photography by Rick Camargo
In Robert Hass's poem Meditation at Lagunitas, he writes, "I felt a violent wonder at her presence/ like a thirst for salt, for my childhood river/ with its island willows."
"Born in the dust-laden family garage with archaic samplers, Radio Shack mics and broken record players, Mute Math have been noisily calculating their notes for the past few years. This electro-alt rock collaboration ... has crept up on the music scene with the onslaught of a worldwide fan-base driven to their website from countless video blogs and non-stop touring." So say the quartet comprising Mute Math, who hit Slim's last week along with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
I spent a couple of days over the weekend perusing the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coast. Naturally enjoying all that pristine beauty on a sunny day with a cleansing breeze and pounding surf, one gets thirsty. So I searched up and down the coastline up there for the perfect spot to have a beer.
New Wave City (an '80s dance party started back in 1992) threw (what else?) a big dance party at Mezzanine with '80s powerhouse The English Beat singing hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "I Confess." The Beat was joined by L.A. band The Plimsouls, who rocketed onto the charts in 1983 with Valley Girl hit, "A Million Miles Away."
THE ENGLISH BEAT
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