April 28, 2007
12 Galaxies, San Francisco
Yay! This show was so good. By 'so good' I mean absolutely wonderfully terrific! Having only one Codetalkers show under my belt, it was easy to have a new favorite but I didn't expect to be so blown away by it!
It wasn't exactly a private party for the philzone, but it wasn't far off. The show started with ~40 people, nearly half were zoners. I'd say the crowd swelled to 60 (or 70 being generous) at one point. Not the biggest crowd ever but we gave them love and welcomed them big time! The energy was there!
Take Over California
Victor the Snake Man
Body in the Lake
E: Get to Know You
Definitely some holes in that list.
Show started about 10, only one set but it was a loooong set! I think things ended 12:15-12:30 some where in that area...
The show started strong with Take Over California, I had to laugh though...I'm not a stoner...yeah but we are! The cloud that hung in the air all night had an oddly definite shape, it was a living part of the room...ha!
By the end of the song, jaws were on the floor and the first timers were hooked. Later on Doogs said 'WOW--I had NO IDEA' Duh! Wadda think we've been saying all this time? Although, I'll admit, I knew it was gonna be amazing but it still blew my mind
It was a great combination of upbeat, dance yer ass off and ballady sorta stuff...need to take a beer break every now and then The sound was never dull, I love the distortion, the noise, so wonderfully dirty! Rockabilly to jazz, funk to shred-fest, we got it all. ha! It was all good!
Galaxy Girl was definitely a highlight, first time hearing it for me and I loved it! There's nothing else like
me, I mean, her
Lost Ticket would do justice to this song! Here's the video Doogs, I dare ya to learn it!
Air Tran Woman...Milky Skin, How we all love to sin! How is right!
Body in the Lake, first time hearing this one too...It's good to be alive, when you don't have to run and hide Lucky bastid!
E: I think I'd like to get to know you better
Yes, the feelings mutual. Don't be strangers! Come back soon!
Got my album signed, but Bobby Lee didn't come down, the roadie/manager dude took it up. Eventually Ted and Tyler came down, I said high and thanks and that was FUN.
and lets not forget: The Suits!
Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man!
It was kinda funny because I asked the manager/roadie dude about getting my album signed, wasn't sure if he was being dismissive or not, he wanted to know if I had brought my own sharpie. DUH! Who brings an album to the show and not the sharpie? of course I was prepared
Another GRATE review, Em!! Cool pix too.
All these accolades for the Codetalkers are getting me SO PUMPED for their show up here in Arcata tomorrow nite. Any other HumZoners goin'?
If it were four hours away, I'd be there but six is just too far
awesome as always emily!
Wow wow wow!
Tape sounds great!
PEAK dance experience!
I told you so...
Anyone for CT tour?
Great review and pics, Emily!
yeah west coast codetalkers!
nice read emily.
Yay! Can't wait to hear the tape Peter!
emily! thanks for the review!
they like to hit you with the cali songs, huh?
i'm glad it was such a blast.
>>Later on Doogs said 'WOW--I had NO IDEA'
isn't that just the best feeling?
cheers to discovering awesome new music!
and rock on, codetalkers!
My buddy & I have totally different tastes in music. When the Codetalkers came out and ROCKED THEIR BALLS OFF on that first song, I was in love. My buddy wasn't, though. Then for the 2nd or 3rd song, they switched it to funk. I was all, "dern!" and my buddy started dancing. HA! But in the end, it was a perfect mix of rock & funk to keep us all interested.
WOW, they were SO DANG GOOD!
Someone actually told me the bass player was "fucked out of his mind." I gently said, "No, that's just his schtick."
I don't know that I get the schtick. There must be something going on there that a 1st Timer doesn't get. Maybe there's a story there?
I loved his bass, though. He had electric bass pickups wired in - two strings per pickup -- run through a Fender Telecaster control panel (one volume knob per pickup) and had all that wired into an electric bass amp. I REALLY liked that! The top two strings (G & D) were on a Fender Jazz pickup. The bottom two were on a vintage pickup that I don't know by name, but I recognize it to be from the bass that the bass player from the Mother Hips uses. The amp was an Ampeg 3 Pro through an 8x10. (That was WAY too much amp for 12G, but I'm partial to that, so I LOVED it).
The guitar (Gibson ES335) went through his amp and also through a Leslie speaker. My ears never grow tired of Leslies. I don't care what instrument is played through it.
And the drums! Well, it started with me first noticing that the bass drum was so big it came up to my mid-thigh. YIKES, that's a big drum! So I checked the rest of them out. The drums were huge! The toms were as big as most bass drums. Even the snare was about a foot thick.
(Looking back at Emily's pix, I see that the bass drum is larger than the bass player's legs are long). The bass player's not standing beside it in that pic -- he's in front of it.
Anyway, blah blah blah on the gear, right?
The crowd was awesome. I loved having free reign of 12 Galaxies so I could check out the show from all my favorite perspectives.
Man, I tell ya, those 12 Galaxies guys really made themselves a great venue!!!
Thanks for the review, Emily.
...I just remembered that there were a bunch of TOO Boarders there, too.
>>>That was WAY too much amp for 12G
I could have used the earplugs they had up front, but I didn't see 'em until we were leaving.
First time seeing the band and we fucking loved 'em - what a great time we had!
My wife and I made a day of it, driving up to the City early, having breakfast at Magnolia's, window shopping up and down the Haight, then more food and shopping at Union Square, then a drive around our old SOM haunts.
We ended up having a killer dinner and getting primed at Cha Cha Cha's on Mission, but when we went to the club at 9 something it was EMPTY (dude at the door said show wouldn't start for another hour).
So by the time the band came on we were feeling tired (old farts we be), so thank god they came out blazing and never stopped! It gave us a ton of energy and got us on our feet and into it for the long set as well as the 2 hour drive home.
Now I don't know jack about gear (can someone tell me more about that spinning gizmo behind the lead guitar dude?) or musical theory, but it was apparent these guys were solid musicians. They flowed from style to style effortlessely, and though the crowd was small, the band still played at a really high level, energetically speaking.
It was great, as always, to hang with the 'usual suspects' as I call y'all now. Makes it so much more memorable. Thanks for everything.
I wish for the band's sake there would have been a bigger turnout. Hope they grow in popularity out here. A three day run at the Fillmore would be about perfect
>tell me more about that spinning gizmo
That was the Leslie speaker. Both the horn and the speaker cone turn. The spinning speaker & horn speed up & slow down, usually with an expression pedal, though BLR only had an on/off switch. Leslie speakers are what makes that wah-wah sound you hear all the time on organs, usually, though Warren also uses one with his guitar.
ah, ok, mostly with organs.. Melvin Seals uses one, right?
BTW, are you planning on seeing DBT? Looks like I'll be heading up there for the Monday show.
Not sure about DBT -- they're not presently on my list.
I tipped Tyler aka Falcon a great lil doobie in his suit pocket.....was a cool dude...thanked my profusely for commin' out...
Just told my bro in HUmboldt that I'd PAY him to go see 'em.....I said it's not a choice, you ARE goin'!!
Falcon and the Turtle
ruh roh, i am now on the philzone!!!
great seeing all you philzoners at the show- good times! what a ripping band!!!! excellent music and playing, i can't wait for them to come back!!!
i love your review emily- though it does make me laugh- the roadie/manager dude is a tooboarder, like me.... ;)
and bobby came down just after you left!!!! sorry you missed him, he's a really nice guy.
see you all at a show real soon!!!
Shit! Who invited ^him^ to the party?
ha ha, just kidding!
we all know its not a party till boognish shows up, welcome my friend.
Codetalkers 4-28-07 12 Galaxies:
Sounds pretty decent, if I do say so myself...
Have at it!
Thank you PeterT!
Can I send you discs for this Canyon? Please and thank you!
you got it send 'em in.
Sweet, thank you!
"Now I don't know jack about gear (can someone tell me more about that spinning gizmo behind the lead guitar dude?) or musical theory, but it was apparent these guys were solid musicians. "
Yes they are solid. Main reason is that Bobby Lee Rodgers (aka. "lead guitar dude") is a Jazz Master. He taught at Berklee in Boston (world's largest music college FYI) in his 20s. Ranks among other greats as Herbie Hancock and Pat Methany as others who did too...They warm up before shows to jazz standards and occasionally play gig with nothing but straight-ahead Jazz.
He's the same guy who had the band Herring/Rodgers/Sipe last year...and who replaced the long-in-hiding Matt Mundy (mandolin) in the Aquarium Rescue Unit (BLR plays electric banjo with them.) Rumor has it that Jimmy, Oteil and Jeff have refused to play any more ARU gigs unless BLR is in the mix.
This guy is one heavy hitter. All their songs are his creations too.
"He taught at Berklee in Boston"
DID NOT KNOW THAT.