Friday, September 18, 2009

Greg Ginn, Out the Other Birthday Bash Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 6:06 AM

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Here's what's on the Creamdar for tonight, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 (from our Critics' Picks):

Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators & Jambang at The End

For a fan, follower and student of rock 'n' roll, it's hard not to use this opportunity to gush over Greg Ginn like it's his premature obituary. As guitarist and principal songwriter of L.A. hardcore pioneers Black Flag, Ginn toured the U.S. relentlessly, forging the Oregon Trail of DIY, a coast-to-coast network that artists still rely upon today. As proprietor of the fiercely independent SST Records, Ginn--along with the likes of Dischord and K Records--proved indie labels could be just as financially stable as they were artistically viable. Black Flag and SST soon grew tired of the restrictions that defined punk rock: they were among the first to embellish punk with elements of other genres, and they also released landmark albums by bands like Bad Brains, Sonic Youth, Minutemen and Hüsker Dü. Since Black Flag's demise, Ginn has spent the last 23 years doing more or less the same. In addition to a few solo albums, he's performed with bands such as HOR, Fastgato, The October Faction, Gone, Confront James, EL BAD, Mojack--and most recently, Western-swing outfit The Texas Corrugators and his jam-based band Jambang, who will both swing through town this Saturday night. Word on the street says Ginn himself has forbidden venues to use Black Flag's legacy to promote his shows. Unlike his former band mates-- Black Flag drummer Robo and singer Dez Cadena, who are now touring with the equally influential, reassembled Misfits--Ginn shows little or no interest in riding the gravy train of the nostalgia circuit. In fact, he seems most content playing his own music on his own terms--and what's more punk rock than that? --Seth Graves

Out the Other Birthday Bash at The 5 Spot feat. My So-Called Band, And the Relatives & Eureka Gold

Out the Other blog queen--and unstoppable documenter of all things local rock--Janet Timmons may possess superhuman powers when it comes to chronicling a good rock show, but just about the only thing she can't do is stop time. This Friday, Timmons turns 28, which means she's been championing, talking about, writing about, and supporting with her money, mouth and mere presence, this very local rock scene for nearly five whole years now. That's five years of stamp stains, leaked tracks, reviews and concert calendars, not to mention that she also devotes a bunch of her WRVU radio show to the subject (7-9 p.m. Mondays this fall). That's when she's not hosting Rock 'n' Roll Trivia night at Mercy Lounge on Tuesdays, or using her well-booked time to compile one heck of a festival guide--this year she did for Bonnaroo what she's known all over the blogosphere for doing for SXSW every year. We cannot confirm whether Timmons, in fact, ever sleeps. So join her this Friday for a nocturnal birthday celebration that features two local acts she fans the flames of (And the Relatives and Eureka Gold) and the debut of '90s cover act My So-Called Band, led by The Privates' Dave Paulson. Along with local rock mainstays Keith Lowen (The Privates, De Novo Dahl), Sam Smith (The Comfies, Ben Folds) and Josh Watson (Feable Weiner, The Cheap Shots), Paulson will finally bust out '90s confections of the Spin Doctors, Weezer, No Doubt, Michael Jackson and Ace of Bass variety, with guest singers waiting in the shadows. The show is free. --Tracy Moore

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