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L7 and ¡No Acción! at the Catalyst!

Really loving a band that’s “gone” is rarely enough to make them come back, because who’s that generous? But we’re stubborn (and our love stronger than most), so we resorted to love tinged with voodoo. Strategy: Play “Scrap” from the L7 “Bricks are Heavy” album on repeat, forever, until the band reforms. Love every moment of the experience. And well, voila. Similar attempts failed in the past for Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, but 1 out of 3 for a mystical strategy ain’t half bad.

We caught L7 in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst and got more than our money’s worth for playing “Scrap” 13,738 times in a row at high volume, wearing out seven pairs of expensive Focal speakers in the process. After all, what’s $63,000 in busted speakers and a few excessive noise citations when you get the baddest female hard rock band in history back together?

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

L7 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

Openers were ¡No Acción!, an explosively energetic local band whose themes largely target social change (for the better).  Note the explosively energetic–this isn’t sit-around-the-campfire-and-whine from the 1960s–it’s pure thrash madness and more like an Iron Reagan focused on affordable housing.  ¡No Acción! is Josh on guitar and vocals, Lupe on bass, Americo on drums, and Lazaro on guitar and vocals. If you’re in CA, check ’em out! Their new EP is available on Bandcamp.

 

No Accion at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

No Accion at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

No Accion at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. (High ISO Music)

 

Check out the rest of the photos of L7 and ¡No Acción! from the Catalyst show in the gallery below.

 

Jazz Fest 2017 Walkabout

Our Jazz Fest 2017 Walkabout, dedicated to D. L. Menard (RIP, and a great last show).

Putting Sonny Rollins Back in the Playlist

I’ve been listening to Monk and Miles almost non-stop for the last year and somehow Sonny Rollins fell off the playlist.  On a recent roadtrip in my Dodge Challenger SRT 392, which I’ve outfitted with what amounts to a mobile datacenter  that feeds video to the rear seats so the front seat passengers can immerse in Focal-centered audio bliss, I corrected that error and listened to a bunch of Sonny Rollins stuff.  My appreciation for how spectacular the album Saxophone Colossus was instantly renewed.  I had a chance to see Sonny Rollins in 2011 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, just a year before he stopped performing publicly due to respiratory issues.  While his playing in 2011 was still spectacular, he was clearly suffering from serious issues with his hips and was barely able to walk.  He spent a lot of time playing with his back turned, but with some effort I managed two decent shots (below).  If he feels better at some point and can play again, don’t miss the opportunity to catch one of the true colossi of jazz. We’re blessed that he’s still among us, as most of the old guard is gone, including all of the other fantastic players on Saxophone Colossus (Tommy Flanagan on piano, died in 2001; Doug Watkins, on double bass, died in 1962, before I was born; and Max Roach, who I also saw last at Jazz Fest, died in 2007).

If you haven’t done an extended playlist of Rollins recently, it’s more than worth your time.

 

Sonny Rollins playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA on the final day of the festival. (Golden G. Richard III)

Sonny Rollins playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA in 2011.

Sonny Rollins playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA on the final day of the festival. (Golden G. Richard III)

Sonny Rollins playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA in 2011.

Flashback: Heavy MTL

The 2011 version of Heavy MTL was one of the most monumental metal fests of all time, with every second still burned into our brains.  We’ve lost some of the metal greats from that festival, including Lucker and Lemmy, but their memories live on in our solid metal hearts, eh?  Here are some of our favorites from Heavy MTL:

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Disturbed performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Disturbed performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Children of Bodom performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Children of Bodom performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Gorguts performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Gorguts performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Motorhead performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Motorhead performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

 

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Slaves on Dope performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Slaves on Dope performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Cryptopsy performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Cryptopsy performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.