Some new OC Weekly work…

…and there’ll be more forthcoming, just putting up a couple of links:

* First, Beat Blvd continues as ever, with my most recent entry being on Yorba Linda’s Roman Candles:

The sense of hesitancy and looking back doesn’t dedicate itself to four years of partying, though. A song like “666” looks back at birth and upbringing in Tustin and Orange, although the narrator, in this case, is the devil. (Seems appropriate, really.) There’s plenty more wry humor throughout, despite a blunt song title like “Molestation Is Not a Joke.” Who could blame him when he notes that he wishes the rent was free?

* Meantime, a quick piece on what to do this weekend in OC when everyone else is busy somewhere else in the world…

We feel your pain. Not the pain of all of you about to head out to Indio in order to see the antlike figures onstage from a distance play an amazing unexpected cover version (that will be on YouTube five minutes after they perform it), while some very drunk individual pours a combination of warm beer, extra sunblock and suspect other fluids on you while going on very loudly about how dubstep changed their life. As noted, we don’t feel that pain, we acknowledge it.

A general note on a new OC Weekly thing I’m doing

Though it’s actually been running for some weeks now! I’ve linked it in over on Facebook a few times but it’s called Beat Blvd., and it’s a once-a-week review via the overall Heard Mentality blog of a new release by a local act, whoever it might be and whatever might be released (7″, tape, CD…as noted, whatever it might be!).

I came up with the name as a reference to the legendary Beach Blvd. compilation on Posh Boy — TinyMixTapes had an appreciation up about it a while back — and so far it’s been pretty fun. Last couple of weeks have been about the healthy Anglophilic strain that the area’s always had due to recent releases by Cat Party and Northern Labour Party (lots of parties, really) but there’s more to come in other areas and all. Might see about expanding it out a bit — we’ll see!