Saturday, September 29, 2007


Friday October 5th @ The Casbah

"The Fest"


Load In: 8pm (Sharp)


Door Time: 9pm

Door Fee: 8$

Set Times:

- Five songs from each band. We have six bands and I want everyone to get some shine time but keep the change overs small. This is so that we don't have to throw someone on right at 9pm. We can wait awhile. Drag our feet alittle.

Band Order:








- Problems? Please talk to me. Please tell all your fans about this. Tell them that it is a "fest." So to come early because it is a fest, that's six bands, some has to go on first, that's just the way it is, somethings will never change. Use the word "fest" as much as possible and they will listen. They will come around.


- Digital Posters will be dished out tomorrow.

- Print Posters will be available for bands at OFF THE RECORD to pick up anytime, or if you see me (Charles) I will have some on me. Everyone please take some and fuck shit up, and post them places.


- Mario Orduno, Brandon Welchez, Sir Charles, Andrew Miller

Super poignant.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Jeremy Jay party venue

Jeremy Jay record release party will be at The Tower Bar on November 8th. See JJ do his thing, then dance to oldies, northern soul, r&b, blah blah blah. $5 doggie. Get with the program.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Top 10 songs of the moment.

1. The Verve "The Drugs Don't Work" live on the Late Show London, recorded 11/97, bootleg

2. The Ikettes "I'm So Thankful" taken from the compilation, For Dancers Only - Northern Soul From Kent Records

3. Babyshambles "Delivery" new single just out on Parlophone 9/17!!

4. The Rutles "Ouch!" The Rutles soundtrack, 1978

5. Wrangler Brutes "Shit Search" from Zulu lp 2004

6. NO AGE "Boy Void" Weirdo Rippers cd Fat Cat 2007

7. R.E.M. "Gardening At Night" different vocal mix on Eponymous lp IRS Records 1988

8. Jackie Opel "You're To Bad" from the Soul Jazz comp Studio One Rude Boy

9. Altered Images "I Could Be Happy" some picture disc 7" I have. (?)

10. France Gall "La Fille D'un Garcon" from the lp, 1968 released 1967

The Worst djs EVER!! (But on purpose?)

There is no Skull Kontrol night tonight. Instead:

Our fine friend Dimitri aka Big D aka DJ Cockerspaniel of Booty Bassment and the Basstanic blog has come up with another one of his hair brained schemes. If you're in the greater San Diego area you might want to hit this up. It's TONIGHT and it's free. The lamest, worstest, dumbest, cheesiest, wackest, gayest, crappiest horseshit EVER played in a club!! Go on his Basstanic blog to request your favorite dumb song! You can find his blog in our Blogroll to the right. I think I'm going to request that one Venga Boys song. Remember? "Pum bum bum bum bum PUNUM, the Venga Boys are coming, New York and San Francisco!" Something like that. Oh! And at the beginning it goes, "We like to party, we like to party." Anyways. Go to this shit.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Super cool and super dumb.

Man oh man last night was fun. What the hell? People will come out to hear rock steady, reggae and ska? How come when I have faith in people I'm wrong and then outta nowheres, when I have NO faith I'm surprised? So anyway. Last night was bonkers.

Side note. Skull Kontrol is NOT this Thursday. NOT. It's next Thursday the FOURTH. This Thursday me and all the dogs are going to Dimitri's stupid night at Zombie. He's playing the dumbest jams in history. Like super dumb shit. Go.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The best in 60s and 70s reggae, rock steady & ska

Good morning. Tonight I'm taking part in this thing with Jeff Graves and Richie Lauridsen (The Muslims). Reggae, rock steady and ska. 60s, 70s, rudeboy and skinhead. I am pretty excited, as this has been my shit lately. It's free. I and I say you should go.

And below, a video of one of my favorite 45s. Jackie Robinson's "Homely Girl".

Monday, September 24, 2007

Jeremy Jay plans new record release...Airwalker

November Sixth 2007 is the release date of the new Jeremy Jay record. "Airwalker" will be released on legendary underground label K Records. The title track and first single is amongst my current favorite songs. If you like Jonathon Richman then you'll love this. But that's not meant to mean it sounds just like JR, just if you get him, you'll get Jeremy Jay. More great, great shit from Los Angeles.

As Jeremy is an old friend of ours, we'll be setting up a record release party on November 8 including a live set by JJ and a soul dance party with records meticulously chosen by me and the rest of the Skullz. Venue's not chosen yet, but don't'll be a good one. Mark your calendars.

Check out Airwalker and 3 other songs on his Myspace profile.

Jeremy Jay Myspace profile

K Records website

What an awful event.

Why would anyone have even flirted with the idea of going to Street Scene? What an awful collection of "artists". I struggled to find a group on the list I care about. What a cheesy, corporate, awful event. Haha, Z-Trip? The "inventor of the mash up" (self proclaimed). What a joke. Of 71 "artists" on the line-up, I would probably watch one, maybe two per day. Bad Brains? Maybe, but most likely disappointing. Air? Fuck. Saw 'em once. They're alright. Good show I 'spos. Too Short? Sure. Just to giggle while "nigga niggs bitch bitch fuck" gets hollered through the PA. Gosh. What an awful event.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Skull switch leads to new flier/flyer.

So, I guess, the "line-up" for the October 4th Skull Kontrol night @ Live Wire changed. Brandon and Chuck switched it up on me. So I had to go back to my creative place and whip this thing up. I feel creatively drained. So much of my heart and soul goes in to these pieces. That's right, it's a piece. An Orduno piece.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Eastern Promises

God damn, this movie was good. I fucking love mob ass gangster shit. And the Russians are due. Didn't they kill Bill Cosby's kid? Director David Cronenberg rules evidently. Can you believe I've never seen Crash, Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone or History Of Violence? What the fuck? Ha. I DID see The Fly. And I love that movie. I'm renting two of those movies this Monday. A twofer if you will. Probably Crash and HOV. But anyway. Eastern Promises. Brutal. Buhhhh-RUTAL.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Flyer? Or flier?

If you haven't seen me around for a while, it's cuz I've been playing with my colors.

And NO, I'm not for hire. This is my ART man. My craft. I can't compromise the integrity of my art.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Riot Grrrl - Revolution: Girl Style Now!

I am looking forward to this book. Black Dog Publishing did a great job with the Rough Trade book, so I'm expecting the same quality. It comes out in October.

My favorite band from this movement, by the way, was Slant 6. The Dischord 7" in particular was best.

Black Dog Publishing link

Riot Grrrl book Myspace profile

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Crayola Kontrol

Skull Kontrol this Thursday!!

Skull Kontrol is this week. Another magical noisy party. Does anyone rrealize the magic? I couldn't imagine more fun. I really couldn't. It's my favorite of anything I've ever been involved in. A tiny room filled with sweaty fools surrounded by the best and loudest music. And sorry for "tooting my own horn" with the "best" music statement. But it's true. Sorry charlie.

Anyway, this week is going to be special fun. Back to school. Summer's over. Let's celebrate with the cutest lil' anarchy party around.

Skull Kontrol @ The Live Wire THIS THURSDAY SEPT. 20!!

Punk // Rap // Post Punk // Oldies // Girl Groups // Power Pop // Rock Steady // Ska // Soul // Brit Pop


Mario Orduno (Art Fag Recordings)

Charles Rowell (The Prayers, The Vultures)

FREE // 21 'n' UP // 10-2am

The first, third (and fifth) Thursday of the month.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cute flier for a dumb party with stupid text below it.

omg!! It's OFFICIAL!!

Crazy party tonight @ The Tower Bar. Super djs from SDMA nominated groups like The Muslims (omg!!) and The Prayers (wtf!!) along with super club dj nominee Mario Orduno (fag!!). So come listen to the best...for FREE!! SO much underground cred it's just SILLY.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Announcement: A Halloween Spooktacular

Sure, it's early, but fuck it. Mark your calendars. It's going to be a real spooktacle.

Halloween 2007 Wednesday, October 31 @ The Whistle Stop

Kill Me Tomorrow LIVE

The Nightmares LIVE


Mario Orduno (Art Fag, Skull Kontrol)
Dan Wise (Kill Me Tomorrow)
Wank Chops (Friends Chill)
Will (All kinds of stuff!!)

Scary noises, monster mashes, costumes, decorations, pumpkins, bullcrap, dance party, underground credibility, Skullz, beers, bathrooms, all the smoking your lungs can handle, more spooky stuff, flashy lights, darts, a train mural, liquor and MORE!!


More details soon.

Quote of the day/week/year.

So yesterday I lugged my records to the park festival thing. I was supposed to play records between bands and stuff. Cool, cool. Anyway, I had to get together with the sound guy/ equipment guy to get stuff set up and choose where I wanted to be. This guy was kinda burly and a little intimidating. Whatever. He uses his muscles for a living, no big. I just wanted you, the reader, to get a visual. Soooo. While unloading the turntables, he asked me what was HANDS DOWN the quote of the day/week/year.

"Hey man, you want these tables set up 'battle style'?"

Friday, September 14, 2007

P.Y.T and Blue Monday

Look. I don't want this blog be some kind of negative platform for me and my friends, I mean it. I want to share all the stuff we are organizing, along with some of the stuff that we love. Music, mostly, but anything that floats our boat.

But sometimes I just can't help it. This is one of those times.

OK. Can I please not hear "P.Y.T." by Michael Jackson or "Blue Monday" by New Order at a bar EVER again? What the fuck. I was at this bar the other night, for some bullshit event I was invited to. Man, was it bullshit. But anyway, mixed into generic electro bullcrap came these two songs. To the dj's credit, the dad and mom type clientele ate it up. I seen this gal, on the dancefloor, that looked like my 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Scherer. But back to the songs. Am I that crazy? Am I really that picky? "Whoa, look at me with all the obscurities!" I'm SOOO underground? I don't think so.

To end on a positive note, there's a Lock Up marathon on MSNBC. I love incarceration.

Partytime...BIG Saturday.

Sooooooooooooooooooo. Tomorrow is a busy busy day. There's a party at Golden Hill park first of all. This event is being put together by our fine pals at the Cat Dirt blog and record label. Scott n Sophie. All kinds of bands, food, beer, grass, bathrooms and what not. It starts at noon and goes to 10:00 (?). The Atoms and The Prayers play late. From 5-10, though me, Chuck, Brandon, and Jack Adler are going to play records between bands. THEE Jack Adler. If you don't know who that is, never mind. No biggies. Should be fun.

Later on tomorrow, like ten-ish, there's a show at Tower Bar. The Vultures, The Viewmasters and Desert Diamonds (featuring Gabe from The Muslims). The Skullz are also branging their records. $5?

My favorite song right now: Turn To Stone by Electric Light Orchestra

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Francoise Hardy!!!!!!!!!!1111

What a "b". All cool n shit.

Maybe you prefer in Italian...

Freedom Blog

Oh, you didn't know that the Skull Blog was now dedicated to the French? It is.

Serge Gainsbourg and Anna Karina

This Anna Karina woman is ridiculous.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What the hell?

So, I was introduced last night to What the HELL? Current movies free? Great TV episodes free? DVDs free? I swear. I don't get it. There's a donation area that says what they need to raise (1200ish) a month to keep it running, and how much earned so far. Fuck it, I threw in a buck. A buck, cuz I'm watching Season 6B of Sopranos tonight. If I have time, I'm watching Sunshine, the new Danny Boyle movie that nobody wanted to check out on ye olde big screen. Oh Lord, please let this last...and if you check it out, throw in a shekel or two.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mother of Christ

This woman France Gall

Why? Why can something be so perfect? The Ye Ye Sound.

I don't want to talk about it, so read here:

France Gall Wikipedia thing

and here:

France Gall Allmusic stuff

Responding to the attacks.

Saturday park party

Featuring The Prayers, The Atoms, Wild Weekend and those Skullz.

This is my shit right now: Studio One Rude Boy comp

I've waited a long time to write about this GOT damn record/set. Today, when I saw my pal Matty McLaughlin, and suggested it to him, I decided, "fuck it.". This 2xlp is SO good. Easily the best record I've bought this year. It consists of reggae, ska and rock steady from the Rude Boy era. The first two songs alone will knock your socks off. The fast rocking ska of Jackie Opel's "You're Too Bad", then the dubby rocker, "Murderer" by Johnny Osbourne...oh dear. Everytime I play songs from this collection at one of these lil' dj things, people freak out. This is the shit I like right now. Ummm, it comes with bad ass liner notes and all that shit. Available on cd also.

Here's the goddamn track listing:

1. Jackie Opel — You're Too Bad
2. Johnny Osbourne — Murderer
3. John Holt — Hooligan
4. Keith McCarthy — Everybody Rude Now
5. Owen Gray — Ballistic Affair
6. Roy Richards — Get Smart
7. Dillinger — Stop The War
8. Jim Brown — Love In The Dance
9. Desmond Baker And The Clarendonians — Rude Boy Gone A Jail
10. The Wailers — Good Good Rudie
11. Dennis Brown — Make It Easy On Yourself
12. Wailing Souls — Don't Fight It
13. Dub Specialist — Peace Theme
14. Mr Foundation — See Them A Come
15. Dudley Sibley — Run Boy Run
16. Dennis Brown — Johnny Too Bad
17. Bob Andy — Crime Don’t Pay
18. Soul Brothers — Mr Kiss A Bang Bang

Here's the website link. You can listen to every song on the comp!!

Soul Jazz Records

Oh and here's a lil' bonus video bullcrap to get you in the mood!!

Delfin Quishpe's take on the whole debacle

Monday, September 10, 2007

Young Marble Giants rerelease!!

Speaking of Rough Trade. What perfect timing? Tomorrow sees the release of Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth album in deluxe form on Domino. The release, entititled "Colossal Youth And Collected Works" will be composed of THREE cds including the original album remastered, an ep, "Testcard", an early recording, and some tracks recorded for compilations and a Peel Sessions recording from 1980.

Domino has already wowed me with the brilliant Orange Juice collection, "Glasgow School", so I have all the faith that this 3 cd set is going to be great.

Young Marble Giants Myspace

Domino Record Co website

Here's a lil' sample of YMG live!!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Art Fag update and shit: Rough Trade Records

One of my inspirations and influences in regards to my starting Art Fag Recordings was Rough Trade Records. Some of my favorite records were released on this label and the diversity is something I will always strive for. From Stiff Little Fingers to The Libertines, and Young Marble Giants, Raincoats and Television Personalities in between, there was a mix of music and bands unparalleled by any label before or since. Oh, yeah don't forget about those others...The Smiths and The Strokes. The Fall? You get the picture. Or do you?

That being said, I'm happy to give a little peek into Art Fag's plans. Set for a 2008 release date, Art Fag will be releasing a record in tribute to Rough Trade. Interpretations of Rough Trade songs by (so far) the likes of The Prayers, NO AGE, Mika Miko, Chromatics, Glass Candy, The Vultures, Kill Me Tomorrow and The Muslims. Look forward to many, many more bands to be added. I don't plan on talking about this too much in the next coming months, I just couldn't contain my excitement. So there's your sneak peek. Look forward to a great record.

Here's a funny little history of Rough Trade set to a song by Jeffrey Lewis:

Rough Trade Records Wikipedia entry

Rough Trade official site

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Arthur Russell is beautiful

This here is a teaser for the upcoming documentary on the late Arthur Russell. I can't wait for it to come out. Below the that is a song. It's very good. It's fan made. Whatever. If you don't know the story behind Arthur Russell, do your home work. He was a cellist, composer and disco artist. F it I'll put a link here:

Arthur Russell wikipedia entry

Friday, September 7, 2007

NO AGE tonight!!

okok. Just in case you didn't get it the first time, here's a newish "story" on our pals NO AGE. Watch it and if you're in San Diego tonight go see them in our (sarcastically) beautiful and historic Gaslamp Quarter. It should be quite odd. All the Skullz are going so....

Hey!! Did you notice the Skullz/NO AGE poster at the end of the video? NOISHE. Anywayz. Buhlieve me folks, there won't be long before you have to see them in a huge place, so don't sleep. Congrats to them, by the way, they just signed to Sub Pop few days back.

Here are the details:

Vice Magazine party tonight
@ The Onyx Room (downtown San Diego)
IKAH LOVE (Booty Bassment)
THADDEUS Robles (Swami Records)
other stuff too but whateverrrr

More Melodies

My current favorite Ramones song. Swallow My Pride. From the ol' Leave Home long player. That's it folks. All I got.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

ASR? Yuck!! But for a chance to see NO AGE? F it.

Oh man I fucking hate ASR. When it comes to our beloved city, it just turns going out into a piece of shit. I have avoided going to any related events for years now, but I will break this pattern tomorrow night. For NO AGE, and NO AGE only. NO AGE is playing at The Onyx Room for Vice Magazine's ASR party. Fuck it. I <3 NA. And Vice is cool, I guess. Believe you me, I won't be anywhere else related to this. You won't catch me or any of my dogs at...ah, who cares anyway.

And if you're not familiar with NO AGE, check our archive, cuz I posted a blog all about them with a video and links.

SOOOO. Here goes:


New blog for that ass...BASSTANIC

Hear ye hear ye. Check out the new blog Basstanic Blog. It's on our blogroll. F it, these are our blood brothers so show all your proper respects.

And a little background on these M-Fers. They are the gang o' fools behind Booty Bassment. War Goat Radio as well. All in the name of Satan and butts. Or "nalgas" for you Hispanic dogs.

Go to Skull Kontrol at Live Wire tonight. After you read their blog of course.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

This Is England

This Is England was finally released this week. I'd been waiting a long time for this movie and I was NOT disappointed.

The movie is set in 1983 England and follows a small gang of skinheads who have recently taken under their wing a 12 year old named Shaun, who is happy to belong and finally not be bullied in school. It's a very ugly time in England (war, Margaret Thatcher) and an ugly time in the leadership of this small "gang". Torn apart by racist/nationalist views and an integrated love for all skins, black or white, though the Pakistani culture is also a focus of hate. It captures the era perfectly.

The music is GREAT too. Toots & The Maytals, The Upsetters, UK Subs and tons more. The dialogue is sometimes very funny and sometimes very intense. I don't think this movie will be available in the US very long so hurry up!! Wow. This is a horrible "review". It's not really a review anyways. It's just how I started MY week. And my week started PERFECTLY.

Here's some stuff to check out and educate that ass on This Is England the movie:

CLICK HERE for This Is England official website

CLICK HERE for This Is England Myspace

Monday, September 3, 2007

BET satire controversy: Read A Book

I watch a TON of CNN. If I'm at the computer, I either have a record on or CNN on. Actually, more news than records. Sometimes my incessant watching of the news is rewarded with a really great tip on something. This is one of those occasions. BET created this video below as a satire and it has really pissed off black groups. It's an animated public service announcement type thing called Read A Book. It's in the vein of Schoolhouse Rock...but gone really bad. Gone crunk even. It really made me laugh. Enjoy this PLEASE. It will make your day.

Hilarious right? Your body needs water? HAHAHAHA

CNN report on BET controversy (haha)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

“When I got up, I realized, my God, I don’t have any pants.”

We've all had our moments with the sauce. I've had mine, God knows Mario's had his; but I think this might top 'em all.

Saturday, September 1, 2007


Screw it, I think I'm going out topless tonight and with a new do. A bunch of grease in my hair and bringing all my "locks" forward.


Alright, alright, I know. A week between posts? Geez. Truth is folks, this isn't my life. I'm not a "blogger". God forbid. Get used to it. There won't be a million posts a week. Our little visitation numbers aren't going to skyrocket.

But. That being said, HI. I had a great birthday weekend. I don't want to talk about it. LA was great. Whatever. The week was boring (work) whatever. Last night? Snoooozer. Looking forward to tonight. Our first night djing and putting on a show at Pink Elephant. CHROMATICS (Portland) are playing. It's going to be bananas. Promise. Early birds are going to be thankful. If you're not an early bird look forward to a line.

See ya.