Thursday, May 23, 2013

banned books for mom

Mother's Day is really what holidays should be like, in my opinion; showing appreciation for the people in your life who mean the most. No big commercial blowout on advertising or stampedes of junkies under the influence of hope to obtain low-priced, mid-quality goods. It's just as simple as breakfast with mom, some flowers and kind words. 
This year we payed tribute to moms by rocking. AMPA had the pleasure of playing with noise-pop Philadelphian band, Banned Books, and Denver instrumental shoegazers, Bizarre Learning Center.  

Bizarre Learning Center have been playing basement boiler-room post-punk space jams for the last several years. The three piece allows texture and rhythm to rest as the center piece while decorating it with transforming melodies traded between delay-heavy guitar lines, and subtly rocking but totally driving bass licks. BLC's set had to be cut short after too few songs due to technical difficulties. 

Banned Books was in the later midst of a month-long tour, and was settled in for their second night playing Denver. Unfortunately the stellar performance they had packed in was heard only by the other bands. The drums, frantic, broken and free, were woven back together periodically for the off-kilter pop breaks of sugary, soul infused, artful vocal melodies. All happening under the guidance of bass-heavy synth lines oft tied to the edgy spurt and stab guitar so as to put a twirling, hard groove on tunes such as this gem that i filmed on my phone:

until next time...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

...a show too short...

Sunday September 28th, the "nameless as far as i know laporte house" was apparently too loud for some of the neighbors, cats'n'boots played first in the sunken stage room (this house sports a sickly space set-up by the way). Then after a very tetris-style equipment setup from Portland, OR natives, Nurses, they cranked out one song before being silenced due to police interference. Im not sure what's going to happen with the house scene around here, and im needing more info about what else transpired sunday night. did the show go on??? did the cops come back??? will there be more shows?!?!?!! its understood that this world belongs to us, "We have a responsibility to use our abilities to keep this place alive"- ian mackaye, its not just one of us who can take charge, we all must charge together. (not in the plastic sense of course!)
dorthy gripped the mic for a couple of songs, what a peach...
benny split some spit too:
this is the only picture i got of nurses before they pulled the plug, enjoy! :

love and rock and roll.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Some friends playing music:
listen to the music here ( while you look at the pictures.

much love to raleigh.
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Friday, September 12, 2008


tonight i leave just a video:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Exodus Was Our Fault

Fungus is weird, there's a patch of mushrooms in our front yard beneath the tree that grow, die, and then grow again its so awesome!!!! these pictures however are from brandon and myself searching for useable wood. We found a mushy growing beneath an 'oil catch' piece of fiber board, confined by the wood it grew a bit horizontally, luckily i snapped these photatoes before andrew ran over it with his car. The ants were also accidentally disturbed in our search for wood, we got some video and let them be, it took about 4 minutes for them to move all the eggs. Strange and awesome.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Some chums and i took an outing to see GONZO the new movie about Hunter S Thompson. I SAY AWESOME!!!!! See it. That guy was incredible, a character and a freak for sure. Unquestionably one of my favorite inspirations. Here's a couple pictures that maybe fit the model.