Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Mighty Has Fallen, Long Live the Mighty

As many of you may know, the Mighty Morning Show on Indie 103.1 fm in Los Angeles has been cancelled and beloved host Dicky Barrett has been fired. He did not leave to pursue other interests, he was fired.

While it is no secret that radio is a business and they are only in it for the money, the MMS was a solid performer with good ratings. It doesn’t make any sense.

Sadly, we should probably boycott all Indie sponsors since they are part of the corporate beast and deserve what they get by aligning themselves with cowards.

The following is a list of sponsors to voice your displeasure to and to avoid in the future, courtesy of the fine folks in the Adolescents."

Guitar Center
8361 Euclid St Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Main Phone: 714-241-9140
Fax: 714-241-8161
Jay Martin

Ad Manager
Hollywood Virgin Megatore
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 105
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 769-8520

Toyota of Huntington Beach
18881 Beach Boulevard
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(888) 433-1447

Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc
ATTN: LINDA LARSEN – Dir. Of Marketing
PO Box 4349?Anaheim, CA 92803-4349
Tel: 714.774.5796
Fax: 714.520.4477
Toll Free: 800.422.4141

Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.
Advertising Agency
ATTN: Richard Zien Mendelsohn/Zien Advertising, Inc.
Westwood Gateway
11111 Santa Monica Blvd, 21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3356
Tel: 310.444.1990
Fax: 310.444.9698

Carl's Jr.
ATTN: Bob Wisely
PO Box 4349
Anaheim, CA 92803-4349
Tel: 714.774.5796
Fax: 714.5490.3695
Toll Free: 800.758.2275

Hyperactive Music Magazine, Inc.
11024 Montgomery Blvd. PMB 253
Albuquerque NM 87111505.856.7602

Robbins Bros. Orange County
255 West Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: 714-871-5000

2855 Pullman StreetSanta Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 949.222.0670

H&R Block
It's tax time.

Eastwood Insurance
155 N. Riverview Dr.Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
Phone: (714) 685-8300
Fax: (714) 685-8372

Johnny's Punk Rock Saloon
17428 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: 714-848-0676

Tower Records
Mts., Inc./Tower Records
2500 Del Monte Street
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Phone: (916) 373-2500
Call your local tower and let them know.

Indie Printing
1611 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA. 90015
Phone: 213.745.6395
Fax: 213.745.6336

1305 West 80th Street, Suite 2F
Cleveland OH 44102-1996
Phone: 216-631-1510
Fax: 216-631-1016

Purpose Funding
27442 Portola Parkway
175 Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Phone: (949) 600-7272
Fax: (949) 600-7292
E-mail: andy@purposefunding.com

Scion of Huntington Beach
19202 Beach Blvd.Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 847-8555
Fax: (714) 847-1105

And, finally, let Michael Steele know you're pissed: msteele@entravision.com

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Initial Reactions

I have been slowing down on purchasing new music recently (and even slower in updating this blog) but I have made a few acquisitions of new music and I figure I might as well give a quick "yea" or "nay" to these titles.

Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am Not – You’ve heard the hype (biggest album in the UK ever, or something) but have you heard the record? It’s a fine album. It is on its way to being one of my favorite releases for the year. Don’t believe the hype, but do check out this great record.

Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit – The new release by B&S is big and lush and poppy. Not a bad record. Not their best either but really good and deserving of your attention.

We Are Scientists With Love & Squalor – I’ve been listening to this album all morning. I think I am about on my fourth listen. It’s a good record especially for fans of Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party or Arctic Monkeys.

Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Another good record. If you are a fan, this is a good choice. Neko not only produces top notch albums under her name, she also moonlights with a little indie super group called the New Pornographers.

Hank Williams III Straight to Hell – What can you say about Hank III? He hates "pop country" and he wants to put the "dick back in Dixie." On his third album he takes on Kid Rock and the modern country music establishment with humor and vitriol while keeping the music tight and rocking. He is a proud heir to his grandfather.

Giant Drag Hearts & Unicorns – Really good record. They have gotten some airplay with "Kevin is Gay" and "This Isn’t It."

The Like Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? – Bought this record because my step-daughter and I really liked "June Gloom." Too bad the rest of the record doesn’t hold up. Download the song off of iTunes.

Robert Pollard From a Compound Eye – As I’ve said before, this is a great solo album by the former GBV leader. One of his best. It is a sprawling, proggy, messy affair that will leave you humming the catchier songs and trying to figure out the more twisted bits.

And, as is expected, let’s see what my iPod has been pushing lately:

1. "Unite" by the Beastie Boys
2. "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" by Morrissey
3. "Suicide" by the Damned
4. "Neighbors" by the Rolling Stones
5. "Sad Girl" by the Lemonheads
6. "The Outdoor Type" by the Lemonheads
7. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" by Bob Dylan
8. "Witch Mountain Bridge" by Stephen Malkmus
9. "Into the Night" by Bad Religion
10. "San Diego Serenade" by Tom Waits