The auspicious date of April 20 is a legendary one here at My Band Rocks World HQ: the first Honey White show in history took place on this date in 2002 (Roma's in Santa Barbara, with Norm and Johanna Reed's mighty Buttcheek Doofus), and one of the best Honey White shows ever also happened on this date in 2005 (Nicholby's in Ventura). However, ten years ago, on 4/20/99, my first band the Mojo Wire released its third album, Seaside Hamlet Skids. For whatever reason, that poorly-recorded, muddy little album still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and this third entry in the "Ten YEARS, Man!!!" series highlights the Mojos on that goofy acoustic slice of surf-noir. Click on the link below for a self-congratulatory, pretentiously vain essay by yours truly. Listen to some audio below that.
The History Mix #2: No Lifeguard On Duty
Let's face it- "trouble in paradise" is probably the oldest and most banally superficial cliche in the history of popular songwriting. It is initially, however, a real kick in the head when you happen to notice it. Exposing the nasty, poisonous underbelly of some idyllic Shangri-la is one of the first rebellious impulses that anyone learns, and if they're lucky, they won't forget to apply it to any subsequent promise of perfection. Righteous anger doesn't exactly have much of a half-life, of course, but it tends to go down easier with a nice slathering of sweetness on top. That was the eventual modus operandi of the Mojo Wire on their third album, but the mostly acoustic, folky surf-noir of Seaside Hamlet Skids doesn't easily place itself in the canon of pretentious bubble-bursting, despite some loosely-focused effort. More...Play this album (with 4 bonus tracks!):