SOME STUFFS: Big Sur to host Mollusk Jamboree next month

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If you are a folk music fan/supporter/enthusiast, you’ll want to hear down to California on September 27th and 28th for a musical festival that sounds like it’s going to be a great time. Co-presented by (((folkYEAH!))), the Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree, to be held at the Fernwood Resort, will consist of “two days of music, camping and ensuing fun”. Some of the artists scheduled to perform includ Sonny & The Sunsets, The Autumn Defense, Allah-Las, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, and a planned supergroup lead by Cass McCombs, plus many more, perhaps a few guests and surprises. Also planned are a few “secret late night jam sessions”, not sure what may be involved in that other than music, but I’d be open to checking it out if I could.

A major highlight will be a screen dedicated to showing classic and contemporary surf films, since it is in Big Sur. The festival encourages people to bring their own food and drink, even though both will be available on the festival site. A lot more will be involved, and you are now able to buy 2-day camping or room packages for your stay. For more information, check the Mollusk Jamboree page or (((folkYEAH!)))’s home page.

SOME STUFFS: The Babies publish spring tour dates

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In support of their latest album (their second) called Our House On The Hill (Woodsist), The Babies will be smacking asphalt in April. “Smacking asphalt” is my slang (albeit pathetic) for “hitting the road”, which means a tour, so if you’ve been playing the album or want to be blessed with some nice music, check out the following dates. The Brooklynites will be spending a significant amount of time in Europe during May and June, right up through the beginning of the summer season. Until then, they’ll also be doing a one-off show tomorrow night (Friday) in Los Angeles. Check:

March 1… Los Angeles, CA (Natural History Museum) *
April 20… Middletown, CT (Wesleyan University)
April 21… Winooski, VT (Monkey House)
April 22… Montreal, QC (Il Motore)
April 23… Toronto, ON (Silver Dollar)
April 24… Chicago, IL (Schubas)
April 25… Columbus, OH (Rumba Cafe)
April 26… Baltimore, MD (Golden West)
April 27… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands)
May 4… Bennington, VT (Bennington College Sunfest)
May 25… Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound Festival)
May 26… Grenoble, France (Le Ciel)
May 27… Strasbourg, France (Le Troc’afé)
May 28… Paris, France (Le Point Éphémère)
May 29… Nantes, France (Stereolux)
May 30… Limoges, France (La Fourmi)
May 31… Lausanne, Switzerland (Le Romandie Club)
June 1… Modena, Italy (Mattatoio, Carpi (MO))
June 2… Luzern, Switzerland (Radio 3Fach Voliere Bar)
June 3… Munich, Germany (Kafe Kult)
June 4… Vienna, Austria (Arena)
June 5… Prague, Czech Republic (K4)
June 6… Dresden, Germany (Ostpol)
June 7… Berlin, Germany (Monarch)
June 8… Malmo, Sweden (Inkonst)
June 9… Stockholm, Sweden (Debaser)
June 10… Gothenburg, Sweden (Roda Sten)
June 12… Copenhagen, Denmark (Huset-KBH)
June 13… Hamburg, Germany (Astra Stube)
June 14… Köln, Germany (King Georg)
June 15… Utecht, Holland (Ekko)
June 16… Amsterdam, Holland (Paradiso)
June 17… Kortrijk, Belgium (De Kreun)
June 18… Groningen, Holland (Vera)
June 19… Bristol, UK (Start the Bus)
June 20… London, UK (Lexington)
June 21… York, UK (Basement)
June 22… Brighton, UK (The Duchess)

* w/ Allah-Las

REVIEW: Allah-Las’ self-titled debut

Photobucket Allah-Las have released their debut album on Innovative Leisure, and if you’ve been looking for a new and young band that sound like a mixture of 60’s British invasion rock’n’roll with a punch of surf music and garage rock, make yourself a believer of Allah-Las. They are a California band who very much show their upbringing in their music. Yes, while any and all musicians are more than capable of showing their love of music through their musicianship, some of the tracks on here sound like the kind of songs you’d hear in obscure surf films from the 1960’s, especially the instrumentals Other tracks have them sound like the non-hits from the Rolling Stones, The Animals, and The Yardbirds which are all rich with American blues and folk. Does this mean we have an American band who sounds like British bands who sound like their influences from the United States? If you want to interpret it that way, then yes, but while it may come off like being retro for retro sake, there’s a nice feel to this that shows they enjoy what they’re doing. Also, am I hearing the start of a tape machine, where the tape drags for a few milliseconds before getting back to its proper speed? YES!