Friday, August 29, 2008

A.K.A.C.O.D. in the Cape Cod Times

Ken Capobianco wrote a terrific story on A.K.A.C.O.D. in today's Cape Week. A.K.A.C.O.D. plays tonight and features Dana Colley (from Morphine).

Of Monique Ortiz, Capobianco writes: "Often she sounds as if she fell out of a '40s film noir, but she also has developed a vulnerability and emotional directness. You can hear blues rock influences as well of someone like PJ Harvey (who, let's face it, is one of the great modern blues vocalists)."

Can you imagine a better match for Dana Colley's saxophone? I've been a fan of pretty much everything Dana's been involved in, but this one sounds especially promising. I just wish they'd come up with a name that's easier to type.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Uncle Tim's Bridge

Commercial Street will be closed September 2-4 from Main Street to Whit's Lane while they assemble all the necessary stuff to tear down Uncle Tim's Bridge. Now don't get all freaked out, they're going to rebuild it. But if you want pictures of it the way it is now, you might want to get a move on.

(photo by Stella Sparrow)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Ends Here!

This is it! Hard to believe summer has come and gone in its usual whirlwind fashion. Did you get everything in you had hoped? Trips to the beach? Relaxing with friends? Catching a live show at the Comber? Oh sure, there will be more live shows after Sunday - but you'll have to wait until next year to see them. And oh yes you can get oysters at a hotel lobby raw bar somewhere, but wouldn't you rather have them fresh on a deck while you sit in the sun and watch the waves? We don't mean to henpeck, but you should probably have your people call our people so they can sort out your end of summer schedule. Here are some things to consider:

8/27 10pm $10
Part One Tribe
This Cape Cod success story is one of the hardest working original alternative/reggae/rock/blues bands around. Part One Tribe has been living in their van on the road touring since April, 2004, only going home to visit family for 1 week at Thanksgiving and 2 weeks at Christmas. In this time they have sold over 30,000 CD's out of their van.They've recorded and released 6 studio albums, 3 live albums and a limited edition acoustic album. Their latest album "Obvious As Ever" (Long Beach Records) is rumored to be coming out "mid 2008." Check our math, but that should be now if not sooner.

8/28 10pm $10
Squidda is a four piece rock band from Outermost Cape Cod. Jesse (bass) and Josiah (guitar and vocals) grew up together in Provincetown, immersed in Caribbean music backing up a virtuoso steel drum player in the band Magic of Steel. Fireplug lead guitar player and singer Tom brings classic songwriting, gnarley blues chops and arena rock sensibilities, while Reid (drums) rounds out the package with soulful non-traditional rhythms and amusing facial expressions. They say their plan for world domination hinges on Obama winning the upcoming presidential election, "because how can you Rock without Barrack?"

8/29 10pm $10
Former Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley collaborates with Bourbon Princess' front woman / bassist Monique Ortiz and Larry Dersch of Binary System are A.K.A.C.O.D. Creating a darkly psychedelic sound that is sensual, cinematic and otherworldly, Colley & Co pay homage to the "low rock" sound created by his former band while pushing musical boundaries and forging new ground.

Fusing Colley's unique electric guitar influenced baritone saxophone playing with experimental percussion and an unforgiving voice that compares to such greats as Jim Morrison, Nico and Patti Smith, A.K.A.C.O.D, has been packing rooms and garnering rave reviews in their native Boston with mesmerizing live shows.

"(Ortiz') smoky, velvet voice entwines naturally with Colley's legendary saxophone. Ortiz and the band grooved through a low, driving set of rolling deep bass, a ghostly Morphine-like essence inevitably discussed by those who were there to see."– Boston Noise

"The comparisons of A.K.A.C.O.D. with Morphine are obvious: the 'low rock' groove of sax, slide bass, and drums, the presence of Morphine saxman Dana Colley as player, producer, and songwriter. But that would discount singer/bassist Monique Ortiz's own distinctive songwriting chops, macho-woman deep alto vocals, and frank sexuality. With Larry Dersch on drums, A.K.A.C.O.D. ('also known as Colley/Ortiz/Dersch') are working their new Happiness, which mixes Morphine sexbeat and Sabbathy distorted stomps."- Boston Phoenix
8/30 10PM $12

Rootz Underground
tickets on sale now
We know you're busy, so we're bringing Jamaica to you. Save those frequent flyer miles for after Labor Day.
Like the founders of reggae and their offspring who fuse elements of traditional reggae and ska, R&B, Jazz, Latin, rock and then punk rock, Rootz Underground uses elements of revolutionary Rasta-influenced reggae, trance, rock, Jazz, and dub to forge a modern reggae rock sound. Reggae afficionados, critics, promoters and DJ's alike concur that Rootz Underground is a group that can make an impact as large as their predecessors in ensemble reggae recording and song writing, inviting comparisons to bands such as Midnite, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Third World, and the legendary Wailers. The group performed live for five years before beginning the recording process for their debut release MOVEMENT. Rootz Underground has had the opportunity to perform at Jamaican festivals such as Reggae Sunfest, Welcome To Jamrock, the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and Flashpoint Film Festival.

8/31 4pm $10
Incredible Casuals
Really, if you haven't been to a Sunday with the Incredible Casuals, you haven't lived. If you have, then you're already planning to be here and are saying "WILL YOU SHUT UP ALREADY?!?!" because you want the best spot on the dance floor/at the bar/on the deck and don't want the word to get out to all those other people.

Sorry. Just doing my job.

8/31 10pm $8
Boston Naturals
We don't know how else to say this, but this is your LAST CHANCE to catch a show. Boston Naturals plays cover rock so you can sing your little heart out and dance like it's the second-to-last day of summer.

Wait, second-to-last day of summer? Yes we said (quite emphatically) that it was your last chance on Sunday. But we'll be here doing our thing on Monday and we invite you to come on by and see what we've still got to pour you. Bit of a gamble and totally worth it.

And that, my friends, is that.

Hey, don't forget to check out our blog - There's reviews, photos, videos, concert downloads and all matter of whatnot. Have something you'd like us to post? Drop a line to the email address in the sidebar and we'll see what we can do. We're also open to linking your Comber-related site or post.

Oh, and hey again, the Beachcomber store on Route 6 will still be open! Drop by and get yerself some sweatshirts so you can be toasty.

Happy summer!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cracker on YouTube

Someone posted a couple songs from Cracker's show at the Beachcomber!

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Seven Days

I wanted to post some of my own, but it's hard to keep the video camera still when you are jumping up and down.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Viva Viva

Viva Viva opened for Apollo Sunshine last night and totally won us over. They don't have a cd out, so the only way to hear them is to catch them live or hang out on MySpace.

Whatever works.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

August bands in the news

In his August column, Bill O'Neill reviewed three cds by bands who will be at the Comber this month. Here's what he had to say:

"Inverted Valentine," Girls, Guns and Glory ( ***

In one of the more unlikely stories in Boston music history, Girls, Guns and Glory — a country rock band in the mode of the Mavericks — won this year's WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble (previous winners include the Neighborhoods, 'Til Tuesday, Gang Green and the Dresden Dolls).

Girls, Guns and Glory will perform Aug. 22 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

"Happiness," A.K.A.C.O.D. ( ***

A.K.A.C.O.D. is a Boston semi-supergroup: saxophonist Dana Colley of Morphine, singer/bassist Monique Ortiz of Bourbon Princess and Larry Dersch of Binary System. The low rumble of the trio will sound familiar to fans of Morphine.

A.K.A.C.O.D. will perform Aug. 29 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

"Low on Cash, Rich in Love," Eric Lindell (Alligator) ** ½

New Orleans-based blues guitarist Eric Lindell adds a Gil Scott-Heron cover ("Lady Day and John Coltrane") to a batch of originals on his latest CD. There's a gentle soulful feel to his songs, sort of like he's the Jack Johnson of the blues world.

Eric Lindell will perform Aug. 13 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber in a benefit show for Provincetown community radio station WOMR-FM.

read his more of his music reviews here.