Long Beach's Porch Party Records Take Us On A Tour Of Their New House

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Jessie Schiewe
Zach Mabry, Joel Jasper, J.P. Bendzinski and Casey Terrazas
In case the name hasn't tipped you off, Porch Party Records was named after a house with a porch. From 2008 to the summer of 2014, the guys behind Long Beach's infamous indie label lived in a huge house on 4th and Junipero where they threw shows, had dance parties, recorded music, and overall, just made a whole lotta noise. But then bad luck in the form of bed bugs forced the guys to find a new home/club house/work space last year. It took a few months of searching, but eventually they found their current spot on Coronado Avenue. 

It's been five months since the Porch Party crew--which includes Casey Terrazas, the guy who started and runs the label; Joel Jasper, an artist on the label; and J.P. Bendzinkski, the label's recording engineer-- and two of their friends moved into the late '80s edifice replete with brick, stucco, terra cotta tiles, and iron work.

Unlike the old house, this house lacks a porch, but that hasn't stopped the guys from turning their front yard into a makeshift porch of sorts. The house itself is bigger (5 bedrooms) than the previous locale and Terrazas' has high hopes that the new place will become a legendary "creative arts space" just like the last house. The neighbors haven't complained about the noise (yet) and there've already been a few impromptu dance parties, one music video recorded, and a handful of bands that have crashed in the space. To commemorate their new headquarters, Terrazas gave us a tour of the two-story abode. And you never know: you might find yourself dancing your beer calories off here one night in the future. You never know.

See also: House Show Venue The Porch Turned Into Its Own Label

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Long Beach Compilations Deliver a Soundtrack to Their City

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There's a good chance if you know a musician from Long Beach, he or she is in at least two other bands. The aural incestuousness and the spirit of collaboration are two traits needed to thrive in this scene. And with that attitude comes one of the more diverse scenes the country has to offer. You want psych/punk/hip-hop/whatever? You'll find it here. In fact, a new collective of local artists is using its collaborative skills to spoon-feed you a taste of the sound rattling the walls of some favorite 
local venues.

On a recent Tuesday night, Freddie Dilworth and Tyler Berg, the founders of the collective Long Beach Compilations, stand outside a packed show they organized at 4th Street Vine wine bar. Collecting tips throughout the night, their goal was to raise funds for the first volume of their compilation series, the MIXTAPE project. It features 15 bands from around LBC, mostly their friends or bands they've been fans of for years.

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Long Beach Re-Defines Its Sound With New Mixtape Series

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Our readers often ask why this infernal rag is so intent on making Long Beach feel like it's a part of OC. Well, aside from a geographical border, we have one thing common--LBC knows what it's like to to be grossly misinterpreted or stereotyped when it comes to music. To many people outside the city limits, Long Beach music boils down to the hometown of Sublime and Snoop Dogg. Luckily, there's a local organization that's helping change that limited perception.

Long Beach Compilations is a collective of local artists committed to releasing a series mix tapes highlighting today's acts that summarize the terrain of the current music scene. The product is a digital and physical release of the album called the MIXTAPE project. To help the organization fund its costs of putting out the physical release, they've launched a short series of fundraising shows continuing tonight at 4th St. Vine wine bar.

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The Five Best Rocket from the Crypt Songs

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Greg Jacobs
You know that old saying parents love to use about how impossible it is to pick their favorite child? Well, I don't have kids, but I bet choosing little Marisa over that brat Johnny is much easier than having to choose the five best Rocket from the Crypt songs. Don't believe me? Consider these three facts:

1. Most kids suck, so if one is good it's gotta be pretty easy to figure out your favorite.

2. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia.com, the San Diego sextet has released seven full-length albums, a live record, three compilations, two EPs and more than 20 7-inches. Them's a lot of songs.

3. Rocket from the Crypt is the greatest band in the world. Similarly, Rocket from the Crypt has been, since its inception in 1990, the greatest band in the world, was the greatest band in the world even when they took a hiatus from 2005-2013 (and when they took a hiatus from their hiatus for 2011's appearance of the children's television program Yo Gabba Gabba!) and will continue to be the greatest band in the world until the day all humans die and robot cockroaches take over.

So picking the five best songs ain't easy. Also not easy is seeing Rocket from the Crypt this weekend as San Diego's finest are playing two sold-out shows as part of Alex's Bar's 15-year anniversary. And even harder is the fact that the band was supposed to play Sunday at the Observatory as part of the Indigo Fest, but that has been canceled.

Here, then, are the five best Rocket from the Crypt songs to get you through if you can't see them this weekend. And, in full disclosure, I love this band so much this list could be
completely different if I wrote it tomorrow.


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Joey Diaz Smokes Weed That'll Make You See The Devil

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Jesse Grant
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Some call him "Uncle Joey" and some call him "CoCo," but whatever you call comedian Joey Diaz, there's no doubt his brand of truth telling is always hilarious. On December 17, Diaz will be doing his popular podcast "The Church Of What's Happening Now" live from the Laugh Factory in Long Beach all in the name of lifting your spirit with laughter and before the big event goes down, we talked to him about it--as well as general topics like marijuana and "getting your shit together."

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Soulific Records Brings Rare Funk, Jazz and Latin Vinyl to Long Beach

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Sarah Bennett
Rodi Delgadillo inside his 4th St. shop.

Long Beach's Soulific Records isn't your typical record store. Inside the second-floor, 12-foot-by-12-foot converted office the 5-month-old store calls home, a few wooden racks hold impeccably maintained vinyl copies of funk, jazz, soul and Latin albums so obscure that most of the producers, collectors and DJs who care about them would only find them after years of digging through the proverbial crates.

Among the selection is an original pressing of Roy Ayers' 1976 album, Vibrations; a private pressing of Bobby Guajardo y su Orquesta's La Marranita; and a pristine specimen of Larry Young's jazz fusion album, Fuel--all rarities that would be more commonly found overpriced on eBay or specialty websites such as collectorsfrenzy.com.

But here at Soulific, the crates have been dug for you, and each item on display has been personally selected, cleaned and reasonably priced by owner Rodi Delgadillo, a local record collector and veteran all-vinyl DJ who co-founded the seminal Long Beach funk-and-soul club the Good Foot.


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Jack Curtis Dubowsky Experiments With Classical Music in Long Beach

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Jack Curtis Dubowski Ensemble
The score for "How I Got to Long Beach" doesn't look like what you'd expect from a composer with years of classical music training in some of the country's best conservatories. In fact, it's not really what you'd expect a score to look like at all.

In order to tell the other two members of his ensemble how to perform his latest multimedia work of experimental music, Long Beach-based avant-garde composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky used a little bit of traditional notation, but mostly screenshots from the accompanying video, idiomatic gestures and vague instructions about what the piece should sound like and when.

It's not uncommon to see directions like "dark chugging" or "excitement, evil" next to more specific, pre-composed material and calls for "staccato!" During live performances of the 45-minute "How I Got to Long Beach"--which debuted last month at Third Eye Records--the audience remains unaware of Dubowsky's bizarre form of written communication.


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Hot Snakes Prove That a Band With Two Drummers is Twice as Good

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Hot Snakes' first two records (2000's Automatic Midnight and 2002's Suicide Invoice) feature Jason Kourkounis on drums, but the band's third release, 2004's Audit in Progress, was recorded with drummer Mario Rubalcaba, who became a permanent member for the group's final two years. So, when singer/guitarist Rick Froberg, guitarist John Reis and bassist Gar Wood decided to reunite in 2011, they had a decision to make.

Luckily for fans, the threesome opted to include both Kourkounis and Rubalcaba, allowing each drummer to perform the material he recorded. Taking a quick break mid-set to change skinsmen might sound odd, but it's not. In fact, it's fucking awesome not only because audiences get to see both versions of Hot Snakes but because Kourkounis and Rubalcaba are phenomenal drummers who deserve to be heard.

Still, having two drummers isn't the norm, which is why I spoke to Rubalcaba and Kourkounis in regards to their band's upcoming show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Sept. 18 to find out what they plan on doing when the other guy is on stage.

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The Dwarves and The Queers - Alex's Bar - July 16, 2014

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Ryan Ritchie
The Dwarves
The Dwarves and The Queers
Alex's Bar
7/16/2014

As far as Dwarves shows go, last night's at Alex's Bar was fairly uneventful. And by that, I mean no one got naked, stabbed, punched or vomited on. Then again, the self-proclaimed best band ever (seriously, they have a song called "The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever") ditched their infamous on-stage debauchery sometime in the mid to late 1990s, so if you went to Long Beach looking for sex and violence, you were probably let down.

That said, the current Dwarves -- singer Blag Dahlia, guitarist The Fresh Prince of Darkness, bassist Chip Fracture and drummer Gregory Pecker -- still fucking rule. Of course, the absence of long-time guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed was sorely missed, but anytime a naked man in a wrestling mask isn't somewhere, absences will be sorely missed.


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Long Beach Summer and Music Series Lineups Announced

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Sarah Bennett
First-year Buskerfest winners Pawn Shop Kings
In a city like Long Beach that has long harbored a tenuous relationship with live music (aka it's hard to find places with the permits play it and rarely does the city make it easy to host festivals that feature it), an entirely free summer series that brings music to the streets sounds like downright insanity.

For the last five years, however, the Downtown Long Beach Associates--a nonprofit organization funded by residents and businesses in the dowtown area--has put on Summer and Music, a series of four events over four months that each feature local bands, food and beer in a themed, often family-friendly setting.

Though some of the events have changed concepts, locations and genres over the years, constants like Buskerfest (a good-natured competition which pits small-time bands against each other in the East Village Arts District) and Funkfest (with acts like Charles Wright and Fred Wesley, James Brown's bandleader) has helped Summer and Music be thrice named OC Weekly's Best Music Festival.

This summer, local music fans can expect more of the same and some of the different, according to the lineup for SAM's sixth iteration, released Thursday. Notably missing is Funkfest, which last year had to move to a ticketed system and this year will be a Queen Mary event held on September 1. Below are the four SAM events coming to Long Beach streets this summer:

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