Frog Island Tikis
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Most of the music I go to hear is loud, fast, punky, garagey- type stuff so I surprised myself by going to a honkey-tonk kind of place on Saturday. I happened upon a country swing style local band recently and enjoyed the heck out of the Barn Door Slammers at the Landmark Saloon. They play mostly cover songs from the 40s and 50s that I never would have heard otherwise featuring a great singer and alternating two fiddles, a drummer on what looks to me like an ancient drum kit, stand up bass, big Gibson guitar and steel guitar. They have a great CD out that I give two thumbs up to. Kudos to the dancers in the audience that managed to swing in such a small area. There was people of course dressed in their tex outfits, but I was pleased to see green haired, spikey faced girls and guys as well as bearded, knit hat, back pack wearing hippies. A good eclectic mix.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
I had a music filled week, starting at the Sandy Hut, a landmark Portland venue that I had never visited. Loved the vibe and tavern, but am pleased I did not have to visit the restroom. Opening was an enjoyable band "Youth Destroyer", a punky threesome that was entertaining both musically and with interacting with the crowd. I liked the second band a lot, "King Ghidora", a mask wearing surfy, "Man or Astro Man?" type local punk band featuring the world's tallest guitarist. Their rendition of Amazing Grace got me a bit misty. On Saturday I had a ticket to see the fabulous Indiana based band "Murder by Death" and they sounded as polished and engrossing as ever. Props to them for growing and wanting to improve, they have come a long way from the first time I saw them.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Thanks to local band Wavesauce for the very enjoyable record release party at Analog in Portland Friday. It seemed like a lot of friends and family attended this all ages show and that was a large part of the fun. Excellent old footage of space and rock and roll movies filled the background and enhanced the surfy sound of this foursome. If you do not know what a theremin is (like I didn't) then check them out.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Thee Oh Sees did it again, making me think they are the best live band going. They ripped through an hour long set with nothing but non stop fast and loud music that had the sold out crowd moshin' and surfing' the whole time. The lead singer/guitar player is fantastic and switches from a six string to 12 with great dexterity, alternately pounding them with his fingers or grabbing the pick from his mouth to create different sounds within the same song. Backing him up was a stripped down version of his band with only a bass and drum. No mention was made of what happened to their female keyboardist/singer and other guitar. Hopefully that is just temporary as those two really round out the sound. Leading off was Jack Name, a foursome that played an intimate, enjoyable set of synch, fuzzy, industrial style music.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I was happy I braved the cold weather last night to see the Tijuana Panthers play at the Hawthorne Theatre. A poppy threesome from Long Beach, they did a great job of warming up the audience with a lively 45 minute set that I really enjoyed. All three took turns doing vocals and did songs from both their albums. It is funny to see the band as well as audience dressed in jackets, knit hats, gloves, but it was cold in there! Opening was a nice surf band Pounded by the Surf, although Mellowed by the Surf might be a better name. Headlining was Mariachi El Bronx from LA (?) an eight piece, white, rather punky band that finally had the crowd at least unzipping their jackets and taking off gloves.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
About 20 years ago I went to see the Lemonheads with Hole and thought it would be a great show but was not impressed with either band. Fast forward and my chance to "get" the Lemonheads, which happened Thursday as they opened for the Psychedelic Furs here at the Aladdin Theatre. Besides the best tune up of guitars I have seen (The lead singer came out and soloed) their show was all that I remembered... Bland, plain and devoid of anything noteworthy. A bunch of manufactured, brooding, imagined complaints by the lead singer that bothered me to no end. Saving the day was the main act, which blistered through an 18 song set that was both nostalgic and relevant. Thanks to Richard Butler and his mostly original 5 piece for such a great show!
- Frog Island Tikis
- I started carving tikis in 2000 after a trip to Maui. I love and appreciate Polynesian culture, but rather than follow traditional ways, I put my own rather twisted view on the matter. I build each tiki with a protective edge to watch over the owner's well being. Most of them are of redwood or cedar, but my brother-in-law Jimbo brings me excellent palm from California. I start with a chainsaw and then really get into them with chisels, files, and knives. I have read that the ONLY way to breath life into an idol is through use of hand tools, but if primitive man had access to a chainsaw I know he would have used it. Tikis are for fun. Mahalo- CY
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