurs and Dead Weather, news of the White Stripes’ sudden breakup seemly came out of nowhere and was a terrible birthday present for Kendle. Lucky for us fans, they are going to continue releasing vault songs for years to come. And, unlike Tupac, it won’t be all creepy and beyond the grave.

4. LCD Soundsystem Finish Their Run: In an epic, once-in-a-lifetime concert, LCD Soundsystem completed their promised time as a band, ending a ten year career that saw James Murphy, a 41 year old producer and co-founder of DFA Records, become a beacon of cool. There has never been a show Kendle wanted to attend more. Check out some of the videos on Youtube to see why.

3. Arcade Fire Wins Grammy: At the 53rd Grammys, Arcade Fire took the Best Album of the Year award. The Internet took a collective shit. Who Is Arcade Fire? was the outcry as many blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts wondered why Eminem, Lady GaGa, and Katy Perry lost out to the Pitchfork-loved Canadian Indie band. Even the band was surprised.

2. Amy Winehouse’s Death: Amy Winehouse, the soulful pop singer that electrified the world in 2006 with six Grammy awards, died of alcohol poisoning 23 July, joining the infamous 27 Club. While she had been in and out of rehab centers for years (and famously singing about it), her death still came as a shock to many, including some local soul singers who put together a tribute concert in August.

1. Occupy Wall Street: While not technically a music story, the Occupy Wall Street protest (and Occupy Movement it spawned) was, and continues to be, so large that it crept into every corner of our society, including pop culture. Many musicians have supported it, sometimes staging whole concerts to keep morale high. Moreover, the protests have pulled public attention back towards the political realities of the US and abroad, prompting a more focused debate about economic equality and corporate influence in government.