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Francesca’s Word Salad, Brandon Follett and Russell Arnott at the Bridge Street Inn

Francesca’s Word Salad performs, ‘Polly’s Birds.”

Russell is a much better videographer.  I chose this video taken several days after the Bridge Street Inn show instead of using my own footage.

Brandon Follett performs, “What’s that You Say Nose?”

Russell Arnott explains why, “The Best Animal Ever is an Octopus.”

The March 4 show at the Bridge Street Inn was a success.  Francesca’s Word Salad wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice and funny provocative lyrics.  Russell Arnott kept the crowd entertained with his octopus slide show and knowledge.  Brandon Follett reminded folks their food should always have fun before being eaten with his catchy Run Run Pig lyrics.

Enjoy more of the wonderful Frencesca’s Word Salad and purchase her music:

Francesca’s Word Salad on Facebook

Francesca’s Word Salad on Bandcamp

Help Russell Arnott and Incredible Oceans spread the good word about our watery planet:

Incredible Oceans

Check out more of Brandon Follett under the name of Veronica and the Mental Foreplays:

Run Run Pig Run Run ep

Mechanistic Lover lp

Press Release for the Show

Fun at the Bridge Street Inn tonight 7pm to 9pm this March 4. Francesca’s Word Salad will perform her mix of catchy off beat anti folk songs.  She is passing through Cambria on her way to South by South West in Austin, TX.  Brandon Follett recently returned from the desert.  He will perform a set list that only the spirit of Gram Parson’s has heard till tonight.  Russell Arnott  will open with a talk entitled, “The Best Animal Ever (Hint: It’s an Octopus). Usually Russell, Brings Oceans into the Classroom through the organization Incredible Oceans.  Tonight he’ll bring Oceans into the Bridge Street Inn.

Photos of the Room 8 where Gram Parson’s spirit lives and the Joshua Tree Inn:

Click here to stay in Room 8 at the Joshua Tree Inn.

 

Given the Circumstance live at the Cambria Ale House

Given the Circumstances Veronica and the Mental Foreplays Cambria Ale House

If you didn’t get to the Cambria Ale House before 8PM  you had better hoped you didn’t hike all day in Big Sur.  Soon as the show started there was no place to rest a weary body.  Standing room only on this special occasion.

This Ale House show was the first time opening band, Veronica and the Mental Foreplays, played with guitarist Brian Mueller.  Veronica performed a short set consisting of older songs from the Run Run Pig Run Run album and several new songs like Bacteria Lovin.  Brian’s guitar playing and Brandon’s vocal style reminded folks of a raw uninhibited Violent Femmes.


Headlining band, Given the Circumstances, bring to the stage “electric homeless melodies.”  A sound developed in Prague that relies heavily on Suchi’s graceful vocal style and Eze’s guitar looping soundscapes.  Given the Circumstances held the audience attention throughout the hour set.    Their new fans didn’t give up their seats until Suchi put down the microphone.


“Cambria Doesn’t Stink” says my Nose

unhappy stressed out nose

Dear Brandon,

I have an unhappy nose. It has become resentful of the rest of my body. My nose recently pointed out over the last several years:

-my legs hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.
-my eyes got to see works of art at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
-my brain went to the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
-my belly and tongue tasted the Portland, OR food truck scene.
-my arms and chest went on a sea kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands.
-my heart went on a weekend date to Atlanta, ID.
-my toes regularly go to the beach.
-several times a month my fingers go to the petting zoo and recieve a manicure.

Physically the jealousy has manifested itself into stress. Besides my nose being unhappy it’s now ugly. Covered in blackheads. I have promised my nose a vacation. Please help me by answering a few questions.
-Does the BSI use cleaning products with misleading smells that might confuse my nose by making it think it’s in a rainforest?
-Does Cambria have oil refineries, pulp mills, 8 lane freeways, and feedlots?
-Do the ally’s in Cambria smell like piss similar to SF’s ally’s?

Thanks in Advance,

Francisco De Lovely

Hello Francisco,

No, to all the above.  I too forgot I had a nose. One day I had no inspiration. I went to Moonstone Beach to sit in solitude and listen to the small voice found in my heart. That afternoon on the beach my heart whispered nothing profound. However my nose breathed in the smells of Cambria and sniffled out this song. Below are the lyrics and a recording of the song. I now follow my nose instead of my heart.

See you soon,

Brandon

What’s that You Say Nose?

What’s that you say nose?
It might not be good
to live, eat, drink and fuck
by that fuckin smell.

Little baby isn’t cute who wears a smelly diaper.
Hot woman with inflamed tonsils has a smelly kiss.
The man with gangrene has a stinky leg.
Spoiled milk has a pungent smell.
The smell of moldy lentils makes me want to hurl.
My nose has taught me
to stay away from these bad smells.

What’s that you say nose?
It might not be good
to live, eat, drink and fuck
by that fuckin smell.

Cigarettes are smelly.
Agro business is smelly.
Polluted rivers are smelly.
Cheap perfume tested on animals is smelly.
Bombs and blood are smelly.
Growing up I was told my nose has smelled wrong.
They say breathe in the smell of progress.

What’s that you say nose?
It might not be good
to live, eat, drink and fuck
by that fuckin smell.

even the sidewalks are fragrant in Cambria

A performance of What’s that You Say Nose?

A Seasonal Disguise show a SUCCESS at The Bridge Street Inn

A Seasonal Disguise with their big van of music

When I see a van unloading music equipment into a house I’m reminded of the years going to basement punk rock shows, where the drums are always too loud, the bass muffled, the guitar crackling & distorted, and the vocals unintelligible. These types of shows tend to become more about friends and drinking than the music itself.

I became rather nervous, like a shaking chihuahua, when I saw A Seasonal Disguise pulling out amps, electric guitars, a full-sized keyboard, and a hulking drum kit. Oh no! Not a loud rock show in the cozy 110-year-old Bridge Street Inn.
My imagination conjured up images of old house punk rock shows. I saw BSI guests and the Cambria community fleeing the ear-splitting, out-of-balance vibrations and into the front yard to drink tall boys around the fire pit and on the church front steps. No longer was the BSI a place of cozy hospitality: chaos would ensue into the night.

But luckily, none of this happened.

As they shuffled in the bulk of their equipment, I nervously asked Annie (the drummer):
“I thought A Seasonal Disguise was going to come up with an acoustic set for an indoor show.”
Annie just rolled her eyes and replied,
“I thought A Seasonal Disguise was going to play an all electric rock n’ roll show outside.”
So we talked it over. With the sun still setting early and the temperature dropping we concluded A Seasonal Disguise would play indoors.

The band assured me the sound would be terrific and their 7 band members could fit in the living room. With the PA, all 7 A Seasonal Disguise members (whether they be vocals or instrumentalists) were miked and amped. The sound was incredible. A Seasonal Disguise bestowed upon the Cambria community a concert one would expect to hear in a small club instead of a living room house show.

A Seasonal Disguise playing in the Bridge Street living room. The keyboardist had to play in the hallway.

How do I describe the delicious intonations that came through the PA system? Are there even words to give them justice?

Here’s how Annie described A Seasonal Disguise’s sound:

“A dizzying whirl of barely controlled chaos permeates A Seasonal Disguise’s charming, chamber rock infused orchestrations. At times infectious, at times confounding, Z.V. House’s (lead singer) former solo project has evolved into a fully developed, seven-headed, 14-armed, musical hydra, bent wholly to the task of fusing their love of Neil Young, Destroyer, Spencer Krug, and poutine into a hearty, clarinet-leavened blend of rail-hugging rock & roll.
Based in Boise, Idaho, with sometime cello assist imported from Portland, Oregon, ASD spent this winter hibernating and scheming, plotting the release of their new album, Waterfowl of Eastern Canada (released on March 3rd, 2012) from the House of Ubasti. It can even be enjoyed by people who do not reside in Canada.”

For those of you who missed the show here’s some highlights:

To hear more A Seasonal Disguise songs and learn more about the band check out this link http://aseasonaldisguise.blogspot.com/

Special Thanks to Veronica and the Mental Foreplays and The Devils Dandy Dogs.

A Seasonal Disguise has booked at The Bridge Street Inn

A dizzying whirl of barely controlled chaos permeates A Seasonal Disguise’s charming, chamber rock infused orchestrations. At times infectious, at times confounding, Z.V. House’s former solo project has evolved into a fully developed, seven headed, 14 armed, musical hydra, bent wholly to the task of fusing their love of Neil Young, Destroyer, Spencer Krug, and poutine into a hearty, clarinet leavened blend of rail hugging rock & roll. Based in Boise, Idaho, with sometime cello assist imported from Portland, Oregon, ASD spent this winter hibernating and scheming, plotting the release of their new album, Waterfowl of Eastern Canada, out March 3rd, 2012, from House of Ubasti. It can even be enjoyed by people who do not reside in Canada.

To learn more about A Seasonal Disguise check out http://aseasonaldisguise.blogspot.com/

The Dear Rabbit show a SUCCESS at The Bridge Street Inn

The community of Cambria and the guests at The Bridge Street Inn enthusiastically turned out for the hour and half show.  Here are some of the highlights from concert.

http://dearrabbit.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/dearrabbitsongs

http://veronicaandthementalforeplays.bandcamp.com/album/no-room-for-growth

http://www.weirdosmusic.com/

 

Dear Rabbit Headlining the Bridge Street Inn, Tuesday Jan 17

Here’s a sample of the music.

HEADLINER: Dear Rabbit

http://dearrabbit.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/dearrabbitsongs

Veronica and the Mental Foreplays

http://www.weirdosmusic.com/

http://veronicaandthementalforeplays.bandcamp.com/album/no-room-for-growth

Felonius Hunk