Disguster: The Choice is Yours


Over at our food blog, Gustavo Arellano (perhaps you've heard of him) rather amusingly skewered the many more unfortunate choices in our recent "Best of OC" readers' poll: Starbucks for best coffee, Chipotle for best burrito. Not so insightful or adventurous, you see, kind of the equivalent of giving Titanic "best movie about a boat sinking" or scrambled "best way to prepare an egg." Yawn.

Of course, there were reader picks for music and culture categories, as well. But unlike Gustavo, we're more than willing to give our readers benefit of the doubt--these are highly subjective matters, after all, and we're no more experts than anyone else is, except we're more likely to be at local shows struggling desperately to look cool.

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What do I do with all these damned CDs?

Categories: readers poll


I'm moving from Placentia to Seal Beach next week—my fourth relocation since 2001—and once again, I'm forced to confront a moral quandary: what the hell am I supposed to do with all the CDs that were given to me by hopeful Orange County and Long Beach bands looking for ink back when I was the Weekly's Music Editor?

Should I sell them? No, because that's just not cool on so many, many different levels—these are (or were, in most cases) struggling local bands, not lavishly wealthy major-label acts. (Those major-label-act CDs, I sold years ago—how do you think I was able to take my mom to Ireland for her birthday back in 2000?) Besides, it's not that I'd get a lot for that HB Surround Sound disc (which I'm keeping, anyway...it's not every day that someone writes a song about what a dick you are because you slammed them in a review).

Should I donate them? Possibly, to maybe a library or a thrift store, but I keep envisioning some methed-up singer-songwriter stumbling across the CD he optimistically made 10 years ago – before everything went to hell – at the local Goodwill or Salvation Army shop, flashing back on what his life has become, then suiciding right then and there.

Should I throw them away or drop them off at a reputable plastic recycling company? Well, that just seems like such a waste. It's not like most of these tunes are so wretched that a single listen would give you eardrum cancer (though there IS a lot of that). Surely there are folks out there who'd find some of this music worthy of their attention.

Should I cruelly force them upon Music Editor Dave Segal? No. I like Dave, and want him to keep working here.

Should I try and return them to the bands and musicians from whence they came? Impossible. Addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addys change, and the Weekly can't spring for the postage.

It's not like I'm getting rid of every local band CD. Quite a lot from my 1998-2005 era have joined my permanent collection at home—you'll have to pry my Peepshot, Sparkle*jets UK, Jay Buchanan, Third Grade Teacher and a mess of others from my cold, sweaty hands. As for the majority of the rest, I'm still keeping the music, thanks to the miracle of MP3 file conversion programs. But after that job gets done, these things are just clutter...

Suggestions, anyone?

The 100 Most Important OC Musicians of All Time

Categories: readers poll

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DJ Nobody: Twice as important as most OC musicians.

Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this important matter [see headline]. Let us know who you think deserves to be on this auspicious list; and if you wish to explain why they merit inclusion, by all means shout it out loud in the comments box. [Note: We're including Long Beach musicians in this poll, because we regularly cover that city in the paper.]

We'll start this thing with 5 of our choices.

The Mars Volta: rejuvenating ambitious prog rock for the youth and making bank with it; plus, awesome afros.
Snoop Dogg: uniquely laid-back flow, charming way with un-PC lyrics, g-funk/gangsta-rap icon.
DJ Nobody: from soul-jazz-inflected hip-hop to aquatic psych-pop to producing backpacker-rap classics for Busdriver to his new bliss-hop unit Blank Blue, this cat has the Midas touch.
Free the Robots: wildly inventive instrumental hip-hop with unusual and cleverly deployed sample sources; just may be the future of sampladelia.
Heru Avenger: unjustly obscure psychedelic-jazz-funk-electronic-prog fusion project led by guitar hero John Basil. Builds upon the most out-there work of Miles Davis, Heldon, Hawkwind and other immortals.

And here are some selections from our clubs editor Erin DeWitt:

-Gwen Stefani/No Doubt
-Long Beach Dub Allstars (some members went on to form Long Beach Shortbus)
-Warren G
-Frank Black
-Avenged Sevenfold
-Matt Costa
-(hed) p.e.
-Scott Weiland
-Eighteen Visions
-Jeff Buckley
-Home Grown
-Joy Electric
-Reel Big Fish
-Rx Bandits
-Save Ferris
-Sugar Ray

Now it's your turn, dear readers. Ready, set, opine!