Local Licks This week we review El4D, Uzi Rash, The Heel Draggers, and Hurry Up Shotgun.
This Oakland power trio cites fear of the modern world as a primary source of inspiration, and the three members have designed their music accordingly.
Top Ten Records:
Ladies Choice Presents main man Adam Bass chimes in with his favorite records of 2011. This Friday Adam presents a Ladies' Choice Blackout Xmas! with Skarp, Snuggle!, Android Hero, and Spacebag at the Comet. On January 21st Adam starts 2012 off with a bang with Ladies' Choice Presents: Helms Alee, Black Elk, Nether Regions, and Princess.
Music is far too important to be relegated to the background. Conan Neutron’s top albums of 2011
Music is far too important to be relegated to the background. And while many “Best of” or “Top 10” lists are full of background music for background people, I reject that wholesale. We live in a world overburdened and surrounded by tawdry flacks and cheap howling sideshow men yelping for your attention at every level. All demanding that they and ONLY they have found the NEXT.BIG.THING. Finding a filter for this isn’t just a nice thing, it’s nearly a requirement.

In any case, it’s a world gone topsy turvy when certain other sites of “music writing”, never to be confused with actual music criticism, FAMOUS for being a closed system are suddenly soliciting a reader’s poll. What do you think, is this progress?

In any case, just because something is popular means that it is good, it just means that it is popular. However, certain powerful forces that have dominated the majority of the music world have been awash in pushing forward a certain branded identity. Whether they admit it or not, there is culpability and an aesthetic that favors the Starbucks variety of sensitivity and vaguely inoffensive background melody and music. So therefore, let us all give thanks that there is a place on the Internet that you can read and INTERACT with actual music criticism. A place where people who truly LOVE music will both tell you when they see miserable failure, but can present to you what they love. Sometimes in an easy list form.

2011 was an incredible year for music and here are some of the things that made it even more incredible for me, as a fan of rock music in no particular order:
Glowing, New Review for our Recent CD just hit!
.... they love it. Read it here. [Read More...]
Review - Built on a Weak Spot
"...They’ve taken great strides as songwriters and there is reason to believe that they are just beginning to fire on all cylinders." [Read More...]
Stripwax: HURRY UP AND BUY THIS RECORD (!!!)
"....Their music in this current batch o’ tunes FEEL like they are NOT OF THIS TIME, which is to say, these songs do not fit into any current genre bin. Hurry Up Shotgun STANDS ALONE."
Hurry Up, Dicks – A treatise on one of the best bands you’ve probably never heard
"...There are so few bands I know out there that truly grow. Sure they’ll try new things, maybe change, but actual growth as a band is somewhat rare. One of them is Oakland’s Hurry Up Shotgun."
Split 7" review on East Bay Express
Hurry Up Shotgun provides screamy, dueling-guitar rock in its song "Paths,".... [Read More...]
Victory and Associates / Hurry Up Shotgun -- split 7" [Seismic Wave Entertainment]
"...like a radioactive isotope derived from the likes of late-era Husker Du." [Read More...]
Conan Nutron promoting Split 7" Show on Pirate Cat Radio
Mister Odom’s Bottomless Pit - Wednesday 4-6PM - November 24 with Mister Odom
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Victory and Associates and Hurry Up Shotgun at The Hemlock
The Hemlock in San Francisco has been host to some of the best shows this photographer has ever seen. Victory and Associates and Hurry Up Shotgun kept true to this fact. [Read More...]
Courage and Consequence - The Unabridged Audio
Neutron's latest endeavor, Courage and Consequence: The Unabridged Audio is "a coalition of up-and-coming rock bands releasing an anticipatory sonic recollection of the gross misdeeds attributable to Rove over the past decade, “Courage and Consequence: The Unabridged Audio,” in all of its aggressively righteous indignation." Available on vinyl or by digital download, Neutron collected thirteen of his favorite bands to offer sonic opposition to "Bush's Brain". [Read More...]
HuS joins project: Courage and Consequence - an LP comp./ culture jam of bands against Rove
Bands of Courage and Consequence: "... Neutron is planning his own project to coincide with Rove's March 9 book release. Originally, he wanted to create a one-off band that would perform songs about Karl Rove, and show "what the book should actually be about." The idea was to create a "Google bomb," like the one that Richard Kim and Betsy Reed created with their Sarah Palin parody, Going Rouge. When Neutron broached the subject with friends, their response was so overwhelming that he decided to take the idea one step further. He devised an entire compilation of songs that go against the Rovian grain. He named the album Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence, in the hope that it would steal hits on Google and perhaps even trick right-wing book-buyers into purchasing the wrong product. Barring a lawsuit for copyright infringement, Neutron says his main goal is to mess with the retired politician "in some small way" — even if it only amounts to a few less book sales, or a slightly lower Google ranking."

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Shotguns in a Ghost Town
... their sound has evolved from a semi low-fi garage band to a full fledged sonic rock band. [Read More...]
Ding Dong and Blog: September Shows
Big Blue Whale, Hurry Up Shotgun, The Dashing Suns @ Bottom of the Hill Thursday, Sept. 3rd - AM Magic (record release!), The Thralls, Finding Fiction, Parae @ Kimo's Friday, Sept. 4th - Outrageous Cherry, Devon Williams, Thee Makeout ...
Great new garage rock album from an up-and-coming CA band
"...For only being a trio, the group puts out music that you’d expect from a five-man group or more. Intelligible instruments, creative guitar parts, and well-structured drum patterns...." [Read More...]
REVIEW: Hurry Up Shotgun - Hold the Angle
Hurry Up Shotgun conjure up a sound that is reminiscent to that of Hot Snakes during their fairly solid run as a band. Plenty of bounce and liveliness here to be found while not confining themselves squarely to one influence or idea as evidenced by the opening track. [Read More...]
Photos from CD Release Party
Shannon Corr is the bay area's premier rock photographer... here's a few shots from the recent CD Release Party [Read More...]
Review: Hurry Up Shotgun @ the Hemlock Tavern
Seriously, though, if you missed out, "Hold the Angle" is worth a buy. Judging by the newer song they played, their next album will be too. [Read More...]
Off The Record: Hurry Up Shotgun, Saturday @ Hemlock.$7. 9 p.m.
Sonic Youth, Fugazi and a bit of AC/DC find their way into the music of Hurry Up Shotgun. Great stuff. [Read More...]
HURRY UP SHOTGUN
Pinball Mafia Productions posted a photo: HURRY UP SHOTGUN. hurry up shotgun, kingdom of magic, & prize country @ the stork club - oakland, ca 04.30.09.
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hurry up shotgun, kingdom of magic, & prize country @ the stork club - oakland, ca 04.30.09.
HURRY UP SHOTGUN
Pinball Mafia Productions posted a photo: HURRY UP SHOTGUN. hurry up shotgun, kingdom of magic, & prize country @ the stork club - oakland, ca 04.30.09. [Read More...]
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Pinball Mafia Productions posted a photo: HURRY UP SHOTGUN. hurry up shotgun @ the hemlock tavern - san francisco, ca 12.18.08.
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