Frog Island Tikis
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
I had a great time at this year's Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs the past week. I was able to break even and also bring home some cool art from Norm Daniels and Michael Sbicca, plus all the great music and friends to see was superb. I have to say that the highlight was seeing Shags newest paintings that were on display in the hotel lobby...simply fantastic. Thanks so much to Si and Damian who purchased their fifth carvings from me, Cindy and Mark with their second, and Michael with his first. You are the reason I can keep doing this and it is greatly appreciated!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
It had been a long time since I went to a show at the Roseland, but with the Japanese band Melt Banana playing with the Melvins I could not miss it. It was many moons ago when I first saw them open for Mr. Bungle and I was interested to see how much they have changed in 20 years. Now with only a "vocalist" and guitar, this noise rock band can still bring it. The female singer is still a firecracker, mixing screams, shrieks, barks and the like to mesmerize like the old days. The songs are now a bit more melodic and much longer than their first album, which was comprised of many 10, 20, 30 second snippets of sound, but was glad that they have evolved and not still doing the same thing. Of course the Melvins were fantastic, it seems they are finally getting some recognition for being one of the most influential NW bands of my time. The headliner was England's Napalm Death, not my cup of tea but still entertaining.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Well I'll be go to hell if I did not have another great time at the Wonder Ballroom last night. It is my least favorite venue in Portland but it seems like the shows I go to see are located there. I have witnessed the event known as the Reverend Horton Heat numerous times as they always work hard to please, yet never disappoint. This time they brought an excellent guest to play a handful of songs with them to spice things up and change the pace a bit. The Unknown Hinson is a vampire looking southerner that can kick major ass on the guitar and vocals, he was a great addition. Opening was a one man band called Lincoln Durham. I cannot imagine how I would feel being onstage all by myself and trying to please a hundred plus drunkin' fools who are not there to see you, but he pulled it off beautifully. Playing the guitar, banjo, cigar box three string and I think one string, pounding his foot on a bass drum, tambourine peddle, drumming behind his back while he sang, it was something to behold. The Legendary Shack Shakers were next with a HIGH ENERGY set that was the perfect setup to the main event. I needed a shower big time by the time I arrived back home at 1:30 AM.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Seeing Parquet Courts last night at the Wonder Ballroom reminded me of why I love live music so much. This New York based foursome was my favorite band that I had never seen live and they filled me with energy and inspiration, thanks dudes! Locals Wooden, er Woolen Men opened.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
I signed up again for Tiki Caliente, May 12-15, in beautiful Palm Springs. It is my favorite of the three I do each year as this event is smaller, more intimate, and was my first tiki show that I vended at. Rory Snyder does a great job of putting on this party and has given me sage advise through the years on tiki culture in general. Can't wait. July will be Tiki Kon here in Portland, August Tiki Oasis, the big daddy of all tiki events, in San Diego.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Thanks to my pal Whitey for inviting me to last nights Blazer/Laker game. He has the greatest season ticket seats and even though this years teams are not very good, it is a pleasure to sit so close to the action. The Lakers are a long way from competing for a championship and it was a bit sad to see Kobe a shadow of his former self, here is hoping he makes it through the year unhurt and retires. I was really looking forward to last Monday's Gogol Bordello gypsy punk show, but something that has never happened to me made me walk out without even seeing them. It was at the Chrystal Ballroom, and sold out so when I arrived a bit late the place was packed. As I climbed the stairs to the top of the building the air got worse and worse, and as I entered the main floor I could hardly breathe from the thick, sickly human invested air. It was as if there was no ventilation at all, combined with the fact that the beer lines were packed, it made for quite a claustrophobic atmosphere. I decided to listen to the opening band for a while, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, and you know what? They were the worst band I have ever heard, surpassing the decades old record of the Fatima Mansions, which has always been my benchmark for sucks. I gave them four songs before I could not take it anymore and went outside for a much welcomed breath of fresh air, and decided I could not stand going back to inhale anymore of that soupy mixture inside. You can call me a rock wimp if you like, I just couldn't take it.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
I left the Wonder Ballroom a sweaty mess last night after a packed Melvins show. Opening was the great Big Business from Seattle, a twosome that pounds out sound like seems impossible from just a guitar and drum. Next they joined King Buzzo and Dale Crover to form the Melvins, using two drums, guitar and bass, and played non stop, never stopping for such trivial adulations like applause, and killed it. This is a band that has been around a long time in many different forms, have influenced many bands, but not a lot of people have heard of them. They are industrial strength, almost metal, loud and brutal but man I love them.
- 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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