June 23rd, July 5th
Sam Coad and the Gums play The Uptown in Oakland, June 23rd with Razor Train
On July 5th, The Gums play El Rio in San Francisco, with The Snails and The Shari La Las.
May 12th - Sam Coad and the Gums
Next Show: May 12th, some warehouse show. More info later.
May 24th at Kimo’s SF with: The Shari La Las, Mama Lion, and Chris Cowboy Coad
July 5th at El Rio SF with The Shari La Las, and The Snails (formerly Cactus)
hopefully, something in june too
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
(A slightly different version of a photo I uploaded before.)
It’s 5:30 and I just got a text. It’s Alexis. She’s saying something about being stoked, or being fucking stoked or being stoked fucking. Something. It’s probable about the show. I’m planning on meeting her in the city at about nine to see Victor’s show. Victor came to our show last Saturday. I’m totally got a crush on him. Not sexual or nothing. He’s just so friendly. The first time I met him at Gary’s show a couple weeks ago, he just came right up and talked to me. Outta the blue. Friendly. Funny too. I wrote my status as being a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm and he almost instantly responded with how he was the runway son of the nuclear a-bomb. Duh. I don’t know what his band sounds like but I hope they’re good. It’ll be fun either way.
I’m gonna go after the meeting. Well, during, actually. I agreed, last week to come early and greet this Monday so I’ll get there at 7:30, stay through the speaker and leave about 8:30, catch the BART and, hopefully, get there by nine. It’s all right, I went to a meeting earlier too.
I’m trying to get another show for the Gums. I wrote to a venue today with an idea. We’ll see if they respond. I’ve got three other bands. Two friends’ bands which are pretty popular. That should help. Also, Planet Planet, Alexis’ other band with Chris. They were “Moms” until a few days ago. I kinda like the old name better and I find it more fitting. Planet Planet is a great name too, though.
I’m listening to “Killed By Death” on my computer. I downloaded all, like, fifteen fucking volumes and I’ve just got it going through them all. It’s great ‘cause I can just listen to sort-of generic early punk rock without having to flip the record or find something new every thirty minutes. It’s good.
SAM COAD andthe GUMS!!!
SAMCOAD andthe GUMS
DARLING DEAREST (Micah and Conor)
DJ TURBOZ (Robert from KLS)
1 or 2 more TBA
9PM - FREE - 9PM - FREE
Los Yorks “Ritmo Y Sentimiento”
I broke my record player when I was moving the other day. Well, it was a cheap belt driven system and the belt came loose. When trying to reattach it I noticed that the motor was stuck in the active position and then I accidently dropped it. Rather than continue to fuss with it I decided to try to attach the better Numark turntables I had gotten, secondhand, from a friend. I traded, for better of for worse, a Radioshack Mini Moog for them. The moog was pretty awesome but I never used it and I the guy I gave it to is a more talented musican than I whom I know from high school and who will surly get more use out of the damned thing than I ever did. I never really used it. I don’t have much patience for electronic music. It was a cool thing to have but I’d rather have some nice turntables. Unfortunately, I did not realize that this would create a whole new set of problems. First off, my mixer doesn’t work. So I tried to use just one turntable to start. I had a slew of connection and grounding problems that were finally solved on the third pre-amp. Now, after noticing that I got better playback on my records than I’d ever before experienced, I thought I ought to set up the damn thing correctly. Good turntables have a million little things to adjust. I had to look them all up on the internet which often provided contradictory advise. While reading this stuff I became appalled at the damage I had aparently been causing my records this whole time with the crappy little record player I had been using. AAAAAAAA!! So, now my audio playback standards are a lot higher than they were even just two days ago. I have surly fallen into realm of pure madness now. I can hear my future self now, “NO! It’s got to be a Stanton 500-11A or it won’t touch my records!” Outrageous. It does sound better though. I can hear records I’ve owned for years in a whole new light. There are components to the recording I had never before noticed. Instruments I had never before heard. Whatever. Anyway, “Ritmo Y Sentimiento” is an excellent record. The second Los Yorks album I bought. The first was “68” which is also fantastic. I’m a sucker for anything in a different language. It forces me to hear just the sound and approach the music on a purely aesthetic level. Plus, Spanish is beautiful. It’s unusual because most foreign bands, especially in the sixties, would always record rock music in english. Thus, it’s sometimes hard to find international psyche that’s not in english. International Psyche is one of my favorite genres (if a genre at all) and Los Yorks are an excellent example. It features fuzzy guitars but not overly distorted as in later psychedelic. Not much in the way of long psyche jams, this is still pop music just through the psychedelic lens. More experimental then “68” with some backwards guitar and percussion generated through sound manipulation. You know, it occurs to me now that I think I’ve already reviewed this album on tumblr some time ago. Oh well. The older one was probably better. I can’t think of much to say. Honestly, I just thought it’d be funny to complain about my phonograph setup problems in a record review. Whatever. Let’s wrap this up. This album sounds like a cross between Creedence and Love, IN SPANISH!
how do you make those beautiful illustrations of amy?
This took far more time than it should have.
1. what did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I didn’t take drugs.
2. did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I usually don’t make resolutions.
3. did anyone close to you give birth?
not that I can recall
4. did anyone close to you die?
5. what countries did you visit?
none, though I went to Washington state, for the first time.
6. what would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
7. what date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
On June 6th, I met the girl of my dreams and played a great rocket roll show at a motorcycle gang clubhouse.
8. what was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. what was your biggest failure?
I wish I hadn’t drank on december 17th.
10. did you suffer illness or injury?
I got the fuckin’ swine flu in august.
11. what was the best thing you bought?
silver gretsch duo jet
12. whose behavior merited celebration?
mine, of course
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
my boss when he fired me
14. Where did most of your money go?
records, so many records
15. what did you get really, really, really excited about?
my girlfriend, allah the time
16. what song will always remind you of 2009?
I can’t choose one song. There are lots of songs I wrote or heard, for the first time, this year. The songs I wrote for Wowies will be forever connected to this time and no other.
17. compared to this time last year, are you:
more realistic and goal oriented
In general, yes. Though I was probably happier on december 31st, 2008, than I am now, december 31, 2009.
19. thinner or fatter?
I don’t know or care.
20. richer or poorer?
21. what do you wish you’d done more of?
22. what do you wish you’d done less of?
wasting time on stupid shit like this
23. how did you spend christmas?
I spent christmas on records. Lots and lots of records.
24. did you fall in love in 2009?
As a matter of fact, I did.
25. how many one-night stands?
I always come back for more.
26. what was your favorite tv program?
27. do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
not that I can think of
28. what was the best book you read?
My favorite read of the year was a poem my girlfriend wrote titled, “Conditional Girl.”
29. what was your greatest musical discovery?
The Brats, Shit Dogs, The Kids, and Native Tongue.
30. what did you want and get?
someone to love
31. what did you want and not get?
a better job
32 what was your favorite film of this year?
I didn’t like any of this year’s films and I probably only saw, like, maybe, two of them. Two films I saw this year that I particularly enjoyed are “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” and “The Girl Can’t Help it.”
33. what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Good question, I turned twenty-three.
34. what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
hella fucking money
35. how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
The Ramones meet John Lennon.
36. what kept you sane?
37. which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t pay much attention to celebrities but I just saw “Match Point” so I’ll say Scarlett Johansson.
38. what political issue stirred you the most?
republicans villianizing Obama
39. who did you miss?
Right now, I miss Amy.
40. who was the best new person you met?
41. tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?
Only one thing stops people from doing what they want: fear.
42. quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“Hey dadio, I don’t wanna go down to the basement.”
from “I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement” by The Ramones