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From the print edition, Dec. 16, 2008

Josh Duke on the Absynth Quintet.

Ross Rowley on playing the Freshwater Market.

Jennifer Savage on ‘A Very Playhouse Christmas’


Eye columnist Josh Duke judges karaoke tomorrow night

Read his review of The P-Town Chronicles, Vol. 1: A Farewell Device here.

Partake in Blue Lake Casino’s “scary”-oke experience tomorrow night. One hundred dollars for first prize!

Also on the judges’ panel, Melody Stone and Dr. Syd Reagan III.

Josh Duke gets into the swing of things

Just like the last time I got a drink thrown in my face, Saturday night had a sense of refreshing vigor that raised me from my doldrums and left me standing and asking myself the question, “What did I do to deserve this?” Donna Landry and her band gave us a swing and R&B set at the Jambalaya that got a modest crowd dancing to a docket full of old standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Josh Duke’s year of trauma

This is my 50th article with the Arcata Eye.  Fifty articles in 52 weeks.  Through all the laughs, cries, veiled threats, flat tires, snarky editor commentary and a permanent branding as a sourpuss that rags on anyone that doesn’t cite Wilco as an influence, I remain here, happier than ever that I have such an opportunity to exercise discourse on our thriving and varied music scene.

Read Josh’s response to Forcefed Trauma‘s letter here.

And check it out: New Zealand has a Forcefed Trauma of its own! Crazy.

Josh Duke: Bonus Tracks – July 8, 2008

I know you all think I’m a hater. I know you all think I‘m some kind of sour-puss that hates on everybody that isn’t in Strix Vega. Believe it or not, there are a few bands that I am impressed by. Not only is it rare for me to be impressed by a band, but rarer still is it for me to admit that they do. Saturday night I went to Mosgo’s with the lowest of expectations, not holding my breath for anything exciting. Read the rest of this entry »

Two views on The Braille Tapes

From Daniel LewisRock and a Hard Place:

“The music really wasn’t my speed. It was very organized and arranged well. It was definitely a pleasure to see and hear the double percussion. The Braille Tapes have done a lot of practicing. Again, it was very organized and arranged well. I must admit also, that even though it wasn’t my preferred genre, it is always a pleasure seeing people doing what they love. There wasn’t a very large crowd there but the people who were there seemed to be enjoying it and the band was obviously enjoying themselves, so how can that be anything but a good time?”

From Josh Duke’s Bonus Tracks:

“Armed with two guitarists, a drummer and another guy that can’t decide if he’s a drummer or another guitarist, The Braille Tapes have shown us all that all you need to be “progressive” is to play at an ungodly volume and keep a non-traditional arrangement of instruments that somehow doesn’t really sound all that different from somebody using the usual guitar/bass/drums format. Perhaps one day they’ll learn that less is more and leave that extra drum kit (and maybe the extra member) at home.”

Josh Duke: Bonus Tracks – May 20, 2008

The joys of graduation are many a splendorous thing. You wear a funny hat, you walk down an aisle with other people in funny hats and then some other guy in an even funnier hat hands you an empty folder before booting you into the real world, kicking and screaming. Read the rest of this entry »