Buy ‘em by the sack: hot, tasty nuggets of sonic goodness you need to crank up/link to/check out/gawk at, in the IE and beyond . . .
HOBO JAZZ CD RELEASE PARTIES
The finest band in all the IE? (No, wanker, not if this were the 1920s.) We say yes, and not just because this trio of old sonic souls—specializing in the kind of ribald jazz and vaudeville sounds that, in its era, was thought to corrupt the minds of impressionable youth; punk rock for the Woodrow Wilson age!—were nice enough to play the Weekly’s Xmas party. They’re getting so large now that they have two release parties this weekend for their new album, Old Lester’s Speakeasy (can we buy it on 78 RPM vinyl?)—Friday at the Press in Claremont, then Saturday at Back to the Grind in Riverside (the latter is the all-ages gig—no age discrimination!) www.hobojazz.com; www.myspace.com/hobojazz
A jaw-dropping depository of vintage live concert recordings that were once the exclusive property of Bill Graham’s production company. You can stream the Who at Fillmore East in 1968, Led Zeppelin at Fillmore West in ’69, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, the Clash, Springsteen and jillions more—all for free. Not available for downloading, but if you have good audio recording software like Roxio, you can tap the site gratis like crazy—do it before they start charging. concerts.wolfgangsvault.com
THE BELLRAYS ON BOB DYLAN’S THEME TIME RADIO HOUR ON XM
Read this out loud in the raspiest, most grizzled voice you can muster: “Next up, a band from Riverside, California, called the BellRays. ‘Poor Old Rudolph,’ the tale of the saddest reindeer of ‘em all, written by guitarist Tony Fate.” If a legend like Zimmy digs the IE’s hardest-working band, why doesn’t everybody? www.myspace.com/thebellrays
Billy Bragg and Pete Seeger guide you through this fascinating DVD doc about the anthem adopted by laborers, anarchists, revolutionaries and the oppressed—“The only song that changed the world,” it’s been said. Available from First Run Features at www.firstrunfeatures.com, but definitely not at your local Blockbuster (try Netflix instead).
SOUL OF THE RIVER AT THE VIBE THIS SATURDAY—AT 3 P.M.?
See what happens when you advertise in the Weekly? The editor finds out about you, clicks up your MySpace, and kinda likes you and your funky backbeats, spry guitars and spiritual, er, spiritualness. Any band into Zeppelin and the Minutemen are fine by us (not sure about that Dave Matthews Band name-drop on the résumé, though). Huge in Louisville! (Louisville?) But why the godawful time slot? Turns out it’s the finals for the Best Live Band category at this year’s Inland Empire Music Awards, slated for January 26 at the Casino Morongo Key Club (look for a big article in a few weeks). Is drinking even allowed at 3 p.m.? www.myspace.com/souloftheriver