Archive for August, 2017

FUCK YOU, FUCK THIS, FUCK THAT AND FUCK THEM. NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, FATSO JETSON’S “IDLE HANDS” IS WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR!!!!

August 8, 2017

If you see this disc on sale anywhere, buy it and play it everywhere. Photo courtesy Fatso Jetson

I have long been fascinated by the Desert Rock scene emanating from the Palm Desert area in California. So many quality acts have come out of there, Queens OF The Stone Age (QOTSA) most notably. But there are more acts, Kyuss made a mark, The Dwarves, and some of the names read like a who’s who of music: Nick Oliveri, Blag Dhalia, Alain Johannes (who is currently on tour with P.J. Harvey), and everyone knows this band’s name thanks to global terrorism, Eagles Of Death Metal (if you live under a rock, this was the band that was targeted at the Bataclan massacre in November, 2015).

But there is one band I have not mentioned. Fatso Jetson (FJ). Out of all the bands that rose out of Palm Desert, FJ have to be the heaviest, most groove oriented of the lot. Yes, I know QOTSA are quite heavy on their new album, Villains but I can’t make any judgement on that, it’s not out yet, save for the few songs that have been leaked. I prefer the whole package…

It can be told that I got my hands on the latest disc from Fatso Jetson called Idle Hands. It would seem that all the time spent in the desert ingrained in these guys a rough, take no prisoners approach to song crafting. It comes through during the entire disc.

I know these guys aren’t household names. But they should be. Maybe it’s that familial connection that makes these guys so tight. The lead vocalist and guitarist is Mario Lalli, guitar is also played by Dino Von Lalli, bass is played by Larry Lalli, and drums by Tony Tornay with the addition of Mathias Shneeberger keyboards, guitars, bass and vocals. As it turns out my favorite lyrics on this album were in fact written by Sean Wheeler who also wrote words for “Portuguese Dream” and “The Vincent Letter” (later on in the album).

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BY THE SEA, BY THE SEA, TRANSCENDENCE WAS TO BE! POPTONE BRING TECHNO-GOTH-SHRED TO THE LAND MARK AT LAND’S END!

August 4, 2017

The good people of Asbury Park had NO idea what to expect when POPTONE rolled into town! Photo by Lynn Vala

It was an unusually strange weekend. Coke-fueled mostly. I do remember worshipping at the porcelain alter. I mean we’re talking projectile vomiting of epic proportions. A few smokes settled me down enough to realize that I would be coming down just in time for POPTONE to play at the Stone Pony, THE Stone Pony, in scenic Asbury Park, NJ. The Atlantic ocean just over a sand bar separating the pay area of the beach, and across one street. The point being as we stood on line, we could see the ocean. Can’t say it’s the best beach concert experience I’ve had, Utopia did one at the Pier in Atlantic City. The sea washed ashore under the seats!

Imagine a lovely day strolling down the boardwalk only to hear POPTONE sound checking and warming up for the Stone Pony show across the street. Photo by Lynn Vala

You gotta admit, that’s pretty fucking cool…

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