Epitaph Records Hosts a Charity Pop-Up Shop for The Ghost Inside

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The Ghost Inside
If you want to contribute to a good cause and get some sweet merch in the process, you may want to head up to to Chain Reaction on Saturday afternoon.

Epitaph Records will be slinging shirts and more out of a pop-up shop to raise money for LA band The Ghost Inside (as well as their crew and others involved) after the band was in a fatal car crash last week.

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Yay! The Cadillac Tramps Doc Got Funded. Now What Happens?

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Roger Krueger
A few weeks ago, we reminded you that time was running out to help fund the making of a documentary on the Cadillac Tramps, one of the most important, underrated bands to come out of OC in the last 30 years. With the Tramps' reunion and the serious health battles of frontman Gabby Gaborno, a film dedicated to telling the band's story could not have come at a better time. But when they were in need of the last financial push for the movie to be made, time was definitely of the essence.

Director Jamie Sims Coakley and husband Brian Coakley (the Tramp's rhythm guitarist) scrambled to launch a Kickstarter to crowdfund the $54,900 in 30 days. By some miracle, (actually, many miracles) they were able to pull it off by Oct. 7 to fully fund the production of The Cadillac Tramps: Life on the Edge. Not only that, they raised an extra $3,801 over their original goal.

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Would You Help Fund a Community Recording Studio Made From Shipping Containers?

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It's a problem that most bands will face at some point: Finding space to record that's affordable in an area that tolerates noise, and lots of it. What most musicians probably don't realize is that a port city like Long Beach is actually full of them. Shipping containers, though commonly used as dwellings in countries across Europe, are a relatively new thing in the U.S. We already know they're sturdy, airtight, and best of all, cheap. Buying a shipping container "as is" usually costs about $2,000. What better material to build a recording studio out of?

That's exactly what blues guitarist Lefty Phillips thought when he came across an empty parcel of city-owned land, a vacant RDA lot on 4th St. and Pacific, begging to be used.

"The first thing I thought when I saw it was 'that would be a perfect spot to build a place out of shipping containers," he says on a recent afternoon, sitting at Hot Java coffeehouse in Long Beach. He raises his hands raised up, thumbs squared into an imaginary picture frame. Not only is he picturing the recording studio of his dreams, he also imagines the parcel as the perfect place to finally have a real home to call his own. Since 2013, Phillips has lived out of his truck, working odd jobs by day, playing blues gigs by night. We first met him last year when we wrote about him in our Locals Only column. Recently, the firey-fingered frontman of the Lefty Phillips Trio has devoted himself to coming up with a creative way to build an environmentally friendly living structure and give he and his fellow local musicians a free place to record made entirely of shipping containers.

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Help Make Jack Grisham's Movie About Love and Teenage Necrophilia Come to Life

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Scott Aicher
An illustration from Code Blue: A Love Story
Jack Grisham wants to make a movie about teenagers fucking the dead.

Oddly, that's the least offensive thing about the author and T.S.O.L. frontman wanting to make a movie inspired by the band's immortal punk anthem "Code Blue." What's more offensive to us is that Hollywood would never have the balls allow him make it. Luckily, fans of Grisham and the band are doing what they can to spread their wallets to try and make it come to life.

For the last few weeks, Grisham and director Susan Dynner have campaigned on Kickstarter to fund the movie which will require a mere $34,000 to complete. Think of it, for the price of a lightly used Astro Van you could see a live-action feature about teenage awkwardness and love-making corpses and lines like "I like it better if she smells of formaldehyde!" make it on the big screen.

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Help Jack Grisham Fund His New Album By Getting Tased in the Crotch

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Danny Hole
The Joykiller
Jack Grisham wants to put his old band the Joykiller back together for some recording. And he's willing to tase you in the crotch to do it, among other things.

Recently, the infamous TSOL frontman and former Weekly columnist stumbled on some old cassette demos of his former pop punk band, buried in the belly of an old cigar humidifier. Turns out the band, which broke up 15 years ago after making three albums together, had recorded quite a bit of material that never saw the light of day. He took a few tapes out, popped them in a dual cassette deck and started listening. Surprise! They still sounded awesome. That listening session inspired his current mission to crowd fund the official re-recording of the best unreleased tracks from The Joykiller with help from original members Ronnie King and Billy Persons and some all stars like producer Paul Roessler and another Weekly cover boy, punk legend Rikk Agnew. So where do you come in? Well, turns out Grisham is willing to do some very cool and very disturbing things for fans in order to make this album happen.

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[UPDATED] Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. Needs Your Help to Write Another Book

UPDATED, NOV. 10, 9:08 A.M.: $7,000 goal reached as of 9 A.M.--$7,184!

ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 8, 10:35 A.M.: Jack Grisham, T.S.O.L. frontman, Weekly coverboy--is following up his first novel An American Demon with a work of fiction that he won't tell us the title of ("because it's cool and I don't want people to steal it") or describe the plot of (same reason).

But he is asking supporters to back his work financially via a Kickstarter campaign (he's currently about $2,200 shy of his $7,000 goal) so he can finish the book.

"I can tell you the kids live in a fictional 1960s Northern California town. I can tell you there are as many cemeteries in the story as there are boys, and I can tell you that it's an American Gothic coming of age tale--although the children are much more mature than I'll ever be," he says in the description of the book.

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Be Part of a New Hawthorne Heights Video

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Hawthorne Heights is working on a video for their song "Oceans," and they want their fans to be in it. The video is about missing a deployed loved one, so they're asking people for short videos of themselves. All you have to do to be part of it is hold up a photo of a deployed loved one and say something about them and how you miss them. If you're the one deployed, send a video of yourself holding up a picture of your family or loved one back home.

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Get on Jimmy Fallon for Anthrax's Performance!

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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly

When Anthrax takes the stage on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, Sept. 7, they want fans to fill the show's band benches. And yes, you can win a chance to do it by clicking on http://www.fallonbandbench.com--that will take you to "Late Night's" "Band Bench" Sweepstakes entry form (make sure to include the band code RAX in your entry form). If you win, you'll get a chance to surround the stage during Anthrax's performance.

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Give Lance Bangs Your Cloud Footage for LCD Soundsystem

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Lilledeshan Bose
Maybe you're all tore up about being stuck in Orange County, while LCD Soundsytem is saying goodbye--forever--in New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Here's a way to make your presence felt at his show: Give them your cloud footage! Lance Bangs, the director in charge of visuals for the show, wants "footage of clouds and sky shot from airplane windows," according to his official siteMore »

Make Your Own Music Video for The Adjustment Bureau

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​Want to make your own video for a former Verve front man? Your Life Adjusted: The Adjustment Bureau Video Project is an interactive video for Richard Ashcroft's song "Future's Bright." 

The original video was made by piecing together life's milestones from photos submitted by people around the world (including the film's stars, Oscar winner Matt Damon and Emily Blunt). You can make your own video by uploading your photos here. Watch the original video after the jump.

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