Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Suite 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. You can also e-mail us digital downloads at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beat Blvd. is taking a little break this week. We're going to simultaneously figure out what new Christmas songs we haven't heard yet and squeeze in one more opportunity to hear the good stuff (and avoid the treacle...the endless, endless treacle).
In a way, though, that searching out of prime quality describes our work this year with Beat Blvd. We began at the suggestion of our fearless music editor Lilledeshan Bose as a way to focus more attention on our thriving local scene. The sheer number of bands, musicians and DJ's out there these days is both overwhelming and exciting. In a time when so many say that the music business is dying a slow death, what's been clearly missed is how much music itself seems to have gained strength all around.
Orange County's own contributions to what's out there--with the help, as ever, of kindred spirits in Long Beach and the Inland Empire (and even L.A.) -- can't be measured in full just by one column; we know that there's even more out there. As always, we encourage your contributions when you have something out, whether it's a digital release, a tape, a single, a vinyl release--even a CD (which they do still make, after all). We can't name just one favorite, but groups like I Hate You Just Kidding, Roosterhead, Cerebellion, Northern Labour Party, Colorfield Bridge, Ugly Girls and Bullets for Breakfast are among the many that we've loved.
Big thanks to all the bands and performers who've been in touch and have offered up kind words--we're just calling things as we hear them! We look forward to hearing what's next from you and many others in the new year!