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On Tour – Feb. 11 through Feb. 17

Who’s playing this week? And where? Read the rest of this entry »


The NPK – ‘Current’ event

This Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Mateel Community Center, the high energy dance band NPK will host a release party for their third self-produced independent album, The Current.

The NPK at Humboldt Brews, raising money for Surfriders Humboldt Chapter

The NPK at Humboldt Brews, raising money for Surfrider's Humboldt Chapter

The band is comprised of Tanner Speas on vocals and guitar, Dave Murray on saxophone, Tao Ryce on 5-string bass, Gregg Gratzel on drums and Galen Davis on percussion. The show will also include the premiere of the NPK’s first music video. The doors  open at 6:30 p.m. with a cover charge of $10. The music will start with This Dying Wish at around 7 p.m. Next, Subliminal Sabotage will perform and then be followed by the music video and NPK’s show. Meanwhile, dinner and desserts will be served by Beginnings to raise money for their new kitchen. Also beer and wine will be available to those who are 21 and over. The proceeds will benefit the Mateel Community Center. The new album will be for sale along with a new line of NPK clothing which is silk screened by the band. This is an all-ages event and everyone is invited to join in the celebration of true independent Humboldt County music. For more information, contact (707)223-3749 or

This week in ‘On Tour’

‘On Tour’ is the Eye’s section for – get this – info about touring bands. Descriptions come from talent bookers, managers, promotion companies and, occasionally, the bands themselves. For Eye staff recommendations, see ‘Music.’ – JS/Eye Scene Ed. Read the rest of this entry »

WoMama – CD release party extravaganza – amazing instruments! dancing! many players!

WoMama‘s debut CD, Foté Faré, was three years in the making and is a “good representation” of the band, according to Jesse Jonathan (vocals, balafon, melodica, pans, dun duns, repinique, kit).

“It’s a collection of the first eight, nine songs we wrote together,” he said. “We’re excited to have a digital calling card of what people can expect to see in a live show.”

And what people can expect is a stunning combination of musical cultures from around the globe. Thanks to the influence of HSU music prof Eugene Novotny, Jonathan “fell in love” with perscussive sound and followed that love to study its origins – a common theme among WoMama members. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Savage: The Savage Eye – Sept. 23, 2008

If you’ve somehow missed the hype, here’s one more nudge to go check out Humboldt County, the movie, this Friday, Sept. 26 at The Minor. The film, by Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs (not to be confused with the Fieldbrook mechanic!), chronicles the adventures of Peter Hadley (Jeremy Strong) during his unintentional stay with an eccentric SoHum pot-growing family (is there any other kind?). While the movie is a mostly fine production on its own merits, the excitement lies in the recognition of the names and locales so lovingly documented. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Savage: CDs reviews – Lila Nelson, the Absynth Quintet

Sometimes we love a song because it transports us somewhere we want to be.  Sometimes music appeals to us because it reflects our own experiences, articulates an aspect of life or love that we recognize, albeit in a more poetic way. Which brings us to Lila Nelson’s new CD, Letter Home. Read the rest of this entry »

Metabolic Monster

Sometimes people send CDs. Rarely, said person(s) include a handwritten, articulate note. Metabolic Monster (aka Tyler and the EllipsesJimmy Phan) is one such person. The effort put forth should have prompted a sooner listen to his CD, but so it goes. The larger point here is, it’s beautiful.

Check out “Oakscrew” from The Minor Imperfections:

“Oakscrew” by Metabolic Monster