October 8, 2014
Fall got off to a great start with the 7th annual FUSE Fest. Our set was at Peeve’s Public House on Fresno’s historic downtown Fulton Mall. It was a terrific evening as we shared the stage with Brian Kenney Fresno, The Long Black Veils, Department Store, and Llama Boy. After a few very trying weeks, the month was turned around; the music was uplifting and healing and a blast. Great to hear our new friend Barbara Anderson-Jones and her flute join us for a full-set, and even our zany pals in Dept. Store leaped up to help on “Ross Used to Play Us His Frank Zappa Records”. A splendid time!
(thanks to our friend Jonathon Hogan for this and the next pic!)
and our friends and relations in Department Store:
October 7, 2014
Finally catching up on some posting ’round here! Two fun gigs to end the Summer.
International Pop Overthrow Festival in Los Angeles (@Fais Do Do)
and San Francisco (@Hotel Utah).
Trike Shop at Fais Do Do
enjoyed meeting and then hearing a great set from the Bay Area band: The Bobbleheads
and once again, enjoyed sharing a stage w/ Southern Cal's: Honeychain!
and then on to San Francisco….(the pre-show pix were too fun not to include)
City Lights upstairs poetry room.
Scott , myself,and our new Trike Shop addtion Barbara Anderson Jones (flute and harmony vocals), and of course, the Transamerica Pyramid
the beat-famous Vesuvio Bar in North Beach
checking the sound at Hotel Utah
outside the Vesuvio
Thanks to Kat, Martin, Michael Glendenning, and David Bash for the photos!!
April 30, 2014
As the flyer says: 2 towns. 2 shows. 1 weekend. It’s all to raise money for a dream Robert Isquierda has for a town called “London.” No, not the one in the UK, but the small, isolated community in Central California that’s roughly between Dinuba and Kingsburg. He was raised there, went on to teach elementary school in Southern California, and is now returning with a dream to bring
a fully functional library to the kids of London. We hope that these two shows will do a small part to support this dream and to shine a good light
on the small community of London, California.
Thanks to Merlinda Espinosa, the wonderful local songstress, for lending her talents to these shows.
Thanks to Craig Scharton for opening up his superb venue (Peeve’s Public House) on the Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno for the Saturday show, and to all the London people who work tirelessly to build up their community.
(More music will be added. Please keep your eyes and ears open for more details as these shows come together.)
To hear a bit more about the project and learn something of London, Calif., click here.
January 23, 2014
My computer died, along with the webpage software that I knew how to use. It may be a couple of weeks before I can get things going, so for now, a simple blog post will have to do.
Upcoming…Saturday, (that’s Jan.25–show starts at 7), we’re playing as part of a bill that Matthew Embry’s put together. Paul Sprawl (from Minnesota via Calif.), Embry, The Chris Janzen Underground and Leralee Whittle are also playing…this is at Mia Cuppa at 620 E. Olive St. in Fresno’s Tower District.
…For now, enjoy a few pictures from last Sunday’s benefit for Food Not Bombs…a great time was had by all. Good music. Good food. Good friends. Thanks to Mike Lidskin for the pictures of Chelsea Jones (eyes open), the Trike Shop and The Cherry Bluestorms, and thanks to Barbara Jones for the photos of Chelsea (eyes closed),Ron “Doc” Morse, and the very tiny triceratops.
Chelsea Jones at the Food Not Bombs show
the rarely seen naughty bits of a triceratops
Deborah and Glen from The Cherry Bluestorms
The Trike Shop
Ron "Doc" Morse with Guy Beard & the Lunch Wagon Romeos
November 18, 2013
Chelsea Jones joing us for a blistering “Ball and Chain”
There’s always *something* going on. One is either cooking something up for the near future, or living through the situations one has cooked up in the recent past. Fall brought a small break from the myriad of gigs that kept us zipping around the state at the end of Summer, but that doesn’t mean we were resting on our laurels…(what laurels?). Included below are some pictures from this past weekend’s gig on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, courtesy of my daughter’s organizational skills…great gig with charming songs and presentations of Olivia Rose, the bold and heart-challenging songs of Chelsea Jones, ourselves, the reverb-moody-melodies of Them are Us Too, the hip hop free-high-stylings of Wizzbang Operation, and the striking electronica-cinematic visuals of Shawheen Keyani….(other Fall happenings?….finishing a recording with the now re-named Harp/Theremin/Percussion group…now called, “TriOblique”, having Mike Lidskin from Twirl Radio to a live broadcast from our very own Whispermaphone Studios….and coming up? a Dec. gig up in Sacramento, the next Food Not Bombs fundraiser here in Fresburg in January…and some songs to finish writing and recording…oh, and check out PopGarden’s Christmas Album featuring an exclusive Trike Shop track….Did I say there was always *something* going on???)
[thanks to Martin Hansen for the Chelsea Jones, Olivia Rose, Them Are Us Too, and Wizzbang Operation photos!]
at UC Santa Cruz
Chelsea Jones--organizer and performer
Them Are Us Too
some folks are never impressed
August 3, 2013
Though an extremely difficult one for me on a personal level, this summer finds the band and myself doing what we do well: playing on bills/making friends with musicians from all over and all under this network of commonality: this world of indie/pop/rock musicians.
(thanks to Martin Hansen for most of the pictures!)
at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles for the International Pop Overthrow Festival
Several gigs down, and several to come [this Wed. at the Hotel Utah in S.F., this Fri. at Fitzgerald's in Huntington Beach]. Two albums released, one reflecting this affinity we have for diving into musical community: Fresno Covers Fresno, and the other an EP [the Trike Shop's "Teasers from the Whispermaphone"] that both stands on its own, and harkens to some projects that are still being formed.
Highlights have included: finding such parallels in ideas and experiences with a songster who I met for the first time last night, who came all the way to Fresno (ok, he played other places in the U.S. as well) from Perth, Australia (thanks Joe Algeria of JAC), talking about bad vampire and kung fu movies at Canters with friends after playing at the IPO in L.A., hearing the most lyrical guitar playing ever in the over-all-terrific band of Lannie Flowers from Texas, touching bases and remembering how much I enjoy the music and people in so many bands: Sitcom Neighbor, Felsen, the Shamus Twins…
some pix from Twirl Radio presents: Fresno Edition : (once again, thanks to Martin Hansen for the photos!)
Mike Lidskin, host of Twirl Radio, announces Lannie Flowers and friends!
Felsen --from the Bay Area
[next I'll tackle the ever-growing-font-of-rock n'roll-joy that is Fresno Covers Fresno!]
too much fun at the Fresno Covers Fresno release party. Members of Sparklejet, Poplord, Sunburns, Trike Shop and Pinkeye join together for a tune.
February 22, 2013
Martin with The Trike Shop
The Felsen Rabbit
Scott with The Trike Shop
It was a night of terrific performances.
Next up was the impossible-to-categorize and wonderful music of Matthew Embry.
January 21, 2013
John Shafer playing at the Food Not Bombs fundraiser.
Recording session with Suicide Lounge. Clock-wise from bottom-left: Joy Mohler, Robert Paul, Nate Butler, me holding tape
Sunday was the annual Food Not Bombs fundraising party. Opening the show was Mike Glendinning from the East Bay.
After his set, Mike Glendinning (far right) joined us on one of our tunes.
After our set (in which we had a whole pocket-full of new songs–and re-worked a couple ”deep catalogue” Trike Shop numbers), was Frezmorim—yes, the klezmer band we fell in love with at Tokyo Garden back in October.
Our klezmer friends Frezmorim tearing it up at Full Circle Brewery.
Good fun, and good food was had to all. Thanks to Kelly and Tina and all the good folks at Food Not Bombs and Kenny and Joy and all at Full Circle Brewery. As Tom Magill says, “It takes many stones to make an arch.”
Scott gives the benediction as we play on with the theremin.
And then on Sunday, another all afternoon recording session in the legend-in-it’s-own-lunchtime Whispermaphone Studios. Today, my guests were Suicide Lounge. They recorded three tunes for a couple of different compilations. One, the much-looked-forward-to Fresno Covers Fresno project, and the other, a sampling of music from the Rogue Performance Festival. What band expects to record three songs in one afternoon? These folks do. Crazy. But we did it….at least up to the rough-mix stage. They recorded a couple of Fresburgian tunes that have been in their live sets for some time: one of mine (“Your Sad Party Dress”), and one from early 90′s Fresno goth band The Shroud (“Falling Dream”). The third was a tune that Nate had recorded before on a solo album that Suicide Lounge really makes their own. I’ll be listening to, and enjoying these tunes, for a long time to come.
putting the music on tape
Thanks again to Mike Glendinning for coming all the way down to Fresno to play for us!
AND—thanks to David and Linda Hurst for the pictures of the show!
October 29, 2012
with members of The Clarences and Stallone's Holy Rollers . Thanks to Robert of the Clarences for the photo!
thanks to Robert of The Clarences for this photo.
We had a great time playing with some in-town and out-of-town bands
in what amounted to a sort of ‘residency’ at the classic downtown Fresno venue:
Tokyo Garden. Thanks to our out-of-town pals The Condors (Los Angeles), The Kavanaghs (Argentina),
The Clarences (Oakland), Stallone’s Holy Rollers (Bay Area) and our in-town pals: Sparklejet,
Frezmorim, Matthew Embry. (Thanks as always to Toshi & Tommy of Tokyo Garden for their support of local
music!) Here are some fab pix of the good times.
The Kavanaghs--great power popsters from Argentina stopping here in Fresno during their U.S. tour.
members of the Kavanaghs make friends with the theremin
Frezmorim! (a 9-piece klezmer band!) overflowed the stage at Tokyo
Sparklejet. intense. good.
The Condors---smart band, cool people..from Los Angeles.
Robert of the Clarences...creative guy with enthusiasm enough to drive us all! (and it was his birthday!)
Stallone's Holy Rollers--more friends we made in a laundromat in Oakland!
Matthew Embry..local guy back after living in Santa Cruz---amazing voice, amazing songs.
August 12, 2012
Fais Do Do in Los Angeles (thanks to Cindy Schonmacher for the onstage shots )
The last few months have seen the band playing all over the state. Happily, our efforts at increasing the amount of our out-of-town gigs has been paying off. Lately we’ve played in Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as keeping up a steady pace in our own home stomping grounds of Fresno.
One of the great helps in getting us into some great clubs lately has been our friends in the International Pop Overthrow Festival. Here are some pictures and moments from some gigs at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, and in San Francisco at the Hotel Utah. (Watch our website news as we bring a number of these out-of-town bands *into* Fresno.)
and jumping out of order just a bit to show David Bash–the originator and C.E.O. of the International Pop Overthrow Festival (at the Hotel Utah 8-9-12):
The last couple of times Bash introduced the band, he used the term 'synapse bursting'. I can live with that.
and the obligatory post-show meal: this time, it was Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Hollywood! from left: Corine, Scott, David, John, Cindy, Martin, Doc, Neptune.
and a few days later….
outside the Hotel Utah in San Francisco
and inside the Hotel Utah…
picture from Joe Rosato's camera!
thanks to Aaron from the Honey Wilders for figuring out the flash on my camera!
and the ever glamorous (and essential) after-midnight roadside hamburger stop